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Donovan's

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40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
+61 3 9534 8221
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: A former 1920s bathing house situated on the St Kilda foreshore...
A former 1920s bathing house situated on the St Kilda foreshore, Donovan's is a stylish seaside eatery with a unique & homely beach house charm.
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  • 181
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  • 92
    Very good
  • 31
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  • 7
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  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best in Melbourne

Whilst in Melbourne for the weekend, we had an unplanned stop at Donovan's Restaurant. We arrived at 2.30pm for a late lunch. Our first intention was for a light lunch & a wine. On reading the menu we stayed for a whole lot more. A 3 course lunch & a couple of bottles of wine, we had the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Rogo7
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Adelaide, Australia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Adelaide, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Whilst in Melbourne for the weekend, we had an unplanned stop at Donovan's Restaurant. We arrived at 2.30pm for a late lunch. Our first intention was for a light lunch & a wine. On reading the menu we stayed for a whole lot more. A 3 course lunch & a couple of bottles of wine, we had the best afternoon.... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

nice restaurant, excellent food in a grerat place. Next to St Kilda beach it was fairly quiet at this time of the year. The waiter was attentive and the food served in a really nice and appealing manner.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Wonderful lunch.....especially the Sweetcorn soup and then the char grilled snapper...just delicious. Matched with a beautiful Italian Trebbiano. This restaurant keeps on performing. Great food and wine in excellent surroundings.

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La Quinta, California
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51 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

An unfortunate fire caused this landmark restaurant by the sea to undergo and extensive renovation. The result is a thoroughly modern and comfortable ambiance and the same legendary food. Prices are reasonable for what is delivered. Don't miss it -- i consider it the best restaurant in Melbourne.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had a great meal at Donovan's. They were fully booked but managed to get us a table and gave us plenty of time to enjoy. Michael helped us find a great bottle of wine that went perfectly with our meal, and that was in our price point. Fish was delicious. Also, the Alaska bomb dessert is a must try.... More 

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Melbourne
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

After waiting for them to reopen after the fire, my husband and I dined here to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary belatedly. The food was excellent. After ordering our entrées and mains, our waiter came to advise us that my entrée had run out and it would be a 20 minute wait for them to make up some more of... More 

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Melbourne
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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I finished dinner half an hour ago. I heard about Donovan's in the past but it was my first time there. Very nice experience. I arrived a bit earlier than my other colleagues and I was invited to wait on a nice couch in front of a fireplace. I had a glass of Austrian Riesling eating grissini. Dinner, Kingfish crudo,... More 

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fitzsimon1975
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25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We went to Donovans for a long lunch and had a wonderful four hours there. Eating drinking and being merry. Our waiter Will added to the fun of the day and we sat outside in the April sunshine as well as enjoying the seated couch area. The food was great. Bombe Alaska lived up to my expectations.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We were eagerly awaiting our return to Donovan's following last years fire. The ambience of the restaurant is beautiful and is even better than before, however the food was major disappointment - all of our four mains had issues and none arrived at the same time. For the price, this is sub standard. I only hope they get sorted soon... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I was lucky enough to be invited by my Boss to lunch at Donovan's with a couple of overseas visitors & other staff. What can I say?? From the friendly greeting, to the inviting, homely atmosphere & surroundings, it felt wonderful to just be seated within. Then the food arrived...oh my, just glorious...our party totaled 8 and every single one... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9534 8221

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

A former 1920s bathing house situated on the St Kilda foreshore, Donovan's is a stylish seaside eatery with a unique & homely beach house charm.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?