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Donovans

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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, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view
Description: A former 1920s bathing house situated on the St Kilda foreshore,
Donovan's...
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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  • 258
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  • 112
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 15
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  • 11
    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
Great Location, Food and Drinks

Stumbled upon this place while holidaying in Melbourne and walking along St Kilda Beach one sunny day. We walked in and asked to have a drink at the front first, and they told us this was only for dining members. We said we were planning to dine but were not hungry and wanted to have a drink first... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Erics0n
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London, United Kingdom
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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Waited an hour and a half for very expensive food which ranged from mediocre to virtually inedible (fish). Made worse by glib, sarcastic waiter (who thought he was funny). There are much better places for lunch.

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Thank Roger L
London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The views are lovely but everything else is very average. The food is nothing special but a steak cost over $70 and the portions are not huge. In addition, we wanted to have a quiet drink outside after lunch and were told after a short time that we had to pay our lunchtime bill as they were closing the till... More 

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Thank Melanie B
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stumbled upon this place while holidaying in Melbourne and walking along St Kilda Beach one sunny day. We walked in and asked to have a drink at the front first, and they told us this was only for dining members. We said we were planning to dine but were not hungry and wanted to have a drink first. They made... More 

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Thank Erics0n
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40 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not so easy to have a nice diner by the beach in Melbourne but after eves looking for it, i have found my match : Donovans looks like any other non charming house by the beach road shore, but inside what a pleasure... It s a cosy place with attractive mood and food menu with great wine list. When it... More 

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Thank Fabien D
Melbourne, Australia
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66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Donavan's is still one of the best restuarants in town if you want a classy restaurant with excellent food and great service. Not overly formal and the staff are always so accommodating without being too intrusive. All the food is well prepared and good size servings. If you decide to go for the Bombalaska be warned, it will serve at... More 

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Thank Frank L
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Outstanding service from first class waiting staff and top Maitre D' - aware, attentive and happy to discuss the delights and intricacies of the menu and advise as guests might ask. Each dish ordered for our table was truly sensational. Highest quality, excellent flavours and the construct for each dish was superb. As one would expect, the wine menu provided... More 

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Thank RiaD1
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The decor and surroundings are great, however this is an expensive restaurant with a lot of tourists because of its position.the food was acceptable but for the price I expect a few more finishing touches,a more interesting menu and all tables to have table clothes.

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Thank Donna A
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

On the occasion of my father's 70th birthday, our family celebration here was an absolute delight. If you are an oyster fan then indulge in an entree of 3 or 4 (or 6!) you will not be disappointed! Every single person at our table was simply enjoying the moment, embracing the pleasure of attentive, friendly service and completely besotted with... More 

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Thank travellingnat1
Brussels, Belgium
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were lucky to have the (last) table, on a busy sunday evening. Attentive service (merci beaucoup!), very good food (delicious dessert!) and thank you for the great view of the sunset on the beach!

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Thank Anne-Marie_1008
Winter Park, Florida
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location. Great seafood. Bring your out-of-country clients! They will love it. The fish is very good. The drinks are nice. The service is good -- not great. But go! It's worth it!!

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Thank Ken A

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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: Australian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view

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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