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Donovans

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Australian, Gluten Free, Contemporary
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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The ambience was a mixture of fancy and homely. The staff were friendly and the food was very carefully prepared. Favorite: Mushroom risotto with goats cheese

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Thank ईशान आ
Ballarat, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Despite the prices being the top end I enjoyed the experience the food and service gave me- I understood the offering of a menu on arrival in case diners were not aware of the prices possible- gives an out before they find later, have driven past many many times and decided that was the day and opportunity- the Soup experience... More 

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Thank Gail S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Donovans never drop the ball. A wonderful dining experience with professional respectful staff and owners. Food is always delicious fresh and beautifully presented The Bombe Alaska dessert is a masterpiece Worth if many more visits. Go Kevin and staff

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Thank Marshall S
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food is so-so for the premium prices paid. I tried the handmade gnocchi with duck confit,their signature beer batter fish and crispy barramundi dishes with my family. Nothing memorable. Service quality was a mixed bag; some of the staff were really friendly, others....

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Thank GirlfromRedDot
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Donovans is a place with an extensive positive history. We have eaten there many times, albeit not for a few years. The atmosphere and service are great. The prices at at the very top end. Mains around 55 to 60 dollars. For this price you have a right to expect something exceptional. This isn't the case. The food was good... More 

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Thank Richard R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A group of 16 enjoyed Sunday lunch in the private dining room overlooking the bay. The ambience , food, choice of wines and service were outstanding. Although the main dining areas were full we felt like the only guests in the restaurant. I have been coming to Donovans for many years and it is always a special place with consistently... More 

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Thank Phil L
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Service, its not often you see this level in Australia. Fantastic food and served in a timely manner. Very good ambience and location. I will certainly return and highly recommend.

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Thank steelmoo
Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Read the great reviews for this restaurant which helped seal our decision to chose here and agree with all the positive comments. A lovely place to dine. Food was wonderful and any changes quickly accommodated ie when I mentioned I was heading towards one fish option because I didn't want potato, the waiter quickly suggested they could substitute for more... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely location looking out over St Kilda beach. Staff are very attentive and advise on most popular dishes etc. There is a carpark across from the restaurant and you can get all day parking for 12.00. All of the food is amazing, most mains are approx. 50.00. Well worth a decadent lunch on the beach. Wine list is extensive and... More 

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Quirindi, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Location wise, easy to find and found parking close by. Great view of the ocean, would be lovely in summer. Warm and friendly atmosphere, staff were very polite and helpful. Expensive for size of meal portions however, the taste was exquisite!

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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
Australian, Gluten Free, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
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
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?