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Donovans

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Australian, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
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40 Jacka Bvd, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Donovan's is a Melbourne institution as we know, sitting on the foreshore at St Kilda since Noah was a boy. But when you live in the Yarra Valley surrounded by top class restaurants, the incentive to do the long trip to the seaside is hard to find. Well it was surely worth it, in spades. Donovan's is not for you... More 

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Thank jbelbin
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Host was absolutely fantastic. Appetizer, starter and main was absolutely beautiful. My partner and I had the artichoke appetizer, chicken liver parfait, pork belly and beef cheeks. Absolutely beautiful food. Would have love to try the bomb Alaska but really too full.

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Thank Carey H
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Every detail of this restaurant experience has been carefully thought out to give the customer delight! Ambience, service and food were all first class. Expect to pay a little more, but well worth it!

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Thank Robyn H
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just like a great old pair of jeans we slipped back into Donovans for the great view, food and service and certainly were not disappointed. Its great to have the old dame back and we can't wait for more sunshine as an excuse for some bubbles by the bay

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Thank Katie A
Melbourne
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I hadn't been to Donovans for many years, the return visit was wonderful from beginning to end. Excellent service throughout the night without being intrusive. The meal was of the highest quality, not to mention the wines. Will definitely return in the near future, a real pleasure.

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Thank MSWMelbourne
Nyon, Switzerland
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Totally impressed by Donovans. First the location - exceptional being on the beach. Second the food - could not fault it. Simple but well prepared and presented. Third the wine list - great wines with a wide range to choose from. A bit expensive but given the quality not at all unreasonable. This is a restaurant that I have no... More 

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Thank PerpetualVisitor
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to Donovans, as Acland St, where a majority of the restaurants are, was mayhem as works were occurring on the tramline...yes at night! All the restaurants and pathways were extremely crowded! I had to get to the beachfront and fast!! I was feeling very claustrophobic and annoyed! After getting some fresh seabreeze air and calming down, I stumbled... More 

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Thank Rob M
Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delightful ambiance, arrived there and warmly greeted, seated in a lounge area with open fire whilst waiting for my guests. Immediately offered drinks menu and then discreet efficient service. When family arrived we were shown to our table and then proceeded to have a delightful long lunch, great food and magic views. Cannot believe our leisurely lunch lasted more than... More 

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Thank Mark S
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Donovan's standards seem never to drop. As a change from our usual seafood preferences here, we both chose pasta and were overwhelmingly pleased. One linguine marinara and one rigatoni with lamb Ragusa, followed by delightful deserts. Could not have been happier. This with a delightful seaside setting, comfortable decode and superb service. Makes for a wonderful dining experience.

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Thank Malvoleo
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place other than the menu! There are a few restaurants where you tend to go back because you wish they would fix the one thing that bugs you every time you go. Unfortunately D'vans doesn't. Don't get me wrong they do some dishes really well but the overall experience tends to be hit and miss and this... More 

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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 Options, 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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
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 Bvd, 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?