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Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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40 Jacka Bvd, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
+61 3 9534 8221
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Donovans consistently produces a great dining experience. The food is excellent. We had a wonderful variety of oysters, and salmon and other seafood with delicious desserts to follow. The service was perfect, unobtrusive yet efficient. The location overlooking the beach is a delight. Thoroughly recommend, particularly for visitors to Melbourne.

Thank trurab
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After a morning of business in Melbourne we went to Donovans for a late lunch and had a great time and a lovely meal. The service is excellent, starting with very knowledgeable staff. We ordered a couple of appetizers to share and enjoyed them all. The emphasis is on seafood, so we ordered three local seafood entrees that were fresh,... More 

Thank Jaime H
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wifes favorite restaurant and definitely very high on my list. The service is always impeccable and the food whilst definitely being more expensive than your average restaurant is really very good. The interior is also really cozy and inviting. Will definitely be going back.

Thank Toby_Scott
Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

12 Of us were booked for dinner including overseas guests. Melbourne was 34 degrees that day so this lovely venue on the beach at St Kilda had heaving action on the beach at sunset which set the scene nicely. From the minute we walked in you could tell the staff were well trained and completely onto it - never felt... More 

Thank Discerningdiner22
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Meal - excellent quality, excellent presentation. Service - attentive, discreet, efficient. Ambience - can't beat a beach view. Decor is appropriate to the setting. Only my second visit, but I felt that I was treated as well as a regular customer. I don't want them to change anything, and I look forward to going back again.

Thank Geoffrey H
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favourite restaurant. Quality food, wine list from around the world, fantastic friendly staff and great beach side atmosphere. This is not a cheap place to dine but if you are looking for a fantastic food experience this is the place.

Thank LouTez
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a Saturday night 8pm for our 25th wedding anniversary, as going by reviews it looked really good. They have the 2 seatings for dinner, 6pm & 8pm, which doesn't really suit, as I prefer to eat at 7-7.30pm however I can understand its more profitable for the restaurant to do this. Annoyingly, as pretty hungry, had to wait 30... More 

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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This on-the-beach place is light and airy in design - very attractive. Also, great view of the sunset! The menu is a mix without overtaxing you with choices, from pasta to steak, though with a nice selection of seafood as befits its location. A couple of us had the grilled spicy prawn - delicious! The others went for the gnocchi... More 

Thank Alan C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner with friends. Fabulous location and very friendly service . Mr Donovan himself was there and helped with the wine selection. Exceptional wine list. The food was excellent with the mussels and barramundi the highlights. Wish we had time to go back.

Thank Susan H
Melbourne, Australia
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60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As the sunsets over Port Phillip Bay you get a window-seat view of the changing sky and water colours. The perfect backdrop to enjoying an evening of excellent food, wine and service. Equally good for business, friends or romance. A wide selection of fine wines, a varied and delicious menu, with each dish as beautiful to look at as great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, 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, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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
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?