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Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
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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
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food was OK. Have had better there. Well over priced . Fantastic service . Not worth the outing. Prawns and snapper from Charcoal were under cooked seemed oven cooked with an oil and Lemon goo over the top . Not impressed . Will we be back ??? Probably Not! Maybe- only for the view!

1 Thank Loredana Veroni... T
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to Donovan's recently. Wow what an amazing place. on arrival staff welcomed us and showed us to our table. We had made a booking which you need to do or you won't get in by just turning up. Once seated we were given our food and wine menu's. The selection of food was just enough to give you a... More 

Thank birney49
Canberra, Australia
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I thought after reading some reviews that Donovan's may be a touch over rated. I couldn't be more wrong. Donovan's is an exceptional restaurant. The staff are so friendly and accommodating, and the location is just breathtaking. The food... wow. We couldn't have been happier. Beautiful, fresh and delicious meals with generous serves. We couldn't be happier with the choice... More 

Thank SiScarlett
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Whilst spending a couple of days in St Kilda, on a visit from the UK the staff at the hotel where we were staying recommended Donovan's. We booked in at 7.30pm that evening and were greeted by friendly staff and shown to a table in the middle of the restaurant. The restaurant was nearly full but the staff were well... More 

Thank William P
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fabulous venue, great views , a special night out for a small group or couples. Food was very good service ok

Thank Kaye B
Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner here and it was delicious. I had risotto, and couldn't fault it in any way. The crispy skin barramundi was delicious as were the gnocchi . After dinner we watched the sun set which was just so beautiful. We couldn't have wished for a better ending to a most wonderful evening. Do yourself a favour and have... More 

Thank Rosetta S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

what an amazing place for lunch. the view, the very friendly staff and a great menu. it was very hard to work out what we wanted everything was great, the oysters yummy, the salads yummy, the linguini seafood yummy, my barramundi yummy, the fat chips yummy and the desserts yummy. AND the coffee brilliant. this is a must it just... More 

Thank fussyeaterMelbourne
Greater London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful restaurant, right on the beach. The staff are very good too, friendly and efficient. We loved moving to the outside seating area after our meal. Can't wait to return next time we visit Melbourne

Thank sophie1279
Melbourne, Australia
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325 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came for Friday dinner as the sunset was happening lovely view from the table sun disappearing into the ocean. The drinks Are quite reasonably priced for the location. Food is expensive and nothing out of this world for price. Had a couple of issues with two of the food items salad extremely salty taken off bill once tasted by staff.... More 

Thank Mark D
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cannot fault anything about Donovan's. The food, the drink, the service was amazing. We went into one of the private rooms for a friend's 50th birthday. With views across the beach and the fireplace lit, it seemed the perfect setting for lunch on a Saturday in June.

Thank Oakie67

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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
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, 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?