Restaurant's page | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia Printer Friendly Version Email this Restaurant to a Friend


40 Jacka Boulevard
St Kilda VIC 3182
Tel : +61 3 9534 8221
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
Send an enquiry to restaurant     Request a booking

Awarded One Chef Hat -The Age Good Food Guide 2014
The addition of two head chefs to this classic restaurant brings a new refinement to Donovan’s Mediterranean menu. This spacious wooden restaurant harps back to its original use as a bathing house on the St Kilda foreshore. If weather permits, enjoy cocktails and the light sea breeze on the terrace.

Share on Facebook
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
While watching the sunset on the verandah with a drink in hand, you may decide you never want to leave Donovans. For 14 years this relaxed but professional restaurant has been the go-to place for Melbourne’s cognoscenti and is a great restaurant to show off to out-of-towners. Designed to give the comfortable sense of dining at someone’s (luxurious and amazing) home, Donovans features floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto the beach, an enclosed verandah and outside terrace, as well as a library and inviting lounge area with open fireplaces to retire to after dinner. The Cape Cod inspired dining room and stylishly attired, professional waiters ensure this refurbished bathing house oozes easy East Coast charm.

With the departure of founding chef Robert Castellani, sous chefs Adam Draper and Emma D’Allessandro have now stepped up to the plate, maintaining the modern Australian direction of the food while adding some individual touches of their own. Regulars can still expect classic stalwarts such as the old-fashioned chicken pie, its lid tipped to release the enticing scents of mushroom and tarragon; or the decadent signature dessert of Bombe Alaska for two. Other enticements might include creamy crab bisque with crispy soft shell crab; hand-made ravioli stuffed with Moreton Bay bug and prawns; or tea-smoked duck breast with cherries and a mini duck pie.

Seafood is the star here, with Sicilian-style swordfish served hot from the grill and old-fashioned fish and chips still a firm house favourite. Consider desserts such as a refreshing basil crème brûlée with spongy lemon madeleines or Sicilian nougat semifreddo with citron and cherries that give a light, spring finish. The wine list is extensive, with the international drops featuring a carefully selected wine of the month. The brilliant menu is indicative of the sort of experience to expect at Donovans. A meal becomes a memorable occasion at this comfortable seaside restaurant.

Angela Costanzo
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Restaurant's Awards | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
 Two Chef Hats
The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2007-2011

 One Chef Hat
The Age Good Food Guide 2012-2014

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
- Readers' Reviews
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

Donovans - User Reviews

aloisia vake:

Wow! My boyfriend and I have tried so many restaurants since we moved here in 2007. We were happy with everything last night. We both loved the food etc... We will be back again very soon. Cheers...!review  12/01/2012

Was this review helpful to you? YES - NO
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia Restaurant Review | de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

Have you dined at Donovans?

Best Restaurants of Australia invites your comments on your dining experience. You are welcome to share your views with our many readers under our conditions of use*

Display Name:*   (will be displayed on the site.)
Email*:   (will not be displayed on the site.)  
Rate*: Rating Saved!
Please rate
Review*:   (1000 characters max)
Verification Code:
Enter Code:
(Verification is used to prevent spams. Please enter the code shown in the box above.)

* This is not a forum for rants and other unhappy patrons to complain. We invite not only those with a positive experience but also constructive criticism. We reserve the right to cut comments we estimate too long. Defamatory comments will not be published.

All views expressed are those of the writers and may not be the views of de Groots Media as publisher of Best Restaurants of Australia.

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia
Restaurant Features
Award Winning/Hatted
Historic Building
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Weddings
Waterside Dining

Promote your Business

Set up our badge
Restaurant Recommended by Best Restaurants of Australia

Quick Links

 Restaurant Gift Certificates
 Melbourne CBD
 Albert Park
 South Yarra
 St Kilda
 Chinese Melbourne
 Italian Melbourne
 Modern Australian Melbourne
 Seafood Melbourne
 Steak Melbourne
 French Melbourne
 European Melbourne
 Asian Melbourne
 Japanese Melbourne
 Wine Bars / Bars Melbourne
 Cheap & Cheerful Melbourne
 Award Winning Victoria
 Function Venues Melbourne
 New Restaurants
 International Restaurants
 More >>>

de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia

This site is maintained by de Groots development team.