Staff very attentive but not intrusive. Food delicious and beautifully presented
One of Melbourne's iconic and best restaurant, Kevin is a fantastic host and has great staff with excellent knowledge of food and wine. cant wait to revisit Donovans again.
try the Lamb rump !
We had a Great Family Dinner,The Food was Sensational, The Service was Fantastic
Thankyou for a Great Night
The staff were excellent. We arrived early and were sat outside. When ready we were shown to our table. We were given sufficient time to order drinks and our meals. The food was second to none, in both taste and presentation. I would recommend Donovan's for celebrating your special occasion.
Love the food, the view, the ambience. Great place for a special night out!
Food was average, quite bland. Nothing special for the price.
The blend of really good food, engaging professional service and terrific location made a truly memorable dinner for us. We will certainly be back.
I booked an early lunch table for two and requested a window table as it was for a special occasion. We we arrived on time we were seated in the middle of the restaurant and not near the windows at all even though at that time there were a number of tables for two vacant along the window. No mention was made of our request or enquiry into our special occasion. My husband and I love Donovans and have been going for over twenty years. Normally it has not only a wonderful spot overlooking the bay but is beautifully decorated without being over styled, and normally has amazing food and such memorable service that it has become our goto choice for special occasions. At approximately $500 for lunch for two it is definitely an occasional treat. This time sadly is the first time in over twenty years that we have walked away without a warm fuzzy glow. The food was delicious as usual but the service, ambience and looked after factor were very disappointing for both of us. We had four different servers looking after us and had to wait excessively long to be attended to and couldn’t even get their attention with waving. Just an overall disappointing and very underwhelming dining experience.
The food quality doesn’t match the rather high prices!
Delicious food, great service and atmosphere. Will certainly return in the future.
Christmas lunch with clients was perfect !!
Never disappoints! Favourite place in Melbourne. Food consistently good. Great wine list. Staff beyond good.
Seafood was very fresh and the food was excellent. Good list of wines too.
They even had some toy cars at the lounge area which kept my little boy entertained for a while.
Amazing location by the beach and beautiful view while we dine. Service was faultless too
Donovan’s has been our special occasion go-to for about 20 years, but on Saturday night the waiter assigned to us was so rude, dismissive and clearly unimpressed by us that I don’t think I’ll be back. After being dumped at our table we had to flag him down for the drinks menu, and then for everything we needed. Towards the end another member of staff looked after us and was lovely, and even picked up the slack from her obnoxious colleague but I think we’ll go elsewhere next time
The service was excellent but the food was average for the price. The entree croquettes were exceptionally delicious but the main (tuna) while good quality, lacked the extra something to tie it all together and really give flavour (a hint of wasabi would’ve been great). So while dinner was good, the cost raises expectations to think it will be exceptional. There are so many great restaurants in Melbourne now, it would be nice to see Donovan’s just give it that something extra to keep it in the competition!
Absolutely beautiful- one of my all time favourite restaurants- food always superb and service 12/10 every time!! Great cocktails and wine too.
Fabulous evening celebrating a milestone birthday. Exceptional service & food. Donovans has a timeless charm and an ambiance that is warm, comfortable and inviting. We were lucky enough to watch a beautiful sunset over the bay during our meal. We will continue to return here for all our special occasions.
Our favorite special night restaurant - relaxed, 'resorty', great food and wine, invariable very good service (engaging but no over familiar) - but more expensive every year, and car parking also!
Really good atmosphere. I went to Donovans around 8.30 pm and the sunset view was fantastic. T-bone was so good and tender. I would definitely come back.
A lovely restaurant. The venue with ocean views is terrific. Excellent service, the wait staff do a great job. The food was good but quite expensive, with the high prices I expected better.
Excellent setting and fabulous service. Very attentive and knowledgeable.
Food very good too.
Weather wasn’t great which was a shame but on a sunny day would expect the outlook to be spectacular.
Fantastic restaurant. We try to go there whenever we are in Melbourne. Can’t fault it.
Always an beautiful evening at Donovans, the whole package, of food, wine, service and ambience makes for a special evening no matter what the occasion.
Thank you team, we had a great night.
Family meal to celebrate my daughters birthday. One of our party is gluten intolerant, which they accomodated so well, including serving her a specially made bread roll straight out of the oven. I had the casarecce pasta with enough spice to make it soo tasty. The oysters were large and fresh (daughter) and the scallops were amazing (wife). I shared the roast duck with potatoes which I would recommend to all duck lovers. A number of our party had the fish and chips, which were tasty crispy flathead fillets. For dessert the birthday girl shared a bomb alaska and the rest of us had the tart. All-in all, the food was delightful, the views were amazing, particularly as the night sky was lit up by some incredible lightning and the night was made special by the attentive service from some real professionals. This restaurant is a favourite and will remain so.
Been there 3 other times. Went for our 40 anniversary. I went specially for the steak as i seldom eat meat . Was not happy with the potatoes either very dry . I actually mentioned to the waiter when we came in if Monday will be alright and he said the chef is there everyday
Great location, great food and excellent service plus an extensive wine list to complement the meal.
Will definitely be back, absolutely amazing! The service was great and the food was so fresh and delightful
Lovely setting and decor, service friendly but very poor value for money. My prawns were not charcoal grilled and lacked flavour. The blue fin tuna was little more than an entree size. A bottle of mineral water at $18 is far too pricey.
This is the very best restaurant in Melbourne. Always a wonderful experience.
Outstanding service for our lunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the moment we entered Donovans the staff wished us a happy anniversary. The service was impeccable and the food and wine were outstanding. Highly recommended.
Always a spectacular experience at Donovan’s - who can resist the chicken pie
Me and my partner took a sneak peak during day time on a perfect warm weather with beautiful clear sky and oceans views right opposite the restaurant. Had Grilled prawns with cos lettuce and chips which was deliciously made & My partner had Barra with few veggies which was excellent as he says:-)
It could be expensive but it was a perfect date.
Delicious fresh seafood. Amazing view. Great service. Loved the complimentary truffles with happy birthday written on it.
Absolutely brilliant dining experience and service from our waiter. The seafood was to die for, as was the ambience. Thank you for making my girlfriends birthday so special xx
Utterly perfect food and experience. Superbly prepared and presented food paired with friendly and professional service. Can’t wait to return.
First time at Donovan’s but won’t be the last.
The food was awesome and service spot on.
Very attentive staff but not annoying.
It was our anniversary and they wrote Happy Anniversary in Chocolate with four chocolate balls. Nice touch.
Best wine list I have seen and would recommend to anyone.
A little pricey but well worth the money.
We have been to Donovans to celebrate nearly every special occasion. Can not rate this restaurant high enough
Not been to Donovan's for years and was pleased to find it's still as solid as ever. Got a table by the window - yay. The service was very good - friendly but not too much so. (It always intrigues us that, judging by the waitstaff shirts, they have a good deal with Gazman!). Food was lovely - scallops, barramundi, fillet steak, cannoli, custard tart (it wasn't just me eating!). This and four drinks came in under $300, so this is kinda good value as far as it goes, but far too expensive for anything other than a posh meal out. Go if you want a good, solid, reliable restaurant experience.
One of our favorite restaurants in Melbourne everything about our experience was superb.
We love absolutely everything about Donovans. It is our celebration place - birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. The food, service, ambience is all consistently fantastic. A+++