Donovans turns 21! Wow!!

Looking back from where we started to where we are today, there is an enormous amount of pride and joy we have experienced with Donovans over 21 years. It all started when we sat on St.Kilda beach, many moons ago,  dreaming of owning the restaurant to create our own ‘house on the beach’. Donovans has always been a place to call home. A place to belong, feel welcome and create special memories. We are absolutely thrilled to be celebrating such a special birthday with you.

For twenty one years we have followed our heart and created the food we love to share. Melbourne is of course Australia’s foodie capital with an ever-increasing understanding and appreciation of good food. With a passion for produce and love of creating food to celebrate, our head chef, Emma D’Alessandro leads the way generating ideas for our future journey.

Of course, we would not be here today without our incredibly loyal customers, fantastic staff and friends of Donovans. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and are thrilled to share with you this wonderful milestone.

We have four months of festivities, featuring birthday party dinners with Gail & Kevin, special price packages for weekday lunches in the Private Dining Room, lots of presents (prizes!), behind the scenes ‘Day in the Life at Donovans’ and a spectacular dinner party ‘Beauty & The Beast’.

And the icing on the cake… everyone who attends our birthday events will automatically be entered into the draw to win our grand prize – A dinner or lunch in our Private Dining Room, for up to 21 people, to the value of $4,500. 

Please see our events page for more information.

Cheers to the next 21 years! And we hope you can join us at Donovans for all the fun!

Lots of Love,

Gail & Kevin Donovan, Wallis & Red xxxx


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  1. Such fond memories of working there initially in the kitchen, then serving on the floor, to then with Colin in the cafe kiosk to inputting data on MYOB. I worked for 3 years there. Awesome people! Can’t believe it is 21 years! Here’s to 21 more! You gave me my start on Oz!
    A fond past employee

  2. Just celebrated the best birthday lunch ever with my lifetime best friend at the inimitable Donovans. Our fathers fought side-by-side in WWII, and our mothers were best friends, supporting each other through a difficult war time. We suspect we were conceived during the same army leave, as I was born the first of the month and B was born on the last, 1 and 28 February 1943. We celebrate our birthdays every year, and Donovans made this birthday outstandingly special, from the very first welcoming attention from staff, superb views, delicious food and friendly atmosphere. Kevin and B talked “dogs” like old friends, despite never having met before, both equally smitten with their canine children, and a surprise HB song and candles came with our dessert!
    I can’t remember enjoying a joint birthday celebration more. Thank you Donovans for making it so unforgettably speciaL. We will be back, and we recommend the not-to-be-missed Donovan experience.sublime! Just do it!

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