Donovans feels like it doesn't belong in Melbourne (in the best way possible). It's the beautiful and high-quality seaside restaurant that you often search for when on holiday, but forget to look for in your hometown. Perched right on the sand, it's no surprise the seafood offerings shine, such as the daily crudo selection, the spanner crab ravioli and the crispy skin barramundi. However, the grass-fed T-bone cooked over charcoals is always a winner. Donovans has also been around long enough for its bombe Alaska to become the stuff of legends. This chocolate dessert topped with hazelnut ice cream and a lightly torched soft meringue is a must-eat. This is a special place, for a special occasion.
There's more to St Kilda than Luna Park and the fairy penguins (as cute as they may be). The seaside suburb just seven kilometres from the CBD is popular with everyone from backpackers to beachgoers. St Kilda's dining options are as eclectic as the suburb's visitors and residents, with a wide variety of options that includes beachside restaurants, vegetarian diners and fine dining institutions. Whether you're after a quick post-swim meal or an anniversary dinner with sunset views of the bay, here are some of the best restaurants St Kilda has to offer.