DONOVANS OF BAYSIDE
214-16 41st Ave., Bayside;
HOURS: Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.
SPECIALTIES: Sunday Brunch featuring Irish specialties is
popular. Bar is listed in Zagat as one of the top 10 in Queens. Two private dining room
for up to 110 persons.
PARKING : Valet parking in private lot across the street.
Seeing Donovans owner, Erin again at the Taste of Bayside
recently reminded us that it has been a long time since our last visit to this fine
restaurant. We found it as good as we remembered and carrying on the tradition of its
parent restaurant . . . the landmark Donovans of Woodside. We enjoyed the relaxed
ambiance of this large and comfortable restaurant with its banquettes, exposed brick
walls, large fireplace and prints of hunting scenes.
Our server, Emma, took our drink order for a glass of house Pinot
Grigio and left us a printed list of the nights specials to read while she went to
the large, friendly bar separated from the dining area. Included on the specials were Pot
Roast ($6.95), Broiled Salmon Filet ($12.95) and a special Steak Sandwich. We chose the
Whole Brook Trout Almandine ($11.95) which arrived grilled to perfection and accompanied
by the baked potato and mashed turnips we requested.
For appetizers we started with a crock of hearty Beef Barley Soup and a
bowl of Matzo Ball (3) Soup. Both were well made and great for a rainy night.
For our other entrée we chose from the regular menu a favorite of ours
which Donovans does exceptionally well old fashioned Fish & Chips freshly
made and hot. The filet was sweet and flaky and the thick-cut fries were perfect (non
Other popular items on the regular menu are Special Hamburgers, the
traditional Irish Shepherds Pie (8.50), Maryland Style Crab Cakes ($9.95) and the
featured 16 ounce Shell Steak ($13.95). All entrees include potatoes or rice, and a fresh
vegetable. NOTE: Many of the recipes come from the Donovan family. There is a
childrens menu too.
Desserts include Chocolate Mousse Cake, Cheesecake and Carrot Cake at
$3.50 each. To go with your dessert, do enjoy a special Irish Coffee for a perfect finish
to dining out at Donovans of Bayside.