David's

4.6
268 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Chinese (Shanghai)
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch

David's Restaurant, in Prahran, crafts delectable contemporary Shanghai-style Chinese cuisine with knowhow and passion in its friendly and charming eatery. The Shanghai pan-fried spring onion pancakes and the tender prawn and chopped chive dumplings make for superb starters. Some of David's Restaurant's specialty larger dishes include the spicy white cut chicken with peanuts and sesame in a chili sauce, the chunky barramundi fillets in spicy black bean paste with fried potatoes and the crispy fried iron Buddha beef served atop fragrant tea leaves, all of which are delicately seasoned. Noodle and rice dishes, such as the fat Shanghai noodles with pork and vinegar and Auntie's fried rice with sausage and egg, are other diner favorites. The white chocolate dumplings with praline is a perfect dessert.

David's Restaurant also has a full gluten-free menu, as well as being one of the best Yum Cha destinations in Melbourne.

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PD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

nice fresh Yum Cha, variety of dishes, good service. It's definitely good value for money

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AM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious. Particularly appreciated the kind and prompt service. A great dining experience.

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G
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Loved every dish, especially the chocolate dessert dumplings and only wish we had room for more. A great place to show off Melbournes foodie scene. Also love the fresh scandi interior opposed to the traditional yum cha restaurant style, feels like a place for everyone. We will be back!

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MW
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yum cha was amazing! Fun for all sizes of parties!

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TF
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

David's food is uniquely presented as well as it is tasty. Love the yum cha as it is both delicious and value for money. We had a lot to eat & the ambience add on to the overall experience of a lovely
dining experience.

Christine, the manager is ultra attentive. I would highly recommend David's.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took friends to this restaurant who were over from the UK and it was absolutely sensational. We ordered the feasting menu and it was all delicious and definitely fed four of us (loads). Would highly recommend.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and fantastic food. We had the all you can eat Yum Cha which comes out like a rolling degustation menu. One tip, don't go too hard to fast or you'll miss out on the great dishes towards the end.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Delicious afternoon of eating a wonderful Yum Cha. Great service- a lovely assortment of food that was served efficiently. Great time. Only complaint is that it was not as cool as we would have liked- but in fairness was a very warm day. Lots of ice happily provided to keep our drinks cool. Thanks to the friendly staff!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

David’s is pretty reliable. The food always good. It was a warm day when we went, about 33 degrees, and it was just very hot inside. It only got hotter and more humid as time went on, which made it a bit uncomfortable.

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GV
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Great food, friendly service and good value for the all you can eat yum cha, all four of us left stuffed. The one complaint our table had: we were the furthest from the kitchen and many trays finished before reaching us, so some of the dishes never made it to us, or only one or two of our table if four received some dishes. Service should be mixed with some dishes starting from the back and moving towards the kitchen. However, once we voiced our concern we were asked what we missed out on and everything was cooked fresh for us. The dessert was great too. I would recommend David's for yum cha.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely place to go for yum Cha. The food is divine and the service excellent. Highly recommended

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C
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first time at David's and it had been recommended by a friend. The service was brilliant, the food incredible and the atmosphere was light, bright and welcoming. I will definitely be going back!

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EB
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific food; great service; special thanks to the chef who worked long past his shift to make dumplings for friend who arrived late from OS.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience was phenomenal, food, service and atmosphere were all above expectation

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am not a big fan of Chinese but David's is different to other typical Chinese restaurant... Food was tasty and healthy and exceptional service was provided entire night... I will go again for special Monday and Yum Cha on weekend!!!!

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VM
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

David’s is a absolute treat - for twenty years they have been dishing up some of the most delicious Chinese food I have ever tasted.
Quality ingredients and fantastic service.
It is always a favourite and always consistently great!!
Absolute must to visit!!
Vicki

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MB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fabulous as usual. Great for an intimate dinner and dinner with friends. Christine is always lovely and the cocktails are delicious! I would highly recommend this to friends.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Cool interiors and extensive menu. Had the Valentine's set menu and look forward to returning and trying more of the cuisine. Waiters were all friendly and accommodating.

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NT
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great restaurant for traditional Shanghainese food with some modern twists, and in a contemporary Australian-feel ambience. Nice layout, and gets quite busy so I would recommend booking ahead. Service was efficient and fair, though felt a bit rushed and was difficult to get their attention at times.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service that accommodated our large group. The staff were amazing at handling our young children and helping with the menu. Thankyou!

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JV
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and great service.
Staff are very attentive and polite. Was lovely they came around to tables and checked if the food and service was adequate.
Informed the name of dishes and it's ingredients the guests when delivering at tables.

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S
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were very impressed with this venue. Great variety of food at the unlimited yumcha. Excellent staff & service and plenty of food to go around. We were celebrating a milestone birthday so having the ability to BYO wine (corkage fee is reasonable) was fantastic. Loved this place - will definitely be back!

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CT
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal to celebrate the lunar new year. Specials were great and the service was attentive informed. We loved it.

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S
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reliable cheerful excellent experience

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LD
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The menu read beautifully and had us very excited about what was to come. Unfortunately the dishes didn’t execute to expectation.

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Y
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great customer service and awesome ambiance. Enjoyed the yumcha experience, definitely will go back there again.

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CU
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service at David's is fantastic! It's warm and gracious, but not over the top.

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L
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to have a delicious, well-serviced meal. It’s usually so difficult to cater for a single Asian-vegetarian, but David’s did it with grace and sensitivity. Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing food and such lovely staff ! made our night so special

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I found Davids every thing I expected, it was the second time we had been there and were as impressed as the first time. The food was exceptional together with fantastic service and a very laid back ambience, the night was a complete dinning experience

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JM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food and service. Highly recommended. Nothing could be faulted

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ST
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First visit to David's and it certainly wont' be the last. The food is fabulous and the service was all quality. We'll try the weekend Yum Cha next!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality food. Great service. Super friendly and lovely staff. Highly recommend!

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BW
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We got recommended David’s by a friend and it was 100% worth the 45min drive.

The service.
The waiters were kind and considerate. Knew their menu and also very accommodating. They talked to their customers and made the other half of the experience worth it.

The food.
We had the all you can eat yum cha. Which if you were to go to other traditional places, the price would have been very similar. However, coupled with the more than outstanding service, it is definitely a great option.

David’s all you can eat had the traditional options but they also had their signature dishes. They fed us until we were stuff and asked if we ever needed anymore. The service wasn’t slow but at a pace you could digest. No one was rushing around, making you feel like they were under control.

A friend in our party was a vegetarian and normally could eat 2-4 items at other restaurants but David’s had a large selection of food made especially for the vegetarians in the restaurant. I am made to believe that they made extra V options to accommodate the customers.

The drinks
We had a mocktail made by one if the staff members. It was delicious. It is a shame I cannot remember exactly what I got but it was delicious. It had aloe vera in it.

Just remembering that you have to pay for an unlimited refill pot of tea at $10 and any beverages you purchase.

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K
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent and great value for money. Not to mention staff who really care and seem to love their job. We had a great experience here for our wedding anniversary

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C
4 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always a wonderful experience ... a great reliable quality restaurant that always over delivers in all areas.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Awesome yum cha! Generous portions and engaging service. Awesome Sunday lunch venue!

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R
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went for yum cha. Service was fantastic and food was great. Would definitely go again.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for a business lunch with 6 people. As it's a quiet time of the year we were blessed with the normally busy atmosphere being very low key; relaxed and quiet. Christine came and offered to just create a lovely lunch for us without choosing from the menu. The food was unbelievable. It was also fun not knowing what was coming - wish more restaurants would do this so well. Lovely lovely lunch and will definitely be back again and again.

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EK
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant is beautifull6 appointed and has a relaxed beach feel to it. The food was delicious. It surpassed my expectations. We ordered a little too much but I couldn’t stop eating. The Duck salad was especially good and the portion sizes are very generous. I would very much recommend David’s. I’m looking forward going to their Yum Cha sessions and taking lots of friends!

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