David's

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

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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MP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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TD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent attention to detail throughout. Charming people who genuinely care about their business. Could not have asked for a better NYE.

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J
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went there on New Years Eve and the tables were all huddled together, my partner and I were seated opposite each other and felt like we couldn't have a private conversation because the people seated next to us on both sides were able to hear. Not sure if the seating arrangement is as cramped on non-festive days. Other than that, everything was great - food, service etc

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JL
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Super friendly staffs. We were late and they were so nice to let us in and even offered us extra food to make sure we were full. So generous and so nice. Entire food was amazing. We are definitely coming back for more of their food - both on menu and their Yum Cha !!

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MS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, consistent service although drinks were pretty slow.

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L
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great! First time visit but definitely not the last. Food was fantastic for the all you can eat. Didn't get to try every of the 30 dishes..so much food. Work staff very friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and ambience. Very nice people. Food good not great

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JM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

David's is probably our family's favourite restaurant. Fabulous authentic Chinese - mostly Shanghainese - cuisine, a wonderful vibe and ambience, attentive and genuine staff. We visit probably every month. The Lion Dance on CNY is a lovely touch - like being in Hong Kong. This is a place where we feel genuinely welcome.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Yam Cha is great, atmosphere enjoyable, service friendly

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CB
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful fresh food, great ambience and some of the best service I’ve had in Melbourne. The staff were friendly, attentive, informed - the true definition of hospitality. This was my first time here and I can see why it has maintained its reputation for 20 years. Highly recommended. The Yum Cha was great. Nice variety of dishes and it didn’t stop coming. You can tell the food was fresh.

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JV
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place for yum cha.
Went to there on the weekend for their unlimited yum cha. Totally worth it. Food is very fresh and hot. Glad I can get decent Chinese food other than in the CBD.
Great service, thank you to all the staff for making a great dining experience.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great restaurant, however acoustics are terrible and we couldn’t talk across a 4 person table without yelling. Please look into fixing this.

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SU
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent Yum Cha, staff are delightful and very attentive. Give yourself a treat and enjoy Sunday brunch

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AC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had the tasting menu, we got plenty of food - all of which were very tasty! Often things I wouldn't order on the menu so it was good to try a lot of different things. Overall, great food, great service, would definitely recommend!

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