David's

4.4
557 reviews
$41 to $100
Chinese (Shanghai)
Inspired by the rich heritage of our founder, David Zhou, David’s is a place for lively gatherings centred on simple food that brings joy to any occasion. David has loved wholesome Chinese fare since he was a young boy growing up in Shanghai. Since opening David’s, his first Chinese restaurant in Melbourne, he has built a loyal following of customers who return time and time again to enjoy his modern spin on authentic Shanghai cuisine. Thanks to David’s fresh take, the restaurant has built a reputation for serving some of the best Chinese food in Melbourne, including succulent pork belly and deliciously plump dumplings. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, extensive menu, and unlimited weekend yum cha, it’s no wonder David’s is regarded as an all-round crowd pleaser.

Experiences

  • Saturday Lunch Yum Cha

    A$58.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for your reservation at David's! With restrictions relaxing we thought it was time for a great meal! Currently, for reservations every Saturday & Sunday 11:30 pm & 1:30 pm, we dedicate our lunches to our famous David's Unlimited Yum Cha menu. Our Weekend Yum Cha includes the following David’s Favourites such as BBQ Pork Buns, San Choi Bao, Spring Rolls, a mix of our handmade dumplings such as Authentic Prawn Dumplings, Pork & Prawn Shumai, DIY Peking Duck Wrap, Chinese Broccoli & more. We will have special new dishes grazing the Yum Cha weekly. *Vegan menu available, please call us in advanced. *Booking with children? Please call us to book
  • Sunday Lunch Yum Cha

    A$60.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for your reservation at David's! With restrictions relaxing we thought it was time for a great meal! Currently, for reservations every Saturday & Sunday at 11:30 pm & 1:30 pm, we dedicate our lunches to our famous David's Unlimited Yum Cha menu. Our Weekend Yum Cha includes the following David’s Favourites such as BBQ Pork Buns, San Choi Bao, Spring Rolls, a mix of our handmade dumplings such as Authentic Prawn Dumplings, Pork & Prawn Shumai, DIY Peking Duck Wrap, Chinese Broccoli & more. We will have special new dishes grazing the Yum Cha weekly. *Vegan menu available, please call us in advance. *Booking with children? Please call us to book
  • David's NYE Yum Cha with Free Flowing Sparkling

    A$115.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Bid farewell to 2021 with an indulgent yum cha feast paired with free-flowing sparkling. Our famous yum cha and sparkling dinner returns for one night on New Year’s Eve, featuring two seatings – 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm for $115 per person. Free-Flowing Sparkling: NV Domaine de La Grande Cote 'Cremant De Bourgogne', Burgundy France NYE Yum Cha includes: > Pacific Oysters with Fresh Mint and Plum Sauce > Veggie San Choi Bao including Stir-Fried Seasonal Vegetables, Sesame, Hoi Sin Glaze > Pan-Fried BBQ Pork Bun > Steamed Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao, Shu Mai, Authentic Prawn, Mapo Tofu) > Peking Duck > Pan-Fried Patagonian Toothfish > Dong Po Pork Belly in a ginger soy glaze > Veggie Fried Rice > White Chocolate Dumplings with Coconut Praline

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 557 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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TorieM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a wonderful meal with friendly staff. Whenever we visit Melb it is our go to.

Thanks to the team and a shout out for all the local deliveries when we were in self isolation and the first lockdown. It was our favourite “date night” treat.

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Annie
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I like it, satisfied my yum cha craving, good service.

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Pete
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pumpin’ & trendy place. Lots of waiters to provide good service.

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R1ssap
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my friend there for the first time she loved it, we left feeling so full. Discovered to non alcoholic aloe Vera spritz yummmmmm!!! Prompt service yummy yum cha xxx

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WestonH
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful experience at David's! Everything is always perfect.

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MELISSAJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and the staff were amazing. So great to be back out at one of Melbourne’s best restaurants.

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NikiP
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were phenomenal. Food was delicious. Unlimited yum cha is an absolute must!

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JosieC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Just felt that the meal was not it's usual top quality. Felt that some of the meals came out cold? Have eaten here before and loved it. Did not meet all expectations this time. However, would still consider returning at some point!

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GeorginaA
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We were very keen to dine at David's as we had a great Providoor experience,
however the in dining experience was less than ideal.
With a small menu I feel they should have all the items on the menu in stock but the main meat dish-lamb which most of our table wanted to order was unavailable.
They then were forced to order the ribs which I asked as to the "fattiness" of the meat and was told not too bad but was in fact mostly fat. One of our members couldn't eat it and another who hadn't received his yet cancelled it when he saw the dish. They did of course take these both off the bill and the staff were very understanding but still not ideal.

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Lily
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wanted to try their yum cha for a long time and it’s as good as expected. Warm service, friendly staff, menu was designed to please the crowd, definitely worth for a family or friend gathering.

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sophiek
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service. Staff are very attentive

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AndreaF
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely meal with great service. Very attentive staff

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never had a bad meal there, so booked well in advance to make sure it was #1 after lockdown.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Staff are friendly, inviting and accommodating. Food is divine and we never leave unsatisfied. A firm family favorite for a special lunch and will remain so for a long time.

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic. The service was incredible. I'll be back soon!

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Nads
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. Me and my friends had a great time

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Deano
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Really good for a range of set menus. Takes the hassle out of deciding what to get.

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Kazz
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yum Cha at Davids was a great afternoon. Food was delicious and there was plenty of it. Wine was very good and Staff were welcoming and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious - great to be back

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BruceS
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food that just keeps coming, great value for money. It's my favourite way to spend a Sunday lunch. I will be back many more times

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PeterL
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely food. Wonderful manager
Made to feel welcome
Highly recommend

CW
CarissaW
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been coming here for years and consistently lovely food, staff and ambience. Of note this time - we really appreciated Miranda’s assistance to help accomodate some dietary needs for our group yum cha booking. Thanks so much!!

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Genevieve
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Highly recommend. Delicious food. Great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was excellent!

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BTBee
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

A different slant on the usual Cantonese style yum cha insofar as several of the dishes were small servings of what would be a normal recipe.

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cp96
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and vibe.

Unlimited yum Cha great value.

MB
MartineB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

delicious food, prompt and attentive friendly service and a pleasant environment
Everyone enjoyed themselves

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CarolynL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was so delicious, only to be outdone by the service.

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Marion
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely service, pork belly was a little tough, food otherwise was great - amazing cocktails!

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RosemaryM
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Charming old building friendly happy staff and prompt service .

The food ( we shared small dishes) was delicious .

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RichaC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience2

food was outstanding , overall ambience was okay & the service was bad to begin with but the lady that served us later was very good . Lighting needs to improve massively

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RMMR
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Booked for Yum Cha. On the night I was told that they had changed the menu to à la carte dinning, the waiter was apologetic and said "we have been trying to call all bookings to let them know, you probably missed a call from us". No call was received prior to the booking. Food on the à la carte menu was alright but not what we had come to the venue for.

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive staff, unbelievable vegan set menu.

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Katherine
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow, unlimited yum cha was great value for money. Lots of delicious foods, you won’t need a second serve! Highly recommend.

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JohnnyT
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Although we were disappointed as we have booked specifically for the all you can eat unlimited yum cha as advertised for the Friday, we arrived to find out it’s the only a la carte menu which is disappointing. Overall food was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service by the staff. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The food came out at a good pace and everything was delicious! We had the selection banquet. Definitely worth the $$

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RobJ
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience3

I booked a table for unlimited yum cha.
Instead when we arrived we were told that they now would only do al a carte.
As a result we were forced to select a set banquet which was more expensive and the portions were quite miserly.
Food otherwise was ok.
Felt I was lied to when told by waiter that they had tried to contact booked patrons re cancellation of yum cha.
To advertise unlimited yum cha and sign customers up only to unfairly cancel without valid reason is not only unacceptable but probably illegal.
Not happy 🤨

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MargieC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Set menu was well balanced and delicious. Service was excellent. A vibrant restaurant. Recommend it highly

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A fixed menu night of Shanghai pork and duck with matching Pinot!
The food was brilliant with 5 courses - 2 “entrees” one of pork and one of duck; 2 “mains - one of port and one of duck and dessert. The pinots were “matched” to each course. One of the pinots was a complete standout and the others were OK. The staff were delightful, clearly pleased to be open with a full restaurant and brought us a lot of joy. A great initiative Davids - well done!


In all, thank you for a lovely night!

KC
KCcc
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was the first time we had actually been to David's (having ordered some lockdown dumplings) and had the best night out! There for the pinot with duck and pork set dinner menu. The food was delicious - you must try the tea smoked duck! The food/wine pairing was superb and we got to try generous glasses of a great range of pinots. The experience was topped off with outstanding service. I couldn't recommend more highly.

FAQs

David's does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

David's is rated 4.4 stars by 557 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.