David's

4.5
506 reviews
$41 to $100
Chinese (Shanghai)

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.

Experiences

  • Weekend Yum Cha

    A$55.00 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. It is great value and includes the following: 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 such as Ginger Crab Noodles & Handmade Pork Dumplings in Ham Broth. *Vegan menu available, please call us in advanced. *Booking with children? Please call us to book
  • Friday Night - David's Famous Yum Cha

    A$55.00 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 Friday 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm, we dedicate our dinner to our David's Yum Cha menu. It is great value and includes the following: BBQ Pork Buns, San Choi Bao, Spring Rolls, 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 such as Ginger Crab Noodles & Handmade Pork Dumplings in Ham Broth. *Vegan menu available, please call us in advance. *Booking with children? Please call us to book
  • Saturday Night - David's Famous Yum Cha

    A$55.00 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 Dinner at 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm, we dedicate our dinner to our David's Yum Cha menu. It is great value and includes the following: 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 such as Ginger Crab Noodles & Handmade Pork Dumplings in Ham Broth. *Vegan menu available, please call us in advance. *Booking with children? Please call us to book
  • Thursday Night - David's Famous Yum Cha Menu

    A$55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for your reservation at David's! Currently, for reservations every Thursday between 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, we dedicate our dinner to our David's Yum Cha menu. It is great value and includes the following: BBQ Pork Buns, San Choi Bao, White Chocolate Dumplings, a mix of our handmade dumplings, DIY Peking Duck Wrap, Salt & Pepper Calamari, Chinese Broccoli & more. *Vegan menu is available. *Booking with children? Please call us to book.
  • Pinot with Shanghai Pork & Roast Duck

    A$50.00 per personPrepaid

    Jun 9 - Jun 30, 2021

    David's is teaming up with Good Food Month in June to put together a five-course dinner celebrating Shanghai-style duck and pork dishes including tea-smoked duck leg, braised pork belly with mini fried sweet buns (or Dong Po Rou) and more. Add the special Pinot Noir beverage package to have each dish matched with a half-glass of Pinot Noir – making this the perfect winter dining experience. Info: 6:30pm - 8:30pm 9, 16, 23 & 30 June $50 per person for five courses Additional $28 per person for matched wines (half-glass per course)
  • Wednesday Night - David's Famous Yum Cha Menu

    A$55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Thank you for your reservation at David's! We have now opened Wednesday nights! Currently, for reservations every Wednesday between 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, we dedicate our dinner to our David's Yum Cha menu. It is great value and includes the following: BBQ Pork Buns, San Choi Bao, White Chocolate Dumplings, a mix of our handmade dumplings, DIY Peking Duck Wrap, Salt & Pepper Calamari, Chinese Broccoli & more. *Vegan menu is available. *Booking with children? Please call us to book.

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
What 506 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.6
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4.4
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved the experience! Will definitely be coming back!

PS
PeterS
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food; fabulous service; very tasty cocktails

AC
ACccccc
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Ambience and venue were amazing.

Food overall good, perhaps some vegan dishes could have more flavour.

Service at the beginning was slow (took 30 mins for first dishes to arrive). But service following was good.

I will definitely want to come back to try the other set menu.

RW
RussellW
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Had to wait outside for 10 mins so was close to 9 pm before service commenced.
Very very noisy and chaotic.
Food was ok ... nothing special like it once wAs.
Staff worked very hard and did their best.

Rather disappointing way to spend a special occasion.

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TracyT
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always! We will be back.

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anthonyv
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We were rushed out of the restaurant to finish our meal by 8pm. As it was difficult to find a park we only had 70mins to eat our meal with guests who had heard of Davids but were also disappointed. Was also overcharged on previous visit.

DB
DanaB
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great value, helpful staff and overall incredible experience & service.

DL
DavidL
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food. Great cocktails. Service was, at times, average

DG
DorsG
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

I was very disappointed given David’s reputation. The experience was not overly enjoyable, the food came out very quickly one after the other we felt were rushed, we were herded in and herded out like a production line within an hour and a half. We had not even finished our final glasses of wine when we were given 5 min call to exit. I expected better quality from the menu also. While some of the dishes were lovely, like the beef and black bean and dumplings, others were worse than poor, the popcorn chicken was cold and dry, bananas fritters were brown and almost spoiled when they came out - inedible. For Mother’s Day I was disappointed.

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AlexR
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and a fantastic way to celebrate mothers day.

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anna
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic customer service, incredible fresh, hot and perfectly cooked food!
My family and i went to unlimited yum cha on saturday at 11.30am.
1 star was deducted for:
- food did not begin arriving until 11.50am (despite a strict 11.30am seating)
- first courses arrived very slowly (you cannot re-order until the 6th/7th course)
- noise level was at shouting level but that isn't the restaurants fault
- XLB pastry too thick

Everything else was incredible and i would be happy to recommend this place to anyone who is trying asian food for the first time

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AYWYN
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food and service but they are misleading about being an "all you can eat" restaurant, because we asked for more of the chocolate dumplings but they said no, even though it's on the all you can eat menu. I would recommend they stop being an all you can eat place, because I don't thing they want to be.

JH
JaneH
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place for a delicious family meal with great food, service and ambiance

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SallyW
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful and delicious yum cha. Excellent service. Extraordinary value for money.

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ABC0209
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and good value for money. Hidden gem of Melbourne

MG
MagdaleneG
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there food was delicious staff friendly will definitely recommend venue to others.

GI
GabI
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

We arrived at 6 and were under the impression we would have tons of time to sit and enjoy the ambiance of the venue. Our meals were brought out instantly and didn't stop coming , giving us no real chance to enjoy and talk.
The food itself has sadly gone downhill since we last visited. It just tasted mediocre and for some reason much more westernised and bland.
We fell in love with the chicken ribs we tried the first time the restaurant came out of lockdown but this time they were bland and tasteless.
The wait staff seemed to be under pressure to just get people in and out as fast as possible. Can't blame them for bringing things out faster I suppose.
Guessing this place just went under a management change. We won't be back again sadly.

RG
RachelG
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Love this venue, the atmosphere, the staff and the food - thankyou for having us!

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James
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy some delicious yum cha dishes. Cocktails were also tasty and well-matched to the food.

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Kitchengardener
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Well orchestrated food and friendly Miranda made us feel most welcome. Would return again

CL
CharmainL
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

David’s had a lovely atmosphere. The staff were very nice. The only thing is the wait in between your meals and at the end when we had the chance to reorder it felt rushed and so we didn’t get to enjoy the food at the pace that we wanted to.

The food was lovely but nothing super spectacular from our experience.

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SherrieS
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and plenty of it! Will definitely return

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MelissaV
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We gave David’s a second chance after COVID, but it is no longer a special occasion. Despite not being full , we were seated in back corner facing the wall. Food was rushed out too way too fast , with dishes getting cold before we had begun the previous one. The menu not like the David’s of old. Sadly it is no longer a special occasion, we won’t be back , l miss how wonderful it was , we had years of delicious meals with impeccable service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would definitely come back, such amazing value for money and lovely staff!

High recommend!!

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HelenH
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A pleasant lunch thoroughly enjoyed by my friend to celebrate her 70th birthday delicious food a lovely glass of wine and good conservation which we have missed in the last year

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JonathanC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

This time around yumcha experience was totally different to what I was familiar David’s was famous for in the pass. The varieties weren’t as much as before, and they no longer bring around each dish and serve it to your table (maybe because of covid). Rather individual plates were brought out from the kitchen, as a result of that the service was slow and haphazard. I think they shouldn’t advertise themselves as “unlimited” anymore. Compared to the past experience where u can keep asking for more or ask for more than a piece of dumpling, now the service allows u to do an “once off” order only after all the savory yumcha dishes have been served. Don’t think we will return for this experience anymore. For $110 for 2 person, u will get more quantity of food in high end yumcha places across town.

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TracyM
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have ordered from David's during 2020 but only via Providoor so I knew the food was fantastic but eating in the restaurant was even better. Amazing food complimented by a wine from my favourite winery (Soumah)! Service and atmosphere perfect to top it all off.
Highly Recommended and cannot wait to go again soon.

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AurelieT
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s honestly the best place , the price is worth it staff are lovely and helpful

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sinhyd
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went David’s for my partner’s birthday and loved it. We had unlimited yum cha but there was a big variety of dishes, we didn’t even consider re-ordering. We were already full with the first round. Definitely good value for the money. Staff was very friendly and caring. Would visit again and again.

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AnnabelC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food is great but the 'unlimited' claim is cheeky as they serve extremely slowly until you run out of time to order more. It's really more a set menu with seconds.

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ZoeM
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was sensational, the only thing that was better than the food was the brilliant service. Would 10/10 recommend.

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vipLindaK
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

What’s happened to David’s?? It’s normally buzzing with people and action. On Thursday night it was empty with 3 tables. So disappointing. No atmosphere at all.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

A la carte not offered yet so fixed choice yum cha only of classics. Limited to 2 hours

JK
JulieK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing venue and set up - the food was delicious - can't wait to go back.

DD
DinnerDetective
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great restaurant with outstanding dumplings. Good service too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

David’s Restaurant is and always has been a family favourite for Yum Cha.
They never cease to amaze us with their amazing variety of food and quality service. Food is always delicious! Can never get enough of their white chocolate dumplings. Staff are always so friendly and very attentive. I look forward to our next return.

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CraigR
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

awesome yum cha! so good we missed the first quarter of the footy as we could leave. some delish wines to go with it. always lovely to visit davids.

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StephenW
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time diners at Davids and we were not disappointed. The all you can eat Yum Cha was great value and the courses were beautiful. The wine list was great, in fact the whole dining experience was wonderful. We cannot wait to return with family and friends next time.

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SharonS
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an absolutely gorgeous lunch. I had the veggie set yum cha menu and the fried mushrooms were an absolute highlight !! Definitely coming back soon

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Genevieve
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve been too recently. Recommending to family and friends

FAQs

David's does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

David's is rated 4.5 stars by 506 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.