David's

4.5
463 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

  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Thursday Night - David's Famous Yum Cha Menu

    A$55.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    For reservations every Thursday 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
  • 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

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 463 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
Service
4.6
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jfthg
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall3Food1Service1Ambience2

Food was lacking flavor, service on drinks was very slow.

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FionaC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Really tasty food, delivered by friendly staff in a very ambient environment.

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BenjaminC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simple flavours executed to perfection. Great service, excellent value and a must for lovers of Yum Cha

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and service was great. We were late due to traffic so rushed at first but all good

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FlorenceG
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, clean environment, efficient and friendly staff

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elizabethd
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Wondeful service

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent value. Great service and the lion dance performance was very enjoyable!

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LynnetL
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

It was a disappointing experience at David's this time around. Booked the unlimited yumcha for my birthday lunch and it didn't quite meet our expectations. The yumcha menu was very limited and we were served noodles and fried chicken as part of the course. We were hoping for a more traditional yumcha course with more choices of fried/steam dumplings etc. On a dumpling note, we felt like we were chewing on gum as the dumpling skin were very thick and non translucent. We were seated late as well within the 2 hour restriction and we were not allowed to re-order our choice of course until we were served everything - which by then an hour has passed and our tummies were filling up. Sneaky strategy! Definitely not worth the $55 paid.

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JanneaneC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and service was exceptional. Even though it was a little noisy we would return again.

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AndreaC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious set yum cha menu and yummy cocktails. Highly recommend the pink panther! You will definitely not go hungry, if you can get through the set menu and still hungry you just ask for repeats of your favourites. I love the DIY peking duck and the pork dumpling in ham broth is divine.
Normally I am not a big fan of asian desserts but the white chocolate dumplings are off the charts delicious, everyone in our group was impressed. I would go back just for these.
Service was also great, David's rang me about an hour before our booking time to check if we had any dietary requirements which was a nice touch.

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IonaG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food. Great place to dine. We’ve been for yum cha, lunch and dinner. All good!

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. The food does all the talking. Staff are always very obliging.

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KTcm
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the drinks were amazing! The staff were lovely. Have already recommended to friends. Will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The food was very average, I'm sorry to say...

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Dietcokequeen
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal yum cha ! They couldn’t do enough for us and the food was amazing 🤩

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Music was good, though there was a lack of ambience! Most of the food was yum

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Lily
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The Yum cha menu was very delicious but maybe a little too filling? The lychee and citrus ice tea was amazing and the service from all the staff members was incredible!!

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Hope
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not recommend David’s more. Amazing food and outstanding service. We had the vegan yum cha and there were such variety- we loved every single dish served. We are already rebooking! 10/10

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NicolaK
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff were wonderful. We had a few dietary restrictions and they were able to make it work for us flawlessly

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Booked for the 8PM yum cha, started a bit late.

Drink orders weren’t taken until we were finally able to catch a server’s attention around 20 minutes in.

We didn’t get served food until 8:40PM while other tables were already on their 3rd-4th serve. We had to ask a server where our food was especially considering how we were seated first, and other tables seemed to have all their drinks and food in order.

once food came out it was all quite rushed, dishes were all coming out at the same time. I had barely gotten the food off its plate when someone would come in and grab the plate to replace it with another one. Again, it all felt rushed. We haven’t had everything yet when we were already asked for our last orders. One dish (the lacklustre crab noodles) came out the same time as our second orders which was a bit irksome.

Food was okay (only the buns stood out for us, duck was good but tiny). Crab noodles was honestly a waste of good crab meat because it was quite bland and had zero flavour. We were just eating the crab for the sake of the crab, we couldn’t let it have died for nothing.

overall meh, won’t go back for the yum cha for sure. We were a bit disappointed considering how I was talking David’s up so much from the last time I went there for pre-covid ala carte.

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Milena
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Yum cha was delicious every single dish I could not fault. Amazing value for the price we paid for Yum Cha and the staff were exceptional. Will definitely be going back again.

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HanniM
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very enjoyable, good value and great service all around. Food delivery felt a bit rushed though but understood that it might be so to fit into limited time window.

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Ranas1
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yum cha was delicious! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best value and quality for all you can eat yumcha you can possibly get in Melbourne! The staff were also super friendly and hospitable! Highly recommended and will definitely come back!!

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vipCharlesH
Melbourne
10 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic food! Just got a bit confused with my drink order but the servers were very attentive.

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RobL
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

David’s has been our favourite Chinese restaurant in Melbourne for some 15 years BUT not on this occasion.
It was very disappointing not withstanding that the layout to cope with Covid is excellent , food is good but has been better & it is good value.

The issues
1. We ordered a bottle of Grosset Polish Hill - waiter returned to table with a bottle non chilled bottle from the cellar
So we asked for. Bruner Vetlinger - same result - not chilled
So we asked for a Yarra Valley Chardonnay - same so me so the waiter arrived at the table with 3 chilled bottles & we selected a
French Chardonnay
THIS IS JUST UN-ACCETABLE - 3 quality wines which had not been chilled!

2. Food Service
We felt like we were ‘force fed’ . The food came far to quickly with several courses on the table at once, no time to relax a enjoy the food - it was a non stop rush. The Kitchen staff need fix their schedule to enable the patrons to enjoy & savour the food

3. The Food. The new menu is not up to previous menus:
flavourless san choi bow,
Carve your own Duck Maryland to make your Peking Duck pancake,
Noodles with crab - with minimal crab & a mass of stuck together noodles
The dumplings were up to David’s standard & the fried oysters were good

CONCLUSION
Disappointing & attention to get the offering back to Davids’ high standards.

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LinaP
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

One of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne for fusion Asian cuisine.
Covid has definitely changed the ambience. The food was exquisite and variety was great!
I’ll be back again once COVID is no longer around and we can enjoy Melbourne’s hospitality industry at its best!!
Thank you.

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Philippa
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very attentive lovely staff. Great vegan menu. Will definitely be back.

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JuliaL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Saturday lunchtime al you can eat yum cha was fabulous and incredibly good value.

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MidgeM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food...especially the Tooth fish & the dumplings in the chicken & ham broth.
Service was terrific as usual. Champagne was flowing. All very good. Could not fault it !!

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AaronC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great night, the Yum Cha was fantastic. Cute little place and worth the visit.

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NellM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Went for the NYE'S bottomless yum cha and sparkling. The food was good, the service was exceptional and all-round it was a lovely evening. Can't wait to go back!

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AngikaS
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

We have been at David’s quite frequently. Always very happy with the food and the service. Never had a bad experience. This was the first time after the lockdown was removed. Food was surprisingly not as good as it always is. We still ate. Back home all of were very drowsy, and it felt as we would have eaten something with too much of MSG, or something that didn’t suit us.
We will go back again, hoping that food will be as delicious as before.

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HankleberrySkim
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Had to cancel my booking. I requested to have my booking changed to another night. This was granted, but then they gave my booking (paid in advance) to another party. And now, they ask for my review as if I had shown up myself. Bad communication and false promises on David’s part. I do accept some responsibility though. I tried to change my booking date half a day in advance of the booking time.

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CatherineA1
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

The food came out all at once and we had pressure to finalise our order. Last drinks was called 45 minutes prior to the end of our booking time. The restaurant had no atmosphere for a Saturday night and asked us to leave at 10pm. We weren’t that impressed overall but plenty of good food for $55 each

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SarahM
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the vegan yum cha. Great service and a nice atmosphere.

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Molly
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! Such nice service and the food was amazing. Great value for the price too.

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Katey
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience! Great value & exceptional food & service.

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FionaE
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, great service (not too much, not too little) fantastic bar staff. Do NOT snack at all before yum cha!

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EmmaB
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been enjoying David's Yum Cha as a family for years. Hands down the best Yum Cha in town.

FAQs

David's does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

David's is rated 4.5 stars by 463 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.