David's

4.4
537 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

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 537 People Are Saying
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4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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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

PL
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
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Highly recommend. Delicious food. Great atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was excellent!

BT
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

CL
CarolynL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

MS
MarionS
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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

RM
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 .

RC
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

RM
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.

AB
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.

JT
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!

OT
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 $$

RJ
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 🤨

MC
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

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 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
3 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.

CS
CatherineS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been recommended David’s by quite a few people and it did not disappoint. Everything was fantastic and I can’t wait to come back again.

Lots of recommendations have been given to colleagues at work this morning.

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Nadia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great set menu, ample food, lovely interior. Recommend for group bookings.

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Sybil
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! It was the first time we dined here and tried the yum cha. We enjoyed the experience. It's just that, the server forgot to bring our pecking duck order. But it was okay, we were already full anyway. We'll go back for sure!

KG
KathrynG
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food, a little noisy and cool temperature wise. Dinner service was exceptional from one or two staff, a little curt from over or two others. I don't like pandering, but more dedicated attention from one or two staff rather than numerous. Small point. Incredible food!

DR
DeniseR
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

such a wonderful dining experience, the food was superb and amazing customer service, thanks to all at David’s.

DK
DavidK
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food served at your pace, with attentive staff.

DC
DoubleC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

David's is an institution. It is reliable. The Yum Cha is of good quality and it is plentiful. Lovely to return there on a Sunday for lunch. Instead of trolleys it is a fixed menu and it is delivered to the table. This enables you to focus on each other rather than wondering where the dumplings are!

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sophiep
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food and $55 banquet deal is amazing. Will definitely be going back soon!

TH
TonyH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience4

Food came out a super slow rate, and then it arrive, was not extraordinary as expected given the price of the set menu.. I’ll stick to my traditional yum cha thank you

OT
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

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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.

TT
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.

AR
AlexR
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and a fantastic way to celebrate mothers day.

FAQs

David's does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

David's is rated 4.4 stars by 537 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.