David's

4.6
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360 reviews
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$41 to $100
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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.

What 360 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As ever the food was fantastic and plentiful. Packed but service was prompt and well managed. Accommodated our 2 and nearly 4 year olds without a problem

IL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Th Yum Cha at David's is always very good! Great value, and the quality and variety of food is outstanding. We love it!

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The setting and ambience was great. Food was delicious

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Food are good, could’ve had some more traditional dim sims like sticky rice Chicken or egg tarts rather than fried rice and pork belly, not saying they’re not good, was just craving for egg tarts when we were there and they didn’t have them :(.

TV
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The female waitress made our dining experience amazing. Very sweet personality and we felt very welcome and valued. Great experience and really enjoyed our meal.

PD
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great good value yum cha but was disappointed that Peking Duck, which is usually included, was not on this visit. Nonetheless, great food, service and amazing value.

A
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food absolutely love this place! Must try if you havnt been

FL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Music playing is bizarre 90s songs that do not fit the place or ambience at all

S
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

It was Not the so called “all you can eat”, rather a set dish menu served by staff. Although you can ask for additional food but by the time when we received the extra serve of 1 prawn dumpling, dessert had already been served on the table.
Definitely not a traditional yum cha place and not worthy of $48. Will not go back.

J
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Having been to David’s many times for a la carte I was a little disappointed with the yum cha. There were just too many fried items. Everything was cooked extremely well but felt a balance is needed.

l
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was different from the last time we went which was great.
We brought a bottle of wine and they were great with $10 corkage

L
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

I love David’s and we go a lot. The food is excellent. This time it was so quiet... and the staff just rushed us through. I asked twice for them to slow down and it didn’t seem to be taken on board. It made what should have been a relaxing lunch with friends like a food assault. There were still smaller parties eating so I didn’t understand why we were so rushed and the waitress kept coming back to see if the credit card was on the bill. Hope this improves...

R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely and quick service, delicious food. Perfect date night spot!

BR
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Dinner with family and friends was a fantastic experience from the greeting to the farewell.

The food was exemplary with good recommendations from our waiter. The duck 'two ways' is the go to dish.

The service was faultless and the wine list perfect for the Shanghai focused menu.

AM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome yum cha. Attended the 11.30 am session. Highly recommend for the lovely staff , great selection of food and ambiance. You will not go hungry !

AM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service for the Yum cha were first class. As with all yum cha, too much food, but could not stop trying different things. Looked after the dietary very well. Can't wait to come back.

LW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to David's on several occasions and we love the whole experience

AC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely the best Chinese food we’ve ever had. The food was incredibly presented and absolutely delicious. Reasonably priced for an “upper class” restaurant. Recommend going with others to share meals. Service was perfect. Had a wonderful evening and will definitely revisit!

AF
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yum cha at David’s was a very enjoyable experience with so much choice and amazing hosts.
Would definitely enjoy again !

PG
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible quality yum cha, perfect amount of food and so much variety. The staff were very accommodating with a spot at the table for our pram too. Thanks again, can’t wait to come back!

JE
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

My only dislike, was waiting around out the front for guests to be seated because all bookings start at the same time. Other then that, everything was amazing, not just the food, but the overall lunching experience was amazing and the staff were really nice and attentive.

FP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, great service but a bit too too rushed. Would have been much better if we could have had more time to get through the courses.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very enjoyable and I will be going back!

KG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Great food, wonderful service. We went for a special birthday and had a wonderful night. We will be back!

JR
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite restaurant in Melbourne- great food great ambience- all good

NN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We loved the atmosphere. The foods were also great. Another good thing about this restaurant is they accept BYO wine, so I brought my favourite wines.

AM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Yum Cha was excellent with some really good gluten free options. Service was very attentive and the food kept coming at a brisk rate

JM
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We have had family Yum Cha catch ups at David’s over the years and thoroughly enjoyed every occasion. This Father’s Day set menu Yum Cha didn’t
match our other experiences. Service was slow for drinks and the range and quantity of food limited.

EM
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the all you can eat menu and the dishes just kept coming. Amazing food, great staff and lovely experience overall!

AM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic yum Cha, the food is amazing and there is plenty of it - only advice would be to go to the later (1.30pm sitting) as at the 11.30 session there is so much food and they bring it out quite quickly to get you out for the second sitting. So later sitting would be far more relaxing!

SJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time to David’s & it was for a special occasion - as I stated on our booking & the staff couldn’t be more accommodating & sincere - the service is really on point & naturally given , very good vibe throughout the restaurant . Then there was the food - which I consider myself as well versed in this area & it was above & beyond simply amazing . Thankyou David’s for a memorable evening - will recommend to everyone .

BL
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about this place, and can't believe I hadn't even heard of the restaurant before. Will definitely be coming back again, the food and service was incredible. The restaurant had a relaxed vibe and we weren't rushed through like you normally would be with a lot of restaurants in this area. Love love loved it all.

J
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

The vegetarian options were very limited and came out at a different time from the meat

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We have been for yum cha here 3 times in the past 18 months. We love it so much and rave about it to everyone. This visit I noticed some menu changes for instance the steak wasn't on the menu and instead of there being 4 dessert options there was only 3, I think with custard buns no longer being served which is a pity. Our table was accidentally not served the eggplant and we had to ask for it. What I love about here is you can ask for extra of your favorites. By far out favorite yum cha ever

m
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

It was very ordinary compared to the hype. There were far too many of the same dishes coming around. Desert was very disappointing. Couldn’t see significant difference between this “shanghainese” cuisine and any other yum cha except there were no egg custard tarts for dessert.

The wait staff were pleasant and that was the only stand out feature.

CW
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience5

Just a few constructive comments to make any future experience better: If rice could come before all the dishes that would be great. And if a dessert could be incorporated into the banquets that would be wonderful. Everyone was gutted to not have a dessert included at the end.

PD
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

I loved every bit of it EXCEPT - very very noisy. Very difficult to hear across the table. would definitely recommend to friends though

CD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of my favourite Asian restaurants in Melbourne & didn’t fail to deliver again. Dim Sum, Pork Belly & Wagyu Beef outstanding. Super friendly & helpful staff.

LS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great ambience and wonderful staff. Food choices were good. Chicken was well-cooked, bust slightly cold. Would definitely recommend to someone looking for a quiet and fancy date night.

J
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommended restaurant!!
Delicious food
Excellent services