David's

4.6
204 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Chinese (Shanghai)
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions

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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese (Shanghai), Chinese, Yum Cha
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Hours of Operation
LUNCH
Wed - Fri 12pm-3pm
Sat 11:30am & 1:30 pm (Yum Cha Sittings)
Sun 11:30 am & 1:30 pm (Yum Cha Sittings)
DINNER
Sun - Thu 6pm-10pm
Fri - Sat 6pm-11pm
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Phone number
(03) 9529 5199
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jeffery Xiao
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Private Party Facilities
If you’re after a stylish function space without the snobbery, David’s knows the perfect place. Call us biased, but it’s right here in our restaurant. We offer a range of function and private dining options for groups ranging from 30-120 people, giving you the option to hire out the front, back, or entire venue to suit your requirements. Whether you’re after a cocktail event with a Shanghai sparkle or a sit-down celebration that’s the whole shebang, David’s has you covered. Choose from a Shanghai-inspired sharing menu, or tell us what you’re after and we’ll tailor the menu to your needs. Either way, we highly recommend including our delicious cocktails or drinks package. For more information please check out our functions kit at: http://davidsrestaurant.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Davidsfunctionkit2017.pdf.
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Private Party Contact
Adam Chen: (03) 9529 5199
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Catering
Take away and delivering through Deliveroo, visit https://deliveroo.com.au/menu/melbourne/prahran/davids for more information.

External catering events available. Please contact restaurant for details.
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Cross street
Chapel Street
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Parking Details
Street parking available. Please check signs for duration.

Free under cover public car park with 2 hour duration directly opposite venue.

Paid parking available at 8-14 King Street Prahran (adjacent to venue).

For more information on parking around our venue please visit www.chapelstreetparking.com.au for more information.
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Public Transit
Within 10 minute walk to Prahran Station. Trams 6, 72, 78,and 79 within close proximity.
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Special Events & Promotions
David's Seafood Degustation - Wednesday 27th June 2018

To celebrate the launch of our new menu, join us as we explore Shanghai's diversity from sea perch to scallops & king prawns- focusing on fresh, seasonal seafood matched with wines from world class regions such as Burgundy, to some smaller more unique places like Getariako Txakolina in Spain.

$75 for Degustation (food only), $105 with matched drinks.

For bookings call us on 9529 5199 or click http://www.myguestlist.com.au/mgl/link.php?lid=5b16237166380&pid=5ad6b0fd4fff0
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 204 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always delicious and the service is always outstanding.

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KR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Lack of food going around considering we booked in for an "all-you-can-eat". Had to consistently ask the waiters for more but besides that the service was really good

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BA
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality food and service as usual! Unlimited Yum Cha Saturdays with BYO is a perfect combo!

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ZR
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Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive staff, romantic ambiance and a wonderfully refreshing Lychee Martini 🍸. Highly recommendable.

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PK
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great but I just had one complaint we found an eyelash hair in one of our food items. I understand that happens sometimes but the restaurant was just so busy that the waiters just shrugged it off.

They did everything well but this one incident was a bit disappointing.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional hospitality. The food is delicious which brings out the Shanghainese style.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Single (1 item) serves at the start and throughout the yum cha are tiny and amusing. Later our waiter announced that Chinese broccoli was about to be served signalling the end of the food before dessert. As we were still hungry we asked for double serves of the remaining 2 dishes. 1 of these was a barbecued beef which tasted strangely of Aussie smoked barbie and clashed with the oriental flavours of everything else. Dessert was a gluggy rice ball infused with chocolate sauce. Considering that we didn’t have alcohol or coffee $55 each was quite an expensive Sunday lunch.

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TC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love David's. Best yum cha in Melbourne and great service. Best to book as weekends are busy.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Missed out on a few dishes so has to ask but staff were good to ensure we got them. Yum Cha consistency good, no more custard tarts (shame!). Desserts were OK.. Very noisy. But wouls. Go. Back for special occasion.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We regularly choose David's for special occasions as well as a great place to lunch with friends on the weekend.

We think their Yum Cha is the best to be found. Service is always great, the staff are charming and we always feel looked after.

A great varied selection of everybody's favourites ensures that everybody we introduce to David's Yum Cha enjoys the afternoon.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just fabulous! Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Yum Cha was exceptional with a continuous flow of delicious, unlimited offerings... not your standard trolley service. A real treat!!!

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JC
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Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Yum Cha ever and delightfully charming service. Thanks Adam!

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SJ
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Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Christine is a playful and intuitive host. The had a lovely night.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I've dined at David's a number of times over the past 7 years, and have always been pleased. Its been about 12 months since I last dined there (as I now reside in Sydney) and this time found the food to be of ordinary standards, which maybe due to a change in chefs. There signature dish (sticky pork belly) which I have had on numerous occasions was very disappointing.

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AL
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous venue that really made the meal an interesting experience. The food was incredible and we all left satisfied. Good variety of food and staff regularly checked in with us regarding drinks. Service was amazing. Could not recommend it more.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious dumplings and lots of interesting dishes perfect for sharing. Excellent service.

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SO
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Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to David's for Sunday yum cha and dinner! Great experience both times. Excellent food and value for money! Highly recommend 😀

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KS
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Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been waiting for a while to come here and it was well worth it. I can easily see why it is rated as one of the best in Melbourne.

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s
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, food was delish! Thank you ! I would definitely recommend this place to eat.

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AR
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was the best part of dinner. The staff are hilarious and attentive! Food was great and it was perfect for a birthday dinner! Can’t wait to come back!

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CD
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always yummy! Never dissatisfied!
So many options ... dishes just keep coming!!

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HS
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great value, delicious food and excellent service. Makes sense that David’s has built such a great reputation over the years!

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S
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just the best place for a generous and convivial Sunday celebration of family

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MC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always great food and service, thank you once again.

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NH
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great dinner for my wife's birthday at David's. The set menu for our party of 6 was amazing and also catered for one vegetarian in our group (menu could be modified if needed). Delicious food and attentive service at a reasonable price. Noise levels were quite high when we first arrived due to a number of large groups at the rear of the restaurant, however, it reduced within the first hour after one large group left. David's offers BYO on certain nights (we were there for Sunday dinner) but be aware that corkage is $10 per bottle. Overall, highly recommended!

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HM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The setting (down a Prahran laneway) is enticing, as is the decor and ambience. Food and service is excellent. A small criticism is that choices were delivered too close together which meant that items best eaten hot had cooled down. Suggest spacing delivery to allow diners to enjoy a less hasty dining experience.

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VC
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Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We arrived quite late, due to unforeseen circumstance to a booking and the staff were so accommodating, food was great and the decor just divine. Would definitely go back and recommend!

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CD
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I’ve been to David’s many times only this time was a family birthday celebration. Food, service & atmosphere was the same consistently high standard & much appreciated. One of my favourite Asian themed restaurants in Melbourne

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ZP
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Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first time and it was amazing. Definitely looking forward to coming back. The food and service was exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place thoroughly enjoyed and the waitress made it great . Loved her singing happy birthday. Will definitely be back

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GE
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Davids is one of those reliable 'go to' places in Melbourne that never disappoints. The food is delicious and the service always attentive and charming. I love the place. Best value in town.

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PR
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Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Father's Day Yum Cha Dinner with my family of 4. A huge selection of delicious yum cha dishes including 4 desert items. Unlimited for $50 per person no one is leaving disappointed or hungry. BYO for $10 corkage for Sunday dinner was certainly a draw card. But on-top of that the service was exceptional. Attentive and friendly and never forgot about you when you asked for something extra. The seating is comfortable and they also had additional cushions to my mother's delight who suffers from a back back. 10/10 playlist for the background music which wasn't too loud. Acoustics in the restaurant allowed conversation that didn't require you to shout at the person opposite you. Overall my family that are often hard to please left very happy. Thank you.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Aaah David's you have done it again! Another fabulous family celebration at your fine establishment! Looking forward to coming back already!

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JL
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Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are regulars for Sunday yum cha at David’s and they really cater for families - we all have our favourite dishes and there is plenty of variety for everyone to enjoy! We feel like we are part of the family!

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h
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Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Yun cha menu was very well executed. Generous portions and fresh ingredients. An impressive experience.

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LT
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Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were very attentive and provide great guidance to the menu. We were welcomed with a smile and the food was amazing as always. Highly recommend 👍👍👍

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SC
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Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious Chinese food with a definite Australian feel. Not spicy but tasty and great dish selection. Staff were super friendly, helpful and accommodating. We had 3 separate requests between 8 dinners and they were able to work out the dishes so none of us got what we don't eat. Great décor and ambience too. Thank you.

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AR
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Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, good atmosphere and neat service. Always reliable

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A
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Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the delicious, bountiful yum cha. Service was excellent and dietary needs were catered for with ease. Relaxed and fun atmosphere in a cosy space. Loved the music too!

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OT
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Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

21 Birthday

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