LOVER

4.7
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62 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Cosy
Late night kitchen and bar. ''Lover is one of those bars that hits the right note and then holds it perfectly. The corner site is gorgeous, the cocktails are on point, and there’s a surprisingly robust food menu. It’s a sort of restaurant-bar hybrid really. The classic double threat.'' Urban List 2018. Kitchen open late on Friday and Saturday nights!
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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

All Gravy!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

To get service we had to continually wave at the staff. It took about 30-45mins before I waved to get our order taken because no one asked us if we were still looking or ready. Then when I asked for the bill the staff forgot and was doing other things - wasn’t until about 20-30mins after I asked for the bill that she came back and said “oops I forgot your bill”

The food was lovely but we were pretty disappointed with the service when the venue wasn’t really busy while we were there during our booking.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the gnocchi & wine deal for Wednesdays.
Such great value & food was delicious. Also love the vibe.
We also got the fresh bread which was amazing recommend

M
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We had to sit at the bar as when I booked there were no tables. The bar stools are incredibly uncomfortable. If that was the only dining option available when booking I would go somewhere else. As it happens we invited to transfer to a table about 1.5 hours in and that made a difference (although those chairs are not super comfy either). The food was fab, loved it! And the special with the gnocchi and glass of wine perfect. The staff were friendly and helpful when asked. They could have checked in to see how we were going or whether we wanted more wine - we had to ask a couple of times for service.

RM
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time at Lover, simple but well thought out menu, delicious cocktail menu, and lovely decor. Would recommend Lover to many :)

KH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have been to Lover 3 times now, and I wish I could come here more often, but I live 40mins away, so I come here for special occasions! It was my dad's birthday and I surprised him and my family to dinner at Lover! I had some requests for the booking, which the Lover team were super helpful in meeting those requirements! Amazing service, the staff were so friendly, and even gave me a call before the booking to ensure me they have read my requests! We will be back again! Amazing food and drinks as always too!

L
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is incredible and the staff are so laid back & easy going, comfort levels to the max!

SG
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff is great and the Gnocchi are fantastic. Couldn’t get better value for $25

S
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and even though from memory there were only 4 wines to choose from both the red and the white wine we drank were terrific. Cocktails also great.

E
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff of lover are awesome. Such a cool space - perfect for date night or hanging with friends. Great bar - absolutely fantastic cocktail list (yet to pick one i haven't loveddd). Beautiful food, always!

x
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bloody good. Def recommend the gnocchi, fig, & octopus dishes. Also - the bread was delicious (lol I know, but trust). Cute lil place with a cool, energetic vibe. Staff were very helpful.

J
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic staff, fantastic food and fantastic value ! LOVE this place just what chapel street needs

B
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can not fault lover! Delicious food, impeccable service, the interior is cool and the music sets the tone. Such a vibe. And they serve yummy and aesthetically pleasing cocktails. 11/10 will defs be returning.

m
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved Lover!! My friend & I had the best time the food was delicious & the cocktails were so delicious 😍 the service was nice and quick. Definitely recommend this resturant to anyone that wants delicious food/drinks fun atmosphere.

One of my favorite resturants to date xx

PG
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyable mellow vibe with pops of vibrancy. Staff were excellent...genuinely attentive and food thoroughly enjoyable. It was quiet for a Thursday night. But not a bad thing. Recommended for groups or a couple.

C
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went on a double date with a few friends. Had already tried the restaurant before and remember it having fantastic food and a great cocktail selection.
Had the Feed me menu for $60/head, everything was amazing. Honestly, one of the greatest dining experiences ive ever had and the food was far superior to the price.

GS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely food. Very good service.
Too loud, like eveywhere
Great cocktails. Ee are regulars and eill be back.
Just don't know why it has to be hard to have a conversation.

J
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our meal ...loved the place...such friendly good table service.....and super yummy Gnocchi deal on Wed nights!!! Will def be heading back soon!!! Still dreaming about that gnocchi!!!

R
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had my birthday dinner for 5 people. Enjoyed the $49 feed me menu and a couple of gorgeous cocktails each and a bottle of Pinot. Approx $95 each person. Allocated special table too. Staff were very helpful and welcoming. The food was delicious. Next time I’ll def try the $60 menu. Really cool spot in Windsor

RB
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

That gnocchi was legitimately life changing!!!!!!!

C
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favourite places for a drink and meal, gnocchi is unbelievable along with the cocktails. Get your lover down here

L
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Wednesday night deal of gnocchi & a glass of wine never disappoints! This is quick becoming my go to!

T
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We had the Gnocchi special which was $25 with a glass of wine. The food was delicious and just the right amount. They were super busy on the night and even though we had a booking had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. The staff made up for it though and overall was a very pleasant dining experience in a venue which has a unique and interesting vibe to it.

SH
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Awesome food & cool venue! We went in expecting to pay a lot so weren’t worried about a big bill, but to be honest the meals really were quite small for how much they were (I know you get that at nice restaurants but it was still a shock - they were QUITE small). Otherwise a really good place.

L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fantastic the Best Gnocchi Mushroom I have ever had!

JW
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The Wednesday $25 gnocchi special was perfect with a glass of wine and the croquettes were delish! Service appeared to be good and friendly if you knew the staff but a bit lack lustre if you didn’t. It’s your “typical” Chapel Street crowd - young and trendy - with the requisite furnishings. Would go back for the food.

PT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little intimate spot. Perfect place for a mid week rendezvous. Gnocchi is made fresh on the premises and you can definitely taste the difference . Alternating weekly flavours , just to mix it up , combined with a good selection of Vino and tempting cocktails all served with a smile. I will be back .... more than once

AL
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was outstanding, wasn’t too loud which meant you could have conversation! Would recommend and will definitely go back (just for more of those croquettes)

DS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was exquisite!!! Go and try the ceviche and gnocchi!

SH
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Highly recommend the cocktails to start they were delicious and the feed me menu was dish after dish of beautifully cooked food. Definitely try their feed me menu as there are so many great dishes this is the best way to have a taste of some of the best and it’s great value for money.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The cocktails are really good, the croquettes were fantastic, but everything else lacked lustre.

AA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Unfortunately we didn’t love lover! The food was incredibly slow to come out and portions were not satisfying. A disappointing night that didn’t fill us with love

GS
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fab food, great sevice, too loud, esp on Valentines day. Everyone seems to thing music should be at ear-bleeding levels and I have no idea why. over wasn't the worst, but it was hard to have a conversation.
We have been befor and will again, also don't like the first thing from our waiter is telling us when we have to leave as we are walking in the door. Not the time, mate.
One of the better decors, sevice and food.

KH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best gnocchi I've ever had!! Such a lovely atmosphere and staff are always friendly

VD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

‘‘twas my birthday and they made it super special, I love how friendly and authentic the staff are. The new fitout is a win, it feels like home.

s
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food at such an affordable price, we went there for my birthday and it was perfect. I tried lost of new things

AW
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Gnocchi was good, flavour of sauce though was just okay. Have had the blue cheese one previously and that was amazing so maybe just an off night with flavour selctions.

B
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food is great, cocktails are amazing! Favourite spot on Chapel St by far!!!!

S
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Good music, good food. Great feel and ambience about the place. The boys have done well. Recommend the spring lamb!

TP
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A friend and I ventured down to Lover for a catch-up meal. We were greeted with a smile and quickly lead to our seats. Our drinks order was promptly taken and they made not only recommendations but arrangements to cater for my friend's dietary requirements.

The service was great and entrees and mains were outstanding.

10/10 would return.

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