LOVER

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98 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
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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Starting Jul 4, 2020·Tue 17:00-21:45, Thu-Sat 17:00-21:45

For groups of 7+, each guest is required to enjoy one of our Feed Me menus. Choose from our $55 or $69 feed me on the day. These are sharing style menus which showcase some of the best dishes LOVER has to offer. If you have special dining requirements please leave a note with all the dietaries within the group as we may not be able to accommodate some dietaries without notice.

What 98 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmilyG
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was seriously the best dinner I’ve had in years. The gnocchi was insane, the croquettes were amazing and the service was awesome. I loved having dinner here and I cannot wait for lockdown to be over so I can make this a regular spot 🧡

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So lovely. Food was outstanding, service fantastic. I’m so glad I had this experience before the second lockdown.

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raerae
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you're looking for a good time and a good feed, lover is the place to go! Thanks for a great night guys!

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AshtonS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bops. Tracks were on point and it was the best night of my life.

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kerries
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly rate this restaurant. Delicious food, great ambience and the owner who served us was amazing.

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Emma
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Lover, if you haven’t eaten here you’re missing out. The staff are great, and the food is outstanding.

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JuliaM
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

only thing is i wanted more options on the menu because i am pregnant. apart from that was epic!

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JadeG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience and atmosphere is so lovely it feels like hours are only minutes. The food was beyond expectations and the chef was so generous, creative and accommodating with my dietary requirements with the feed me deluxe menu that we ordered (highly recommend the duck). The Lover cocktails were beautiful I recommend The valentine for something rich and boozy. Staff were extremely helpful and vibrant. All n all a great night, I will definitely be back and will bring all my friends!

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ManuriY
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice Ambiance! A great Food and loved the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Incredible cocktails!

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AmandaV
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great service, awesome vibe would recommend for cocktails or dinner

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AidanW
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I really enjoyed our food when we went and can’t wait to come back again for a gnocchi night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful experience. Wonderful waiters, delicious food & cocktails.
Ambience - tick, tick, tick.
Can’t wait to return.

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Melr
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The gnocchi is always a standout! The staff are always friendly and we could tell that the staff cared about us having a good experience, and had good drink recommendations. My friends and I are needy af for service, we go to places for not only good drinks and food, but for the hospitality! We could've done with a bit more attention for drinks, but it wasn't too much of an issue. This is my 4th or 5th visit here over the course of a few years, and the food has always been consistently fantastic, but I do think service could be slightly improved.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wednesday gnocchi night is amazing value! Large portions of delicious gnocchi paired with a glass of wine, what more could you want!

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

My partner is lactose sensitive and there wasn’t a whole lot we could do for her in the set menu.

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ToriJ
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

DELICIOUS food and drinks! Will definitely be back!

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LuanaT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is delicious... Gnocchi are to die for!

If you love Gnocchi then put Lover on your list. You won't be dissapointed :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great local will be back for sue !

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Chris
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. Will definitely be coming back!

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EmmaW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved Lover, had the 6 course chefs menu and all of it was great. Also the staff make it really enjoyable. Really great place for dinner, particularly if you want to impress.

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Uncleted
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Good food good service
Recommendations given were not really what was explained by waiter
Some prices a bit high for what you get
After giving some feedback waiter became very defensive instead of taking the feedback on board ..

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ElizabethG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful staff, impressive menu from the chef & a beautiful overall atmosphere. Lover quickly became our weekly date destination.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fitout, service was perfect with charming staff, food and wine was all amazing.

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MariaM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Perfect date spot!
Great food, cocktails and service. Good music but you can actually have conversations without having to shout.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing!

Thanks for a great night with awesome food and cocktails.

You guys rock!

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MadisonS
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great music, very friendly and attentive staff, love!

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PhilippaM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing place for a catch up, group dinner or date night. Food is unbelievable!

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vipKimX
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food with great service. The gnocchi is a must!

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stephcara
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honestly, why are you so amazing. I would eat here everyday if I could.

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JessH
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yum yum yum ... gnocci wednesday ... recommend to all, best gnocchi you will ever have

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Sammie
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lover was Devine. The staff, super friendly, fun and attentive. The cocktails are delicious and full of Flavour. The oysters fresh and go down a treat. The bread is some of the best bread I’ve ever eaten. With the smoked butter what a combo! The gnocchi is cooked perfectly and leaves you satisfied and full but in a comfortable way. I cannot wait to go back ❤️

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yarnij
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Booked a booth for a special occasion. Got there to be tood booths were taken because “it was friday night”. Whats the point if pre booking then? Tried to seat us in a little pocket near the shopfront like we were some dogs on display in a petshop.

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Wozza
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Friday night dinner was very enjoyable from greeting to the ambience to the food. Gin Fizz cocktail was refreshing and small plates food very more-ish. Will return

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MicheleE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best gnocchi every single time. It is my favorite restaurant at the moment!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We ordered 2 gluten free serves and they stuffed up the order, not telling us until afterwards

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

All Gravy!!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Maree
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

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.

FAQs

LOVER does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. LOVER also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9510 6655.

LOVER is rated 4.7 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

LOVER does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://lover-3181.myshopify.com/products/gift-card.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.