LOVER

4.7
120 reviews
$41 to $100
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!

Support LOVER during COVID-19

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
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured special offers

Select a special offer by choosing a date, time and party size

LOVER BOOKINGS

Dine in

A$25.00 per order

Starting Nov 28, 2020·Sun-Tue 16:00-21:30, Thu-Sat 16:00-21:30

Bookings made inside are required to spend a minimum of $25 on food. Bookings made in our outdoor area are not subject to a minimum spend. xx

$69 Set menu

Dine in

A$69.00 per order

Starting Nov 28, 2020·Tue-Sat 16:00-23:30

Groups of 7 or more guests are required to dine on our $69pp set menu. The set menu will comprise of our greatest hits selected by our kitchen. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

***Please note that all dietary requirements must be listed in the booking notes. We are a small kitchen running a freshly prepared menu. With this in mind, we may not be able to cater to dietary requirements without notice.

GNOCCHI + WINE NIGHT

Dine in

A$25.00 per order

Starting Nov 1, 2020·Wed 16:00-23:30

Welcome are excited to welcome you back to Gnocchi + Wine night. Choose one of our four flavours of gnocchi and a glass of LOVER 'Good Times' Wine for $25. Vegan and gluten-free are available with 24 hours notice. Please let us know in the notes when you make your reservation if you have any dietary requirements.

Bookings have a duration of 1.5 hours. xx

What 120 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JenC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Yummy food but non-main portions are very small.
Cocktail called 'Hey Girl' was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience1

The amazing food and cocktails stand in stark contrast to the super unwelcoming wait staff. Definitely wouldn’t go back in a big hurry. A nice reminder to the people running the show that Chapel Street boasts hundreds of lovely spots with lovely food and friendly people to make for a beautiful dining experience. People will always remember how you made them feel.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First shift and the best waitress in 3181

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Sarah
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Worst service I’ve had in a long time. Attitude plus plus on all the male staff, more interested in socialising than service. Blonde female waitress was good. Not Covid safe. Food was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved our experience here, from the moment we walked in the staff were attentive and friendly. The food was amazing - we did the feed me menu. And the cocktails and ambience was lovely.

Can’t wait to go back.

KD
KirstenD
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was exceptional. Food was fantastic. Gluten free gnocchi was a highlight!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food’s too salty but vibe is great!

JN
JamesN
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best venues in Melbourne right now. Amazing food and spectacular cocktails.

C
Chloe
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it, great vibe and quality food and service!

AS
ArmaanS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They cancelled my booking which i came to know after reaching the venue and did not get a formal message or anything as such. I did receive a phone call but i was at work where my phone cannot be reached.

MM
MagyM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, food was delicious and venue was stunning

DH
DeborahH
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very funky vibe but service was genuine- not pretentious. Loved the food too. Will be back.

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Phoebe
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVER was amazing. We had a cute little booth at the back - really great atmosphere. The gnocchi was incredibly soft and delicious! Definitely planning on coming back.

RZ
RexZ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best in Melbourne! Food is great and reasonable price.

LW
LolaWins
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Not the same menu anymore, only 3/4 mains and everything else was starters. I wouldn’t go back for dinner there, it’s more like a bar now.

C
Coco
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and cocktails were amazing. Fantastic date night destination for my girlfriends birthday

K
Kspaar
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place. Great food, good ambience and pretty reasonable prices.

LL
LaurenL
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible! I don’t usually write reviews, but when I receive amazing service it’s worth noting down! I’ve been to a couple of places since Metro Melbourne has been out of lockdown and I’m forgotten about.

These guys have consistently given amazing service, the food is divine and comes out so quickly! Will continue to be a regular customer, other restaurants don’t compare. If you want yummy food and cocktails this is the place to be!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for being patient ❤️

AJ
AlexJ
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such amazing workers there who made the experience so much fun. Gnocchi and cocktail drinks were incredible too will be coming back again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot

KD
KathrynD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is the best place to eat , drink and have fun in Melbourne.
This is a must have on your dinner list weather you are wanting a fun night out or a beautiful romantic place for a date night.

EG
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 🧡

OT
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!

AS
AshtonS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

K
Kspaar
Melbourne / VIC
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.

JM
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!

JG
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!

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

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

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

Outstanding food and service! Incredible cocktails!

AV
AmandaV
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great service, awesome vibe would recommend for cocktails or dinner

AW
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.

OT
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.

M
Melr
Melbourne / VIC
6 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.

OT
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!

DD
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.

TJ
ToriJ
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

DELICIOUS food and drinks! Will definitely be back!

LT
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 :)

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 120 OpenTable diners.

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

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.