LOVER

4.7
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79 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!
What 79 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

EW
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.

U
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 ..

EG
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.

C
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

MM
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.

MC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing!

Thanks for a great night with awesome food and cocktails.

You guys rock!

MS
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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

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

KX
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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

s
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JH
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

S
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 ❤️

y
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.

W
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

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

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

DS
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

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

All Gravy!!

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OT
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.

OT
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

M
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.

RM
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

B
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

C
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

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.