LOVER

Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.Star_8_Created with Sketch.star-threequarterCreated with Sketch.
4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
43 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$41 to $100
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Australian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Bar Seating
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 43 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
RB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
L
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
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!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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)

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

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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
GS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
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.

Report
Helpful
MH
1 review
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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!!!!

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
CM
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is by far my fav in Windsor and the cocktails are the best in the whole of Melbourne!

Report
Helpful
K
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

It was my first time and I had heard great things, boy Lover did not disappoint! The staff are so friendly and down for a laugh, they made our dinning experience one to remember just from the little things alone.
Worth every penny - actually not pricey at all and I'd gladly go again! Cocktails were so yum they went down like water.
My standouts were the Beef Tataki and Flathead Ceviche - they're seriously that good!
Can't wait to go back x

Report
Helpful
EG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I eat here most weekends, the food is always delicous and the staff are friendly and welcoming.

Report
Helpful
NH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved Lover!

Report
Helpful
BV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. Would recommend to anyone after some great vibes, amazing food and some tasty cocktails.

Report
Helpful
SO
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Epic food! Great atmosphere and the most amazing cocktails.

Report
Helpful
C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

New hotspot in Windsor. Service was a bit all over the shop and cocktails were pretty ordinary. And took a looooong time to arrive.
Food was nice. More tapas than full meals.

Report
Helpful
NH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Second visit and wasn't disappointed. Gnocchi was as amazing as I'd read in the reviews - pillowy soft goodness with a beautiful smoky lamb ragu. Our guest from NYC said it was the best gnocchi he'd ever had! Not huge serves - these guys go for quality over quantity. Great value for money if you choose the Wednesday gnocchi special ($25 for gnocchi + glass of wine, we had a lovely Geelong Pinot Noir). Service a little slow at times, not quite as attentive as first visit. Ambience great - music playing, but not intrusive to conversation. Will definitely be back to try more of you. Thanks Lover!

Report
Helpful
ST
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

The staff were exceptional and friendly. They were really busy on the night we were there and the bar was struggling with their cocktail orders. Some of the wine selections weren’t available and some of the share plates were undercooked. But overall we had a great time. Nice place to go, friendly staff, more a drinks and catch up venue than snacking place.

Report
Helpful
D
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, great service, great vibes. Had a wonderful time, will be coming back soon! Big thank you to the servers who were helpful with not only menu suggestions but helping us find my friends earring.

Report
Helpful
H
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wednesday gnocchi and wine night is the best mid week, cheap date night. Have been several times and gnocchi is as ever the best I've ever had!

Report
Helpful
R
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cool vibe, great cocktails and yummy food, great for sharing. Staff service was excellent and friendly. Accommodated all our requests. Highly recommended!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service. Food was to die for - you MUST have the pretzel and gnocchi.

Report
Helpful
MQ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely ambient restaurant , great decor , attentive staff and great food . First impression was really positive , our evening was enjoyable but last impression was that the business is inflexible because they wont split the bill and charged 1.6 % on all credit cards . Really need to be very service oriented in this location with this demographic as there are so many good operators in the area. Probably wouldnt book this restaurant for s group of friends next time .

Report
Helpful
KP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious and creative food, great cocktails, cool vibe. What more could you ask?

Report
Helpful
S
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant experience in Melbourne I have had for 3 years. The team at LOVER have nailed it. Well done. Your service was no wank and completely genuine, food interesting and beautifully paired back, drinks were delicious and loved the metal straw no plastic wastage and drink always cold, atmosphere was casual with a touch of cool. Seriously fantastic.

Report
Helpful
SM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Lover was terrific. special mothers day lunch offered 5 courses and a glass of prosecco on arrival. senational value and when the food came it got even better. 1st class in every way.
Will certainly be back to try the range of cocktails at another time given it was lunch and with the family.
high recommend.

Report
Helpful
DT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue with superb atmosphere and a great service. They have a great range of cocktails, highly recommend the coconut margarita and the pineapple negroni! Food was fabulous and they have a super dessert menu. I was highly impressed with the service and would recommend to anyone looking for a good night out. Wine list is concise, good quality and well balanced.

Report
Helpful
OP
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Found Lover via some Instagram posts and decided to try it out. Friendly staff and great food, ended up trying an off the menu Whiskey that had just been brought in and made to feel like we were the only people in a very busy restaurant. Excellent food and a great place!

Report
Helpful
1
2
null