LOVER

4.7
23 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Australian
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Hours of Operation
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(03) 9510 6655
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Cocktails, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 23 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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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!

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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

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EG
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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved Lover!

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BV
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.

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

Epic food! Great atmosphere and the most amazing cocktails.

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C
7 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.

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NH
3 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!

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ST
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.

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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.

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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!

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R
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!

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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.

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MQ
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 .

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KP
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?

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S
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.

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SM
2 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.

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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.

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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!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed it immensely. Excellent character and ambience, and a positive choice for a first date because it's elegant but not formal, the food is good and the service was excellent.

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K
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely vibe and atmosphere. Great cocktails. Food was lovely; only one dish we didn’t particularly love. Staff were a little too attentive and seemed to be standing over table at times. But new restaurant so I’m sure they will perfect everything in time. Definitely will return.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful venue. Interesting wine list and great food.

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