LOVER

4.7
148 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!

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Experiences

  • Group Dining Experience

    Multiple dates available

    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 $25

    Multiple dates available

    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 Select
  • Dinner Bookings

    Multiple dates available

    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

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
What 148 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
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChloeO
Melbourne
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

BRILLIANT SERVICE AND DELISH FOOD

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BellaP
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always amazing and if you haven’t attended the Wednesday Gnocchi night, you’re missing out!

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SarahH
Melbourne
8 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Went to the $25 gnocchi wine deal. Meatball gnocchi was delicious! Great value and good vibe.

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EvieC
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

A little overpriced, limited menu, slow service. Staff weren't enthusiastic at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the ambience of the restaurant and the service was quick, friendly and helpful. The menu was a bit fancy, so for me there wasn’t a lot I’d choose but what we ate was delicious.

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Janeu
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dinner on chapel street ! And super friendly service

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SCho1604
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best gnocchi I’ve ever had, killer cocktails and cosy inviting vibe and atmosphere - a perfect date night spot!

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Leafy
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing venue, great service, spectacular food, fabulous vibe, delicious cocktails. A definite must go!!

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Shenai
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. They went above and beyond to cater for allergies as well. The gnocchi is probably the closest to god that I’ll ever get.

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GeoffS
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As ever Lover was superbn.
Took a mate and new guests for a birthday and everyone really enjoyed the food, service and drinks.We'll be back, again!
Always a bit loud for us buit not as bad as most venues.

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Jacqui
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lover never disappoints. Every meal from starter to main was heaven. Service was super friendly and unbelievably quick. 5 stars ✨

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GeorgiaL
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Staff were super helpful and recommended delicious food and drinks

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AbigailR
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were lovely and the food was sumptuous however be warned, there are too many delicious cocktails to try in one sitting!

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Andy
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very well looked after, food was fast, on point, and extremely delicious. Not kidding...possibly my best Bar/Restaurant experience in a long, long time. Cocktails were top shelf...the crew behind the bar know their stuff, which complemented the night. Normally one part lets the others down slightly..but not at Lover. FOH, Kitchen & Bar were all a 10/10 for me.

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Tiab
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff, prompt seating and excellent value! Easily my favourite place to dine

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelievable. Would highly recommend for their unbelievable gnocchi and cocktails

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George
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best gnocchi out there, amazing staff and a great vibe

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Reece
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Went for the Gnocchi and wine night ($25) four types of Gnocchi dishes and either a glass of red or white. Honestly great value, the gnocchi was great and the wine was nice. Staff were friendly and would keep an eye on you quite regularly which was great!

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Tash
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food and cocktails, already booked my return

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Local
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, amazing wines, great service! I recommend it.

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EmmaR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, amazing drinks. Awesome place for my birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely good service and food!

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KerryK
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The vegan gnocchi and wine for $25 was fantastic value for money.
The cocktails are delicious too and the place has a great vibe and friendly, knowledgable staff.

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BennyS
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I didn’t eat any food but from what I saw it looked great. Attentive and friendly staff and the drinks and cocktail menu is awesome!! We were seated outside so I know there’s not much that can be done but the atmosphere inside seemed much more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Great meal! Would have liked a longer sitting as we were kicked out at 8pm but still lovely !

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nicolar
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always. Best gnocchi probably in the world

MM
vipMarqassaM
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and atmosphere was amazing. Will continue to come here and bring my friends to experience it too! 😉

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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!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
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.

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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.

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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.

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KirstenD
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food’s too salty but vibe is great!

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JamesN
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Chloe
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it, great vibe and quality food and service!

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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.

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MagyM
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, food was delicious and venue was stunning

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DeborahH
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

FAQs

LOVER offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9510 6655.

LOVER is rated 4.7 stars by 148 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.