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LOVER, Windsor, AU-VIC

LOVER

4.6
4.6
240 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Australian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9510 6655

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Turner

  • Neighborhood

    Windsor

  • Cross street

    Chapel Street and McIlwrick Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Windsor Train Station, Windsor Railway Station/Chapel Street #43, Dandenong Road #44, Chapel Street #32, Dandenong Road/Chapel Street

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Disco Dinning

    Multiple dates available
    Every Saturday night we have been bringing you brilliant food & bougie cocktails. We are now introducing Disco Dinning starting from 9pm until close. We have lined up some of Melbourne’s best DJs to supply you with a live disco set to get all of your senses tingling. Our kitchen will be open until 10pm but the bar and our full cocktail list will be available until close. *please note bookings of over 7 people are required to go on feed me menus. *please notify us with all dietary requirements 24 hours before the booking date. * Cancellations including covid related with less than 24hours before the booking time will be charged.
  • GNOCCHI + WINE NIGHT $30

    Multiple dates available
    Welcome we are excited to welcome you back to Gnocchi + Wine night. Choose one of our four flavours of gnocchi and a glass of our house wine for $30. 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 * Cancellations including covid related with less than 24hours before the booking time will be charged.
  • Group Dining Experience

    Multiple dates available
    Groups of 7-25 guests are required to dine on one of the set menu options we have available, comprising of either a 'grazing' style set menu with snacks and gnocchi or a full coursed dinner with snacks, gnocchi, mains and dessert. Groups of over 25 guests will be on a set 'canapé' style menu. ***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. * Cancellations including covid related with less than 24hours before the booking time will be charged.

What 240 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Melbourne

    Australian

  • Inner City South

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    The ambience was really nice but the food was horrible. We were a group of four and tried a few different dishes, and there was not one yummy thing. Especially the gnocchi were soggy and extremely over cooked. It’s ok for drinks but not for dinner.
  2. f

    foodeater

    New South Wales

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lover’s gnocchi is always insane. Always the best flavours at lover. Love love love
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best!!!!!
  4. VP

    VanessaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moody atmosphere. Great design. Amazing food. Will definitely go back for more of those maple roasted beetroots
  5. HB

    HeBe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect picture window seat for 5, tucked away so we could chat and catch up easily. Food was delicious, especially the beetroot and the melt in the mouth rump steak. Great cocktails too. Fantastic evening
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place so much
  7. KN

    KristenN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Did not prioritise patrons with booking and did not communicate at all to say there would be a delay. Once we were seated, waiters ignored us and walked aimlessly around. Finally informed us that they were a kitchen staff down after almost 2 hours of waiting (unfortunate and unavoidable, however could have just let us know). Food took a while to come which was fine but always had to ask for water refills etc. Finally, we were compensated a free drink, young bar tender basically held the whole place together as he was apologetic and provided some entertainment as we waited. After we had clearly finished eating, waiter ignored us and when we asked to pay he said of course, however spent the next 20 minutes doing other small jobs.
  8. EB

    EmilyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Feed me share menu 100% value for money food was incredible and more dishes then we expected would recommend.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & really nice staff :)
  10. S

    Sylvia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Every dish was delicious. Would recommend the Feed Me option to try a few different dishes. Only downside was that the music was a bit too loud
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the music made it a fun place to be. I was really impressed with how quickly my whisky old fashioned was made and served. It don’t disappoint me with its taste either!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was absolutely amazing and the venue is incredible, but what set this visit apart was the amazing waitress Jaz. She was so attentive and just fantastic. She is an absolute gem and one of the best waitstaff I have come across in a long time.
  13. T

    Teri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails were beautiful - I love “The 1”. Service lovely and food came out so quickly. Got seated in the window area which we loved - perfect for chapel nightlife observation. We love Lover 💜
  14. E

    Erin

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service and recommendations by Ginny and a great place for a stylish girly dinner. The gnocchi was absolutely divine. Thank you, Lover. We will be back!
  15. TS

    TracyS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service and the staff are very friendly. The food was tasty, well presented and came in a timely manner We would definitely dine again.
  16. G

    Gareth

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Great Service, and wonderful ambience to the place.
  17. TA

    TamaraA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and cocktails, great service. It got harder to hear conversation as the night went on however, because the music was turned up but otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful venue!
  18. CS

    ChloeS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all had the gnocci special and this time I tried the the butternut and chorizo - hands down this is my favourite flavour thus far, it was so delicious & the gnocci is the perfect pillow texture, very satisfied will be back :)
  19. BM

    BecM

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked the set menu for Valentine’s Day and although I already knew it would be amazing because I’ve been for the Gnocchi nights this was such an unreal experience. The food was of such high quality and just so tasty and in my view was not expensive. Would honestly recommend this place to everyone for food or drinks they do both brilliantly 👌🏽
  20. T

    Tom31

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Clearly tried to cram as many people in for Valentine’s Day and ended up moving our table from inside to the alleyway outside ; was impossible to get waiters attention, could not order drinks when we wanted, did not receive desserts that were a part of the package. Overall a really poor experience for $300
  21. B

    Brooke

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a great time at Lover for dinner. The cocktails were delicious and the food was very good. The entrees were a little rushed and were brought out a little too quickly as we hadn’t finished the previous plate yet but overall we really enjoyed our time and will be back. The music was great too and it wasn’t too loud so it’s a great place for date night. Thank you for a great evening. I loved the Polaroid snap too for Valentine’s Day which was a nice touch!
  22. MW

    MarinaW

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was really impressive. The waitress recommended a great cocktail. The outdoor seating is on Chapel St.
  23. HD

    HamishD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here quite a few times now. Their Gnocchi is delicious. Waiters a lovely and very knowledgeable if you have questions! One of my fav go-to's
  24. S

    Sunflower

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Lover on Chapel with a friend and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the food and service - AMAZING. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was superb especially the broccolini - I highly recommend ordering it. Do yourself a favour and book Lover on Chapel, you will not regret it.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and vibe, highly recommend!!
  26. B

    Britsnswedes

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! I cannot fault the team and the chefs at Lover! Great night, and highly recommend little Melbourne Gem of a restaurant!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Felt like the staff were annoyed we were there, didn’t get a friendly vibe from them
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was amazing but we were basically ignored by the staff. Enjoyed the ambience but our table of 2 was forgotten about.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and amazing drinks
  30. ED

    EffieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    All worth a try.
  31. JG

    JoelG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, drinks and vibe at LOVER. Service was a little slow but was expected due to staff shortages. Will definitely be back!
  32. A

    Aurelie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Considering they were short staffed, the staff were great and friendly and gave lots of great recommendations! The food and cocktails were wonderful!
  33. TL

    TryLex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better than expected. Very high quality and interesting food to accompany great cocktails, good range of beers and wines. Liked the music. Would love to return to experience a post Omicron vibe!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of: 4 Night: Friday night Menu:Chef’s selection What a gem this place is! Besides the good vibes, delicious cocktails, amazing team, the food at LOVER is next level. Well done to the chef and team behind the menu at LOVER, one of the best meals I have had in a long time that had so much soul to it. Would highly recommend for any occasion, we will be back soon ourselves for sure.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the $40pp feed me and it was delicious.
  36. CH

    CharlesH

    Melbourne

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Gnocchi night was great fun thank you! Lovely choices of pasta and served really fast. All tasted great and the staff were lovely too. Thanks a lot!!
  37. LB

    LukeB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service as always. You can't go wrong with Gnocchi night on a Wednesday. Will be back
  38. AM

    AlbertM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service unbelievable, staff amazing, food on a par with the best in Melbourne
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is switched on ! They provide great food & the service was excellent ! $30 for gnocchi & wine was good value but $75 for 2 with a bottle of wine was an even better offer on the night. The gnocchi was yum. I loved how they carefully checked your vax credentials when worked in. Done in a very caring but professional way.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

LOVER is rated 4.6 stars by 240 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for LOVER

60 Chapel Street Windsor, AU-VIC 3181

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Chapel Street and McIlwrick Street

  • Neighborhood

    Windsor

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Windsor Train Station, Windsor Railway Station/Chapel Street #43, Dandenong Road #44, Chapel Street #32, Dandenong Road/Chapel Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Turner

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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