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Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant

4.3
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591 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Barbecue

At Fancy Hank's we serve American-style, slow-cooked BBQ, using the finest quality free-range meats, cooked using our custom-built, 2-tonne smoker. Brisket, ribs and pulled-pork sit alongside the traditional sides as well as a number of unique dishes. We use traditional Southern cooking techniques and combine these with local produce to put our uniquely Australian spin on this regional American cuisine.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 591 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RickM
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The food was pretty dry and it was too dark inside, overall cost just for food $158 for 2 people, i thought that was expensive, especially for the quality. I was excited to go there but there's too many other places in Melbourne to try if you know you it's not very nice.

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MacallaS
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Food is absolutely amazing, it is expensive for the portion size, especially the entree and sides, but the mains are worth it! The drinks menu is so good it’s hard to chose which cocktail! The service was odd, it wasn’t necessarily not good it was just that the young staff would interrupt constantly to make sure we knew we had to be gone by a certain time of which we were well aware after the first time we were told, and out of the 3 staff that waited our table only one of them was smiley and very friendly, she had short dark red hair and saved the average service we received. Overall AMAZING food, drinks, music and ambiance but service was lacking.

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ShannonK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great experience, the only thing was the Music was All over the place

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AnaR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was absolutely lovely and attentive. While we didn’t think we would get a lot of food for the platter we where shocked at how much food we did get. All the food was amazing visually and in taste. Will be going back. If you dine here make sure get the apple pie for desert.

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Anonymous
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious but I gave it 4/5 because the beef brisket didn't blow me away - eep! My friend was in heaven but I found it kind of average. Loaded yams and fries and potato & gravy were sensational. Service was amazing - super friendly and attentive and also, I had a surprise birthday cake that I BYO-ed and they made the whole thing so easy and smooth! Loved it and really appreciate their helpfulness. Food portions were generous and came out so quick! (It was a quiet Sunday night and we were like 1 of 4 tables in). Nice view from the tables, vibes lacking but that's more down to Covid-19 than Fancy Hank's. On that note, contactless ordering was smooth & easy! One point: would be nice to have more dessert options? (Gluten-free ones too? Haha). But overall would absolutely recommend and can't wait to go back again!

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ScottU
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! Would enjoy post-lockdown meals here again

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NannaM
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Fancy Hank's delivers! Great food, great service, great drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Chicken with no seasoning, pulled pork was too dry and the onion rings looked couple of weeks old. I was very disappointed, the only thing me and my girlfriend liked was the fries and the drinks. Will never be back or reccomend to anyone for food. Would surely come back for just a pint.

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GemmaK
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

It was pretty disappointing in between booking and going there (4days) the menu had changed and we didn't know this until ordering our food, there was also only a limited/set menu available on the day instead of the full menu which we had no idea about there was no mention when we booked or in the reminder the day before. The portion size was pretty small as well we left still hungry and had to pick up food on the way home, part of our order also wasn't brought out and we couldn't find anyone to ask when we did get someone and let them know their response was "are you sure you ordered it?" It came across pretty rude, I had the receipt to show the full list of our order. We were pretty much finished by the time we got it, I wouldn't come back after this.

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KirstenS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

First visit and it won't be our last :)
Lovely staff - friendly and inviting!
It's hard during these times - we felt very safe with limited and well spaced seating. The food was sensational - the brisket and fried chicken top favs for us!! We will visit again and recommend this to others for sure!!

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Gill
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was wonderful. Will definitely be back.

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JessB
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, fast service and good value for money. Highly recommended

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RoseT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed eating here, the food was great but some of it was spicey!

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Tala
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food. I felt like I was back in Austin. The brisket was that good!!!! Will be back!

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LouiseR
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

There was plates for 1 for approximately $32 or plate for 2 for approximately $48. When i went to order plate for 2 it charged twice saying its a 2 minimum which meant it would have been nearly $100 for 2. I think plate for 2 means plate for 2. Not charge 2 times. I feel that was a trick and i dont like being tricked. Also, devilled egg showed a whole egg in half (2 halves) for $3.50. We ordered 1. Only 1 x half egg came out. Who orders 1 half egg? Again i feel like it was a trick. I would not buy a whole egg for $7. Oysters are usually $3.50 each, not eggs.
We went with burgers instead due to price. Nothing spectacular. It was an ok evening.
The staff were extremely friendly though and helpful so hats off to them

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Mexyeatsmeat
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Underwhelming food. I had chosen the restaurant for a catch up with a friend and was disappointed. You should try bluebonnet in Brunswick East to see how BBQ food is meant to taste. They are Flavour central, unlike the dry boring croquettes, wings and lamb we ate...
Won’t be returning

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RiPPeDReApEr
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Had a fun time, enjoyed the food especially the broccoli and the yams.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good, I think there was to much pickled items - personal opinion. Lights were dimmed and make the food look unappetising The service was friendly and all staff could tell us about each item when we ordered. The part of the restaurant we were in was very nosey and couldn't hear the person across talking. Overall good food and service and would be back but will request a table in the corner of the restaurant

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BrettM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Ribs were fantastic but the Bristket was dry and over cooked. Burnt ends are meant to be tender and juicy and these were dry and not enjoyable at all. Other food was great as were the drinks but I won’t be back in a hurry if the food in hit and miss

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NickB
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

I have been here a few times before, but this occasion was really below expectations. One of the meals in the set menu was forgotten, drinks order was wrong, difficult to get any wait staff attention, and overall disappointing. This is a real shame, as had international guests. This is in stark contrast to prior visits.

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SamuelM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The place was amazing, food was really good and the service was great. Music was a bit to loud tho and hard to make conversation over it blaring and others chatting loudly to try and hear each over over the music

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JuliaS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Totally delicious food for meat eater and vegetarians alike! Love this place!

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SamC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great as always so tasty so smoky so good always is

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AbbeyS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Soooo gooood
Everything was so tasty, but the brisket was a standout!

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GlenM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Fairly cramped table seating, pretty noisy and main courses were small for the price

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RebeccaL
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

This visit was extremely disappointing, the brisket was inedible we returned half of it as we shared a plate, the burnt brisket ends were just tough meat... even the pickles seemed unfresh......nothing like the last visit we experienced.....The bartender said no to two drinks we asked for although you did actually stock it ....We had to show him the stomping ground range and the alcoholic ginger beer ????????....However our host was not at fault .... so disappointing.... we love fancy hanks and recommend... but what we were served was borderline insulting and we actually paid for the over cooked meat that we didn’t eat ?????? I believe someone should of asked if every thing was ok ? Who orders brisket and doesn’t finish it ?????? So disappointing

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Devilled egg only half an egg...ok
Corn ribs ...dont bother dry chewy.
Brisket small seve fatty...verty tender..tepid temp...rub/crust very salty. Not pleasant.
Lamb neck excellent not much meat when you take the bone into account.
Very noisy expensive wine list looked around no one drinking wine...no wonder. Good wait staff.

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ClaireL
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, fun experience. The food was fantastic and the cocktails were delicious

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ACDC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere good food and drink. Service was delightful, attentive and accommodating.

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LeighJ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were friendly and very attentive from the moment we arrived. Good value for money and all of the dishes we had were brilliant. The 1/2 chicken, brisket, broccoli and corn ribs were all highlights. We'll definitely be back

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MaddisonS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the service and atmosphere. Was Valentine’s Day but the food came promptly and we didn’t wait to order. They even gave us a free hot sauce to try and it was incredible. Definitely recommend the Yams and Fried Cauliflower and Brisket

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Sammy33
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner but were disappointed with the croquettes as to why I didn’t give it 5 stars but the meat and cornbread were delicious! We will return to try something different next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food!

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NicolaS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food with a busy atmosphere. Served promptly. But disappointed the biscuits/scones are no longer on the menu.

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ShivS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent barbecue. Lots of variety and well balanced food, not too full on. Highly recommend.

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kimW
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and food. The noise level was high but it was worth every minute. Loved the food. It was amazing

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RosemaryF
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

A great outlook and good service. Food was good however the preordered ribs were disappointing. They were quite rare and tough, won’t preorder the ribs again. But overall a pleasant evening.

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PJCR
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and lovely decor and great service. Loved the bar upstairs, too.

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Anon
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We were recommended this place by friends and were excited to go. The ambience and the service were great but unfortunately the food wasn’t as good as we’d heard. We paid $90 for a rack of ribs and they were chewy and had the consistency of fake rubber. Think we maybe picked the wrong thing but as it’s supposed to be what they’re known for we were a little disappointed.

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JustineT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was really nice, we loved the corn ribs. The service was good. The only downside was the music was too loud. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9453 2882.

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 591 OpenTable diners.

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