Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant

4.4
729 reviews
$41 to $100
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 729 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Tex31
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. I’d highly recommend Fancy Hanks to anyone.

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Jarrod
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food and service were excellent, we will definitely be back!

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was really good! Blooming onions is a MUST ORDER.

We had the table for 1 hr 45 mins which I thought was plenty, however the mains took quite a while to come out. We were served the starters/snacks, and mains only came out about 45 mins after.

By the time we finished, we were told that they needed the table back in 5 minutes. Just slightly bummed that because of a slow service, we couldn’t get our desserts.

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KatherineK
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Incredible! Food was amazing staff were lovely. Highly recommend

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FoxFoxy
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fancy Hanks has been a go to of ours for years, but something has happened in the last year or so, and the menu is quite literally better than ever. More nuanced flavours and deeper, more interesting combinations, with more space given to flavourful vegetarian alternatives adding to the already incredible meaty fare. A true Melbourne gem that’s gone from strength to strength. We love Hank!

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VanessaD
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They didn’t do burgers on a Friday night which we were not aware of . $150 for only 1 platter of food between 3 people is outrageous and it wasn’t even that amazing. For that price you’d expect your own platter . Wings came out first and then we waited an hour till the next piece of platter came out . Then another 30 mins till the remainder of it came out . It was a lot of sitting around . I wouldn’t recommend.

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LB94
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We live Fancy Hanks, everything they do is amazing.

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Leslie
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty food, good tunes - will definitely be back!

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AlyssaC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

delicious food, incredible service (the staff are so lovely), and a really nice vibe all around!

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MCNE
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great meal and drinks. we had a fantastic lunch there.

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CCMD
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was so tasty! Good value for money and great cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Waited over an hour for our food, and whilst the staff were apologetic, it still didn’t alter the fact that the wait time for food that is essentially pre-cooked is ridiculous.

When the food dud finally arrive, the coleslaw had no dressing and the brisket was tasteless. The fried chicken was very good, but everything else was just ok.

I love American BBQ, but won’t be going back!

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RudyL
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Just an impression, it felt like the entire restaurant was pretty grimy from all the cooking and just needed to be aired out for a good deep clean. Nothing was actually dirty, but things/furniture etc just felt 'oily'.

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TorrenS
5 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It was just a bit disappointing that a few of the menu items weren’t available on the order menu as they were sold out or simply not visible.
Especially seeing that the restaurant was almost empty.
Everything else was great though 👍🏼

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danielt
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

QR ordering system was convoluted, difficult and impersonal. Wait staff were disinterested and inattentive. Food service was very slow although place was empty. Pork ribs were overcooked and dry, all other meat was room temperature, fries and Mac and cheese were okay. A disappointing experience that I won't be repeating.

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kaseys
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

absolutely loved it, went there with my boyfriend and the food was amazing! service was nice, waiters and bar tenders were so lovely and checked in if everything was good, and our food came out so fast!

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Leapt
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great, speedy service and delicious food. Exceeded our expectations and we will definitely be back!

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BenC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for American barbecue - the food was delicious, service really quick and all reasonably priced.

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JaydK
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great BBQ, location is perfect. The whole experience is worth it.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect except the texture of the ribs. While the flavour was delicious they could have been slightly more tender. But this is a very slight criticism it was truly a fantastic dinner.

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RachelR
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Amazing service from our very friendly waitress. Food was great. Found it so easy ordering from my phone.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

First time at Fancy Hanks. I’m a big bbq fan. Service was warm and friendly. Cocktails are well made. However the food left a little to be desired. The ribs had hardly any meat on them, and whatever there was, was dry. Chicken was better, being moist with a crunchy coating. Nachos were nice. I’d go back for the cocktails. But as a rib lover I’ll go back to San Antone.

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Coco1234
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food. Great venue and staff are very friendly

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CarmenG
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

A great spot, great service and lots of variety in the menu. Even ok for vegetarians!

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love fancy hanks ❤️❤️❤️
Quality food and service, one of our favourite places to dine

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JulieB
4 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We eat here every time we are in the city and are NEVER disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was great, food was pretty good too. Lots of comfort food on the menu.

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SharonH
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love American BBQ and Fancy Hanks is our favourite place. The staff are friendly and helpful - even to the point of making me a daiquiri with tequila! The brisket could have had a bit more moisture, but given everything else was perfect I couldn’t bring myself to take a star off my appreciation of the meal. And I look forward to our next visit. PS I left my credit card behind and the staff are arranging for its return.

JM
JarrodM
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pleasantly surprised. Staff an food was great. I’d go again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great set up, friendly staff. Food delicious ( although the pork ribs had more fat than I’d ever seen on a ribs order so they were a bit disappointing). Brisket was fabulous

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JimmyO
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Noisy. Food was reasonably good and plenty of it. Good experience, but not desperate to make it a regular eatery. Plenty of other places to try.

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ShaneO
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Over an hour to receive food , barely finished eating and they needed the table. Was touching elbows with the table beside us

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GarethW
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and great service.
Will definitley be back

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LouiseP
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

I was pretty excited about going to Fancy Hanks however it ended up being a bit of a disappointing experience. My boyfriend and I went for an early dinner to celebrate his birthday (5:30pm) and found the food was served to us cold. The venue was a bit dark and whilst the staff were lovely, it was hard to get over the cold food. Probably won't head there again or recommend to others.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was tasty but took a long time to come to the table.

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Samantha
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

Good food. Alcohol very overpriced. Meals are reasonable size but the tables are small. Good for sharing

SG
vipScottG
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great barbecue and extensive selection of excellent beers = a winner

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Violetleaf
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the whole experience. The brisket burger was outstanding and the corn ribs superb! The dipping sauce that came with the chip was omg

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NickD
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Love the place. Not sure if the brisket in my sandwich was meant to be served lukewarm. But it was enjoyable and good value.

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SeanR
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience3

Firstly, the courses were sporadically served. Our entree of buffalo wings arrived promptly but had to wait 40 minutes for the remaining courses.
Our party of 5 ordered two Premium platters to share. In some cases, only half of the dishes arrived at our table.
The ribs were undercooked with the meat still firmly attached to the bone and lacking the smoky flavour as expected.
The fried chicken was undercooked and still raw around the bone.
Not once did the wait staff ask if the food was to our satisfactory.
As a suggestion, if you’re going to make a South Carolina Reaper sauce, the expectation one would be led to believe is that it would be considerably spicier than the other sauces you have on offer on your menu. That was definitely not the case with Sth Carolina Reaper and pineapple sauce maybe something you could take into consideration.

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 4.4 stars by 729 OpenTable diners.

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.