Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant

4.2
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576 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.
What 576 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
1 review
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
1 review
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.

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ElizabethK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely brilliant. We had a great time and a marvellous meal. We would love to come here again and will certainly recommend

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MoniqueA
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, and the brisket is a highlight! The ribs were some of the best we've tasted. Great atmosphere, and a gorgeous location. Highly recommend!

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JoannaP
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Fun restaurant, great smoky flavours and great music playlist. Wait staff very pleasant but a little slow to take drinks orders during service considering it was a quieter day, loved that they were able to accomodate for food intolerances but didn’t provide much in the way of kids food (the adults loved the kids food) and we found it pretty difficult to share as the tables were crowded. Would definitely come back for the pulled pork and cocktails! Thank you.

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AnnieV
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Awesome food and atmosphere. Was a little confused w/ the menu and was hard to understand whether the food I was ordering was good for one person or 2. I asked the waiter and he said he’ll come back when we were ready to order lol...not very helpful. Overall the food came out great

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LauraV
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were fantastic accommodating our large group.
Food came out so quickly and was absolutely delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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PaulaS
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

Pretty average

Basic chairs and tables; no cloths or anything (looked dirty)
Freezing Cold inside with air con

Food ok; plenty of it; but all tastes the same with the hickory seasoning ....

Can’t fault the food but just didn’t float our boat with the taste.

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DeanF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

My table of three had a great meal at Fancy Hanks. Our experience will be different to yours as we were there for a 4;30pm pre-dinner sitting. The food isnt cheap but the quality is on the plate (especially vege dishes), so there is good value. I've rated as moderate for noise levels as it is likely to be very noisy when full. We had no noise issues at such an early session. Casual but interesting period interior. I'd go back and recommend to others as a $$$ place to go.

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I visited Fancy Hank’s on a Monday evening and was surprised by how busy it was, but the service was good. Margaritas were not on the cocktail list, but it was made for me without a flinch. This restaurant is American BBQ with a twist. Everything on the menu has a little flare, eg burnt ends served on goats cheese purée. I love BBQ and everything we ordered, twist and all, was fabulous. Will be back again soon.

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GlenW
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good is always very good here but the portion size vs $ is pretty average. The selection of beer is very good and always pairs well with the food.
Perhaps due to the glass front which provides great views of what is a busy, interesting street; the noise levels are always high; even on a quiet night, not great for a business meeting.
Love going here but there are other cheaper options in Melbourne.

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Just didn’t like the food to much the ribs were very average! And the flavours just didn’t work together

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GeorgieD
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Upon entering the restaurant the service was amazing. Our server was attentive and helpful. The food was also amazing, we got the ribs, lamb and chicken, with everything being tasty and juicy. Would go back! Highly recommend!

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vipGustav
London
37 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was really slack - it felt like they forgot we were even there and we continually needed to flag someone down. The person who started serving us near the start of the evening disappeared half way though dinner. Very disappointing service.
The menu on the other hand is amazing with so many wonder choices, and quite reasonably priced too - we wanted to order everything! The brisket is tender and flavourful, as is the broccoli. The slaw is fresh and light - perfect combination with the rich sweet sticky bbq sauce. The corn ribs were finger licking good.
Unfortunately the ribs were tough - beautiful flavour, but too chewy. They needed a couple more hours to cook further in the smoker. When booking online we were prompted to “pre-order” the ribs as apparently “they are likely to sell out” - so we did , and we were really looking forward to them.
The Choc Tops were a perfect finish to the meal - they are just delicious.
We would definitely return as the food was good, but we’d just have to take a gamble on the service side of things.

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LeeH
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very good brisket and service was ok. But a bit strange to go to a bbq restaurant and not be able to order ribs....
Enjoyable and I will probably have another go next tine I’m in Melbourne.

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ClaireC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a great experience as a group of ten. Delicious food, great variety of options, including veg. Friendly service. Will definitely be back.

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Sunshine
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

It was quiet expensive and servings were small I have been to other similar restaurants but I was not to crash hot fancy Hanks

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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 4.2 stars by 576 OpenTable diners.

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