Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant

4.4
612 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 612 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoshuaT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super Tasty Food, Definitely coming back! Went here for date night - one of the best burgers out!

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AngeloL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Very good. Food is tasty. Good service. Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We took out 14 year old son out for his birthday on Saturday and it was a really great experience for our family. The COVID systems were well implemented did not impact on our experience at all. The food was excellent quality and was value for money.

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Vivid
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food. Great flavour. Staff friendly. Would happily book again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Brisket was so dry. Pulled pork, looked like ‘bottom of the barrel’. Fried chicken was fantastic. Chips were great. Buffalo wings were average not mind blowing. Corn ribs were delicious. Making us order through the app lost the personal touch from staff. And it’s almost like they don’t want to talk to you.

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Anonymousss
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Great old school RnB playing in the background and the staff were very friendly and accommodating

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Liam
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

The brisket was super dry and flavourless and part of our meals was missing.

Overpriced for the quality of food you get, would be better going to an RSL.

Service was decent only waited 5 minutes to be seated with no one els waiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Great to get together finally and a perfect location to do it!! Banquets looked divine but we opted to ‘build our own’ for the same price with the items we liked the look of the most! Food was amazing and there was so much of it!!! Service was pretty slow but think they are just getting used to the whole order at table and restrictions thing so will let them off and give them another go!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Late Birthday as we where in lockdown when it was our birthday, However the only one that spoke to us was the person that seated us, Even when I asked for a straw I was given a reusable one not very COVIDSafe I would think as I know the Glass dishwashers don’t wash straws that well , the menu was limited ,No Ribs that was disappointing, I didn’t feel it was value for money & I probably wouldn’t return, We came into the City to try and help out struggling restaurants but left feeling Disappointed TBH .

I’m in the same industry and would feel very disappointed with my staff if they didn’t at least go past a table to make sure everything was ok (nothing) only on the way out 1 person said thanks for coming 🙄

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AMac
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great cosy atmosphere with some of the best BBQ you’ll have!

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SharonH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fancy Hanks never disappoints. Every element in the menu has a special twist. Best BBQ in Melbourne, by far.

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ShaneM
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hanks have stepped it up a notch since I last went. The Brisket was outstanding, and the $49 pp package gave us heaps to eat. I would like to see a couple more IPA’s on the beer list though

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Rsss
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Very tasty platter that we ordered, and definitely a good variety of food. Staff were very helpful and informative.

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Valerie
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff and awesome food! A perfect place for a casual hangout with friends.

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ScottT
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

The food was excellent.
Service was average, with the new way of ordering via an app. Each time you order something, you pay for it via the app on your phone - with the app suggesting a 15% tip. We hadn’t received ANY service yet when ordering drinks, but the app suggests a tip.
The drinks were not very good. The descriptions of the drinks on the app didn’t help with the selection, so ended up ordering drinks we didn’t enjoy (I I think they forgot to add the alcohol in one of the cocktails).
It was good, but I won’t be rushing back.

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OliviaF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! Easy ordering through the app! We had a great night

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AmyW
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing service was lovely everything came out nice and quickly. drinks were a stand out from the bar upstairs will have to check that out some time too. took home some of the sauces the hot sauce and bbq sauce are delicious.

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SandrewS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked for a table of 9 for my dad's birthday & was a little nervous on how the set up would be with Victorian covid restrictions having just eased.

Our table was set up in a corner section of the dining area with tables of merch separating us from the other diners on the opposite side of the floor. Our waitress was great, explaining the online ordering service & allowing us to spread out over more tables in our corner space.

Food was GREAT and came out quickly. We ordered the premium set and 4 servings of the ribs, which was plenty for all 9 of us! Ribs were the highlight of our meal - fresh out of the smoker and SUPER tasty!

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great and friendly service and a good vibe! Makes for a perfect night out!

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AllanR
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time visitors. We will be back. The staff were great and the food was brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night, great food

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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
3 reviews
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
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
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

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 612 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.