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Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant

4.4
4.4
849 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.

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Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Southern, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (03) 9453 2882

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mike Patrick

  • Catering

    Yes we can cater your event. Send us an email and we'll put together a package for you. hank@fancyhanks.com

  • Private party facilities

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Cross Street

    Exhibition Street

  • Parking Details

    There is a paid parking lot on Little Collins St, a 2 minute walk to our venue. <br />Limited street parking available - ticketed.

  • Public Transit

    The 86 and 96 trams that run up Bourke St both stop 1 minute away from our venue. The closest train station is Parliament station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Pre-Theatre Dinner

    $42.00 per person

    25 Jan - 31 May 2022
    Need some dinner before your show? Fancy Hank's has you sorted with our Pitmaster menu. Book between 5 and 5:30 pm and we'll make sure you're out in time for the curtain to go up. Pitmaster BBQ Platter - Devilled egg & nuts - 14-hour smoked beef brisket - Smoked pulled pork - Coleslaw with chicken salt mayo - Fries with mojo mayo *Minimum 2 people **Please let us know if you or any of your guests are vegetarian or vegan and we will adapt your menu for you.
  • Premium BBQ Platter

    $52.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Let us take the hard work out of ordering for you, we require groups of 8+ to select one of our set menus. Premium BBQ Platter - 2 Courses Devilled egg & nuts Buffalo wings 14-hour smoked beef brisket Smoked pulled pork Smoked cheese Kransky Cornbread Coleslaw with chicken salt mayo Fries with mojo mayo *Pictured platter for two, minimum order is for 2. ** Vegan menu available, please let us know in the notes section of any dietary requirements you may have
  • Pitmaster BBQ Platter - Set Menu

    $42.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Let us take the hard work out of ordering for you, we require groups of 8+ to select one of our set menus. Devilled egg & nuts 14-hour smoked beef brisket Smoked pulled pork Coleslaw with chicken salt mayo Fries with mojo mayo *Pictured platter for two, minimum order is for 2. ** Vegan set menus available, please make a not of any dietary needs in the notes section of your booking.

Menu

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What 849 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. A

    Aurelius

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb Left with a t-shirt Best barbecue I've had in Melbourne

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    The experience was pretty awful. Food was terrible, fatty, oily, cocktails were not good at all. We go to various American bbq places around Melbourne but this one was shocking. We waited for a long time for food and were reminded about 5 times or more that the table will need to be cleared within 1.5 hours. The place looked dirty, sticky tables, uncomfortable seating. Really poor quality food. I will never go there again nor recommend to anyone.

  3. L

    Limetuna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As first time diners wanting to eat before a show, Fancy Hanks delivered on everything we could want: delicious, satisfying, friendly staff and timely. Would highly recommend.

  4. b

    beverleym

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    The onion flower was very delicious. The meat dishes were very nice. The slaw was also very nice. Good beer and other drinks were nice.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Pre theatre set menu had an abundance in Beef Brisket and Southern pulled pork, complimented with coleslaw and chips. Cherry cola was delicious. Full and finished in an abundance of time to stroll to the Theatre. Wait staff attentive and friendly.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    There were three people waiting tables.. The first waiter who served us didn’t make any eye contact or make any pleasantries, acting as though she hated her life the poor darling (The other two waiters were much better). I found this restaurant via a Google search for ribs in Melbourne which I was looking forward to.. Unfortunately, on arrival we discovered they were all out of ribs.. Not to be deterred, we ordered the “premium” meal.. The entree came reasonably quick, but little did we know we would then have to wait almost an hour before we were served any food again.. We were forced to ask about our food before it finally arrived.. It was obvious the food had been waiting a while because by the time the beef brisket arrived it was completely cold. The second waiter was nice & apologetic and told us they were understaffed but unfortunately there was no further effort made to appease us.

  7. ND

    NigelD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    We had to wait for our table. Also they didnt ask for an ID shile serving the drink the staff were hurrying to send us.

  8. VX

    VanessaX

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    One waitress gave the impression she did not want to work there for a Saturday night but everyone else was very nice

  9. C

    Clare

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was very attentive and friendly and the food was delicious - who knew corn could be so exciting! We booked in advance, had the brisket/pulled pork combo and it was fabulous and we had plenty of time to get to our show. Highly recommend!

  10. M

    Minx

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    Really poor quality food, to be completely honest. Pork ribs were tough and chewy and barely warm, chicken wings still had feathers on them under the sauce (this was off putting beyond words) The restaurant was dark and dingy and was up a flight of stairs.

  11. OF

    OliviaF

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Love the food and drinks! Sharing platter had everything we wanted. Music was just a touch to loud to be good for conversation otherwise loved it !

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Really easy ordering process with Mr Yum. Food was good. Easy for a big group

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely staff Great service The food was tasty and perfect portion We also loved the drinks

  14. FA

    FionaA

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Set in a lovely old building this place has great atmosphere, great food and great service. And the rooftop bar is fun too. Highly recommend.

  15. M

    Mosho

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The food was great, service was excellent. Portions in the platter were very generous. Recommended the corn bread.

  16. MM

    MacarenaMisterio

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I ordered the premium banquet and it had all the nice stuff 😋

  17. SB

    StefanB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    great food and experience apart from one of the team members who was extremely rude on multiple occasions. Unfortunately a big let down. The other staff members were great.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience2

    Food was good, brisket was a show stoper sides were not memorable drinks were good. Staff need to talk more, not just dump you at the table point at the QR code and run.

  19. CF

    CoralF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was very tasty and the drinks were unique. The tables were high- a bit hard to get up on. I liked everything really including ordering at the table on the app.

  20. AL

    AndrewL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food is always good, but the brisket was a little on the dry side tonight

  21. C

    Chiara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best damn wings I've ever had in my life and I love wings. Crispy, beautiful tasting buffalo sauce, juicy and just melt in your mouth. I will dream about these wings forever.

  22. AS

    AnnaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent lunch venue with friendly service, a simple but appealing menu and quality food. That amazing smoky BBQ aroma hits you as you walk up the stairs, promoting a “how quickly can I order” feeling. The result did not disappoint- I highly recommend subbing out the bun for the corn tortillas and eating though mini tacos of briskety goodness.

  23. KF

    KylieF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Food was good but the service was appalling and trying to pay was equally as difficult.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Good food, though seemed to run out of dishes quickly (we figure it’s a covid thing). Nice staff. Food came quickly. Arnold Palmer was excellent.

  25. MA

    MARILYND

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the best brisket you could ever ask for - melts in your mouth with ohh so goodness and burst of flavours. The staff are amazing

  26. A

    Andy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My partner and myself had aa Premium platter to share @ Fancy Hanks over the weekend. They catered to my food allergies amazingly and the food come out in rounds so we were always occupied with great food. We couldn't finish it all and were able to take it home which is also a plus for us as we don't like wasting really good food. The brisket was definitely our favourite, the fat melted in the mouth perfectly.

  27. s

    samr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely service super friendly staff and what a feast!!

  28. LL

    LeeL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Like a night back home, in Tejas. Brisket was sooooo good. I only wish there were more gluten free sides. Especially sad the corn bread was not GF, it looked and smelled amazing being delivered to the next table.

  29. CS

    ChantalS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our meal was amazing, fantastic service will definitely dine again

  30. JH

    JodieH

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visiting Melbourne and decided to try Fancy Hanks as my kids love barbecue food. Shared some great brisket, pulled pork, fries and corn. Ended up also buying a take home barbecue sauce!! Would definitely come back again.

  31. DM

    DavidaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Food was great but drinks were really slow & came at all different times. Staff were really friendly & app easy to use.

  32. d

    davo

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Popular dishes one would expect to be available were already sold out for a 6pm sitting The brisket was available but was dissappinting and overly dry. The smoked salmon dish was enjoyed though.

  33. AA

    AcholA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Everything was just delicious and would def come again with family and friends.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really amazing food! Delish!

  35. CM

    ClareM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing ! Really easy to order on the app.

  36. AA

    AlyaA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food is amazing.. Will definitely come back again.

  37. SV

    ShirleyV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Visitors from Adelaide. Cool place however the ordering process of selecting and paying with a patrons phone was exceptionally frustrating. It would not work for us and took some time to get the attention of the waitress to help us. We eventually were able to order and pay manually however by that stage the frustration of the process had set the mood. The food itself was okay and served quickly however slightly over-priced and ribs were dry. Overall staff were friendly however the specific waitress that helped us had a cold demeanor and didn't seem interested in being there. Won't be returning with all the other competing restaurants that actually make effort with customers, are better value for money, take physical orders and are more receptive to patrons.

  38. CT

    CraigT

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    brilliant food, i'd just prefer table service to return.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tray for two was delicious

  40. EN

    EllyN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3

    We have visited Fancy Hanks once a year for three years and every time has been amazing. This recent visit we showed up to the door being closed. We rang many times and on our last call we’re told they were open however had the closed sign on to prevent walk ins. This caused a lot of confusion. We then sat down to hear many things weren’t available from the menu. We still love this place and will be back, however it was disappointing as it was my birthday. Still recommend it though, just caught it on a bad night!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 849 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant

1/79 Bourke street Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Exhibition Street

  • Area

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Barbecue, Southern, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is a paid parking lot on Little Collins St, a 2 minute walk to our venue. <br />Limited street parking available - ticketed.

  • Public Transit

    The 86 and 96 trams that run up Bourke St both stop 1 minute away from our venue. The closest train station is Parliament station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Mike Patrick

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9453 2882

  • Catering

    Yes we can cater your event. Send us an email and we'll put together a package for you. hank@fancyhanks.com

  • Private party facilities

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