Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant

4.4
669 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 669 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ZoranB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and especially all of the sides, that's what makes it a special bbq place.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was great and great vibe. Will for sure be heading back very soon

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Jezzap
Brisbane
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Enjoyable meal. Enjoyed the ambience. Always wanted to try american bbq

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NicoleC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Laidback atmosphere and delicious food and cocktails!

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SteveW
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great experience, food was yummy and service was exceptional. Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome value, cost there’s about $120 with enough left overs for dinner the next night

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DianneC
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

American BBQ, that's all you need to know. Great place to catch up, have a drink and eat some slow cooked meat. Delish!

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Bambilicious
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding. I’ve been to some of the best barbecue restaurants in the US and this stacks up. We had brisket, pulled pork, chips, beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw, pickles, pickled vegetables, devilled eggs. Everything was perfect. Large servings. Order a shareplatter.

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RosM
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I'm not a big meat eater but my son wanted to go so I tagged along. I absolutely loved the food. Standouts were the corn skins and the corn and potato croquette. I ordered the pork ribs, expecting maybe 3 or 4 and the plate arrived with at least 10 juicy ribs on it. I couldn't finish it all!. Really like this new way of ordering and paying from an app. It frees up the staff who are busy delivering the meals. It's also great to just get up and leave when you are done, don't have to wait for the bill. My husband and son, who love their meat said it was the best of all the places they have tried in Melbourne. So I gather we will be going back!

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MeganB
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Amazing American style BBQ. The fried chicken is out of the world, flavoursome and crispy. Service was ok but had to ask for water and no meal check. Would recommended for couples or groups.

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Sean
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My first trip to Fancy Hank's. It was so good to be back in the city of Melbourne and to experience yet another great restaurant. The slow cooked meats (brisket and pulled port) were succulent and the sides were a perfect addition. My only criticism is that there were too much food for us to eat! Definitely recommend and make sure you skip a meal first or wear stretchy pants. ; )

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NatashaC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

hi, everything was excellent. The only issue was the volume of the music, which people found it hard to hear and talk over, especially when sitting across a table.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Amazing food and great service with super friendly staff, definitely recommend for a good night out with friends and family

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 22 March 2021

Thanks for the 5 Stars.

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Jasmine
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always. Had the premium set menu between 4 people and it was more than enough food! Cornbread, buffalo wings and brisket are a must have!

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 23 March 2021

Thanks Jasmine! we hope to have you again soon

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Totty
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great service from helpful and informed staff. Great smoked meat and we'll put together sides.

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EloiseR
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food great service, would definitely recommend,

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 22 March 2021

Thanks for the review Eloise.

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MattR
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

As always the food is delicious!! Great space there in the city and a fantastic place for a shared plate dining experience. Staff are great, but really don't enjoy the QR code at your table for all ordering. Takes away from the overall experience; when you're spending > $75pp with drinks.... seems a bit cheap.

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vipKarenM
Melbourne
12 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was really great. Only downside was the restaurant was a bit quiet for a late lunch at 3pm. Would go at a different time next time

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 22 March 2021

Thanks for the feedback Karen ;) Hope to see you again soon.

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Manowl
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent. Meat just melts in your mouth and sides were really tasty. Service was a little slow but friendly

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 29 March 2021

Thanks for the review Manowl. We hope to have you in again soon

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ColinP
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Smokey, slow-cooked goodness. A speciality restaurant where you can smell the food coming. The meat dishes are fall-apart tender and delicious. Set menu options give a good sample of the various offerings.

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 22 March 2021

Thanks for the 5 stars and thoughtful review Colin.

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BenWilson
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, quick service, and enjoyable atmosphere. Would definitely go again.!

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 22 March 2021

Thanks Ben! We hope to see you again soon

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LizP
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food/drinks. The staff were so friendly and very attentive to our group lunch. Thanks for having us and hope to be back soon!

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 22 March 2021

Hi Liz, Thanks so much for the review! We hope to have you in the venue again soon.

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ShazD
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Impersonal service - menu is via an app that you are asked to download, although we took the advice of our waitress and ordered over the bar to a human.
Wine list was VERY OVERPRICED.
My ribs were very ordinary - I have had much better.
All meals were plain - sides and salads needed to be ordered separately.
Overpriced, underwhelming experience.
We love America but this was very disappointing.

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 22 March 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review Shaz, I will pass on your feedback in regards to the wine list. do you mind telling me what date& time you dined with us so I can pass your feedback onto the kitchen?

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PeterL
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for an authentic bbq experience. Will come again!

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 15 March 2021

Thanks for the review Peter!

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Steph
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We came specifically for the ribs only to be told they’d sold out - by 7pm on a long weekend?? Bit disappointing and kind of put a downer on the rest of the night. The food was nice, but it wasn’t ribs!

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

Hi Steph, Thanks or leaving us this feedback, our ribs are one of our most popular dishes, and as they are slow smoked over 6-8 hours, once they are sold out, they are sold out for the night. We do allow pre-orders for ribs when making bookings for next time. We hope we can have you back again.

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ElizabethK
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good food with a limited menu. Took us some time to organise the order as had to book on our phone. Found this a bit ‘off putting’ and soulless. However one of the waitresses helped and was friendly and this made up for things

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad you enjoyed youself.

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ScottD
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The brisket and onion flower were amazing. Service was exceptional.

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 8 March 2021

Thanks for the review Scott!

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AndreaP
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the optimal BBQ restaurants we have been to.
A mouthful of heaven from the spicy corn ribs and onion flowers to the moist, decadent pulled pork, brisket and ribs.

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AndrewR
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and definitely worth the visit. We will definitely be coming back very soon

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 2 March 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave such a great review Andrew. We look forward to having you in again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was great. Took a long time to get drinks at the beginning but after that was great.

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SallyB
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food!! Can be a little noisy, but good food and excellent service makes up for that

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 2 March 2021

Thanks for the review Sally! We look forward to having you back soon.

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

A great disappointment. Having tried numerous times to reserve a table I finally managed to get in. As is the way these days service was almost non-existent; ordering and payment were via mobile phone at the table. It was even suggested leaving a tip before any food or service were in evidence - I declined.
Drinks were served promptly. The first dishes came out reasonably quickly but one was undercooked. I was given a credit for that - no hassle there. The remaining dishes took ages to deliver (even though the restaurant wasn't busy) and I had to prompt the wait-staff for them.
Absolutely no atmosphere.

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SilentHamish
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even with how things have changed right now. Fancy Hanks is still a great place to get a good meal.

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 22 February 2021

Thanks so much for the great review!

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Flex
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Good vibes, great food. Great way to prepare for another lock down!

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 16 February 2021

Great to hear you had a good time Flex!

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Mellissas
Melbourne
5 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish good great service! Highly recommend for a casual dinner with friends or even date night

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 16 February 2021

Thanks for the review Mellissas!

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AdrianC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice food and great service l, we will Definitely be back for more.

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 16 February 2021

Thanks Adrian! We look forward to having you again.

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ShelbyK
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such delicious and unique food! Loved it! and the venue is beautiful too

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 16 February 2021

Thanks for the glowing review Shelby!

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MarkK
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Awful. Poor dry over spicy food. Loud.
Ridiculously complex and limited ordering system. Staff were pleasant and tried hard. Couldn’t get out fast enough.

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RicardoG
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, the brisket and pork melt in your mouth plus the corn bread is to die for! Will be back again definitely

Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant
Responded on 16 February 2021

Thanks for the review Ricardo

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

I’ve always wanted to try Fancy Hanks however the food was a bit hit & miss.
We ordered the Fried chicken for starters- hot & delicious, however the chips were overcooked.
These were replaced with crunchy chips that were cooked to perfection.
When the beef brisket came out, it did not fall apart, and all 3 of us noted it was cold. We got it replaced by a warmer brisket, however this one fell apart & tasted much better.
The coleslaw with the addition of peanuts in it was delicious.
If we’d not received the two disappointing meals, I would have rated this higher, but the staff were excellent.

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 669 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.