Fancy Hank's Barbecue Restaurant

4.4
634 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 634 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MelanieC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fancy hanks is the only reason I’ll come to the city, it’s always fabulous. It’s always good

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BeauW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food and social environment. Little noisy and warm.

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MichelleC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fancy Hanks is a favourite of ours and our recent visit did not disappoint. Great food as always!

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anonymous
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super friendly staff, great service and awesome food, definitely recommend

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RoslynH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

There is nothing Fancy about this restaurant. Unfriendly staff,they had run out of pork ribs which is what we really wanted. Pulled pork was dry and stringy, no love went into making the coleslaw. Our table was cleared and eftpos machine straight out,we weren’t asked if we wanted another drink. In what’s going on in the world atm all staff should appreciate they have jobs and it’s people like us that are keeping them there! And it was very pricey for the amount of food you get...overall the food was poor and we certainly would not return. Roz.

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MarkW
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great food brisket was real good surprise was the cornbread can’t wait to go back and try some more things.

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AdrianaU
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Really good food. Waited 45 min for it to come out tho and you could see the drinks from the bar sitting there for a long time.
You might think floor staff it’s less busy with every transaction over the phone, but guess not. As well, not very friendly or smiley.
Mint sauce for the chips was amazing!

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SophieB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Fancy Hanks! Just wish they’d go back to table service as the whole Mr Yum experience is pretty impersonal.

Drinks & food were great and came out quickly.

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

I took customers here for an Xmas lunch recently. The food was okay, the drinks were okay and the service was okay. That's about it for me, I wouldn't rush back there.

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scozzy
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The music was great, really enjoyed it. The burgers and chips we got were really nice and filling. The meat was so soft and tasty. Value for money here. And, great customer service.

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ZoeP
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent & highly recommended.
My Serbian partner grew up eating lots of pork so had to try the Smoked Pork Plate & absolutely loved it.
I was spoiled by choice for vegetarian options. The Corn Ribs were amazing, I’ve never had actual ribs so to be able eat something in the same style was so much fun. I also had the Vegan Plate which was delicious but the pickles were missing, not that it mattered as the serving sizes are quite large I couldn’t finish it all anyway.
Great beer & full bar selection, the Espresso Martini was excellent.
Downsides - it was busy so we were encouraged to order a set menu but due to dietary requirements chose not to so it was a bit of a wait but the wait staff informed of this. A bit more explanation of the online ordering & payment process would’ve been appreciated.
Excellent night out & will be back.

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MoniqueB
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic place for a first date or a celebration. First class food, smoky and delicious, with changing sides offers something new each time we go. There is a great range of beers as well as inventive new cocktails or some quirky twists on the classics that leave you wanting to try another.

Service is prompt and helpful, the waitstaff know their products and are more than happy to help you decide.

We love coming back.

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I would recommend Fancy Hanks to anyone who has a penchant for barbequed and smoked meats. Nice variety of food. Plenty to go around too! We ended up being recommended to have the Premium Set with Deviled egg, pickles, buffalo wings, 14-hour smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken fat cornbread, coleslaw, fries and Boston smoked beans. Sensational taste and flavour for all.

Only thing that set me back was trying to contact the restaurant beforehand (about two weeks beforehand) to alter the reservation, yet no one ever returned my message, which is a shame because I wanted to add a few extra people and I wasn't able to.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, friendly staff- will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great place for decent meat and beer! Chicken wings are some of the best in Melbourne

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RosieS
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We chose the platter to share and most things were delicious. The devilled eggs, corn bread and pulled pork and chips were delicious.
Would recommend to anyone wanting bbq style food.

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FHCtattoo
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, the service and food was fabulous. Our favourite dinner spot!

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AngieA
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Food and service was not very good. Dishes were not as the pictures

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Nazz
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I’m already craving the beef brisket and cornbread 😩
Staff were super sweet!

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MarkE
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the pit master platter. The brisket was really good!

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a drink upstairs before our food. Friendly service both places, interesting decor and we enjoyed our tasty lunch.

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JoshuaT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
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 on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
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 on 28 November 2020
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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MickS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good bbq ribs where great cocktails ok but pricey but thanks I’ll be back

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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
3 reviews
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!

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 634 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.