Fancy Hank's Bourke Street

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406 reviews
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GOOD HEAVENS SUNDAY SESSIONS
Fix Your Hangover

Bottomless BBQ Brunch, Fixation Beer & Green Tea Mimosas
DJs all day & Giant Boardgames

$10 Spritz Menu (12-4pm)

First Sunday of every month

Session times 12-2pm & 2-4pm


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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JK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

ONE OF THE MOST DISAPPOINTING EVENINGS MY WIFE AND I HAVE EXPERIENCED. MANAGER DIDN'T EVEN MAKE THE TIME TO CONVEY WITH US. FOOD WAS SALTY COLD OVER MARINATED. WE WERE BOTH FEELING UNWELL YESTERDAY. WORST EXPERIENCE EVER. ONLY PUT A 500GM RACK ASIDE FOR BOTH OF US AFTER ADVISING BOTH IN SPECIAL ORDER CONDITIONS THROUGH YOUR BOOKING AS WELL AS RING THE VENUE ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON . JUST AS WELL CAUSE THE FOOD WAS DISGUSTING. WELL TELL ALL MY FRIEND'S AND FAMILY AND SOCIAL MEDIA NOT TO VISIT.

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AW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We've been long time fans of fans hank's, never disappointed before, didn't disappoint this time

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Opentable wrote to us asserting that we did not show up for our reservation in which we arrived 15mins earlier. The email we received blatantly pointed this out - an attempt at trying to place blame or apply pressure on us for something that did not occur.

To add salt to the wound, the food wasn’t that great either.

Pls confirm with the restaurant again before contacting us assuming that we’re people off the streets that do not hold reservations or have any courtesy to call ahead if we were not planning to show up.

The whole booking experience and coupled with a disappointing meal has ruined our weekend truly.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality service and amazing food. Went to the restaurant quite late and did not have time to order a lot of food from the kitchen, but the stuff threw something together quickly and still provided us with a selection of meats that was absolutely delicious. The staff were also very welcoming and friendly and prompt at service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service excellent food. Good choice of drinks

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MS
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing food. every item was ab fab!!! The sides were divine.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Love the food here and we had friends from Texas who know their bbq food. However there were no Lamb ribs or Romaine salad left and they had run out of 3 different wines the girls wanted to drink and wouldn’t serve anything else by the glass. Frustrating

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DA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to quite a few of the American BBQ places and the food here I don't believe is up to scratch. Presentation is good, some of the dishes were good but the beef ribs were sold out at 6pm on a Friday which isn't good enough. Brisket was a bit dry.

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M
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, great beer selection, nice and relaxed. The roof bar above is great too.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Briskit was amazing. Pork ribs were a little dry though.

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L
47 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing to find good tender brisket this far from Texas. The brisket is superb and needs no sauce. We also enjoyed the pulled pork. Did not order the pork ribs as we prefer the smaller meatier baby backs, but they looked tender and tasty. The cole slaw was unusual but full of flavor. The side pickles and onions are an attempt to be unique which is fine. I’d prefer the plain version. Great spot. We approve although very pricey compared to home.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good, menu lacked variety. The pulled pork was luke warm, however everything tasted good. Busy, but expected on Valentine's day. Servcie was great. Would recommend.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great spot to catch up with work colleagues over lunch. The lunch menu offers some lower cost items (sandwiches) for those that find the regular menu a bit expensive. We had mostly sandwiches with some sides to share and that worked out really well. Bit disappointed to find we were charged for mayo to have with our chips, when most places offer free aioli with chips - but this is a minor quibble. Can highly recommend the brisket sandwich for fall apart deliciousness - and book a window seat overlooking Bourke St for extra atmosphere.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They helped me to have the best birthday. Thanks to Nathan and Rio!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent, service was quick and nice, GREAT selection of food and drinks... BEER!!

Definitely the place for dinner and a couple drinks.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, service and attention to detail in the delicious food.
Loved that we were not blasted with loud music and were able to hear each other.

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SV
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great setting and environment. A little disappointed that the offer of water for a table of 8 ( it arrived in 3 open carafe's) did not mention that we were being charged for whatever tap/post mix it came out of.

Other than that, we had the set menu @$35 and there was flawless BBQ, great cornbread, chips, potato salad, beans and we were all left feeling replete with some meat left on the platter!

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CB
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

After being shown to table, unfortunately ignored by waitress. However male staff member made up for it when we explained we had a show to get to.
Ordered the Pulled Pork Shoulder Special and it didn't disappoint. Would bother with the Lamb Ribs again, way too fatty and didn't really get any cherry/sweet flavour. Coleslaw with chipotle dressing was very tasty and went well with the meats, as did the BBQ fries.
Love the idea of share plates.

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S
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Fancy Hanks, the pre ordered Pork Ribs are the go!

everything on the menu is spot on.

Will not disappoint (if you love bbq meat)

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G
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Magnificent food bit pricy wood go again toilets to fat

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F
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

The ribs were so tough we couldn't eat them. When we complained we were told this was 'Kansas' style. I feel certain the ribs in Kansas aren't like slabs of rubber. We were only offered drinks once and the start. The sides were nice but for $90 for tough inedible ribs was not.

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NF
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Loved every aspect. Staff with gorgeous. The fit out was on point. The chips are beyond!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Service was excellent and the food was delicious and was served very quickly. The only thing we were disappointed about was for 2 people we couldn’t order any set menus anymore as there now have to be minimum 4 people so makes it more expensive for us. Food was still delicious as always.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Unfortunately fancy hanks failed to deliver at 5pm Last Friday
Afternoon. Booked in with 7 others for an early dinner before the theatre. No one else in the restaurant until 6pm and service was appalling. Had to ask for menus, more drinks, more serviettes etc Food esp meat dishes are overpriced. Macaroni cheese not hot. Table was rocky and when we asked to have it fixed staff made a half hearted effort. Have eaten there before but Sorry Hank but things have gone downhill

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j
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

staff attitude was what i hate about Melbourne sometimes, you are wait staff...

yes we arrived late and at a strange time.

no need for interrogation about allergies , if its stated on your website you cater to vegans, its not chips and cauliflower - if asked to check please entertain the request.

shame as i like it in the past

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LB
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great food was even better, value a little down. Waiter new his product with great suggestions but value for money was a little disappointing. Cheers Lee.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Sensational quality food. Experienced staff whereby you don't have to worry about your order or if they know what food they're serving.

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G
27 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Fancy Hanks was featured on a TV show and having experienced American Barbeque in the USA on several occasions we decided to give it a go. On a positive note, the food was very good (4.5/5) and had the same aroma and flavours that we had previously experienced. Cost was $69 per head and included a number of starters and two mains - slow cooked beef and pulled pork - as well as some salads and of course fries. Obviously we had enough to fill some growing boys but I wouldn't say that it was amazing value for money. Drinks were typical city (higher) prices.

Fancy Hanks has a lot of potential but IMO it misses the mark in a couple of cosmetic areas. The cafe style chairs were uncomfortable and the table presentation was very ordinary. To get to the toilets you have to go up a couple of flights of dingy stairs and they look grubby as do the ones leading up to the restaurant. When my husband went, there were dirty dishes on a servery and when he came back they were still there! Wasn't very appetising and the place wasn't really busy. The staff were pleasant and the background music - naturally American - was at just the right level for atmosphere and conversation. I would recommend Fancy Hanks to the under 40's but probably not to over 50s.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Just the fact that they hide the price of the ribs on the online menu is already a huge turn of, many items on the menu were already sold out by 8:30 pm.we thought it was tasteful meat but very greedy on the prices,Sydney is a bit ahead in American bbq style in my opinion and it’s also cheaper and more generous too

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LC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food would go back and recommend to all

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Had Beef Short rib and brisket, as well as smoked eggplant which was a surprise hit.

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PT
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The team and food are absolutely outstanding. I would recommend Fanky Hanks to anyone

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GA
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner. The great food was complemented with outstanding serice from the waiters

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

One of the waitresses was great. Another split wine over me and did not apologise.

Overall the food was no hot when it came out and overall too sweet - didnt need dessert after the meal.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

If you're in Melbourne and haven't tried American style beef brisket before, this is the place to go.

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M
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Service used to be much better. The food on that day was not as good as when we dined there on the other 3 occasions. Plus they ran out of beef ribs and milk bun. Also annoying that they squeezed 5 of us in a spot for 4 when they were not even busy. Disappointing especially when we brought our inter-state friends to dine there.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was very fresh and tasty and easy to enjoy (nothing to frighten the teenagers) the lamb ribs were great, although we had actually reserved the pork ribs only to be told they'd sold them earlier! (It's a good idea to pre book the ribs as they're a definite highlight and seem to sell out early). The room is beautiful with a stunning view over the canopy of trees along Bourne St but could do with some more soft surfaces as it's very noisy. Great place for a family meal, would definitely eat there again.

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GM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good food but BlueBonnet is much better. Brisket was dry and ribs not as tender as they should have been. Enjoyable but don't go with high expectations.

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T
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Got meat sweats afterwards

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ED
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Once again Fancy Hanks did not disappoint! I’d suggest sticking to the ala carte menu and making sure you get the Boston beans, corn bread along with the brisket, pork sausage and boudin. Service not the best, and enough poor reviews about it that if it was going to change it would have by now. Accept it for what it is and enjoy the delicious dinner. Will be back.

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