Fancy Hank's Bourke Street

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$41 to $100
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Barbecue
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.

Special Offers

Summer Sunday Sessions at Good Heavens - $45pp

Good Heavens is hosting our Sunday Summer Sessions on the first Sunday of every month, we will have bottomless mimosas & fixation beers*, food specials, DJs playing all of the 80's classics and good vibes all day long.
(Bottomless drinks can only be purchased with a minimum of one food item ordered)

Terms and Conditions: Bottomless drinks can only be purchased with a minimum of one food item ordered

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 6 September 2019

Ends: 5 March 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00

What 531 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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MD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If American BBQ is your thing, then Fancy Hanks is a great option in the CBD. It delivers exactly what is advertised. Great BBQ and a whole raft of southern & mid-western favourites. Go there hungry & prepare to pass out in a happy food coma afterwards.

AH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

DO NOT waste your time.
There were 6 of us out for dinner together. We had drinks in the roof top bar then came downstairs to eat in the restaurant.
There were 6 main meals in their menu. Only 2 of these meals were available to order as they had run out of meat. This was at 7pm on a Monday night. Would recommend nobody going there until they get their act together. Dined out every day while in Melbourne and unfortunately Fancy Hanks was the most memorable for all the WRONG reasons.
We were offered to order 2 plates of other rib types that were not on the menu. Which we accepted. They brought out all the dishes except the 2 plates of substitute ribs. When questioned where they were informed us that they had run out of those as well. We shook our heads and laughed.

WC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience3

Food was amazing. But we got there and we’re told that most of the main courses weren’t available. Then we were told that we couldn’t get the platters because the whole table didn’t want to get a platter. We were backed into a corner on what we could and could not order.

We eventually got some food, which to be fair, was really good.

JS
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!! Great service. Excellent evening, highly recommend! Don’t be put off if you are vegetarian, the options were many and delicious!!

JP
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You want real US style smoked BBQ...come to Fancy Hanks. I love their Brisket and Ribs. Also like their side dishes and salads with lots of creative options to complement the meat.

TT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

The service was good as the waitress helped us with determining how much we should order for two people. She was right, we were wrong but fortunately you can box and take away what you don't eat.

The location is a bit cramped. Not a large space resulting needing to repeat what you say, talk a lot louder and be very careful when sliding out of your seat so as to not bump the table. It's not that they aren't trying to pack as many people as possible in, it is just a small area.

In terms of food: We had Brisket, Mac and Cheese, Ribs (pre ordered as required to ensure availability), Beef Croquettes and Barbecued Brocoli.

Brisket was amazing. I have drunk water that needed more chewing than the meat. It had enough structural integrity to hold onto the fork.

Mac and Cheese: It tasted a bit watery. I was expecting a thicker creamy texture but was let down.

Ribs: Mostly bone with one or two bites of meat. Again, let down but perhaps I have seen too many American BBQ shows with ribs that come on bones the size of your femur.

Beef Croquettes: Quite good for a starter.

Brocoli: Two very large pieces, basically a head of brocoli cut in half and barbecued.

Three drinks.

This was $220. Overall a 4 star. Disappointed with the Ribs and Mac and Cheese. Brisket was the star.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! The Brisket was to die for and the service was outstanding.

AS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxed vibes, great food! 7 of us dined for lunch on the express lunch and had food on the table on time and it was all super delicious.

AH
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A great team lunch with tasty food and attentive staff who catered to our needs and didn't keep us waiting. Noise level a bit too high to be able to hear others on your own table which was a shame but otherwise a great lunch

EV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our evening celebrating our daughters completion of her VCE exams. Pre ordered our ribs which were amazing. Missed a good pile of pulled pork but the amazing brisket made up for it. Service was friendly and informative. Loved that the menu has changed since our last visit and we enjoyed eating a slightly "fancier" BBQ. We have eaten BBQ all over the USA and are pretty happy that we have one of the best BBQ restaurants local to us. Looking forward to visiting again. Thank you.

LR
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was so great, the vegan at our table loved it!

LM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food that the entire group is still talking about three days later, great service and overall an excellent time! Definitely worth visiting the rooftop bar before your dinner as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

Burger was cold. Chips came after burger was fully eaten (and we waited).

Waiter refused us to have the set menu as 1 person was vegetarian and set menus are meat only. She said it was a 'hard rule'. Hard rule disconnected from reality of clientele.

The price was premium though - not at all suitable considering the above. Premium price should involve a flawless experience.

BB
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

1st time here , nice food good service , $3.50 for half an egg is crazy and $13.50 for about 150ml of red house wine was a bit stingy , food was nice , very noisy , you will find it very hard to have a conversation at all, won’t hurry back , but I will come back on a quieter time .

JD
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

This really isn’t bbq. Overpriced, cheap fatty cuts of meat, wait staff doing what was necessary, but with no enthusiasm. Underwhelming at best.

PM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

I loved the new additions to the menu, the grilled octopus was by far the best dish I have had at the restaurant. Service was optimal and staff were very friendly and attentive to specific needs, as I am lactose intolerant a meal was returned to the kitchen and replaced with one without cheese ; an excellent resolution and much appreciated. The restaurant was a bit too loud to enjoy conversation, but thats just typical of a Friday night anywhere. Overall, amazing food and wonderful staff.

PP
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Had a dinner with some work friends. Kind of disappointing to be honest, as the brisket was so dry, and the pork ribs tasted more like ham than Juicy ribs. Barely any basting on the ribs, well cooked but I get better ribs from a local pizza shop, for half the money. They should be blasted heavily, falling off the bone, but these were dry and tender more like a well cooked ham than ribs.. service was great, and I will try it once more but was disappointed this time around..

PJ
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We had a 5 pm booking and were told at the time that we would need to vacate the table by 6.30 pm. We were then told 3 more times about leaving the table. It became very annoying. I found the service to be lacking regarding information about the menu.

NK
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took a couple of out of towners here for dinner and they havent stopped talking about it ever since. The food was fantastic. so creative and so tasty. The service was efficient and friendly. A great night out.

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and very tasty

JM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The bottomless brunch was a fantastic event and experience. The food was extraordinary and great value. The ‘bottomless’ options were amazing - loved the grapefruit mimosa. Had cocktails later in the afternoon and these were amazing... love the blue gin one! Atmosphere and vibe was relaxed, befitting the gorgeous sunny day; the DJ was a lot of fun too. The staff really made the day. Professional, friendly and attentive - Cate, Oli, Ed, James upstairs as well as the FH team. Will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great afternoon in the sun for the Bottomless Brunch! Great service, awesome new menus!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Very over-priced for what we got. The ribs were 60% fat. we left feeling hungry and a bit ripped off. Service was the only good thing.

TS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and the best atmosphere. We booked for a 30th birthday dinner and the food and service were exceptional.

E
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about our experience here. The food was amazing, the staff were a lot of fun and very knowledgeable.

We walked out very full, and thought it was great value for money.

LB
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

would have liked to see ribs and burnt ends on the lunch menu. disappointing that it wasn't.

SM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great as were the cocktails and whiskeys. Service was really good and very friendly

MD
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful time celebrating my birthday. The staff went above and beyond, going out of their way to help with many dietary requirements and I can’t wait to go again soon

A
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Group of five got the meatmaster special, everything was great but there was nowhere near enough food to justify $70 a head. Multiple shared sides and barely enough to go around.

Would avoid the platters next time and order individually.

TM
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We will be returning..the food was delicious...great value for money too!

JA
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you Fancy Hank’s for a lovely night! Our waitress helped us decide an appropriate amount of food and she was spot on. Mac and Cheese was a highlight as was the Cauliflower! All the meat was perfect.

A
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Yes I would recommend it to a friend. The food was very nice.

G
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Yes. The food was great, though I've had better spare ribs. Staff very friendly with good service.

DM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing matching with the value of it. Ideal for a celebration. But the music and the other tables made too much noise, that you have to talk louder. In general was a good night.

CS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Great value! Was perfect for Father’s Day with my dad- really felt like we were dining in an American BBQ

L
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice ambiance, cool upstairs bar, good selection of bbq items and a decent beverage list. The food was nice and the quality of ingredients was high but just felt like some of the meals lacked seasoning and a bit of oomph considering the price.

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and choices available. Service was fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Family get together

AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good BBQ for Australia.
Some things unecessary ie maple butter in the biscuit.
Annoying that best menu item ie baby back ribs are routinely unavailable.
Cold mac and cheese.

J
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the food and service was great. Always a favourite when we go to the city.