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About Fancy Hank's Bourke Street

Bookings are now open for tables of 1 guest up to 20 guests! We hold a number of tables for walk in guests, so if our online bookings are full, please come in and we'll get you seated as quickly as possible.

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.

1/79 Bourke street
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Southern, American

Hours of operation:
Monday to Sunday, 12pm until 11pm.
We take our last bookings at 10:30pm.

Cross street:
Exhibition Street

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$41 to $100

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
1300 274 753

Website:
http://www.fancyhanks.com/

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

Parking Details:
There is a paid parking lot on Little Collins St, a 2 minute walk to our venue.
Limited street parking available - ticketed.

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

Executive Chef:
Mike Patrick

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

Fancy Hank's Bourke Street Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.4

Ambience

4.2

Value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Sunday Lunch (37)
Great Beer (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Tasting Menu (25)
Cosy (24)
Business Meals (23)
Hot Spot (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Late-night Find (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Bar Seating (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Scenic View (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Quick Bite (11)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great place with a relaxed casual vibe but also very good for a corporate lunch. Delicious food which is very reasonably priced - the corn bread is a must try. Would definitely recommend and will be back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fun, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on 11 January 2018

Food pretty good overall - brisket delicious
Restaurant way too hot
Had to wrap it up and go somewhere more comfortable for afters

Tags: Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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Food3
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·Dined on 10 January 2018

This was my second time here, there was six of us for a friend's birthday. We all opted for the 'feed me' type menu for $50 p/person. By the end of the meal we were all full and didn't get dessert. The food was all quite good, not amazing but definitely filling feel-good food. The service was amazing, all the staff was super friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend Fancy Hanks.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Casual
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Food5
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Service4
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·Dined on 10 January 2018

Food was perfect! It always has been. However, the serving sizes seem to get smaller and smaller each time I visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun
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Food5
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·Dined on 6 January 2018

Food was delicious! Customer service was also great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on 3 January 2018

Was ok ribs tasted like smoked chicken from
Coles needed to be more authentic American style bbq for my liking.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on 31 December 2017

Unusual night to try a new place (New Years Eve) so we had a set menu and wayyyy more food than we could eat and a couple of things we wouldn’t order if it wasn’t a set menu. The entree was a giant sausage with caramelised onion (and strangely 4 Jatz crackers) followed by a devilled egg and then deep fried cauliflower. We loved the cauliflower but meh on the sausage and egg. Then out came a platter of two hunks of brisket, a pile of pulled pork and some smoked sausage, all of which were delicious. Sides were cornbread with jalapeño butter (yum), huge bowl of fries (thumbs up), milk rolls (too full to try), baked beans (don’t like beans so didn’t try) and coleslaw (average). The meat came with two sauces which were really good too. We were way too full for dessert. Service was fast, friendly and attentive. $178 for the two of us which was a little steep for just two drinks but as I said it was a set menu with 3 courses so difficult to review but hey, what the hell - I’m doing it. Would I go back? Probably to have a peek at their regular menu and order exactly what we like. Was it super special compared to all the other American style places going around? Not really but we love that sort of food and it’s kind of all the same everywhere you go. So it’s not better, not worse. Just same-same.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on 26 December 2017

Very Good Food , Great Staff & Nice Location.
Would love to see more menu deal options for individuals who would like to try a bit of everything in one thing tray. The current similar deal was available only if the entire table ordered the same .
Overall Great Experience.
Will be back many times for sure 👍🏼👌👌👍🏼👍🏼

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on 24 December 2017

Good tender ribs although a little pricey. Need to order ribs in advance.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on 23 December 2017

Really enjoyable evening out. Delicious food and it is difficult to choose but we went for the Devilled Eggs and a couple of Jalapeno Poppers to start. Both delicious but do feel the poppers are a little on the expensive side. Then had Beef Brisket, Lamb Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Corn Bread, Mac N Cheese and Fries with the Romaine Salad. All were delicious! We finished off with the Lemon Meringue. Could not fault the food and, apart from the Poppers, it is all good value for what you are getting, we practically rolled out! If I had to comment on cost it would be that a few more wines to select from at the lower end would be great as the wines we like were all in the mid range, which took the price up a bit. Will definitely be back though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on 23 December 2017

We had a great night out. We were a large group with a few diverse needs but you catered to us all. Everyone loved the food. It was a great location, vibe and delicious food. Highly recommend. Lisa.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on 20 December 2017

Very friendly staff, however the food was disappointing. The $50 sampler meal was ok, not great, and the portion size were small. Left hungry.
The restaurant is well laid out and clean and our waiter was great. Would probably go back for a beer and a snack, but not again for a main meal.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on 17 December 2017

Great food i loved the ribs and was made very quickly. Great staff they were very accommodating for me and my wife. Will definitely be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 14 December 2017

It was a disappointing experience. We were having out Christmas lunch there and at first instance they advised us that they had run out of bread for the sandwiches which we said was fine as they offered their mini rolls (which they subsequently charged us for when it should have simply been included as part of the sandwich price). When the food was finally brought out they forgot two of the main orders and left off an additional side. They had to put the order through the kitchen (it seemed from scratch) and this was brought out some time after and whilst we were not charged for it, it was very disappointing taking into account the wait time and the general experience. We were all very hungry as the reservation was for 2:15 and there were only two tables filled (including ours). I would not recommend this place and would not go back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on 9 December 2017

Great BBQ - and I’ve lived in Texas for 5 years

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·Dined on 2 December 2017

Best little smokehouse in Melbourne! Never fails to deliver. Try the Brisket and the Potato salad and the mac and cheese, oh and the Romaine salad. Its all good at Hanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 24 November 2017

Great relaxed atmosphere, good food - the smoker at the front really adds flavor to the brisket! YUm!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 23 November 2017

Good American style BBQ. Brisket was great but the smoke ring was a little small. Smoked sausage was outstanding. Disappointed that the lunch buffet was a "one in all in" deal for a table of 8 even though the menu said min of 2 people. Regardless, buffet was just right. Corn bread was as every bit as good as I ate in the States. Will go again for sure.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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Food5
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·Dined on 22 November 2017

Food great
Setvice good
If 5 people order the set menu and you serve 5 sausages and enough pulled pork for 5 maybe should serve 5 pieces of brisket not 4 irrespective of the weight

Tags: Casual, Great Beer
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·Dined on 20 November 2017

Being a member of the barbecue scene Fancy Hank’s has always been an inspiration. Food is always great and service is top notch.

Can’t wait for the next time!

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 17 November 2017

The food is absolutely delicious. We only had a short amount of time, but the food came out quickly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 16 November 2017

Delicious meat. Great food and wonderful service. Loved our pre ordered ribs.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on 16 November 2017

American style bbq smoked food. Not authentic Australian as hoped. Not the best I’ve tasted but pretty good. Very friendly servers and good drinks. Note this is on a second floor and requires walking up a long set of stairs.

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·Dined on 10 November 2017

Used to visit Hanks inside the old Mercat Hotel. Could get a big feed for $25 per person.
Now they’ve relocated we spent $60 per person on similar feed.
Not massive portions, but food is really tasty.
No longer a regular type place to eat, more like a one off special dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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Food4
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·Dined on 8 November 2017

I left a special request for my mums 50th on the comments and no one replied or contacted me back...

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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·Dined on 6 November 2017

Fancy hanks was a good place to try out. Service was great and the food came out quickly and it was overall really nice.
The brisket, coleslaw, chicken, Mac and cheese and Caesar salad was all delicious, though we thought the pork belly starter wasn’t that great.
Also we wanted the chocolate porter and there was none in stock.
All in all a pretty decent place to eat. I would visit again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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Food3
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·Dined on 5 November 2017

Was left abit dissapointed. Enjoyed the sides more than the meat. Sausage was cold. Pulled pork did not taste like pork. Briskit just ok. Service though was excellent. Pity the food was not the same.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

Really great food. Ribs were super tasty and the brisket was super tender - you could cut it with the fork alone. Coleslaw and fries were also the best we've ever had. We will definitely come back for more. As the dishes come as share platters, I would come back here as a group larger than 4 so more food can be ordered. We felt as a pair we didn't get to try all the food that was offered here - a bit sad about that but means we can try more next time! Ambience was really suited to the food offered and it's location in the city makes it easy to get too. Overall, totally recommend!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fun, Casual, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 3 November 2017

First visit was excellent. Second visit even better.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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·Dined on 2 November 2017

Great, friendly staff and quick service always make for an efficient business lunch when we're generally time poor. The food was great but just a bit pricey especially for sides. All in all a great dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vegan, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 25 October 2017

Fancy Hanks was the perfect place for our work mates get together. The food is great for sharing and the casual atmosphere of the venue made for a very fun evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 25 October 2017

The ambience and smell of the restaurant blew us away! The staff were friendly and accommodating and the food was out of this world!

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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Service2
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Summery - Excellent food, drinks and nice space.
Improvement needed on attentiveness of service, would only return if not sitting at the bar.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Great barbeque restaurant near the Princess Theatre. Order the maple pork belly it's terrific. Great smoke ring on the brisket.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 14 October 2017

Great night great food really nice vibe staff were excellent food is reasonably priced

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 12 October 2017

Okay without being great. Good wine list, overpriced bottled/canned beers. Ordered the banquet, with every dish coming out at once. Some of the meat dishes tasted prepared.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on 11 October 2017

Ate well, till I could barely move from the table. Beers made it easier to move, quite refreshing but delishous in taste. Meet was cooked from a higher power, God like tenderness with a ripping taste. Recommended

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·Dined on 7 October 2017

I love Fancy Hank's - so I will definitely be back. It wasn't as good as the last time I went and the servings seemed to have gotten smaller, but it's still a great place and I'll be back.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 28 September 2017

"Feed me" was an excellent choice. Great selection of single malts and bourbons.

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, People Watching, Authentic
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·Dined on 25 September 2017

A long way to go for this restaurant outlet to meet the local expectations
Good luck guys

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