Fancy Hank's Bourke Street

4.1
465 reviews
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Barbecue
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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.

Special Offers

Meet the Brewer - $30pp

MEET THE TEAMS BEHIND SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BREWERIES
Try some limited edition beers, hear the story behind the breweries and get answers for all your brewing questions at Good Heavens.
Brewers Buddy offer: $30 includes beer and snacks from Fancy Hank's
Starts at 5 pm, Brewers Available til 7 pm. Beers on all night!

Terms and Conditions: Free entry, tickets available from the bar

Valid For: 1 - 15 people

Starts: 12 August 2019

Ends: 12 August 2019

Availability: Mon 17:00-19:00

Winter Roast ($45pp) + Oyster Plate ($45 per dozen)

Join us on the second Sunday of every month for a special 2-course smoked lamb shoulder lunch, along with our Tasmanian oyster plate with horseradish, cocktail and lemon for $45 per dozen

Bookings must be made by the Thursday prior to the day itself.

Terms and Conditions: Booking's close on the Thursday prior to event

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 5 May 2019

Ends: 11 September 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-17:00

Winter Roast - $45pp

Join us on the second Sunday of every month for a special 2-course smoked lamb shoulder lunch. Oyster specials and drinks specials on the day.
Bookings must be made by the Thursday prior to the day itself.

Terms and Conditions: Booking's close on the Thursday prior to event

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 11 May 2019

Ends: 11 September 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-17:00

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KC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food excelent staff and all a good price. Easy to locate with public transport

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BB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great experience. Food was yummy and service was really good. 10/10

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DK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Not enjoyable at all. Average service, food and all round was very poor

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MF
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place, great food, great atmosphere. Would definitely come back when in Melbourne

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AS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is great and the service is excellent. Would highly recommend it!

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BL
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic, friendly service for a big table. Lots of communication regarding allergies and really diligent kitchen. By far an amazing place for a birthday dinner.

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J
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The Pork Ribs where great. The beef brisket was a big let down had 2 slicers on my plate about an inch thick and very dry lucky there was a little bbq sauce to put on top. also has pork croquets and brisket burnt ends the pork croquets where great! The burnt ends though were chewy and couldn’t tell what was beetroot and beef on the plate. Price was extremely high for quality of food.

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JL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Nothing fancy about this appalling food. We went using a voucher we’d been given by the restaurant for a previous appalling meal. We decided to go with the burger special, because what could go wrong, right? Turns out, a lot! Patty too thick and undercooked, cheese cold and not melted, so much sauce that the overly thin and soft bun was a doughy mess. They also forgot our appetisers. Once they had remembered, they rushed them out. The croquettes had hard chunks of cheese because they hadn’t been cooked long enough.

Seriously, avoid! So many good places in Melbourne to bother.

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KP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Overall it was a very good night. The food was ok - good even, but not great. Based on reviews I was expecting to be wowed by it. Instead, it was a good, expensive night out.

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M
Melbourne / VIC
51 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I'll be back! Didn't expect to love their short-ribs as much as I did. The brisket felt slightly drier than I would have liked, but worth giving it another shot. Lots of great other items on the menu to try and the service was top notch!

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RK
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Hi There,

Great food and location and ambiance. I would however call out that a staff member had to run to Coles/supermarket down the road for ice cream for the Choc Tops as you were "out". He cam back with Choc Chip Mint, which was ok however the fact that the wait staff had to tell us the detail was not that professional.

Also it seemed that the wait staff got lazy towards the end of our meal where I twice had to stand up and walk to the counter to ask for the bill and also hand for the payment. One staff member was at the bar on her phone and when I asked who I could pay with it seemed like a chore for her.

The choc tops were given for free however so appreciate that due to the wait and lack of the item on the menu.

regards,
Rob

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JM
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Probably the best low and slow cooking I have ever tasted! the service was just right and honestly think the food was cooked to perfection! Thank you.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food & service. Will definately recommend to others. It was great being able to have a drink upstairs while waiting for our table & being able to bring our drinks down when it was ready.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The pulled pork croquettes where cold on the inside and when we asked our waiter if that’s the way it was meant to be he said no they should be warm , then made up a story about maybe they changed the recipe and will check go find out and let us know , which we are still waiting.
The brisket was over cooked flavor was nice but shame that it was dry.

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J
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always the food is amazing and service is really good. Will keep coming back

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K
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can't believe how good the food was here. Not a place you'd expect to have vegan and vegetarian options but the rage was fantastic. It was good to have small dishes for sharing so that you could try lots of things. Will come back again.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

For Parks and Rec fans, this would've been Ron Swanson's dream dinner venue.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant, second time and can't wait to go back next time we travel to Melbourne

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MC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

This is our 3rd time at Fancy Hanks but felt service and food was lacking slightly this time. The pulled pork croquettes, fries, corn bread and brisket were AMAZING but the ribs which we'd pre-ordered weren't as good as we were hoping. I wanted falling off the bone but they were a touch dry and chewy. Love the cherry cola as always. Drink service was super slow. Still a nice night out but prefer during the day when there is more staff.

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PE
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Very disappointing, Fancy Hanks has gone from the best BBQ restaurant to the worst. I would never go back.
I would suggest they beg the old chef to return, reinstate the old menu and overhaul the table staff.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The quality of food is very good, that makes me come back to bring family and friends over. The serving size is also okay. The ambiance of old world style interior is calming, conducive for conversation among friends and family. The staffs are all friendly that make us diners feel welcome. The menu has ample choices to offer. Your price is just right . Keep up your good work and we look forward to visit your restaurant again. Thank you!

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MM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Lunch Menu very average

The food was very stodgy,presented poorly & lacked taste

First time there & never again

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CR
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We paid AUD35 each for a banquet set menu. We expected to be served individually. Not in 2 platters for 9 people. It was disappointing to be served two pieces of Pumpkin toast to be shared between 9 people.
Overall the food was good.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, though over priced for amount you get. Got 4 things thinking they’d be big serves from what menu said and paid a ridiculous amount for them to then be disappointing and small. Ended up needing to go get dessert elsewhere after because still hungry. Good service but unsure if I would go back!

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LO
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

All round on the money - although some dishes were a little overpriced for what was on the plate (brisket). Burnt ends were nice but mostly beetroot rather than beef.
Fave was the pork chop - recommended by our lovely server - and delicious.
Would return!

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A
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Ollie was great - very attentive and calm when he was obviously extremely busy. Helpful with suggestions too.

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GK
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The burgers and sides were delicious. The staff was very friendly and the service was quick. It was quiet when we went on a Tuesday at Midday.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I will admit my bias straight up: I dig American Food and these girls and guys do it great. The fact that their lunch menu is some really well priced sandwich action just adds to my enjoyment.
Definitely one of the better lunch places in Melbourne!

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KH
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Above average food for sure, style and flavor took me back to the States, the let down of the evening was the burnt ends; two small squares of meat and one of pure fat does not a 'burnt ends' make (especially not for $16), considering the slab of 14hr brisket was only $29 and 10 times the amount of meat. Mac & cheese was the bomb! Lamb ribs a little on the dryer side, though flavored wonderfully. Spiced pumpkin pudding small but delish!

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PO
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Staff was so incredibly rude, our female waitress should work in a bazaar. She was so pushy rattling down the menu, asking several times if we want to order NOW? It wasn’t busy and we’re not the slowest, but please let your guests sit down and have a look at the menu. We’re going out to have a good time.

The food was super disappointing- compared to Blue Bonnet. Cold, tasteless, overpriced for the quality. My partner’s meat was 1/4 a big piece of fat crust.

We decided not to order dessert, which was offered to us in the same fast rattling, not understandable way. After we denied, one last push for “Coffee? ANYTHING? You can pay then.” Lucky us!

Our bill was wrong, when we pointed it out, that some items were charged double the male waiter seemed to be rather annoyed to have to make an effort.

Sorry, but we definitely are not coming back.

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JB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Our waiter was very rude the whole night, unfortunately. we were asking for recommendations and he basically just ignored us. We asked how many dishes we should get and it was just palmed off like well 'i dont know how much do you want, I dont know...why dont you decide how hungry you are'?? I Just think maybe pretending to have been in a good mood would have been nice.
He would make fun of certain peoples drink choices. I was really surprised.

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EM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. The venue is also awesome and very American-bar themed. There is also a rooftop upstairs if you feel like having some drinks before or after dinner. The lamb ribs and biscuits need to be something you or someone on your table orders.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A good choice if your like a brisk atmosphere and very American food. Service was good although the staring dishes (ribs) were eaten off the menu by 2015 on Friday evening!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food , great atmosphere will be back again . The pork brisket was amazing !! Highly recommend

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Group of 5, 4 had never been. Great variety’s, good sharing experience, excellent venue

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AB
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

coming back with family and friends for sure.
The team here were amazing and friendly, really accommodating for my boyfriends birthday. The food was also astounding - the brisket just MELTS in your mouth, is so tender and +++ recommend the black pepper biscuit tasted amazing with the meat plates too!
Very keen to try more on the menu and recommend this place to all!

Fancy Hank's Bourke Street
Responded on 1 May 2019

We are glad you had such a great time for your boyfriends birthday Arseallie, we look forward to having you and your family back in again soon!

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TB
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Make sure you go her hungry to get through the mountain of food. Service is great but it doesn’t have the same family friendly atmosphere as the old establishment across from the Vic markets.

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W
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Awesome all round
Great meats with plenty of side options
Nice wine selection

Fancy Hank's Bourke Street
Responded on 1 May 2019

Thanks Wesrec, great to hear you enjoyed your meal. See you soon

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LC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

the brisket was phenomenal. the ribs however are definitely not the best. very overpriced for what they are. membrane was still attached and tough and the meat was very tough! but the brisket!!!!! the brisket was genius and the coleslaw!!!!

Fancy Hank's Bourke Street
Responded on 1 May 2019

Hi LCWN, Thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback! I am glad you enjoyed our brisket adn the coleslaw when you dinned with us. I appreciate your feedback about our pork ribs, this is not the way we would expect our ribs to be served and have passed your feedback on and will look at ways to improve this product for your next visit! Cheers Tracey

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C
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very pleasant and courteous staff greeted us and made recommendations as to the amount and size of food to order. He was spot on with size. The only downside was the outside street light that shone straight into my eyes when I came on, perhaps some shading on the window would be good

Fancy Hank's Bourke Street
Responded on 1 May 2019

Hi Chris, Thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback, we're glad you enjoyed your mean and the service that you received while dinning with us. If you could let me know what table you were sitting at we can look at the positioning of the table for you. We look forward to seeing you in again. Cheers Tracey

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