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About Fathers Office

Father's Office transports you to 1920's America during the prohibition era. The Speakeasy theme is featured throughout the entire venue with vintage pieces adorning the walls. The drinks list is focused on period items, including signature cocktails, a wide range of whisky and rum, as well as craft beers from local micro-brewers. Relax on the couches in the bar area or sit out on the wrap-around balcony that overlooks the historic Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets. Father's Office offers daily food and drink specials.

Father's Office offers a $20 Lunch Menu, A La Carte Menu, $52 Set Menu, Kids Menu, as well as dedicated Gluten Free and Vegan Menus. All day dining is offered with our Bar menu, providing a great options for those who just need a snack with their drinks.

Join us for happy hour and take advantage of our amazing $1 and $2 bar snacks that are available in the bar area everyday from 5-7pm.

249 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Dining Bar, Australian

Hours of operation:
Mon - Thurs: 11am - 1am
Fri - Sat: 11am - 3am
Sun: 11am - Midnight

PLEASE NOTE- We only take reservations for lunch or dinner in the dining room. We do not take reservations for drinks in the bar area.
To be seated in the dining room, at least 1 main meal per person must be ordered.

Cross street:
Swanston Street

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$40 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(03) 9825 8999

Website:
http://www.fathersoffice.com.au/

Entertainment:
http://fathersoffice.com.au/special-events/

We host DJs every Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm-late as well as throw themed parties and special promotions centred around holidays and local events.

Parking Details:
Parking for Father’s Office is available in the QV and Melbourne Central complex.
For the QV complex Fathers Office can validate your parking when you spend $1 in our store. With validation parking is $19 for all day. For regular rates and prices please see the QV website.
Parking on Sundays is $10 all day!

Public Transport:
Melbourne Central Train Station is only a 2 minute walk away. Trams service Swanston Street, La Trobe Street and Bourke Street.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We host a wide range of events from corporate events, EOFY parties, birthdays, engagements, weddings, graduation dinners, hens & bucks and more!

We have several spaces in the venue which can be reserved exclusively for private events. Our dining room can accommodate large groups for lunches and dinners.

Private Dining

Private Dining at Father's Office is suitable for Birthdays, Corporate events, Weddings, Engagements, Exclusive Functions and Dinners.

Fathers Office Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.1

Service

4.1

Ambience

3.7

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (67)
Group Bookings (59)
Happy Hour (57)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (53)
Fun (50)
Good for Birthdays (47)
Special Occasions (42)
Lunch (42)
Comfort Food (39)
Good for a Date (36)
Gluten Free Options (35)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Hot Spot (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Scenic View (22)
Business Meals (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
People Watching (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Outstanding Value (19)
Quick Bite (19)
Great Beer (19)
Late-night Find (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Neighbourhood Gem (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Cosy (12)
Authentic (11)
Outdoor Eating (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Healthy (8)
Vegan (8)
Brunch (7)
Romance (6)
Seasonal (6)
Spicy (5)
Tapas (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Child Friendly (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

TOO, TOO noisy. I'd say it was unbearably loud. I can be loud at times, but this was ridiculous. If I had realised the bar was so close to the dining area, I'd have gone elsewhere. Yes, it was a Saturday night, but the level of noise is exacerbated greatly by the close proximity of the bar to the dining area. It's certainly not s place I'd recommend if you're interested in conversation over a meal.
The ability to split bills was great!

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options
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Food5
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Service4
Value5

 
·Dined 4 days ago

As a celiac I was so impressed with the gluten free options, amazing!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options
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Food2
Ambience4
Service3
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined 7 days ago

great place but food took a while and my steak came out medium-welldone when i asked for blue

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Quick Bite, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 7 October 2017

The food was amazing. Fantastic gluten free options. Great value for money. Only downside was the noise in the restaurant.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 6 October 2017

A small group of friends joined me to help me celebrate my birthday at Fathers Office for dinner and drinks. It was nearly all of our first time being there and we didnt know what to expect. But we found we had a great night in a great atmosphere with good service, good food and awesome Happy hour till 10pm setting us up nicely for the rest of our night. Thank you Fathers Office 😁

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options
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Food2
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·Dined on 6 October 2017

It was hard to get the attention of the waiters, couldn't get the attention in time so we missed the happy hour prices because of it.
One person in our group got their food 30 minutes before the rest of us and had finished before we got the rest. Then two of the orders were wrong and had to be sent back, then returned a while later all cold. The burger was fried black and super dry, the steak was over done.
I would not recommend to go here and eat.

Tags: Happy Hour
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Food2
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Value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 5 October 2017

Long wait for cocktails, Missing food items, understaffed.
The lights in the dinning room were constantly being filled and brightened for the entirety of my it dinner.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great Beer
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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 27 September 2017

One of the nicest meals that I have had. The taste of the food was exceptional and I will be happy to go back there any time I am in Melbourne. Congratulation to the chef and the staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Quick efficient service. Great value specials menu. Great ambience and energy.

Tags: Vegan, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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Food4
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 18 September 2017

A fun place.Brisk and buzzing.Great cocktails good value for happy hour.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 17 September 2017

Staffs were absolutely amazing, and service was excellent. The portion of the food is perfect for the price and it tastes remarkably beautiful. 😊

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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Food3
Ambience2
Service3
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Liked the theme and uniforms of the staff. The restaurant portion is quite loud and the tables are very close together. Servers and other patrons were constantly bumping my chair.

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Food1
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·Dined on 9 September 2017

Got told after buying two drinks during happy hour (to have over dinner) we could have no more due to RSA laws. Drinks order was screwed up and tasted like bad cough medicine. Hadnt been predrinking, hadnt been loud and was pretty appalled with how we were spoken too. It was my best friend and i going out for dinner to chat about wedding planning. Hardly a Rowdy night! Then we were kicked out of our table within 35 mins of sitting down because they had double booked! Our food was subpar at best and tasted like it was reheated in the microwave. So so disappointed and wont be going back! would no recommend at ALL!

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 9 September 2017

Had a great birthday and excellent service and delicious food

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 6 September 2017

We had a team lunch at Father's Office to farewell a colleague. The service was top notch and the food was delicious and generous. We all had a lovely time and given that we had a mix of people's food preferences: vegetarian, gluten free, meat lovers...Father's Office was a great choice, plus reasonably priced too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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Food4
Ambience2
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 2 September 2017

Food and decor are all great.
Very noisy on a Saturday night however. We were seated in the restaurant and had to yell across the table.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food4
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·Dined on 29 August 2017

Great gluten free.
Nice food, cheap and cheerful.
Great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 24 August 2017

Good food, good atmosphere and great service but way too loud music, especially in the bar area.

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Food5
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·Dined on 24 August 2017

The food and service were really great and everyone enjoyed our team lunch thanks to Father's Office. We will definitely dine here again!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Vegan, Fun, Casual, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience4
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Value4

 
 (Kent)·Dined on 23 August 2017

First time at Fathers office. Fantastic service, very personal and over and above what we expected. Food was delicious and tasting plates are a great idea making it easy when it's hard to chose. Will recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 20 August 2017

Service from our male waiter was great, he told us his name, but can't remember.
The bar area was too loud, we were seated in the restaurant area, but we were the people in there. It felt like they hadn't turned the heating on in this area, so we Sat there cold.
The worst part of the evening was the end. We had 2 entertainment book vouchers, the staff consulted the manager on the phone and came back and said they'd only accept 1when we can use up to 3. Some of us paid cash and 1 wished to pay on card. This proved too hard for the staff.
Would not recommend this place.

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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 20 August 2017

A wonderful venue in the centre of Melbourne's CBD. The food is always reliable, and the choice of bar menu, a-la carte, vegetarian/vegan, gluten free and kids menu means that there is something for everyone. Great for lunches and family friendly.

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Casual, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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Food5
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·Dined on 18 August 2017

Very accommodating and great service. The good was really good but the highlight was dessert. Awesome happy hour too.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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Food4
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·Dined on 15 August 2017

Attended Father's Office for a colleagues going away lunch. We pre-ordered our meals and lunch was served as soon as we arrived. Everyone enjoyed their meals. It was a nice relaxing ambience with wonderful service. Thoroughly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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Food4
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Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 12 August 2017

A fine selection of American style burgers, meats and sides with an extensive drinks list in a fun art deco setting with outstanding service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on 9 August 2017

Food was good, but music can be turned down a notch (or three), we had to yell at each other the whole time just to hear one another. Service was good, but before we left we were told we owed money...after looking at the bill properly, we were charged for two alcoholic drinks that we hadn't ordered. Dampener.

Tags: Comfort Food
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Food4
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Service5
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·Dined on 7 August 2017

Very friendly staff and good food. Lunch specials are of great value. Spacious seating and nice casual environment. We were very happy with the whole dining experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Great service and food. Always enjoy lunch here and look forward to returning again soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food3
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Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on 5 August 2017

We arrived and were seated at a table beside the door to the smoking area. It was freezing and we could smell smoke. I couldn't take my ciat and scarf off it was that cold. I went to staff and was told sure the heat is on. I said we'd like to be moved to another table. They said they wete fully booke but would try. 15 minutes went by and we were getting thirsy nobody gave us a drinks menu. So my boyfriend went to the bar and was told no it's table service. Then a manager came over and gave us another table closer to the middle of the restaurant. Thankfully warm enough to eventually take my coat off. We finally got a drink 40 mins after arriving. Ordered the food, 3 out of 4 of us were happy with our dishes but My friend who ordered the tacos was very disappointed with the stale tasteless offering with guacamole that was gone brown. And the caramel "Nutella" tart I ordered no way resembled Nutella..It was really bland cheap chocolate. Thoughtout the night the service was bad. Only managed to get 2 drinks with our meals so we were very happy to go elsewhere to continue our night out with good friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 5 August 2017

Great food, great staff.
Excellent service, great environment to unwind, have a drink and some great, very reasonably priced food!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Fun, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 4 August 2017

Aside from one meal being forgotten (which was rectified and taken off the bill) we had a great evening.
Excellent value for money.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 4 August 2017

Great place, great food, great service. Really happy we went there for lunch!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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Food3
Ambience3
Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on 4 August 2017

Food was good, however in a big group we did arrange a preorder as we needed to get back to work and we still had to wait 45min for the food to come out. Not happy at all about that.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 1 August 2017

Great meal - especially for Lunch. Great value and ambiance!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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Food1
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·Dined on 31 July 2017

When the website advertises All You Can Eat Tacos, you expect that they will serve you All You Can Eat Tacos. Why have a link for "book for All You Can Eat Tacos" on your website when you're not going to honour your own deals. Shame on Father's Office for being liars.

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Food5
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

Awesome food and service as always, great place to go if you have dietary requirements, the team are super respectful and professional.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 25 July 2017

Fabulous service, delish quick lunch meal and great atmosphere

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
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·Dined on 22 July 2017

The food was amazing. Everyone definitely had a food coma afterwards. Worth every cent.

Tags: Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
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·Dined on 21 July 2017

We had a great meal here. Food was amazing and being gluten free was not a problem at all. Staff were great. It was a little noisy but not to bad.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Gluten Free Options
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Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 21 July 2017

Delicious mixed platter. Had trouble with table but were eventually moved to more comfortable one. Long lines at the bar make it a chore trying to get to the ladies room. Ice cream sorbet portions too tiny and overpriced at $8!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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