Fathers Office

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456 reviews
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$40 and under
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American

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If you’re looking for a place in the heart of the Melbourne CBD that promises atmosphere, exceptional value and one the best and liveliest bar restaurants, look no further than Father’s 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.

Father's Office offers an Early Week Lunch menu for $15 Mon - Wed, a $20 Lunch Menu Thurs-Sun, A La Carte Menu, $55 Set Menu, Kids Menu, as well as dedicated Vegan Menu. 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 Monday- Saturday 5-7pm + 8-10pm and Sunday from 11am

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

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What 456 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.3
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

The food was good but the atmosphere was very loud as we were seated next to a 21st birthday celebration of around 35 people and the DJ hired for the night was very loud throughout the restaurant. Our booking was missed by the restaurant (we tried to call multiple times earlier in the night during their confirmed open hours to reconfirm our booking but the phone went to voicemail) so when we arrived they apologised and offered us a round of drinks on the house. The drinks were incredibly strong that we could barely drink them. After waiting for 20 minutes, we were shown to our table in the midst of the 21st celebrations which felt very intrusive on their night. I probably won't be back any time soon but if you are looking for a place with loud music and strong drinks, I would recommend Father's Office.

RP
Melbourne / VIC
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Everything was up to the usual high standard. George and I really love the cider. It is always our drink of choice.

Fathers Office
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Ray, Fantastic to hear! We look forward to seeing you soon for more Cider :) Father's Office Team

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S
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed our meal thank you!
Our friendly waitress helped take a picture of us girls and we came just in time for happy hour. Tried cinnamon calamari for the first time was absolutely lovely
Again thank you for a great night out

Fathers Office
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Stacey, We're glad to hear you had a great time! We hope to see you again soon for Happy Hour! Thanks Father's Office Team

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MA
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

As it was quiet over Sunday lunch, service was very attentive & efficient. Loved the gluten free fish & chips! Excellent value for $20 with a glass of wine! Will return!

Fathers Office
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Mary, We're happy to hear you had an enjoyable experience and look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you Father's Office Team

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PA
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Location is excellent and the actual setup it really nice.
The food was good. I had a burger and it was yummy.
I don't get the Happy Hour though it starts from 5pm - 7pm and then 8pm - 10pm. Very unusual and shouldn't be a break because I think you are missing out on money doing this.
Anyways the music couldn't be heard outside and its summer and I think we should at least hear it from outside :).

MR
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was great service! staff were extra nice and the kids love going. Catered for gluten free! We will be back!

Fathers Office
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hi Michael, We're happy to hear you had a great experience with us and look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you Father's Office Team

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RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Everything was to the usual high standard. It was great to have a cider. I/we will be back.

Fathers Office
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hi Ray, It's great to have you back and happy to hear you had a great time! Thank you Father's Office Team

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great value, excellent steaks and Canadian waitress was excellent.

Fathers Office
Responded on 6 January 2020

Thank you! We hope to see you again soon Father's Office Team

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PC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience1

Went for an early family dinner but our timing clashed with happy hour for a few work parties. Too loud. Couldn’t hear each other yelling. More bar than family restaurant for sure. Service a little slow but obviously a crazy busy time.

MK
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location. Great variety of drinks. Reasonably priced and great service.

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

We both had the steak, it was cooked well, it tasted good, it was easy to chew. The only downside was that they had runout of cider. We were very disappointed about that because we really love their cider, we did not love the beer anywhere near as much.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience1

It was such a hot hot hot day, felt like there was no air flow or air conditioning at all. Considering how hot it was I thought there would be at least cold water being refilled often but we had to ask multiple times for a new jug. We also only got one between 12 people. I also had to personally grab the high chair for my nephew when we asked for one and no one bought it over... we also ordered a cocktail and it took 20 minutes to come out. It was busy, it was hot I feel like the amount of staff on was wrong to the amount of people. The noise level was almost deafening, the waitresses were relatively rude and blunt. The food was good though.

MS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Good place. It was a little bit hard to be served on the day due to a 2 large tables sitting next to us.

CC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

The Southern chicken wings were insufficiently cooked with some ‘chewy’ meat. I was a little worried! However, the other plate we had was perfectly cooked.

CG
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great service and location but $17 for a espresso martini on tap is a joke.

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Everything was to it's usual high standard. The food was cooked well. We didn't have to wait long, a short time between the taking of our order and it being brought to our table. We love the cider.

Fathers Office
Responded on 19 December 2019

Hi Ray, We appreciate your loyalty and kind words, The Team look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

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AM
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks so much to the birthday boy for looking after us! ;)

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was to it's usual high standard, value for money excellent. Service was great, staff friendly. We are always made welcome there. I still love the cider. George and I will be back this Friday. We look forward to seeing you all again.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience1

What a dreadful experience. The noise was deafening. We couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

George and I couldn't have been happier with everything on Friday. The service was great, food was cooked well. The waiter staff are very friendly and courteous. George and I really love the cider still. It's very good value for money. I'll be back for more on Thursday with 2 other friends.

RM
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Hello,

My colleagues really appreciated the meal quality and value for money provided by Fathers Office.

Thanks,
Richard Mallett.

Fathers Office
Responded on 21 November 2019

Thanks for the review! Hopefully we'll see you again soon

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CF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Waiter spilled drinks over two of our diners at our table- no offer to reduce account, dry cleaning or replacement drinks free of charge

Very poor form- will not return

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Everything was up to their usual standard. George and I really love their cider. I/we will be back again and again.

Fathers Office
Responded on 21 November 2019

Thanks for your review Ray! We enjoy seeing you every week!

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AS
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Guess it is an age thing - we saw 1920's speakeasy style and setting - did not get that at all.
Food was good though.
Below what we expected.

B
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

While it was easy to book and we appreciated being able to split out bill easily, we found that the venue was far too loud and the quality of food has decreased since previous visits. Two people had their steak order mixed up (rare and medium orders) and my meatball sandwich was completely cold, which is awkward to bring up when you are will workmates in a large group and they are all eating, it was still tasty though.

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Everything was up to their usual standard; I'll be back for more of the same. Keep up the good work. George and I love the cider. The staff are very friendly and welcoming.

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Everything was up to it's usual high standard. The service was great, the food excellent and the staff are friendly. I'll be Back.

AG
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We brought friends from out of town and had requested a table overlooking the balcony, but didn't receive that, and the place was fairly empty. Our waiter was very attentive, the service was fast and the food was delicious. I requested a couple of adjustments to my order and it was no problem at all. For a Sunday afternoon the music was almost at nightclub volume though, so it was hard to catch up with our friends. We left earlier than planned to go somewhere we could hear ourselves talk.

FC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our Team has been multiple times and Father's Office have always been accomodating, dealing incredibly well with team members who were delayed in arrival and getting their meals out FAST, so that they could feel that they were eating with everyone else.
Lunchtime combo meals are great value and we were pleasantly surprised with the most recent additions to that menu.
It is a great space to spend time in and unwind a touch from work.

BD
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good here 💕have been a patron for many years and never disappointed

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Everything was great including the service, food and the value for money. My friend and I really love the cider. When we first arrived it was nice and quiet; hardly any customers were present.

A
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We waited for over an hour for our food and we got share platter to share between us and we still waited that long, our friends ordered the 3 course meal and they got most of their courses but not dessert
Very disappointed the guy who served us though was lovely and apologetic

SJ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Despite the table service being extremely slow - waited almost 30 minutes after arrival to get our order taken and recieve our food - the restaurant was approx 10% full at the time- the food was very good

KT
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

I am coeliac so was excited by the Mexican poke bowl. I ordered it gluten free, only to have my friends dishes come out, and was told my bowl wasn’t gluten free with the popcorn chicken and was given a substitute. I wanted the dish because the chicken sounded amazing and I was excited it gluten free. I was disappointed that it could have been communicated when I ordered the dish, that it was not in gluten free.

RP
Melbourne / VIC
38 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

The food was to it's usual high standard, the service was great, it was fairly quiet. We will be back for more of the same; me and my friends.

a
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

really good food at a decent price with a great environment.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

It’s not too busy on a Tuesday night. Good atmosphere. Mulled cider is different. Staff was friendly enough.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, great service, the waitresses were happy to bring out a birthday cake and sing happy birthday to my girlfriend without hesitation. Would only recommend querying the spicyness of the food before purchasing. Food was awfully spicy which was a bit unexpected in some dishes and was too much for our friends who don't eat spicy food.

AP
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, drinks, prices and customer service. Booked for a table next to a window and received what we asked for. Not to mention happy hour(s) from 5-7pm and then from 8-10pm!! Great place to go

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

It was not what I was expecting, it was full of families with children, the add I saw said speakeasy and bar this is not what it was. The food was ok but again I didn’t expect a set menu.
I would not return.