Fathers Office

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390 reviews
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  • Happy Hour
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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 a $20 Lunch Menu, A La Carte Menu, $55 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 Monday- Saturday 5-7pm + 8-10pm and Sunday from 11am

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MH
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, good service, good value but the booth chairs have seen better days and need either a refurbish or replacing.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for my coeliac daughter it’s her favourite restaurant

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AW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place good service but ran out of No expresó martini’s

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

Just dined at Father’s Office for the first time tonight. It was so good! I have Coeliac Disease and felt that I could eat without any fear or anxiety as our waitress really understood what my needs were. Tash looked after us so well and was just lovely. The food was good and we will definitely be back!

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NL
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, service and value for money was excellent! We will definitely be back when we return again to visit Melbourne.

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AO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great gf meal and the atmosphere was awesome!!!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great for groups

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SK
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A favourite place when I’m in Melbourne. Great for something quick to eat or drink but equally good for something longer.
Excellent venue for before or after the theatre.

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E
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The service need to be a lot more on point, everything else was fantastic but disappointed with the service my partner said the same thing

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KO
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The drinks were average- One person ordered a white wine which was not cold. Another person wanted a mocktail but was not available due to not having the ingredients for it. The service was average- it was slow, there was a point we wanted to order more drinks but could not get the attention of any of the staff. They seemed disinterested in giving us our bill- we had to get up from our table and search for a waiter to ask for our bill. It got verrrry loud after about 8pm as the rest of the place kind of turns into a nighclub. The music wasn't too bad but, it made it difficult to have conversations. In saying that, I would recommend Fathers Office as the location is great, very central in the city and it was good to be able to book online easy. The space is great, our group got a booth which seated us comfortably and with some privacy. The food was good and fairly priced- I really enjoyed the Veggie Stack.

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LC
Melbourne / VIC
21 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thanks to Andi and Fab for an awesome time! New booths are great. 😍

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RM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, service is excellent and the food is delicious!

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Steak was very salty. Music was ridiculously loud, couldn't wait to leave. Might have been ok on a weeknight. Happy hour cocktails were very good however.

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RE
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The lunch special from Mondays to Wednesdays is really great value for the quality of food and service you receive, highly recommend it!

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R
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Andi and Wayne were truly extraordinary. They blew me away minute free minute, joke after joke. I truly feel like they ran that lunch service like it was just another day, and the place was packed. Whatever you’re paying them, double it then double that again, because they deserve it! Give me more chips next time though.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The prices are very fair for the amount of food you get, I went for a date night with my partner and he got the Double Beef Burger with a side of chicken wings, while I got the Fisherman’s Basket. Very tasty food but the servings of sauce are really small for the amount of food there is. The sauces come in very small jars and just isn’t enough for the meal. This restaurant is also incredibly noisy, so noisy that me and my partner were nearly yelling just to hear each other. If you don’t like loud environments I don’t recommend coming here! But my partner and I overall very much enjoyed our experience here and will definitely come back at some point in the future.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything from service to venue made this an incredible experience. I am already looking to make an even bigger booking for next time. Quickly becoming my local, and I live 2 hours away!

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M
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Large noisy groups inside. Outside was a great option on the day. The $15 special is very good value. I upgraded my salad, an they waived the extra $5

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HK
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I planned a birthday for my husbands. I dropped off a cake to surprise him. It was an ice cream cake that I bluntly mentioned. I also mentioned that I didn’t want the guests paying for the cake - the $2.50 per person charge- but instead I would shout that component. We agreed that they would bring the cake out at 8pm, once we had finished dinner. And then I was offered the service that they would take the cake back after happy birthday was sung and cut the cake for me. It was after 9 that I had to go request them to bring out the cake because guests wanted to leave. I then was given napkins and forks for the guest to eat their ICE CREAM cake. So I had to ask for side plates and spoons. The waiter said no, so I’m front of the guests I had to explain that the ice cream would melt, and a fork and napkin would make this dining experience poor- cause we wouldn’t be able to eat the ice cream.
She later bought the required spoons and side plates but didn’t cut the cake for us and serve it as promised.
Later while the guests were splitting the bill, I found out that she charged every guest individually for the cake fee. Was disappointed over all with the service on a Wednesday night- when the place wasn’t even fully booked. There was no attention to detail/ common sense when decisions were made.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Glad to see Vegan options. Vegan Food was tasty and good value.. keep up the good food and service.. you will see me more 😊

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ED
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great value lunch for a group – delivery of food very timely and tasty. Good portion sizes! You won't leave hungry.

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GC
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Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Overall the night was fun, food was delicious and staff were friendly. We had a few issues with drink orders being incorrect but minor issue with the night. atmosphere was great!

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M
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I like the food (tasty, interesting menu, served promptly), drinks (good cocktails) and staff (friendly and responsive) at Father’s Office. There are two things, however, that detracted from the experience. 1. Booking system. Yes, it is great you can do it online. I appreciate that people pulling out would no doubt have financial implications to a business but there was no way for me to amend my booking, bar physically attending the premises after 5pm on Friday. 2. Noise levels. As the dining area and dance floor effectively have no partitioning, it is nearly impossible to have a conversation over dinner. My friends and I actually got a bit hoarse from yelling at each other over the noise.
I suspect I would actually enjoy this establishment on quieter nights but will be avoiding on Friday and Saturday in the future. Thanks for a perfectly cooked steak though :)

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KL
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Certainly great value for money and the food was delicious, however lacking in service and communication. Ordered cocktails as soon as we sat down but didn’t get them until we asked 45 minutes later. Ordered 2 x starters, received 1 starter and the other starter after the mains had already been brought out, again after being reminded we had ordered them.

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LC
Melbourne / VIC
22 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great to see my lovely Andi and other crew. Pie was delicious. Only one complaint, bring back the pink bubbles 👅👅!!

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C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We are forty-something and we're a bit old for this scene. I was hoping for the food to be more themed to the era (it was a mismatched collection of burgers and salads, I think a couple of the cocktails were more vintage though)
The dining area was bordering on being too loud to hear a group conversation. Lady waitress there was awesome, but there were a couple of boys there who we couldn't catch attention from when we needed it. We ate heartily for a good price though, and I'm sure it would suit other groups better than us.

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MO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The venue was very noisy however, the staff were very helpful and found us a table on the balcony. That was good although no table service outside. The grass-fed beef pie was very disappointing. I have been there 4 times before and the pie was excellent each time which was why I took new friends there. The meat in the pie on this occasion included a lot of fat and gristle, making some of the meat inedible.

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M
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very impressed to find a different menu that was entirely gluten free. Loved the food and the service will definitely visit again.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I was unaware that there were so many GF options before coming in. I was super impressed and will definitely be back.

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t
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent customer service, great food and good cocktails

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CW
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious, quick, came all at once and very filling. The only let down from the night is the way too loud music coming from the bar. Could not hear anyone talk at the table. We ended up eating quickly then leaving for somewhere quieter for dessert.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

A good meal. With lots of options, particular for those with allergies. A little loud, and at times hard to communicate with our table. Good service.

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RT
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our son is Coeliac, so finding a Gluten free menu is gold for us. All items on their broad amazing GF menu are cooked separately as they should be, which is sooo GREAT. So many places have GF menu items, but cross contaminate in the cooking process which can be hard for us finding a suitable place for eating out.
I had their american burger which was awesome, others had veg salds and enjoyed those. A hit all round. Nice location in the CDB also.

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BZ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had dinner at Father's Office on NYE and it was amazing! The food is delicious and they cater for a wide range of dietary restrictions, including coeliac-safe gluten free options. They also had happy hour running multiple times throughout the night which was great value.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

This is honestly the worst dining experience I've had in Melbourne. The speciality cheeseburger spring rolls tasted like chillie con carne, nothing like a cheeseburger. I ate half of one of the three serves and the waiter didn't even ask why. My daughter had a mocktail that was so sour it had to be sent back. They replaced it with a mocktail that was so sweet and thick it was line a pure syrup. I had the poke bowl salad for my main which was okay but bland, the additional popcorn chicken was a disgrace, tiny black balls or burnt dried chicken that tasted like dirt. My daughters fish was dry. She had a chocolate caramel tarte for desert and the pasty was so hard she couldn't eat it. Again no-one asked why this was left. My cocktail was okay so this might be an okay venue for drinks but I definitely wouldn't eat here. Very disappointed.

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IR
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We were visiting from Adelaide and found your place on line. We checked out your menu but when we got there a complete different menu. Not a good start. The place was so noisy. We showed the waitress the menu on line ... she apologized...but we got the impression she didn't really care. My wife doesnt eat a lot so she asked if she could have the entree size lamb cutlets but with cooked vegetables as a main and was told yes. The meal arrived with lamb cutlets but no cooked vegetables only 2 pieces of lettuce. My meal was no better. I like good waitng service but to be asked 3 times if I would like another drink when I'm still drinking my first one is just money grabbing to me. The whole atmosphere was like they were catering for all young people in a night club atmosphere. We went for dinner and left very disappointed. Certainly wouldn't recomend your establishment.

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HB
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Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's a fantastic place for weekday lunches and also we enjoyed dinners there with friends.
The service is friendly and for dinner with friends the food came all out at the same time.
We loved it.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great

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SA
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

They were short of stafff .
No one dare to care for the customers..

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TF
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant sevice great food best cocktails and loved the house beer.. best place I’ve eatin in in ages.. def b back

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