Fathers Office

3.9
578 reviews
$40 and under
American
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.

Join us for happy hour Thursday & Sunday 3pm - 6pm & 7pm - 9pm.
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  • $45pp Bottomless Drinks Package

    A$45.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 1 - Sep 30, 2021

    Grab your crew and book our $45pp Bottomless Package for 90 minutes includes cocktails, beer, cider, wine, spirits and liqueurs plus complimentary fries for the table to share. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking and this is 100% non-refundable. The entire group must participate in this package to be seated on the same table. If the venue is directed by the Government to close due to Covid-19, we will offer a credit to reschedule your booking to a new date/time, this prepayment remains 100% non-refundable. If you're running late, your session time ends at the same time. ONE BOOKING PER GROUP - booking cannot be merged. ALL PATRONS MUST BE 18 YEARS + WITH A VALID ID TO ENTER, UNDERAGES WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY.
  • SIXTTINA - Birthday Booking

    Jul 3 - Dec 31, 2021

    Celebrate your birthday at Sixttina Saturdays at Father's Office. A table will be reserved for your group and you will receive priority entry. * Birthday Person must show ID on arrival to staff and security to prove A credit card is required to secure your booking, you will NOT be charged if you make it to your booking. If you do not show up for your booking, then we charge $10 per person. We will hold your table for 30 minutes after your booking. ALL PATRONS MUST BE 18 YEARS + WITH A VALID ID TO ENTER, UNDERAGES WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY.
  • $45pp Bottomless Drinks Package

    A$45.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 7 - Nov 30, 2021

    Grab your crew and book our $45pp Bottomless Package for 90 minutes includes cocktails, beer, cider, wine, spirits and liqueurs plus complimentary fries for the table to share. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking and this is non-refundable. In a case where the Government directed us to close for a lockdown, we offer a credit to reschedule the booking to a new date, but the prepayment remains non-refundable. All guests must participate to be seated on the same table, drinks must be ordered at the main bar. If you're running late, your session time ends at the same time. ONE BOOKING PER GROUP - booking cannot be merged. ALL PATRONS MUST BE 18 YEARS + WITH A VALID ID TO ENTER, UNDERAGES WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY.
  • Sixttina –Suave $250 VIP Package

    A$50.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 15 - Dec 31, 2021

    Suave Package Groups 5 $250 is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Package includes: 1 x Bottle of Premium Spirit 2 Jugs of Beer 2 Jugs of Mixer 5 Shots 10 Empanadas ( assorted) PLUS Express Entry ALL PATRONS MUST BE 18 YEARS + WITH A VALID ID TO ENTER, UNDERAGES WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY. We reserve the right to stop serving alcohol to anyone who appears intoxicated, RSA always applies.
  • Sixttina – Tranqui $500 VIP Package

    A$50.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 15 - Dec 31, 2021

    Groups of 10 $500 is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Package includes: 2 x Bottle of Premium Spirit 2 Jugs of Beer 4 Jugs of Mixer 10 Shots 20 Empanadas ( assorted) PLUS Express Entry ALL PATRONS MUST BE 18 YEARS + WITH A VALID ID TO ENTER, UNDERAGES WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY. We reserve the right to stop serving alcohol to anyone who appears intoxicated, RSA always applies.
  • Sixttina – Con Toda $750 VIP Package

    A$50.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 15 - Dec 31, 2021

    Con Toda $750 VIP Package Groups of 15 $750 is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Package includes: 3 x Bottle of Premium Spirit 3 Jugs of Beer 6 Jugs of Mixer 15 Shots 30 Empanadas ( assorted) PLUS Express Entry ALL PATRONS MUST BE 18 YEARS + WITH A VALID ID TO ENTER, UNDERAGES WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY. We reserve the right to stop serving alcohol to anyone who appears intoxicated, RSA always applies.
  • $45pp Bottomless Drinks Package

    A$45.00 per personPrepaid

    Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021

    Grab your crew and book our $45pp Bottomless Package for 90 minutes includes cocktails, beer, cider, wine, spirits and liqueurs plus complimentary fries for the table to share. Full prepayment is required at the time of booking and this is 100% non-refundable. The entire group must participate in this package to be seated on the same table. If the venue is directed by the Government to close due to Covid-19, we will offer a credit to reschedule your booking to a new date/time, this prepayment remains 100% non-refundable. If you're running late, your session time ends at the same time. ONE BOOKING PER GROUP - booking cannot be merged. ALL PATRONS MUST BE 18 YEARS + WITH A VALID ID TO ENTER, UNDERAGES WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 578 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
Food
3.8
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.9
Value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JessR
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

terrible service i will never come back here! hosted my 18th birthday here and was told over the phone that we were able to stay back after our session so we didn’t book anywhere else and then was told to leave as soon as our session was over despite what we were told by another team member over the phone so we were stuck in the city in the rain as we did not have a booking anywhere else and nearby venues were booked out

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Overall wasn’t loving how they operated the bottomless drinks deal. Had to queue to get in… taking in to the 90 mins allocated time. Sat at table furthest away from bar but was bar service only for drinks. Chips with deal were cold. Seen lady wandering with them a few laps of the dining area before she’s asked us if they for us. She should have known that given we pre-booked. Couldn’t get drink for a friend with their wristband too so we had to go get our own drinks every time. Good and reasonably quick service at the bar though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Booking was at 7 but we didn’t get in till 7:20 due to the line and still had to leave at 8:30. Drinks weren’t very nice

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Tals
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed the bottemless such good value! My only thing is that when ordering drinks I feel like you should order on the QR code (one made for bottomless) instead of lining up at the bar. It was crowded and there was no social distancing. I wore my mask but thought that ordering and having the drinks brought to you would be a better 'covid safe' approach.

Overall I had a great time and will be coming back.

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edew
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

usually its pretty good but waiting in line that ate up 15-20 mins of our booking and then being forced out at exactly 8:30 was a bit ridiculous. We payed for an hour and a half and probably got just over an our. i think also doing a table service might be better because waiting in line took tons of time. Ive been there before and it’s usually been really good so i don’t know why it was different saturday

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Rach
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We went there for bottomless cocktails and booked for 11, then they tell us bottomless finishes at 11?! Why would you let us book it if it finishes at that time.

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visitor
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Despite being at the venue for our booking time, we weren’t inside until 20 minutes later by which point the bar was packed. Our first drinks were had 40 minutes into the 90 minute session.
I get that it’s Saturday and it’s a busy time slot but it just felt too busy and that we were unable to actually get the full experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing cocktails! Could spend all day there. Very cute little hole in the wall thai food. The food was great, the vibes were spot on and you could spend a lot of money on the cocktails as the list is never ending! 10/10 will be ba.

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OliviaP
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

To Andy, the lovely man that served us and made us extremely comfortable and happy! Please give him a raise. He was absolutely perfect.

JD
JessicaD
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

security werent nice but everything else was great

BE
BEMuy
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Came here awhile back and was great, a nice place to have dinner with a couple of cocktails.
Now it is a booze fest for 18 yr olds to pay $45 fir 1.5hrs if bottomless drinks.
What a shame!
No customer service/contact.

NR
NicolaR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Unfortunately they ran out of the baked camembert for the 7pm sitting. The music was a bit loud to be honest too. A bit more variety would’ve been nice. Easy enough to order off Mr Yum with the QR code though.

KC
KateC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good atmosphere and easy to order, food is a bit overpriced

AK
AriK
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

The bottomless drinks was definitely value for money. Only cons from the night were how noisy the venue was, and that each individual had to make their way to the bar to get their drink themselves…making sure to have substantial time between said drinks.

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing night! We loved Tyler, she was brilliant and made our night so much more enjoyable!

AV
AliceV
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Food was good but atmosphere was really bad. Advertised as a restaurant but felt like a nightclub for our 6.30pm dinner reservation. Drunk 18 year olds flooded the bathroom who then brought their yelling into the restaurant, ordering a round of tequila shots…the music was so loud we could barely hold a conversation (which felt inappropriate not only because of the time, but because there were only about four other tables of people eating dinner). We couldn’t wait to finish the food and get out of there, taking our business elsewhere.

RS
RochelleS
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

spirits are watered down on the bottomless package

HC
HeatherC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were served by a fabulous waiter who was fun, professional and looked after our party of four extremely well. The food was wonderful (the onion jam is delicious) and our orders came quickly. Highly recommend.

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Dissy
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

This place was a little disappointing after all the build up....having to book and only being given 90 minutes at the table, having to decide in advance about dining and drink options, having to reserve the booking with a credit card and then still having to reconfirm the booking a day before, left me thinking that this was going to be a great and much anticipated experience. Unfortunately it wasn't. The decor wasn't really 'Father's Office' set up as an entrance to a speakeasy. I have seen better decor at other venues which better gives this impression. We ordered our meal, entree and mains, only to have the mains arrive about 5 minutes after the entrees. This meant that we had to decide whether to finish our entrees while our mains went cold, eat hurriedly and not enjoy the food or leave half the entree to start on the mains before they got cold. Then, my medium steak was not only a well done one, but an overdone one...really dry....The waitress kindly replaced it with another one, which she said was meant for another table but that, as we had ordered first, I could have it. That was kind but it meant that I didn't get the sauce I had chosen. I was really looking forward to a night celebrating my husband's birthday (which was asked about when I booked but not acknowledged on the day) but the place just didn't live up to what it promised. I'm not usually negative in reviews but our visit really wasn't enjoyable, especially for a birthday dinner.

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EnglishRose
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Extremely dissapointed with our recent experience the app is $3-4 more expensive than their online menu through the Fathers Office website for the Parma night meals. When I went to try and speak to the bar staff it took 15 minutes to get served, then when I asked about the price difference and I could order directly through the bar instead the male server looked at me like I was asking something extremely difficult. He said let me come back, he walked away for a few minutes came back asked again what I wanted, then proceeded to run what look like a till check and printed a load of receipts that took another 5 minutes. By this point we had been there 30 minutes not been able to order so we said don't worry and walked out. We used to go a lot before covid the place was fantastic for a dinner after work, but it has gone massively downhill. We were seated in the bar right next to the window and I could smell smoke coming into the bar. Why don't you use the restaurant anymore it used to be packed with dinners. It seems the focus now is just cheap drinks and not about the food anymore. We won't be going back and will tell everyone we know how downhill it has gone, such a shame.

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

Prices were for some reason $3-$4 more than the most up to date menus published online - even the specials! Food average but acceptable :) Very lively venue which we knew already, but hence had booked a dining table so we could be away from the noise. It’s hard to have a conversation here without practically shouting the whole time if you get seated in the bar area, which we were - so not at all recommended for a proper catchup. Super convenient location though, and a really popular place for after work chills!

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Jordan
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food and good menu options. Drinks were nice and cocktails were served very quickly

KA
KerriA
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and energetic vibe.

Good start to the evening

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Poor
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Chewing gum on the wall/ uni dorm feels, kicked us out quite rudely right on 90 mins. Security followed us into the toilet as we left ...weird!

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Graham
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe and great service 👌🏾. Will definitely return soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the food and ambience. They are so careful with preparation of gluten free options.

CR
ChloeRae
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

I booked the unlimited cocktails package. Very strict with the amount of drinks you have and you have to go up to the bar which kind of ruins the experience. You spend so much time waiting to be served and then you have to go back to your seat, drink, and then go up to the bar again. By the time you do all this you only end up having a few drinks within the set time frame. They also make you wear wrist bands and are very strict about this too. It's a very young crowd too, mostly 18-19 year olds. The balcony is really nice though and it was lovely sitting out there under the city lights. Just wish it was table service like it usually is during the day with the QR codes. Would be heaps better!

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Service was horrible. They were not accommodating and did not have a good experience. Granted we paid for bottomless drinks, felt like we were just being supervised

KA
KerriA
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great night. Mix of ages, music and fun. Bottomless 90 minute sessions are a great way to kick off the evening.
Highly recommend.

QO
QOTU
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

I had the buttermilk chicken burger - disappointed- small chicken tender sized piece of chicken, not much filling - Rustica much bigger, flavoursome, & much better value. Meals for the table were cooked with quite a gap - 2 of us had finished before the last person got her order. Too noisy to talk. Wont b back for dinner

QO
QOTU
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We were a table of 2 for dinner. I had the fish and chips and would have it again. The service was very slow. It was an average experience and I had also booked a table for 5 for the 23/4/21 so they would have a second chance to improve things.

JM
JaiM
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Absolutely fuming with this place, we got the bottomless drinks package and it was an absolute scam to say the least. Would never recommend to anyone to go here, there was a mouse crawling up from the booth seat and running toward us, when we told the bar tender he basically just shrugged his shoulders and told us there was nothing that could be done. Not even an offer to move us to another section? The bartender had a terrible attitude each time we had to order drinks, none of the drinks even tasted like there was any alcohol in them. No one came to tidy up our table we had stacks of cups and things, at the end we spoke to the manager and just basically was told there was nothing that could be done about the mouse and he did apologise. Very upset with this place, I should’ve asked for a refund because we left early and I felt absolutely scammed of my money.

CB
CharlotteB
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There was only 2 downsides one being that you often stay in line some of your session time meaning you get less time to drink. Lastly they blocked off the smoking area for my session.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience1

It was very rushed service right from the time we entered the door after waiting in a line that we didn’t know we had to wait in until I asked
I’m not sure if it’s because of covid but I really wasn’t into the ordering through a website to me that’s extremely odd

The food was a very small serve and was cold when we got it
And we had to ask for our drinks as they took a long time to be made and like others have said the drinks were very weak

I definitely won’t be heading back there

BM
BecMM
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Felt very rushed and pressured by security to leave our table after dinner. Ordering online was frustrating and fidly. Food was tasty.

SE
SarahE
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Disappointing. Used to be fab with a great atmosphere, cheap and great dietary options. Post - COVID it is sub par. QR code entry difficult, online menu ordering barely functional. Waitstaff weren’t able to identify a low alcohol beer and advise that on line menu didn’t include all that was available - why not? Embarrassed to have brought people here. Poor service (bar man was an exception), food average, service was so bad that it didn’t warrant leaving a tip. Don’t bother - there are many better options. Will not return and will tell all friends and business associates that this is no longer on the list.

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Kadele
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Bottomless cocktails were all very weak, classic negroni was weak..... which makes no sense if you think about what a "classic" negroni is (its .... 3 liquors..... why was it carbonated? That is not a classic negroni at all) ..... AND the bartender was incredibly condescending and insulted my friend. Bottomless event was mediocre at best, but for $45 you'd expect nothing less than wartered down cocktails, rude service, and rules that make no sense/seemed to be made up as they went along.

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jasminp
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

The menu says that the vegan burger is made on a gluten free dairy free bun, however, that is not the case. It should not be in the description on the menu if the gluten free bun is only an option. Lucky I realised before eating it. I had to take it back and when it came back the food was cold.

AJ
AllyJ
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Needed a venue for a group work lunch. The restaurant was very accommodating allowing us to pre-order as we only had limited time. The meals were quick and well priced. really great service.

SJ
SusanJ
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Such a pleasure to take my kids somewhere they could eat gluten free without the stress. Food was delicious and the staff took care. Highly recommend.

FAQs

Fathers Office does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Fathers Office is rated 3.9 stars by 578 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.