The reality of the experience at this restaurant/bar unfortunately doesn't match the description on their website. Went here on a Saturday night for dinner with a small group of friends. Unfortunately there was a large group of drunk young guys who were swearing, groping women, drinking out of the punch bowls and disturbing all diners. We could not enjoy the food or experience and left as soon as we could after receiving our food. The food was average. Perhaps this place started out as something different but it appears to now just accept the uni crowd to the detriment of all other diners. Would not recommend to friends or return.
Visited with my sister visiting from interstate - fantastic food, even with dietary requirements for both of us. There is a lift too, if needed for access, though we only discovered this after we managed to get up the stairs.
Unfortunately it was too hot to enjoy anything. They need better aircon! We couldn’t even finish our meal which was potentially good.
Lovely atmosphere, great service very good food.
My favourite restaurant in Melbourne! Never fails to impress new friends we bring! Food is always amazing 👍👍
Cheaper option where food is a reflection of the prices (most good, some meh), beer a little pricey in comparison, volume is what lets this place down. For the type of establishment it appears to be, the nightclub decibel levels were just weird. Especially for a 12pm lunch.
Great venue if you're just after a place to meet up with the boys. Food and drinks won't disappoint.
Not so much if conversation is going to be a focal point of the visit.
Great food and service as always. Andy is the best host ever! 😁
We loved our evening at Father's Office even though they had run out of lamb at 7.30 on a Saturday night. We chose different items from the menu and the food was delicious, well prepared and looked great on the plate. It turned out to be a fantastic meal....will have lamb next time!
The team were very accommodating and friendly. We were looked after well. The food was delicious and the lunch specials are great value for money.
Absolutely love Father’s Office. Great atmosphere, the staff are friendly and the food is fantastic and creative without being pretentious. My only comment for our Saturday night meal was that the music was a little bit loud to hold a conversation with people sitting across the table from you. Besides that I couldn’t fault the place. Well done guys!
A regular for a quick catch up at lunch or business lunch - $20 menu is great. Love the salmon salad also!
The gentleman that served us was beyond friendly. He has a wonderful attitude and amazing personality. He alone has made us book to come each Friday for lunch.
Their pork dishes and the steaks are amazing. I highly recommend them. However the lamb cutlet was bit too nutty.
Quick and friendly service also deserves a praise. Also good place for vegetarian and people who need gluten-free diet.
Great Saturday night venue, lots of energy and brilliant staff. Problem with one of our meals, but all sorted with the minimum of fuss.
Would recommend to anyone looking for a fun night out at a reasonable price
Really good food and service. Was fairly loud so suits a night out with mates rather than a quiet dinner
Fantastic find within walking distance of theatres. We had a family member with coeliac disease and the range of food she was able to choose from was astounding (and what she had was delicious - first burger in four years!) Food came out really fast. Only drawback was that it was extremely hot in there (was 42 degrees outside), they did have a large portable airconditioner blowing at full speed and fans, but it's a big space and still was very hot.
Yummy food and outstanding service [as always] --Mon-Wed $15 lunch is such a great deal -see you next week!
It was fine. The food menu is not health friendly. Very loud on a Friday night. Our request on our booking on open table wasn't known, don't bother booking on there. It is not a speakeasy but a regular pub. Friendly staff. Alright food. Nothing special
Wonderful service and food as usual. Little bit warm at our table though....see you next week!!
Reviews and menu looked promising but the actual quality of the food was disappointing.
Service was good.
The place looked more like a beer joint where you could come with friends and drink and have fun. For that with bar food it might be fine.
We had a group of 17 people dine here and not one of them were satisfied with the food. We all purchased the set menu which on paper looked fantastic but when the food arrived we were greatly let down. The general concsesis was the man burger was so dry no one finished it. The only good thing about the Duo pork board was the pulled pork the other half of the duo being some pork crackling and cubes of roasted pork were soo dry and flavourless. The only up side may have been the starters like the chicken wings, calamari rings and pork belly wich were very nice, the only thing is that there was not enough for the group. The beer was also flat, some of there cocktails were enjoyable but not worth it to order.
The food was great taste wise however mine wasn't hot when it came out and the chips had gone a bit soggy (chicken poutine). Friends were very happy with their meals, no complaints. The waiters were lovely and helpful, especially the young guy with a moustache. Mojito was fantastic. Best mojito in Melbourne! Music was a bit too loud but understand that's the kind of place it is. Overall would like to come back and try more of the menu but maybe on a quieter night or afternoon.
The dining area was somewhat loud as it was right next to the bar area, but the decor was nice. The food was somewhat disappointing. I had lamb cutlets coated in a pistachio and sesame crust, but was disappointed to find the crust made up most of the meal with little meat. The accompanying mash potatoes were also a little dry. My girlfriend had a salmon salad, onion rings, and cocktail which she quite enjoyed.
I love this place, fabulous service, $20 lunch is such great value. C u next week!!
My Sydney-based manager wanted to have a team lunch on January 2. I knew it would be tricky finding a place in Melbourne's CBD that was open so soon after the holidays and not overflowing with tourists. I knew Fathers Office had impressed previous teams so I quickly booked. The staff was very accommodating with an increase in our group size and the overall review from the team was "WOW!". Seriously, people loved the selections of the quick lunch and the value, not to mention the taste. So thank you!
My only criticism would be the sides and sauces. One of my workmates mentioned how she'd prefer more slaw on her burger. Another, who was unfamiliar with cornbread, tucked into it with his poutine but there was nothing actually on top of the cornbread -- like a chili jam or butter. Also ... carbs with a side of carbs? Really?
I'm originally from Illinois so the American-style menu is fun for me. I couldn't wait to tuck into the chicken and waffles but was immediately disappointed to find the kitchen had already poured the syrup on top of everything. Tragedy! And while I enjoy chicken with waffles, and ice cream with waffles, having all three together was a little strange.
Thanks so much for a great time. I'll definitely be back -- but I'll get that ice cream and syrup on the side. : )
After consulting with your excellent staff we opted for the bar menu as we loved the seats we had and wanted to remain in them for the whole evening. The service was quite superb and the bar staff attentive and personable - a top venue!
We had a family dinner at Fathers Office on New Year's Eve. We picked the place because it was child friendly, central & casual and the menu looked good. My husband had the Surf 'N' Turf, I had the Pan Seared Salmon and our daughter had the fish & chips. For dessert, we had the home-made ice-cream & sorbet (raspberry & coconut flavour) and peanut butter cheesecake. All the meals were sumptuous - our daughter loved the fish & chips (she wished she had more fish slices though) and the raspberry sorbet made her day! The salmon was perfectly cooked and the quinoa salad was fantastic. My husband loved the eye fillet and topped off with chorizo made him very happy. Our thanks to the chef for the wonderful meals to end the year. We also had a great time people watching. I rate the customer service as good only because there were a few instances where the waitresses were distracted and we had to made our requests twice (ie. the cheesecake was to be shared by two adults but only one spoon was provided to us) however it was a small matter and we let it pass. We would go there for dinner again.
Great value lunches. Serving staff didn't speak very clearly which made it hard to communicate.
Great drinks there also.
Look, I like Father's Office as a bar and place to go for a drink but I cannot recommend the restaurant for one simple reason... It's just way to noisy! We were with friends and the conversation was nearly impossible to hear. The restaurant was only about one third full and the punters were not particularly rowdy but the noise was nearly unbearable. Food good, service ok. Fix the accoustics in the restaurant and I would happily go back!
The service was faultless. Waiters checked on our meals. One steak was over cooked, no problems replaced with a perfect one. Place was noisy with Xmas celebrations otherwise a great place to have a good quality meal for lunch.
Good atmosphere and seating. A very good place for big groups to get together as there is ample room. The menu caters for a variety of different tastes and is priced well for the serving sizes. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
The food and service were spot on with great value for money. Only draw back was that it was very noisy and the cushioned built in seat was too low to dine at the table. Having said that, I would recommend to others as a go to place for great food.
Slow service and had to remind the staff we were there and needed drinks / food.. they brought out more food before taking the old plates away... good food but they were so understaffed and that affected our night.
We were not very impressed that it took 30 minutes for us to even be acknowledged even for drinks. We approached the bar twice thinking we got drinks from there only to be sent back to the table as they would not serve us. When we were finished again trying to get someone to even acknowledge us to figure out where we needed to pay didn't happen for 20 minutes then the one person who did look at us waved us off and ignored us.
I just love it. Too noisy for me at peak times, so I go when it's quieter. Worth the work-around. Great burgers, good steak. Nice selection of soul-food and bar snacks. Really good value lunch specials. Some really fun cocktails. The staff are always super friendly, even when they're run off their feet. Great people watching balcony looking over Swanston St, especially for lazy Sunday afternoon drinks when its quiet. Cool decor with art deco sconces and hanging globes, wall mural and pressed metal ceilings. Even the bathroom is attractive.
Very very happy with food and the service . Lovely guys. Highly recommend. Value for money too😊.
We had a work Christmas Function here. We had an Amazing time and I would highly recommend this to others. we had the Set menu which was excellent value for money, the food was so good and Cocktails were on point. Thank you for such a great evening.
I had not been to your venue before - and to be honest I won't be organising to go there again. I know it is the Xmas season, but the room was so noisy - we couldn't hear each other speak.
The food was good, but access to the venue is a challenge for anyone with walking issues.
There are too many other options in Melbourne to try out.
The restaurant was a little warm on a hot day but the staff were friendly, courteous and efficient. Great value food well cooked. This is now my new favourite lunch place.
Food was good, especially the lunch specials. Unfortunately we went on a really hot day and the restaurant was hot so it didn’t make for a comfortable experience.