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About Fathers Office

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, $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

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (65)
Happy Hour (55)
Group Bookings (53)
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Good for Birthdays (50)
Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
Fun (47)
Lunch (44)
Special Occasions (35)
Comfort Food (33)
Gluten Free Options (32)
Good for a Date (32)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Hot Spot (21)
Business Meals (21)
People Watching (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Scenic View (20)
Quick Bite (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Great Beer (16)
Late-night Find (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Tasting Menu (13)
Neighbourhood Gem (12)
Outstanding Value (11)
Cosy (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Outdoor Eating (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (9)
Healthy (8)
Brunch (7)
Vegan (7)
Child Friendly (5)
Romance (5)
Seasonal (5)
Spicy (5)
Tapas (5)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
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 2 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined 4 days ago

Very very happy with food and the service . Lovely guys. Highly recommend. Value for money too😊.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on 7 December 2017

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.

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·Dined on 30 November 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 29 November 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on 25 November 2017

Fathers Office was a great place to have a great meal with god service and great value for money. Will go back there for sure.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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·Dined on 24 November 2017

The food was great - thank you for catering for all the dietary variations that we needed.
The only thing we found challenging was the noise levels. Is it possible to install some sound deadening panels on the sealing. We (a table of 8) couldn't hear each other...

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·Dined on 18 November 2017

The wait staff didn't really know what they were doing, we were asked if we wanted drinks by the same waitress 6 times, when we had full drinks in front of us.
The venue was loud and it was hard to hear my partner. The food was priced well and was an OK, but nothing extraordinary. I wouldn't come back for dinner again; but a drink and snack in the bar area would be nice.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on 10 November 2017

I love fathers Office restaurant as a great spot to dine in Melbourne Central it is always classy and great food and great value. Sometimes the music is too loud in the restaurant area - we like to talk to each other while we dine. However, I dined there with colleagues and family the other day at 6 pm and it was perfect and much quieter and calmer. Thank-you. I hope the over loud music issue in the dining area has been resolved. The staff are always lovely and attentive and the menu satisfies all diets. The mid week special is great value - perfect for work, shopping or pre an evening out and even a great lunch spot. Please keep the music level down in the restaurant so we can talk without shouting across the table!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Seasonal, Hot Spot
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·Dined on 6 November 2017

The lunch menu is great value, however, the house beer needs to improve.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 3 November 2017

Fantastic food and service thanks to Leroy! The music is way too loud in the restaurant. Please reduce the volume until later in evening.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 25 October 2017

Amaze-balls!! .

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

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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·Dined on 20 October 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 17 October 2017

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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·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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·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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·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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 (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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·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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 (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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 (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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·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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 (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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·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
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·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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·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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·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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·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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 (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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·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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 (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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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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