Smith & Daughters
Smith & Daughters is the embodiment of award winning chef Shannon Martinez’s commitment to bring the world f*cking delicious food. Smith & Daughters combines her knack for creating dynamic vegan cuisine, with an unrelenting commitment to creating a fun, no-bullshit dining experience
Housed in an historic bluestone piece of Fitzroy history (the oldest pub In the neighborhood, once frequented by Bob Marley!), a meal at Smith & Daughters promises a tasty good time for all.
I’ve written the full length review on Yelp.
Not impressed. Food overpriced,
Over salty and vinegar.
When we told staff they behaved rudely and made us pay for the meal we didn’t eat. Will never go back.
Don’t know what all the fuss is about. Food is just ok. Service is all over the place. We had 5 different wait persons. Only one seemed to really know about the food. We were ignored by two waitpersons when we first arrived. They deliberately walked past looking the other way. Wine was expensive.
Food was so delicious! The only issue was the portion sizes were absolutely tiny! $25 for each pasta dish and we were still hungry after!
Lunch started off with a nice white wine served by incredibly friendly staff. Food was exceptional. Wine ranging brunch menu. Absolutely loved it here.
Always super friendly staff, Food ALWAYS so delicious. We did the feed me Brunch with 4 people and there was more than enough food. Great selection. And their Vodka Bloody Mary. Very very good.
My partner and I were down from Sydney for a few nights and had such an amazing time that we had to come back for a second go the next night. Both times the service and food were exceptional. Hands down the best vegan dining experience I’ve had.
As someone that does not drink alcohol, I was still able to throughly enjoy the drinks menu. The wattle cola is a genius idea for a soft drink and the no -alcoholic wine is GREAT.
All the staff run the show like a well oiled machine. It’s absolutely no wonder this place always seems to be booked out. You’re all doing an exceptional job in there. Can’t wait for our next Melbourne trip! We will definitely be back ❤️
There’s a lot of love that goes into this place. The vibe, the service and of course the food! <3
had a great experience, waitstaff very knowledgeable and very accommodating for allergies.
thanks for a great night!
Great restaurant, fantastic food, fabulous music, wonderful service. I love this place!
I can’t help but feel things have gone downhill here. Menu changes aren’t always for the best (the current dinner menu) and we haven’t been here for a few months since that discovery. We decided to give brunch a go having been once before and previously experiencing the crostata, made me feel like brunch could be good!
We were disappointed. The staff were dismissive without a smile and the food was average. In place of the crostata is a crumble which wasn’t cooked through the top. I don’t think we will be back for brunch so now we wait for the next menu change to see if S&D improves.
Nice food but portions were too small, leave hungry and poor
Always love our dinners at Smith + Daughters - and getting an intro to Rough Rice on this special evening was also fabulous. Team are always genuine + helpful. ONLY challenge is the loud music / acoustics.....pretty difficult to hear table convo without shouting.
Staff were very blunt and unhelpful. We ordered two pasta dishes with garlic bread which came out one at a time with at least 3-5 minutes between each course. Very small portions.
Love the food and the atmosphere! The service was excellent! I always make the effort to go when in Melb.
A fun experience in funky Fitzroy. I would definitely recommend this for plant-based food eaters. They included gluten free options on many menu items which was handy.
easy process booking on line for a time that we were looking for
Easy to find considering the traffic on Brunswick st
the range of drinks and the Food Menu were impressive
the table / chairs etc a little uncomfortable -- however our age demographic was probs older than the usual clientelle
Would return again and recommend +++
Excellent service, asked us to kindly move to the bar at the end of our booking to use the table which is absolutely fine. Food was amazing. Vegan/satanist iconography was very cool. Would highly recommend, book a table so you don’t miss out!! Very busy, popular place.
Took my close friends here for their first vegan dining experience and they were blown away. Every time I visit the food and cocktails get more amazing. Love bringing people here and opening them up to incredible vegan food. My Melbourne vegan fave. Cannot wait to return 💚💚💚💚
Loved it! Particularly the Carpaccio and the Quince Crumble.
Overall food was delicious but service was poor. We had one dish that was over seasoned and inedible, wait staff did not apologise or offer to replace or provide feedback to chef. We paid for a meal we couldn't eat which impacted our first impression of Smith & Daughters. Bit of a shame, with dishes like that there was so much potential but wait staff let it down.
The food is great - the polenta and chickpeas was so delicious! - but the wait staff were a real mixed bag. I don’t know how many times someone wanted to clear our share plates before we had finished. The person on the till was not very friendly so it was a pity the service doesn’t match the food.
Food is explosive with flavour- we had the caesar salad and potato pave for starters, and the squid and saffron stew and vodka red sauce meatballs for mains. I have never wanted to demolish a plate of salad in my life, except for this one! Took the waitress 15 minutes to give us dinner menus after we sat down (which we didn't even realise as we were too busy enjoying our cocktails) and she apologised for this when she realised, but this could have posed a slight issue given each booking only lasts for 1.5hrs. We ended up leaving 15 mins after our booking ended and no one made an issue about that, so all good in the end! Definitely lived up to expectations, and can't wait to return to try everything else on the menu :) Thanks!
Great menu with lots of choice to share. We shared several dishes and the food was delicious. Service was excellent. Such a great atmosphere on a cold winters night.
Fabulous, thank you. I wanted all the dishes. like that you cater for different dining experiences- from table to bench to bar. Our waitress was a pleasure.
I feel the meals should be a touch larger as I often leave hungry, and also particularly for the price.
Great service and delicious food, a very enjoyable experience.
Loved the breakfast pizza - it was a game changer!
Seriously one of the best options for GF VEGAN food my partner loved it ! Many thanks for your awesome, consistently amazing food and atmosphere
I have been waiting for ever to come here for dinner and it was everything I'd hoped for! The food was so delicious, I bought a non vegan friend with me she was super impressed too. The flavours were perfect, the spiced rum and Apple cocktail hit the spot on a cold Melbourne night! Absolutely stunning decor and friendly warm atmosphere- a must in Melbourne
I was excited to go bc of the hype and cookbook. Also I’m into supporting Veg biz. Was so disappointed. The service was ambivalent, the food was very average as well. Didn’t live up to expectations. The potato starter came last after mains (which were not served together) were finished. Also the server which ignored our table in the beginning was so keen to have us leave that she cleared our plates while we were still eating. Spent abt $90 (3 dishes, 1 tea, 1 alcoholic bev) and 45min in total. Unsurprisingly I didn’t order dessert. Won’t be returning.
I'll admit this has become my favorite restaurant in Melbourne when I visit for work.
Having a vegan only menu means I never need to ask 'can you do that without dairy' and are you sure the additives don't have fish due to my allergies.
Sure there are plenty of over vegan places, but always the service is good, always the food is interesting.
My only concern (not 5 out of 5) is that it is crowded to the point of noisy.
We had a fantastic dinner as a last day of holidays dinner. Smith and Daughters has a great atmosphere and the food is amazing whether you are vegan or not.
Great experience at Smith & Daughters. Fantastic and helpful service staff. Ordered the 'Feast Me' option and really enjoyed the mixed dishes we ended up. Great tasting Vegan food even for non-vegans like myself. Definitely worth a try for the food, venue and great staff.
Absolutely delicious!! All 5 of us enjoyed our meals immensely. We were over from Perth for the weekend and had high expectations for Smith & Daughters and expectations were exceeded!! I’m sad I won’t get to have it again for a long while.
Lovely food, (but a bit on the pricey side), intriguing decor, good atmosphere, friendly efficient service. It was very noisy which made conversation between 6 of us, hard work. I’ll be back!
Smith good wine list, acoustics great in a very pleasant atmosphere in the heart of Fitzroy.
Food is amazing. Noise is too loud, can't have a normal conversation without having to yell over the top of the sound of everyone else talking and the music
Fantastic plant-based menu with GF options. Snappy service, delicious food and moody atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit!
Amazing as always!
Great wine and food suggestions.
I love Smith and Daughters but didn't love the new Italian menu, which I think wasn't as strong as the usual menu. It was over seasoned in some dishes and didn't push all its usual boundaries.