Smith & Daughters

4.6
877 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$40 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top tags:
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine

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.
What 877 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
L
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was outstanding, but the coffee was rather ordinary.

SC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The entree was more than beautiful, delicious... the pasta with meatballs it was ok and the cacio and peppe it was pretty good but ridiculously small!! It didn’t worth 25$

W
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Decent variety of Vegan dishes. Some were extremely tasty others were a little off. The decor was very casual, like a dark bar. A bit overpriced for what you get.

AM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

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.

RS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

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.

T
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

ST
Canberra / ACT
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch started off with a nice white wine served by incredibly friendly staff. Food was exceptional. Wine ranging brunch menu. Absolutely loved it here.

BS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

E
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 ❤️

K
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There’s a lot of love that goes into this place. The vibe, the service and of course the food! <3

BV
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

had a great experience, waitstaff very knowledgeable and very accommodating for allergies.
thanks for a great night!

K
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, fantastic food, fabulous music, wonderful service. I love this place!

T
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

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.

H
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nice food but portions were too small, leave hungry and poor

CA
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

GD
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

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.

NA
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food and the atmosphere! The service was excellent! I always make the effort to go when in Melb.

SO
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

RM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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 +++

KR
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

K
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 💚💚💚💚

JS
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Particularly the Carpaccio and the Quince Crumble.

e
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

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.

S
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

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.

G
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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!

LP
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

JA
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

A
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I feel the meals should be a touch larger as I often leave hungry, and also particularly for the price.

M
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and delicious food, a very enjoyable experience.

K
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the breakfast pizza - it was a game changer!

JB
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Seriously one of the best options for GF VEGAN food my partner loved it ! Many thanks for your awesome, consistently amazing food and atmosphere

KH
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

JF
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

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.

CM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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.

TD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

RL
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

e
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

LB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

PM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Smith good wine list, acoustics great in a very pleasant atmosphere in the heart of Fitzroy.

JW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

1
2
3
22