Smith & Daughters

4.6
808 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
Smith & Daughters is the collaboration of two women with a strong commitment to bring the world delicious food. Shannon Martinez, award-winning, former head chef of Sweet Water Inn, South, and The Gasometer among others, combines her talents with the business and marketing logistical mind of Mo Wyse to undertake their best challenge yet - creating their own restaurant. Being in the service industry for a combined 35 years - these two gals are proud to bring you Smith & Daughters. Martinez and Wyse share the common goal for creating a truly beautiful space to enjoy great food. In their new home, a historic bluestone corner property on Brunswick Street Smith & Daughters now brings you innovative, plant- based Italian.
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AS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a group of 6, 2 of us were vegan. The non vegans truly enjoyed how tasty the food was. Proper meal portions was nice. 1000000% worth the visit, will remember this meal forever!!!

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T
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couldn't fault this place! It's got amazing food, lovely staff and a nice atmosphere. If you get the chance to order the pie and ice cream for dessert, it will change your life. :-)

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AF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food - exceeded our expectations! Everything was wonderful but the mandarin chocolate torte in particular was to die for.

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DG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved everything. The music was too loud but everything else was great.

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NB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved my visit to Smith & Daughters (or Smith & Bellas while they have the Italian theme) I ordered the fried baby eggplant which had the most delectable glaze I've ever tasted. My partner ordered the "beef" ragu which had gorgeous layers of flavour, it wasn't just your standard tomato pasta sauce. We wished we had been there while it was served with polenta (sounds amazing) but it was delicious with pappardelle pasta. We were a little shocked that the crumble dessert was $16 but it sounded so original that we ordered it anyway. When it arrived the price made sense, it was the size of two desserts in one dish. My partner and I nearly didn't finish it it was so generous, the amaretto ice cream was awesome.

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L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very inviting space, with great staff who were more than happy to make food and drink suggestions. Taste was sublime, and look forward to returning to try more from the menu!

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DB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely food, service and drinks! Would recommend to friends

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MD
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always 10/10. It’s my first stop every time I’m in Melbourne. Food, drinks, staff, vibe and service are all outstanding.

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FX
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Music was too loud to carry on a reasonable conversation. One hitch with the service where one item ordered was forgotten - not a big deal.
Food was top notch. The upside-down crucifixes were a bit creepy.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and vibe (quite noisy but fun). We had the $60 feed me menu and the food was delicious and plentiful. Staff could not have been friendlier. Cocktails were great too. Food was beautifully presented and perfectly timed. Highly recommend this place whether you are vegan or not!

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CM
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always a friendly place to visit, nice staff, good food and drink selections. I’ve been there a bunch of times as a vegan only place I can order anything without asking what’s in it 😀 only had one pasta meal I would avoid next time, otherwise have tried and enjoyed almost every menu item !

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MS
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great location. Delicious meals and desserts all for a reasonable price

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W
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food , friendly service with the waitress explaining everything really well , yummy ! Highly recommend . Only slight disappointment was I listed it was a birthday celebration when I booked but no one at the restaurant made mention of that :(

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SB
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good variety of food not expected at a vegan restaurant, pretty cool decor

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SP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Food was tasty but the service is very slow and so is the food to come out. My mushroom and ricotta in toast was lovely but the toast and mushrooms were cold and so it made the experience less enjoyable. Not kid friendly

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JK
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The most amazing place! The first mouthful of food made me want to cry with happiness and i will spend my life trying to recreate their baby eggplant dish. Plant based deliciousness in every bite, I took 3 omnis with me who thought every bite was a flavour explosion. Perfect dishes for sharing to ensure you get to try a bit of everything!

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M
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Food was okay, paid $25 for this one cheese pasta and was not happy. Also ordered extra bread and they charged us $8 but didn't let us know that it was extra. Overall would not go back or reccomend to friends. Customer service was bad when we expressed that we were not happy.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just the best place ever omg! SO delicious and lovely staff

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H
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing balls! Amazing location, amazing staff, amazing food, amazing atmosphere!

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WF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We finally managed to dine at the well reviewed Smith and Daughters on a blustery and cold Saturday night. The first impression as we entered was that we were walking into a wall of noise. The room was full of diners talking over the background music that was jacked up high...way too high for comfort. The staff were busy but fairly attentive and not at all intrusive. For us there were two ‘go to’ dishes - ‘the eggplant’ and a broccolini and cauliflower entree...yum... At just under $60 each including a cider and a mock-tail we felt that this was pretty good value and we certainly left feeling satiated! The tables for two were very close together so without the loud music there would be little opportunity for private conversations not to be shared with others. One of our seats backed onto a wall mounted computer used for orders. Each time the diner straightened up their back or neck hit the waitress entering orders onto the screen...this was decidedly under impressive. Overall, we enjoyed our experience. Would we hurry back? Not unless the music was turned right down and we did not have to share room with the wall mounted ordering electronics!

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AE
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very happy, but not happy i had to pay $1.45 to make a booking online when it doesn't seem to say anywhere in the policy that there was a cost to this! If i had known i would have just rung up and made a reservation.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Coming from Perth, Smith and Daughters is like nothing you could experience in my opinion from Perth and nothing that I had experienced even as a non vegan years ago. Truly incredible food that is crafted to near perfection. If noise isn’t your thing, I would suggest calling ahead to ask when the most quiet time would be to visit to avoid shouting over the table, otherwise, it’s faultless. I would definitely come back when in Melbourne!

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PG
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food, even better that it's plant based

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W
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sister and I eat here every time we visit Melbourne - hands down the best vegan food around! This visit we couldn't get enough of the chicken in garlic butter sauce or the vodka red sauce meatballs, and the tiramisu was to die for!

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I
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I love you guys so much. Everything was amazing as usual! One thing though- I brought my very non-vegan with me as it was my bday, and the menu online is completely different to the menu in the restaurant. She and I were sooo looking forward to the chamomile pasta dish! Unfortunately it wasn’t there, but as I said everything was absolutely beautiful anyway :)

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DL
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We highly recommend the feed me option - we went in hungry and came out so full! All the food tastes amazing, and this way you don’t miss out on anything delicious. And it was all delicious! The staff was attentive, polite and had an in-depth knowledge of everything we were served. We all appreciated their efforts to make sure we were comfortable and the speed in which they took care of our requests. The entire experience was wonderful, we’ll definitely be back, hopefully soon!

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CT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredibly tasty and presented well. Wait staff were knowledgeable about allergens present in menu items and were supportive of our dietary restrictions. Our evening was fabulous

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DC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Wait staff were very cold, not personable or warm. Food was great as always. However having tables so close together was not great, we basically were part of a couple having a very heated argument at the next table which was a little disturbing and annoying.

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A
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was delish, but we ordered a tiramisu that never came. We weren't charged for it and ended up going to Smith and Deli for some pastries anyway so no great loss.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My beautiful date is vegan so we went to her favourite restaurant.
My first experience with vegan food and I could not have been more impressed. Fantastic waiting staff, cocktails and amazing food.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A night when you transformed a meat eater into a vegan explorer.
I have been to you several times over the past 6 years and each time it get's better, but Friday 17/5 was amazing. When first telling my partner John of Smith and Daughters, I said the restaurant will take you on a journey you won't want to return from....And Friday night we arrived, he instantly loved the atmosphere, we sat at the communal table, ordered drinks - he was slowly falling in love! Then he opened the menu and from there the journey began for the next 2 hours. With his taste senses bursting, his ears were equally, as he listened to some of England's best rock bands. We ate crochette di Testa, Pasta con beef ragu, Trippa alla Romana, finishing with a spiced quince chestnut crumble served with an amaretto ice cream...And as we lay in Fitzroy Gardens on a sunny Sunday afternoon, looking back on our weekend away (from upper NSW), he looked and me and said, when can we return to Smith and Daughters?

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MB
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Best vegan food I’ve ever had! Great atmosphere too.

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AC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant and honestly could fool meat eater with the level of taste

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J
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely the best vegan food I have had. It is clear that each menu item was well thought out, was not disappointed with anything. 10/10

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MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The very first thing they say to you is that you have to leave in an hour and a half. This seems rude to me. The food was good but the place was extremely loud and the prices were very high.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Would recommend to both meat eaters and vegetarian/ vegans

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RB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Waited for 60 minutes for food to arrive then questioned Staff who apologised and brought a free slaw salad (wow) and eventually our meal arrived. They did however remove the drinks from our bill.
I was disappointed that we had to enquire about our meal as I would have thought that good Staff would have noticed that we had been sitting for 1 hour without anything on our table apart from drinks.

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EB
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

What a great way to celebrate Mother's Day. The staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating given some additional dietary needs. The brunch feed me option was delicious and had lots of options for everyone. This option was definitely worth the value for money and I would highly recommend this to anyone who isn't sure what they are feeling. We will be back!

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TP
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So happy to have finally dined at Smith & Daughters I was looking forward to this vegan feast for ages and finally I got to try the meatball sub and it was divine. Next time I would love to go back for dinner, I am looking forward to that :D

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NM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really really really really really really really really really really really great.

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