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Smith & Daughters

4.6
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1069 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian

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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1069 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CindyB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We absolutely loved the food here, it was extremely delicious and plenty of it, great value for money.
The food came quickly and the wait staff were onto everything. We had both the alcoholic and the non alcoholic drinks pairing which were both delicious!
If I was to give any critique it would be that some of the wait staff didn’t seem too thrilled to be there but it didn’t affect our overall experience.
Great night!

MD
MichaelD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall great dine in experience across food, service and ambience

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Joey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Over all it was a lovely meal, food was excellently executed but we found the menu a little lacking. The starters were really nice and interesting especially the eggplant. But we weren’t so keen on the mains, they were cooked perfectly but after the starters they felt a little un-inspired and very heavy. Would have really liked it if there were less fried dishes and something to cut through the richness of the meal. Desserts were fine but by the time we got to them we were a little exhausted by richness.

Staff were lovely, eager to help and talk us through the menu.

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KarissK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and value for money...had a pleasant experience.

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DashaG
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! There is a lot of it so make sure you're hungry if you get the set meal

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KellyA
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time vegan fine dining and it was excellent

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lisav
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

it's so great to see Smith and daughters be open in the pandemic. due to limited tables and social distancing they are serving a set menu ($80,- pp) with paired drinks as an option($40 for 4 drinks pp).

this price although seemingly a lot at first is excellent value as the variety of food and amount of dishes you are being served is outrageous. we could not eat it all and got a tasty lunch box for the next day. the quality of this food is divine, every dish as mouthwatering as the next. proper comfort food but with a classy vibe. i bet i could have taken my meat eating family and they had never known it was vegan.

the only thing i would say was a little off-putting is that we were reminded 3 or 4 times through out the dinner that our table was reserved for 2 hours max. and that we had an x amount of time left. (which is totally fair and standard for a restaurant booking, i just felt a bit uncomfy having it mentioned so often)

i strongly suggest going while they have this set menu up and running. you will not be disappointed and can feel good eating a delicious vegan meal while supporting a local and really hard working company.

LM
LeahM
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dinner menu was such good value, and really delicious.

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luxylou
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service. We loved everything. There was so much food, we couldn't fit it all in, so our host offered to box up what we couldn't eat, so we could take it home. Such a special night out. We'll be back!

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and service was fantastic! Will definitely be back.

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Brooke
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible as always! Delicious food (and so much of it), great venue and excellent service. The opening set menu is great value.

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LaurenF
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and menu. Catered to coeliac with so much kindness and ease. Highly recommend.

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TanyaL
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful. Good value degustation. Will definitely go back. Good enough that non vegans would really enjoy also. Couldn’t fault it.

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LisaQ
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Smith & Daughters was amazing, as usual. Giving that they had just reopened, it was a very different atmosphere with only a few tables. However, it didn't feel empty. The staff were great. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable lunch.

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Jesspitto
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was mind blowing, absolutely incredible. The staff were all very welcoming! Can’t wait to go back, it’s my favourite vegan restaurant.

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StaceyL
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Set menu was delicious. Not foods that I usually enjoy but very clever flavours and great service. A lovely fine dining feel in a relaxed environment

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DeanA
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A group of four of us had wanted to come here for ages - and we did not leave disappointed!

The food was delicious. I want more right now. We all had different meals and were envious of each other.

The atmosphere considering the current COVID-19 restrictions was still great and I can’t wait to come back and bring others with us.

The eggplant and ragu were especially recommended!!

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MarzM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Feast me menu was incredible. It was just two of us so they did a few half serves of dishes so that we could try more things!

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SamuelMSeymour
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really amazing quality food, for all kinds of diners. My sister (an omnivore) enjoyed herself as much as I (a vegan) did, with every dish we tried being flavourful as texturally appeasing. My sister said her cocktail was delicious also, and there was a range of non-alcoholic drinks so I didn't feel left out. The staff were friendly and explained each dish to us as they brought it to the table, they also were happy to answer the questions we had nor did they try to rush us out of the restaruant even though it was reasonably busy. I have been here once before and I will definitely be going again.

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NewVegan
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really, really excellent food. Creative, delicious menu. Thanks for putting a candle in the tiramisú for my girlfriend’s birthday :) definitely one of my favourite spots, maybe even my #1 for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Service was amazing and environment was also great, but food was okay.. at best. my steak was great but veggies were drowned in so much vinegar that it was horrible and my partners risotto wasn’t great. Very pricy place to eat at with not so great food. Smith and deli on the other hand is completely different and I would recommend everyone to go to

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Robopig
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service is flawless.
A night here is always a special occasion because of the food and service.
In the past, the only thing that ever let my experience down was the noise level, but my last two visits have been at a perfectly acceptable volume which is encouraging.

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G8Tqueen
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great night and food

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AnnMWalker
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, beautiful, comforting Italian that happens to be vegan! So good. We got the Feast option which was so affordable, delightful and generous. Excellent wine options. And staff were lovely.

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HollyM
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! We all got individual dishes but ended up trying each other’s as it was all so yummy! Great atmosphere

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MiaA
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

I got served alcohol when I very clearly asked the waitress for a non-alcoholic soda. (I’ve been sober for 7 years).
When I went to pay I asked the waitress if the drink I was given wasn’t added to our bill, and she got really rude with me and slammed the receipt in my face and spoke really rudely for no reason.
Not going back again.

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LucyK
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

The food and smith and daughters was nice, however we were disappointed by the overall atmosphere and service. The service was very basic, and felt a bit like a food hall. I was there on a date with my partner and it didn’t feel ambient or romantic as it has previously.
The fact that they had merchandise for sale felt weird too.

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LozC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Smith & Daughters was quiet honestly the most incredible and guilt free food I have ever experienced! I just wish you had a shop in Adelaide because my partner and I would be there on a regular basis. The whole experience was great and made our weekend stay in Melbourne well worth the trip. Thank you for having us we will be back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Genuinely the best sours I've had in a few years - the bar staff here are excellent.

Can be loud at peak times, but that's not unexpected.

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ReneeC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The brunch pizza was fantastic and so was the summer slaw.

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LaurenC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always outstanding food and great service. Yes it's noisy, it's the one flaw of the place, but when you've got food that good coming out it doesn't matter!

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Alfieb
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for my 21st after wanting to come for months and it was INSANE. Being vegan and Italian it was heaven. All the girls serving were so lovely and went out there way for us. Will be back and wow what a place, it left us lost for words. Thank you so much

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JohnG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A great place for vegan & non-vegans to enjoy fantastic food

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biancam
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! Been meaning to go to Smith and Daughters for ages and finally got around to doing so and it did not disappoint. Being a big fan of Smith and Deli I had high expectations and I wasn't disappointed.

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JessieP
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was great for the most part. We had the 'Feast Me' option with a dessert. Antipasto was tasty with a special shout out to the garlic chilli foccacia. The slaw with imitation anchovies and pangratatto was delicious. I couldn't get enough. Risotto, ragu and tripa followed. I loved the ragu but my husband loved the risotto and tripe dishes. The "beef" filet was a miss for me but the apple fritters for dessert were next level. We were still talking about them the next day. The noise level in the restaurant was pretty loud as the place was packed.

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vipThierry
London
63 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Outstanding vegan food. The carpaccio and the meatballs are just incredible

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

We were very excited to be dining at Smith and Daughters which has been on our Melbourne hit list for a long time.

Arrived at 7:15, reminded immediately that the table was needed back at 9:00. We ordered drinks, an entree salad to share, garlic bread and a main course each.
Drinks and salad arrived promptly then by the time we had divided the salad onto our plates, the mains arrived. Literally one minute after the entrees.
We should have asked them to be sent back to the kitchen to stay warm but didn’t want to make a fuss. We just felt incredibly rushed and service could be best described as stern.

“Summer salad” was delicious as was the garlic bread ( but expensive at $9.00 for a tiny ciabatta). The carbonara pasta was good but relied heavily on garlic to mask the strange aftertaste. The “roast beef fillet” however was totally inedible. We are not new to vegan food, and we are okay with meat substitutes but this dish not only tasted terrible it actually smelled nauseating. Neither of us could eat it. The plate was left mostly untouched. Our sever did not ask why we left it or if we enjoyed our meal. I suppose that’s the way things work here. Care factor zero.

Didn’t need to stay for dessert and risk further disappointment so 25 minutes after arriving we were 100 dollars lighter and out the door. Judging by other reviews there are those who have had a similar experience with rushed and curt service but the majority are avid fans which we don’t understand. We will not be back.

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Samantha
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

doesn't really have that casual feel to the place anymore. Also the ego explosion from the owner on the menu is a bit much.

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Natally
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Been wanting to try Smiths & Daughters for a few years now as I'd heard great things! The food was amazing and was of great value. We arrived right on 9pm, the time of our booking, but the table wasn't ready. We were told that the party on our table "just needed a few more minutes" and we were asked to wait which was fine. We waited almost 10 minutes and the party on our table still hadn't moved. Luckily a table outside just became available so we asked one of the waitresses if we could just sit outside to which she said that this would be ok. We went to sit down and the waitress was a bit snappy as there were still dishes and glasses on the table but we were just trying to help her clear it.
We were given our menus, ordered drinks and food in one go. We received our appetisers and the party on our table was still there. We were told by another waitress "it shouldn't be too much longer guys, they should be finishing up soon". We advised her that we would just dine outside.
I understand Smiths & Daughters is a very popular restaurant, I can definitely see why, but it would've been nice if our table had been ready upon our arrival. It was a special occasion for my family.
Otherwise the food was amazing and would recommend to others.

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Samantha
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I feel like quality has dipped. The starring of swear words on the menu is just a bit... lame? and there's not enough variety on the menu. The cesar was almost tasteless. Staff were nice and welcoming. I miss the old artwork and the more alternative feel.

FAQs

Smith & Daughters offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9939 3293.

Smith & Daughters is rated 4.6 stars by 1069 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.