Smith & Daughters

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1053 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.
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4.5
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4.4
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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.

JP
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.

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MartineG
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic time at dinner, the food was amazing and delicious and the staff were attentive, friendly and helpful, love love love Smith & Daughters

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DamienN
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I came in for brunch on a Saturday morning, as soon as we entered we were greeted by welcoming staff. We had the breakfast pizza and scramble to share and omg what an experience. The scramble was ridiculously delicious and the pizza left us lost for words. It was the best meal of our trip by far and would travel again just to visit.

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Simone
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and beautiful food. Perfect place to bring my interstate family. Just incredible flavours and very satisfying meal sizes. Very attentive and helpful staff.

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SherridanM
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome service and delicious food! We will be back!!

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PaigeK
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was very impressed with the food. The staff were very friendly. Highly recommend the carbonara, yum!! The ambience was easy going and fun. Will definitely return :)

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Steelonious
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food. Good atmosphere with friendly staff. One of our new favorites!

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Idann
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Food very salty and not very healthy. Poor variety.

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NicolaS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food awesome, staff excellent - recommend if you have a group booking to ask for table at back or against wall as the long shared centre table has a divider shelf - great if you don't want to talk to the people on the other side but I had half group on one side and one on the other!

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

I was really looking forward to eating here but it was pretty disappointing. Out of the three of us that went I was the only one that actually ate my meal. The others couldn’t get through theirs. I didn’t think it was so bad as to be inedible, just not really worth the trip.

I wouldn’t say the staff were rude, they were just disinterested and more going through the motions than anything else.

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SimG
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always. I would have given 5 stars for food but there was an apricot seed accidentally left in my salad that hurt my teeth real bad.
Always a pleasure dining here though.
Thanks for everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, highly priced.
I would return for special occasions only.
Tiramisu is a must!

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Hmmm
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was okay but overpriced. Overhyped and expectations didn’t meet reality.

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megm
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was quite nice. Enjoyed the chickpea dish but the slaw needed more seasoning. Disappointed that we were not allowed to split the bill- the restaurant was quite at the time so didn't take up time!

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RodneyD
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience whenever i go. The staff are exceptional at the job and food is simply the best.

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Breanna
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best vegan food we've ever had. The eggplant, carbonara and ragu are phenomenal, the steak was a bit of a let down though. Tiramisu and apple fritters were incredible. We live in sydney but the distance is worth it

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HelioP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The service was good. The food too spice in a way , no one could eat. The chef traspasses the level os spiceness, if that exist. We left to eat somewhere else. Bad day. It happens.

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 1053 OpenTable diners.

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