Smith & Daughters

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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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JC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always come here when I visit Melbourne because it's amazing every time đź’–

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

We came down from Brisbane for my daughters 16 th birthday dinner, so that’s saying something about this place. It’s her favourite place. Food is next level so tasty the staff are so helpful. We love it so much here.

D
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Having dined at Smith and Daughters many times before, we were really disappointed by our most recent visit.

We booked for a late lunch at 2pm, only to find that there was only a breakfast menu on offer and despite asking there was no option to eat from a dinner menu. Outside of the standard breakfast options, the menu was limited pretty much to side dishes which weren't particularly satisfying or imaginative.

Further to this, when we arrived the restaurant was 1/2 full (if that), and the staff were playing thrash metal at a very high volume which made it difficult to converse - we asked the staff if they could turn the music down and were told that it was policy and they couldn't change it but they'd ask (they didn't - they walked away in the opposite direction). Just plain rude, and the service for the remainder wasn't much better.

Looking at the demographic of your customers, you're not hitting the mark and you need to have a good hard look at yourselves.

D
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The set menu was a great range of dishes for our large group, the food was delicious, plenty and nice wine. We really enjoyed the birthday cake and were very happy with the service.

DW
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely - and have already! Neither I nor my date is vegan but this food is so good it gets a recommendation to all my friends.

PC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All of us loved it. The food was delicious and the service speedy and friendly. The wait staff knew about the food and drink and were happy to help out. A great night.

SN
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was just great. Food is amazing and the staff were really friendly

MH
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, 10/10 Vegan dining experience, its all I have been talking about since dining there.

PG
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always this is an outstanding dining experience. From the minute we walked in to the second we left the service was impeccable. Even to the point of the lady asking us to put the menu aside and not on the table because waitresses would think we were still ordering (we kept it for dessert). Anyway the food as always was as good as ever (my wife is the vegan) and excellent value for money. Admittedly, we couldn’t finish the shared dessert but that is because we were both full. I fully recommend this place to anyone - vegan or not
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T
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant ever. We live on the Mornington Peninsula and will drive into town just to treat ourselves a Smith and Daughters. We cannot rave about this place enough!

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Took my mum here for dinner and it was amazing! Can not stress enough how delicious it was, my non-vegan mum was blown away by the food especially as she was quite sceptical before the evening.
Looking forward to going there again!
the eggplant was amazing!

ST
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding. Loved the menu and loved all the food. I'm not actually vegan - my girlfriend is - but I absolutely loved the food and will definitely be going back.

JB
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were greeted by a lovely waiter, who wished my Partner Happy Birthday. Despite been 15min early we were still shown to our table. The food was presented quickly to us and was amazing. Struggle to find any good Vegan Restaurant around but this was 10/10. Would recommend and will be coming back.

CS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food was delish. Staff were exceptional. My only disappointment was the music was so loud, when we arrived, we couldn’t hear each other. So we had to wait till we got into car to chat and that was the very reason we met up

L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was outstanding, but the coffee was rather ordinary.

SC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
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
5 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 đź’šđź’šđź’šđź’š

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.

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