If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Hobart then you’ve come to exactly the right place. Below you’ll find 22 of the top options when it comes to eating and drinking your way around Tasmania’s breezy, often moody, and frequently art-obsessed capital city.
From fine diner to casual charmer, work you’re way through this list of restaurants, bars, and cafes and we guarantee you’ll be singing praises for Hobart’s culinary scene – a chorus regularly echoed at the Boss Hunting office.
The best restaurants Hobart has to offer hard-core foodies.
Pony up a bigger part of your eating and drinking budget when you’re at Templo. Given this small but mighty eatery is one of the best restaurants in Hobart, the seasonal chef’s set menu is absolutely worth your money and your time.
Not that it’s expensive though (a relative steal compared to Sydney or Melbourne); at $85 per person, with wine matching just $65 per person, Templo represents some of the best value you’re going to find in Hobart, with the 20-seater neighbourhood restaurant constantly banging out those impeccable natural flavours.
Chef Matt Breen maintains an unwavering commitment to local produce – they only source ingredients within roughly 50km of the restaurant – and minimal intervention wines, so prepare for a masterclass on the virtues and value of minimalism in both food and drink.
Address: 98 Patrick Street, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6234 7659
While Sydney has Porteno, and Melbourne has Palermo, the restaurant holding it down for lovers of Argentinian food in Hobart is surely Frank. This tastefully designed wharf restaurant is a palace of Parilla and low-and-slow grilled meats, paired with a seriously stacked wine list and an equally viable cocktail menu.
Whatever the kitchen has got going on changes regularly, but the safest bet is to always go for the meat. It is Argentinian food after all, with highlights like a hefty 400g scotch fillet and, for those heavier appetites, an 800g thin skirt. Just make sure to save room for that charred banana with salted caramel ice cream before you roll out onto the wharf. It’s not only one of the best restaurants in Hobart, it’s one of the most unique.
Address: 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6231 5005
Meaning Fig in Italian, Fico is far from the only Italian restaurant in Hobart, but it’s often cited as the best. Of course, there’s some serious competition on the cards, but it’s tough to beat the work done by owners Naples-born Federica Andrisani and Oskar Rossi. Together, they’ve built a restaurant entirely worth the praise that often flows its way, with a regularly changing menu best experienced through the ‘Let Us Cook For You’ set menu, priced at $120 per person ($220 if you’re going for matching drinks).
The flavours are abundant, the techniques are simple, and each dish is delivered with pure elegance. There’s also a free-wheeling sense of experimentation here, with the kitchen unafraid of abandoning traditional Italian if the fresh produce – typically pulled from Sunday’s Farm Gate Market – requires it. Expect pasta dishes like hare bottoni with braised escarole and black olives, or Parmigiano Reggiano with capellini onion and rice wine vinegar, alongside signature pithivers (a type of dense enclosed pie) typically brimming with gamey meats like rabbit or pigeon.
Address: 151A Macquarie Sreet, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6245 3391
The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery
Take the short drive out to New Norfolk and park up at The Agrarian Kitchen. A former psychiatric hospital has been transformed into the eatery for this farm and cooking school, where lunch is the platform for a grand showcase of produce, both from the Agrarian farm and locally sourced.
The share-style set menu is priced reasonably at $120 per person, offering plenty of food in return, ranging from burrata with smoked paprika, to lamb shoulder with garlic, lemon, and fish sauce.
If you’ve got the time to spare, book into one of their wildly intimate and insightful cooking classes to truly get an appreciation of the area’s fabled provenance.
Address: 11a The Avenue, New Norfolk
Contact: (03) 6262 0011
Working tirelessly with small producers ensures that ALOFT isn’t just known for its pristine architecture and sparkling water views. Although, it’s pretty hard to ignore just how incredibly attractive this loft-like waterfront restaurant is.
The food is what anchors people amongst the dreamy space, constantly changing and seasonal but always hinged on locally caught seafood and fastidiously sourced meat and diary. As with all of the best restaurants in Hobart, the tasting menu is typically the best choice here, and its only priced at $90 per person, with a $70 per person add-on if you’re like to pair it up with a series of drinks.
Address: Pier One, Brooke Street, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6223 1619
Peacock & Jones
Over 60 bottles of fine wine sit in their cellar at all times, with Peacock & Jones constantly chasing the perfect pairing experience. The formidable restaurant carves out an old sandstone warehouse on Hobart’s waterfront, with an almost strict dedication to locally sourced flavours of Tasmania and not much else.
Head Chef Jeff Workman frequently changes the food on offer here, and he’s a clear fan of minimalism with the produce always kept as the focus of the dish, complemented by very few ingredients. Examples include glazed lamb ribs from Lyndall Farm sprinkled with spices and sheeps’ milk yoghurt, and Black Opal wagyu rump mbs 6-7 with spinach, horseradish, tropea onion, and watercress. The dishes are driven by what is growing around Tasmania at the time, making this one of the best restaurants you can find in Hobart.
Address: 33 Hunter Street, Hobart
Contact: 1800 375 692
Landscape Restaurant & Grill
Part of The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Landscape makes brilliant use of its setting – the former IXL Jam Factory, filled a space with reclaimed timber set against the magnificent paintings of John Glover. Few spaces can match up to this when looking for the best restaurants in Hobart, offering an appropriately high-end space.
The Asado grill drives most of the cooking here, pumping out some of the best meat dishes in Hobart with the likes of a Robbins Island wagyu eye fillet mbs 9+, and a 550g grass fed Cape Grim T-bone.
Address: 23 Hunter St, Hobart
Contact: 1800 436 797
The Best Cocktail & Wine Bars For Food In Hobart
Dier Makr & Lucinda Wine Room
Every Australian city needs to have a fan-favourite hidden wine bar, and for Hobart that honour falls empathically with Dier Makr. As hard to find as it is to pronounce, Kobi Ruzicka and Sarah Fitzsimmon’s intimate drinking den is an ode to fine wines and elegant bar snacks, the menu for which changes faster than anyone could keep up with.
On entry, the blackboard should list any of these dishes available, while you walk into the wine cellar to pick whatever drops you’d like to try. The curation here is right, so the best bet is to leave your palate in the highly capable hands of the staff.
And if that isn’t enough wine for you, the co-owners also run Lucinda Wine Bar out of the same building, with a sharper focus on minimal-intervention drops alongside produce-driven dishes like squid with potatoes and bay, mozzarella with plum and figs, and whipped anchovy with pickled mussels.
Address: 123 Collins St, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6288 8910
The Glass House
The Glass House stands stately at the very end of Franklin Wharf, almost worth the views alone – looking over Sullivan’s Cove and the Derwent River with absolutely nothing interrupting the compelling vista.
Although the views are far from the only reason The Glass House is mentioned amongst the best restaurants in Hobart. The food and drink pushes the standards even higher, from line-caught kingfish carpaccio lightly treated with anchovy and dill mustard, to wild clover lamb tartare with lovage, gentleman’s relish, and beetroot.
Address: Brooke Street Pier, Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6223 1032
Bar Wa Izakaya
If you’re looking for the best Japanese restaurant in Hobart, you’ll find it on Elizabeth Street. While the city, and Tasmania in general, boasts nowhere near the amount of top-quality Japanese eateries as say Melbourne or Sydney, this modest izakaya-inspired space more than holds up the flag for fans of sake and sashimi.
If you could pick any time of day to experience Bar Wa Izakaya, make it the early afternoon. From 12pm to 3pm, the venue hosts ‘Bar Wamen’, serving nothing but piping hot, beautifully tared bowls of warm ramen to help in the eternal battle against Hobart’s characteristically chilly climate.
Address: 216-218 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6288 7876
Evolve Spirits Bar
Having been named both Australia’s Best Hotel Bar and Tasmania’s Best Bar (Australian Bar Awards, 2019), Evolve Spirits Bar is a singular experience for drinkers and diners looking to make the most of their stay at – or visit to – Macq01. The luxury lounge bar is fueled by a desire to showcase Tasmania’s distinctive culture of premium distilling, while also pairing that with some of the freshest food you’d find at any hotel bar.
While the food options are nowhere near as extensive as the spirits and cocktail menus, there’s a beautiful simplicity here that picks out only the finest in local Tasmanian produce. Think Bruny Island oysters served with a Champagne vinegar granita, Tasmanian salmon pancakes with pickled cucumber, creme fraiche, and roe, and Berkshire pork belly bao buns served with a sweet and spicy sauce. For the indecisive, the Tasmanian cheese plate can do no wrong, showcasing a rotating selection of the state’s finest.
Address: 18 Hunter St, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6210 7656
Hearty, greasy pub food is exactly what you want from Preachers, a Knopwood Street staple that’s just a short stroll from Hobart’s famous Salamanca Market. Lucky, then, that the kitchen is more than up to the task of supplying some of the best burgers, hotdogs, and loaded fries you’d find in the entire state.
Transformed from an historic 1849 sailmaker’s cottage, the pub easily sits at the heart of Hobart’s cultural scene, complementing all those charming details with one of the city’s best craft beer lists.
Address: 5 Knopwood Street, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6223 3621
If you’re up for some food and wine in one of Hobart’s classiest establishments, head on over to Sonny wine bar. There’s a killer soundtrack too, with the staff holding as much love for dusty old vinyl as they do for curated a primo wine list. Pair that up with some simple, honest Italian food that sticks to the Hobart ethos of championing local ingredients with fresh, rich flavours.
Address: 120a Elizabeth St, Hobart
The Best Cafes & Eateries In Hobart
Pigeon Hole Cafe
From the Pigeon Whole Bakery team, this farm-to-table cafe stands as one of the best places to eat in Hobart on any day of the year. The food at Pigeon Hole Cafe changes quite frequently, given that its used as a supreme showcase of the seasonal produce grown at Weston Farm – an award-winning family-owned farm in Southern Tasmania.
The menu is guided by organic principles, biodynamic principles, and high quality sustainable farming, best experienced during the early hours of the day. Breakfast is built with dishes like hot smoked fish blini with pickles, preserved lemon, and buttermilk, and soft polenta with creamy mushrooms, goats cheese, and spinach – starting the day off in fine form.
Pigeon Hole Cafe is also viable place for anyone looking to pick up some top-quality products, given the shelves are often lined with up to 30 bottled and preserved products from the farm, like honey, olive oil, rosehip syrup, and their highly regarded smoked paprika.
Address: 93 Goulburn St, West Hobart
Contact: (03) 6236 9306
Born In Brunswick
Though it may be bright and garish to some, this modern cafe in North of the city packs some serious chops, particularly when it comes to their all-day brunch offering.
This is the place you want to be if you’ve caught some extra hours in bed but don’t want to let a morning-appropriate meal get away from you, with essentials including the Tasmanian octopus and chorizo scrambled eggs with salsa verde, chorizo crumb, and sourdough, and the Thai fish cakes with king prawns, white fish, nuoc cham, cucumber, and herb salad.
Address: 410 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
Contact: 0438 250 515
Pigeon Whole Bakery gets all the glory when it comes to just about everything baked good you could think of, but there’s something about the desserts at the antique-minded Sweet Envy that can’t be beaten. Sweet Envy feels out of place amongst all the restaurants that surround it, but that’s kind of the point with this dessert shop from classical trained pastry chef Alistair Wise.
Sweet Envy is unique and instantly memorable, feeling like an aggressive tear away from the modern age and into a surrealist dreamscape built with decadent desserts that are displayed proudly in glass cabinets. And it’s playful too, with everything from top notch Jatz pies – and some savoury detours like scallop pies – to pecan sticky buns and nutter butter biscuits.
Address: 341 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
Contact: (03) 6234 8805
Room For A Pony
You wouldn’t expect a café called Room For A Pony to serve some of the best woodfired pizza in Tasmania, but such is the strength on offer in this atmospheric space. Take your pick on the time of day you head on out to this highly energetic, social café, it’s a winner whether you’re rocking up for a day-starter like the mind-blowing Chinese fried chilli omelette, or lunch like spiced lamb shank with hot & sour coconut sauce.
As popular as it is for breakfast, acclaim is continually flowing through to the list of woodfired pizza, mostly with playful toppings like the ‘fun guy’ with Huon Valley honey brown & enoki mushrooms flanked by truffle oil, mozzarella, spring onions, and parmesan.
Address: 338 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
Contact: (03) 6231 0508
Flippers Cooked Seafood
Flippers Cooked Seafood, perched so centrally on Constitution Dock, keeps it charmingly casual as Hobart’s favourite spot for some fish and chips. Though seagulls will definitely try and swoop in on your meal, you’ve got plenty to like from the signature deep-fried trevalla and crumbed blue grenadier, to scallops, dim sum, and fish burgers.
Unlike all the other Hobart restaurants and eateries on this list, Flippers offers very little in way of seating. The best approach is to grab whatever you like from the menu and take a seat on the dock looking out to the action-packed harbour which is usually teeming with boats and trawlers.
Address: Sullivans Cove, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6234 3101
Jackman & McRoss
Jackman & McRoss is the prime stop along the historic battery point walk, positioned as the city’s most historic bakery serving up some of Hobart’s best pies and sausage rolls. The chatty weekday lunch crowds are usually found queuing up for a table here, most of them making the climb from Salamanca Place for a well-earned duck, cranberry, and walnut sausage roll.
Do note that this Battery Point shop is no longer the only Jackman & McRoss in the city, with much of Hobart’s culinary identity tied to the bakery. But it’s still the best one purely because of the historic setting, and the viewpoints dotted along Battery Point.
Address: 57 Hampden Rd, Battery Point
Contact: (03) 6223 3186
The Standard Burgers
Every Australian capital city has to have at least one rustic burger shop flipping up the finest patties available. For Hobart, that is unquestionably The Standard, hidden off Liverpool Street down Hudsons Lane.
It’s as unfussed about aesthetics as the burgers are, with seating options either on a small rooftop or simply just the pavement outside. There are very few options as well, but nothing should go past the signature namesake burger which has a double beef patty stacked with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and mayo.
Address: 177 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6251 3911
A short drive from Hobart’s city centre, out near Claremont, you’ll find Local Pizza – absolutely the best spot in Hobart for top notch, traditional, piping hot, and chewy pizza. Edging the northern fringe of Hobart, this restaurant is owned by Bella Lubiana, the daughter of renowned winemaker Stefano Lubiana, who is clearly faithful to local produce – all pizzas use 100% GMO-free Tasmanian flour.
The specific consistency of the flour gives each pizza that impossibly chewy, firm texture, which is perfect for toppings like standout ‘King Kofta’ with red pesto, lamb kofta, mozzarella, roast capsicum, herb yoghurt, zaatar, and chopped herbs.
Address: 52 Maroni Road, Berriedale
Contact: (03) 6249 3573
And A Must Visit For Hobart Foodies…
Farm Gate Market
As reliably Tasmanian as a visit to Mona or hike up Cradle Mountain, Farm Gates Market is one of the focal points of Hobart’s entire culinary culture. Although the vibrant Salamanca Market may be better known, with their scallop pies and leather goods, it’s Farm Gates Market that cuts through with a strict dedication to local produce and supporting the growers behind them.
The markers are on every Sunday from 8:30am until the early afternoon, touting everything from freshly shucked Bruny Island oysters at Hobart Oyster House, to wallaby breakfast burritos at Pacha Mama Mexican.
Address: 104 Bathurst St, Hobart
Contact: (03) 6234 5625
When Is The Best Time To Visit Hobart?
Unlike just about every other capital city in Australia, the best time to visit Hobart isn’t in summer. It’s in winter. Some of the state’s best produce thrive in the crisp climate, which is why restaurants scramble to source freshly harvested carrots, artichokes, kale, garlic, potatoes, silverbeet, and other ingredients that hit their peak.
Although winter isn’t just for the restaurants. Hobart truly comes alive with the annual Dark Mofo arts festival, typically stacked with divisive art installations, experimental live music shows, and a show-stopping winter feast with communal tables set-up in a large warehouse, flanked by stalls from Hobart’s best chefs and producers.
What Else Is There To Do Around Hobart?
There is quite a bit to keep you occupied on a short trip to Hobart, the most famous of which is easily a ferry over to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which its famously experimental and proactive collection overseen by the eccentric David Walsh. But hiking would be the way forward if you’re looking to truly work up an appetite.
Like pretty much all of Tasmania, Hobart is a hiking city and there are plenty of trials where you can soak in the restorative embrace of nature. Knocklofty reserve is a popular one, as is The Pipeline Track, and Cathedral Rock Wellington Park. Of course if you wanted to take the 4-5 hour drive out of Hobart to the iconic Cradle Mountain, you’ve also got several options when it comes to the best hiking trails in Tasmania.
Tackle any of these and you will surely be well-prepared to dine at any one of the best restaurants in Hobart.