The Best Restaurants in Hobart: Where to Dine Out in Style
Driven by innovation and fresh produce, Hobart is a bonafide mecca for foodies.
Compiling a list of Hobart's best restaurants is a near-impossible task, but a thoroughly enjoyable one at that. In recent years, the culinary scene has exploded, garnering national and international attention, driven by seasonal produce, quality ingredients and a clever approach to flavours and techniques.
No matter what you're vibing; from a classic fish and chips that's anything but humble to nine-course feasts with views to match... These are our picks for Hobart's best restaurants to help you fall into a food coma and make your meal a memorable one.
The Agrarian Kitchen
Looking for one of the most unique, and uniquely Tasmanian dining experiences, that's fortuitously just outside of Hobart? Look no further than The Agrarian Kitchen, where a truly local food ethos can be found at this beautiful venue. It's a space where local, seasonal produce is celebrated, where the diner encounters a true sense of place through the food they eat, and where the ingredients speak for themselves with little adornment. Wander the impressive gardens and grounds before slipping into the light-filled dining room for this essential Tasmania eating and drinking adventure.
11a The Avenue, New Norfolk
Peppina is the warm expression of whole-hearted Italian feasting, and Tasmanian produce plays a central part to its menu. Pared back and uncomplicated, go for flavoursome antipasti, steaming bowls wagyu paccheri or the fish of the day, combined with a warm and cosy setting that captures nostalgic old-world hospitality. The kitchen is central to the open, expansive space, which is anchored by two productive olive trees, surrounded by handmade furniture, artisan brick work, leather booths and abundant history. Dining trattoria style has never looked better!
2b Salamanca Place, Hobart
Wine bars with a strong focus are Hobart's bread and butter, and one of the best in town is Sonny. This tiny space is dedicated to simple pleasures, with records spinning, bespoke wines pouring and minimalist decor bringing the focus to the vibrant buzz of its intimacy. The blackboard is dressed up as an impressive wine list, with over 45 varieties to select from. If you are after a bite to eat, the signature seasonal pasta dishes are essential eating, as are the simple small plates and epic tiramisu spoons. Walk-ins only.
120a Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Pairing a moody and inviting atmosphere with a modern play on Middle Eastern cuisine, Malik is your next date night spot done right. Step inside to this North Hobart restaurant and be transported to a world of sophistication, inspired by the vibrant and colours and textures of the Middle Eastern desert. Think plush velvet seating, hand-painted murals and intricate lanterns playing with shadow and light upon the walls. It's the perfect spot for intimate dinners or festive gatherings with friends and family. Feast on dishes celebrating but not bound by tradition, including dips and pickles, slow cooked lamb shoulder with garlic cucumber labneh, spiced couscous and fried cauliflower with tahini and hazelnut dukkah. Oh and trust us, you'll want a few servings of their baklava for dessert.
277 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
Tesoro, meaning “treasure”, is an ode to the Tasmanian farmers, crafters, and purveyors that help showcase the real art of Italian cuisine.
Made up of humble, uncomplicated food that packs a flavourful punch, the menu is evocative, emotional, and passionate – just like Italians. Head Chef Glen Tilly can often be found scouring nearby markets for Tasmania’s most dazzling produce to feature in Tesoro’s menus. It's one of the best restaurants in Hobart.
28 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Euro-Italian vibes abound at this little corner shop, wine bar and bistro. With its simple honest food and wines, Ogee has quickly reached cult status among Hobart's slew of impeccable wine bars (it's also the worthy sibling counterpart to the award-winning Sonny).
With 26 seats, Ogee encourages intimacy and conversation over a Gatsby style playlist, that parlays into '70s disco as the night discos down. Drop in for a glass of wine and a small plate or settle in for the evening to work your way through the perfectly curated menu and wine list.
374 Murray Street, North Hobart
Designed by Biasol Design, Sisterhood is Hobart's all-day eatery inspired by Tulum. The tropical prints, playful colours and rattan furniture make this an Insta-worthy brunch or dinner spot. With an extensive menu, there's something for everyone at this Sandy Bay café. We're particularly partial to their avocado toast, with a housemade avocado mousse, labneh, pickled shallots, pomegranate, smoked almonds, mint, seeds and pecorino. Join them for a good time, because everything’s just peachy at Sisterhood - and everyday from 9.00am offers bottomless mimosa sessions for you and your friends.
4/48 King Street, Sandy Bay
Dier Makr is a boundary-pushing restaurant, ranking up there with the best of them. Hidden within a grand grey building, with sister wine bar Lucinda spilling out into the street, the set menu here is hyper local, ambitious, and subject to daily changes. Many of Kobi Ruzicka's dishes are snackier fare, with only a handful of ingredients used in each, allowing them to sing. Mind bending dining at its very best.
123 Collins Street, Hobart
A stylish neighbourhood eatery highlighting a rotating menu of innovative fare and a robust wine list, Fico is a casual and intimate fine dining experience akin to the tables of Europe, where food and conviviality go hand in hand. At Fico, they want all guests to feel like they are entering their home, to experience the best hospitality and culinary expertise they have to offer. Relax, enjoy and have fun.
151A Macquarie Street, Hobart
A small neighbourhood restaurant in the back streets of Hobart, Templo, where impressive, Italian-focused share plates, great wine, communal dining and good vibes are held to hatted acclaim. Here, seasonal and locally sourced produce is celebrated and minimal intervention wines from small producers are considered, slurpable matches. The menu changes weekly.
98 Patrick Street, Hobart
La Sardina Loca
Serving all things spritz and tapas, La Sardina Loca is an aperitivo and share plates bar found down a carriageway in midtown Hobart. Set within one of the city's oldest sandstone buildings, pull up a stool in the courtyard, and listen to music while sipping cocktails with friends, or step inside and get comfy in a converted horse stable.
Slinging food and drinks that make them (and you) happy, the menu of small plates is influenced by the cuisines of Spain and the Mediterranean, where food is the centrepiece of every good time. Built on tasty flavours to enjoy alongside your favourite libations, the La Sardina Loca spread champions plenty of great Tassie seafood and local produce. Boomer Bay oysters and a Mussel flatbread with chive, garlic and white wine butter served alongside a glass of Anim wild cide pinot blanc, we see you.
100 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Tucked away in Hobart’s Salamanca Square, Suzie Luck’s is a self-described canteen and cocktail bar, but in practice, it’s so much more. Tasmanian produce paired with unique flavours and styles of the Southeast Asian menu, and a solid drinks list to match, makes this one of the most consistent and lively nights out.
Bright interiors and great tunes create an instant atmosphere. The menu offers bar snacks, dumplings and a grill section, before expanding into little, bigger and on-the-side dishes.
It would be remiss to not order a cocktail, with the inspired menu and pun-loving names a great way to kick off the evening. Express Ya Self adds a torched marshmallow to this espresso martini, while the Thai-priniha is a fresh and zesty tipple.
2 Salamanca Square, Battery Point
Dana Eating House
Brothers Ollie and Dan Lancaster quietly opened the doors to Dāna Eating House, their first venture together, in mid-2020. This restaurant’s motto of ‘eat good, drink good, do good’ has drawn locals and visitors alike ever since. Inspired by modern Southeast Asian flavours, the seasonal menu is perfect for sharing — with snacks, small and large plates, wok-made dishes and salads (if you see the sweet and sour eggplant on the menu, it’s not to be missed).
The cocktail list features in-house elements that elevate the traditional. Their Viet-inspired espresso martini is all the better for the inclusion of toasted coconut and spiced chai syrup, while the wine list is cleverly curated.
Dana Eating House is a social enterprise, and they’ve bestowed upwards of $40,000 to various charities and non-profits since launching.
131 Murray Street, Hobart
Heralded as a love letter to Italian cuisine, Ti Ama is a playful take on the traditional trattoria. Disco balls, baby pink, and peppermint green colours make this an Instagrammer’s delight We repeat, the pizza oven is a shaped like a sparkling silver disco ball - and we're obsessed. But it’s more than just a pretty face: Ti Ama’s pizzas use a 72-hour sourdough base topped with high-quality, locally sourced produce in generous servings. Pair it with one of the venue’s playful cocktails, like the Watermelon Spritz or Calippo Dream.
Shop 13, 13 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point
Bar Wa Izakaya
Equal parts restaurant and bar, this little gem is a sure-fire place for a night (or day) out. A little taste of Tokyo in Hobart’s midtown, Bar Wa Izakaya subscribes to a more-is-more aesthetic, with bright, eclectic interiors and excellent playlists.
The team have fused some of the best — and most unique — Tasmanian produce with izakaya-inspired dishes, such as the Bruny Island Wallaby Wing-age, confit wallaby “wings” tossed with a pickled plum and shiso dressing. The miso brussel sprouts will convert even the most adamant brussel sprout naysayer.
We’re big fans of the Yuzu whisky sour (or any of a number of delicious cocktails — all beautifully illustrated on the menu), while the 22-page drinks list is a thorough exploration of all things beer, wine and spirits, with local gin getting its own section. Book a day sitting to try their lunchtime-only ramen special. It’s a moreish take on the Japanese favourite.
Bar Wa is one of the few spots of its calibre in Hobart open past midnight seven nights a week.
216-218 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
With floor-to-vaulted ceiling views of the River Derwent, Aløft might be one of the most scenic restaurants in Hobart.
Luxuriously lined with oodles of timber, the place had a warmth to it as soon as you enter. An open kitchen down one end and expansive windows at the other means there’s always something amazing to look at.
But it’s on your plate where this place really shines. A nine-course set menu (accommodating vegetarian, pescatarian, GF and DF diners) is a triumphant display of technique, texture and invention. Those who secure a seat at the bar can see the kitchen team in all their glory, while staff on the floor provide the charismatic, attentive and banter-filled (but not too much) service that you realise is often missing from other dining experiences. The matching drinks list is a welcome meander through some clever pairings, while the a la carte wine list is full of delicious options.
Pier One, Brooke Street, Hobart
The eccentric ‘Louis XV meets French Disco, meets South American bbq, but make it Aussie” interiors of Frank are in stark contrast to the conservative office building facade that it’s housed behind.
With a strong South American food influence, you really can’t look past the empanadas to start, before navigating Frank’s menu that’s broken into small, sides and meat dishes. The classic Argentinian parilla entrana comprises tender sliced beef and fresh chimichurri.
Kicking the night off with a pisco sour or caipirinha would be very much on theme, while the wine list is heavily influenced by Tasmanian and Argentinian drops, with a Torrontes or Malbec great options.
With a fun-loving crowd seven nights a week, it’s a perfect spot for a quick drink, a cheeky empanada, a full-blown meal or a sneaky nightcap.
1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Landscape Restaurant & Grill
Inspired by the island, the land, water and colour, and the paintings of John Glover, with their striking, unforgettable capturing of the life and beauty of the young Tasmanian colony in the 19th century, the atmosphere that awaits within Landscape Restaurant & Grill sets the scene for an unforgettable dining experience.
The passion for the exquisite produce of Tasmania is obvious from the get-go, pushing the benchmark for premium dining in Hobart with an array of elegant, reimagined classics. Showcasing the best of the season, Landscape's kitchen is ingredient focused, sourcing from their well-established group of Tasmanian farmers.
The kitchen's most striking feature is the Asado Grill, which gets fired up daily with a selection of sherry, bourbon and port casks from the Tasmanian Cask Company. These seasoned timbers are used to infuse both char and smoke to each dish, ensuring a unique flavour profile throughout that will leave you wanting more. If you're after the perfect steak, this is the best restaurant in Hobart for such indulgences.
Old world, new world and emerging niche labels are ever-present on the ever memorable wine list. Beyond wines, they also offer an extensive collection of spirits, with a keen focus on whiskey and cognac.
Did you know? Today the John Glover Prize is an annual award that celebrates contemporary landscape paintings, and a selection of these prize-winning artworks are installed in the Private Dining Room in Landscape. Surrounded by these artworks in a moody, ambient space, this is a must-try Hobart restaurant best shared with the ones you love.
The Henry Jones Art Hotel, 23 Hunter Street, Hobart
Say hello to this folksy wooden dining hall full of marine souvenirs, that's serving up hearty bowls of chowder and indulgent seafood dishes worth their weight in oceanic gold. Having been in operation as a family restaurant since 1979 on Hobart's Old Wharf, Drunken Admiral is also one of the city's most iconic dining spots. It's popular with both locals and tourists alike; a place to gather as a family, and break bread over hot smoked and lemon oysters, Tassie salmon and prawn red coconut curry, prawn linguine, epic seafood platters for two, and that luscious chowder that's been thriving on the menu since its opening days. The kid's menu also rocks out, with crispy fried fish and squid followed by ice-cream with lashings of hot chocolate fudge, warm from the galley stove. Dessert isn't just an afterthought for adults, either - there's a delicious malt brulee with salted caramel ice cream that's siren calling to us.
Offering the freshest Tasmanian seafood amongst a vibrant maritime atmosphere, this is one of the best restaurants in Hobart that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy.
17/19 Hunter Street, Hobart
You need to add Osteria Vista's four-course degustation to your must-eat list. The new on-site restaurant at Stefano Lubiana Wines, located just past David Walsh’s iconic Museum of Old and New Art, is simple in concept but magnificent in execution. Relax and unwind over a seasonal menu that changes monthly, which offers up both exemplary flavours and soulful Italian character that will have you coming back for more. Expect the likes of fennel and chilli spelt focaccia with a housemade ricotta, a pangrattato with stracciatella, polenta fritta with capocollo and a roast garlic cream, exquisite housemade pastas, plus heartier fare of Lyndall lamb, served with a radicchio salad and zucchini, labneh and salsa verde.
The perfect Italian festa in Tuscan-inspired surrounds, set alongside the cascading views of the River Derwent? This is one of the best wineries and restaurants in Hobart to have on your culinary radar. Don't forget to try their sensational 2021 'Sasso' Pinot Noir while you're there, either. Exquisite all round.
Stefano Lubiana Wines, 60 Rowbottoms Road, Granton
With an ethos of 'creating a story of our time in this place', Van Bone is one of the most incredibly unique dining experiences in Tasmania, sitting pretty fifty minutes outside of Hobart in the rolling hills of Marion Bay. This is destination dining at it's most exemplary, a magnificent vision of what true Tasmanian dining is and should be.
Utterly intimate, it weaves a story of the lush surrounding landscape throughout its timber-clad dining room and on each and every plate dished up. Owner and chef Timothy Hardy elevates all of this beauty with a degustation that focuses intently upon what's growing nearby. Much of this is cooked with the intense flavour of an open fire; it's smart, and incredibly delicious.
Take a seat, framed by windows offering up show-stopping views, and expect nothing less than some of the best dining in Australia.
357 Marion Bay Road, Bream Creek