Hobart's food scene is sizzling.
Whether it’s a backstreet cafe brunch, a lazy wine-bar lunch, an indulgent restaurant dinner or a family pub meal, the distance from paddock-to-plate will be short, and the stories of origin long.
Here are a few of the best places to eat in Hobart.
Whether you’re rising early for breakfast or opting for a late-morning brunch, fuel up with quality food and coffee in a vibey Hobart cafe to keep you going all day.
BORN IN BRUNSWICK
Using locally sourced and sustainable produce, the menu changes regularly. Fancy a spiced duck omelette? Or how about butter-chicken scrambled eggs?
If happiness was a cafe, it would be Sunbear: a cosy space to tuck into small plates piled with local produce.
JAM PACKED CAFE
In the spacious atrium of a bygone jam factory, fill up on simple, delicious food – then peruse the galleries dotting the Hobart waterfront.
Expect vibrantly decorated cuisine inspired by South Asia at this Salamanca brunch spot (they’re open for dinner, too).
Ever tried a tiramisu ‘croffle’? (It’s something between a croissant and a waffle.) Stock Market offers bottomless brunch, not-so-bottomless brunch, and dinner – all artfully presented by executive chef Josh Retzer.
Nothing says ‘indulgence’ like a leisurely Hobart lunch spent with friends, good wine and the occasional ‘feed me’ menu. Satisfy your appetite with this food-lovers’ line up.
This unassuming 20-seat neighbourhood restaurant on the fringe of Hobart’s CBD focuses on simple dishes made with seasonal produce and an Italian leaning. Natural wines complete the experience.
With a continually revolving theme, expect the unexpected in a tasting session at Faro, a restaurant and bar suspended over the river at Mona.
Go for sophisticated dining beside a natural rock face at Becker Minty Dining Room in Salamanca. Think sugar-cured wallaby, truffle cheese toasties and seasonal seafood chowder.
Also in Salamanca is Manky Sally’s – a luxury dive bar and nano-brewery by Tasmania’s beloved Moo Brew, serving up flavour-filled small plates and, naturally, great beer.
PEARL + CO
Did someone say ‘all-day oysters’? Perch yourself at Victoria Dock for a satisfying oyster bar experience. If bivalves aren’t your thing, shuck yourself towards a selection of Tasmanian seafood.
IN THE HANGING GARDEN
Bite into eclectic food In The Hanging Garden. Drink a cocktail (or several) in Hobart’s leafy open-air hub and feast on Mexican and pan-Asian eats.
Dinner and pub fare
Head to Hobart’s atmospheric pubs and restaurants for a hearty meal and a pint of craft beer or cider. Here’s what’s on the menu.
CASCADE BREWERY BAR
FERN TREE TAVERN
Speaking of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, there’s a relaxed spot almost hallway up the mountain that does beer, mulled wine and warming pub food, just 15min from the city.
Dine on pizza, pasta and pub food galore at Waterman’s Hotel in the heart of Salamanca – Hobart’s lively waterfront precinct.
DEEP SOUTH BREWING CO
Big plates, small plates, and flowing European and American-style beers make for a fun foodie outing at Deep South Brewing Co in North Hobart.
LANDSCAPE RESTAURANT AND GRILL
Do a deluxe dinner at this premium steak eatery. Set in the historic IXL jam factory, surrounded by paintings from legendary Tasmanian landscape artist John Glover, share in a feast of smoky meat and curated wine.
Want next-level dining? Take your pick of Hobart’s fancy restaurants and indulgent wine bars.
Aloft pairs show-stopping harbour views with a menu that reflects the seasons and the connection between nature, produce and cultural history.
Chef Massimo Mele combines his Italian heritage with his Tasmanian roots to bring a big-hearted menu to the table. But we’re not talking pizza – this is antipasti, pasta and secondi made from fresh Tasmanian produce.
THE LOUNGE BY FROGMORE CREEK
Take a ringside seat on Hobart’s waterfront with a choice of produce from the sea, land and garden. There’s an even more tempting wine list.
OLD WHARF RESTAURANT
A couple of doors down from the Lounge is Old Wharf Restaurant. Sit dockside and taste seafood dishes as cray boats drift by, all while absorbing the fascinating industrial history of Tasmania.
Sip and graze at this cool wine bar, where vinyl spins late into the night and Italian-inspired small plates fill the air with rich aromas.
Expect flavours from around the globe made with fresh local produce. Keep your tastebuds guessing at these beloved Hobart restaurants.
BAR WA IZAKAYA
DANA EATING HOUSE
Combining bold Southeast Asian flavours with a modern Australian influence, and donating some profits to charity, Dana Eating House blends innovative ethical dining with wholesome hospitality.
Presenting authentic tastes of Thailand and Vietnam using local produce, Suzie Luck’s Canteen and Cocktail Bar is a relaxed setting for a shared banquet and a tasty drink or two.
MR. GOOD GUY
Step into a realm of explosive colour and flavour at Mr. Good Guy, where the streets of Southeast Asia spill out of the steamer basket and onto the plate.
Feast on a satisfying spread of Korean dishes and warm your insides with bulgogi, crispy chicken and kimchi-infused dishes.
Relax with the family at these popular Hobart eating spots.
PIGEON WHOLE BAKERS
Grab some artisan croissants and crusty baguettes stuffed with premium fillings, then find a nice spot to eat: Franklin Square, Parliament Lawns, St David’s Park and the Hobart waterfront are all a short stroll away.
Order a selection of fish, squid, share platters and oysters, fresh from the boats at Mures. Follow up with a scoop of one of 32 flavoured ice-creams.
Can’t get enough fish and chips? Head to this waterfront restaurant for a serve, plus hot chowder and grilled seafood.
HOBART BREWING COMPANY
OK, so the ‘brewing’ element isn’t exactly for kids, but it’s certainly worth taking the family to Hobart’s beloved red shed. Order from a colourful cluster of food trucks and grab a sunny spot in this unfussy outdoor eating area. Enjoy the communal atmosphere of crackling firepits and live music and, go on, grab a pint.
On Saturdays, try local fare from one of the food vans while browsing Tasmania’s most-visited attraction – Salamanca Market. On Sundays, head to Farm Gate Market in the CBD for brunch or street food, and to mingle with locals. Or head over to Hobart Twilight Market at Brooke Street Pier on select Friday evenings for some small-batch dinner and drinks.