Top Places to Eat in Hobart
We love travelling south from our northern Tassie home to Hobart for a hit of big(ger) city culture. Hobart is the perfect blend of history, natural wonder and cultural hot-spot, with many great places to eat. Since MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) opened in 2011, visitor numbers from the mainland have grown every year. But beyond MONA, there are so many other reasons to drop into this cool city, including amazing food destinations.
Here’s our list of the top places to eat in Hobart
Dana Eating House
The team at Dana Eating House are all about local, sustainable sourcing, in both the food and wine departments, serving up delicious South-East Asian cuisine. As passionate as they are about what’s on the plate and in the glass, is the manner in which it’s served. Hospitality is the main drive here and it’s an absolute pleasure.
Address: 131 Murray St, Hobart
La Sardina Loca
From Italy to Spain, La Sardina Loca might just be the ultimate locals joint. A small but mighty menu is perfect for aperitivo hour, made to enjoy with a glass or two, and can easily be enjoyed as a more substantial dinner if you wish. There’s plenty of home-grown Tassie produce on the menu as well, which get a big tick from us!
Address: 100 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Ciao! Peppina is a cheery slice of Italy in the thick of Salamanca Place, a welcomed addition for those with a soft spot for generous Italian feasts. The trattoria style of dining, along with the warm exposed brick and open kitchen, adds to the feeling of being in ‘nonna’s kitchen’.
Address: 2b Salamanca Pl, Hobart
Natural wine lovers will delight in the addition of Sonny to the scene in Hobart. Popular and with a ‘walk in’ only policy, it can be a game of chance however fortune certainly favours the brave! Choose from a highly considered wine list, quality bites and revel in the simple pleasures.
Address: 120a Elizabeth St, Hobart
The lush green landscape is the perfect backdrop for Van Bone’s set menu experience. The idea here is small-scale, offering dishes made largely of produce from the surrounding vegetable gardens and orchards, and nearby suppliers. The sweeping views alone are worth a visit.
Address: Beachbreaks Marion Bay, 357 Marion Bay Rd, Bream Creek
Honest, pub style food from Movida-alumni sums up approach at The Waterloo. It’s a cut above what we remember pub meals of our youth tasting like, but it’s still retained that sense of warm a great local possesses.
Address: 1A Franklin St, Swansea
The Ross Hotel
Old school in the best possible way, The Ross Hotel has recently enjoyed a refresh to bring together a touch of the modern to complement its heritage foundations. Equally as enjoyable to pop in for a pint (or glass), or stay for a hearty dinner.
Address: 35 Church St, Ross
More Hobart eats
Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store
A short drive, maybe 30 minutes, from Hobart’s CBD, is the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store. This charming place began as a cooking school and farm with a longing by its owners to connect to the earth and to grow and cook authentic food. It has since morphed into a wonderfully warm and open space where local, seasonal produce is celebrated in the restaurant. The ingredients speak for themselves – simplicity is key. Relationships with local producers are fostered and excess produce is preserved as pickles, jams, ferments or is cured in the dedicated preserving kitchen, then featured on the menu or sold in the store. A beautiful experience.
Address: 11A The Avenue, New Norfolk
For a special experience, the dining room at Aloft is located on the top floor of the award-winning Brooke Street Pier on Hobart’s stunning waterfront. Aloft offer a chef’s menu with optional wine pairing alongside a limited à la carte menu. Their open-plan restaurant also features bar seating, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine and a light snack before heading out for the night. Their menus change frequently, depending on the availability of local produce such as seasonal vegetables, locally caught seafood, and free-range meat.
Address: Pier One, Brooke St, Hobart
Searching for a tasting menu in Hobart, go no further than Dier Makr. Its seasonal produce-driven degustation menu which talks to you in very minimalist terms, like “Cucumber”, “Pork, Peach” and “Blueberry, Goat’s Curd”. The best bit is waiting to see how these ideas are interpreted on the plate. The international wine list has a minimal intervention theme. And the cocktails are whimsical yet refined, often topped with local wildflowers. Dier Makr is intimate yet ambitious in its goals, and often exceeds them.
Address: 123 Collins St, Hobart
If fresh handmade pasta is up your alley, don’t miss Fico. Here, you’ll enjoy modern interpretations of old favourites showcasing produce from local farmers, fishmongers and butchers. Indulge in the house-made sourdough with the Gorgonzola dolce. Or go for the Valrhona chocolate tart with salted vanilla gelato and maple syrup. Either way, you’ll leave with a smile on your face.
Address: 151a Macquarie St, Hobart
If you like your food with fire, drop into waterside Latin American hotspot Frank, where chargrilled octopus and pork and chipotle empanadas meet charcoal grilled skirt steak and Tassie oysters dressed in chorizo salsa. Sitting on the historic Franklin Wharf, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more fun and fiery dining spot.
Address: 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Peacock and Jones
Housed in an old sandstone warehouse on Hobart’s waterfront, Peacock and Jones is connected to The Henry Jones Art Hotel. Its interiors juxtapose the old-world charm of exposed high rafters against slick furniture and tableware. You could call the food “gastropub”. Fish and chips, roast chicken, lamb rump, Berkshire pork – all come accompanied by fresh local ingredients that highlight the brilliance that is Tassie’s fresh produce industry.
Address: 33 Hunter St, Hobart
Paddock to plate is the word, here. The owners opened Pigeon Hole as a showcase for their farm’s produce, Weston Farm Produce, and the “fresh farm” vibe is evident once the food arrives. Open for breakfast and lunch every day of the week, it’s also licensed and serves Tassie wine, beer and cider. For breakfast, you can’t go past gingerbread granola, seasonal fruit, whipped yogurt and Weston Farm honey. Coffee is solid, too.
Address: 93 Goulburn St, West Hobart
Sweet tooths MUST drop into Sweet Envy in North Hobart. It’s the traditional Aussie cake shop on steroids. Treats from your childhood memories call you from behind the glass cases – pecan sticky buns smothered in caramel sound tempting? Cookies, cakes, ice-cream and pies are all there for the taking…
Address: 341 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
A small 20-seater tucked away in the back streets of Hobart, Templo may be small in size but its charm is next level. The food has an Italian flair – try the rosemary and olive focaccia, the house-made pasta with cheese and pancetta or the silken gnocchi with broccoli and crunchy breadcrumbs. This is satisfyingly simple food served with love. It delivers every time. Open for lunch Saturday-Monday and dinner Thursday-Monday.
Address: 98 Patrick St, Hobart
The Posh Pit on the ferry to Mona
No-one comes to Hobart and misses a trip to Mona. There’s a great bar and restaurant on the island, but on your way upgrade your ferry tickets to grant entry to the Posh Pit, which includes drinks and canapés in an exclusive lounge area, and on arrival, a tour of Moorilla Winery.
Address: Ferry departs Brooke Street Pier Hobart on the waterfront
Need more Tassie tips?
We love sharing our local knowledge, have a read of our favourite breakfast spots in Hobart and check out our list of other dining hot spots. Our Cellar Door in the Tamar Valley is a leisurely drive from Hobart, be sure to visit and sample our fine Tasmanian wines.