Best Restaurants in Hobart

9 Best Restaurants in Hobart

If you happen to find yourself in Tassie, then the capital city is a great place to start your adventure. Hobart has recently had a culinary boom that has top chefs from across the country packing their bags and relocating to our little Island neighbour’s capital. It’s a growing industry, but that makes it one of the most exciting food scenes to dissect. Here in Hobart, you can take advantage of Tassie’s remarkable local produce and natural environments as your backdrop.

So if you’re there already or making a trip in the near future, here’s our list of the best restaurants in Hobart.

How Man of Many Chose This List of Hobart Restaurants

Man of Many compiled this list through a combination of personal experiences, word of mouth, online research and professional commentary from food critics and expert restaurant reviewers.

Best Restaurant in Hobart at a Glance

  • Best for Cocktails: Frank
  • Best for Drinks: Bar Wa Izakaya
  • Best for Pasta: Da Angelo Ristorante
  • Best for a Big Meal: Aloft

Related: Looking to check out more of the Hobart food scene? These are the best cafes.

Hobart restaurants

Image: FICO

1. Fico

Fico has been blurring the lines between fine dining and bistro since it opened its doors in 2016, taking a rightful place as one of the best restaurants in Hobart. The lively open spaces and European-style layout makes for a pleasant atmosphere for dining on a range of local, seasonal and sustainable produce sourced from local growers and distributors. As such, Fico’s menu changes with the seasons but expect a range of fresh pasta,  risotto and passion projects from game, to offal, fresh local vegetables and seafood to make their way onto the menu. We’d highlight recommend the ‘let us cook for you’ option that consists of 9 courses for around $150pp.

What We Like: The wine list.

Known for: venison spaghetti, anchovy brioche
Address: 151A Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6245 3391
Hours: Fri-Sat 6-9pm Sun 12-2pm

FICO

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Image: Templo

2. Templo

If you are a people person and love meeting new people, Templo is one of the best restaurants in Hobart for that. Tucked away in the back streets of Hobart this little gem celebrates seasonal local produce and sharing food in a full vibrant atmosphere. Since space is limited you’ll often find yourself sharing a table, but that just means a chance to meet new people and adds a community vibe.

What We Like: The atmosphere.

Known for: gnocco fritto, chickpea Sicilian fritters
Address: 98 Patrick St, Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6234 7659
Hours: Thur-Mon 5-9pm

Templo

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Image: Frank

3. Frank

Best for: Cocktails

One of the best restaurants in Hobart, Frank, offers up some of the best solid meat and potatoes kind of meals that leave you feeling really satisfied. You can grab small south American-inspired plates like prawn ceviche, three-cheese empanadas and san Daniela prosciutto with gnocco fritto but save room for the meat. Scotch fillet,  rump steak and pork belly are just some of the tantalising offerings but the lamb shoulder chop takes the cake.

What We Like: The cocktails.

Known for: beef and lamb molé, fire roasted oysters, lamb shoulder
Address: 1 Franklin Wharf, Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6231 5005
Hours: Tues- Sat 5-10.30pm

Frank

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Image: Aloft

4. Aloft

Best for: A Big Meal

Aloft sits appropriately on the top floor of the Brooke Street Pier on Hobart’s waterfront and if you’re lucky enough to get a window seat you’re in for some of the best harbour views in Hobart.  The menu is of the pan-Asian variety with a focus on seasonal herbs and vegetables, locally caught seafood and local farm meat and poultry. Try the sashimi, nasturtium and nam jim jaew or the koji steak with horseradish and kosho greens.

What We Like: The banquet menu.

Known for: pork ear chips, mushroom dumplings, koji beef
Address: Pier one, Brooke St, Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6223 1619
Hours: Thur-Sat 5.30-11pm

Aloft

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Image: Landscape Restaurant & Grill

5. Landscape Restaurant & Grill

In the heart of Hobart’s Hunter street waterfront precinct, Landscape Restaurant & Grill offers up one of the best dining experiences you can get in Hobart. The restaurant is a sort of homage to their island home using local produce and housed in the historic IXL jam factory. Their name is even based on the Landscapes of Tasmania painter John Glover. Try the sear aged local wagyu, Tasmanian lamb or one of the many fresh-caught seafood dishes.

What We Like: The octopus.

Known for: wagyu steak, duck fat chips, oysters
Address: 23 Hunter St, Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 1800 436 797
Hours: Fri-Sat 6-1am

Landscape

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Image: Bar Wa Izakaya

6. Bar Wa Izakaya

Best for: Drinks

Great for dining solo or in a group, Izakayas are the informal Japanese bars that serve alcoholic beverages as well as bar snacks and meals, they’re like the Japanese version of an Irish pub. At Bar Wa Izakaya you get the Japanese atmosphere right here in Hobart. The menu mostly consists of small share plates that give you the chance to try a little of everything and a fully stocked bar of a variety of sake, Japanese whiskey, umeshu and cocktails.

What We Like: The whiskey.

Known for: freshly shucked oysters, tempura mushrooms, pork jowl
Address: 216-218 Elizabeth St, Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6288 7876
Hours: Mon-Thur 12-12am, Fri-Sat 12-1am

Bar Wa Izakaya

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Image: Da Angelo Ristorante

7. Da Angelo Ristorante

Best for: Pasta

Since 1994 Da Angelo Ristorante has been putting out some of the best Italian food you find in Hobart. Priding themselves on their traditional and authentic Italian food combined with fresh locally sourced Tasmania produce, you can enjoy all types of dishes from the southern regions of Italy. Try the homemade gnocchi with your choice of sauce, crumbed veal with seasonal greens or delicious calzoni.

What We Like: The Fettucine.

Known for: homemade gnocchi, crème brulee, fettuccine all panna
Address: 47 Hampden Rd, Battery Point TAS 7004
Phone: (03) 6223 7011
Hours: Sat-Thurs 5-9.30pm Fri 12-2.30pm 5-9.30pm

Da Angelo Ristorante

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Image: Urban Greek

8. Urban Greek

For some real traditional Greek cuisine, head on over to Urban Greek where family recipes and local and Greek produce make for an authentic Cretan dining experience. Get a banquet for the whole table with dishes like Cretan style lamb & chicken, charcoal-grilled octopus, seafood croquettes, ouzo prawns and Zoutzoukakia. Urban Greek is a no brainer when you’re looking for the best Greek restaurants in Hobart.

What We Like: The banquet menu.

Known for: soufflé, chargrilled octopus
Address: 103 Murray St, Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6169 1129
Hours: Mon-Thur & Sat 5-9.30pm, Fri & Sun 12-2.30pm 5-9.30pm

Urban Greek

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Image: Pancho Villa

9. Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa, named after the Mexican revolutionary, offers a spicy taste of Mexico and one of the best restaurants in Hobart. Grab the Fiesta de las Madres for a group banquet of guacamole, slow cooked pulled pork, guajillo fried chicken, marinated skirt steak, plus a build your own tacos. Check out the Voodoo bar in the courtyard on Wednesday through to Sunday nights and try some of the delicious cocktails Pancho Villa has to offer.

What We Like: The caramel infused vodka.

Known for: lamb nachos, smoked meats, caramel tequila
Address: Corner &, Elizabeth St & Pitt St, North Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: (03) 6234 4161
Hours: Sun-Thur 5.30-9pm, Fri-Sat 5.30-10pm

Pancho Villa

Key Things to Consider for Hobart Restaurants

The key factors to keep in mind when deciding where to go:

  • Price – how expensive is your food.
  • Variation – menu variety and ability to make changes when needed.
  • Location – whether that be in the center of all the action or somewhere quaint and quiet.
  • Service – good service makes the experience at a restaurant that much more enjoyable.
  • Cuisine – what kind of food are they serving, Mexican, Chinese, American, etc.

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General FAQs

What do people in Hobart eat?

Hobart’s island terrain makes the area perfect for seafood, with Tasmania renowned for its Atlantic Salmon.

What is the best restaurant in Hobart?

According to Google Reviews, the top-rated restaurant in Hobart is FICO. The fine dining bistro offers modern Australian cuisine in a stunning setting.

Where can you get good Italian food in Hobart?

The top-rated Italian inspired restaurants in Hobart include FICO, Templo, Frank and Da Angelo Ristorante.

CONTRIBUTOR

Lucy Stones

Lucy Stones is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and editing industry. She completed a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism & PR at Griffith University. Specialising in food, beverage and culture coverage, Lucy's work has been featured in publications such as AmsterDo Magazine B.V and Echoes & Dust.