We all love to have something in mind to look forward to at the end of a long day exploring - a place picked out and a table ready to share stories from the day. Below you'll find everything from hip bars to pizza lounges, waterside restaurants to fine dining establishments. Be surprised by the choices, prepare for the quality of our seasonal produce and pull up a chair at one of the places us locals love. Take your pick!
AGRARIAN KITCHEN EATERY
The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery is located in the small town of New Norfolk. It’s a 30-minute drive from Hobart in the beautiful Derwent Valley and is just a few minutes down the road from The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School. This is a place where local and seasonal produce is celebrated and where the diner experiences a true sense of place through the food they eat. The ingredients speak for themselves, with little adornment. The folk at The Agrarian Kitchen aim to foster a community of local growers, farmers and fishermen through whom the mainstay of their ingredients are sourced, along with excess from the cooking school’s garden. Bookings are highly recommended.
Find out more about Agrarian Kitchen Eatery or call them at (03) 6262 0011 to book.
Open for lunch 11am – 3pm Thursday to Monday, sweets and drinks until 4pm
Hobart’s top-shelf floating restaurant, Aløft is Tasmania’s latest dining destination – floating brightly in Brooke Street Pier’s loft space. There’s a relationship between nature, quality produce and cultural history at play here. With front-row seats to arguably Hobart’s finest water views and a menu celebrating Tasmania’s shifting seasonal best, Aløft is home to chefs who formerly rubbed shoulders at Melbourne’s Taxi Dining Room. Whether line-caught seafood or locally gathered small-farm herbs, the focus here is on exceptional Tasmanian produce with a broader pan-Pacific flavour. It doesn’t get better than a pinot and shared tasting plates at this ‘place in the sky’.
Visit Aløft or find them on Facebook
APPLE SHED - HUON HIGHWAY
In the rustic surrounds of an original apple shed built in 1942, learn about the Huon’s fascinating apple heritage told through the eyes of Willie Smith. A range of delicious ciders is available at the cellar door and the café serves a simple menu of the finest regional products. The small providore gives local producers an outlet in the Huon Valley where they can showcase their products and produce. Also on site is a working alembic copper still used to distill cider and produce apple brandy or calvados and a range of schnapps. Made in Tasmania and based on a 16th century cognac still from France it is the only one of its kind in Australia.
Visit the Apple Shed at 2064 Huon Hwy or find them on Facebook
BANGOR VINEYARD SHED
Bangor Vineyard Shed is an award-winning cellar door, farm gate shop and restaurant brimming with cool-climate Bangor wines, freshly-shucked oysters and local produce. Perched on a hill beside the vineyard, at Bangor they have a paddock-to-plate philosophy: what you enjoy is harvested from the vines and the sea before you. Pop in for a tasting and a glass of wine, enjoy a relaxed lunch, or chat to the team about booking your next private event, wedding or corporate function. Bangor is all about fine wine, fresh local produce, sweeping views and a warm rural welcome that’ll make you want to stay awhile. This is a great family-friendly venue.
Find out more about Bangor
CULTURA ESPRESSO BAR AND RESTAURANT - HOBART
Walking through the door at Cultura, you immediately feel the warmth and welcome of this stylish café, along with the beautiful aromas of freshly-grinding coffee and wafts of the delicious Italian cooking being prepared in the open kitchen. Don’t be fooled by the busy atmosphere, the staff will always make time for you and ensure you have a great experience. This bustling CBD restaurant offers some of the best breakfast and lunches you will find, along with romantic or intimate dinners by candlelight. Luke and the team have created a comfortable and inviting city haven, offering everything from traditional pizza and pasta to salads, starters and authentic main courses like osso buco and chicken cacciatore.
Visit Cultura or find them on Facebook
Driftwood Restaurant likes to keep things simple. Their menu is uncomplicated and changes almost as often as the weather. They make everything themselves using seasonal prime produce and whenever possible they process all their food on site, ensuring that the best eating experience is delivered to your plate. You’ll find a clean, casual fine-dining experience, a place where you could stop in for a mid-morning cup of coffee and a slice of homemade banana bread with maple butter, a business lunch, or relax and dine as a couple or large group of an evening. Driftwood Restaurant is open for light snacks, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, breakfast from 8am till 11am on Saturdays and Sundays, and lunch on Sundays.
13 North Terrace, Lauderdale
(03) 6248 1162
This culinary delight is tucked beneath Salamanca Wharf Hotel on Hobart’s waterfront. At Farzi, the flavours are bold and vibrant. A menu that shifts with the seasons delivers the finest local ingredients served up with a Farzi feel – such as Not Your Average Avo Toast, complete with avocado, feta, pomegranate, radish, dukkah, beetroot purée and poached eggs. Drop in for an alfresco brunch with specialty coffee or spend the evening at Farzi’s. Come nightfall, share plates flow with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. The five-course Chef’s Menu is a gastronomic celebration, ranging from smoked butter chicken to delicate kingfish ceviche. With 'Feed Me' multi-course menus, Farzi moves from modern Australian by day to neo Indian by night.
17A Castray Esplanade, Battery Point
Website | Email or Call 0401 091 055
GASTOWN EAST - EASTERN SHORE
After spending the past several years exploring Canada, the owners of Gastown East were thrilled to return to their home town to share what they’d learned with their fellow Tasmanians. Kristian and Sarah have created an intimate, upscale eatery that’s not only the first of its kind in beautiful Bellerive on Hobart’s eastern shore, but also boasts being the only restaurant in Australia to serve a refined Canadian-influenced share menu. They have shaped a modern and unique interior which blends seamlessly through bifold doors to the sun-blazed balcony with stunning views of the adjacent marina.
Find Gastown East at 5/16 Cambridge Road, Bellerive or on Facebook, Instagram or call (03) 6278 2782
MURES - HOBART
Jill & George Mure established Mures Fish House in 1973 in Battery Point, Hobart. When they struggled to source quality, fresh, local seafood, George went fishing. More than 40 years on, now owned by Will & Jude Mure, Mures Tasmania remains a vertically integrated Tasmanian business from hook to plate that showcases the finest and freshest local seafood. Mures Lower Deck, situated on the ground floor, is a licensed Seafood Bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Famous for fresh fish and chips, oysters, grills and gourmet seafood share platters. Fresh fish can be bought from the Fish Mongers with the Cafe offering 32 flavours of delightful ice-creams.
Victoria Dock, Hobart | mures.com.au | (03) 6231 2121 | Social: @murestasmania
Upper Deck: lunch and dinner from 11am 7 days | Lower Deck: open from 7am 7 days
PEACOCK AND JONES - HUNTER STREET
Tucked away in an old sandstone warehouse on Hobart’s iconic waterfront, Peacock and Jones is a hidden gem that celebrates the beauty of Tasmanian food. If you’re passionate about local produce, give Peacock and Jones a visit; from your prime position in the open kitchen you’ll see your food as it’s sliced, smell it as it’s seasoned and hear it as it sizzles. The menu is constantly changing as dishes are driven by what Tasmania grows.
Visit Peacock and Jones at 33 Hunter Street, Hobart or call 1800 375 692
ROBBIE BROWN’S - KINGSTON
Robbie Brown’s is your craft bar, celebrating good booze from near and far. It’s served up with the likes of charcuterie, antipasto and small plates at its beachfront location. But this isn’t just any beach – Kingston Beach was referred to as Hobart’s Bondi not too long ago! Robbie Brown’s hosts regular cocktail masterclasses and boutique spirit tastings. With a free members’ loyalty club, what’s not to love? Open 7 days
Find out more about Robbie Brown's or visit them at 32 Osborne Esplanade, Kingston Beach
ROOM FOR A PONY - NORTH HOBART
Room for a pony is a bit different. To begin with, it’s a renovated petrol station. Owners Drew and Mendel started the transformation in early 2014 and opened the doors in November that year. Now almost two years in it has become somewhat of an institution in North Hobart. Serving an all-day breakfast and lunch menu inspired by international flavours combined with proven favourites, RFP also boasts an enviable sun-drenched beer garden where a relaxing beer or wine can be enjoyed while watching the Elizabeth Street Shuffle pass on by. Open seven days, good times guaranteed.
Visit Room for a Pony at 338 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
URBAN GREEK - HOBART CBD
Starting with a philosophy of using simply the best ingredients possible to prepare their dishes, Urban Greek provides an experience that defies categorisation. Their high-quality food with friendly and casual service makes you feel like you are part of the family. The food is matched with a drinks list with a focus on Tasmanian and Greek offerings, so you are sure to enjoy your time there. If you can’t decide what to have, why not try one of their banquet options for a feast the way the Greeks eat!
Find Urban Greek at 103 Murray Street, Hobart