It is inevitable that what is emerging as one of the great artisan food and wine-producing states of Australia should have at its heart a burgeoning dining scene. Hobart is home to restaurants with Australia-wide reputations, from cafes to fine dining and an equally wide range of cuisine.
Hobart’s position ensures wonderful seafood with the freshest fish and shellfish from pristine local waters. Spectacular local wines to match your meal may come from some of Australia’s best niche vineyards with labels largely unknown on the mainland. There is a lively bar scene, and don’t forget some of Australia’s most historic pubs.
Our top picks
Monty's on Monpelier
37 Montpelier Retreat, Battery Point
With fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere, Monty’s has a deserved reputation for its contemporary cuisine based on the best local produce. Dining is in an intimate setting with fireplaces to chase off any Hobart chill. Think poached Huon ocean trout, or rump of Wild Clover lamb. Match with Tasmanian wines and finish from the huge cheese selection. Menus change regularly with produce and season. Dinner, Tuesday to Saturday.
16 Magnet Court, Sandy Bay
Those not already in the know about Me Wah’s reputation as one of Tasmania’s best restaurants could be surprised by the sophisticated rendering of some of the best local and Australian produce. Choose a banquet menu, tasting menu or a la carte, with stars such as truffle crayfish wonton, double-braised Tasmanian abalone, cumin lamb, and black truffle mushrooms. There are equally delicious desserts. Also open for yum cha. Closed Mondays.
Eat like a local
Ball and Chain
87 Salamanca Place
The historic building that now hosts this Hobart favourite was built by chain gangs, hence the name giving more than a nod to Hobart’s convict past. The motto is “tasty local produce, cooked simply with delicious results”, and it rings true thanks to a charcoal grill “stoked daily with love” and the freshest local ingredients.
93 Goulburn Street
It’s a cutie but a goody. The name suggests it’s so small that you may miss it, but the regular throng that descends on this award-winning bakery-cum-cafe for breakfast and brunch gives the game away. The freshest ingredients, seasonal fruits, great coffee and the tastiest twist on your expectations help make it a success. The menu is available from 8am to 3pm.
47 Hampden Road, Battery Point
Da Angelo prides itself on delivering authentic Italian and has become something of a Hobart institution after more than 15 years doing just that. You will find home-made pasta, traditional pizza and delicious desserts, backed by genuinely warm and friendly service. Dinner seven days; lunch Fridays.