Where to go for an upscale dining experience in Hobart

With award-winning wine and great produce on its doorstep, there’s no wonder the Tassie capital has some of the best restaurants around. Here's a foodie's guide.

Top shot of a table with plates of food at Faro restaurant.
  • Stephanie Williams
  • March 2020

Whatever your taste preference, from Italian and pan-Asian cuisine to food with an arty twist, there is a Hobart restaurant here that knows how to take the best of local produce from Tasmania and turn it into a fine dining experience.

Best for food with art: Faro

While most people go to Mona for the art, a few smart people team it with lunch or dinner at the museum’s restaurant. There’s a menu of share plates such as pork belly, scallop and apple or smoked whisky and miso lamb ribs by executive chef Vince Trim and some interesting cocktails, including a black margarita garnished with a frozen feral pig’s eyeball. The space, with its high ceilings, slick marble surfaces and velvet furniture, is also home to four artworks by James Turrell: take them in over lunch.

Best for late night drinks: Ettie’s

If you like your dinner to turn into late-night drinks, or want to stop by for a post-dinner sweet treat, grab a table at Euro-style bistro Ettie’s, housed in one of Hobart’s oldest buildings.

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Close-up of a dessert pastry at Ettie's restaurant
Whether it's drinks or dessert, you can't go wrong at Ettie's.

Best for Italian: Fico

Fico’s head chefs and owners, Italian Federica Andrisani and Hobartian Oskar Rossi, met in Italy six years ago. Since then, they’ve combined their sense of culture and fun at Fico. The fishmongers, farmers and market stalls of Hobart influence the menu of pasta, risotto, fish and meats and the wine list is an exciting journey through the best of Europe and Tasmania. The open space feels whimsical yet special – nab a seat at the bar to enjoy the kitchen view too.

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A couple dining in a glass-walled conservatory at Fico
The charming outdoor setting is as special as the food at Fico.

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Best for pasta: Templo

Ask a local where their favourite restaurant is and this relaxed establishment will likely make the cut. The 20-seater is in the back streets away from the action but always pulls a crowd. Chef Matt Breen creates deceptively simple dishes with an Italian bent, paired with a Tasmanian, natural-leaning wine list. Matt’s handmade pasta, which changes daily, is a must. This is seriously good food.

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A chef working in the kitchen at Templo
Templo is a locals' favourite for its fresh, handmade pasta.

Best fine diner: Franklin

Housed in an old Ford showroom, this brutally modern space, with concrete slabs softened with timbers and natural textiles, is at the pointy end of the Tassie food scene. The menu revolves around a love of fine produce and a 10-tonne woodfired Scotch oven, cooking up everything from baked fish and slow-cooked lamb to fine desserts.

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Aerial shot of a table with plates of oysters and charcuterie and glasses of wine at Franklin.
The menu at Franklin celebrates the best local produce.

Best for Asian cuisine: AlØft.

The large windows overlooking the water from the very top of Brooke Street Pier set the scene. Choose from the delicately pan-Asian à la carte menu with dishes like kingfish sashimi and drunken chicken wing or hand yourself over to chef and owner Christian Ryan for one of the banquet options. Take a seat at the bar and enjoy the show in the kitchen.

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