Solo Pasta & Pizza 50b King Street, Sandy Bay - 500 metres away
The buzz at Solo Pasta and Pizza makes this one of the best Italian eateries in town. This Sandy Bay restaurant is driven by the energy, talent and hospitality of the young chef and owners. The menu is fairly extensive and apart from pizza and pasta, there's antipasto, risottos, salads and more substantial seafood and meat mains. Need to book!
Me Wah Chinese Restaurant 6 Magnet Ct, Sandy Bay
Sumptuously decorated, Me Wah Chinese Restaurant has a quality of food, wine and service that is usually only seen in the top Sydney and Melbourne Chinese establishments. With starched linen, beautiful Chinese screens, ceremonial wishing bowls and wall panels, an imposing entrance guarded by Chinese lions and a plush takeaway section, this Sandy Bay eatery is highly recommended.
Don Camillo (Italian) 5 Magnet Court, Sandy Bay
Don Camillo stakes a claim on being the oldest Italian restaurant in Hobart and considering it's been serving up faultless handmade pasta for 50 years, we don't think anyone's arguing. The kitchen offers a refined menu with the best of Italian techniques and the freshest Tasmanian produce. This isn't the place to go for a pizza. Instead, think Bruny Island oysters baked with prosciutto, melt-in-your mouth potato gnocchi and Huon Valley Eye-fillet wrapped in aged pancetta.
Magic Curries Indian Restaurant 41 Hampden Rd, Battery Point
Their curries are much better and more authentically sourced than most, so this is exotic Indian at its spicy best. The kitchen specialises in North Indian and Punjabi food, and don't worry, if you're not hot for spice, the restaurant will adjust its dishes for you. The Magic Curries dining room is intimate, with traditional wall-hangings and cosy open fires.
Da Angelo Ristorante (Italian) 47 Hampden Rd, Battery Point
For a heady, bustling, southern-Italian dining experience, head to pizza and pasta restaurant, Ristorante Da Angelo. The restaurant is located in Battery Point's main thoroughfare, just five minutes' walk from Salamanca Place and 10 minutes' walk from your apartment. The kitchen has been bringing consistently tasty Mediterranean dishes to diners for over 15 years. Finish your meal with a shot of grappa in true Italian style. Book ahead! Always very busy.
Ethos Eat Drink - sadly closed in Sept 2016
100 Elizabeth St
Modern Australian, Shared Plates, Tapas
98 Patrick St
Bar snacks, Italian, Shared Plates
This cosy small space is an intimate 20 seater that is all about sharing and having a good time. Offering diners a communal dining space and a menu that is adorned with plates to share, expect to find pasta's and locally sourced seafood dressed up with bold flavours. It is worth the hide and go seek routine to find it.
28 Argyle St
Bar snacks, Modern Australian, Seafood
Serving up the lesser known treasures of the Tasmanian waters such as sea urchin, calamari and octopus; Hobart’s Franklin restaurant offers an original approach to deep-sea dining. Whether perched at the bar for a no-cutlery nosh or in the refined dining room, chef David Moyle (formerly The Stackings at Peppermint Bay) will continue to surprise and delight. Craft beer, grappa and an Italian leaning wine list will see you through the night.
SALAMANCA AND THE WATERFRONT
The Glass House
Brooke Street Pier, Franklin Wharf
At the end of the Brooke Street is floor to ceiling glass. Inside is a bar and restaurant of impeccable quality like the Murano glass that lines its entrance. The Glass House is a destination.
The owners of the boutique hotel Islington, with a reputation for beautiful aesthetic and attention to detail, have been kind enough to share these qualities with the realpolitik.
2 Salamanca Square
Italian and Spanish influenced dining
Locally sourced Italian and Spanish food in an open, elegant locale with Scandinavian-chic decor. Smolt is a modern cafe/bar/eatery in bustling Salamanca Square that's as good for meals as it is for snacks, a pre-dinner cognac or a late night coffee. The menu at this Hobart restaurant embraces the modern trend towards smaller dishes and share plates and all showcase the beauty and freshness of Tasmanian produce. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1 Franklin Wharf
Sharing food from Argentina
With water views one side and leafy green Morrison Street on the other, Frank Restaurant and Bar is a wonderful creation by Smolt's owners.
Self-professed modern Australian with Southern American influences, Frank plays hosts to asado and Latino flavours in MONA-esque architecture. Combined with great food and service, this is not to be missed.
Syra 8 Salamanca Square
An outstanding Lebanese Modern Australian restaurant with delicious food
Rockwall Bar and Grill 89 Salamanca Place
Very popular seafood and steakhouse
Aloft Brooke Street Pier
Wonderful location, Modern Australian, local seafood, small-farm free-range meat and dairy
Peacock & Jones at Henry Jones Hotel, 33 Hunter St, Hobart
A sexy little space if you get off on that “old bones/designer flesh” approach to restaurant design. “Modern bistro” might be the best term. Or “bistronomy”. Simple, approachable food with a modern sensibility.
Roaring Grill 301 Elizabeth Street
Gourmet burgers, sausages and flame-grilled chicken skewers served in a modern, buzzy locale. The Roaring Grill is all about bringing the paddock to plate theory to life by showcasing and sourcing produce all locally sourced farms from land to sea. Modern classics like pork belly and Scotsdale Free-Range BBQ glazed ribs are some of the crowd favourites as well as the signature dessert of Tasmanian Hellyers cream whisky Brulee. The cool decor of dark wooden back chairs and feature wall of stretched cow hide add to the country meets city vibe.
Pancho Villa Tequila Bar 378 Elizabeth Street
Mexican, great food and atmosphere.
With dim, moody lighting, Day of the Dead skulls and artwork, ornate designer lamps, black velvet banquettes, black furniture and colourfully patterned stained glass windows, a bar featuring 56 different tequilas and the percussion of cocktail shakers sounding like castanets, the boys behind Burger Haus, Regazzi and Capital have done it again, turning the old ANZ bank in North Hobart into a very stylish American/Mexican bar that is unique to Hobart.
And they’ve nailed that combination of good food and good, fun vibes that have made newer eateries like Frank and Urban Greek such instant, popular hits with Hobart diners. Like Frank, at Pancho Villa, it’s a younger, buzzy, mostly 30-something crowd some of whom are happy to pay $40 for a hit of one of Mexico’s top tequilas.