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Tasmania is known for its fresh seafood, including crayfish, salmon, oysters, crab, and fresh-caught trout, so expect to find a lot of it on restaurant menus across the country. The food is generally good quality, as Tasmania prides itself on its fresh, organic approach. In season, fresh fruit, such as apples and stone fruit, asparagus and young goat cheeses also find themselves on the menu. Restaurants of excellent quality can be found island-wide, but the city of Hobart has the greatest culinary diversity.

Top Restaurants in Tasmania


This contemporary eatery mutates from a casual breakfast and lunch option to a moody-lit fine-dining establishment come evening. Its large, seasonal menu includes dishes like spice-crusted lamb served atop pumpkin mash and drizzled with sour cherry sauce.

333 Elizabeth St., Tasmania, 011-61-3-6234-8113, www.amuletrestaurant.com.au
Tags: expensive | trendy | modern | australian

Drunken Admiral Restaurant

Lots of wood and old-fashioned sailing themes define this extremely popular restaurant. Start with the seafood chowder and then move on to either the large Yachties Seafood Grill, with its squid, scallops, fish, and prawns, or the Tassie mussels steamed in white wine, tomatoes, and shallots.

17-19 Hunter St., Tasmania, 011-61-3-6234-1903, www.drunkenadmiral.com.au
Tags: family | moderate | seafood | great value

Fee and Me

The best restaurant in Launceston is set with long communal tables on a rich red carpet below a simple chandelier. Meals come in small, flavor-packed servings of 3, 4, or 5 courses. Past creations include Asian-style duck served over bok choy greens with citrus sauce.

Corner Charles and Frederick Sts., Tasmania, 011-61-3-6331-3195, www.feeandme.com.au
Tags: moderate | modern | australian

Hursey Seafoods

This simple, little place might just be the best seafood restaurant in all of Australia. Downstairs is a casual café where you can choose your fish, crab, or lobster from fish tanks. Upstairs is a more formal restaurant, where fresh seafood is served alongside other delicacies like mutton bird.

2 Alexander Terrace, Tasmania, 011-61-3-6458-1103, www.hurseyseafoods.com.au
Tags: family | budget | seafood

Mures Upper Deck

This busy waterside restaurant overlooks the owner’s own fishing boats. Go for the grilled Tasmanian crayfish with garlic butter and linguine, or the seafood platter, which comes with local smoked salmon, oysters, prawns, scallops, and fish. Downstairs, the bistro-style Lower Deck is popular with families.

Between Victoria and Constitution Docks, Tasmania, 011-61-3-6231-1999, www.muresupperdeck.com.au
Tags: family | seafood | expensive | smart splurge

Star Bar Café

Guests can congregate around an open fire or dine outside in this lounge bar/hotel/eatery combination. Pastas and wood-fired pizzas dominate the menu, but international options like octopus paella with chorizo and chicken saltimbocca exist as well.

113 Charles St., Tasmania, 011-61-3-6331-6111, www.starbarcafeandhotel.com.au
Tags: family | moderate

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