Where are the best restaurants in Hobart??

Two Clowns has been in operation since late 2012, and in that time we’ve reviewed more than 100 restaurants, cafes and burger joints!  It’s a shame we haven’t visited more, but our waistlines do deserve a modicum of respect. Yet, whenever we’re put on the spot by someone asking, “Where are the best restaurants in Hobart?”, we turn into timid little rabbits, wide-eyed and caught in the headlights. The mind goes completely blank and an awkward silence ensues…

To remedy this we’ve trawled through the numerous scores we’ve awarded and pulled together a summary for your edification.

Obligatory disclaimer: This only includes venues reviewed by us under the Two Clowns banner. I know for sure that there are some restaurants out there that probably should sit in the top 3 of one or more of the categories below, but if we haven’t eaten there then they’re not getting on the list!!

It’s also only fair that if it’s been four years since our last dining experience, we may recommend a venue at which we’ve eaten more recently, even if it scores a half mark less. That way you know the list below is reflective of what are the best restaurants in Hobart right now!

We’ve also decided to focus on venues that suit the typical ambiance expected at a particular time of day. Relaxed and convivial for breakfast, a little more formal for lunch with a preference for outdoor options, and more intimate and refined for dinner.

For the full list, check out our ‘Summary Table’ that lists every single venue we’ve reviewed, together with scores.

So here goes…

Overall Best Restaurants in Hobart

Frogmore Creek

Frogmore Creek

  1. Frogmore Creek
  2. Aloft
  3. Franklin
  4. Templo
  5. Osteria at Stefano Lubiana

Notable mentions:

 

Best for Breakfast

Pilgrim

Pilgrim

  1. Pilgrim
  2. Straight Up Coffee + Food
  3. Small Fry
  4. Room for a Pony
  5. Kopitiam

Notable mentions:

 

Best for Lunch

Templo

Templo

  1. Frogmore Creek
  2. Templo
  3. Osteria at Stefano Lubiana
  4. Urban Greek
  5. Rin

Notable mentions:

 

Best for Dinner

Aloft

Aloft

  1. Aloft
  2. Franklin
  3. Le Provencal
  4. Pancho Villa
  5. Frank

Notable mentions:

 

Best Burgers – White Collar

The Standard

The Standard

  1. The Standard
  2. The Winston
  3. Ranelagh General Store (40mins outside Hobart)
  4. Jack Greene
  5. The Homestead

 

Best Burgers – Blue Collar

Red Jaffa

Red Jaffa

  1. Red Jaffa
  2. Albert Road Store
  3. Budgie Smugglers
  4. Stevo’s Takeaway
  5. The Devil’s Kitchen

Now get out there and enjoy the fantastic restaurant scene that Hobart has seen explode over the last few years!!

8 Comments

  1. Hello! We have a short stay in Hobart 12/24-12/26 – being that it is over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – do you have any suggestions for good food and fun things to do for a group of 7 (4 adults and 3 teenagers)? It seems as though many establishments are closed for the holiday.

    1. Hi Diana, that’s a tough one… Much of Hobart shuts down around that time, before it all kicks off again with the Taste of Tasmania from the 28 Dec. I think MONA closes on Xmas day, but should be open on 24th and 26th. Outdoor activities are also a good option – I recommend getting up to Mt Wellington or further away is Mt Field. If you don’t mind driving to Port Arthur that is normally open at Xmas as well I think.

      For food options, large places like Wrest Point and the Grand Chancellor will definitely be open, but for better info I suggest joining up to the Eating Out in Tasmania or Dining Out in Hobart Facebook groups where people will be able to give you more up to date info closer to the day.

    1. Ha! They do a great burger don’t they?

      I’m going to have to go back and try them again. About the only thing I didn’t like about their burger was the crusty bun. I only found out afterwards that they had run out of their regular buns and so what I had wasn’t their regular style!

    1. That’s an interesting choice Brett and a new recommendation to me! I can’t say I’ve ever seen them before but will definitely try and hunt them down. Have they got a particular burger that you’d recommend?

  2. I reckon you should give the Turkish place ‘Pashas’ a go (in Elizabeth Street). They have consistently good dips and their sizzling lamb cutlets are very tasty. I love their salad as well – heaps of herbs through it resulting in heaps of flavour. Would be interested in your take on it.

    1. It’s been a little while since I last ate at Pashas, but I do remember it as being quite good (particularly the dips!). I’ll need to make sure I get in there sometime soon and do a write up. Turkish cuisine is great, but it’s a little unfortunate it’s so poorly represented in Hobart.

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