I recently went on a road trip around Tasmania and tried to discover some of the best places to eat in Tasmania along the way. I don’t know about you but one of my favorite things about traveling is the excuse to eat out for every meal. I’m not a picky eater so I’m usually pretty open to trying anything new.
Tasmania is known for the freshest seafood that is sourced locally and daily. Beef and chicken is grass fed and free range offering you the healthiest and finest options. Whiskey, wine, and beer is also very popular and there are a ton of different local wineries and breweries waiting for you to visit. Honestly the list could go on for days since there’s options in all regions of the state.
Throughout my trip, I honestly didn’t get to try as many different restaurants as I thought I would. Most of my time was spent outdoors sightseeing or on the road so I didn’t really set aside time to dine and eat. There were some places I really wanted to try but they ended being closed on the day I was in town or had closed early due to lack of bookings. The winter is a slow time for most businesses so I’d recommend calling if there’s any places you really want to eat at and making a reservation.
I tried my best to get photos of the restaurants and cafes on this list but only if I casually came across it and most of them weren’t hard to miss. My favorite place I ate at was hands down Czeg’s Cafe in Richmond. It’s a really cute spot that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. My friend and I went there for breakfast and I had been heavily craving eggs benedict so that’s what I ordered. I switched out the bacon for smoked salmon and it was seriously so good. I would highly recommend making the drive to Czeg’s Cafe because it’s definitely one of the best places to eat in Tasmania.
Another favorite that I tried was the Pyengana Dairy Company in Pyengana which is a farm and cafe that only uses the freshest dairy and meat. It was pouring the day that I went there so I didn’t get to enjoy the outdoors, but the inside was homey with a fireplace going. I ordered the chicken burger from the kids menu and it was seriously the freshest and cleanest tasting chicken burger I’ve ever had in my life. It was simple with a slice of tomato, lettuce and some mayo, but the chicken packed so much flavor (you can see a photo below!).
One of the other places I tried was the Tasmanian Coastal Seafood in Bicheno and they specialize in classic fish and chips being caught locally and daily. I ordered the kids and even that portion was too much for me to finish, but the fish and chips tasted very fresh so I’d also recommend trying that place out. Not pictured is the tartar sauce, because it’s not fish and chips without the sauce! I was there after the sun had set so I’m sure it’s a nicer experience if you eat there during the day with the sun shining and a view of the water.
The last place I tried was Burger Got Soul in Launceston as my final meal and it was definitely a big one. It’s a classic burger chain offering fresh meat and local ingredients with a few locations around Tasmania. I ordered the Soul Burger made with prime Tassie grass fed beef, lettuce, tomato, tangy red onion, relish, soul mayo and I added a slice of cheddar cheese. In addition, I got a side of sweet potato fries that for sure hit the spot. Overall the burger was huge and pretty good, but not one of those classic American burgers if that’s what you’re looking for.
When it comes to compiling this list, I only researched cafes and restaurants in cities that I was planning on visiting and pulled from Pinterest articles about visiting Tasmania, the tourism board website, and recommendations on accommodation websites to put together this list of the best places to eat in Tasmania. Majority of the places listed are rated 4 stars and above so you can’t really go wrong. All of the dietary options for each restaurant aren’t listed but I added the ones I could easily find and confirm.
A renovated flour mill from the 1830’s is the home of this popular farm to table restaurant that prides itself on fresh and locally grown ingredients.
Founded in 1996, it’s an award winning seafood restaurant specializing in unique seafood dishes using the freshest produce to be enjoyed with waterfront views.
Black Cow Bistro
Historic Art Deco butchery turned classy warm bistro style steakhouse that serves dishes using premium, aged, free range, grass fed, artificial hormone free Tasmanian beef.
Burger Got Soul – VG
Claiming to be Tasmania’s original low-key burger joint only serving the freshest produce of 100% lean beef or free range chicken with vegetables and salad fresh from the market daily.
Local restaurant serving up modern Australian dishes in a warm, open and family friendly environment.
A simple restaurant with vineyard views and small dishes of fresh fish, chicken and vegetables.
Award winning and intimate Italian restaurant in a renovated Edwardian home serving classic dishes made with fresh and local produce.
Mud Bar – V, VG
A menu of European/Asian style dishes served in a contemporary dining room or on outdoor tables with a view of the marina.
Noted as Tasmania’s oldest cafe, Pierre’s is a lavish brassiere with classic French meals and pastries housed in a space filled with red decor and black and white tile floors.
Spice Lounge – VG
Perfect spot for a variety of late night Modern Indian Punjabi dishes made with fresh ingredients and rich spices.
Levee Food Co.
Offers prime selection of Tasmanian grass fed steaks and fresh and locally caught seafood to be enjoyed on the riverfront.
Wanderlust Food Van – VG, GF, V
Served out of a 1966 solar powered caravan with a menu of vegetarian food inspired by locally grown seasonal produce.
Eats With Beats
Known for the ‘most exquisite double burgers’.
A mobile food truck satisfying all your Turkish cravings serving a traditional menu of kebabs, falafel, tea, and more.
North American inspired menu of burgers made with Landfall Black Angus Beef, hotdogs, poutine, sides and milkshakes.
Two Doors Down Cafe
Selling a range of bike gear with other options that are edible such as burritos, toasties and coffee.
Known for beer and pizza, the menu features pizzas with not so typical toppings such as pancetta, walnuts, onion marmalade, char-grilled pumpkin and pistachios.
Offers good food, craft beers, ciders and wine during only lunch and dinner with light snack options available after 14:00.
Derby is a great place for bike riding, so this pub is a great option for a refreshing drink after a long ride with meal options as well.
IGA Supermarket – Branxholm
The spot for a local grocery shopping experience with a bakery, groceries, frozen food, dairy, meat, and produce.
Casa Pinocchio Italian Restaurant – Branxholm
Little old school restaurant with an extensive classic Italian menu along with dishes made with fresh ingredients and rich flavors.
Tin Timber Cafe & Art Gallery – Branxholm
Tasty homemade meals and freshly baked desserts in addition to a coffee and hot drink menu.
Stoney’s Takeaways – Scottsdale
Takeaway style menu with fish & chips, burger, and sandwich bar options.
Australian style bakery offering breakfast and lunch options such as pies, rolls, and sandwiches.
Bay of Fires/Binalong Bay
A simple restaurant and cafe with a selection of pizzas and seafood dishes just steps away from the Bay of Fires.
Holy Cow Cafe
In the heart of Pyengana Valley serving a variety of dishes for breakfast and lunch in addition to snacks, desserts, milkshakes, Tassie beers, wines, and ciders.
Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Cafe
Simple lunch menu featuring dishes and desserts made with only the freshest dairy and meat with choices such as gourmet platter, three cheese pizza, and chicken burger.
Lifebuoy Cafe / Quail Street Emporium Cafe
A small and eclectic cafe with a specialty coffee bar and cafe style menu.
Cooler than your average convenience store because it’s basically a supermarket with a deli section and fresh produce.
Mount Elephant Pancake
With an emphasis of not being the flapjack US style, they are known for European style crepe-pancakes with your choice of sweet or savory.
Brewhaus Cafe and Bar
Includes the Iron House Micro Brewery with a seasonal menu changing every 3 months and dishes made with fresh Tasmanian produce.
The Gulch Fish & Chips
Home of the classic fish & chips straight off the boat with options based on the catch of the day.
Blue Edge Bakery
Award winning family owned bakery priding themselves on offering the freshest homemade cakes, pastries, pies and baked treats.
A popular local restaurant with the best coffee in town and thin crust wood-fired pizzas made with seasonal Tasmanian produce.
The Fisher’s Seafood Cafe
Your choice of seasonal fish, oysters and mussels so fresh that it’s caught right down the road.
Richardson’s Bistro on the Bay
Housed on the coast of a peaceful seaside town featuring a menu of casual meals and tasty snacks.
Freycinet Marine Farm
Seafood restaurant offering the freshest scallops, abalone, rock-lobster and salmon dishes fished daily.
The Edge Restaurant
The Edge of the Bay’s on site restaurant that serves seafood and meat dishes with unique choices such a Tasmanian squid and chorizo and wild clover lamb shoulder.
Offers a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu serving wood fired pizza, seafood, and local produce to be enjoyed with gorgeous views of Cole’s Bay.
Soak in amazing views of the bay while enjoying a hearty home cooked meal chosen from a simple menu.
Barkmill Bakery Cafe
Good spot for a casual breakfast, lunch or to pick up a quick cup of coffee and enjoy a huge variety of pastries and cakes.
Classic pub style menu with wood fired pizza, fish & chips, and roasts.
Oyster Bay Seafood
Great selection of seafood with choices such as crayfish, oyster, mussels, scallops and seasonal catches.
Local accommodation option with a motel style restaurant offering a country home cooking menu.
Saltshaker Restaurant and Swansea Beach Cafe
Locally owned and operated restaurant serving a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu of fresh Tasmanian seafood and more.
Award winning chefs offering authentic dishes made with a selection of the freshest local produce to be enjoyed with a view of the bay.
Artifakt Gallery Cafe
The gallery features painting, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry and has a cafe that serves coffee, homemade treats and light meals.
Felicity’s Vintage and Tea Room
Stop in for vintage and antique shopping and stay for breakfast, lunch or tea.
Kate’s Berry Farm
Stop by to enjoy a hot freshly baked scone, waffle or fruit pie complimented with a choice of Kate’s own jams and fresh whipped cream.
Port Arthur/Tasman Peninsula
Port Arthur Lavender Farm – DF, V, GF
Featuring a lavender inspired drink menu and food menu with some dishes using spicy lavender chutney, lavender infused compote, lavender butter, lavender cream, or lavender dust.
Situated in the Eaglehawk Neck region, this food truck serves fresh locally caught fish, scallops, or squid and chips and a variety of homemade scallop, rabbit or venison pies.
Taylor’s Waterfront Restaurant
Classic Australian menu and extensive wine list with a range of options for all tastes buds.
Coal River Farm
Open for breakfast and lunch, stop by to pick your own berries and watch batches of cheese and chocolate be made daily.
Littlewood Berry Farm
Enjoy some time on the farm with a scoop of ice cream and pick fresh strawberries to take home.
The Wicked Cheese Company – GF
A family owned boutique cheese shop and cafe recognized for high quality hand-made cheeses.
Czegs’ Cafe – VG, V, GF
Located in a cute historic building, they offer a menu of breakfast, lunch and brunch with classic options such as eggs benedict and unique vegetarian options such as black truffle risotto.
Richmond Arm’s Hotel
The bistro serves meals and snacks made from fresh produce and seafood in addition to wine, beer and cider options in the Saloon bar.
A local favorite, this busy bakery serves great coffee and a variety of choices such as yummy pies, quiches and sandwiches.
Ashmore’s on Bridge Street
Its own take on a traditional cafe, Ashmore’s is a place to get a quick coffee and offers a food menu for breakfast, light midday snack and lunch.
The Drunken Admiral
One of the most iconic local restaurants with a dining hall aesthetic serving chowder and fresh and filling seafood.
Three levels of local and incredibly fresh seafood cuisine with the Upper Deck offering à la Carte seafood, Lower Deck selling fish & chips, ice cream, oysters and share platters, and Pearl + Co. offering freshly shucked oysters, sashimi, ceviche, seafood pasta and more.
Suzie Luck’s – VG, V, PESCO
A new Southeast Asian inspired restaurant with a lunch and dinner menu offering vegetarian options and a cocktail bar.
Ball & Chain Grill
A steak and seafood restaurant housed in an old convict house with food cooked on a charcoal grill.
Barilla Bay Oysters
Bayside seafood restaurant preparing various seafood dishes and oysters offered in a range of styles.
A small neighborhood restaurant with a communal dining model with the first sitting at 6 p.m. and second sitting at 8:30 p.m.
The Source Restaurant
Popular with the MONA scene, this restaurant serves contemporary French food enjoyed with a sophisticated art vibe and views of the water.
Veg Bar – VG, V
Amazing plant-based casual dining restaurant with a lunch and dinner menu offering all your favorites such as pulled pork sandwich made vegan.
Pancho Villa – GF, V
Described as an innovative Mexican kitchen and tequila bar with a tasty menu including vegan options and a wide drink selection.
A dimly lit tavern open late and offering a great selection of gourmet burgers, chips with multiple dipping sauce options, share places and craft beer.
Classic Indian restaurant with a traditional menu of dishes made with spices and herbs and bread cooked in a classic tandoori oven.
Straight Up Coffee & Food – V, VG
Known for a nice cafe style atmosphere with a clean menu of various choices made with chickpeas, butternut noodles, fried tempeh, pumpkin hummus and more.
Succulent – V, VG, DF, GF
Located within the Royal Botanical Gardens serving a modern Australian cuisine offering quick snacks or long lunches.
The Point Revolving Restaurant
Housed on the 7th floor at the Wrest Point offering a French inspired menu using some of Tasmania’s finest ingredients all to be enjoyed with 360 degree revolving view.
Kwan Ho Restaurant
A traditional shared dining experience with a menu specializing in a range of Cantonese, Sichuan, Shanghai and other Chinese cuisines.
Signal Station Brasserie
Stop in for morning or afternoon tea, a drink or snack and stay for the all day breakfast, brunch, or lunch presented in stunning dishes.
A top floor dining room with high ceiling and a relaxed vibe, the menu focuses on using seasonal and local Tasmanian produce.
Online it says that it’s temporarily closed but this alleyway joint offers classic American style burgers.
Sandy Bay Beach Wood-Fired Pizza – VG, GF
A great menu selection and known by locals for being real pizza made with real products and is not greasy or oily.
Room for a Pony – GF, V
Doubles as a cafe and bar offering a day and night menu with a wide range of choices such as Thai green vegetable curry, Chinese fried chili omelette, slow cooked port and beef ragu, and fried calamari and rocket salad.
Cargo Bar Pizza Lounge
Offering share plates and red, white, and classic pizza’s made the authentic Neapolitan way and topped with traditional Australian topping.
Born In Brunswick – V, VG, GF
Focused on making dishes with locally sourced and seasonal produce offering an all day menu and a drink menu of cocktails, wine, beer, tea, coffee, and smoothies.
A secret small kitchen and bar with a communal style eating offered for brunch on a walk in basis.
Republic Bar & Cafe
Pub style vibe with stone walls offering craft beer and meals made with the freshest ingredients, local Tasmanian protein and desserts made fresh and in-house.
Daci & Daci Bakers – V, VG, GF, DF
Classic patisserie that uses only the high quality ingredients and classic techniques to offer breakfast, viennoiseries (croissant, almond croissant, fruit danish, etc.), savory dishes, patisserie (apple strudel, baked ricotta & berries cheesecake, chocolate ganache & roasted hazelnut cafe, etc.), and petits gateaux (eclair, citrus tart, Belgian chocolate roulade, etc.) options.
Cafe Lola – GF
Popular as a health food restaurant serving delicious whole food dishes with paleo inspired and gluten free options.
Jackman & McRoss
Casual cafe setting with coffee, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods such cakes, pastries available for dine in or takeaway.
Honey Badger Dessert Cafe
Offering savory toast melts till 3 p.m. and all day dessert options such as french toast, pancakes, waffles, brownies, panookies, pudding, cheesecake, panna cotta and custard.
Patchwork Café – GF
A pet friendly cafe guaranteeing a variety of quality food to choose from including pies and desserts.
The Bush Inn
Australia’s oldest licensed hotel with medieval style menu offering pig, chicken, seafood, and steak dishes.
Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair
Great places for small plates and easy to share dishes to be enjoyed with a stunning view of Cradle Valley.
Specializing in modern Australian cuisine offering lunch and dinner in a buffet style.
Marvel in views of trees, Lake St. Clair and mountains while enjoying dishes picked from a menu of dishes using fresh and locally sourced produce.
Fergy’s Bar and Restaurant
Part of the St. Clair Lodge, the menu features lots of seafood and meat dishes using prawns, salmon, steak, lamb, and bacon.
Hungry Hiker’s Cafe
Serving you breakfast, lunch and dinner with something for everyone with options like parmigiana, eggs benedict, burgers, pizza, and salad.
Hungry Wombat Cafe
Located in the middle of nowhere this cafe offers casual food with reasonable prices and vegetarian options.
Did this list of places to eat in Tasmania help you? Do you have any restaurants to add to the list? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create, and grow!