Having lived in Launceston for almost all of my life and constantly dragging my boyfriend around town to eat out, I’m now fairly used to giving my top recommendations for the top 10 Restaurants in Launceston. As is true wherever you are in the world, the highest price doesn’t always mean the best meal. Below you will find my handpicked favourite places to go, ranging from cheap eats to fine dining!
Cuisine: Modern Australian / Fine Dining
Details: 2 Bridge Rd Launceston; (03) 6331 4153; bookings highly recommended
Why #1: Having been in the game for quite some time, the team at Stillwater have managed to continuously reinvent themselves and consistently provide innovative, thoughtful, and authentic dishes. Whether visiting for a healthy and hearty breakfast, informal lunch or formal dinner, Stillwater is sure to impress any foodie, and should be recognised as the marginal leader in Launceston fine dining.
2. Hallam’s Waterfront
Cuisine: Seafood / Smart Casual
Details: 13 Park St; (03) 6334 0554; bookings highly recommended
Why #2: Since embarking on a new direction in 2012, Hallam’s Waterfront seldom have a spare table during evening sittings. With spectacular views of the Tamar yacht basin and Cataract Gorge, Hallam’s is the perfect pick for a casual gourmet lunch, or an ethereal evening by the water. Service is particularly attentive and staff are more than willing to cater to specific needs.
3. Burger Got Soul
Cuisine: Gourmet Burgers
Details: 243 Charles Street; (03) 6334 5204; walk-ins
Why #3: Let me start by saying this is by far my most visited restaurant in Launceston and it is by no measure an exaggeration that I would eat here 1-3 times per week on average when having a mini break from travels. Burger Got Soul is delicious and has a great veggie burger I would highly recommend (Mind Body & Soul). For the meat eaters, the Funky Chicken is the most popular. Don’t go without a side of chips + soul mayo (you can thank me later!)
Details: 186 Charles Street; (03) 6331 3652; open for dinner / closed Tuesdays
Why #4: This is hands down my favourite new restaurant in Launceston, having opened in 2015. The food is deliciously inventive, bringing sophisticated flavours of the world right back here to Launceston. If you’re looking for a great cocktail bar, this is it. But believe me when I say you’ll regret it if you don’t try the food, too!
5. Mud Bar and Restaurant
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Details: 28 Seaport Boulevard; (03) 6334 5066; Open 37 days a week; bookings reccommended
Why #5: This could possibly be one of Launceston’s most intriguing restaurants, as Mud Bar are always trying new menu additions and never running classics in to the ground by constantly reinventing themselves. The prices are high but the food quality is too, just be sure to allow room for dessert!
6. The Dinner Belle
Details: 23 Quadrant Mall; 0487 222 101; Bookings highly recommended
Why #6: This new addition to Launceston’s eating scene transports you to the South of the USA, where deep-fried goodness reigns supreme. Expect staple items such as ribs, pulled pork and corn cob… with welcomed additions such as a veggie burger and the most deliciously indulgent deep-fried donuts for dessert. This place is small so be sure to book ahead!
7. Josef Chromy Restaurant
Cuisine: Vineyard & Cellar Door / Modern Australian
Details: 370 Relbia Road; (03) 6335 8700
Why #7: As one of my all time favourite places to lunch in (or more accurately around) Launceston, a trip out to Relbia is well worth the extra effort once you reach the rolling vineyards and falling leaves of Josef Chromy’s. Lunch is the real affair, though once you’ve got a table don’t feel the need to leave too soon – this is a great place to pass a couple of hours.
8. Cataract on Paterson
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Details: 135 Paterson St; (03) 6331 4446
Why #8: As one of the most popular restaurants among locals, Cataract on Paterson is a great choice for a low-key evening with plenty of food on the plate. Prices are in the high region but the “hot stone” steaks keep customers coming back for the novelty factor!
9. The Black Cow
Details: 70 George St; (03) 6331 9333
Why #9: Although technically this silver service restaurant should rank higher up the list, as it is owned by the same owners as Stillwater (and of the same caliber), we thought we better mix it up a bit and show off the great range of restaurants in Launceston. If you’re after the best steak in town, look no further than The Black Cow.
10. Brisbane Street Bistro
Cuisine: Modern French
Details: 24 Brisbane Street; (03) 6333 0888
Why #10: The Brisbane Street Bistro have an outstanding reputation for recreating classic French dishes with a modern Australian twist.