Restaurants & Cafes

There are some great Restaurants & Cafes in Launceston and around Northern Tasmania – If you are looking for a bite to eat, you won’t need to go far. Below is a list – as recommended by others.

Stillwater

We had the chefs 5 course menu and enjoyed it immensely. A terrifically diverse and well prepared meal – sashimi, beef tartare, periwinkles, duck & a lovely ice cream, white chocolate & crumble desert. What really made the meal memorable though was the world class food and wine service we received, in a magnificent and atmospheric location. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, humorous and thoroughly delightful. – Trip Advisor

Their food is fresh, grown locally by passionate producers who rely on the attributes of Tasmania’s natural environment.  They know grass fed, antibiotic free, natural, happy animals make better meat….even if they aren’t ‘super sized’.  Tasmanian water is clean, sourced from Cape Grim on Tasmania’s North West Coast, home of the cleanest air on the planet.  Stillwater’s wines flow from around the State but being located in the Tamar Valley means Stillwater is a cornerstone for the local vignerons hosting a list that showcases the highly respected local tipples.

 

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Geronimo Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant

If you want to ‘just eat something’, or are in a rush, there are plenty of places to eat around town. However, if you want a dining experience where you can indulgence your senses, with your family and friends over amazing food, wine and cocktails, then Geronimo is the only place to go. I recently ate at over five establishments in Launceston and found Geronimo to be the top pick, for my Mother, for my fiancée, and for myself. All seven dishes exceed our expectations. You can’t go wrong when the chef sources the freshest food and the owner knows his drinks! Stop watching MKR, go get the people you love together and share a meal and a bottle of wine in this amazing establishment, where the staff will guide you on a culinary experience. Great job Geronimo! – Trip Advisor

Geronimo: a fresh take on European tradition. Providing a relaxed and contemporary food and beverage experience based on quality and design. This little restaurant is located in Charles Street Launceston, and delivers amazing food time and time again. And we will let you in on a secret . . . have dessert here, just do it.

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Black Cow Bistro

What can I say? Tasmania you are punching well above your weight…. The Wagyu was first class, perfectly executed with a slight salt crust, truffle béarnaise sauce it was superb. Wine list was not extensive but quality through and through. Wait staff you are all passionate and know your stuff – well done! I’d fly back to Launceston just to come back here again. Mainland Australia, put the Black Cow on your must do places to eat list. – Trip Advisor

The Black Cow Bistro, is an ‘up market’ steak house located in the historic Art Deco Luck’s butchery shop in Launceston, Tasmania.

Black Cow showcases premium dry aged, free range, grass fed, artificial hormone free Tasmanian beef.  Dishes are designed around fresh local produce and served in a warm bistro style atmosphere alongside Tasmanian wines with some full‑bodied reds thrown in for good measure.

The Black Cow branding is inspired by the amazing ancient artworks in the Lascaux Caves in France which carbon dating indicates are more than 17,000 years old.

The name is a tribute to the Bos genus, which has been historically important to many cultures.  For centuries the cow has been seen and worshipped  as a symbol of contentedness, fecundity, the passive yet creative and generative powers of nature, patience, nourishment, abundance, fertility and equifinality.

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Novaro’s Italian Restaurant

We stuffed ourselves silly. We were well looked after by the host and had a blast dining at this fine establishment in Launceston. We started with a scallop entree and the abalone with white truffle oil which is one of their specialties. The texture and balance of the flavours definitely made it one of the most memorable entrees. Our mains of tiger prawns pasta (OK nothing spectacular) and quail (the juiciest quail meat I’ve ever had!) didn’t let us down either and by the time we finished these meals we were too stuffed to order any dessert! – Urban Spoon

Novaro’s restaurant is the sort of place you want to return to, again and again, for the food, the buzz and the fabulous wine. The restaurant is something of a Launceston institution and it is housed in an Edwardian home in the city’s CBD. The menu is distinctly Italian and the wine list offers a wide range of Tasmanian varietals.

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Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

It was a perfect day, when we went to Christmas Hills Raspberry farm, blue skies, sunshine and warm enough weather that we could sit outside. The menu consists of all things raspberry, even the coffees! We chose a raspberry crepe and some mini lemon tarts. To drink L had a raspberry water and I went for the raspberry latte. While you’re waiting for your food to come, you can meander through the gardens and down to the pond that is full of waterlilies. – Urban Spoon

Whether its a three course meal, glass of Tasmanian wine, a quick cafe meal or takeaway home-made raspberry ice-cream, the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe’s qualified chefs use the freshest local ingredients and stands by its tag line ‘the way life should taste’. In winter, sit by the fire overlooking the beautiful lakeside setting or sit in the garden room which opens up in summer to encourage alfresco dining. The Farm Shop offers free tastings with a compulsory free chocolate-coated raspberry which comes with a warning that you will be addicted, definitely the cafe’s signature dish. Fresh raspberries during the season and frozen raspberries in winter are sold along with a pantry full of products made from raspberries. You are welcome to stroll around the lakeside information walk overlooking birdlife and the commercial raspberry farm. A wonderful children’s play area and children’s competitions all year keeps everyone happy.

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Josef Chromy Vineyards

Josef fled his worn torn Czechoslovakia in 1950 and this is a truly impressive story of one man’s quest and passion in Tasmania to the local food and wine industry. Josef launched his winery in 2007 at age 76 and today just 8 years later it is a total credit to him. Situated a short drive from Launceston it is well worth a visit. The vineyard is 60 hectares and its location is one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen in Relbia, Tasmania. The cellar door was our first port of call for some serious wine tasting and we were very impressed with their Pinot Gris and Rieslings. We then wandered into the beautiful restaurant after a chance meeting with the man himself. Completely sublime with views across the vineyards and vines I was breathless, such beauty. We settled in for a relaxed afternoon never without a glass of wine in hand. The manicured gardens, blossom and view over the dam was amazing. The huge room the restaurant is in lends itself beautifully to a wedding celebration or private function. Its light filled with a stage, views to die for and holds 250 seated. We were very impressed. The menu was wonderful also with only the best Tasmania has to offer. – Trip Advisor

The Josef Chromy Cellar Door Café and Winery is located at Relbia, Northern Tasmania.
Josef Chromy Wines’ 61-hectare (150 acre) vineyard produces a number of varieties of highly sought-after grapes. Wines include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. A vintage sparkling and Botrytis Riesling round out the range, and everything is estate-grown.
The Josef Chromy Cellar Door Café, located in the estate’s original homestead, is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Warm yourself by the open log fire and take in the views over the vineyard, winery and lake. Here, you can taste fine cool climate wines and sample fresh Tasmanian produce. Enjoy a light lunch or gourmet snack, taste rich Tasmanian cheeses or buy a fresh hamper from the delicatessen and dine alfresco in the grounds.

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Fresh on Charles

I was excited to try it out after a revamp and new ownership. The decor was quirky and retro. I only had a dip plate and loved the hummus fresh and flavoursome. My partner had the burgers that looked amazing! This is a vegetarian restaurant that can cater for everyone .great service too. – Urban Spoon

One of Launceston’s most loved cafes, Fresh opened in 1999 as a five-table, two-person enterprise, and now encompasses a café, restaurant, sundeck, bar and boutique accommodation. Built on a foundation of locally sourced, organic ingredients, Fresh provides healthy vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and raw food. With its retro feel and beautiful location opposite Princes Square, Fresh provides an unbeatable blend of quality food and ambience.

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Hubert and Dan

A little bit of Paris in Longford, Superb café/restaurant in historic Longford. The café is located in what was the original dispensary still with some of the original fittings. Open Tuesday to Thursday with Thursday evening the only evening open for dinner. Wonderful for breakfast, morning coffee & lunch. The best coffee I have tasted in Launceston or surrounds. Amazing selection of sweet treats including all made onsite including their own Chocolate éclairs with crème patisserie. Well worth the drive! – Trip Advisor

Hubert & Dan cafe offers Ritual coffee and home-made cakes, biscuits, slices and desserts available all day. Their food is modern Australian with a French influence, sources from local produce deliver farm gate to plate.

Ensure that you book well in advance for their unique Thursday night dinners. They feature a dynamic menu which changes from week to week!

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Red Feather Inn

We spent the weekend here as a belated birthday present. We arrived a little after dark, checked in then had a 3 course dinner in-house which was part of the deal. As I was booked in the following day for a pasta cooking class, I enquired if my husband could also participate. Although the class was fully booked, they saw it as no problem.The cooking class was 6 hours of non-stop activity with the occasional respite for a break and glass of wine! We cooked our first dish which coincided with lunch and then back to work to prepare some other varieties of pasta which were then finished off by the chef and presented to the class who had by now sat themselves down to a beautifully laid out table adorned with French crockery and sparkling glassware. The 12 participants lingered over 2 more pasta dishes before finishing with tiramisu which had been prepared by 2 students earlier in the day.I was very grateful that I only had to walk a few steps back to our room. A continental breakfast was served each morning in the main dining area and consisted of muesli, poached pears, bread, pastries and tea/coffee. Everything about the experience was perfect and I am considering taking our family here for a “big” birthday gathering next year. –Trip Advisor

The Red Feather Inn is a collection of notable buildings located in Hadspen near Launceston. Famed colonial Georgian architect John Sprunt built the Inn with convict labour circa 1842. First licensed in 1844, it was one of Van Diemen’s Land first coaching Inns.
Proprietor Lydia Nettlefold has reinvented the Red Feather Inn in her vision of Georgian dancing, with French provincial. This combined with the ultimate in modern comforts creates a unique atmosphere in this endemic Tasmanian heritage treasure, now the perfect luxury retreat for intimate getaways or very special gatherings.
Completed in autumn 2008, each suite is beautifully appointed overlooking the secluded garden. All feature superior quality beds, state of the art free-standing baths with endless hot water, gas log heating and more. Curl up in our sitting room with a book or meet new friends over breakfast in the dining room. The premises are fully licensed and there is ample off-street parking.

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Cataract on Paterson

It's impossible to fault the food I had while dining at Cataract On Paterson! It has a stylish interior, friendly staff and is a great showcase of Tasmanian produce. I highly recommend the Tasmanian Eye Fillet, which is the best steak I've enjoyed in a restaurant. It's situated beside Penny Royal and close to the Gorge, making it the perfect spot for dinner after an afternoon exploring Cataract Gorge and nearby areas. I dined there as part of a function - I'm looking forward to experiencing their usual dining on a return visit! - Trip Advisor

Cataract on Paterson brings a unique and modern dining experience to Launceston’s city fringe. The menu focuses on fresh Tasmanian produce, featuring high quality grass-fed beef from Great Southern Pinnacle. We recommend the ultimate interactive dining experience; the Stonegrill where your steak is cooked to your liking by you, on a 400-degree volcanic stone on the table.

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