As far as restaurants in Tasmania go… they are an absolute blessing for diners. You can enjoy some of the finest produce in the world, that’s a given. But my favourite part of eating out? A stunning location that can turn a meal into an occasion.

Hobart Waterfront - Elizabeth Street Pier

T42: Dining in Hobart, Restaurants in Tasmania

Restaurants in Tasmania: T42

Tavern 42 Degrees South

Recently, some of the team were lucky enough to dine at one of the nicest restaurants in Tasmania. Referred to as T42 and located on Hobart’s Elizabeth Street Pier, we lobbed there (no booking, bit naughty) after a trip to the snow on Mt Wellington.

Despite the recent Tasmanian snowfalls, the weather was actually pretty decent. We chose an inside window seat, but there were plenty of relaxed patrons enjoying the spring weather along the water’s edge.

Restaurants in TasmaniaThe Food

So how was the food?  That’s a fairly significant question when paying for a meal.  Answer:  our meals were perfect for the occasion (which was celebrating the snow near Hobart)!

Between us we ordered a spicy lamb burger, some grilled salmon and a chicken dish from the specials menu, which changes regularly and is dictated by the seasonal produce available.  The accompaniments were varied …and resulted in a lot of swapping for taste testing.

…and The Price at T42

The prices were reasonable (about $20-$25 for a main meal) and we lashed out on a shared chocolate brownie for dessert.  It was very yummy, and my sharing skills were severely stretched.

But T42 has been operating successfully for more than ten years and is open 7 days from breakfast until late, so there will be plenty of other opportunities.  The coffee was also good – Ita Buttrose was at the next table, and she seemed happy enough with her coffee too!

Usually you would expect to pay a premium for a table by the water’s edge – but that didn’t seem to apply at Tavern 42 Degrees South (and you couldn’t get tables any closer to the edge than theirs!)

What about the T42 Service?

The staff were all extremely friendly; I was particularly impressed by their attitude toward my 10-year-old.  Not all restaurants (in Tasmania or anywhere) welcome children with open arms, but T42 passed that “test” with flying colours.

They also have one of the nicest locations you could possibly want, with the dining room running the entire width of the pier, giving you views to the waterfront on either side.  P&O’s massive orange beast (Aurora Australis) was docked on one side; the other was filled with some enviable sailing and fishing boats.

Tavern: Elizabeth Street Pier Location

Elizabeth Street runs through the centre of Hobart’s CBD and contains the city’s shopping mall.  The Pier section of Elizabeth Street continues past Franklin Wharf, jutting out into Sullivans Cove.  On one side is Castray Esplanade, where Saturday shoppers can enjoy the Salamanca Market.  Hunter Street & Victoria Dock round out the wharf section, location of the former IXL jam factory building.

Salamanca and the Hobart wharf area also hosts some of the other fabulous restaurants in Tasmania.

Elizabeth Street Pier & Hobart Docks

Aside from the restaurants and hotel accommodation on the waterfront, Hobart’s Constitution Dock welcomes the sailors from the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.  Arriving in the southern-most Australian capital in late December each year (after departing Sydney on Boxing Day), the scene is one of great celebration and excitement.

But you don’t need a major international maritime event as an excuse to enjoy a quiet drink from the bar at T42.  While we were enjoying lunch, a large group from a sailing tour disembarked, grabbed a seat and bought a drink.  I must say, they looked right at home in no time!

Tavern 42 Degrees South can be found on the ground level
Elizabeth Street Pier in Hobart Tasmania
for bookings phone 03 6224 7742

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