Surrounded by spectacular scenery and natural wonders, Tasmania is a destination that can sooth the soul and sweep anyone of their feet. If you’re looking to impress, fall in love or reignite the spark, there are plenty of restaurants that offer the ideal setting for a romantic lunch or dinner.
Indulge the senses in a decadent degustation, take a cruise to be in awe of the view or enjoy the simple pleasures with a relaxed lunch outdoors. Wherever you choose to take your loved one, Tasmania’s restaurants will not disappoint.
1. Stillwater Restaurant
Visiting a beautifully restored building can have a way of turning up the romance on any date. This is definitely the case with the award-winning Stillwater restaurant, located in an 1830’s flour mill on the edge of the Tamar River. The scenery is picturesque and the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant is unrivalled. But the food and wine is what drives many to book a seat for two. Enjoy an a la carte dining experience or tuck into a degustation which features a variety of local game and seafood. From oysters and charcuterie platters to quail, wallaby and beef rump; whatever you choose, you and your date will be impressed.
2. Josef Chromy Winery
Having been awarded a Chef’s Hat in the 2017 Australian Good Food & Travel Guide, you know you’ll receive a good feed and impeccable service at Josef Chromy Winery. The menu will not disappoint you or your guest, featuring a variety of dishes including a King Island beef carpaccio, market fish with orecchiette and roast chicken filled with brioche, herb and pancetta. Don’t forget to enjoy a few oysters for their natural aphrodisiac power and finish off your feast with a sweet treat like the dark chocolate pave with pinot gel. For those who can’t decide, we recommend you choose the 4-course ‘Feed Me’ option!
3. Fish Frenzy
If you’re on a tight budget and want to steer clear of the fine-dining experience, rolling out a butcher’s paper of fresh fish and chips on Hobart’s dock can set the romantic scene. One of the best places in Hobart for fish and chips is Fish Frenzy on Elizabeth Street Pier. The menu is filled of all the usual suspects such as flathead, oysters, fish burgers and prawns. There are also a few items that are unique to Fish Frenzy including Malaysian Fish Cakes, Smokey Fish Chowder and Warm Octopus salad. Just check the forecast before you head down to the dock; a cold, windy day may extinguish the romantic flame very quickly!
4. Frogmore Creek Winery
Located 20 minutes’ drive from Hobart, Frogmore Creek Winery is one of Tasmania’s most acclaimed restaurants. The restaurant, which looks over the vines, utilises the island’s best local produce in dishes like the 40 degrees’ trout with potato salad, roe, sesame cracker, a confit egg yolk and finished with a miso dressing. Other dishes like the steak tartare of beef, the slow cooked pork belly or the roasted prawns with spicy Thai fish cakes will delight your taste buds.
Before you fill your belly with delicious food, be sure to taste visit the cellar door to taste the diverse variety of cool climate wines. Thankfully, the bartenders all hold a RSA Tasmania accreditation to ensure you stay tidy the entire day!
5. The Bay Restaurant
After a day exploring the pristine scenery of Freycinet National Park, wash up for a romantic dinner at The Bay Restaurant. If the weather is right, we recommend you book a table on the deck to make the most of the magnificent views and watch the sunset. Their seasonal menu showcases the very best of Tasmania’s regional produce, especially the local seafood, and all dishes are well matched with local wines.
If you want to make a weekend of it, book a secluded cabin where you can soak in a rose petal bath with a glass of Tassie bubbles in hand.
6. Highland Restaurant
Located in Cradle Mountain’s remote landscape is the much-admired Highland Restaurant. On a chilly evening, nestle up by the fire with a glass of regional red wine before enjoying the chef’s specialities. Or for those who which to continue breathing in the fresh mountain air, organise a picnic hamper to enjoy with your loved one on the edge of Lake Sinclair.
If you’re are looking to spoil your special someone with a romantic dining experience, fortunately you are in luck in Tasmania.
The RSA qualification (SITHFAB201 – Provide Responsible Service of Alcohol) can be completed online or by correspondence by Express Online Training (Course RTO 40592).