The best seafood restaurants in Launceston
Hallams Waterfront 13 Park Street
A quaint weatherboard venue overlooking the Derwent River and King’s Bridge, Hallams has been an iconic Launceston institution since long before it underwent a seafood-focused revolution in 2019. Since that time it has cemented its claim to being one of the best places to eat local Tasmanian seafood in Launceston. Balmain bug, a local lobster-like crustacean, is a local specialty, while Hallams’ famous market-fish sashimi, served with the likes of caviar, avocado and sesame mustard, changes with availability and the seasons, and Hallams’ spaghetti dish – showcasing local Stanley octopus and Skull Island prawns – is arguably the signature seafood dish.
However, this might also be the best place to eat oysters in Launceston, too. Fresh Tasmanian oysters are served in a range of styles, reflecting some global culinary influences: including a reinvented retro Oyster Kilpatrick (improved with the addition of succulent Italian-style pancetta), a bright Thai-style nahm jim garlic-chilli sauce, and a Japanese-inspired accompaniment with rich tobiko fish roe, balanced out by a zingy orange vinaigrette. Hallams’ wine menu features some of the region’s best local and natural wines, many of which make perfect pairings with the local seafood.