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“Themed pub / restaurant - dress like a pirate” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Drunken Admiral

Drunken Admiral
17-19 Hunter Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6234 1903
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Ranked #69 of 459 Restaurants in Hobart
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: One of Hobart's iconic restaurants and is popular with both locals and visitors to Hobart alike. We are a family run restaurant and we have been operating since 1979 offering the diner a truly unique experience and very fresh and tasty Tassie seafood and meals. The restaurant is world renowned, features in many global travel guides and is always popular – so reservations are advised! Open 7 days a week with parking out front.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Themed pub / restaurant - dress like a pirate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place is decked out to make ye old sea dog feel at home. Fish is the speciality and the meals are BIG. I enjoyed the place - food wasn't brilliant but was very solid and it was a fun night.

Visited August 2013
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Hobart, Australia
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29 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent service, Ok food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Hadn't been for a while. On a very busy Monday night, we received exceptional service, the little touches like bringing an extra fork when only 3 out of 4 of us ordered dessert impressed us. Our mains were ok, but not as good as it could be/should be for the prices. Smallish serves, one a little overcooked, another lacking flavour. The desserts, too were expensive but they lived up to the price.
An iconic restaurant, with great atmosphere and service but probably wont be back for a while. Better seafood elsewhere for a fraction of the price

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Not bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

I won't comment on the ambience, i think everyone has described it to death.
The service was excellent for us. Very attentive staff and very cheerful and prompt.
The food isn't too bad. I wouldn't say it's great and for a seafood restaurant, i think it had some things missing. Didn't see any lobster or crab.
Overall, you won't be disappointed and the cheesiness surprisingly adds to the place but i'm not quite sure why everyone raves about the place.

Visited August 2013
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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“Great ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Members of my family and I dined here on the last night of our recent visit to Tasmania. We all enjoyed the quirky ambience and the wait staff were very pleasant. Most of the food chosen by my group looked very good, and I'm told it was, but I made the mistake of ordering a Fisheman's Selection (or platter or similar), which I did not enjoy. Mussels, scallops, squid rings and fish are all very much to my taste, but not all crumbed, deep-fried, overcooked and served in an oily unrecognisable state. In particular, the presentation of mussels in full shells coated in crumb and deep fried does not do justice to these tasty seafood morsels! What a pity. I'll probably return one day, but not to a Fisherman's selection!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Frances, Canada
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“Only Two Stars From This Out of Towner!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Drunken Admiral is a well known restaurant amongst the Hobart tourist trade. A few people mentioned it to us and since it was right next to our hotel - the lovely Henry Jones Art Hotel - we thought we would pop in for dessert and a drink. We visited on a busy Saturday night without a booking and the place was packed, which is a good sign. There were no free tables so we were given a couple of stools at the tiny bar.
This restaurant is definitely quirky - it is filled to overflowing with trinkets from the sea. There were even a few boats stuck in odd places. It is fascinating but at the same time, it is quite claustrophobic. There is just no space and you feel quite enclosed, and you leave smelling like the main course of the people at the next table. This is all good, as long as you know what to expect. (Even the toilets were decorated like the head on a ship. Top marks for effort.)
HOWEVER, service was slow and the staff seemed a bit overwhelmed, a situation not helped by the distinct lack of space. Our order was not taken for quite some time, even though we were seated at the bar. My husband and I both ordered the lemon tart and here things went terribly wrong. What was meant to be an indulgent post-dinner pleasure was just woeful. Our desserts were plonked down in front of us as the waiter ran off. The tarts arrived in a store-bought pastry case that was hard as a rock and just as edible. The lemon tarty bit was just runny sweet syrup. If you are going to charge $16 each for this dish, make it worth eating and serve it as if you care. We customers dont ask for much. Just good food and good service, especially if we are going to pay top dollar.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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