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“One of hobart's iconic seafood restaurants”
Review of Drunken Admiral

Drunken Admiral
Ranked #81 of 641 Restaurants in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Drunken Admiral is located right on Hobart's waterfront and is probably best know for its seafaring ambiance. Its also a great place to get Tasmanian seafood and other dishes. Small eating areas due to how it is set up, but a very good experience neverthless.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I tried the deep fried (tempura) prawns and the grill. ALL prawns (shrimp) were marinated in garlic and no mention of this on the menu. I had to ask for natural prawns in my main as I had overdone my fix of garlic on the entree. I mention shrimp as these were no better than a Safeway budget prawn skewer. And the scallops were no larger in diameter than a five cent piece. The fish skewer was magnificent. $36+ for the main and $22 for the entree. Yes, sizzler could do much better for much less. Tasmania, you're renowned for your seafood, it's a shame that a 'seafood' restaurant can be sooo mediocre!!

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Rubbish overpriced Hobart can offer so so much more we where so so disappointed don't waste your time nor your money here

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Thank Bishmann
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DrunkenAdmiral, Manager at Drunken Admiral, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and congratulations on posting your first TripAdvisor review!

On behalf of the restaurant, I feel compelled to respond with our perspective on a couple points.

Your review refers to "deep fried" food and whilst it's absolutely true that we do offer deep-fried options, we also have a vast array of non deep-fried food. Our daily fish specials (normally 3 to 4 different fish varieties) can all be cooked to taste ranging from grilled or pan-fried through to tempura battered or crumbed. If someone wants deep-fried food, we can offer it. If they don't, there are plenty of other options!

With respect to your Hobart comparison point, I think this is interesting. We often dine out in Hobart at the myriad of different establishments around the city, and it is our tested opinion that we offer value for money, with respect to the quality of the produce, the portions that we offer, the service that we provide and even the very same bottles of wine tend to be more expensive at our competitors.

That said, perhaps during your visit to Hobart you have unearthed some truly groundbreaking insight into the city's hospitality industry. If that's the case, we'd be most grateful if you would care to share it with us - please feel free to contact us via email (address available on our website, TripAdvisor or Facebook profile).

Kind regards, Simon.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We visited this restaurant on our last night in Hobart and were looking forward to eating at this 'Institution'. Parking was easy and right across from the restaurant on the street.The building façade is old, sparse and beautiful but the internals are a rabbit warren of passages and twists and turns and the crammed fit-out of nautical kit and tight seating plan leaves one feeling claustrophobic. We got a seat by the window looking out over the water which helped a bit. Wear knee-pads if you're over 180 cms as table leg room is worse than economy in a 737 and I was constantly knocking my legs and knees on the underside of the table. Service was brisk and performed by heavily tattooed waiters who were friendly but looked run off their feet and ready to mutiny. Of the food itself; the wife had scallops and lobster, I had Salmon a la Moroccan terrine, and the young hopeful had fish n chips. The food was good and in plentiful supply so it was definitely worth a visit as they get the basics right. However, the tight seating takes its toll after a while. Our neighbour at 9 o'clock was spading with a new girlfriend and we couldn't avoid pearls like, 'Do you know stonefish have no brains'? all throughout the meal. At 12 o'clock the male of another couple was shovelling food from a bowl into its mouth, which was open while it chewed. Glad we went as found a little arcade next door with a pearl shop that deserves a long visit and opening of the wallet.

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Thank Robert H
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

really enjoyed the nautical decor, the food was excellent value and loved the chowder. My son thinks it's pretty cool too!

Thank Glenn D
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