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“Lunch with friends” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stillwater

Stillwater
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Ranked #7 of 302 Restaurants in Launceston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Local Food, local wine, local talent.... Stillwater's food and wine philosophy: Our food is fresh, grown locally by passionate producers who rely on the attributes of our natural environment. Our State regulations keep the modification out of our genetics, the artificial out of our hormones and the free in our ranging animals. We know grass fed, antibiotic free, natural, happy animals make better meat....even if they aren't 'super sized'. Our water is clean, sourced from Cape Grim on Tasmania's North West Coast, home of the cleanest air on the planet. Our wines flow from around the State but being located in the Tamar Valley means Stillwater is a cornerstone for the local vignerons hosting a list that showcases the highly respected local tipples. Stillwater Partners: The Stillwater owner partnership is home grown as well, raised in a community that nurtures its youth and cares about its neighbours. Stillwater Restaurant: Being fortunate enough to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on the planet is one of the bonuses for the team at Stillwater River Cafe, Restaurant and Wine Bar. Situated in the historic Ritchie's Mill at the mouth of the Cataract Gorge on the banks of the Tamar River in Launceston, Tasmania the restaurant glows with the authentic warmth only an 1830's timber building can offer. The casually elegant ambiance ensures guests feel welcome and comfortable whether enjoying a casual breakfast, corporate lunch, special dinner, a glass of wine after work or just a coffee. Comprised of a number of spaces Stillwater has a main dining room that seats guests comfortably amongst the Oregon timber beams and Kauri pine floors and the original bluestone wine cellar full of character as well as fabulous wines. On fine days the outdoor courtyard offers views overlooking the Tamar River and the Wine Bar adjacent to the entrance is a great retreat for a bar snack and cocktail. Stillwater is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch and Tuesday* through Saturday for our indulgent evening menu (*subject to winter hours), reservations are highly recommended. A vibrant centre of the local community, Stillwater has achieved many hospitality, wine and business awards over the years from local to National for all aspects of the business. Stillwater Providore: The food theme continues throughout the building with The Providore above Stillwater showcasing our fabulous local produce in a deli and food shop alongside talented local arts, craft and homewares.
Launceston, Australia
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104 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lunch with friends”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

Christmas treat service food and atmosphere very good! Wine prices too expensive!! I love my Tassie wines but $12.50 for a glass of wine is a little steep!

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank shazpeta
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Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great food and fantastic service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

I recommend that if you are in Launceston, go to Stillwater! My parter and I went in early November. The food was lovely and the service was second to none. The waiters picked out great wines and beers. The only downside was the desserts. The entree and main were lovely -10/10 however the desserts were very average and the flavours on the plate didn't exactly 'mix together' so to speak. The mill itself is a beautiful building. Would definitely go back when I am in Launceston!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Em88_12
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Launceston, Australia
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Poor choice of mains menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

Seven friends and I usually head out for lunch several times a year, today we chose Stillwater, all of us had eaten there before and have always loved the atmosphere and the food, our entrees were lovely, but the main course left a lot to be desired, a very poor choice of fish and chips, all batter not much fish, lamb wrap which had to be cut with a steak knife, the steak sandwich all thick focaccia, two slices of tomato, and two very thin over cooked pieces of "steak", that was so tough it couldn't be eaten, there were only two other choices none of which any of us chose. We were extremely disappointed as this is a top restaurant, and we did expect something a lot better, We did complain to the waitress, and she in turn, mentioned it to the chef, the price of two of the meals were taken off our bill. The creme brûlée was the best I have eaten though. Most of us thought a pub meal would have been better.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Glenda C
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Culburra Beach, Australia
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

We booked this much-lauded restaurant for lunch when an old friend was visiting from interstate. I'd heard great things about Stillwater and had tried to eat there on a number of occasions previously but they don't open every night for dinner so have missed out before.
We drove from Bicheno to lunch on a Monday, a two-hour trip; bookings are advised as they were very busy.
Staff were pleasant and courteous.
I ordered the Boags beer battered fish of the day and chips; it was blue-eye trevalla, a favourite of mine. The batter was light and crisp and the chips were good although the serving was relatively small for the price.
My friend was not so lucky; his slow-cooked lamb wrap was heavy and a bit stodgy and he was quite disappointed.
The lunch menu was very limited and they have tried to do old favourites with a twist; there is also a steak sandwich among the few other choices for mains. But we felt it was overpriced for what was on offer.
We were both expecting more, given the restaurant's reputation. Perhaps they have a more impressive range of choices for evenings.
They do have an extensive wine list with a lot of local choices by the glass. I had an excellent Goaty Island pinot gris that was a delight.
The location is quite pleasant and the building is quite lovely, but I wouldn't rush back for lunch. The restaurant was quite full so maybe others had better luck with their selection.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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13 Thank Maggie C
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Fiddletown, California
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608 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Great Food & Experience, Need Reservations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stopped by here when it opened for the day. They claimed they were booked up. After a similar experience with their sister resturant Black Cow, they fit us in right then. We had a fabulous meal and the service was exceptional. The food was a little pricey, but not outrageous. Great wine list. Make sure you have reservations first, however, by the time we left 1.5 hours later, about half of the tables were empty. Nice view of the river.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank scvrose
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