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5.1 /6 Excellent 34 Reviews

Harbour Lights Cafe

Hobart CBD Italian $$ +100
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About Harbour Lights Cafe

Robbie Marino came from humble Italian immigrant origins in Hobart, and he grew up on the hearty cuisine of the old country. He took over at Harbour Lights Cafe way back in 1997, and the food that they offer is a tribute to his mamma’s cooking all those years ago. That means a full Italian menu – with a few Aussie favourites in to boot as well – that is sure to delight all and sundry that enter through their doors on Morrison Street in central Hobart, just yards from Parliament Square and Salamanca. Book a table now and head on over for a proper family feed.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 06:30 - 17:00
  • Tuesday 06:30 - 17:00
  • Wednesday 06:30 - 17:00
  • Thursday 06:30 - 17:00
  • Friday 06:30 - 21:00
  • Saturday 07:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 07:00 - 16:00
Harbour Lights Cafe, Morrison Street 29, 7000 Hobart

Further Information

Hobart is home to plenty of great restaurants, and the Italian community is responsible for a whole heap of them. Robbie Marino – the child of Italian immigrants that came to Australia in the 1950s – carries on this tradition at Harbour Lights Cafe on Morrison Street in the centre of town, directly overlooking the port. They occupy a classically Tasmanian building, and their menu is a multicultural mash of Italian favourites and Australian cafe favourites, with options for those to arrive at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Early risers will be in for a treat if they choose Harbour Lights Cafe on Morrison Street as the location for their brekkie. Robbie’s big breakfast is as Aussie as it comes, with eggs – fried, scrambled, poached to your liking – on a toasted bagel with bacon, sausage, spinach and hash browns. The lunch and dinner options come with a more Italian twist, whether that be in the form of antipasti to start, pasta or risotto dishes, or, should you make your appearance at Harbour Lights on a Friday or Saturday evening, something from the extensive pizza bar. Central Hobart residents need no introduction to the delights available on Morrison Street, so just follow the crowds and book a table at Harbour Lights Cafe.


34 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 34 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
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2 reviews so far 6
22.07.2017 17:34

Great night out with extended family. the cafe was full. Food piping hot. Delicious. Kids loved their meals. Excellent service. Great location right on the waterfront. Will definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2017 10:21

The food was fantastic, perfect amount of time between entree and mains too. The service was excellent, the waiter was looking after a lot of tables by himself and managed it with ease!

1 review so far 6
08.07.2017 07:24

Brilliant place. Staff were under extreme pressure with numbers and all maintained their composure and friendly nature. Food as always was simply great. Booking for six and accommodating and elderly ladies upstairs was beyond normal service.

1 review so far 6
03.07.2017 06:50

Lovely little cafe, great atmosphere, nice music, lovely food. Would love to go there again. Really enjoyed the pizzas and they made a delicious chai latte

1 review so far 6
08.02.2017 14:28

I went to Harbour Lights Cafe for dinner. The menu was fantastic and choosing what to have was the toughest part - I settled on one of the specials: a prawn linguini, and I wasn't disappointed. Harbour Lights Cafe is a great spot: excellent service, central location, and delicious food.

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 18:55

we arrived on time and found our table was reserved and waiting for us. The staff were very friendly, well groomed and knew their menu. The food was excellent and generous servings. As requested we were finished and ready to leave by our requested time.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 20:23

Seriously cannot rate this high enough We had a Google and found this place as we were staying at the wool store. I've NeVER had such fresh produce! The mushrooms were to die for! Customer service was also second to none Thanks!

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 07:52

Location, view, service and food; all top shelf. We arrived in town Friday afternoon, needing somewhere nice to eat, a quick scan of TA, and chose Harbour Lights. Everything about our dining experience was terrific, thanks.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 15:34

Celebrated Mother's Day Brunch, beautiful little cafe, fresh tasty food and good coffee. Seven of us and we were all happy with our selections. Busy morning but staff was attentive. Would definitely recommend!!

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 08:49

Food was absolutely amazing! Salmon eggs... WOW. Perfect spot for breakast and the view looking over the docks was amazing. Would definitely reccomend this cafe. The staff were also amazing. Thanks so much!

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 09:10

Excellent food, there were 5 of us and all meals were exceptional as was the service. Reasonably priced as well and no problems when ordering gluten free meals. Would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
18.12.2016 07:18

The food was fantastic and value for money! Service was superb, attentive and friendly!:D strongly recommend everyone to go try! A pity they dont have scallop pies for dinner though:(

1 review so far 6
26.04.2017 09:45

The food was absolutely beautiful and the best coffee in Hobart i have eaten out alot since i have been here i highly recommend this place

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 07:50

Remains one of Hobart's friendliest and best value eateries, always a pleasure to see Robbie and the team, the service is terrific and the food great.

1 review so far 6
05.09.2016 22:37

Very good.food was ok service was efficient nice view from up stairs had a great morning would come again any time . mm mm mm mm

1 review so far 6
18.05.2017 17:44

food was exceptionally good. we have been there for breakfast and liked it very much. service was very friendly. setting was nice. restaurant was clean.

2 reviews so far 6
15.03.2017 15:53

Great location overlooking the Hobart waterfront. Delicious breakfast. Very glad we booked as it was full on a Sunday morning. We would definitely visit again.

1 review so far 5
18.01.2017 08:55

Cute little restaurant right on the waterfront. You could easily miss it if you're not looking though. Portion size and quality of the food was good. Atmosphere was great.

1 review so far 5
07.08.2017 20:51

Staff were attentive and polite. All meals and drinks were great in our group of 8 people. Thoroughly enjoyed eating there and will return and recommend it to others.

1 review so far 5
28.05.2017 08:59

Lovely staff, great food and location, excellent value. We had breakfast but the lunch menu looked amazing as well. Ran out of time to fit another visit in!

1 review so far 5
01.02.2017 13:20

Good food and service. View from top was very calming too. Highly recommended to try dinner there. Attention to detail and welcoming attitude from staff . Thanks.

4 reviews so far 5
10.08.2016 07:23

We had a great breakfast at a lovely location close to the MONA ferry wharf. The service was a bit slow but the staff were friendly.

1 review so far 5
02.05.2017 19:59

Great food great service hate the stairs will go back but only downstairs! Heard others complaining about stairs too They feel very wobbly and unsafe.

3 reviews so far 5
11.06.2017 16:40

Lovely relaxing water front restaurant. Welcoming staff with prompt service. Great menu with the perfect pizza on offer. Would visit restaurant again. Thank you chef.

1 review so far 5
17.06.2017 08:30

Great food and good wine, all at very reasonable prices. Service was good except for the long wait between entree and the main. Definitely recommended

1 review so far 5
03.07.2017 10:51

Despite a packed cafe, we were all looked after with good food and drinks. The reminder emails were a nice touch and very much appreciated.

1 review so far 4
19.03.2017 08:15

Waiting over 45 minutes from entree to the mains arrive is way too long. Although the food is very tasty and the service friendly. But too long between courses.

1 review so far 5
27.02.2017 18:14

Really nice food and a clean dining experience. Family friendly.