Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Dine in a world-class location in the centre of historic Hobart. This recently refurbished restaurant serves up hearty Italian cuisine, gourmet pizzas and pasta.

Start with fresh Tasmanian mussels with chilli and Pomodoro sauce, salt and pepper squid or a trio of bruschetta. For your main course, you’re spoilt for choice! There’s traditional Italian favourites like parmigiana chicken, Caesar salad and garlic prawns with rice and white wine sauce. But there’s also a delicious range of classic pasta dishes like carbonara and spaghetti calabrese and delicious pizzas like Italian sausage and tropicana.

Feeling a bit posh? Go for one of La Mensa’s gourmet pizzas like prosciutto and balsamic, pizza pescatore and smoked salmon.

There’s a special bambini menu for the little ones and delectable dolci to round off that perfect evening.

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La Mensa
93 Salamanca Place
Battery Point
Hobart 7004

Open Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 5pm - 10pm

Friday and Saturday: 12pm - Late

Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Phone: 03 6224 4848
Website: www.lamensahobart.com/

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La Mensa
Location: Hobart
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

Jaime Cooper

Great service with very knowledgeable waitress!!!

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Bartek Chmielewski

What a great evening experience with La Mensa! Food was delicious - we had mushroom arancini in cheese dipping sauce, rib eye steak, tirmisu and panacotta - everything was first class. I can particularly recommend black pepper sauce as your choice for steak!
This place is just step away from Salamanca market and must be very popular because people were queuing outside to get the table.
Lovely experience on our holiday in Hobart!

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Pip Tyrrell

The welcome was bright, friendly, knowledgeable and our lovely girl had the intuition to know what we were after/expected. Servings were huge! I had read this in some reviews and should have taken more notice, as the entrees could easily have been main meals. Those who had the squid said it was really good, and the arancini had rave reviews from us. We could only get part way through our mains and wonderfully the staff offered to pack the left over pasta servings for us to take with us. Despite being full, two of us shared a tiramisu. This was probably a mistake, as it was very creamy and we really couldn't do it justice. All in all a most pleasant meal.

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Portion sizes were very generous with an excellent choice. Friendly service. The Calamari entree was absolutely delicious, it melted in your mouth. I would definitely recommend.

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Great litle Italian restaurant in Salamanca Place serving up truly delicious food accompanied by top notch service in a casual, friendly setting. Would suit either couples or families with a vast menu ranging from shared pizzas to pastas and even steak and seafood. My tip would be to make sure to leave room for the tiramasu (you won't be dissappointed).

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Jamie Colgrave

Fantastic service and food. I travel a lot for work and have to eat out frequently, this place would be in my top 3 after this visit.

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DELICIOUS food, large (for us) servings, FRIENDLY service!
Seafood spaghetti - YUM - with a generous amount of FRESH seafood.
Rib eye steak cooked as asked for and generous serving of seasonal veges.
Definitely recommend LA MENSA for a great meal.
A GREAT first (initial) First Table experience!

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First impressions don’t always count. This open plan restaurant certainly was a surprise. Friendly service, I have food allergies and the owner/manager did everything he could to accommodate my diet. The food was amazing, I actually can not fault it in any way. Large serves of true Italian food. If you want a great feed with great friendly service I would defiantly recommend this restaurant. Thanks for the amazing service and great food. My husband had a rib eye in the bone that was cooked to perfection, not to mention the garlic mash, I had the risotto and it was perfect, full of flavour and huge. 10/10

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Brenton Orr

"Quality Assured"@ La Mensa!!! The meals are a amazing and the serving sizes are big, you won't leave feeling hungry that's for sure, the owner/manager has a great eye and attention to details in offering you the best service hands down, highly recommend a visit when in Hobart/ Salamanca!!!

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Veronica Bowe-Murphy

My friend and I were greeted warmly, seated opposite the specials board and given a carafe of water. We had a choice of the full menu, starting with bruschetta and arancini, which we shared, followed by spaghetti and risotto, respectively. The food was perfectly prepared, served promptly (but not too promptly - we never felt hurried or pressured). We also enjoyed a glass of Italian red each. At no point did we feel that we were anything other than valued guests. It was my first experience using 'First Table' and it was my firs time at this restaurant. It won't be the last time, for either. Many thanks.
Veronica

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Ash Ducky

Simply amazing! We got mussels and the seafood platter and could not be happier. Some of the best food we’ve had in a long time!

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sharon farrow

This dining experience would be one of the best by far.
As soon as we walked in we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff. We were seated straight away, told about the specials and supplied table water.
We ordered a garlic bread to share - so glad that we did as there were two beautifully cooked layers !
I ordered the veal masala and my husband ordered the seafood platter.
Wow ! Mine came ( very quickly I may add) with four pieces of veal which was so tender. I chose the vegetables which were flavoursome and cooked perfectly.
The seafood platter looked amazing and my husband was very close to drooling

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Jaime Cooper

Great service with very knowledgeable waitress!!!

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Cherie McLaughlan

Service was good. Calamari was fine but the Surf'N'Turf steak was tough and a little under cooked for a "medium" cooking style, although it was of a generous proportion.

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Mumma Rose

Lovely meal, good service, not many there and room was quite loud, buffers might work, but would go back.

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Bartek Chmielewski

What a great evening experience with La Mensa! Food was delicious - we had mushroom arancini in cheese dipping sauce, rib eye steak, tirmisu and panacotta - everything was first class. I can particularly recommend black pepper sauce as your choice for steak!
This place is just step away from Salamanca market and must be very popular because people were queuing outside to get the table.
Lovely experience on our holiday in Hobart!

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Pip Tyrrell

The welcome was bright, friendly, knowledgeable and our lovely girl had the intuition to know what we were after/expected. Servings were huge! I had read this in some reviews and should have taken more notice, as the entrees could easily have been main meals. Those who had the squid said it was really good, and the arancini had rave reviews from us. We could only get part way through our mains and wonderfully the staff offered to pack the left over pasta servings for us to take with us. Despite being full, two of us shared a tiramisu. This was probably a mistake, as it was very creamy and we really couldn't do it justice. All in all a most pleasant meal.

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Portion sizes were very generous with an excellent choice. Friendly service. The Calamari entree was absolutely delicious, it melted in your mouth. I would definitely recommend.

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Great litle Italian restaurant in Salamanca Place serving up truly delicious food accompanied by top notch service in a casual, friendly setting. Would suit either couples or families with a vast menu ranging from shared pizzas to pastas and even steak and seafood. My tip would be to make sure to leave room for the tiramasu (you won't be dissappointed).

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Vivianne Vandenberg

La Mensa so close Tom our accommodation, so.it was great to enjoy a pizza and a surf n turf. And a salad . And a bottle of wine. not a cheap night out but much less than we could have paid. Will go again.

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Stuart Hughson

Good food. Friendly service.

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Sylvia Stickers

Back once again at La Mensa for repeat order of seafood pizza and garlic prawns main. Next time we'll try the seafood risotto but we must order that seafood pizza again!

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Jamie Colgrave

Fantastic service and food. I travel a lot for work and have to eat out frequently, this place would be in my top 3 after this visit.

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DELICIOUS food, large (for us) servings, FRIENDLY service!
Seafood spaghetti - YUM - with a generous amount of FRESH seafood.
Rib eye steak cooked as asked for and generous serving of seasonal veges.
Definitely recommend LA MENSA for a great meal.
A GREAT first (initial) First Table experience!

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Awesome food huge serving, very fresh, also my mum has dietary needs and nothing was too hard for the owner or staff. The Rib Eye was cooked to perfection and the mashed potato was better than Grandmas. Gosh was fresh with an amazing Lemone sauce. I would definitely recommend this hidden gem in Salamanca for a great value fight quality amazing service night out. Thank you.

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Chris Watson

Our dining experience was fabulous! 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The food was delicious. 2 of us had chicken, 1 the seafood platter and 1 seafood fettuccine. We made room for dessert - just! Staff were terrific.A very enjoyable evening. Great value! Parking much easier than expected.Will definitely be returning.

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Janine Knight

Good food

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Cat Gamble

Superb service, the staff was attentive, nice and always smiling. We got to taste great food. The spaghetti Gamberi was very generous in prawns and the garlic sauce was rich and delicious. My husband ordered the grilled salmon which he said was excellent, mr 14 loved his bolognese and we finished up with the gelato that was delicious and very generous (one scoop was enough) and hubby ordered a Tiramisu.
Very good all over.
Can’t wait to go again!

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Bec Woz

Great and prompt service, great food. Family friendly. Loved the little drinks for the kids. Served in little jars with lids, very child friendly and spill proof!! Food decent sized serves and cooked well. Loved being able to have a seafood platter with nothing crumbed. Thank you.

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Service was superb. Food was excellent. We were very impressed with everything. Their steak with surf and turf was amazing and very filling. Thank you

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First impressions don’t always count. This open plan restaurant certainly was a surprise. Friendly service, I have food allergies and the owner/manager did everything he could to accommodate my diet. The food was amazing, I actually can not fault it in any way. Large serves of true Italian food. If you want a great feed with great friendly service I would defiantly recommend this restaurant. Thanks for the amazing service and great food. My husband had a rib eye in the bone that was cooked to perfection, not to mention the garlic mash, I had the risotto and it was perfect, full of flavour and huge. 10/10

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Emily Joseph

We tried their white cream pasta with chicken and mushrooms (Pollo-e-funghi), risotto, porterhouse steak and their spaghetti special with white sauce, seafood and chorizo.

Pros:

Good portions for the mains.
Pastas were not over cheesy, both the pastas tasted amazing with the right flavours.
Risotto was beautifully cooked with seafood and tomato sauce.It wasn't watery- which we really enjoyed the dish.

Ambience was good enough for a get-together with family/close friends. We enjoyed our own privacy as we got a corner table & the restaurant wasn't loud thankfully.

Cons:

Steak didn't had much flavour. The peppercorn sauce wasn't spicy enough to compliment the dish. Also, the sauce was already poured on the meat (I preferred it separately in a sauce dish) and wasn't enough. (You can get extra sauce for $2 though.)

Overall experience was very satisfying for a dinner. Would recommend it to others.

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Brenton Orr

"Quality Assured"@ La Mensa!!! The meals are a amazing and the serving sizes are big, you won't leave feeling hungry that's for sure, the owner/manager has a great eye and attention to details in offering you the best service hands down, highly recommend a visit when in Hobart/ Salamanca!!!

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Food very nice and location perfect. Would recommend.

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Emily Joseph

La Mensa is a great place. The ambiance was fantastic. The staff was very friendly and the service was quick.
We ordered SURF AND TURF from the specials. It was cooked to perfection and was very filling. Yum!!
Would highly recommend anyone to visit this amazing place & make use of the First table discount.
Cheers,
Emily & Carlos

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We had a great experience. Since the first moment we walked in we have been welcomed in lovely way. We ordered the shared plate and it was outstanding for size and quality of the food. It was ao good and prosciutto was really good. We ordered two pizzas and they were absolutely divine! They also managed my requests perfectly and in professional way checking with me all the time. I strongly recommend this place for food but also for the awesome service we received! Whwn I will go again in Hobart it will be my first stop!
Thank you to all La Mensa’s team!

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Sylvia Stickers

My first dining experience at La Mensa. Ma and I shared a small seafood garlic based pizza, so good. We then had garlic prawns in a white wine creamy sauce with veg or chips and salad, so, so garlicky good and generous serving size. We were full but continued on undefeated and ordered a tiramisu to share thinking it would be small. It was a large, tasty serving. I would definitely go back and happily order those meals again!

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food was great , as was the service.

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Great service, tasty food, large portions.

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Lovely dinner, great service.

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The service was great, the food was standard Italian fare, enjoyable but not amazing, location very handy, would definitely return.

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Excellent experience right from when we arrived to leaving. Food was exceptional!

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Kristy Moore

Great food and service! Wonderful for the family.
Thank you

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Niki Beis

As always- the best mushroom arancinis ever! Steaks were awesome, service quick & friendly

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Bec Woz

Dined with my two young children and mother. The food was amazing and the size of the serves was incredible. Biggest serve of Tiramisu I have had in a long time!!! Loved the fact that the children's drinks were served in cute little jars with lids (prevents spills!). Service was great and staff were very friendly. Once I arrived home I realised we had been charged for a bottle of wine instead of a glass. I rang the restaurant and arrangements were made straight away for a refund to be provided. We will be back, thank you!

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We really enjoyed our dinner. We had fast friendly service and lots of options to pick from on the menu. We were able to cater for a vegetarian and a Gluten free person and were all so happy. The kids loved the gelato. Definitely will be back

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Wonderful and attentive service, good busy atmosphere, great Aussie Italian family restaurant. S&P calamari was awesome for entree, our mains were big, which some people love I guess, but average tasting.

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Carole Creasey

Fantastic restaurant
Great value for money

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Our first First Table experience was great! Nice to dine early with kids when there’s not too many others in the restaurant. Waitress was lovely. Food was quick, hot, fresh and tasty. Will definitely be back!

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Kristy Moore

Such a great place to go with the family! Thank you for a lovely evening.

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Veronica Bowe-Murphy

My friend and I were greeted warmly, seated opposite the specials board and given a carafe of water. We had a choice of the full menu, starting with bruschetta and arancini, which we shared, followed by spaghetti and risotto, respectively. The food was perfectly prepared, served promptly (but not too promptly - we never felt hurried or pressured). We also enjoyed a glass of Italian red each. At no point did we feel that we were anything other than valued guests. It was my first experience using 'First Table' and it was my firs time at this restaurant. It won't be the last time, for either. Many thanks.
Veronica

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Kate Louise

The best Risotto going around!! chicken and mushroom mmmm
My kids love this place!!! So welcoming to families.

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The gentleman who served us and nearly every other table could not have been more friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the restaurant.

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The food was marvellous, and the staff were very friendly and attentive. We will continue to come back! The arancini balls are to die for! See you guys soon!

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Sue Youl

Service was extremely prompt and courteous, portions large, ambience excellent. We'll be back for sure

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Robyn Cashion

We had another wonderful meal. We had the bruschetta it was so full of flavour I would have been happy to eat that as my main. The better half had the squid which just melted in your mouth. My daughter had chicken pumpkin salad which she said tasted great, we had steaks & vegies which also tasted great. No room for sweets maybe next time. This is one of our favourite places to eat. Thanks Luke.

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Jazmin Osmond

Luke the owner kindly greeted and seated us as soon as we had entered the restaurant. He gave us just the right amount of time to catch up before ordering which was very attentive. We ordered mushroom arancini as an entree to share, the cheese sauce was aaamazing! We both had different types of pasta as our mains. Stella had pesto gnocchi which was as soft as clouds, I had pollo e fungi with fettuccine pasta. The sauce was super creamy and there was the perfect amount of mushrooms. I will definitely be returning to try the pizzas and desserts.

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Kate Louise

Great experience! It's a family favourite!! Kids just love it!! Chicken and mushroom risotto was delicious!!!

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The wait staff were really helpful, mostly knew how the food was prepared and consulted with the chef when they didn't. They were attentive without being overwhelming.
We ordered 4 different offerings from the mains and all were delicious and plating was well presented. An enjoyable evening.

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Carlee Rolins

Great! Thank you!

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Helen Enriquez

We were greeted and seated right away. It was a busy night and on top of that there were 2 vehicular accidents in the city that their own staff were caught in too. But despite that, the owner and staff were friendly and did an excellent job in making sure that they attended to our needs. I asked for a particular drink which they did not have but the owner suggested one on his drinks menu which I tried and so happy I did. Our entree arrived until our other friends came in who were caught also in the traffic and they were quickly served too. It was just a lovely night catching up with our friends over steak, pasta, seafood platter and salmon dish. We also ordered the desserts which was a pleasant way to end our dinner. Happy to have chosen this restaurant to celebrate Valentine's day and catch up with our friends. The customer service and food are great and I will be happy to go back and try their other dishes and will recommend this to our other friends.

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