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Zest - The Library Cafe

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Cafe, Australian
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91 Murray St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6231 4077
Today
07:30 - 17:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 07:30 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 14:00
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 2 experiences here have left me feeling cross and angry for the next hours! I'm not used to being treated so sarcastically and under valued as a customer as by this man who runs the cafe. Such a pity he runs it when it is in such a great location under the library. Ist experience: told to hurry up... More 

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Thank summerneety
Hobart, Australia
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83 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I eat here a lot and the food and coffee never let's you down. Great specials. Not too crowded - always get a seat. Very good for brunch.

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Thank Hobartgirl
Australia
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170 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I read some of these reviews & cringed. I'm thankful I've not had an experience like some of those on here. And, for this reason, I don't have a problem with going back. My latest visit was today. We sat & were greeted pleasantly by both staff & owner. Both very friendly. Service was fast. Food was delicious. The menu... More 

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Thank wavic
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

The 1 & 2 star reviews highlight the overall feel of this place very well. Not only is everything of a substandard quality. I felt rushed and judged by the people working behind the counter based on my selection - who on earth calls a chicken and avocado toastie a "girls pick"? The library should do something about this!

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1 Thank sg1fan11
Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Have had an iced coffee from Zest before while on the run home. You know sun setting with an hour's walk home. This time I was longing for a pick me up coffee and cake. So perfect, right at the entrance to the library. Why not? Hours of brain drain on the computers in the library needs more fuel to... More 

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Thank 748barb
Ithaca, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

Initially good service - quick coffee - then appalling treatment by the manager. I still had some coffee left and he informed me "it's going to get busy soon and you can only sit here and work on your computer for the duration of your coffee". I'd been there for an entire 35 minutes, had food with my coffee and... More 

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1 Thank Ros B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

Had a coffee while waiting for my mother to join me for lunch - Mum needs a double hip replacement and it takes her a while to get around. She was on her way when I rang though. The owner came over and asked me how long she'd be because I'd been there half an hour, it was his best... More 

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3 Thank Juliet F
Hobart, Australia
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222 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

I have been a couple of times at Zest - The Library Cafe and always had a satisfactory snack. The service is friendly and one does no wait long for the food to arrive. This has to be one of the most convenient places in Hobart Town.

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Thank Angie H
The Windy City
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

We come regularly as this is close to the office, but the main reason is their good food and friendly staff. Always a pleasant experience to eat here. Varied menu changes weekly I think but they have their 'usuals'. I love their savoury muffins and risotto cakes. that's the only disappointment for me is when the muffins are sold out.

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Thank SeaGrove
Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

Had gone into Zest because early for a meeting at State Library and doors not open. Ordered a flat white and it was undrinkable. Weak and insipid. Was ok with that because the sliding door from the cafe to the library was open, and paying for a bad coffee to get into the library out of the cold seemed like... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Monday
07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 17:00
Thursday
07:30 - 17:00
Friday
07:30 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 91 Murray St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Greater Hobart  >  Hobart
  • Phone Number: +61 3 6231 4077

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?