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Zest - The Library Cafe

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91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
(03) 6231 4077
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7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating

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  • 4
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Booted out

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ros B
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Ithaca, New York
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Ithaca, New York
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Ros B
Shepparton, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In Adelaide for the TDU found this great place in Sussex st. Great coffee, friendly helpful staff. Went back for lunch was excellent food as well

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Thank johntrewin5
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 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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3 Thank Cecil121
Sydney
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I phoned up to see if they catered to specific dietary requirements, and was sworn at for calling during lunch hours. Absolutely awful customer service - turning away a potential customer before I even stepped foot through the door! Not surprised at all to see many other reviews, who have experienced the same rudeness & disrespect.

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1 Thank 102megan
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

I read the previous advice and was wary. Well all i can say is that my experience was fine. No rudeness, food quality good and quick service. I can see that patrons might loiter for the free WiFi and as it is a small venue, customer turnover is important. We sat in the middle and had a pleasant view of... More 

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Thank Rodney C
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I am going out of my way to give this place a bad review. I ducked in to the cafe to get a drink of water as there is no drink tap in the library and I was very thirsty. I work in a cafe myself and I would never refuse someone a glass of water from the tap, whether... More 

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3 Thank somethingeverla... .
Perth
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

After eating lunch here and having a coffee to follow, I was asked to leave the cafe as "they were getting busy" (despite 3 other empty tables). Judging by the other comments, this is obviously a common occurrence. Well I am still sitting at the table writing my review ... Whilst getting stared at by the owner. Awful customer service.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Greater Hobart  >  Hobart
  • Phone Number: (03) 6231 4077

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?