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Zest - The Library Cafe

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91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
(03) 6231 4077
Today
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
A consistently comfortable pause in Hobart.

We have been going to The Library Cafe for about 10 years. It is always a pleasant place for a light meal. The sandwiches, soups and salads are excellent, and I like their sweets. Always ice water available. We enjoy chatting with the staff, and giving feedback on something particularly good or... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
Marian_from_Tasmania
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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English first
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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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Perth
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3 restaurant reviews
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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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Hobart, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The owner of Zest can be very rude and aggressive. I will not visit this establishment again as there are several better alternatives only a stones throw away. If you are considering going here why not try, Villino's, The Criterion Cafe, Cultura, Kafe Kara, or Raspberry Fool.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Had light lunch here today with a friend and the coffee was excellent, we both ordered a fetta & herb muffin it was delicious would go back again, the cafe is attached to the Hobart State Library which is a great spot and there are some lovely tables outside which we chose to use.

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Hobart, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I have been a regular customer at this business for several years but today I experienced first hand what I have heard from others - that the owner is very rude. After changing my mind about an order I was berated in front of a very full cafe. He yelled at me, started slamming things about. I was scared he... More 

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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We have been going to The Library Cafe for about 10 years. It is always a pleasant place for a light meal. The sandwiches, soups and salads are excellent, and I like their sweets. Always ice water available. We enjoy chatting with the staff, and giving feedback on something particularly good or disappointing, and they have always taken note of... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

After a purchasing a few coffees, sitting there for about half an hour and declining a second round of coffees, we were politely asked to move to the library foyer. There was no line of people waiting for tables and this was between 10-10.30am so no lunch crowd either. This was a quiet meeting with a client, I was embarrassed... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Captive market in the library. Wifi comes from the library, so I suggest eating / drinking elsewhere and sitting in the library to access wifi. Coffee is very average, and as soon as I was done, I was asked if I want to order anything. I said 'no thanks' as I finished reading my email on my tablet, intending to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I have enjoyed numerous great coffees and lunches here over a couple of years. Every time the coffee is of excellent standard and Zest obviously prides itself on its consistently great coffee. In my experiences I have always found the wait staff and owner attentive and friendly, often engaging in fun, friendly conversation. The floor-ceiling windows help give the cafe... More 

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Hobart
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I've been there a couple of times with my husband before for a quick bite, was ok (just ok, nothing spectacular). Today I met my girlfriend who was in the library, so we decided to stay there for a cup of coffee and a chat. When I said that at the moment I feel only like coffee, the owner pointed... More 

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Additional Information about Zest - The Library Cafe

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

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  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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