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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

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  • 2
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 12
    Terrible
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
Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Sydney
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

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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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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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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Restaurant Details

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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