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“Nice oysters, but very bad tour!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Barilla Bay

Barilla Bay
1388 Tasman Highway Cambridge, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
03 6248 5458
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Ranked #169 of 439 restaurants in Hobart
Price range: $22 - $88
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Melbourne
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“Nice oysters, but very bad tour!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

First of all, this review is not about the experience of the restaurant, this is about the experience I had today at Barilla Bay Oyster farm tour. Lets start with the good comment. I must say, they offer one of the best oysters in Tasmania, we were lucky enough that the oyster we had today was freshly caught in the morning and opened for us before we ate them. They are nice and fresh, salty and fat. It costs $17.50 (hopefully I remember correctly) to have a dozen at the ground floor oyster bar, I strongly recommend oyster lovers to go there and try it. Okay, the bad side, I booked an oyster farm tour for my family and it costs $15.50 per person. The tour is about seeing workers collecting oysters, then do the cleaning and sorting, then opening the oysters and finally packaging it. The tour starts at 11am on every Friday. Today, there was no one at the farm working due to the high water level. However, there was no staff advised us about this issue when we made payment for the tour 10 minutes before the tour starts. So the tour ended up with visiting the 'factory' and looking at machines with no actions. To add to the matter, at the showroom where we had our oysters, there is a tv showing the oysters processing video, which we are supposed to pay and visit during the farm tour, for free to everyone in the showroom! Then what is the point we had to pay and hoping to see the action and ended up seeing the machine with no action whereas others can see at the showroom via video for free? Then when we comment this issue to the staff on duty, she seemed not to be bothered by this issue and said if we missed out everything, we can watch the video showing there. We tried to make it clear that we were not trying to get refund but to suggest them they can advise visitors not to take the tour if there is no action next time. She seemed not happy about our comments and did not take any point from our recommendation. This is what initiated me to write this review. I recommend that if anyone wants to do the oyster tour, book as required, then call that morning see if there are any actions, yes then go, no then just go for the oysters!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Interesting cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Good food, interesting restaurant. Good for a cup of coffee, dining, functions and very friendly staff (most important).

Visited September 2012
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mornington victoria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Wall to wall oysters !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We were in the mood for oysters, so off to Barilla bay. Great place fantastic views across the bay.
Looked at the extensive menu and settled on the "oyster plater" a range of hot and cold oysters 30 of them !! Wow with a child bottle of Tassie wine it was fantastic . Don't miss out !

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 restaurant reviews
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“The oysters - OMG!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

Went to Barilla Bay purely for the oysters. Had their oyster tasting plate - OMG!! 30 oysters between the 2 of us!! All I can say is awesome!! Really gives you a great taste of how you can have oysters - not just natural & kilpatrick. Don't get me wrong love natural & kilpatrick but it great to try in other ways!! The pear & verjuice was fantastic!! Definitely come here again when next in Tassie.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Yallingup, Australia
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Oyster Lover's Heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

After a delightful week in Hobart, we lunched at Barilla Bay before boarding our flight back to Perth. We both had a dozen oysters each trying three different toppings on each. Picking a favourite was very difficult. With a glass of sparkling Tassie wine and followed by a shared platter of seafood and cold meat, what a delicious way to finish our holiday. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys oysters. Other guests seemed to be enjoying various other seafood meals.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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