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“Overall, disappointing!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Hog's Breath Cafe

Hog's Breath Cafe
1/7 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, New South Wales NSW 2300, Australia
(02)4927 8005
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Ranked #253 of 389 Restaurants in Newcastle
Cuisines: American, Australian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Maitland, Australia
2 reviews
“Overall, disappointing!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

First we tried to book for 7 but were asked to come at 7:15, only to find the place two-thirds empty. As we were being led outside to sit (and it was cold tonight), I asked if we could sit inside. We were offered a table right next to the main door and right in the main thoroughfare from the kitchen. When I asked if we could have a seat away from the door, we were sat one table away, in front of another door. Meanwhile, there were plenty of empty tables and booths further inside but they soon packed those areas up early. Nothing says we can't wait till you leave so that we can go home like packing up whole areas of a restaurant early! Then we had to wait 50 minutes for two mains. After asking us initially about drinks, we were not asked again if we wanted anything to drink. The food was only average (steak unevenly cooked and very little meat in the lobster), only one serviette was supplied to clean up from eating lobster with your hands, no utensils to eat the lobster and not once did anybody ask us if everything was okay or if we were enjoying our meal! If Hog's Breath still has a customer service script the staff there tonight weren't reading from it! I couldn't wait to leave and at almost $80 we certainly didn't receive value for money tonight!

Visited November 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Newcastle, Australia
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great steaks great views long wait”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

I absolutely love their steaks, other dishes not as good the chicken can be dry at times I'm told by my fellow diners, I always have a steak of some description. The service is a little slow though. The view is lovely. Just a shame about service& overall prep of meals other than steaks

Visited May 2013
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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“The long wait”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We got there after 12 for lunch.They asked us to WAIT at the bar while they get a table.We passed 7 empty tables on the way to the bar.Seems like a plot to get us to spend money at the bar.NEVER GOING BACK.

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Lake Macquarie, Australia
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Nicer places along Honeysuckle!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The quality of food is ok. Reasonably fast food service. It gets loud quickly. Staff take one drink order and food order and your lucky to see them again. Could be really good if staff were more attentive to customers. Not the most comfortable seating outside, still warm with the heaters on outside in winter.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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74 reviews 74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, surprising service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Decided to dine here despite mixed reviews. We were quite surprised by the prompt service considering how busy they were with father's day lunch. The meals and service were fine with no reason to complain. Overall we were pleased and would return.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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