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“Relaxed outdoor dining” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Elaia

Elaia
240 Charles St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
(03) 6331 3307
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Ranked #93 of 230 Restaurants in Launceston
Price range: $7 - $130
Cuisines: Anhui
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Xoxoxox
Spring Beach, Australia
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“Relaxed outdoor dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We dined at Elaia in Launceston by default, really; every other place that had been recommended to us was closed on a Monday night, a common problem in Launceston (and other areas of Tasmania, sadly).
However, this turned out to be a positive experience as the meals were thoroughly enjoyable, service relaxed and friendly, and while pricey, not ridiculously so. Mains average out at around $26-$27, but servings are quite large.
There were four of us, one a gluten-avoiding seafood-eating vegetarian. Between us we had a T-bone steak, mushroom risotto and two beer-battered fish and chips. The main-size risotto was large enough to feed two; an entree size would have been more than enough for one. We also shared a good-sized rocket and Parmesan side salad. The menu was extensive; there was something to please everyone at our table (and those nearby by the look of it).
The wine list was reasonable, with several good Tassie wines included.
We chose to be seated outdoors; the tables are on the pavement so not much in the way af ambience with the passing traffic, but it was a very warm night and we enjoyed dining al fresco as opportunities to do that in Tasmania without the need for overhead gas heaters are rare.
I would happily dine at Elaia again when visiting Launceston.

  • Visited February 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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English first
Launceston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Serice ok , but food pricey”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Good location, service ok but pricey menu, had deep fried squid and chips ,no salad . Would be ok for a $10 pub meal.
Once bitten twice shy

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Worth if for the service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

We just wanted somewhere quick and casual and it was both those things. Certainly a long time since I last visited and the menu was not as extensive.However what we had was hot and tasty and they made sure we got our food before the large group who were there.
One of the reasons I would go back would be because of the wonderful young woman who was serving our table. Very helpful, extremely friendly and engaging. She went out of her way. I'm sorry I don't know her name.
Very pleasant

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hobart, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting, well laid out. Staff were adaptable and helpful. Menu has good variety but is very pricey.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Beautiful setting, well laid out ina beaut Staff were adaptable and helpful. Menu has good variety but is very pricey - even for quite simple items. Overall good experience

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Launceston, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
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“a bit disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Had breakfast here a few times and normally ok but this time my wife's Canadian pancakes were cold and gritty with undercooked and fatty bacon,she didn't eat them.My eggs Benedict were ok($23 as I asked for tomato with it) but for the money you expect great.We wont be in a hurry to eat there again but would go and have a coffee with friend's as it has a nice ambiance.

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