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Zest - The Library Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Australian
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91 Murray St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
(03) 6231 4077
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great coffee, wonderful atmosphere, good food, amazing pastries. Don't be in a rush because there're too many things to try ... share, so you taste more than one thing.

Thank aylani2016
Hobart, Australia
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82 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

I eat here a lot and the food and coffee never let's you down. Great specials. Not too crowded - always get a seat. Very good for brunch.

Thank Hobartgirl
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164 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

I read some of these reviews & cringed. I'm thankful I've not had an experience like some of those on here. And, for this reason, I don't have a problem with going back. My latest visit was today. We sat & were greeted pleasantly by both staff & owner. Both very friendly. Service was fast. Food was delicious. The menu... More 

Thank wavic
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2016

The 1 & 2 star reviews highlight the overall feel of this place very well. Not only is everything of a substandard quality. I felt rushed and judged by the people working behind the counter based on my selection - who on earth calls a chicken and avocado toastie a "girls pick"? The library should do something about this!

Thank sg1fan11
Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2016

Have had an iced coffee from Zest before while on the run home. You know sun setting with an hour's walk home. This time I was longing for a pick me up coffee and cake. So perfect, right at the entrance to the library. Why not? Hours of brain drain on the computers in the library needs more fuel to... More 

Thank 748barb
Ithaca, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2016

Initially good service - quick coffee - then appalling treatment by the manager. I still had some coffee left and he informed me "it's going to get busy soon and you can only sit here and work on your computer for the duration of your coffee". I'd been there for an entire 35 minutes, had food with my coffee and... More 

1 Thank Ros B
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Had a coffee while waiting for my mother to join me for lunch - Mum needs a double hip replacement and it takes her a while to get around. She was on her way when I rang though. The owner came over and asked me how long she'd be because I'd been there half an hour, it was his best... More 

3 Thank Juliet F
Hobart, Australia
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217 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2015

I have been a couple of times at Zest - The Library Cafe and always had a satisfactory snack. The service is friendly and one does no wait long for the food to arrive. This has to be one of the most convenient places in Hobart Town.

Thank Angie H
The Windy City
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2015

We come regularly as this is close to the office, but the main reason is their good food and friendly staff. Always a pleasant experience to eat here. Varied menu changes weekly I think but they have their 'usuals'. I love their savoury muffins and risotto cakes. that's the only disappointment for me is when the muffins are sold out.

Thank SeaGrove
Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 

3 Thank Cecil121

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 91 Murray St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Greater Hobart  >  Hobart
  • Phone Number: (03) 6231 4077

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