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Zest - The Library Cafe

Cafe, Australian
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91 Murray St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
(03) 6231 4077
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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206 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

3 Thank Cecil121
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank 102megan
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank Rodney C
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
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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