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“Very understaffed on a busy Sunday..” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Retro Cafe

Retro Cafe
Ranked #116 of 591 Restaurants in Hobart
Cuisines: Cafe, Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very understaffed on a busy Sunday..”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We ate breakfast there on a Sunday that coincided with the wooden boat festival. The place was packed and one poor waitress was servicing the whole place and clearly run off her feet.
Out meals came before our drinks did!
Relatively over priced for very basic eggs on toast.
The water in my tea was so hot I had to pour 3/4 out and add cold even after I had eaten my meal.
I think our poor experience was due to there only being 1 cook,1 barista/cashier and one waitress!
Food wasnt horrible..but certainly would not be my first choice amongst the restaurants in that run.

    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great coffee good vibe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

I found Retro a great place to relax and it's got a great retro vibe, great coffee and food. The location is central and the service is friendly.

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Thank Craig O
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, bread & house-made chutney”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating - we moved like 4 times! Food was good, my husband had the board special poached egg on a bagel. He said it was delicious & highly rates the house-made chutney, however it only came with 1 egg, don't remember if it stated it on the board or not but really expected to get 2. I just had the multigrain sourdough toasted with jam but it was extremely delicious bread and only about $3, so the value kind of weighed out. Coffee was good and great eclectic atmosphere and view over Salamanca place with outdoor seating too

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Thank nmj99
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Overrated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Visited retro cafe from the recommendations made by tripadvisor.
Ice coffee n ice chocolate were average.
Cheese cake was not good
Waitress was impatient.
Definitely not worth spending money in. Anyway shops along Salamanca are overpriced in the first place.
If you are on a tight budget you should avoid eating in this area.

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1 Thank dionariel
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Devonport, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lack of service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Called in for late lunch. Sat and waited for service for 10-15 minutes. Staff could see we were waiting to be served. More interested in writing on blackboard and attempting to clear tables. Very few people in Cafe. Menu looked good but walked out before sampling food.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Peter A
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