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“Excellent view, so so food”

Richardson's Bistro
Ranked #5 of 9 Restaurants in Freycinet
Price range: $15 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Description: After enjoying one of the spectacular walks around Freycinet National Park, we invite you to relax and enjoy the calm and casual atmosphere of Richardson’s Bistro. Watch the peaceful seaside town of Coles Bay from the bistro as you enjoy the tasty, casual meals and tempting snacks. Choose from seafood, our range of lodge burgers, a steak, grazing plates, morning and afternoon tea and, of course, the delightful dessert menu. Drop in for lunch or a snack and recharge your batteries before heading out again to delight in the unique beauty of the National Park. Or after a long and energising day, grab a relaxed early dinner before putting your feet up in your cabin.
Reviewed January 19, 2012

We had lunch at this bistro after we visited the Wineglass Bay, so we were very tired and hungry. We ordered: Caesar Salad, fish and chips and a bowl of chips, for the 2 of us. This was after 2-3 hours of hiking, climbing up 300 steps, so we didn't have any problem finishing our order. Having said that, the fish and chips was very ordinary, and a bit too expensive for the quality. The fish was a bit dry, battered a bit too much. The Caesar salad was rather ordinary too, and you can find a better quality at half the price in many pubs in Sydney. The location was excellent, with good view too.

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Thank EG233
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

Magnificent location. Offered sparkling water, only to be told they don't have any (Fawlty Towers?). Tap water tasted of tree.

Bread rolls reminded me of WWII grenades, they were that hard. "Bush dust" (condiment to the bread) tasted remarkably like continental tomato cup-a-soup sans water.

Tarte tatin of Roma tomatoes quite lovely, but balsamic was faux caramelised and over sweet. Goats curd quite pleasant.

Fresh crayfish with garlic butter for main. Very small cray, slightly overcooked. Told by the waitress how the housekeeper's husband brings them fresh each morning, and how "good a deal" they get. Heartening when we're paying $150/lobster!

Nice roast cocktail potatoes in duck fat. Broccolini and asparagus fresh and crisp. Weren't told though of the accompaniments, so ordered separate sides of beans, and gnocchi with blue cheese (which tasted of KFC potato & gravy, with all its salty blandness). Way too much food - not sure why we weren't told in advance. Asked for lobster pick/cracker twice. Never came. But the largest pepper grinder phallus ever seen. The highlight!

Good wine list, but the Coombend Sauv blanc was warm, and we had to pour it ourselves. Not really good enough.

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Thank Boodar
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

Oysters and mussels were tasty.... Our fish was a little dry (over cooked). The staff are very friendly and the view amazing, but the food was no better than pub food and cost more. I would still recommend coming here for a casual outdoor meal.

Thank 140Raymond
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

Probably best to go elsewhere. After hearing mixed reviews, we decided to try this restaurant anyway. The food was very good, but our service was terrible! Our reservations were for 7pm and our service was great until about 8pm or so. Then our waitress just disappeared- permanently. There were a total of 4 tables occupied, including us. Two other servers were taking care of the other 3 tables. It took 30 minutes to get the attention of one of the other waiters, just to get water and a desert menu! I think the hostess and our our server must have gone off work at 8pm, but the other 2 servers wouldn't even look in our direction, I guess because we must have still been the responsibility of our first server. Amazing.

There wine prices are the highest in the area, so wine is not a good value here. Their food prices are high, but comparable to the other best restaurants in the area.

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Thank RickL4
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

The bistro may be casual but the food epitomizes the fresh style of Tasmania and Australia as a whole.

Try the perfectly crunchy and seasoned ceasar salad.

Thank Vilasinee
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