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The Whistling Fish

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Address: 38 Smillie St, Robe, South Australia 5276, Australia
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+61 8 8768 1911

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Whistling Fish Bookshop closed reopened as Gather Restaurant

Has reopened as a restaurant. We didn't try food but décor and menu looks great. We like coming here for a pre-dinner drink in the garden before going to Sails Restaurant.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

Has reopened as a restaurant. We didn't try food but décor and menu looks great. We like coming here for a pre-dinner drink in the garden before going to Sails Restaurant.

Thank melroseeast
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

Stopped by and had a cold drink on the lawn with cheese and crackers with olives and date paste... Delish! Lucky, the dog there, is very friendly as well, be warned loves pats and ball thrown :)

Thank Natees
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

We stopped here as we had read in a brochure for Woodsoak wines and a wine trail brochure that they did tapas here as well as wine tasting and boutique beers. They however don't serve tapas at all. They have toasted sandwiches and bruscetta only. Both were quite nice but we had our heart set on tapas! The shiraz was... More 

Thank Dieter_Sch_13
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

I'm usually very skeptic about places that classify themselves as too many things. A cellar door and a cafe and a bookshop, but I was pleasantly surprised. We came in to this place for a quick wine tasting and ended up staying for lunch. The food was delicious and the wine was exceptional! And the atmosphere of the cosy little... More 

Thank Rhiannon K
South Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2015

Its a very beautiful coffee/bookshop. Not only is the coffee good (its also from a local company,) but the environment and atmosphere is great. The owner is friendly and an interesting man to talk with. We brought a couple of books and had a coffee. Pattered the dog. It was the highlight of a two week trip. Inspirational.

1 Thank kerry405
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

Cosy interior and pleasant garden made this a great alternative to a very busy main street on Monday at the end of the long weekend. Great coffee, want to try Mahalia's too and the caneles took us back to France :-) When searching for cafes on TripAdvisor beforehand you didn't come up, but listed as a nightspot/bar.

1 Thank Paul L
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

Visited twice,first time very friendly service good coffee an enjoyable experience,later in the week went back with all the family incredible rude person served us ,no smile no conversation at all after we gave him the order all he said was $25 no please thanks absolutely nothing why are some people in hospitality.What a shame as I had told the... More 

6 Thank chrispris
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2015 via mobile

Great coffee but awful service. Served by the most uninterested and rude man. Grunted at us. No please no thank you. Life is too short to be that unhappy.

6 Thank Cathgr
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2014

Found this little place while my wife was off shopping, it is a great bookshop as well as a cafe and cellar door. spent a great hour here reading a book i purchased, while also enjoying a craft beer.

2 Thank James T
South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

We love morning tea at the bookshop! Great enclosed garden with outdoor tables which is fantastic if you have small children, and a few toys to keep them occupied while you enjoy a coffee and delicious cake. An interesting selection of books also.

Thank BellsL

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