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The Shingle Inn

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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428 Ruthven St, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia
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Naracoorte, Australia
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2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Terrible service, orders wrong, no waffles for kids, quality of food terrible. Happy to pay 15% surcharge on public holiday but not for crappy food and servive. Stay closed if that is the best you can do!!!

Thank karmadog24
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I am not quick to give a less-than-positive review of places, but today this cafe seemed understaffed, understocked (display cabinets very bare and untidy) and lacking positive atmosphere. Call me old fashioned, but a smile with service isn't too much to ask, is it? There seems to be some tension evident between the two staff behind the counter too. They... More 

Thank Martin P
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

As a visitor to Toowoomba I am shocked that a business that provides such bad service can still be in business. I can't comment on the food as I asked for my money back after 50 minutes. How long does it take to poach two eggs?

Thank Glenn W
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

I don't normally make the effort to review a take away long black however my experience with the Shingle Inn had me shaking my head in disbelief. For starters a 25 minute wait for a take away coffee is stretching the relationship. OK, it was Boxing Day and the choices were limited but to see the staff arguing with each... More 

Thank Snpmorris
Toowoomba, Australia
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157 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

There has been a change of management/ownership recently, but not all the staff left...as the nice young man who works in there now has been working there for a long time and does a very good job! My first time at Shingle Inn, on Ruthven St, my coffee was hot and very nice! thank-you Andrew :) and my piece of... More 

Thank GraTra
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126 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I chanced it and had lunch here recently, but I should have realized that the place was empty for a reason. I had bacon and leek quiche and a milkshake. The milkshake was flavorless and watery and the quiche was also lacking any flavor. It was microwaved and the pastry was soggy and far too expensive for what I had... More 

Thank stellamay
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We were in Toowoomba last weekend to do some Christmas shopping and though we would grab some brunch at The Shingle Inn. I paid $40 for a BLT, Lamb Filo and 2 drinks, which I don't mind paying if it is good but this wasn't. My BLT tasted of butter, had old lettuce and tomato and hardly any bacon. I... More 

Thank Priscillajane
South Burlington, Vermont, Usa
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

This restaurant at the beginning of October 2016 was nice with attentive staff and good food in the space of 3 weeks the kitchen broke down the staff left and was not replaced. Orders where full of mistakes. Central located with lots of parking on the street. I really hope that this restaurant get back on his feet the chichen... More 

Thank LMLamy
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I had time for breakfast before a morning meeting in Toowoomba so looked up cafes , Shingle Inn was close and at 7:30 am it was within their opening hours so in I went. The (only) young man serving told me they weren't open. Confused, as I'd just read their website, I asked what time they were open. He said... More 

Thank Imwaitingforholidays
Toowoomba, Australia
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Called in for lunch today to find the place empty. I ordered my lunch the coffee came out promptly alas it was cold some 15 minutes or so passed and still no lunch. I had to ask how much longer was it going to be. Its not like the place was busy the service was terrible food and coffee were... More 

Thank Kate C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 428 Ruthven St, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Toowoomba

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?