The Loose Caboose

4.5
43 reviews
$40 and under
Café

Top tags:

Casual
We are a local family owned cafe in Hindmarsh, located in Australia's oldest heritage listed railway station, dedicated to local produce, coffee and wine.

The Loose Caboose is open 7 days a week serving amazing breakfast, brunch and lunch in a unique relaxed atmosphere.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 43 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lisa
Adelaide
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, great service but were not told of the 15% public holiday fee or time limit. Sn expensive breakfast but on any other day would thoroughly recommend.

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YasmineR
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I had been wanting to try out the loose caboose for a while now, the coffee is amazing and so is the food, it would have been nice to have two slices of toast instead of one with two eggs on top. However aside from that it was a 10/10 in my books and I will be back x

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TanyaN
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience4

It was disappointing that our friend had her coffee spilled all over her by a waitress, covering her jeans, contents of her handbag and then had to pay for that coffee and also the public holiday surcharge was added to our bill, it would’ve made the unpleasant experience a little better.

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SarahS
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good spot for coffee. Could’ve had a few more breakfast options. Service was excellent and very helpful. Great overall.

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LeanneC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly, great service and beautiful place to eat. Food was so nice.

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SallyW
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience all around, such a cute cafe & we were able to bring our fur child 😄

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AlisonR
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent food, attentive service and great coffee. Highly recommend it.

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and well presented! Loved the house made cold drip.

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Alice
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So accommodating and kind!! Even gave me a pot of hot water to sterilise when we dropped the baby’s dummy without even asking!

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KymH
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Love the place / food and coffee.
For some reason the staff seem a little less friendly than you would expected from a business that does everything else so well.

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TruffyM
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely fresh food, friendly, efficient service. Look forward to another visit.

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MonsPaige
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It was pretty good food. I ordered the bacon and eggs and a cap. I ended up getting a flat white which was okay, not my order though. My eggs were okay, quite runny tbh.
My fiancé ordered the pancakes and were very expensive for what she got. 3 mini pancakes. She said they were really dry and she didn't eat much of it at all. We also got 2 ojs and they were yummy!

It was also pretty hot in there too and very loud.

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JudyM
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed everything about The Loose Caboose, including its good selection of food for diners with specific dietary needs.

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Megan
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

While the food is great, it's difficult not to have the experience of eating here marred by the service. The main server/hostess (who oddly seems to be the owner or in charge) has a really poor attitude. All staff ignored us after arrival for at least 5 minutes, despite trying to get the eye contact of them all. When we got the attention of one of the staff and mentioned we have a booking, he said we need to speak to the 'hostess' and pointed to her. She heard and chose not to look at us, making us wait longer as what certainly seemed like punishment by her. A simple 'hi, be with you in a moment' is all that is needed. All other staff were friendly. I would recommend rethinking your service approach, your process for welcoming and seating guests, and above all your choice of head hostess. Not all "leaders" are made for service.

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Sharon
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food’s always amazing. Seats outside were not very comfortable.

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Myself and my friends enjoyed catching up at the Loose Caboose. But the time limited dampened the occasion. But still a nice place.

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DebM
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Highly recommended for breakfast or lunch

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TessaM
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

As usual absolutely wonderful and compliments to the chef 😊

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Awesome food and very friendly service
Good value for money as lots of food

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is heavenly! Everything about the loose caboose is beyond perfect.

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VictoriaJ
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love The Loose Caboose.
Consistently good food & service.

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MichelleM
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, staff and ambience. Will definitely come back

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Paul
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good atmosphere, great service, food was good. Coffee was great!

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IanR
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice coffee. Loved the Chilli Crab. Going back for coffee in a week.

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TessaM
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the menu, the ambience, the food - the outstanding caring service of our waitress whose name I forgotten she was absolutely delightful and thoughtful 💜

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AnnaM
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sumptuous food, we had a great time with great children.

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BAFFY
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to eat with family and/or friends. Great ambience and wonderful food. Have been there a few times now and have not been disappointed.

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MichelleD
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Unfortunately for the owners, I think we got a server (who seemed to be in charge) who was having a bad morning. Seemed to use the online booking system as a way to avoid a chat on the day of booking and then the terms and conditions of the online system as an excuse on the day we got there. Were told we were going to be considered a no show on the day as we didn't all order from the food menu. I assume this was to avoid a service fee from the online booking company, but with random varying surcharges depending on who was paying, and making the last person pay for a drink they hadn't ordered because staff had messed something up can cover any admin fee they pay for their booking service. This would have made some sense if they were full or busy, but they weren't, 9 people spending approx $150 that are in and out in 45minutes I thought would be a good thing when you aren't full. But apparently not, as I received the "sorry you didn't turn up email" suggesting it's not a nice thing to let your hard-working cafes down during covid. We would have been better off as 9 walk ins and annoying the server and kitchen that way, as we seemed to annoy her anyway with notice. I
also assume the "no show" is a mark against my name in the Open table app, which is unacceptable.

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JaneL
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Don’t make a booking unless all of you are planning to order a food item from the menu. Friends and I caught up for morning coffee and the lady who served us said that all of us were required to order a food item from the menu because we made a booking. (Apparently ordering the coffee wasn’t enough).

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great coffee ... I know everyone says that but I REALLY mean it !
Service excellent even on a busy weekend, remember to book as gets busy ... attention to covid management very good ... and super tasty interesting food ...

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Tilly
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food and coffee, super friendly staff and beautiful decor

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KonradN
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Haven’t been for a while & so glad to be back. Food was amazing & service was friendly and energetic. Highly recommended!

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Rudolph
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Friendly hosts, welcoming of children. However the attitude of one staff member was abrupt and less than welcoming. This is consistent with my previous two experiences. Food is fresh and tasty; coffee is a great brew. Disappointing that only one hour was allocated to our booking; many others offer 90 minutes. We were unable to have our second cuppa and finish with a sweet treat.

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heath
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Great cafe, a unique style and good food. Staff fun and engaging.

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JacquiA
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was good and service started well but finished badly. Very disappointing.

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SandraF
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great coffee great food and prompt polite service on a very busy morning. Will definitely go back to try other dishes on the menu

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AnnaV
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, helpful and friendly staff and wonderful venue. Love it, will definitely be back.

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Geoff
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent staff and service. Attentive and efficient. Food was great.

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KatherineC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious!! Will be definitely going back . Great service too!

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JanetM
Adelaide
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Rather disappointing. Two of us sent coffee back because the milk was sour. The brioche was stale and the ‘sourdough’ under the crab scramble was not toasted. Maybe I read item wrongly but made for a squishy not so pleasant experience.
Really liked the menu but didn’t quite give what was promised.

FAQs

The Loose Caboose offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (08) 8340 0809.

The Loose Caboose is rated 4.5 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.