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Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar

$$ - $$$Cafe, ,
West Bute Street | Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5LJ, Wales
+44 29 2049 1220
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  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Cafe, Wine Bar, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
West Bute Street | Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5LJ, Wales
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Popped into octavos for a coffee and a cheese and pickle sandwich as I do regularly and I noticed that the lovely young lady who usually serves me, Emily hasn’t been there the few days I’ve attended. I didn’t want to ask the gentleman behind...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Bumblebee7546
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always pop in when in the area. The bookshop and cafe is a good mix. Some vegan options, homemade sandwiches, generally a nice place to sit alone or meet friends.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Linda k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked afternoon tea for my daughter's birthday, and our experience didn't really match the other reviews, which are all really positive. There were a range of sandwich fillings, a choice of four (I think) for the omnivores and four for the veggie - and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jw67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a busy Sunday lunch time and it was evident the two members of staff serving customers were struggling to keep up. They were very friendly and notified customers of the delays, but we felt they needed one extra person to help out...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PebbleL
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

We had an afternoon tea Groupon voucher. Great value. Delicious, great service, great location, ideal for dog owners and, of course, book lovers. I will recommend in the future.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank AnnieMadge
Reviewed October 30, 2018

A really good little find, just off the main road, if you are looking for good food at a good price come here. Service was really good and so was the food and drink. The place is a mix of bookshop and cafe, i really...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank rwath1979
OctavosBookCafe, Owner at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Many thanks for your lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Octavo's and hope to welcome you back again very soon.

Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

I don’t usually write reviews but I HAD TO create an account just to give this marvellous young lady a mention. We came in at about half 3 today and we had ordered a cheese and pickle sandwich and a coffee each. We were greeted...More

Date of visit: October 2018
4  Thank Bumblebee7546
OctavosBookCafe, Owner at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Thank you so much for writing such a heart-warming and comprehensive review. Yes, Emma is a treasure - full of love and passion for Octavo's. We do hope to see you again soon to enjoy another warm welcome!

Reviewed October 1, 2018

More of a cafe and a place for prosecco and afternoon teas. The woman who served me was under the illusion she had 80,000 titles on display! when Waterstones in town has only 60,000 an that's two floors! Nice cafe though but you can't browse...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Graham J
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Small, quiet, quaint. Wooden floors and charming decorations. Half of the store is a book shop and the other half a seating area for the coffee shop / bar. Regular quiz nights and book signings. Suitable for all ages. You could even start a night...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Olivia_Smart
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

My friend took me here for afternoon tea for a belated birthday treat. Lovely surroundings, quirky books and gifts, and lovely staff. Afternoon tea gave us four different sandwich fillings, scones butter jam and cream, carrot cake, Welsh cakes, fruit cake and cupcakes. We had...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank hayleyo5
OctavosBookCafe, Owner at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your birthday treat at Octavo's! Please do come back and visit us again soon.

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Peter U
April 23, 2017|
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Response from OctavosBookCafe | Property representative |
We are located in a very old building which unfortunately is not very wheelchair friendly. It is possible to get wheelchairs in but access to both toilets in down steps. People with limited mobility can manage but it is not... More
Sue P
January 24, 2017|
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Response from OctavosBookCafe | Property representative |
Yes! Well behaved dogs are very welcome.
October 31, 2016|
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Response from OctavosBookCafe | Property representative |
Hello - yes, we have a couple of comfy sofas as well as regular seating. The big leather one is uber comfy so we hope to see you on Friday.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $11
Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: West Bute Street | Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5LJ, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Cardiff
  • Phone Number: +44 29 2049 1220
  • E-mail
Based in the heart of the creative quarter of Cardiff, Octavo's is a really friendly place to relax. The beautiful old Victorian former hotel is now a book shop, café and wine bar. It offers a range of delicious local food with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free items on the menu. The café has a lovely children's book area and is very family friendly. The book shop has a wide and ever changing range of titles, but it's never too much trouble to take customer orders and with a fast delivery service it's possible to get your books as soon as the following day. Octavo's has been shortlisted for Book Shop of the Year in 2017 & 2018 and is the ideal place to relax and browse.
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