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Reviewed September 20, 2019

Lovely relaxed venue for a tasty breakfast, handy for the Exchange Hotel. We ate here twice during our stay and would have liked to try some of the other events/ activities. Great staff and service. Lovely crispy bacon rolls and avocado and scrambled eggs.

Date of visit: September 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Public Relations Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2019

Thank you very much for your review, we're delighted to hear you enjoy both your trips! Make sure to visit us again should you find yourself back in Cardiff.😊

Reviewed July 13, 2019

Superb atmosphere, cracking food, great quality afternoon tea. Lots to eat and drink nothing was too much trouble. The environment in the bookshop, superb, quite quirky and different.

Date of visit: July 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Public Relations Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2019

Thank you for your review Tolulla, it means a lot that you liked all aspects of Octavo's!

Reviewed June 23, 2019

I've stopped into Octavo's a few times now and I must say it's a hidden gem! They have a great range of dishes, warm atmosphere and great coffee. Though I've stopped in during the day I know they stay open late and host great events...on the weekends. I couldn't recommend this place more!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Public Relations Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2019

Thank you so much for such a great review, we really appreciate it!

Reviewed June 2, 2019 via mobile

The place itself is a real gem in the area. I have been there 5-6 times so far and I can rate it as excellent. Octavo's is a nice small book cafe close to Cardiff Bay. The room is warm and full of books for...all the ages, kids included. The staff is wonderful and provide coloured pencils for children on request. The food is really nice, especially the toasts that are really rich and tasty. Highly recommended, no matter if you are alone, with a friend or with your family. The staff will let you feel at home.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Public Relations Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2019

We really appreciate your kind words, a "gem" is such a nice way to be described! It makes us very happy to know we're welcoming to everyone, that's what's Octavo's is all about.

Reviewed May 24, 2019

Pleasant to find somewhere where there is the personal touch. Very welcoming. Give this place a try. Get away from the generic franchises.Nice menu with reasonable pricing and good choice of drinks. Books to suit everyone. Quiet and able to hold conversations without problem.

Date of visit: May 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Public Relations Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2019

We really appreciate your recommendation, you're very kind. We aim to provide somewhere alternative that feels a lot more personal and cosy compared to the usual places in Cardiff Bay, I'm glad this was the case for you.

Reviewed April 29, 2019

Octavo's is a lovely, tucked away spot. Great selection of books, little trinkets and wonderful service from very friendly staff. Highly recommended, my only regret was that I couldn't spend longer in there!

Date of visit: April 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Public Relations Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2019

Thank you for this lovely review, we're so glad you spent the time to try somewhere new! Hopefully we'll be seeing you again soon.🙂

Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

I’m not cool but this super place made me feel a million dollars. Lovely people, really good food and great value. What more can you ask for. It’s not easy to find but well worth the effort. Brilliant!!!

Date of visit: April 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Public Relations Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2019

I'm sure you are a million dollars on a regular basis Richard! Thanks for trying out Octavo's and leaving us a review, hopefully we'll see you again soon.

Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

A really nice change from the chain restaurants at the seafront, we dropped in for a quick sandwich and drink on a weekday lunch. The menu is small and unusual. We had a variety of different sandwiches and some perfectly strong coffee. The prices were...reasonable and the service really good. Best of all was the setting; we ate in comfy chairs, surrounded by a selection of books. You could quite easily while away a few hours here and I intend to do this again, very soon!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2019

Thank you very much for the kind words. We try hard to provide a great experience for our customers here at Octavo's and i'm very glad you enjoyed yours. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

Visited here this afternoon for a Groupon afternoon tea deal. The book shop, cafe premises, and staff were very nice, but I've never been so disappointed. Four of us visited here, afternoon tea consisted of a hot drink each, 4 small sandwiches which were fresh,...one small scone with jam and cream, and one absolutely tiny cake, and when I say tiny I mean REALLY tiny. I looked at pictures on trip advisor at other people's experience of afternoon tea and ours was nowhere near as nice. Will not visit again. A big con.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2019

I'm sorry you were disappointed with your Afternoon Tea. The business has come under new management as of November of last year, and there have been a number of changes one of those was the afternoon teas. what we offer as part of out afternoon...More

Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

I have never believed I would manage to find such a good place in Cardiff! I was there yesterday with a friend and we both fell in love with such a peaceful atmosphere over there: music was playing quietly (not shouting as in most places...out of the speakers), people had reading/writing clubs, you can read various books (anyone could find a book of interest there!). Maybe food selection should be changed but overall the staff was amazing, friendly, always ready to help! Tea selection is great! Thank you!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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OctavosBookCafe, Public Relations Manager at Octavo's Book Cafe & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2019

What a lovely review, thank you very much for taking the time to write something so kind about us! We're delighted you've found somewhere new in Cardiff that you like so much already. We are working on the menus at the moment so there is...More

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