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Cuisine: Cocktail Bar, Pizza, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from €10 - €20

An eclectic mixing pot of homemade food, stunning cocktails and wine. The Bookshelf happens to be the trendiest spot in all of dainty Cork.

Taking its design cues from Scandi's chic minimalism, this eatery effortlessly transforms from daytime café to nighttime bistro. Like it's food, the interior is clean and fresh, boasting whitewashed walls and enormous cushions to flop into.

It's tapas for dinner and that means one thing; sharing plates! Take the opportunity to sample as many of their delicious offerings as possible. Decorate the table with goodies like their Atlantic prawns in a white wine and garlic sauce, Irish lamb kebabs, BBQ jackfruit sliders and salty chorizo and parsley mini pastries, best dipped into a bowl of chimichurri.

If you don't want to share your cocktail, we don't blame you. Try their signature G&T, a one-of-a-kind mix that features an intoxicating apple and basil syrup. Stay classy with a bookshelf martini or whisky Boulevardier and relive your very own Notting Hill moment (sadly minus Hugh Grant).

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The Bookshelf at The Elysian
Unit 5, The Elysian, Eglinton St.
Cork T12 KTD1

Open Hours:
Mon - Thur 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: +353 21 431 1591

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The Bookshelf at The Elysian
Cuisine: Cocktail Bar, Pizza, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: €10 - €20

Reviews

First time eating at the Bookshelf at the Elysian and was very impressed. The food quality was excellent, the drinks we ordered were prepared perfectly and chilled properly, the staff took their time preparing the cocktails and they were really good. We were under no pressure to order etc. we spent 3.5 hours having tapas and drinks, very relaxing evening. First table offer meant we got a full 50% off all food we ordered so that was great and having used First Table in 4 different premises in Cork at this stage I'm really happy with it, we almost base where we go now on what the availability on First Table is like.

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Had a fabulous evening at the Bookshelf. The staff were very friendly and super efficient. Now for the the food, we had tapas to share, wings, lamb kababs, fillet steak with rocket leaves and tomatoes, pizza walnut and goats cheese and prawns in a buttery citrus which were devine. The food was so fresh even the coffee was perfect. There is not one thing we could fault, excellent. We would have gone back again the following day. We would definitely go back..... The sooner the better.

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Carlo Comessatti

Lovely evening at The Bookshelf, despite the terrible weather outside. Atmosphere was very quiet and relaxing, restaurant is modern looking but still quite cozy.
We ordered a selection of tapas and a pizza to share. All food was very tasty and I was particularly impressed with pizza, that was definitely freshly made. Service was nice and quick.

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Dining in the Bookshelf was a fabulous experience! The food was superb so tasty, we got some tapas, dessert and wine which was also lovely. The waitresses were friendly and helpful. I visited here before with friends and I had a beautiful tasty brunch. Would definitely return to the Bookshelf again. Thanks guys! Amanda & Tracy

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Grace Coleman

Fab service. Brought two teenagers and staff were very kind to my son. Mix up on pizza and they sorted. No questions asked. Very helpful re menu choices and Cocktails were Devine.

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Claire O Callaghan

As it was our first time dining at The Bookshelf we chose a selection of 6 tapas to share between 2 people, the patatas bravas, lamb kebabs and chicken wings were particularly tasty. We also enjoyed two beautiful dessert's, I'll definitely be back for the bread and butter pudding. The atmosphere in the restaurant was nice and relaxed and the staff were very attentive also, all in all it was a great experience.

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Aisling Morey

When I arrived I was given a choice of table. The waiter asked my straight away if I wanted a drink while I waited for my friend to join me. We had a few questions about dishes on the menu and the waiter was very patient with us. He was so nice. I’ll be back agIn soon.

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Absolutely beautiful food. We got about 6 or 7 tapas to share between 2 of us and we were stuffed after it. The prawns in butter sauce are gorgeous! The cocktails were also extremely tasty. We were delighted with everything and will definitely be returning. Thank you.

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Catherine Kearney

Lovely staff, very accommodating, food was lovely, we got a selection of food off the menu and it was all fabulous, will definitely be back again

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Erin Russell

Top class experience from start to finish. Highly recommend, service was fantastic and the food was exceptional.

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The atmosphere is very nice, relaxed and perfect to unwind at the end of the day and savoring some nice tapas. The staff is friendly and the food came fast. We had some calamari, dates and patatas bravas. Everything was nice, but the calamari were lacking seasoning and had no flavour, although the sauce accompanying them was nice. All in all we'll come back as the experience was positive!

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Leah Mulcahy

The food is amazing!! Our bill came to €27 (I had a cocktail, and my mom had a coffee), so the meal came to around €17. We shared four tapas dishes, which was more than enough for two people! The nachos are amazing, and the black bean sauce was the nicest I've ever tasted. We also had the jackfruit sliders (so good), the patatas bravas and the wings. The wing sauce wasn't to our liking so I'd recommend asking for their garlic mayo with the wings instead!

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

First time eating at the Bookshelf at the Elysian and was very impressed. The food quality was excellent, the drinks we ordered were prepared perfectly and chilled properly, the staff took their time preparing the cocktails and they were really good. We were under no pressure to order etc. we spent 3.5 hours having tapas and drinks, very relaxing evening. First table offer meant we got a full 50% off all food we ordered so that was great and having used First Table in 4 different premises in Cork at this stage I'm really happy with it, we almost base where we go now on what the availability on First Table is like.

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

Had a fabulous evening at the Bookshelf. The staff were very friendly and super efficient. Now for the the food, we had tapas to share, wings, lamb kababs, fillet steak with rocket leaves and tomatoes, pizza walnut and goats cheese and prawns in a buttery citrus which were devine. The food was so fresh even the coffee was perfect. There is not one thing we could fault, excellent. We would have gone back again the following day. We would definitely go back..... The sooner the better.

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Gorgeous food, delicious cocktails, lovely staff. Delighted with my visit to the Bookshelf!

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Hannah O Sullivan

Loved our experience at the Bookshelf last night. Electric atmosphere, very cool decor, beautiful selection of tapas style food and lovely staff! Can't wait to go back!

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Damien Claffey

Fantastic service! Staff were very friendly, cocktails were fantastic/affordable and the tapas were amazing. The nachos and halloumi-stuffed dates were unforgettable!

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Carlo Comessatti

Lovely evening at The Bookshelf, despite the terrible weather outside. Atmosphere was very quiet and relaxing, restaurant is modern looking but still quite cozy.
We ordered a selection of tapas and a pizza to share. All food was very tasty and I was particularly impressed with pizza, that was definitely freshly made. Service was nice and quick.

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Claire O'Neill

Lovely meal

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

Dining in the Bookshelf was a fabulous experience! The food was superb so tasty, we got some tapas, dessert and wine which was also lovely. The waitresses were friendly and helpful. I visited here before with friends and I had a beautiful tasty brunch. Would definitely return to the Bookshelf again. Thanks guys! Amanda & Tracy

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

Grace Coleman

Fab service. Brought two teenagers and staff were very kind to my son. Mix up on pizza and they sorted. No questions asked. Very helpful re menu choices and Cocktails were Devine.

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Teresa Purcell

Nice restaurant with nice food. Great for sharing with a group

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Maija Ekuze

Lovely atmosphere

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Carol McDermott

Absolutely fantastic going back again with a group of friends,the choice of food was excellent. Thanks so much first table.

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Lovely relaxing atmosphere. Excellent friendly helpful service. My queen of pudding desert was exceptional. We had tapas which though very good aren't always our thing. Will be back but perhaps for the pizza.

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Andy Maguire

The staff couldn't have been nicer, bread and butter pudding is a must!

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Claire O Callaghan

As it was our first time dining at The Bookshelf we chose a selection of 6 tapas to share between 2 people, the patatas bravas, lamb kebabs and chicken wings were particularly tasty. We also enjoyed two beautiful dessert's, I'll definitely be back for the bread and butter pudding. The atmosphere in the restaurant was nice and relaxed and the staff were very attentive also, all in all it was a great experience.

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

Aisling Morey

When I arrived I was given a choice of table. The waiter asked my straight away if I wanted a drink while I waited for my friend to join me. We had a few questions about dishes on the menu and the waiter was very patient with us. He was so nice. I’ll be back agIn soon.

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

Absolutely beautiful food. We got about 6 or 7 tapas to share between 2 of us and we were stuffed after it. The prawns in butter sauce are gorgeous! The cocktails were also extremely tasty. We were delighted with everything and will definitely be returning. Thank you.

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Deirdre Cole

Really lovely evening. Good food exceptional service! We’ll be back!

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Catherine Kearney

Lovely staff, very accommodating, food was lovely, we got a selection of food off the menu and it was all fabulous, will definitely be back again

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

Erin Russell

Top class experience from start to finish. Highly recommend, service was fantastic and the food was exceptional.

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

The atmosphere is very nice, relaxed and perfect to unwind at the end of the day and savoring some nice tapas. The staff is friendly and the food came fast. We had some calamari, dates and patatas bravas. Everything was nice, but the calamari were lacking seasoning and had no flavour, although the sauce accompanying them was nice. All in all we'll come back as the experience was positive!

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

Food was absolutely amazing and the staff were so polite and well trained! We had a lovely time and will definitely be back.

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

Great food and service! Will definitely return again.

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Leah Mulcahy

The food is amazing!! Our bill came to €27 (I had a cocktail, and my mom had a coffee), so the meal came to around €17. We shared four tapas dishes, which was more than enough for two people! The nachos are amazing, and the black bean sauce was the nicest I've ever tasted. We also had the jackfruit sliders (so good), the patatas bravas and the wings. The wing sauce wasn't to our liking so I'd recommend asking for their garlic mayo with the wings instead!

- dined at The Bookshelf at The Elysian on

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