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Reviewed 29 August 2020 via mobile

I and she who must be obeyed decided to lunch as an after lockdown treat On arrival a pleasant welcome in full PPE. A lovely breakfast menu most reasonably priced. Lovely latte and tea and beautifully freshly squeezed juice. Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale beautifully...presented. The eggs were exquisite and perfectly cooked. My only dislike was the porter bread on my eggs royale but that could just be my own palate . I just found it bitter. Overall great value. Great warm service. Great food .More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 24 August 2020

While the food was good , the attention to table cleaning left a lot to be desired . In this time of Covid it should be a priority .There were crumbs visible on our table and l saw another table literally get half of it...wiped . When customers leave a table it should immediately be cleaned thoroughly and the rim of the chair which is generally grabbed to pull out . Could do better .More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 6 August 2020 via mobile

Always pop in here for a coffee and a quick bite to eat. The staff are above and beyond. So so friendly and helpful. It's clear the baristas know what they are doing. So humbling to know where your coffee beans come from, and to...get a little bit of an insight into the flavour and tones of the variety. I highly recommend trying the poached egg on pulled pork and stout bread. Can't remember, how it was named but WOW !!! Thanks for another delicious visit ! Will be back.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 26 July 2020 via mobile

The staff at this cafe were all extremely kind and helpful only downfall I had is that they are very expensive 💵 2 teas and a sweet treat nearly €10 😒 I would go back 👍🏻👍🏻

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 6 June 2020

I was in Tralee today and for the first time since lockdown I thaught I would treat myself and my fellow passengers to a takeaway coffee....one of us decided to order a breakfast bap to go.....this breakfast bap cost 10euro which was absolutly rediculous price,I...could not wait to see what it would look like....what a dissapointment....for the price of it I expected value for money at least,wont be going there again.People should not be allowed take the mick and fleece people who are just starting to go back to support these placesMore

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 29 February 2020

Love the Bookshelf , great food with many healthy options. Food very fresh. In love with their pancakes , can't get enough of them!! 🥰 Definitely worth the visit.

Date of visit: February 2020
TBSCH, Owner at The Bookshelf Tralee, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2020

Thank you very much Donika!

Reviewed 8 February 2020 via mobile

Went here a few times when shopping in Tralee, conveniently located at the edge of Manor West retail park, with good parking facilities around. The locality itself is very cosy, but as mentioned before it's not a super-quiet place - normal noise levels of a...busy family-friendly cafe with music on background. It's a bit strange that you have to wait to be seated, personally I'd prefer to chose my own spot, especially since there's different areas (couches, bar-stool type set-up or small tables), but there's probably a reason for it. The menu itself is very artisan, with mainly breakfast and brunch items, a wide range of different coffees, teas and smoothies but also fizzy drinks, and free water as served in many Irish cafes / restaurants. The prices are indeed on the upper side, especially if you consider the portion sizes aren't massive. There could be some improvement in this area - especially since the food is definitely high quality and very tasty, so you don't really want to leave still half hungry! Service has been friendly and prompt on all of our visits so far - I've been there about 6 or 7 times now over the last one to two years. Only thing to improve what's coming to mind really is the portion sizes - since you pay around 30 euros for two meals and a tea and a can of fizzy, I think one should leave with a full stomach... Will definitely return, though.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 February 2020 via mobile

Lovely place for Breakfast/Lunch. Great variety & fresh food. Has an eco /food market vibe. Def worth a stop if you are travelling around Kerry

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 January 2020 via mobile

Any one who follows my reviews will see that I rarely give 5 stars and almost never for a breakfast but this place got it. From the outside it looks very industrial and not overly appealing but as you step through the door it takes...on a life of its own and caters for everyone. You can sit at a cosy table for two or slouch on the couches with friends for a gossip or sit at the boardroom for a working breakfast. First glance at the menu had me comment that the prices were on the high side of most Tralee cafe/restaurants and the food had better be up to par . Well it did not disappoint ! The food was the best quality from the sausages to the artisan pudding and vine tomatoes. The poached eggs with pulled ham had my she who must be obeyed was a new one for me and was excellent. The orange juice clearly freshly squeezed. The funny moment was three separate pots of tea arrived 3 minutes apart to our amusement .now that's fresh refills 😂 In short you get what you pay for. Yes €30 for a breakfast for two is a little pricey but you feel that that the quality is well worth it. The portions are generous and the staff very friendly and easy going.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 19 January 2020

I go to the bookshelf often with my other half for brunch Eggs Benedict is gorge This is the best place I've ever been for the freshly squeezed orange juice Lots to choose from good portions and good quality for the price Nice decor and...lovely staffMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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