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Iris Bookcafe

1331 Main St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 USA

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Opens Sun 11a
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
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“local food, global books”

Open the door to Iris Book Café and discover a locavore’s delight. We take pride in serving only the best of what Cincinnati has to offer. All of our menu selections are made with all-natural ingredients provided by local suppliers and coffee roasters.

While food is local, our vintage book collection is global. We carry books on architecture, art, fashion, philosophy, literature, poetry, drama, film, photography, cooking, famous gardens, Americana, and foreign language. We offer children’s books in many languages, and we host the largest collection of Polish books in Cincinnati.

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Reviewed by
Chelsea Koglmeier

  • Foodie
  • 242 Reviews
  • 198 Helpful
April 21, 2014

When the weathers nice, there's not a better spot than Iris' back patio to sit outside on Main Street. Food is really light and fresh. Good spot to escape the day to grab some lunch.

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Shelbi Nation

  • 37 Reviews
  • 31 Helpful
March 26, 2014

The perfect cafe to grab a book and a coffee, and enjoy your day. There is a cute little outdoor seating area if the weather is nice. Oh, and their egg sandwiches are good. They get their bread from a bakery across the street.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

  • Road Warrior
  • 299 Reviews
  • 312 Helpful
September 17, 2014
Rated 4.0

One of my favorite cafe's in they city. It has a really great vibe, the food is great, and the coffee is the perfect partner to your favorite book. It's also the perfect place to get some work done, as it's quiet and you won't be bothered. If you hate loud overpriced Starbucks this place is a perfect option.

1 person found this review helpful

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Natalie Akers

  • Road Warrior
  • 371 Reviews
  • 110 Helpful
August 15, 2014
Rated 4.0

Amazing patio. Went on a Friday afternoon and was very quiet. A great place to do work, but not the place for a rowdy meal. I ordered the turkey/avocado sandwich, which was decent but definitely a bit pricey. Incredible cold drip coffee comes in one size.

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Anna Hider

  • Blogger
  • 1,231 Reviews
  • 364 Helpful
February 11, 2016
Rated 4.0

Good food, nothing special, but great coffee. It's a fun place to stop in a browse, and their back patio is beautiful! $5 min for credit cards.

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Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

  • Expert
  • 575 Reviews
  • 153 Helpful
February 11, 2016
Rated 3.0

Back patio is really nice, and the store, at first, feels like it's trying too hard but it's just genuinely a quaint but dark book store

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,165 Reviews
  • 581 Helpful
October 15, 2014

This is a cute little coffee and book shop nook. I get what the other reviewers are talking about. Food is a bit pricey for what you get and it's just ok. But Iris is so charming, it's a great place to grab a coffee, and sit down and read the paper. Collective Espresso is a good alternative but in my opinion the coffee there is super strong and it can take a while, especially if they're busy.

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  • 332 Reviews
  • 164 Helpful
October 13, 2014
Rated 3.0

Meh - the turkey dill sandwich is good but not really anything special. Not crazy about the atmosphere inside if just going for coffee - I'd definitely go to Collective Espresso over Iris. Never been in a bookstore context so not sure how their book selection is.

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Stephen Rees

  • Road Warrior
  • 273 Reviews
  • 228 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 3.0

I think that Iris is totally decent. They've got a cool collection of books and records for sale and their coffee is pretty good, but I think that their food is overpriced for what they're offering ($8-$9 for a sandwich I could make at home), and the service is super slow. That said, their back patio is awesome and a great place to hang out.

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Derek Neuland

  • Photographer
  • 297 Reviews
  • 124 Helpful
August 14, 2014
Rated 4.0

This coffee shop is super cozy. Most of the tables are literally nestled in between shelves full of books for sale. The back of the cafe always reminds me of a high school library as it's small but all the walls are lined with shelves of books. Their coffee is damn good too, I just wish they didn't use styrofoam cups.

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Iris Bookcafe

1331 Main St
Cincinnati, Ohio
45202 USA

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  • Mon - Thu: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Outdoor Seating
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