eBar at The Bookshelf

12 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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eBar at The Bookshelf is a fun destination for dinner and a movie! Located on the second floor of a bookstore that shows movies, you'll find a cinema that serves dinner and a bar that launches books. Come upstairs to enjoy a glass of wine, one of our rotating craft beers, or our designer cocktails.

Special events are held at the venue such as live entertainment, art exhibitions and dance nights. Be sure to consult the events calendar on our website for details
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Canadian, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(519) 821-3311
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rodolfo's Rebel Foods / Miijidaa
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The Greenroom houses a private kitchen, where custom menus can be prepared to suit your event/dietary needs. Professional catering services can also be provided using any of our preestablished vendors, or coordinated through the vendor of your preference.
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Cross street
Wyndham St N
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Parking details
Parking is available along Quebec St, or after 6pm in the parking lot next to the building.
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Public transit
Located <100m away, at the corner of Quebec & Wyndham St N
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There's always something exciting happening at the eBar.
Be sure to visit our calendar so you don't miss out on epic dance nights, enticing burlesque, enriching art & book releases, eclectic movies, and everything fun!
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Special events & promotions
If you'd like to coordinate a cross-over dinner & movie event, contact us early to ensure space is available!
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
What 12 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on all time ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had phoned to make a reservation but only got voicemail. I left a message with my phone number and time and date of reservation requested. I also made a reservation through Open Table. When we arrived we found it to be closed but with no information. Thankfully Mijiilda Bistro next door was open and took good care of us. Just go there!

San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend got stuck in Toronto traffic and was really late for our dinner reservation. The ebar manager was very kind about it and then rushed our order when she got there so we could make the Bookshelf cinema movie. It was much appreciated.

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Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was in Guelph for a training event and wanted to make sure I was experiencing the best of the local scene. I found The Book Shelf on Trip Advisor, and it seemed like a good way to support a unique, locally owned business. I didn't realize that the eBar and the actual book store and on different floors, and not even really related (in terms of your experience) unless you go downstairs to browse the store before you eat. I didn't have time for that, since I made a 7:30 reservation and the show started at 8:30. Also, being a Tuesday in the summer, it was fairly empty. That being said, when all of the students come back to town in September, I am sure that place is always buzzing.

The bartender/server was a very nice young man who made me feel less awkward about being by myself, and was good with beer recommendations. The atmosphere was cool, with a stage at the front, long bar/seating area, a pool table, and then a small patio outside, overlooking the larger patio of Mijiidaa (the restaurant downstairs, beside the entrance for The Book Shelf). Because of that, I enjoyed some (probably creepy?) people watching, lol. There is also another dining area inside, before the entrance to the movie theatre. I'm not sure if this part counts as my experience at "eBar" but the movie theatre was very cute and brought me back to the days before huge Cineplexes. The crowd was very mixed, and even though the restaurant was quiet, the theatre was filled. That was okay because you can order your movie ticket and reserve your seat when you're eating at eBar - so I got to go set my reservation card in the seat I wanted before people started filing in.

All in all a great experience I am glad to have had during my time in Guelph.

1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was helpful and very personable. We enjoyed our dinners very much. Thank you!

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Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

we had a giftcard, sorry to find it restricted us to the upstairs. Next time we would use the gift card for movies only

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Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We really like to come for dinner & a movie as it is a relaxed atmosphere. We can have an alcohol beverage because it will be 2 1/2 hours before you will leave to drive home. We prefer to have dinner in advance of the film and we get first choice at picking our seat 1/2 hour before the movie starts. Although the screen is not as large as the cinema, the audio presentation is also not as loud (I like that). I am a senior and enjoy the reduced senior movie rate that is offered by combining dinner with the movie. The menu is small and the food is very fresh & tasty. Portion sizes are appropriate and I feel comfortably satiated at the end of my meal. There is something for every one.

1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We never got to eat as we were booked a table during a time when dinner wasn't being served

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Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks are amazing
All the bartenders are wonderful
Favourite bar in Guelph

1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food at good value. First time there. Would definitely go again

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Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

If we are planning to see the movie, we always books dinner at the bookshelf. Dinner & Movie offers discounted movie tickets, seat reservations, very good food, quiet environment and a nice menu. I recommend the salmon. The salads are scrumptious. The menu fits my low carb diet.

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Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Especially loved the Arctic char and smoked fried pickles. Service was great. Also great to have our seats saved for cinema. Glitch on Open table reservation that they did not have our reservation. It all worked out though :)

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Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The eBar was surprisingly very good. The staff were very friendly and made us feel comfortable. The food was outstanding. the price for cocktails and dinner was very reasonable.