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Espresso Cielo

Coffee Shop$$$$
Ocean Park, Santa Monica
50 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • tea
  • wifi
  • almond croissants
  • casual
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  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenDecember 4, 2016
    Some lovely espresso and free wifi. Be wary as it might be closed for refurbishment right now.
  • Gregol G.
    Gregol GratisNovember 20, 2016
    Friendly joyful young baristas. They are meticulous with their espressi served in glass (Spanish style). The level is high and hasn't dropped since they opened. Enjoy!
  • José A.
    José AyalaOctober 16, 2016
    The espresso rocks! But it takes a time...
  • Alvaro P.
    Alvaro Paiva BimboJuly 20, 2016
    Great iced coffee & service! Drink half of it, then ask for more ice & add almond milk: it's like a free one. Free wifi also. Bathroom needs key. Parking around is not that hard at noon.
  • Josef C.
    Josef ChrpaMay 15, 2016
    Very good coffe! They realy know how to make a good one!
  • Megan G.
    Megan GuerraApril 19, 2016
    Best coffee on the westside. Unparalleled care in preparation. They serve 49th Parallel espresso which is robust & sweet. Cute spot for a coffee date too.
  • Kenneth
    KennethMarch 14, 2016
    Tasty traditional coffee close to Venice Beach. Escape the crowds and crazy characters here for a while and enjoy the afternoon sun. Worth the short walk!
  • Darryl M.
    Darryl MunsonAugust 6, 2015
    A block from the ocean. Very good coffee. Clean; very friendly service. Reasonable prices.
  • Toni B.
    Toni BMarch 11, 2015
    Great lemon cake
  • Daniel
    DanielFebruary 21, 2015
    Great independent Main street third wave coffee shop
  • K J
    K JFebruary 4, 2015
    Didn't try an espresso based drink so I do lament that but the drip was alright. Service and Ambience is just ok. I'm thinking it's a better takeaway spot then a place to stay and enjoy.
  • Russell F.
    Russell FJanuary 30, 2015
    Baked goods from Hotcakes Bakes! Try a canelé and feel oh so francophilic.
  • Mike Z.
    Mike ZazaianDecember 15, 2014
    WiFi password still 'beans121'.
  • Mike Z.
    Mike ZazaianDecember 15, 2014
    Good little shop, rarely overcrowded, skilled and friendly baristas, pretty good beans from 49th Parallel.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuNovember 27, 2014
    Cozy atmosphere with baristas that sing Frozen. Wish I could hang here more!
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)November 9, 2014
    I don't know what the benefits of cold brewed tea are, but the liquid jade was refreshing on this 90° November day.
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)November 9, 2014
    Wifi is free and the password is currently ‘beans121’
  • Zach
    ZachNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My go to. Mocha is always phenomenal and exactly the sweetness I like. They have 49th parallel espresso here and a great set of outdoor seating.
  • Jared R.
    Jared RanereSeptember 2, 2014
    Ask about the Australians and learn something about coffee.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SalomonAugust 1, 2014
    Very good coffee and almond croissants
  • Arye B.
    Arye BerkMarch 24, 2014
    Very nice barista helped me find something that would keep me up!
  • Abdullah Salim A.
    I'm not really sure, but i didn't like the vanilla latte:)
  • Zach
    ZachOctober 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Let's talk about how this shop is one of the few places to serve 49th parallel coffee in LA. The mocha is my recommendation.
  • Lili K.
    Lili KoponenMarch 7, 2013
    Great iced latte! Not at all bitter, and ready quickly and with a smile. :-)
  • Antonio M.
    Amazing caffe late!
  • Robert W.
    Robert WarrenMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    ask about the big a$$ clock on the wall... it's got great history!
  • Mikey K.
    Mikey KilunDecember 18, 2011
    Single origin pour over,every sip is worth it for us coffee geeks!
  • Juan G b.
    Juan G bethereDecember 1, 2011
    the best coffee place in Santa Monica
  • Domenic V.
    Domenic VenneriNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ice coffee!
  • Kristen B.
    Kristen BrotemarkleOctober 19, 2011
    Best iced coffee I've ever had
  • Leanne M.
    Leanne McNeilSeptember 6, 2011
    Excellent but watch out for the snippy manager!
  • Buy Local Market
    Buy Local MarketAugust 10, 2011
    If you want a really nice coffee, you can't beat Espresso Cielo. They serve a very special (and rare) kind of coffee from Vancouver.
  • Leah J.
    Leah JaneAugust 2, 2011
    Amazing tea selection too!!
  • jantje b.
    jantje bJuly 20, 2011
    They are very helpful if you need advice about the neighborhood... As are the clientel
  • Ashley
    AshleyMay 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    As much as I love the vibe and feel of this place, I wouldn't come if the coffee wasn't good. That being said, it's one of the most perfect cups of espresso I've ever had.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    This bright blue Santa Monica café uses beans from Vancouver's famed 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 25, 2011
    1 of the "10 Places to Get a Damn Good Cup of Coffee"! Read more
  • Ben T.
    Ben TepferMarch 15, 2011
    Best Iced Coffee EVER!
  • Tomas B.
    Tomas BecklinMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wifi. Friendly staff and great coffee!
  • Alisha J.
    Alisha JenkinsJuly 16, 2010
    Favorite spot to work in SM. Great location, it's fun to sit in the window & watch everything happening out on Main st. LOVE the velvet tea & almond crossont.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KirkpatrickJune 18, 2010
    Pastries to kill for! Almond croissants are awesome.
  • Lewis M.
    Lewis MalerApril 20, 2010
    you need to try the Piccolo Latte Great coffee flavor and perfect amount of milk A great experience any time of the day
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlakelyApril 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Confirmed again today: the best cappuccino I've had in recent memory!
  • Jon C.
    Jon CarloApril 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down, best coffee on the west side! Read more
  • Miffy E.
    Miffy EatsMarch 25, 2010
    Love the Latte. Coffee on the acid side, and sublimeness of your drink depends on who is the barista in charge that day.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlakelyMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I overheard some foreign tourists say that the cappuccino here was the best they'd ever had in the USA!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlakelyMarch 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    40 minutes of free parking (with validation) in the back of the building, on 2nd Street and Marine.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhelanFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Earl Grey creme tea is fantastic
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlakelyFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Seriously delicious cappuccino... And I lived in Italy! Free Wi-fi .
  • Dan M.
    Dan MFebruary 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ugly decor. Great espresso.
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