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The Novel Cafe

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Ocean Park, Santa Monica
  • Tasha G.
    "Perfect impromptu workspace:) huge seating area & comfy sofa chairs"(2 Tips)
    Valeria K.
    "Get the acai bowl, trust me you won't regret it"(6 Tips)
    Nora J.
    "Turkey chili & a book = the perfect hang."(2 Tips)
    Lisa Jey D.
    "yummy salads in Santa Monica."(6 Tips)
32 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • wifi
  • novels
  • turkey chili
  • blueberry pancakes
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  • Leslie
    LeslieAugust 3, 2012
    Im difficult when ordering and was super impressed w my waitress Alexis. She was very accommodating and offered lots of suggestions ;) luvd the sweet potato fries.. Wish there was rm for acai bowl!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJune 6, 2013
    Not my favorite place for eating - service is slow and food is just a bit overdone. However, a great venue for outdoor seating, some coffee and a newspaper (or your laptop) for some work.
  • Valeria K.
    Valeria KholostenkoFebruary 9, 2012
    Try the Acai Bowl, you'll be coming back for more and more and again! It's perfect after a run or just a great pick-up-your-mood in the afternoon.
  • Lisa Jey D.
    Lisa Jey DavisSeptember 8, 2011
    They have one of the absolute best selections of healthy, yummy salads in Santa Monica. Their dessert counter is pretty enticing too. Love this place
  • Esfandiar B.
    More expensive smoothies than Venice area. Internet is dodgy most of the times. Staff is friendly.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GoldmanDecember 25, 2012
    They used to have better chicken. It's not all white meat anymore and tough to chew. If you're a chicken snob like me, avoid chicken here.
  • David J.
    David JonesMay 8, 2014
    Turkey sandwich was pretty average and I'd have liked a bit more salad with the salad dressing. Great espresso.
  • Sabrina L.
    WiFi is thenovelcafe. Great place for studying. Everything looks a bit grimy though, so I'm wary to eat here...
  • Rasmus H.
    Rasmus HanssonJanuary 15, 2012
    This is a total Apple place. I bet if you bring a pc or android you'll get kicked out. Which is of course fine by me ;)
  • Dana M.
    Dana MasonJanuary 8, 2012
    Everything is awesome here. Great to work- free wifi very chill place with great service
  • Lara J.
    Lara JonesSeptember 27, 2012
    Cute place. With lots of big tables its a great place to bring your laptop and work.
  • Demeter Interactive
    Demeter InteractiveJune 13, 2012
    Great seating and WiFi. The acai bowl is a great morning treat.
  • Valeria K.
    Get the acai bowl, trust me you won't regret it
  • Jess P.
    Jess PietSeptember 14, 2013
    Cozy up in the big tan chairs. So comfy! Just be sure to wrap it up once I arrive hah!
  • John Q.
    John QuintanaFebruary 21, 2011
    The Novel Omlette w lox is awesome. Give it a whirl.
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LloydMay 20, 2011
    Tofu Bruschetta is incredible. Do it.
  • Tasha G.
    Tasha GiudaJuly 31, 2013
    Perfect impromptu workspace:) huge seating area & comfy sofa chairs
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMarch 4, 2014
    Great place to hangout, quiet.
  • Shobhit B.
    Shobhit BaadkarOctober 31, 2013
    Try the shrimp Caesar salad or the Greek chicken salad.
  • Munjal T.
    Munjal ThakkarSeptember 28, 2011
    Also the açai bowl with hemp granola is something to fall in love with.
  • Andy L.
    Andy LucasJuly 3, 2011
    It's all about the Acai bowl with chocolate chip granola.
  • Munjal T.
    Munjal ThakkarSeptember 28, 2011
    Goatcheese chicken walnut apple salad, yum.
  • Jess H.
    Jess HazlettApril 25, 2011
    Very slow service, but worth the wait.
  • Francesca
    FrancescaAugust 31, 2011
    Good food. Not so good service.
  • Nora J.
    Nora JohnsonMarch 11, 2011
    Turkey chili & a book = the perfect hang.
  • Jack D.
    Jack DuganneAugust 25, 2013
    Great blueberry pancakes!
  • Konstantin R.
    Tasty but too slow
  • Yenny G.
    Yenny GarridoSeptember 5, 2012
    Love the staff..
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LloydMay 16, 2011
    Free wi-fi! Read more
  • André R.
    André Rossi AbrantesJanuary 27, 2013
    Wonderful place!!!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KSeptember 7, 2014
    #FreshJuice! #Calamari! #CoolLocalArt!
  • Elena I.
    Elena IavaroneAugust 18, 2014
    Posticino molto carino e ottimo per il brunch!
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