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Cafe Intelligentsia

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1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291
310.399.1233
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Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
For people who take their coffee very seriously

We live in Spain where coffee is only served as an espresso base. It pleases me that over the last few years more and more coffee shops are opening that take the time to brew a really decent espresso coffee. This is one of the best I've had outside of San Jose. I went with Black Cat Classic Latte... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
Steve B
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Sitges, Spain
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Sitges, Spain
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341 reviews 341 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We live in Spain where coffee is only served as an espresso base. It pleases me that over the last few years more and more coffee shops are opening that take the time to brew a really decent espresso coffee. This is one of the best I've had outside of San Jose. I went with Black Cat Classic Latte. With... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I tasted coffee with soya milk and it was good. The atmosphere in that place is nice. Good people and you can relax drinking your cup of coffee.

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West Hollywood, California
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Money well spent! Time well spent in the line, too! I love this place and so does everyone else! They have other locations, too! This place is always slammed but those that love good coffee come here, take it to go and enjoy it in your car or just anywhere but here!

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Solana Beach, California, United States
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41 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

They take their coffee seriously, And it's so good, I had to take some (beans) home. Minimalist decor - but a lot of smiling faces. Especially after tasting the coffee. The assorted pastries looked amazing, but why dilute the flavor of the great coffee... Did I say I like the coffee?

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We went to the cafe on Abbot Kinney. Seriously the coffee is to die for! There is often a long line, but it's worth it.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Where can you enjoy real coffee in the US? Only at Intelligentsia. The queue is long but worth the wait. The building is sparse and the seating could be improved but need their coffee. Stella

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you're a serious coffee drinker, you can't miss Itenlligentsia. Located in the heart of Abbot Kinney (hands down the best part of Venice beach) this is the best coffee. The minute you walk in you can tell they take their coffee very seriously. I live about 25 miles away so I don't get out to Venice beach too often.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I met my college friend at this place for a coffee. It was recommended by him. . I liked the store, very hip and nice modern architecture. Coffee was OK.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I stood for 10 bemused minutes in a club-like queue in the entrance, waiting to enter to order a... coffee. After seeing how slow and uninspired the barista was stumbling through his orders I left and went down the road. What a dysfunctional cafe.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My brother said "This is the second best coffee shop in LA"...so, of course, I'm game to try it. Parking is horrendous and nearly impossible on a Saturday. There was a decent line and crowd in the place, which I really don't mind if I'm about to drink a great cup of coffee. The bathroom in there is absolutely vile,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Venice
  • Neighborhood: Venice
  • Phone Number: 310.399.1233

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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Venice
Venice has always danced to its own beat as the epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along the boardwalk there are street performers and local craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings, souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders do their tricks around the skate park. All of it happens under the warm California sun with sprawling views of sand and sea. Heading east, the main drags of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are lined with boutique shops, some major retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. Here the ambiance is more relaxed and upscale than the frenetic boardwalk area. Venice is a mostly walkable (and certainly bikeable) neighborhood, full of areas to explore.
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