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Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

3922 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
(323) 663-6173
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Ranked #217 of 8,558 restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Good for: Outdoor seating
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Good for: Outdoor seating
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43 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Istanbul, Turkey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I first visited Intelligentsia on Sunset in 2008 and I was hooked. On a recent trip back to LA, I got takeaway from this location several times. If you're a coffee expert, would-be connoisseur, or just like quality java, Intelligentsia is a must. This branch can seem kind of scene-y and there can be a line at times, but all... More

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14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

It's all about the coffee. It's excellent! The pastry slightly better than average. With better food, I could give a higher overall rating. The service is slow but, mainly because they spend so much time making such a delicious brew.

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Birmingham, Michigan
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Great cup of coffee--totally worth the price! There was a line but it move quickly. My whole family agreed the food and drinks were worth the drive and wait.

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West Hollywood, California
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Consistently great espresso drinks with strong full flavor, friendly staff and always a treat. I buy the beans too!

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Mountain View, California
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I've been in town for two days now and I've had as many trips to Intelligentsia. It's down the street from the Ashtanga yoga class I'm attending (Noah Williams) in Silverlake. So far I've treated myself to lattes and a "self-pour" (individually filtered hand-drip coffee) and have been delighted with both drinks. I expect to be back tomorrow!

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Vancouver, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

If you drink your coffee black, and want to appreciate the different layers to a coffee like you would appreciate a wine, then Intelligentsia is where you want your cup of java. I had the Ethiopian blend, which was brewed properly and I could appreciate the blueberry and strawberry tones, slight undercurrent of lemon citrus, and the mild acidity. All... More

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Montreal, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Would get five stars but sometimes there are not enough seats and the line-up to order is long. Complimentary wifi, excellent coffee and delicious pastry-thingies. Nice staff, friendly clientele. What's not to like?

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I love visiting Intelligentsia when I am in Venice. The coffee and croissants are the best. It is also a fun people watching scene

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New York City, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Amazing - would love to have stayed longer - but was on a deadline to see as much of pasadena as possible! The tea was delicious!

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Los Angeles, California
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98 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Haven't ordered anything yet because both times I have gone here, it's been too crowded. No seating. Maybe I should just grab a coffee to go. Looks nice inside and outdoor patio is ok. Nothing special. People rave about this place and I don't know why yet. Hopefully I will get to try something soon.

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