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Novel Cafe

Santa Monica
American, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen
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212 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 396-8566
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Wed 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Mon 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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    4 of 5 stars
Nice breakfast menu.

The food is good. The service was pretty bad. It's a good place for lunch if you have time. The coffee was good and the portions are decent. I recommend the Acai bowl.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2014
Los Angeles, California
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30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Juan Capistrano, California
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280 reviews 280 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We started off with a couple of gluten-free muffins that were just wonderful. We all then had a really good dragon fruit drink. The main courses were also wonderful. Two of us had different egg-white omelets and the third had a breakfast burrito. Coffee was just right. The service was excellent.

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Los Angeles, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The food is good. The service was pretty bad. It's a good place for lunch if you have time. The coffee was good and the portions are decent. I recommend the Acai bowl.

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Mae Nam
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We stopped by for a coffee. Only 3 people in front of us and it took us 10 minutes to place our order. It took the red headed lady behind the counter 10 minutes to make 3 drinks for the customers in front of us. 2 people behind us walked out because they didn't want to wait anymore. We finally... More 

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Oakland, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My eggplant goat cheese sandwich was incredible and the side salad was amazing various greens, broccoli, cukes, grated carrot balsamic vinaigrette (homemade) I had to bring the salad home too much for me to eat which was wonderful. My husband had the fries as his side and they were great seasoned YUM! Just driving by so stopped in. Priced competitively... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Great start to our Californian road trip. Good filter coffee, healthy juice and beautiful fruit salad. Sat outside on a glorious morning and enjoyed friendly service.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Loved the mexican sauces! Both my wife and I had mexican style eggs, she chilaquiles and i huevos rancheros and this was by far the best mexican style food we had in Santa Monica. Great beverages too!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

My husband and I had been biking along Santa Monica/Venice Beach for the morning and stumbled across Novel Cafe when we were looking for a place to eat lunch. It was just wonderful. They had an extensive menu, and both of our meals were not only super tasty but healthy too. They offer free wi-fi for anyone who eats there,... More 

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Blacksburg, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I and our two grown sons just finished dining at The Novel Cafe on Main Street in Santa Monica. I could not wait to get back home to write this review. Not only was the food absolutely delicious and the service exeptional, the portions are extremely generous. But wait, it gets even better!! Mimi, the owner is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

The food here is on the healthy side. Yes, they have hamburgers and fries, and also have 100% whole wheat bread. I had a small Caesar salad, and it was wonderful: fresh with bits of tomato and croutons with very fresh tasting romaine lettuce, and a good Caesar dressing. The turkey sandwich was ample, although seemed to missing something, maybe... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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82 reviews 82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The coffee was very good. The service was friendly. The location is excellent. Right off Santa Monica Boulevard. The patio, has beautiful flowers and climbing flowering vines.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 212 Pier Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: (310) 396-8566

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Delicatessen
Open Hours
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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