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Cora's Coffee Shoppe

1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-451-9562
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Ranked #34 of 563 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Californian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Holidayfun
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Best brunch we had in the US and even pretty good coffee. Would definitely recommend and revisit. The only reason we didn't give five stars is due to the wait to get a table and then a long wait for food.

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Pittsburgh
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you find yourself in Santa Monica this is a must stop for breakfast. My wife and daughters had the Smoked Salmon Benedict and I had the Orange pancakes. My daughter commented this was the best breakfast she ever had!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Camouflaged by blossoming vegetation. Secluding from major thoroughfare an imperial yard away. Popular local haunt (apparently). Bit of a gem for those looking for La brunch experience. Reasonable coffee. Nice service. Great Huevos rancheros. Proper OJ. Extensive menu. Superb ambience of car, sun and chattering pretty people. Socal goodlife in microcosm. Perfect. Thank you.

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Monterey, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I would have rated this place higher if the service was better. What I like about this place is the food. It's actually delicious. But waiting 41 minutes for your food is definitely not worth it especially when you came there for breakfast and instead it's turning out to be brunch. We asked for water and it came 9 minutes... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Queued to have our breakfast after reading reviews. Nice little patio and friendly staff but that's as good as it got. Waited for over half an hour for our food but only 2 plates arrived. (There were 3 of us). We finished our food before my husband's scrambled eggs with chorizo arrived - along with the check! (Here's your coat,... More

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muntinlupa city, philippines
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

On weekends, there can be a line for brunch for Cora's as this is where the locals eat. Also a great place to eat if you're coming from the beach. We stayed at Sea shore Motel so Cora's is very convenient for us to eat. We had breakfast and dinners there. Excellent food, great waiters. Very fresh ingredients. Also, when... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A great spot for a burger. If Edgar is behind the counter your experience is even better. Thanks for the meal and the conversation.

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mentor, oh
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Sat outside on a Friday morning. Vines are between the tables and the sidewalk giving you privacy. Terrific strong coffee. Had a omelet with smoked salmon and onions. The omelet was soft, fluffy. and delicious.Service was attentive . Lunch is also served. Just a nice comfortable spot right on Ocean Ave.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We stayed at Shore Hotel just a few blocks up the road from here. Our hotel didn't have a restaurant, so we asked the concierge what she recommended. We walked the few blocks in the direction she pointed.....ended up walking right past it! It's such a small, unassuming place that we didn't even realize what we were looking at. (Isn't... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

As a rule of thumb a popular restaurant is worth queueing for and Cora's runs true to this rule. Between 8.30am - 9.30am on a Wednesday there were 4-6 people waiting to be seated. And yes, the wait was worth it. Best breakfast / brunch of our stay, by some distance. Tip: sign in on the list by the entrance... More

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