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Cora's Coffee Shoppe

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Neighborhood:
Santa Monica
American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Californian
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1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-451-9562
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 111
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Casual place with good food

I was able to sit outdoors with my dog by my side at this casual spot. Enjoyed some great coffee and a good lunch without having to abandon my canine buddy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
Bonnie L
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I was able to sit outdoors with my dog by my side at this casual spot. Enjoyed some great coffee and a good lunch without having to abandon my canine buddy.

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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157 reviews 157 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

Cora's prices are a cut above what I would expect to pay. The food is very good, though. The bread and jams are house made and the coffee is great. The servers are very friendly and seem to genuinely appreciate your custom.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

we were staying at the hotel across the street, and could see the line forming at Cora's every morning. When we tried it, we could see why. The orange and blueberry pancakes were great, the bacon was perfect, and the coffee and juice were very good. Service was friendly and fast. The seating area, in a vine-covered hoop house, was... More 

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Reluctant but efficient service and good eggs/omelettes and coffee with home made jam makes a very good breakfast. Go early. no celebs, who cares. Went for the food.

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West Brattleboro, Vermont
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Busy place -- food was so-so, the refritos were not really well-fried and the sauce on the heuvos rancheros was hard to indentify -- on the other hand all the guys who work there were really sweet. It's popular -- there was a long wait on a Saturday morning after Christmas. Some of the tables are under a bouganvilla covered... More 

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Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great little breakfast spot with a nice garden patio. Breakfast was great but expect to wait on the weekends.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Mamones in spanish means "rude people who think they are better than yourself and who humilliate you just because". The food in this place is amazing, delicious. But the waiters are such mamones. Be careful. (I was in the party of 6 from Mexico so you can identify me if you read this).

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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Gotta go to Cora's whenever I'm in Santa Monica. Steak and Eggs is delicious, as is the coffee. It's walking distance from the hotel that I usually stay in, so that is a big plus!

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london UK
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This was on some LA magazine or Eater list of `cool power breakfast scenes in LA' with the tag line "get the attached gourmet restaurant's food for scandalously cheap from their breakfast shack.' I ordered a tostada that was allegedly short rib and looked and tasted more like cheap sliced steak over chopped supermarket lettuce. I paid close to $40... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Great menu and everything passing by looked good. Fresh food and large portions. Busy old time diner. Counter and open kitchen need some cleaning and sprucing.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-451-9562

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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