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Golden Mean Cafe

$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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1028 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1907
+1 310-393-6500
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

We visited this lovely cafe when we were in the LA area. We were about 12 people, and they had us sit upstairs in the cafe. It was nice having our own little space in the restaurant. The staff is very accommodating, and extremely nice. The food in this vegan cafe is absolutely delicious. They have a brunch menu with... More 

Thank Pavitralrao
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2017

Second visit to Golden Mean (we live in Australia). We just love this place. The food is soooo good and service is excellent. Waitress really great (even helped us set up our Uber app). We'll be back again.

Thank NthnBeachesNSW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Golden Mean is a tiny "hole in the wall" sort of restaurant with a friendly staff and comfortable/casual decor. They have delicious vegan cakes, you can't even tell the difference from a "regular" cake. Extensive menu as far as vegan food options and portion sizes are generous! They have an upstairs that allows you to have a little bit more... More 

Thank ceciliawirth
Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

Breakfast plates, bowls, wraps, smoothies, even coffee-free "macaccinos" and lots of (mostly gluten-free) baked goods, this tiny narrow (two-level) cafe felt more like a vegan diner nook. The service was a bit slow and seemed overwhelmed (I think there was one wait person covering all of brunch/lunch service), but I still had a happy full stomach that fueled me for... More 

Thank Ray Q
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I checked out this restaurant for dinner while staying at a hotel in Santa Monica. I had the Vegan Chicken Teriyaki Wrap with Quinoa. So tasty and the portions were on point! Definitely stop by this spot (two thumbs up).

Thank Msflny
Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

There was nothing special about this place. Food was ok. There are so many other places in this area that are much better for vegan food. Service was not great. Forgot to get one of the drinks. Had to reminded again. Main course was served wrong. The food was not bad but not great either. With so many other nice... More 

Thank vel2686
Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2015

It was probably my favorite place to eat vegan in Santa Monica. People working there are very friendly and polity and i had the chance to meet the owner Aaron Glassman who suggested me to try the vegan cake. Well the portion was so big that i couldn't finish it. The place is worth to be visited. It has wo... More 

Thank RickyX76
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2015

Had the Golden Mean Salad which was pretty good. Didn't want to try anything else since I'm not a fan of processed fake meats. The salad was the only thing I could find without mock chicken, seitan, tempeh or tofu. Salad had a good amount of flavor and the dressing was great. The Blackberry Coconut Cake was really good. I'd... More 

Thank Brady E
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2015

I had read about this place online & listed it for when I was out in CA. I was so excited to try it and I was not disappointed. The food was incredibly delicious. I am OBSESSED with tempeh so I ordered the club sandwich - double the tempeh - with avocado and a side of the kale salad. I... More 

Thank Melissa1130
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2015

Best coconut cake you will ever eat! This place is amazing all vegan and vegi! It is delicious but I am telling you the coconut cake is the best!

Thank Lauren A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1028 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-6500
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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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