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  • Novel Café on Main Street
    2507 Main Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    (310) 396-7700
    Price Range: Moderate
    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Novel Café Restaurant Review

Novel Café on Main Street in Santa Monica

Novel Café in Santa Monica is a casual style restaurant with coffee house style ambiance. It's a great for breakfast or lunch or just hanging out and socializing over coffee. The Novel Café offers free Wi-Fi Internet access so you can bring your laptop along and get some serious screen time in. Novel Café is right on Main Street in Santa Monica, making it a great place for people and celebrity watching from the patio in front. With the friendly and attentive staff, you will feel right at home.

Novel Café serves traditional American and Californian cuisine. The main food items on the menu include sandwiches, gourmet burgers, wraps and quesadillas. Favorite breakfast items are Eggs Bruschetta, the Breakfast Burrito and the Novel Omelet prepared with egg whites and vegetable goodies topped with avocado. For those wanting the good old favorites, Novel Café also serves pancakes and French toast. For lunch the Salads are popular as well as the Grilled Chicken Dijon Sandwich and the Goat Cheese and Eggplant Melt.

Though the Novel Café no longer bakes onsite, there is a wide rage of fresh baked goods for sale including guilt-free cakes and a wide array of delectable desserts. Specialty cakes served at the café include cheesecake, tiramisu, carrot cake and pumpkin cheesecake. To complement your meal, Novel Café also serves good coffee, fruit juices and smoothies.

Diners can choose to enjoy their meals indoors or outdoors in the patio in front. The café feature a large indoor dining area with large tables with an open feeling due to the high ceilings and skylights. Off to the side there are areas with living room décor with couches and comfortable chairs with stocked bookcases and colorful oil paintings. Dinning outdoors is nice as well with tables shaded by large umbrellas and surrounded by trees and bushes. The patio allows diners to take in the scene on Main Street. Dogs are welcome in the patio as long as they are on a leash.

Novel Café does not take reservations, so be prepared to wait to get a table as the place is full during peak times. Novel Café's stores hours are between 7:30am to 8:00 pm. Metered street parking is available but can be hard to find and is not cheap. An insider tip is to park on the one-way street behind the Novel Café for free parking for an extended stay, but pay attention to the posted parking restrictions.