Literati Cafe

★★★★★
  • 12081 Wilshire Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90025

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  • 310-231-7484

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How disappointing. My husband and I went here on different occasions, thinking that our first poor experience was a fluke. With its literary theme, hand-written menu, and claim to organic and non-gluten fare, we were really looking forward

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How disappointing. My husband and I went here on different occasions, thinking that our first poor experience was a fluke. With its literary theme, hand-written menu, and claim to organic and non-gluten fare, we were really looking forward

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The matre d was unprofessional and rude. It got so terrible that we actually had to leave the restaurant because of the crap service. If you are not the type who value professional service and being treated with respect. This place

3
★★★★★

The matre d was unprofessional and rude. It got so terrible that we actually had to leave the restaurant because of the crap service. If you are not the type who value professional service and being treated with respect. This place

Pros: Nice interior

Cons: Rude Service

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This is what I think a coffee shop experience should be. The decor is a history of Los Angeles. I love to look at the old photos, maps, posters. The tea selection is better than you will usually find. The food is great. I've had the best soup ever several times there. Free internet for the nerds.

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★★★★☆

This is what I think a coffee shop experience should be. The decor is a history of Los Angeles. I love to look at the old photos, maps, posters. The tea selection is better than you will usually find. The food is great. I've had the best soup ever several times there. Free internet for the nerds.

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This is a great place to grab food and hangout. The food is excellent especially their soups and sandwiches. Also, if you order tea you can get it in a teapot or coffee in a small coffee press pot for an excellent drink experience. This is definitely a place to check out if you are in town.

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This is a great place to grab food and hangout. The food is excellent especially their soups and sandwiches. Also, if you order tea you can get it in a teapot or coffee in a small coffee press pot for an excellent drink experience. This is definitely a place to check out if you are in town.

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3 THINGS HORRIBLE FOOD, WORST SERVICE, BAD MANAGEMENT..

DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO GO...

3
★★★★★

3 THINGS HORRIBLE FOOD, WORST SERVICE, BAD MANAGEMENT..

DON'T EVEN BOTHER TO GO...

Pros: nothing

Cons: all of it

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Once you walk in Literati it feels like you are anywhere but on wilshire. There is such a cozy atmosphere, and great bookish feel to the whole place that you can't resist staying for a while. Their sandwiches and tea are definitely where

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★★★★★

Once you walk in Literati it feels like you are anywhere but on wilshire. There is such a cozy atmosphere, and great bookish feel to the whole place that you can't resist staying for a while. Their sandwiches and tea are definitely where

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When I?m not near an Urth, my next choice is Literati. I love how books have been cemented in like bricks on the wall. Their salads and sandwiches are always fresh, and the desserts are so rich and tasty. They also have a good breakfast

3
★★★★★

When I?m not near an Urth, my next choice is Literati. I love how books have been cemented in like bricks on the wall. Their salads and sandwiches are always fresh, and the desserts are so rich and tasty. They also have a good breakfast

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Chris is hands down my favorite chef in Los Angeles. His food is consistently delicious, arranged beautifully, and one is at once aware of the connection between farmer and chef combining for true artistry. If Alice Waters had a son, he

3
★★★★★

Chris is hands down my favorite chef in Los Angeles. His food is consistently delicious, arranged beautifully, and one is at once aware of the connection between farmer and chef combining for true artistry. If Alice Waters had a son, he

Pros: FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD

Cons: Wine list

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I love the food and drinks at Literati, and I live close by so I always order take-out from them. EVERY SINGLE TIME I have ordered it, though, they have messed up my order. \r
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★★★★★

I love the food and drinks at Literati, and I live close by so I always order take-out from them. EVERY SINGLE TIME I have ordered it, though, they have messed up my order. \r
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Pros: good menu, lots of choices, nice cafe ambience

Cons: horrible service, sometimes run out of things

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When I read the reviews, I had to check it out. There are two restaurants on the corner. One is the orginal cafe which is a self serve, lower priced, organic restaurant. I went in and was so glad to see the European feeling. Pictures

3
★★★★★

When I read the reviews, I had to check it out. There are two restaurants on the corner. One is the orginal cafe which is a self serve, lower priced, organic restaurant. I went in and was so glad to see the European feeling. Pictures

Pros: Original, hip, green, independent, 2 choices

Cons: Crowded parking lot, need to street park

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This cafe is one of my Westwood favorite study spots (when its not too crowded). It has a very quaint environment with portraits of literary figures on the wall- a nice little nook for bookworms. I can't say much for their food, because

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★★★★★

This cafe is one of my Westwood favorite study spots (when its not too crowded). It has a very quaint environment with portraits of literary figures on the wall- a nice little nook for bookworms. I can't say much for their food, because

Pros: quiet, ambience, desserts

Cons: parking, crowded at times

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Overpriced, unimaginative, and mediocre. Apparently this place is the budget sibling of the upscale Literati 2, adjacent. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes stale bread, salted butter in tiny packets, no stand-alone entrees or specialties,

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★★★★★

Overpriced, unimaginative, and mediocre. Apparently this place is the budget sibling of the upscale Literati 2, adjacent. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes stale bread, salted butter in tiny packets, no stand-alone entrees or specialties,

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On our way to the Wadsworth Theater, we stopped at the Literati 2 for dinner without reservations. We only had to wait 15 minutes and was escorted to the best table in the house. The hostess, servers and even the bus boys treated us like

3
★★★★★

On our way to the Wadsworth Theater, we stopped at the Literati 2 for dinner without reservations. We only had to wait 15 minutes and was escorted to the best table in the house. The hostess, servers and even the bus boys treated us like

Pros: food...service...value

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I agree with "EDYCKERSEN". I have been going to "Monday Night Madness" for the past three Mondays in a row. I know chef Chris Kidder, and the guy knows how to grill a burger. I always have the classic beef and the gruyere cheese with a

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★★★★★

I agree with "EDYCKERSEN". I have been going to "Monday Night Madness" for the past three Mondays in a row. I know chef Chris Kidder, and the guy knows how to grill a burger. I always have the classic beef and the gruyere cheese with a

Pros: Burgers ar the best

Cons: Great selcetion of bottled beer, but no tap.

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A new garden getaway has arrived in Brentwood. Literati 2 has been one of my favorites for a power lunch for the past two years. Recently they added an outstanding new awning and lush tropical foliage to the patio to create an entirely

3
★★★★★

A new garden getaway has arrived in Brentwood. Literati 2 has been one of my favorites for a power lunch for the past two years. Recently they added an outstanding new awning and lush tropical foliage to the patio to create an entirely

Pros: new patio

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I went to Literati for lunch with a client one afternoon and ended up disappointed in the bland tasting food, and lack of attention from the staff to basic requests. We both ordered chicken salads. I requested the dressing on the side, but

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★★★★★

I went to Literati for lunch with a client one afternoon and ended up disappointed in the bland tasting food, and lack of attention from the staff to basic requests. We both ordered chicken salads. I requested the dressing on the side, but

Pros: Interesting interior decoration, location

Cons: Bland, forgettable food, small portions, poor service

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i've been to literati 2 many times and always get the salad with chicken for lunch or the cioppino for dinner. i like to eat light and they always have just the right items for my diet requirements. one night last week , i decided to be

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★★★★★

i've been to literati 2 many times and always get the salad with chicken for lunch or the cioppino for dinner. i like to eat light and they always have just the right items for my diet requirements. one night last week , i decided to be

Pros: organic menu, great ood

Cons: busy weekend nights, servers are distractingly beautiful.

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i think i reviewed literati 2 about a year ago and said how great it was, but that their patio seemed a little cold and sparse. well, they heard my calls and built a beautiful awning and filled the patio up with vegetation to make it look

3
★★★★★

i think i reviewed literati 2 about a year ago and said how great it was, but that their patio seemed a little cold and sparse. well, they heard my calls and built a beautiful awning and filled the patio up with vegetation to make it look

Pros: new patio is wonderful

Cons: some people would complain about the noise inside, but i like the energy it creates.

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I've always stayed loyal to literati2 for its menu, service and wonderful. intriguing decor and ambience. now they'v made it even better by adding, "as you like it" hamburger night. when i got the email notice, i immediately ran in the

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★★★★★

I've always stayed loyal to literati2 for its menu, service and wonderful. intriguing decor and ambience. now they'v made it even better by adding, "as you like it" hamburger night. when i got the email notice, i immediately ran in the

Pros: food is an incredible value for its quality and organic nature

Cons: weekend nights are superbusy, so go earier in the week.

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We went to Literati Cafe for lunch based on the primarily good reviews it obtained here on Citysearch. Although their menu listed approximately 10 different soups, only 3 were available. Then, when they brought out our food, we only

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★★★★★

We went to Literati Cafe for lunch based on the primarily good reviews it obtained here on Citysearch. Although their menu listed approximately 10 different soups, only 3 were available. Then, when they brought out our food, we only

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The noise level is intolerable. We had to shout our order to the waiter. The job title brings a new meaning to "waiting". The polished tile ceiling and glass wall divider separating the patio create a chamber of reverberating horrors

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★★★★★

The noise level is intolerable. We had to shout our order to the waiter. The job title brings a new meaning to "waiting". The polished tile ceiling and glass wall divider separating the patio create a chamber of reverberating horrors

Pros: great food

Cons: lousy mood

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I went to this quick-service coffee shop for dinner, coffee, and a chat with some friends and loved it. I had one of the day's specials--turkey chili--and it tasted great and was reasonably priced. I will say that I'm glad I went early (at

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★★★★★

I went to this quick-service coffee shop for dinner, coffee, and a chat with some friends and loved it. I had one of the day's specials--turkey chili--and it tasted great and was reasonably priced. I will say that I'm glad I went early (at

Pros: great food, cute atmosphere

Cons: it gets packed easily

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I've had their soups and salads, and their lemonade's really decent too! I liked their chicken pesto sandwich. There's a supermarket behind Literati where you can park for free.

3
★★★★★

I've had their soups and salads, and their lemonade's really decent too! I liked their chicken pesto sandwich. There's a supermarket behind Literati where you can park for free.

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I've been here about 5 times because my office is nearby. EVERYTIME, the service is really slow and they don't bring the entrees out all at once. It's just not worth it to spend 20+ on an entree and feel like you could've ordered something

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★★★★★

I've been here about 5 times because my office is nearby. EVERYTIME, the service is really slow and they don't bring the entrees out all at once. It's just not worth it to spend 20+ on an entree and feel like you could've ordered something

Pros: Sweet Potato chips

Cons: Service, Food Prices

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ok, so we went here mainly to try their churros. my boyfriend has been looking all around for genuine spanish churros y chocolate, and literati II had some that came a BIT close to them, but not quite. we ended up ordering dinner also. the

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★★★★★

ok, so we went here mainly to try their churros. my boyfriend has been looking all around for genuine spanish churros y chocolate, and literati II had some that came a BIT close to them, but not quite. we ended up ordering dinner also. the

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A clean, well-lighted space, the Literati specializes in light (healthy) meals (soups, salads, sandwiches), coffee, tea, pastries and creating a warm environment for sitting and chatting or studying for hours at a time. For those wielding

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★★★★★

A clean, well-lighted space, the Literati specializes in light (healthy) meals (soups, salads, sandwiches), coffee, tea, pastries and creating a warm environment for sitting and chatting or studying for hours at a time. For those wielding

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I understand they are supposed to be a health oriented restaurant, but...you can still season your food. There are some dishes that are ok, but overall, it is very expensive for the quality of food you are served. There are better places

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★★★★★

I understand they are supposed to be a health oriented restaurant, but...you can still season your food. There are some dishes that are ok, but overall, it is very expensive for the quality of food you are served. There are better places

Cons: food, service, and small tables

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This place is trying to be Urth cafe for some reason, so they make you wait in a line and seat yourself. For a $8 sandwich and a $4 coffee, that is a rip off. Especially when the service is bad and the chairs are uncomfortable, and the

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★★★★★

This place is trying to be Urth cafe for some reason, so they make you wait in a line and seat yourself. For a $8 sandwich and a $4 coffee, that is a rip off. Especially when the service is bad and the chairs are uncomfortable, and the

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My husband and I have been visiting Literati Cafe for a long time and we finally had our first visit at Literati II. The decor is very similar to its neighbor. There are great images, books and literary items adorning the walls and the

3
★★★★★

My husband and I have been visiting Literati Cafe for a long time and we finally had our first visit at Literati II. The decor is very similar to its neighbor. There are great images, books and literary items adorning the walls and the

Pros: Food, Ambiance

Cons: Service, Noise

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I was really looking forward to eating here due to the good reviews, but I must admit I was a bit disappointed. I thought the restaurant was quite cute (quaint patio area, but right next to a busy and noisy street) and the service was

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I was really looking forward to eating here due to the good reviews, but I must admit I was a bit disappointed. I thought the restaurant was quite cute (quaint patio area, but right next to a busy and noisy street) and the service was

Pros: Cute restaurant; Attentive service

Cons: Mediocre Food; Slightly overpriced

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Literati Cafe is a great place for good food! I love to get stuff to go, and it's great that they allow free parking for pick up orders with the valet. The staff is always friendly, and I never knew it offered Vegan entrees until I read

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★★★★★

Literati Cafe is a great place for good food! I love to get stuff to go, and it's great that they allow free parking for pick up orders with the valet. The staff is always friendly, and I never knew it offered Vegan entrees until I read

Pros: Great Food, Quick Service, Friendly Staff

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so reminiscent of the coral tree cafe in brentwood. one mirrors the other. either or. except the clientele differs greatly. this one is packed full of students and yuppies.\r
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it may take a while to find a seat during the lunch time rush

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★★★★★

so reminiscent of the coral tree cafe in brentwood. one mirrors the other. either or. except the clientele differs greatly. this one is packed full of students and yuppies.\r
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it may take a while to find a seat during the lunch time rush

Pros: you can park your class work here for hours.

Cons: people park their class work here for hours...

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i went here for lunch and had a wonderful time!the decor is really fitting and very unique. great, friendly, quick service and a great meal to boot.will definitely come back!

3
★★★★★

i went here for lunch and had a wonderful time!the decor is really fitting and very unique. great, friendly, quick service and a great meal to boot.will definitely come back!

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Its hard to find a place in LA where the food is great all the time, not too pricey and excellent service! But I have found that kind of place!!! Literati is soooooo great.\r
the wait staff and the manager ( that is always there and so

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★★★★★

Its hard to find a place in LA where the food is great all the time, not too pricey and excellent service! But I have found that kind of place!!! Literati is soooooo great.\r
the wait staff and the manager ( that is always there and so

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Literati II is a great restaurant. It is a perfect combination of upscale dining, and neighborhood friendliness. The atmosphere is so pleasant you forget you're on Wilshire boulevard even on the outdoor patio that faces the street (great

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Literati II is a great restaurant. It is a perfect combination of upscale dining, and neighborhood friendliness. The atmosphere is so pleasant you forget you're on Wilshire boulevard even on the outdoor patio that faces the street (great

Pros: pleasant patio, great menu and desserts

Cons: slow (but good) service

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LOVE their salads and soups! The ambience is great for catching up with a friend, grabbing a quick lunch, or lounging for hours with a book. Just perfect. Healthy food with a great crowd.

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★★★★★

LOVE their salads and soups! The ambience is great for catching up with a friend, grabbing a quick lunch, or lounging for hours with a book. Just perfect. Healthy food with a great crowd.

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We keep coming back because we always have a great meal. I actually much prefer it to the cafe: I haven't ever been impressed by the food at the cafe. As one of the other post-ers said, the menu is not risque but it's very well done. I

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★★★★★

We keep coming back because we always have a great meal. I actually much prefer it to the cafe: I haven't ever been impressed by the food at the cafe. As one of the other post-ers said, the menu is not risque but it's very well done. I

Pros: Great food; excellent service; Mediterranean food in a warm inviting atmosphere

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A bit pricy for what you get, Food is Ok++, Service absolutely not good. I was expecting so much more. I did like the atmosphere. I was able to find a nice corner to hang out. Because of the high prices, mediocre food and coffee and I will

3
★★★★★

A bit pricy for what you get, Food is Ok++, Service absolutely not good. I was expecting so much more. I did like the atmosphere. I was able to find a nice corner to hang out. Because of the high prices, mediocre food and coffee and I will

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Pricy, small portions

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Of the 21 reviews posted thus far, 5 users have given a "not recommended" rating mostly because of poor service. It will now be 6 of 22, or about 1 in every 3.5 customers. Those are extremely poor odds even in Los Angeles where one will

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★★★★★

Of the 21 reviews posted thus far, 5 users have given a "not recommended" rating mostly because of poor service. It will now be 6 of 22, or about 1 in every 3.5 customers. Those are extremely poor odds even in Los Angeles where one will

Pros: Nothing, really

Cons: Service, service, service

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This is a great place to go for dessert and coffee (not sure about regular meals, though we will go back to try it out).\r
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You order at a counter, but they'll take your order to a table, and at 8pm on a Friday there were plenty of

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This is a great place to go for dessert and coffee (not sure about regular meals, though we will go back to try it out).\r
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You order at a counter, but they'll take your order to a table, and at 8pm on a Friday there were plenty of

Pros: great food, not too crowded

Cons: the "this is a local place" vibe is a bit strained

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...but wanted to. After having read a great review in the LA Times a few month ago, my boyfriend and I set out to try it but were underwhelmed. Seated promptly Nice bread. we had the butter lettuce salad which was excellent, and a great,

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...but wanted to. After having read a great review in the LA Times a few month ago, my boyfriend and I set out to try it but were underwhelmed. Seated promptly Nice bread. we had the butter lettuce salad which was excellent, and a great,

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In world filled with starbucks and peets on every corner its so great to have a place like literati. I have plenty of room to study, coffee is great, the walls are very interesting and lastly, I am supporting organic coffee growing.

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In world filled with starbucks and peets on every corner its so great to have a place like literati. I have plenty of room to study, coffee is great, the walls are very interesting and lastly, I am supporting organic coffee growing.

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Was overpriced and the burger wasn't that great. Hostess/waitresses were snotty. I live around the corner from this place and will not return again. Blah.

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★★★★★

Was overpriced and the burger wasn't that great. Hostess/waitresses were snotty. I live around the corner from this place and will not return again. Blah.

Pros: location

Cons: expensive, aloof

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We went yesterday 4/5/06 I had the BLTA delicious (to much lettuce not enough bacon), the bf had a omelette which he said was very good, the teenage daughter had a breakfast burrito (lots of egg) - very good and the teenage friend had the

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★★★★★

We went yesterday 4/5/06 I had the BLTA delicious (to much lettuce not enough bacon), the bf had a omelette which he said was very good, the teenage daughter had a breakfast burrito (lots of egg) - very good and the teenage friend had the

Pros: fresh food, Service, Nice atmosphere

Cons: parking, cramped space

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Absolute WORST experience. Went because of reviews. 1st time, had to wait 20 minutes for coffee! The crab and eggs was horrible, smelled awful, had to be sent back. 2nd time, rude hostess who wouldn't speak to us because we didn't have a

3
★★★★★

Absolute WORST experience. Went because of reviews. 1st time, had to wait 20 minutes for coffee! The crab and eggs was horrible, smelled awful, had to be sent back. 2nd time, rude hostess who wouldn't speak to us because we didn't have a

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The food simply speaks for itself. A friend and I went for brunch this past Sunday and we were AMAZED. The staff was extremely polite and the gentleman server was extremely knowledgable and patient with all our questions. The chef gets all

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The food simply speaks for itself. A friend and I went for brunch this past Sunday and we were AMAZED. The staff was extremely polite and the gentleman server was extremely knowledgable and patient with all our questions. The chef gets all

Pros: Valet $2.00 first2hrs, nice location

Cons: crowded tables

 

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