17th Street Cafe

★★★★☆
A cozy Santa Monica, CA restaurant and bakery offering a delicious menu, delivery & catering, and under new ownership!
  • 1610 Montana Ave

    Santa Monica, CA 90403

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  • 310-453-2771

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Very cool, casual place. The food is flavorful and the ingredients are fresh. Their cheeseless grilled veggie and herb whole wheat pizza was so awesome. The vine list is very good. Modern decor and original art gracing the walls. Very good service as well.

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★★★★★

Very cool, casual place. The food is flavorful and the ingredients are fresh. Their cheeseless grilled veggie and herb whole wheat pizza was so awesome. The vine list is very good. Modern decor and original art gracing the walls. Very good service as well.

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I was very pleased with everything. Food was good and fresh. Extensive menu and nice affordable wine and beverage menu. I liked the service too. The tmosphere is very homey and comfy..like eating at someone's lovely home in cap cod..kinda. would def go back if i'm in the area

2
★★★★★

I was very pleased with everything. Food was good and fresh. Extensive menu and nice affordable wine and beverage menu. I liked the service too. The tmosphere is very homey and comfy..like eating at someone's lovely home in cap cod..kinda. would def go back if i'm in the area

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The food here is great! Excellent bruschetta, chop grilled vegetable salad, all kind of pizza, gazpacho soup, yummy desserts, I could go on. Huge portions, so you got what you paid for. Sweet potato fries are the best in town!! One of my favorite places to eat. I have been their few times with my friends and my parents. This is the place you always what to come back for food, service and very warm atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

The food here is great! Excellent bruschetta, chop grilled vegetable salad, all kind of pizza, gazpacho soup, yummy desserts, I could go on. Huge portions, so you got what you paid for. Sweet potato fries are the best in town!! One of my favorite places to eat. I have been their few times with my friends and my parents. This is the place you always what to come back for food, service and very warm atmosphere.

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First thing that caught my eye were the pastries so I had a chocolate rugallah before sitting down for lunch and it was beyond delicious sinful! The hostess did seem kind of aloof so a busboy seated us, then we met our waitress who was extremely pleasant and helpful. The food was the real highlight, at first I thought it seemed a little pricey but when our plates came out I was thinking "wow", they serve some big plates of beautiful food, really good value. We had a side of sweet potato fries which were perfect, they don't serve ranch with them, but we asked and it was provided at no extra charge, then we had the eggplant sandwich, YUMMY, and the chopped salad, it was all perfect, we were stuffed with a ton of food to take home! I am coming back every weekend! Plus they have free wifi and an almost " come hang out" atmosphere, and again the rugullah!

2
★★★★★

First thing that caught my eye were the pastries so I had a chocolate rugallah before sitting down for lunch and it was beyond delicious sinful! The hostess did seem kind of aloof so a busboy seated us, then we met our waitress who was extremely pleasant and helpful. The food was the real highlight, at first I thought it seemed a little pricey but when our plates came out I was thinking "wow", they serve some big plates of beautiful food, really good value. We had a side of sweet potato fries which were perfect, they don't serve ranch with them, but we asked and it was provided at no extra charge, then we had the eggplant sandwich, YUMMY, and the chopped salad, it was all perfect, we were stuffed with a ton of food to take home! I am coming back every weekend! Plus they have free wifi and an almost " come hang out" atmosphere, and again the rugullah!

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we order take out and attempted to use kcrw discount which cashier refused for "take out" trying to blame it on
kcrw. owner jack also tried blaming "no discount on take out" on kcrw also when in fact it was jack behind this policy and not really kcrw.

order also was screwed up and food was okay but pricy for what it is.

ken

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★☆☆☆☆

we order take out and attempted to use kcrw discount which cashier refused for "take out" trying to blame it on
kcrw. owner jack also tried blaming "no discount on take out" on kcrw also when in fact it was jack behind this policy and not really kcrw.

order also was screwed up and food was okay but pricy for what it is.

ken

Pros: good sweet potatoes

Cons: attitude of owner and mistakes by cashier and overpriced

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I have been a frequent customer at this restaurant for many years.. . but will be no longer. Often, I order food for delivery from the restaurant (LA BITES delivers.) This evening, I ordered a Chinese Chicken Salad. When it arrived, it had no dressing...oh well, mistakes will happen. When I phoned the restaurant, they refused to take responsibility (despite telling me that the order called for the dressing to be "mixed into" the salad). They attempted to blame it on the delivery service, despite the fact that the salad came in 17th St. Cafe's bags and packaging. I can live without the salad... and I can live without the cost of the salad. But I really can't handle a restaurant that won't take responsibility for their mistakes and do the right thing. Thumbs down to 17th Street Cafe for having no class. If they need fifteen bucks for a salad they provided which was not edible, business must not be very good.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been a frequent customer at this restaurant for many years.. . but will be no longer. Often, I order food for delivery from the restaurant (LA BITES delivers.) This evening, I ordered a Chinese Chicken Salad. When it arrived, it had no dressing...oh well, mistakes will happen. When I phoned the restaurant, they refused to take responsibility (despite telling me that the order called for the dressing to be "mixed into" the salad). They attempted to blame it on the delivery service, despite the fact that the salad came in 17th St. Cafe's bags and packaging. I can live without the salad... and I can live without the cost of the salad. But I really can't handle a restaurant that won't take responsibility for their mistakes and do the right thing. Thumbs down to 17th Street Cafe for having no class. If they need fifteen bucks for a salad they provided which was not edible, business must not be very good.

Pros: food is good

Cons: restaurant has no class....exceedingly poor service.

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This small cafe on Montana has amazing service. It is small enough, so that your waiter will check on you several times throughout the course of your meal, but big enough to have a great chef! The pasta is amazing. Prices are a little bit high, but it'd worth it for the delicious food! :)

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★★★★☆

This small cafe on Montana has amazing service. It is small enough, so that your waiter will check on you several times throughout the course of your meal, but big enough to have a great chef! The pasta is amazing. Prices are a little bit high, but it'd worth it for the delicious food! :)

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California-style cuisine on Montana Avenue. Inside you'll find comfortable tables with neat pink tablecloths in a sparsely decorated and elegant dining area. The exposed brick walls lend a rustic ambience to the place and there are rotating art exhibits by local artists. The pizza is very good as are all of the pastas. Wine and beer are available.

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★★★★★

California-style cuisine on Montana Avenue. Inside you'll find comfortable tables with neat pink tablecloths in a sparsely decorated and elegant dining area. The exposed brick walls lend a rustic ambience to the place and there are rotating art exhibits by local artists. The pizza is very good as are all of the pastas. Wine and beer are available.

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I've had several fun breakfasts with friends there. We all enjoyed the food. And dipping into the muffin basket is yummy and addictive! I always have the egg-white omelet with tomatoes and it 's always fluffy and perfect. We also go often for lunch too. The sweet potato fries are to-die-for! I always order them with the seared ahi salad (but you have to tell them to go very light on the pan if you want the ahi more sushi style) or the chopped vegetable salad, which is also delicious. The salads are huge portions and I can never finish a whole plate.

I've only had one bad experience there. I bragged about the food once to a friend of mine who went to culinary school, so we went for lunch. Unfortunately, her salmon was waaaaay overdone--dry and gross. I was pretty embarrassed after having raved so much about it. But overall, I'd still recommend it. As a matter of fact, I'm going there today for lunch!

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★★★★☆

I've had several fun breakfasts with friends there. We all enjoyed the food. And dipping into the muffin basket is yummy and addictive! I always have the egg-white omelet with tomatoes and it 's always fluffy and perfect. We also go often for lunch too. The sweet potato fries are to-die-for! I always order them with the seared ahi salad (but you have to tell them to go very light on the pan if you want the ahi more sushi style) or the chopped vegetable salad, which is also delicious. The salads are huge portions and I can never finish a whole plate.

I've only had one bad experience there. I bragged about the food once to a friend of mine who went to culinary school, so we went for lunch. Unfortunately, her salmon was waaaaay overdone--dry and gross. I was pretty embarrassed after having raved so much about it. But overall, I'd still recommend it. As a matter of fact, I'm going there today for lunch!

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I will never go to this place again. The waitress was so rude is was embarrassing. Then she vanished and we had to go up to the register to ask for our bill. The salad was o.k., but not worth the worst service you can imagine.

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★☆☆☆☆

I will never go to this place again. The waitress was so rude is was embarrassing. Then she vanished and we had to go up to the register to ask for our bill. The salad was o.k., but not worth the worst service you can imagine.

Pros: NOTHING

Cons: SERVICE

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It was average food and I was hoping and expecting a lot more. I went with a few friends for breakfast mid-week. It wasn't crowded and we got a table right away. It looked cute and atmosphere was fun, but food wasn't much to write home about.

I got blueberry pancakes and they were regular pancakes with a huge pile of warm blueberries on top, I was hoping for actual blueberry pancakes. My friends got belgium waffles with strawberries on top that looked amazing (much more appetizing than mine) but tasted a little overdone and hard. Another friend got the wheat pancakes with cinnamon apples on top. It wasn't actual apples on top, It basically had apple sauce on top of them. It all tasted ok, but overall was disappointing and not what we expected.

On a bright note, the Hawaiian Portuguese sausage was really tasty and enjoyable. But on the whole it was average and not a special place I would visit for a fun breakfast with friends.

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★★☆☆☆

It was average food and I was hoping and expecting a lot more. I went with a few friends for breakfast mid-week. It wasn't crowded and we got a table right away. It looked cute and atmosphere was fun, but food wasn't much to write home about.

I got blueberry pancakes and they were regular pancakes with a huge pile of warm blueberries on top, I was hoping for actual blueberry pancakes. My friends got belgium waffles with strawberries on top that looked amazing (much more appetizing than mine) but tasted a little overdone and hard. Another friend got the wheat pancakes with cinnamon apples on top. It wasn't actual apples on top, It basically had apple sauce on top of them. It all tasted ok, but overall was disappointing and not what we expected.

On a bright note, the Hawaiian Portuguese sausage was really tasty and enjoyable. But on the whole it was average and not a special place I would visit for a fun breakfast with friends.

Pros: location, price was good for breakfast

Cons: quality of food, pancakes

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I adore 17th street. It's our go-to place, we eat there all the time. The food is reasonably priced and delicious. As long as you're not going for brunch on the weekends (which is SO yummy) you can almost always just walk in and get a table. We're friends with all the staff now, who have always been very friendly. I've never been dissapointed with anything I've ordered there. I love the Cafe Bruschetta and the Toasted Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad. Their wine list is great, try the Martini Cabernet, it's my Dad's favorite. The whole place is very spread out and relatively quiet which I love. Also, yes, there is a paring lot in back, but if it's full try driving down 17th or 16th street. I've never had a problem with parking. Try 17th street, you'll love it!

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★★★★★

I adore 17th street. It's our go-to place, we eat there all the time. The food is reasonably priced and delicious. As long as you're not going for brunch on the weekends (which is SO yummy) you can almost always just walk in and get a table. We're friends with all the staff now, who have always been very friendly. I've never been dissapointed with anything I've ordered there. I love the Cafe Bruschetta and the Toasted Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad. Their wine list is great, try the Martini Cabernet, it's my Dad's favorite. The whole place is very spread out and relatively quiet which I love. Also, yes, there is a paring lot in back, but if it's full try driving down 17th or 16th street. I've never had a problem with parking. Try 17th street, you'll love it!

Pros: Food, Ambience, Staff

Cons: Should take reservations for brunch

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Not recommended for dinner.

I went with a friend and we figured it would be fun to splurge a little on dinner. We had heard some good things about their breakfast, but for dinner, the entrees were pretty pricey for a "cafe." We both stuck to water and each spent in the upper $20's. We tried a couple of their daily specials and weren't impressed at all. The chicken was overcooked and dry and the pasta was just ordinary.

Parking was tough and we found a spot in the alley which we're still not sure if we were legally parked.

The crowd was pretty old, not the 20/30's we expected. There were a lot of people in the 40's and families with kids.

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★★☆☆☆

Not recommended for dinner.

I went with a friend and we figured it would be fun to splurge a little on dinner. We had heard some good things about their breakfast, but for dinner, the entrees were pretty pricey for a "cafe." We both stuck to water and each spent in the upper $20's. We tried a couple of their daily specials and weren't impressed at all. The chicken was overcooked and dry and the pasta was just ordinary.

Parking was tough and we found a spot in the alley which we're still not sure if we were legally parked.

The crowd was pretty old, not the 20/30's we expected. There were a lot of people in the 40's and families with kids.

Pros: cute area, people watching

Cons: dinner, price, parking

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After having sampled a variety of breakfast places in the area, this one was recommended to us. Three of us went for Sunday brunch, expecting something at least a little special. Very disappointing. The best thing was the Hawaiian Portuguese sausage, but I doubt they make them there. None of the egg dishes (all 3 got eggs) had what seemed like 2 eggs in them. Breakfast potatoes were OK, but nothing came with toast. Overall, plates seemed a little sparse for the money (almost $9 per). Muffins were served for the table instead of toast, not very good. Worst of all, and main reason for writing this, was the tomato, basil and mozzarella omelet. It was tough, had what appeared to be a single slice of cheese and more tomatoes than made sense. One top of that, almost no flavor.

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★★☆☆☆

After having sampled a variety of breakfast places in the area, this one was recommended to us. Three of us went for Sunday brunch, expecting something at least a little special. Very disappointing. The best thing was the Hawaiian Portuguese sausage, but I doubt they make them there. None of the egg dishes (all 3 got eggs) had what seemed like 2 eggs in them. Breakfast potatoes were OK, but nothing came with toast. Overall, plates seemed a little sparse for the money (almost $9 per). Muffins were served for the table instead of toast, not very good. Worst of all, and main reason for writing this, was the tomato, basil and mozzarella omelet. It was tough, had what appeared to be a single slice of cheese and more tomatoes than made sense. One top of that, almost no flavor.

Pros: nice place

Cons: food

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The atmosphere was nice and quaint, but there was plenty of seating. The staff was super nice and very attentive. I never had an empty cup of coffee or water. The food was very delicious. The only con is that the price is a bit high, but considering the trendiness of the Montana area, it's expected. I got the Croissant French Toast (good, but since it's dipped and cooked in batter, the flakiness of the croissant is not present), and eggs/bacon as a side. With my coffee, my breakfast came out to almost $20 (not including tip).

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★★★★☆

The atmosphere was nice and quaint, but there was plenty of seating. The staff was super nice and very attentive. I never had an empty cup of coffee or water. The food was very delicious. The only con is that the price is a bit high, but considering the trendiness of the Montana area, it's expected. I got the Croissant French Toast (good, but since it's dipped and cooked in batter, the flakiness of the croissant is not present), and eggs/bacon as a side. With my coffee, my breakfast came out to almost $20 (not including tip).

Pros: Food, Seating, Service

Cons: Price

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I went here for brunch and dinner and it was definitely better for brunch. Dinner entrees were bland, but brunch was great! They give you this fabulous muffin basket with assorted muffins. Definitely get the sweet potato fries. The salmon omelette was good, although a bit salty.

2
★★★★☆

I went here for brunch and dinner and it was definitely better for brunch. Dinner entrees were bland, but brunch was great! They give you this fabulous muffin basket with assorted muffins. Definitely get the sweet potato fries. The salmon omelette was good, although a bit salty.

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the extensive american/california style menu will have something to accommodate everyone. try the chicken avocado grapefruit salad! its delicious.

2
★★★★★

the extensive american/california style menu will have something to accommodate everyone. try the chicken avocado grapefruit salad! its delicious.

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I love the Japanese Eggplant Sandwich and the yam fries. This food here is really large and really top notch. Never had a bad meal here. I highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

I love the Japanese Eggplant Sandwich and the yam fries. This food here is really large and really top notch. Never had a bad meal here. I highly recommend it.

Pros: food, service, casual

Cons: slightly pricey, a bit noisy

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eat in or take out and delivery full catering available

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This cozy eatery has been a favorite Montana Avenue dining destination for years due to moderate prices, an array of intriguing dishes and fairly good wines. The subdued, earth-toned dining room is a pleasant refuge for many of the cafe's…

 

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