Novel Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 2507 Main St

    Santa Monica, CA 90405

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  • 310-396-7700

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I rarely write bad reviews but this one is deserved. I have been to the Novel Caf on quite a few occasions but I probably wont go again unless I have a LOT of time to spend there. The last few (5 or 6) times I walked in there, no

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★★★★★

I rarely write bad reviews but this one is deserved. I have been to the Novel Caf on quite a few occasions but I probably wont go again unless I have a LOT of time to spend there. The last few (5 or 6) times I walked in there, no

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Service here is comically slow, but the extensive menu of healthy items is worth the wait. Come for organic options galore.

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★★★★★

Service here is comically slow, but the extensive menu of healthy items is worth the wait. Come for organic options galore.

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Honestly, if I could give this place a negative star, I would. One star is even too good a review.
Have had breakfast and lunch here a few times, each time hoping it would be better. The service is slow and incompetent. They are always out of something and then when the order finally comes, not only have you had to substitute for something else because they ran out, but there will always be something wrong ie. how your eggs are done, what kind of toast, etc. In addition to all this, the food is tasteless and disgusting.
To add insult to injury, I bought a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving ( didn't realize Urth would be closed so I was desperate). Well, once the pie was served, we all took one bite and all of us simultaneously spat it out- it was that bad. It was chalky, dry and tasteless. Have tried calling Mani's to talk to someone about this and so far have not be able to reach a manager.
They should just rename this place Crappy's Bakery.

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★☆☆☆☆

Honestly, if I could give this place a negative star, I would. One star is even too good a review.
Have had breakfast and lunch here a few times, each time hoping it would be better. The service is slow and incompetent. They are always out of something and then when the order finally comes, not only have you had to substitute for something else because they ran out, but there will always be something wrong ie. how your eggs are done, what kind of toast, etc. In addition to all this, the food is tasteless and disgusting.
To add insult to injury, I bought a pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving ( didn't realize Urth would be closed so I was desperate). Well, once the pie was served, we all took one bite and all of us simultaneously spat it out- it was that bad. It was chalky, dry and tasteless. Have tried calling Mani's to talk to someone about this and so far have not be able to reach a manager.
They should just rename this place Crappy's Bakery.

Pros: None

Cons: Just about everything

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I like Mani's (outside seating specifically) because it is one of the places on Main Street where you can sit, relax, eat, and people watch. Though I had to wait quite awhile for an outside table- there was plenty of room inside, but it was stuffy and not air-conditioned) it was worth it: the pesto chicken sandwich was delicious and the servers were receptive to my specifics. I never felt forced or rushed while I read my book, especially for a warm Sunday afternoon. I will return!

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★★★★☆

I like Mani's (outside seating specifically) because it is one of the places on Main Street where you can sit, relax, eat, and people watch. Though I had to wait quite awhile for an outside table- there was plenty of room inside, but it was stuffy and not air-conditioned) it was worth it: the pesto chicken sandwich was delicious and the servers were receptive to my specifics. I never felt forced or rushed while I read my book, especially for a warm Sunday afternoon. I will return!

Pros: Oudoor Patio

Cons: Not air-conditioned inside

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the set up is sort of a ordering in line, and there are ten people behind the counter that suffer something worst then ADD. i was waiting and ordering and waiting and reordering and finally gave up - asked for my money and stormed out of this realm of utmost delirium. besides, the prices are outrageous for the simplistic menu.

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★☆☆☆☆

the set up is sort of a ordering in line, and there are ten people behind the counter that suffer something worst then ADD. i was waiting and ordering and waiting and reordering and finally gave up - asked for my money and stormed out of this realm of utmost delirium. besides, the prices are outrageous for the simplistic menu.

Pros: outside seating

Cons: service

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Has a nice patio the food is very healthy. The service is good, but it is always crowded. It is a place where you can go when you are not in a rush and you??re willing to wait for a good strong cup of coffee and a delicious healthy meal. Inside you will also find some interesting shops that you can browse while you wait for your order.

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★★★☆☆

Has a nice patio the food is very healthy. The service is good, but it is always crowded. It is a place where you can go when you are not in a rush and you??re willing to wait for a good strong cup of coffee and a delicious healthy meal. Inside you will also find some interesting shops that you can browse while you wait for your order.

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Great place to stop for lunch. I highly recommend all their sandwiches especially their chicken pesto. Also their cesar salad is great! The bakery is also very good, both the Pecan and Cherry Pies are worth the price!

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★★★★★

Great place to stop for lunch. I highly recommend all their sandwiches especially their chicken pesto. Also their cesar salad is great! The bakery is also very good, both the Pecan and Cherry Pies are worth the price!

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can't cook eggs - P.S. G - Today
Just had breakfast at Mani's, I ordered my eggs over easy, when they were delivered the whites were mostly raw and runny, (a health hazard)
I pointed this out to the server who returned them to the kitchen, when he returned with them they were the same eggs over hard, very hard.
Unfortunately I was too short on time to wait for a 3rd try at getting them right and ate anyway.
I found the attitude of the server somewhat cavalier, and inattentive ( the place was not busy) perhaps he was just having a bad day.
Although I've eaten at Mani's in the past and been satisfied, I shall not bother to return.

My experience didn't warrant a tip, perhaps your staff will take the hint.
Sour grapes, absolutely, sorry to say they are well deserved

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★★☆☆☆

can't cook eggs - P.S. G - Today
Just had breakfast at Mani's, I ordered my eggs over easy, when they were delivered the whites were mostly raw and runny, (a health hazard)
I pointed this out to the server who returned them to the kitchen, when he returned with them they were the same eggs over hard, very hard.
Unfortunately I was too short on time to wait for a 3rd try at getting them right and ate anyway.
I found the attitude of the server somewhat cavalier, and inattentive ( the place was not busy) perhaps he was just having a bad day.
Although I've eaten at Mani's in the past and been satisfied, I shall not bother to return.

My experience didn't warrant a tip, perhaps your staff will take the hint.
Sour grapes, absolutely, sorry to say they are well deserved

Pros: Good location

Cons: parking can be difficult, service poor

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Mani's used to be one of my favorite places to eat in Santa Monica. The food is healthy, and they have a nice patio to eat outside. Unfortunately the service is probably the worst service i have experienced on a consistent basis. When a waffle comes with fruit, whipped cream, and syrup...don't bring a dry waffle. When u bring the syrup, why would u then serve the next customer the same dry waffle (who then has to wonder why he now needs to ask for syrup as well.) My coffee was served promptly with milk and sweetener, but for about 20 minutes it got cold while i waited for my spoon to stir it. And to top it all off, they now no longer allow dogs onto the patio. They have to be tied on the outside of the restaurant. I dont know what to say besides I am no longer a fan of Mani's.

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★★★☆☆

Mani's used to be one of my favorite places to eat in Santa Monica. The food is healthy, and they have a nice patio to eat outside. Unfortunately the service is probably the worst service i have experienced on a consistent basis. When a waffle comes with fruit, whipped cream, and syrup...don't bring a dry waffle. When u bring the syrup, why would u then serve the next customer the same dry waffle (who then has to wonder why he now needs to ask for syrup as well.) My coffee was served promptly with milk and sweetener, but for about 20 minutes it got cold while i waited for my spoon to stir it. And to top it all off, they now no longer allow dogs onto the patio. They have to be tied on the outside of the restaurant. I dont know what to say besides I am no longer a fan of Mani's.

Pros: Healthy food

Cons: Terrible service (I think they might hire bad waiters/waitresses as a theme)

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This cafe has the worst service ever and the food doesn't make up for it either. The first time we went, we sat outside for 15 minutes with no server. We were finally fed up and decided to leave. The second time around, we got menus and sat inside, and finally got a server after 15 minutes (who by the way had no personality and seemed very incompetent). He took our order, but never returned with our drinks. We finally had to ask for our drinks after 10 minutes of waiting, and when he brought out drinks out, they were in to go cups and he mumbled a long explanation of why our drinks took so long, but neither my boyfriend nor I were able to comprehend what he was saying. And after another 20 minutes, I saw our food being placed on the counter, which sat for another 5 minutes before one of the cooks brought out the food. The food was decent, but my Caesar salad didn't have any croutons, which is a huge minus in my book. The server never came by once to check on us, and I had to go to the register to ask for refills on our drinks and ask for our check. One of the worst experiences.

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★☆☆☆☆

This cafe has the worst service ever and the food doesn't make up for it either. The first time we went, we sat outside for 15 minutes with no server. We were finally fed up and decided to leave. The second time around, we got menus and sat inside, and finally got a server after 15 minutes (who by the way had no personality and seemed very incompetent). He took our order, but never returned with our drinks. We finally had to ask for our drinks after 10 minutes of waiting, and when he brought out drinks out, they were in to go cups and he mumbled a long explanation of why our drinks took so long, but neither my boyfriend nor I were able to comprehend what he was saying. And after another 20 minutes, I saw our food being placed on the counter, which sat for another 5 minutes before one of the cooks brought out the food. The food was decent, but my Caesar salad didn't have any croutons, which is a huge minus in my book. The server never came by once to check on us, and I had to go to the register to ask for refills on our drinks and ask for our check. One of the worst experiences.

Pros: location

Cons: service, food and everything else

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I've been to Mani's several times. Each time worse than the time before, culminating in my most recent experience which led to my vow never to go back. Mani's has consistently bad service, but this was a new low. My boyfriend and I arrived about 3 pm on a weekday. There were TWO other tables occupied on the patio (which by the way, stunk and was littered with old coffee cups). 15 minutes pass. Nothing. So we got our own menus. Finally, after about 25 minutes the waitress appears. She looks about 15 and is dressed so inappropriately that we were both surprised to learn she was our waitress. She takes our order. 20 minutes later food comes. I say "food" because our drinks never came and my order was wrong. I tell the bus boy it's the wrong order, please take it back and send out our server. He stares blankly at me - apparently not understanding any english, but he takes my plate. Lolita comes out passes right by our table and proceeds to spend the next 15 minutes taking the orders of other tables. (The patio is now full.) I flag her down and explain the problem and ask how fast she can have the correct order out. Without apologizing for the mistake (in fact her response is that the kitchen does it all the time) she tells me they're kind of busy now and it will take atleast 15 minutes. I remind her that we were there before all the other guests and ask her to go check with the kitchen (afterall my boyfriend's been eating for the last half hour and is close to done). 15 minutes pass. Nothing. I walk inside. There are three employees standing around doing nothing - including her. She ignores me and chats with her coworker. I ask her how long and she tells me she hasn't put the order in yet. I tell her to cancel the order - considering I've spent an hour at this place and have yet to receive my drink or any food. She shrugs it off. So I left Mani's - thirsty, hungry and unbelievably frustrated. Not a good experience to say the least.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to Mani's several times. Each time worse than the time before, culminating in my most recent experience which led to my vow never to go back. Mani's has consistently bad service, but this was a new low. My boyfriend and I arrived about 3 pm on a weekday. There were TWO other tables occupied on the patio (which by the way, stunk and was littered with old coffee cups). 15 minutes pass. Nothing. So we got our own menus. Finally, after about 25 minutes the waitress appears. She looks about 15 and is dressed so inappropriately that we were both surprised to learn she was our waitress. She takes our order. 20 minutes later food comes. I say "food" because our drinks never came and my order was wrong. I tell the bus boy it's the wrong order, please take it back and send out our server. He stares blankly at me - apparently not understanding any english, but he takes my plate. Lolita comes out passes right by our table and proceeds to spend the next 15 minutes taking the orders of other tables. (The patio is now full.) I flag her down and explain the problem and ask how fast she can have the correct order out. Without apologizing for the mistake (in fact her response is that the kitchen does it all the time) she tells me they're kind of busy now and it will take atleast 15 minutes. I remind her that we were there before all the other guests and ask her to go check with the kitchen (afterall my boyfriend's been eating for the last half hour and is close to done). 15 minutes pass. Nothing. I walk inside. There are three employees standing around doing nothing - including her. She ignores me and chats with her coworker. I ask her how long and she tells me she hasn't put the order in yet. I tell her to cancel the order - considering I've spent an hour at this place and have yet to receive my drink or any food. She shrugs it off. So I left Mani's - thirsty, hungry and unbelievably frustrated. Not a good experience to say the least.

Pros: The food is ok

Cons: Everything, particularly the service and ambience

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Low quality food & service
We went there for breakfast, got cold coffee, bad service and OK food. Only one omelet out of 6 dishes we ordered was fine. The service is not good and its not professional (Almost scary and frightening. It is a bakery but we didnt receive fresh pastries. Wont go there again. B Grade for months.
Friendly advice: STAY AWAY

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★☆☆☆☆

Low quality food & service
We went there for breakfast, got cold coffee, bad service and OK food. Only one omelet out of 6 dishes we ordered was fine. The service is not good and its not professional (Almost scary and frightening. It is a bakery but we didnt receive fresh pastries. Wont go there again. B Grade for months.
Friendly advice: STAY AWAY

Pros: good food

Cons: scary and frightening

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I love this place. The Acai is absolutely delicious and so are all of their baked goods. The Sandwiches also are quite good. Service is good but it gets very crowded especially on the weekends.

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★★★★★

I love this place. The Acai is absolutely delicious and so are all of their baked goods. The Sandwiches also are quite good. Service is good but it gets very crowded especially on the weekends.

Pros: Good Food

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Mani's Bakery to me is always inexplicably crowded (after going there). The bakery items I find to be somewhat tasteless and dry. However it's a good place to grab a healthy lunch on Main Street on a nice day.

PROS: Nice patio
CONS: Bakery items not that great

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★★★☆☆

Mani's Bakery to me is always inexplicably crowded (after going there). The bakery items I find to be somewhat tasteless and dry. However it's a good place to grab a healthy lunch on Main Street on a nice day.

PROS: Nice patio
CONS: Bakery items not that great

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Mani's used to be much bigger at this Main Street location which it now shares with several other businesses. There are still lots of baked goods..notably the "Faux Nuts" (non-fried, natural donuts" and many yummy cakes and cookies made with hypo-allergenic flours and no refined sugar. Really delicious for "healthy" style baked goods. My sense is that the ownership must have changed a while back. Still a great resource though. The four stars instead of five is for the harrowing wedding experience we had with Mani eleven years ago... he made our wedding cake and FORGOT to deliver it...a total disaster. They had to slap one together at the Hollywood location and set it up at the last minute...EXPENSIVE NIGHTMARE!

PROS: Great healthy treats
CONS: DON'T use them as a bakery for any event of significance!!!

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★★★★☆

Mani's used to be much bigger at this Main Street location which it now shares with several other businesses. There are still lots of baked goods..notably the "Faux Nuts" (non-fried, natural donuts" and many yummy cakes and cookies made with hypo-allergenic flours and no refined sugar. Really delicious for "healthy" style baked goods. My sense is that the ownership must have changed a while back. Still a great resource though. The four stars instead of five is for the harrowing wedding experience we had with Mani eleven years ago... he made our wedding cake and FORGOT to deliver it...a total disaster. They had to slap one together at the Hollywood location and set it up at the last minute...EXPENSIVE NIGHTMARE!

PROS: Great healthy treats
CONS: DON'T use them as a bakery for any event of significance!!!

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We went there for breakfast, got cold coffee, bad service and OK food. Only one omelet out of 6 dishes we ordered was fine. The service is not good and its not professional. It is a bakery but we didnt receive fresh pastries. Wont go there again.

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★★☆☆☆

We went there for breakfast, got cold coffee, bad service and OK food. Only one omelet out of 6 dishes we ordered was fine. The service is not good and its not professional. It is a bakery but we didnt receive fresh pastries. Wont go there again.

Pros: Location, Casual Design

Cons: Service, Food, Coffee

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best: non-desert foods. (I need some sugar in my deserts)! I realize that their are people who cannot have sugar-but that's not me. Overall, I really like the quality of foods there. And I love most of their muffins, (especially the blueberry) and I like the fact that there is no sugar in them. But for me muffins are part of what I think of as non-desert.

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★★★★☆

best: non-desert foods. (I need some sugar in my deserts)! I realize that their are people who cannot have sugar-but that's not me. Overall, I really like the quality of foods there. And I love most of their muffins, (especially the blueberry) and I like the fact that there is no sugar in them. But for me muffins are part of what I think of as non-desert.

Pros: their breakfast, their salads (big!)

Cons: whole grain-ish bagel

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mani's used to be one of my favorite places for breakfast, but i have to say, the last few times i was there will probably be my last. the food was fine but by no means great, and the service left much to be desired.

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★★★☆☆

mani's used to be one of my favorite places for breakfast, but i have to say, the last few times i was there will probably be my last. the food was fine but by no means great, and the service left much to be desired.

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Who would have known that healthy deserts could taste so good? I've never really been into organic or vegan type deserts, but Mani's does them right! Try the chocolate cupcakes. All the cookies are great too. They make a great Chai latte!

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★★★★★

Who would have known that healthy deserts could taste so good? I've never really been into organic or vegan type deserts, but Mani's does them right! Try the chocolate cupcakes. All the cookies are great too. They make a great Chai latte!

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The folks at Mani's know how to serve up semi-sweet love. If it's healthy and comes from an oven, it's from Mani's. They have fresh and healthy down to an art form. Try the Chocolate Raspberry Fortress--God made chocolate and raspberries to go together. Nice staff, too; not so good parking, watch the meters--SMPD likes to ticket. (If you happen find yourself on Ocean Av, instead of Main St, the warm chocolate bread pudding at Ocean Avenue Seafood is a great choice.)

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★★★★★

The folks at Mani's know how to serve up semi-sweet love. If it's healthy and comes from an oven, it's from Mani's. They have fresh and healthy down to an art form. Try the Chocolate Raspberry Fortress--God made chocolate and raspberries to go together. Nice staff, too; not so good parking, watch the meters--SMPD likes to ticket. (If you happen find yourself on Ocean Av, instead of Main St, the warm chocolate bread pudding at Ocean Avenue Seafood is a great choice.)

Pros: Espresso

Cons: Parking

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Sad to say, Mani's has gone downhill over the last couple of years. The kitchen used to turn out delicious, healthy lunches--but I can't remember the last time I had a lunch here that wasn't lackluster at best.

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★★★☆☆

Sad to say, Mani's has gone downhill over the last couple of years. The kitchen used to turn out delicious, healthy lunches--but I can't remember the last time I had a lunch here that wasn't lackluster at best.

Pros: Location, Healthy cuisine, Pretty cakes, tarts

Cons: Food's gone downhill

 

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