great quiet place, always delicious hippy food, best organic food, unique sandwiches, great organic coffee, great personal service, impressive menu
No service dogs. They don't allow service dogs in the cafe.
Great Place To Study or Have Lunch. So I went to the Novel Cafe on Gayley a few days ago for a early dinner/study session. I was very surprised by the FREE INTERNET and friendly atmosphere. I sat outside on the patio for about an hour and then moved inside. The waitstaff was extremely helpful but at the same time understood that I was studying and gave me some privacy. I ordered a burger which was very tasty, really juicy. I highly recommend the Novel in Westwood. There were people there just for dinner so I guess its not just a study place but a real cafe.
awesome meal, every single time!. its a bit expensive for me as a student but its so good and you get what you pay for, which is GREAT FOOD!!!
Yummy, healthy food!! Friendly staff! Cute atmosphere.. I've been coming here for the past 6 years, and the food is always delicious. It's a great place to read, write, or study - outdoor patio, very cute and comfortable indoor space with bigger tables upstairs. The food is fantastic! My favorites are the Novel Rancheros, Vegetarian Sandwich, and Tuna Melt Quesadilla, which comes with one of the best spicy guacamoles that I've ever had. The portions are generous too. Unless I'm super hungry, I usually have leftovers to go. This is one of my favorite places in Westwood, and the owner is super nice. They serve breakfast all day too.
Great chow, mellow, student/ intelligentsia ambience. Love this place!.
I'm lived in the Bay Area and Cambridge Mass, and am right at home in this spot. It's so wonderfully non- Hollywood, and with the delicious organic food and great coffees (and fabulous hot chocolate) ,is a place one can really read, study, or have an intelligent conversation.. In its category, which is casual, healthy organic food, this place is perfect. I've written here, met with students, and grabbed lunches and dinnersMy two favorite dishes are: The Chicken, Apple And Walnut Salad with caramelized walnuts, apples, red onions, homemade croutons, sliced chicken, goat cheese, and sweet mango dressing and the .Lean Plate with scrambled egg whites, sliced organic tomatoes, steamed spinach or broccoli and a grilled chicken breast, (or your choice of rosemary turkey patty, or jumbo beef patty.)
I always feel it's a bit of a haven, with friendly wait staff, (though busy) and good light and free internet! . The outdoor seating is excellent with a view of lots of Westwood action. and the food offers good choices for the hearty appetite, the vegetarian, the dieter, the comfort food craver - in short, something for most people. And the desserts are yummy. Free internet. What's not to like?
Good place to study. Novel cafe is a good, laid-back place to catch up on reading or studying. Wireless is free, and there are lots of tables and nooks to camp out at. Food is a little expensive, but all organic and pretty good. Overall, a good place to chill.
BLEH. Ive eaten here a couple of times. I only went back because I thought they had maybe made a mistake with my order the first time. Basically, they are charging 5 times as much for the food you can get at the place across the street (which in my opinion tastes better). The service was awful, the food was awful. They try to lure you in with the whole 'organic' menu... dont fall for it - its not worth it. The only upside to this restaurant: lots of outdoor seating.
Branch of popular Santa Monica bookstore and cafe offers literary and liquid nourishment..
This casual, Westwood coffeehouse doubles as a used bookstore, where local college types come to type, talk, log on or read without being bothered. Secluded nooks offer enough peace and quiet for writers to freely commune with their muses, outdoor patio features prime people-watching. Menu includes veggie sandwiches, omelettes and turkey roll-ups. Sweets like tiramisu and carrot cake accompany their large array of organic hot and cold coffee drinks.
An appetizing menu. I'm actually writing my review while I'm here. A few people as it is sat. morning. Nice and quiet-I really like the music. A mellow atmosphere I really like the upstairs. More of a cafe than a coffee shop though. Very friendly service signs posted all around telling you what you can and can't do but they seem very "cool" about everything especially when it's not crowded.
Cafe that isn't Starbucks or Coffee Bean!. Like the other reviewers have said, this place is a great, quiet place to study, especially when your house or apartment is too distracting to concentrate, which, as any college student would tell you, is most of the time. Novel is the kind of coffee shop you would find in San francisco or seattle... the coffee isn't starbucks and doesn't need to be flavored with sugar to taste any good. They serve breakfast and lunch, both meals offer delicious options... the pancakes for breakfast are huge and melt in your mouth! They have all organic foods too, as well as offer egg whites for your omlette, which is always a plus for me. THis is the type of place where the owner remembers your face if you go there a lot... and he is always nice about letting studiers stay there for hours, even if they don't order much. All in all, it is one of the most quality places in westwood, especially because it is one of the only non-chain restaurants there.
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