1101 Gayley Ave, Westwood, CA | Directions 9002434.059605 -118.446353
Monday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Westwood, West LA
Good place to catch up with an old friend or read – Wide variety of delicious and healthy food. The service is a little lacking - one server messed up my order and then acted a little put upon when I asked her (very nicely) to bring me what I ordered instead. The food and the ambiance make up for it though - I could spend hours sipping my coffee chatting with a good friend, studying or perusing through their many books.
great study spot! – I think the novel cafe was a great find for me, living in Westwood. Because I occupy a space with four other girls in my apartment, it can get pretty noisy and distracting come studytime. So I like to take frequent visits to Novel Cafe, where I can enjoy a quiet study environment with great coffee drinks. There are also bookshelves on aligning the walls of the cafe, so if you get bored, you can peruse through an interesting collection of books. Also, if you ever come by during breakfast time, their omelettes are delicious too!
Cute place for lunch or brunch – Novel Cafe has a great selection of healthy and delicious breakfast and lunches, as well as teas, coffees, smoothies, sides, and desserts. Their sandwiches are unique and excellent. I usually order the create-your-own-omelette (you choose the cheese and 3 ingredients), which you can get with potatoes, fresh fruit, and a bagel and cream cheese. On a sunny day, the patio is great for people-watching at cute little mosaic tables. It's a little pricey, but this IS LA.
Great place to eat and read – This is one of the best places in westwood to get a great organic meal and do some studying at the same time. Their grilled cheese with tomatoes is really great, and all their drinks are perfect for the thirsty studier. All the different chairs and study areas really appeal to the college student.
Best organic food around! – This cafe which specializes in some of the best organic food around, has great organic coffee, phenomenal desserts (Raspberry chocolate cheesecake) and free wireless. Try the Goatcheese Eggplant melt on Rosemary bread. You'll be addicted. Great place to study, lighting is pretty dim at night, but some parts of the 2 floor cafe are better lit. The upstairs is reserved for dining during the busiest hours, so students beware!
Pros: Good personal service (cute female servers, esp. at night)
Cons: Sometimes aren't very welcoming to students, when their business is in Westwood and their backbone is the staff and students at UCLA.
great, fresh california cuisine – you can tell that someone thoughtfully planned out each dish here. the quality and freshness of their food is superb. too bad i cant say the same about their service. the set-up of the place makes it difficult for the staff to be attentive, esp bc they do not have set tables. but hey, the food is worth it. just dont order any smoothies or blended coffee drinks---basically, dont ask the staff to do anything too hard.
ive been here a couple of other times to study (shh, they have free wi-fi but they dont want you to know that)--they took out all but one sofa and the lighting isnt good. but the food is def. worth it. great place to take friends for a summer lunch on the patio.
Great food and coffee! – I love the grilled cheese, salads, breakfast, and sandwiches here. The coffee is great, too! The decor is relaxing and unique. It's a lovely place to spend a few hours relaxing. Highly recommended!
Best of Westwood – Far more than a coffee house. Novel produces an eclectic menu of the finest pasta, salads, sandwiches, soups and deserts you can find. The best and most healthful ingredients are combined to make every recipe a taste happening. Great service, great location and choice of outdoor streetside patio, inside lower level tables, upper dining room and pub style dining bar. They just make you happy every time you visit. And their prices are better than reasonable. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night food source.
Amazing service – Novel Cafe in Westwood is a great place to study or hang out with friends. Their menu is impressive for a cafe (reminds me of Literati in Santa Monica), with something for everyone (breakfast all day, salads, sandwiches, burgers, etc.). I'd recommend the Carrot Ginger soup and the Ahi Tuna Salad. The Tiger Chai is a great, too. The setting is nice, with mellow music lively enough to keep you from dozing into your textbook but no so loud or distracting that you can't read or chat with friends. What really sets the cafe apart, however, is the staff: the waitresses are really friendly and attentive, and they can make great menu recommendations.
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