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caroly02 Dec 18, 2006 04:15 PM

Hi. I'm returning home for the holidays and am trying to find a good place in West LA for late night coffee and desserts with a few friends. I love Amandine on Wilshire, but it closes early, and Cafe Balcony on Pico usually closes for a week around the holidays. Does anyone have suggestions for good places to go? Thanks!

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    Vicster Dec 18, 2006 04:26 PM

    Delores on Santa Monica and Purdue opens 24 hours. Very old school diner shop kind of place. The food isn't a 4 star meal by any means but it's open all night which is rare on the westside.

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      davinagr Dec 19, 2006 03:06 PM

      If you like ice cream they have killer banana splits :-)

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      Newkie Dec 18, 2006 05:15 PM

      Urth Cafe is open late and has good desserts. I recommend their banana cream pie with oreo crust.

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        amandine Dec 18, 2006 06:03 PM

        is the pumpkin pie still available?? you cannot go without it if it's still available. you will find me all over this site plugging it... i am mildly obsessed. try it and you will see why.

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          Dommy Dec 19, 2006 08:02 PM

          Yes, we had Pumpkin Pie from the one on Beverly this past monday! :)They also had Pumplin Cheesecake. :)

          --Dommy!

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            ziggy99 Dec 19, 2006 10:44 PM

            urth's pumpkin pie was inedible...i'm talking yucko

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              amandine Dec 21, 2006 05:50 PM

              Elaborate... what about it was yucko? Because in terms of taste, texture, presentation, crust, filling, everything... their pie is top notch IMO.

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        jessiebelle Dec 18, 2006 05:22 PM

        dolores is kinda gross in my opinion. Cafe 50's is no star place either but its open late and has lotsa sundaes and fun stuff like that. its on santa monica as well on the same side of the street and right past Federal

        1. PaulF Dec 18, 2006 11:42 PM

          Swingers gets some mixed reviews on this site ... I personally don't think it's "great" but I can always find something for lunch or breakfast that I like.

          That said, it is open late and would serve the purpose of a late night coffee shop. Swingers always used to fill up (I say it in past tense because I moved from the neighborhood a while ago) after 11 and later because bar hoppers tended to go in their after a night of drinking.

          Santa Monica has few good choices for late night coffee. People go to places like Izzy's Deli because it is open 24 hours. Swingers has above average coffee (they can make a latte or capp), a good enough menu and -- and this is a selling point for me, personally -- a really good CD jukebox.

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            ZoeZ Dec 18, 2006 11:56 PM

            Norm's on Pico east of Sepulveda (rather than the SM branch) is newly decorated and a good place for coffee (good) and desserts (so so) but its clean, well lit parking lot and nice wait persons.

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              Frank_Santa_Monica Dec 19, 2006 12:39 AM

              Ugh. Whatever you do, stay AWAY from Izzy's. I live in Santa Monica (obviously) and we talk smack about that place a lot.

              What about Pacific Dining Car on Wilshire and 20th for desserts? They're 24 hours. Not a coffee shop, though, but that's as good as it's going to get in Santa Monica, at least.

              In Beverly Hills, there's Kate's.

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                PaulF Dec 19, 2006 10:53 PM

                I agree on Izzy's -- I only mentioned it to highlight the dearth of late night coffee spots in Santa Monica.

              2. hrhboo Dec 19, 2006 01:56 AM

                The Novel Cafe on Main is open till 3am and has some good desserts. Cash only.

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                  arkestra Dec 19, 2006 05:19 AM

                  cafe balcony (not on pico, but on rochester, just off of santa monica blvd.) prides itself on being open every day. i'm pretty sure they'll be open during the holidays. you can always call and check:

                  http://www.cafebalcony.com/

                  1. Emme Dec 19, 2006 06:09 AM

                    These aren't all coffee shops, but I thought I'd post the options anyhoo...

                    I don't know if Anastasia on Wilshire is open late late. I think they are.

                    310 Lounge and Bistro

                    World Cafe on Main is fun.

                    Novel Cafe on Pier Ave.

                    Second the Swingers rec too; not haute cuisine, but reliable.

                    One Pico is open all night.

                    Cafe 50's

                    Gypsy Cafe in Westwood on Broxton at Le Conte, and conveniently located next to Diddy Reese.

                    Whist at the Viceroy

                    Coral Tree Cafe closes at midnight

                    Primitivo Wine Bistro closes at midnight

                    Not the best, but Cheesecake Factory is open til midnight with drinks and dessert

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                      nosh Dec 19, 2006 06:23 AM

                      Gypsy Cafe is a ripoff, overpriced place frequented by obnoxious poseurs sucking on hookahs, blowing smelly smoke, and trying desperately to outcool eachother. Horrible. You'd actually do much better at Jerry's Famous Deli around the corner, which should tell you something...

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                        hrhboo Dec 19, 2006 05:06 PM

                        I don't think Anastasia's is around anymore. And 310 is now Santa Monica Bar and Grill.

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                          PaulF Dec 19, 2006 08:32 PM

                          Anastasia's is gone, it's now a different coffee place ...

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                          ThatPat Dec 20, 2006 03:03 AM

                          Anastasia's closed some time ago. There is another coffee house in the location with a different name and a completely different look, but I believe they close early. 310 Lounge and Bistro is also called by another name--I think it's something like Santa Monica Bistro something something. You can search on the board.

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                          silence9 Dec 19, 2006 08:34 PM

                          Hi... By your query, it sounds as if you're looking for a late night *coffee house*, as opposed to a coffee shop (by which term I think of a diner). Coffee house = desserts, savories, coffee, tea, etc. Coffee shop = burgers, malteds, pie ala mode, ham n' eggs, and plain ol' cuppa joe. If there is a westside joint that combines the two genre, I'd like to know as well...

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                            ziggy99 Dec 19, 2006 10:46 PM

                            how about fred 62 in los feliz

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                              silence9 Dec 19, 2006 10:55 PM

                              Don't reckon Los Feliz will be _west_ enough for the original poster's needs...

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                              tannazie Dec 21, 2006 06:16 PM

                              might be too far east, but I am partial to Insomnia on Beverly around, between Fairfax and La Brea. Creme brulee cheesecake, lots of couches.

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                                Cottontail100 Jan 30, 2007 04:37 PM

                                Swingers has the BEST turkey burgers in LA!

                                1. PseudoNerd Jan 30, 2007 06:21 PM

                                  It looks as if Catch 22 on Sawtelle seems to be open pretty late-- maybe midnight or so? There's free wi-fi available as well-- not that you'd need that if you wanted to hang and chat with friends, but it's nice to know it's there.

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