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Dec 7, 2009 11:53 AM

Westside Coffee Date suggestions

I'm meeting a friend for coffee and a sort of 'get to know each other better' first date tonight. I initially said Intelligentsia, because it's where I go on the westside for great coffee (and I usually wind up writing for a while there, though I'm not a writer by trade).

But on second thought, the vibe isn't that great for relaxing or for conversing. she's a native Californian and therefore gets cold easily, so sitting outside at Intelligentsia would be a no. Something about the vibe at the Venice Intelligentsia would just set people on a date on edge, imo.

Then when checking their hours on their website it says they're only open til 8 on Mondays, which surprised me because I thought they were open til 11 Sunday-Thursday and til midnight on Friday and Saturday (yeah I've been there a lot) but there's no response to their phone number, so I'm just just preemptively canceling it to avoid troubles.

Which is too bad because I'd thought that walking across the street to conclude the evening with some gelato from N'ice Cream would have been fun.

So now I'm looking for a nice place to have a long lingering cup of coffee (not a meal really) and a pleasant conversation. I think the Santa Monica Urth Cafe will probably be my best bet, I remember it having a large fireplace inside the one time I was there, but I think most of their seating is outside and I'd hate to be stuck outside.

Talking Stick is comfy but too divey, and I imagine it being too loud to hear each other.

Are there any coffee places I'm unaware of on the westside that would be good place to go, quiet, but nice seating and comfortable?

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  1. Especially being a writer, I think you would enjoy Literati II, on the corner of Wilshire and Bundy. There is a more upscale restaurant attached to it, but the cafe part is conducive to talking and sipping and even noshing.

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    1. re: Bria Silbert

      +1 for the Literati suggestion. there's also Novel Cafe in SM.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I'd agree with those, and add the Coral Tree Cafe on San Vicente in Brentwood. The place is huge, so people might not be on top of you as much.

        1. re: SpudEats

          i like Coral Tree, but the size can be a bit of problem in terms of acoustics. it gets extremely noisy in there when it's crowded, and sound carries when it's not - so your private conversation is sometimes not so private. the outdoor tables are nice as long as the place isn't too busy...because when they are, they tend to cram as many people as possible out there and you can end up practically sitting in some stranger's lap!

          then again, i haven't been there since the fire, so if they remodeled perhaps that has all changed...?

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Coral Tree looks pretty much the same to me since reopening -- and it's as packed as ever.

    2. thanks for all the suggestions. Literati is a place I've always meant to try but never been to. I also decided because of the rain to look at restaurants as well, even if just for coffee and dessert, though it may upgrade to dinner as well, we'll see.

      Considering the weather, I'd like to stay off Wilshire though, so I probably won't go for Literati this time around.

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      1. re: jadekarrde

        Maybe Caffe Luxxe on Montana, or some other place on Montana.

        1. re: carter

          love caffe luxxe ;) and literati... too bad you're avoiding wilshire.

        2. re: jadekarrde

          The coffee at Literati is awful. Check out Funnel Mill on Broadway or Caffe Luxxe on Montana.

          1. re: a_and_w

            I like both of those places, but they both close at 8pm.

            1. re: Azizeh

              I believe Funnel Mill is open until 9pm, but it sounds like that may still be too early for the OP. Cafe Balcony would have been perfect, but according to their website, they're still looking for a new location.