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Cafe Bolivar

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  • Cafes & Coffeehouses, Sandwiches
  • 1741 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica CA90405 34.013063 -118.465697
  • (Btwn 17th & 18th St)
  • (310) 581-2344
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User Ratings (Based on 7 reviews)

Food 4.6 Value 4.4
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 4.9

Other Restaurant Info

(310) 581-2344
Place Order:
Order From Cafe Bolivar for delivery & takeout
Cash Only
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-6pm Sat: 9am-6pm
Lunch, Online Ordering, Outdoor Seating

User Reviews

  • Cafe Bolivar

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2011

    Nourish your body and feed your spirit

    Im a New Yorker, a Brooklynite to be exact. We are a discerning breed of travelers. In a new town (in this case Santa Monica) the first thing I look for is a really good cafe. That cafe becomes how I learn the community. It has to be clean, welcoming, have great food, good service and atmosphere. Cafe Bolivar hit a home run my first visit. The salads are wonderful and the half portion makes this establishment number one for bringing children. The "Pacifico" sandwich is a delightful combination of sweet and savory and the Veggie Tapenade's kalamata olive rosemary citrus relish is not to be missed. The staff is exceptional, friendly, professional, helpful yet not intrusive. The locally produced art work exhibited, the library of rare books, the food, staff and locals makes this spot home away form home.

  • Cafe Bolivar

    Posted by Connie on 09/27/2008

    Loved the food

    The food was a nostalgic reminder of Caracas: arepas and fresh jugos. The service was a bit sullen, left no napkins, and didn't clean the table. But the food wil lure me back.

  • Cafe Bolivar

    Posted by Diego Velasco on 03/18/2007

    A slice of heaven in Santa Monica

    Cafe Bolivar is the best place to escape that doesn't need a passport. The staff is friendly, great art work, books that you can burrow and most importantly great food and coffee. They make the best Arepas (venezuelan typical dish) right in front of you. Nothing frozen here eveything is made to order. Great vibe and very easy to find parking, like I said if you want a taste of Venezuela and can't afford the airfare this is the place to go

  • Cafe Bolivar

    Posted by allykinz on 03/15/2007


    food is good

  • Cafe Bolivar

    Posted by sawubona on 02/11/2007

    local is lovely

    great to see a place like this in a little neighborhood coming alive and not (yet) dominated by ghastly chain stores and overpriced yuppie palors.

  • Cafe Bolivar

    Posted by Erik on 10/02/2006

    very local, very cool, very good.

    We love Cafe Bolivar. Long live the independent. Very local crowd. Small but good menu.

  • Cafe Bolivar

    Posted by Nora on 07/16/2006

    Amazing arepas

    This unassuming corner of Ocean Park Blvd and 18th Street in Santa Monica has astonishingly good food and a relaxing atmosphere. It appears to have developed a substantial following in its two year history and was crowded at lunchtime with locals and Venezuelan ex pats. The arepas, as ubiquitous to Venezuelan cuisine as hamburgers are to the US, are divine. Small perfectly grilled round corn meal "pancakes" sliced open and stuffed with various fillings--cheese, avacado, chicken, mango, etc were better than any I had in Caracas. The fruit juices are lush. The salads and other sandwiches looked wonderful and the menu is diverse. The service is friendly and personal and it's clear patrons return regularly. Moderately priced with free or metered street parking, this is an unpretentious part of Santa Monica that is a real neighborhood: independent businesses--several are Latino.

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