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Cafe Bolivar

1741 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4901
+1 310-581-2344
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
27 Jan 2017
“Neighborhood Spot”
19 Jan 2017
“Small dinner for less than $15”
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
Cafe, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
1741 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4901
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

Good coffee (form Luxe on Montana Avenue) and fresh juices. Also a small art gallery that attracts locals and students from nearby Santa Monica College. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Also a limited menu of pastries, bagels and sandwiches but the best thing...More

Thank _dt_arch
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

You can have a drink and two Bolivian sandwiches (Arepas) here for $13. It is not the equivalent to a big American dinner but just nice for a small meal.

Thank Dee_Green15
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I really love this little place, which is unpretentious, at times slow, and staffed by very nice people. My only complaint is that it isn't open on Sunday. There is no risk of this being a chain and, given the rents, it must be difficult...More

Thank Dane94306
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Basically, the service was slow (and it was not crowded), the food was in small portions and I feel it was way overpriced. The quality of the food was decent, nothing special. I visited there only once. Sorry for the negativity, but that's the truth.

Thank MLondon26
Reviewed 5 April 2016

If you are around and never had an arepa, you have to come in and get one- best is the chicken or the mango. Black bean is good, too and I think I have enjoyed the pork as well. We live around here and like...More

1  Thank hikingdude
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

I had never had arepas before. I'm in love. It's like a tamale and sliders had a baby. These mini sandwiches are packed full of flavor. I tried the slow roasted pork and the mango and has fresh made passion fruit juice to drink. The...More

1  Thank Dyonisusdaughter
Reviewed 19 May 2015

This place is usually packed with transient professional workers, students, etc... There is a bar that you can use next to the espresso machine, and other libations and foods.. Its a nice place to hang out. The wifi could be better..

Thank battmast
Reviewed 14 May 2015

This is a small little place with excellent food. The prices are right! They make it all right in front of you. Sit inside or outside. Their specialty seems to be small little white corn meal buns with different fillings, called apreas( that may not...More

1  Thank Ann B
Reviewed 17 April 2015 via mobile

This is a nice relief from Starbucks. The people are friendly, but not artificially so. Pretty much everything is home made on the premises, and tasty. The food preparation is not set up as a production line, so don't expect your latte to be slammed...More

Thank Dane94306
Reviewed 14 July 2013

My recent visit to Cafe Bolivar in Santa Monica definitely delivered! Once you walk in you feel a relaxed ambiance and the staff are friendly and welcoming. There is an urban european vibe here, and you just want to pull up a seat and have...More

1  Thank HawaiianIrishgirl
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1741 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-581-2344
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