We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Coffe Oasis”
Review of Un-Urban Cafe

Un-Urban Cafe
Ranked #28 of 49 Coffee & Tea in Santa Monica
Price range: US$0 - US$20
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Reviewed 12 October 2015

This ia a real gem of a place that serves the local community with excellent coffe - The baristas are always friendly polite and obliging - its a mish mash of furniture styles, sums up So Cal surf, end of the hippy trail Gr8 place = Love it!

Thank ANDI S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (16)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

2 - 6 of 16 reviews

Reviewed 16 July 2015

Great place to stop by for coffees and music. Very relaxed and comfortable. Certainly casual and a relaxed crowd. Tip well, keep the hard-working staff rewarded for their nice vibe.

Thank lee J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 December 2014

UnUrban Café is a Santa Monica must! Many people think of SaMo in terms of 3rd Street Promenade, the Pier, Main Street, and Montana Avenue, but there is so much more to this fabulous city! The flip side of all that upscale consumer-friendly business is absolutely UnUrban: a masterpiece of kitsch and coffee, proudly jutting out on the corner of Pico Boulevard near the far edge of Santa Monica. And edgy it is. Here is what says about itself on their website (because I really could not say it any better!):

"The Unurban is a quaint bohemian-style coffee house. Inside, you’ll find mismatching wallpaper, chairs and tables that placidly come together for a nice colorful mix. It's a place where you can get music, art, laughter, get smarter, express yourself, make a difference in the world, and various other takeaways, depending on how you make use of the space but most of all, be a part of the community."

UnUrban UnUrban continues to provide a friendly space for artists and entertainers and their audiences, with comedy, poetry, open mic, music showcases, gaming, and film screenings. They offer reverse osmosis water, healthy food and beverage alternatives such as hormone-free milk, almond and soy milk, and vegan, gluten-free, and organic options. There are plenty of fresh, tasty, well-made breakfast, lunch, and dinner items on the menu: pastries and omelets, soups, salads, sandwiches, and so much more. These are all good things in a world filled with "foods" created in Petrie dishes, and chemicals seemingly in everything.

I have been drinking UnUrban mochas since the joint opened in 1995, and I have yet to find better espresso drinks in the area. And with a motto like "Death Before Decaf," you have to know that they are serious about coffee!

This is a safe area for walking and biking, with a nearby Trader Joe's, a handful of restaurants for all appetites, and the iconic McCabe's Guitar Shop.

UnUrban is more an experience than a cup of joe and a scone, and I recommend that you check it out soon!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank SharineCalifornia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 November 2014

Something different with quirky art work and books on display. Perception was it needed a bit of a springclean!

Thank miket8888
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 September 2014 via mobile

When I dine in I like real coffee in real cups. If I choose to go to Starbucks I accept that I will get paper cups. The coffee at Un- Urban was too weak & with a polystyrene after taste. That place needs a big overhaul. Give it a miss ..

Thank Martina C
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.

Travellers who viewed Un-Urban Cafe also viewed

Santa Monica, CA

Been to Un-Urban Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing