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Golden Mean Cafe

$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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1028 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1907
+1 310-393-6500
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 21:00
Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Los Angeles, California
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269 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

You will enjoy this place! It's very small, clean, friendly; they listen to your dietary restrictions and make sure you get what you want. Food is fresh and tasty!

Thank eurovicki
Santa Monica, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Great vegan food ! And even if I am not a vegan but my daughter is ! The good is really good , tasty and do not see the difference . I had a Mediterranean salad , really good and my daughter the waffles : delicious ! It was my 3rd time and always good food , good service !... More 

Thank paris1962
Grand Junction, Colorado
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112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

I really wanted to love this place; the menu sounded amazing and creative. The experience didn't start well when we saw other diners who had arrived after us receiving their orders and leaving, while we sat there wondering where our food was. We were informed that our order got "lost" and would be out after awhile. We were at the... More 

Thank Christy C
Irvine, California
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I'm not vegan but was dining with someone who is and we have been here for lunch and dinner. Everything I've tried has been delicious! (The Works Burger, Baked Nachos, Enchiladas, Chicken Parmesan). It's flavorful and the staff is friendly & responsive. Will definitely be back whenever we're in the area!

Thank dknable2017
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We visited this lovely cafe when we were in the LA area. We were about 12 people, and they had us sit upstairs in the cafe. It was nice having our own little space in the restaurant. The staff is very accommodating, and extremely nice. The food in this vegan cafe is absolutely delicious. They have a brunch menu with... More 

Thank Pavitralrao
Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Second visit to Golden Mean (we live in Australia). We just love this place. The food is soooo good and service is excellent. Waitress really great (even helped us set up our Uber app). We'll be back again.

Thank NthnBeachesNSW
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Golden Mean is a tiny "hole in the wall" sort of restaurant with a friendly staff and comfortable/casual decor. They have delicious vegan cakes, you can't even tell the difference from a "regular" cake. Extensive menu as far as vegan food options and portion sizes are generous! They have an upstairs that allows you to have a little bit more... More 

Thank ceciliawirth
Pasadena, California
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430 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Breakfast plates, bowls, wraps, smoothies, even coffee-free "macaccinos" and lots of (mostly gluten-free) baked goods, this tiny narrow (two-level) cafe felt more like a vegan diner nook. The service was a bit slow and seemed overwhelmed (I think there was one wait person covering all of brunch/lunch service), but I still had a happy full stomach that fueled me for... More 

Thank Ray Q
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

I checked out this restaurant for dinner while staying at a hotel in Santa Monica. I had the Vegan Chicken Teriyaki Wrap with Quinoa. So tasty and the portions were on point! Definitely stop by this spot (two thumbs up).

Thank Msflny
Dublin, Ireland
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

There was nothing special about this place. Food was ok. There are so many other places in this area that are much better for vegan food. Service was not great. Forgot to get one of the drinks. Had to reminded again. Main course was served wrong. The food was not bad but not great either. With so many other nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1028 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-393-6500
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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