Cora's Coffee Shoppe

1802 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401


  • Daily 7am-3pm, Tue-Sat 5pm-12am
  • $$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
A few years ago, Cora's was still a crusty, hash-brown-intensive beach café. Bruce Marder, owner of the pricey Italian restaurant Capo next door, transformed the place into a lunch counter out of a GQ shoot: a patio shaded with crimson bougainvillea, a burbling Tuscan fountain, the distant crashing of the surf - sometimes you want a chef's salad, and sometimes you want an insalata ­caprese made with farmers-market tomatoes and ­oozingly creamy burrata cheese; sometimes you need ham 'n' eggs the morning after, and sometimes delicate petals of San Daniele prosciutto. Cora's hamburgers are magnificent, drippy things made of coarsely chopped, beyond-prime Wagyu cow, and for dessert, there is occasionally an intense homemade burnt-caramel ice cream bitter enough to make a 10-year-old child weep.

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