2930 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003934.108481 -118.269227
Su-Th 7-11, F-Sa 7-12am
Neighborhoods: Silver Lake, East LA
nice simple place – I have been coming here for years. I find the food great and the staff helpful. If I ever have a problem they are more then willing to help fix it. One thing to remember, its NOT a full service restaurant. Some of these review seem to get upset about that. If you want a place where one waiter is going to cater to your ever need then you need to go somewhere else. They do not have Internet. That's the one thing I wish would change. I suppose if you are a writer its helpful to not have that distraction. The cupcakes I were told are not sweet lady Jane. They are made by Sweet Lady O. Overall I come back for the relaxed armosoahere. The big tables in the back make it easy to hold meetings. It can get very busy on Saturdays and Sundays just f.y.i.
Laid-Back Coffee House Sometimes Has Uptight Service – The Coffee Table is a laid-back neighborhood chill spot even if it does feel a little weird, sort of like a doorway into the outer limits. On sunny days choose to sit on the back patio for a perfect place to enjoy the weather, eat some food, and talk about your next art installation with your friend/manager or sit indoors at the fun happy mosaic tables and bright fiesta walls….or in the front patio outdoors to take in the street scene. If you order the big Green Burrito your appetite is sure to be subdued. The bowl of tender fall apart meaty chili is great even though the kitchen seems to have a difficult time serving a garlic bread accompaniment. The server tried to convince me that rosemary muffin bread was their version of garlic bread until he finally relented and said they were out of garlic bread. Why didn’t you just say so? Patrons aren’t stupid. The service is a little on the cranky side in this kingdom but don’t let them push you around. They’re all about the business of the cash register and kitchen so if you have come here expecting to be coddled and flashed one happy smile after another you will be disappointed. Remember, that’s the bright happy colored kaleidoscopic mosaic table’s job so look down and hypnotize yourself into a world of lovely service. Some improvement would be welcome in this area.
There are several vegi items to choose from including an $11 bowl of vegi chili – it better be one satisfying selection of stewed tomatoes. The salads have disappointed in the past but are still worth a try. Beware of thick creamy dressings on most salads. The omelets are normally prepared well so try South of the Border. Since the recession diet has infested some of the chicken and other sandwiches the vegi menu selections may be better even for the carnivores. It is a coffee joint so putting all the food talk aside it is worth mentioning that the coffee is not spectacular. In fact, it can even have a burnt flavor to it.
I have heard complaints that Coffee Table doesn't normally allow computers to be plugged into wall outlets and other complaints from workers/students but I can't say for myself since I haven't gone there with my work.
It’s popular for dinner with the locals and I suggest leaving those hours to the Silver Lake & Glendale crew since it doesn’t really feel like a dinner destination so stick to the earlier hours of brunching and lunching and order the heartier fare and your table of food, coffee, tea and conversation will be okay.
To summarize: It’s a hit and miss joint depending on what you order.
Warning: Free refills/discounted refills may not always be included in original purchase price
FYI: Those amazing Red Velvet Cupcakes everybody brags about are supplied by Sweet Lady Jane’s in WeHO.
Great Silverlake Casual Dining – If you want food you'd find at home but don't feel like cookin it, enter Coffee Table. The salads and sandos are good. The chili is great. Breakfast on the back patio is popular with the locals -- if you go, try the Green Burrito or the oatmeal for something a bit healthier. Also has good dessert options including cakes and pies. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner and you should love any and all three.
Perfect set up for breakfast and lunch – My husband and I walk to the Coffee Table quite often and always have a nice experience. The menu has a huge variety of options and the prices are right. The decor is neat; they always have paintings up for sale from, I assume, local artists. Have yet to try any of the desserts that sit behind a window of the counter but they look amazing.
best tofu scramble – Really tasty food. Nice staff. Pretty place. Very clean. If you want a nice healthy breakfast go here.
Good Food and Surroundings. – Although I have lived in Silver Lake forever, I recently went to the Coffee Table after I had gone to the Coffee Table in Eagle Rock. I have not been disappointed and the breakfast is always consistently good and the coffee is excellent. It's a great place to read (I always take a book) I appreciate the fact that cell phone usage in the restaurant is banned and my wireless laptop works just fine - no need to use someone else's electricity!
worst place to study/ do work – This place is the worst coffee shop to do work or study. One of the mean waiters kicked me out because I wanted to plug in my laptop!!! Definitely NOT student-friendly!!!
Terrible coffee shop (No place to plug your laptop in) – I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert on LA's coffee shops; I'm one of the hordes of people who likes to plunk down with a steaming cup of coffee and get some work done on my laptop. This particular activity is such a commonplace sight in LA's coffeeshops, perhaps more than any other city in the world, what with everyone working on that script or pilot show. It is very much a part of the culture of our city. That being said, the Coffee Table is the absolute WORST place to get some work done. Where to begin? To start with, this place has visible a/c outlets next to every table in there, but get this, NONE of them work. In fact, there are only two places you can plug your computer in, one at a very inconvenient bar-type area near the cash register where you get to sit on a bar stool of all things while people form a never-ending line behind you, and the other near the bathroom but where they won't allow you to plug in anyway because the wire lies along the floor. Apparently these two outlets that work are "charging stations" where you leave your computer while it charges and come back to get it when you're done...doing something else with your time. One word: dumb.
It doesn't end there. The seats are uncomfortable, and the coffee often lukewarm.
I'm sorry, but until this place wakes up and really gets with the times, it is NOT recommended by any means.
mediocre at best – The food is mediocre and the decor is horrible. I live within walking distance would rather drive farther for better food and atmosphere. I think people must go there for convenience. Coffee table folks...PLEASE get more creative and expand your menu or at least take your current staples to the next level..for example the breakfast burrito...boring. We all want to supprt local restaurants, but give us something a bit more interesting..you could take cues from many other GREAT Silverlake eateries...Thanks.
Silver Lake artists, industry types and families crowd in for coffee, conversation and cheap, homemade eats. – In Short
Local art hangs on the earth-toned walls and fashionably disheveled patrons read hardcovers at tables adorned with tile mosaic tables. Dinner entrees like salmon and pork chops are available, but breakfast and lunch dominate, and seem more appropriate for the atmosphere. Omelettes are loaded with pico de gallo, avocado, cheese and turkey sausage and oatmeal is topped with apples, cranberries and walnuts. Other popular orders include banana pancakes, focaccia sandwiches and salads, from Asian chicken to beet-and-goat cheese.
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