Simonette at Palihotel Culver City

4.0
24 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Simonette is an all-day café, bar and bistro inspired by the traditions of classic French neighborhood cafés. Open from sunlight to candlelight every day, please join us the next time you are in Culver City.
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HC
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good affordable French cuisine. The patio was closed due to rain and every seat at the bar and restaurant was taken. The restaurant is in the new Palihotel just behind the Arclight Theatre in downtown Culver City. My friend loved breakfast, especially thé croisants

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LO
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This bar/restaurant is very nice, however the service is a little off, our server was not very attentive. It gets super noisy inside.. I would still recommend it to a friend but not for dinner, to sit at the bar

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JC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot. Nice wine amd drink selection. Burger was top- notch.

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S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very intimate. Loved the food. Nice music. Friendly staff. Overall a great experience. Only complaint is not a very good wine list. But we’ll be back.

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E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

For a breakfast (brunch) hosted by our daughter for a pre-Valentine's Day … Simonette was perfect. Lots to choose from and having lived in Paris years ago … it brought back a some very pleasant memories. We will return for lunch soon and enjoy the moules and frites.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Love the decor, food and drinks. Service is where I felt Simonette fall through specifically from the wait staff. Slow, inattentive and only stopped by our table once after serving our food. When asking what's good, he seemed exasperated to a point where my party and I decided to leave after just a single appetizer.

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MB
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great decor. Nice menu. The food was good but the portions were small for the price.
Also, our server wasn't as attentive as we'd expect for the price of the experience - we had to chase for things a few times - he didn't bring a teaspoon or sugar with the coffee - we didn't have the right menus in front of us. These were little things and I would still go back, but they were a little frustrating considering the price.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome per usual

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Loved the decor and ambience
lighting too poor to read menu
our waiter,Michael S. was attentive, cheerful and knowledgable
Drinks were so-so, my vodka martini was served in a room temp glass, need to chill the glass

Food:
Trout Almondine: generally fine but too much veg fill which drowned out the flavor of the fish. This dish needs more work.
Steak Tartar Tartine: wonderful combo of steak, radish and sauce but I personally prefer a thinner and toasted bread base.
Barley Risotto: Everything worked!
Price: On the high side for CC but comparable to Wallace and the CC Hotel
Parking: we live 4 blocks away so cannot comment on parking service.

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AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

To be fair, the place has just opened and probably needs time to become its best self. Steak/ Frites can be perfect and satisfying. Mine was sadly underwhelming.. the beef was too "au poivre" and chewy (not helped by the silly dull steak knives provided), and the frites were nice-looking but not crisp or particularly flavorful. We ordered some poor carrots that were drowning in an orange sauce. The profiterole dessert, however was quite good, though not dreamy like the ones served long ago at Harry's Bar in Century City. The service was great. There is a serious table-wobble problem. We had to use our iPhones flashlight to read the teensy printing on the placemat menu.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This space really could not be more beautiful. The menu is well executed classic French bistro and the steak frites are definitely a highlight. Cocktails are awesome.

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GA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Cute space. Food was so so. Nothing spectacular. Price were reasonable. Service was not great. It was my friends birthday and I was hoping for a piece of cake (or any dessert for that matter) with a candle at the end of the meal. The server told us the manager informed her they don’t celebrate birthdays. Odd. I’ve never heard that at a restaurant.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

This place needs a lot more work. They are not ready to be fully operating.

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E
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the French aspect re: the menu. The weather was good; so, we enjoyed the openness -- even inside.
We plant to return for breakfast next time in a few weeks.

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K
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in Culver City. Great space with outdoor patio. Food was great and staff extremely nice. Parking is difficult due to neighborhood restrictions. I’d recommend parking in the garage in Cardiff and making the short walk over.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Great ambiance. Horrible food and service

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been twice now. I live in culver, so it's great to see a quality new comer to the area. Went with a few friends each time so I've tried a large swath of the menu at this point.

Standout items are:
The Omelette - eggs cooked perfectly, oozing with cheese
Grilled salmon
Burger - probably the best item on the menu
Beet salad
Every cocktail was exceptional

They're new, and still working out some of the minor kinks (as to be expected) but overall the service is good, and the food and drinks, are in short, terrific.

I'll definitely be coming back.

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would love to write a good review of this place, but sadly, I cannot. We arrived early on Sunday after the Ram's win. We asked to sit inside and were given a table near the street. While the seat arrangement leaves a bit to be desired (we had to scrunch past a decorative table to get to ours and we sat just inches away from the guests at the other table), we did get to the table. The server arrived quickly and took our drink orders. I had visions of steak frittes swirling in my head as I had read the Yelp review.
The wife and I looked around and commented on the decor. We looked out on the street. We commented on the decor. We discussed what had happened during our day. We commented on the decor.
At this point, our drinks had still not arrived (how long does it take to make a Black Russian? Did they let Putin make it?). As we were about to eat the table and menus, the wife said that this was it. Waiting half an hour for drinks that never arrived and with nobody taking our food orders hit our tipping point. So we left.
The hostess did apologize and asked if she could do anything. However, unless she had a magic wand and could conjure up a food order in the blink of an eye, we had to go home to get some food.
To be fair, this place had been open less than a week. We might go back if they are still in business in a month or three.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

the food was quite Salty!

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d
Los Angeles
128 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and ambiance were very good. We were told that we could order a glass of the wine we selected but not a bottle of it since it was in short supply. Our waitress brought out 2 bottles of wine to sample. We chose that was quite good. Unfortunately, Jessica failed to tell us that the bottle we ordered was twice the cost of our original choice. $88 to be exact.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous space, great cocktails, spirited service... all you want in a great neighborhood restaurant.

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LH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time ! Lovely place and still new so they are trying to figure it out on some stuff.
Went for lunch/brinch on a Saturday.
Service was great, nice and fast, we were so comfy!
Food was ok, I had the steak frites, very good, a lot of blood on the plate tho.
I had a glass of rosé that was not good, very acid. I switch to a Spritz and that was great !
Issues with the bill, the price of the steak was 29 whereas on the menu it was 25! They changed it so, no pb.
Valet told us it was free when we validate but then the lady at the front told us it was $10. We explained it was not what was said so she didnt make us pay. Super nice and professional.
Overall this place has a lot of potential and maybe after a month it could become my go to :)
FYI I'm french.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not ready for prime time

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HS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We never got to eat because the noise in the very small dining room was unbearable on top of the loud music they were already playing. We came for a peaceful romantic evening to celebrate and had to leave.

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