Simonette at Palihotel Culver City

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58 reviews
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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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JP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about the Simonette: the ambiance, the service and of course, the food which was superlative. Whenever we visit the area, Simonette will be on our list of “MUST SEE/GO TO” places.

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JT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Overall the experience was underwhelming. While the space is great, the food was not that great. I get the simple menu, but at least make sure it is prepared well. Big call outs are the french toast and bacon. The french toast calls for nutella, but what was on there was some unknown substance. We had to take it off. The bacon was too thick and fatty. In addition, it completely lacked any tatse. There are better options for brucnh

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KT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a very charming little bistro . Great location . I feel they are still working out their dishes . The food was good but I think with a little more effort it could’ve been excellent . We will definitely go back and I’m sure we will get that perfect meal .

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TQ
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible service, mid-level ambience, mediocre food. Probably a great place for an after-work drink or a but overall value and experience pretty disappointing.

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, delicious food. We especially enjoyed the cauliflower—ordered a second one. The fish was cooked perfectly, as was the flatiron steak. The service was great, too. Nice, casual vibe. Will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful patio (under a big tree, in a hotel courtyard with cobalt blue walls) for a nice sunny Sunday brunch with friends and family. Great drinks and a French menu that has tasty bistro items you won't find at, say, Au Bon Pain, but that also has the usual favorites. The pate on the Farmer's Board made me swoon. I'd definitely go there for brunch again . . . although, due to price, I'd need tan excuse to celebrate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance and delicious food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Server seemed like this was his first gig. Drinks and food were great though

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good dinning experience. The food was good and the service as well. The location is perfect, very nice ambiance - a trendy stop!

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u
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This place is very trendy and pretty to look at and lots of spots to take pics for insta. And the food is alright. Cocktails were weird and imbalanced, definitely not up to par with the finest spots in LA. Granted, it's in Culver City and is maybe slightly better than Margot. But not worth a trek to if you love your cocktails. Service was slow and indifferent....waiters seem really poorly trained. Hope they can improve.

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MG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I love the atmosphere and the food at Simonette. The servers are lovely people. But the service was very slow when we gathered there for a late lunch on Friday. It was mystifying that the coffee and desserts took, I’m thinking, 20 minutes to half an hour.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We arrived on time for a 7:30 pm reservation and were told we would have to wait 10 to 15 min for our table. It rained and the patio area was not available, 45 mins later we were finally seated. No attempt to make up for the long unexpected wait nor an apology were expressed.
Service was average edging on poor. We asked for water which they forgot to bring until we asked for it a 2nd time. Waiter/hostess dropped off two bottles of water and didn't bother to refill our glasses. We also ordered drinks that took for ever to come. When the waitress asked if we wanted another drink we reminded her we had already ordered drinks that had not been brought out yet. The food was good but the service is definitely lacking. Given this place is new I hope they figure out a better system to improve their service.

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KN
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I liked it but I really wanted to live it as I have visited other Pali Hotels to be AMAZINGLY impressed. This place needs to up its personality game. It is a bit MEH. I get the space is small and it is new but the menu is tiny and needs some personal touches like oomph. I have Salmon which was impeccably cooked but served with a bunch of potatoes. Boring. Like nothing distinct or unique that hinted at the chef or places style.... not French etc. I want them to push a bit more and really break out. THIS is what they need to do to lure local Culver City residents to visit and dine vs just pulling in hotel customers. Take it to another level like your brand and I will come back time and time again!

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l
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice addition to the Culver City/Westside food scene. It's based in the new Palihotel behind ArcLight Cinemas. It's not big, but there is an indoor space and an outdoor space (by outdoors I mean there is open sky above you, but no real view). Because it's small, they pack them in pretty good. (We had easy access to the conversations of our neighbors.) But that said, the food was excellent. Even though the menu is small, there are plenty of things to choose from, including healthy dishes and vegetarian meals. It is very much like a French bistro, but and while the tastes are more Californian than French, it's clear their inspiration comes from across the Atlantic. My wife had the warm grain salade Lyonnaise, which included a poached egg, and I had the chicken paillarde, which came with a wonderful arugula salad. The servers were excellent, giving honest advice on the menu. And they have a nice cocktail menu. All in all, a pleasant evening with some nice flavors and pleasant surrounding. My wife and I are always looking for new restaurants, and if you are, too, add this one to your list.

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AM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Beautiful setting inside the Palihotel. The burger was delicious!

I had a fantastic time catching up with a friend in such a lovely setting. Thanks!

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VA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food, and service! The room is inviting - a perfect combination of California chic and French Café. We had a wonderful, casual, and relaxed girlfriends' birthday lunch at Simonette. Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious. The fries were crispy and addictive! We'll definitely return. Highly recommend!

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The decor and ambiance was wonderful. We sat outside and were charmed by the patio; heat lamps and even blankets provided. The rest of the experience was meh. My friend got the steak frites and I got the salmon entree and we split a beet salad. The food was mostly flavorless, nothing special although the cook was good on my salmon. They were unable to offer any substitutions on any of the cocktails due to them being made in pre-made batches. Ugh, I expect more from a cocktail program for the prices they charge. She ended up ordering a perfect Manhattan and was charged a whopping $23. Her cocktail was more than my entire entree. The waiter was lovely, other than over-charging on the cocktail with no heads up. The patio will be nice for brunch, will try that before I completely write it off. Otherwise, it's at least walking distance to the ArcLight so it's convenient for dinner/movie but don't expect anything too special.

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H
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was spotty as our waiter disappeared. The manager stepped in and was great. Food was OK but not outstanding.

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NB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Simonette has a very pleasant and quiet courtyard for lunch, an inviting bar inside and a good, if not unique menu. Two of us were able to sit for a couple of hours without being rushed through the meal. The inside dining space is attractive, but a bit noisier.

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r
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Somewhat overpriced for the food we got. Especially the smoked salmon dish. And cold coffee. Not impressed.

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T
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was slow and haphazard The food was over salted The place is very attractive and quite new so it will hopefully improve with time

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s
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

it felt very much like a new place still getting its footing. The atmosphere in the restaurant was nice, but it still felt a little like a buffed-up hampton inn.

the food was execrable. overcooked and tasteless. the wine list was mediovre and the cocktail didn't taste like much, either, except campari and sugar.

sorry to be blunt, but it was my experience.

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SR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! The atmosphere was romantic, like a 1930s French bistro. We had the pan seared salmon and the moules frites. The salmon was prepared perfectly and the moules frites were excellent. We will return and encourage others to get to know this Culver City gem.

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RG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere and Max the server was also great

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LC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

With the construction in DT Culver parking was a challenge. They do have $10 valet which is a nice little surcharge on an already fairly pricy meal. The food we had was very good. the beets with Curry was very complex and we will definitely reorder. Our drinks were severely delayed and we didn't get much visitation from our wait staff which can be a real negative during dinner when you need something like your next drink to enjoy with your meal. I really enjoyed the ambiance and it feels like a nice hidden little gem in the downtown experience. Also our waiter did not elevate our experience at all. When we asked about different dishes all we got was an explanation of their sizes. This would have been a nice opportunity to sell the dishes with some helpful description. Regardless we had very good food and drinks, enjoyed our date and will be back. I think judging our evening on a server who may have had an off night, was new or in the weeds is definitely the way to miss out on future enjoyable visits.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Everything was delicious and we had a romantic dinner in a cozy setting.

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f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but service left something to be desired, also the indoor dining room is packed very tightly, it would be nice to have a bit more space between the tables.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Cocktails definitely need work along with the food

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AT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The manager went out of his way to greet our large party that was the there to celebrate a birthday. The food and cocktails were amazing. But,FYI, the noise level is really loud here.

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was awful. Took 10 minutes to even get water and coffee, and our waiter didn't even introduce himself. There were only 6 parties, yet somehow they seemed incredibly short-staffed. The portions were extremely small - especially considering the price. I would not recommend this spot, which is unfortunate because there's a lovely atmosphere.

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GL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Simonette has a lot of potential, once the kinks are worked out. Steve the bartender was great, but even one more waiter was sorely needed. The food was good, but we had to go somewhere else for dessert. What I truly appreciated was that a lunch menu and full bar were available, instead of limiting customers to the "universal brunch" that every other restaurant in the area feels obligated to serve on weekends. I will definitely give Simonette another look in the near future.

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IF
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simonette is a great little spot just off the main strip of downtown Culver City. Perfect for those who have tried just about every other spot in the area. The service is very good and attentive and the food is delicious. They have good wine too! It was more noisy than I expected on a Tuesday night, but that problem can be remedied if you ask to be seated in the patio by the heaters. Overall, this restaurant is highly recommended!

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JO
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I’d recommend this to someone who wants a sort of French dinner, at a reasonable price.
It’s VERY NOISY, so certainly not a place for romance.

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JR
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Simonette seems to still be working out some kinks being only 3 weeks old. The service had a few missteps, the food was delicious, the noise level was very high, but a large party was sat right next to us.

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HC
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
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 15, 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 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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 10, 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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