Simonette at Palihotel Culver City

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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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4.3
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4.3
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4.6
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic across the board!

O
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

If you want a nice ambiance then come. Very limited menu though. More fore drinks and conversation

S
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, interesting food that is, by and large, reasonably priced, but the choices on the menu are quite limited. Make sure before you go that there is something that appeals to you.

IB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cocktails are great, recommend the bar area for drinks. Food is good but not amazing for the price.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

My wife wanted French cuisine for Valentines Day. This restaurant was well rated and most importantly- they had escargot. The service was outstanding at every step of the way and the food was excellent - both in taste and presentation. Only drawback - the music. It was way too loud and was completely mismatched with the clientele. Yo, DJ Simon, read the room and take it down 40 decibels - this is a nice French restaurant, not a club. Again, outstanding service - from the valet to our awesome server to the hotel manager (it’s on the bottom floor of a boutique hotel) who got us a bag for our left overs.

H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is such a treat to dine on the patio at Simonette. Beautiful and peaceful with great food and wonderful service.

h
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambiance in the courtyard dining room was wonderful. Service was fantastic. Steak et frites, oysters appetizers (didn’t tell us where they were from) were just ok. Mussels were very good. People were very nice and friendly. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very, very disappointing.

TV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience5

Food had some odd additions, like cumin in the tomato soup.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great! The host was very accommodating with seating. Menu is just a bit limited but food was delicious.

ES
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious - especially the mussels, the steak and the chicken - and the service was wonderful. Great experience!

AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice for dates

SJ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch with some friends! Perhaps the only thing I can complain about is valet parking is very high. Would be nice to be lower with perhaps validation!

AG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner in the restaurant's outside garden area. Looking forward to my next visit.

G
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The cocktails were excellent. The food was very good. The service was good. Seating would have felt squished together if it were at capacity when we dined there.

BF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for hosting dinner!!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, very friendly workers and waiters, exceptional food !! Thanks for the experience, we will return without a doubt !!!

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff was friendly, responsive, and provided great recommendations. We’ll be back!

LE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a great meal! We had beet salad, scallop special, steak frites, and short ribs. Everything was delicious.

KS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food and ambience. Great for lunch... under the beautiful tree on the patio!

AR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the service was perfect. We spent less than we thought we would. Cute little off the path place that feels special. Only critique is that the valet parking is really $$.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Staff low key and professional

MT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I absolutely love this place. (And I may have even reviewed Simonette before!) It's local for us and both of us get the Paillard and mussels to start. Justin and Ashawn are lovely and professional and the noise level is very bearable. The restaurant is beautiful and cozy and you feel like you are in someone's living room or backyard - depending on where you sit.

TK
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, service and food. This was my 2nd visit and I look forward to my next

PO
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I have been here several times...I try to give it many chances. Each time, the service is so disappointing. They never check on your throughout your meal to refill water or your ice tea. They never check on you just to see how your meal is. The food is subpar as well. Either too salty, too bland, too greasy. It's such a cute restaurant with a nice ambiance that it's so sad the food & service is so terrible.

l
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quiet lunch spot. Expensive valet at 12 dollars. Pretty chilly inside the restaurant but good food and service.

f
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just had a lovely meal and the service was good. Will definitely be back!

CS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My only complaint is that they have bright circular dome lights on the wall above the tables which shine in your face when trying to eat. It kills the cool ambiance at night. Dim the obnoxious lights 50% and I'll be back. :)

TR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

For the most part- we loved the food. On separate occasions I’ve had the Salad Nicoise which was delicious and the Warm Grains Salad Lyonnaise with chicken which was lovely. The bloody Mary’s are wonderful too. Yesterday thou- we decided to start with oysters for the table. They were not served on ice- or nearly cold enough ...and tasted fishy.
In addition- on both occasions we’ve dined here-the wait staff didn’t seem to care... When entrees or drinks were brought to our table- it seemed to be a mystery who they were bringing it for. Checking on refills for water or cocktails etc was intermittent at best. Our check was brought to the table without asking if we wanted coffee or anything else. Perhaps the European or hipster vibe is what they are going for here- but we prefer to eat at establishments with great service in addition to great food.

CG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Cool atmosphere and food was nice. But for the money, the service was really bad. They need to train their staff. And $12 valet feels like a ripoff if you’re eating dinner there.

NB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love Simonette. The places feels like a French bistro, perhaps because the bar is in the center of the indoor-outdoor space.
Everyone at our table cleaned their plate. Outstanding Moules Frites and Steak Frites. Chicken Paillard was excellent.

We had oysters. Good, but there were too many pieces of shell. Better shucking skills would be appreciated.

MT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The paillard is exquisite and the ambiance is gorgeous. Not loud, so you can actually hear your dinner guests. The servers are lovely and attentive but not overly so.

B
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great tho the sound acoustics aren’t... a bit loud! And 1 other point... very difficult to read the light color menu in a far atmosphere!
Outdoor patio is great!

JP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service at the restaurant was great! They have a good lunch menu and happy hour is great!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just got chilly, but I had been before and expected it. Staff should offer the blankets upon entrance. Lady next to me was freezing.

H
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

How can u serve the entree five minutes after serving the beet salad when the diner has only eaten a fifth of it. The extraordinary delicious salmon was completely ruined by this unprofessional service travesty. What did the server think when they had to place the entree plate in an area of the table not in front of the diner who was still in process of eating their salad. U may have just opened but have u not directed your service staff on the proper timing and plating of successive courses. Does the kitchen staff not know what proper food preparation/timing is.

The beet salad, salmon and pot de creme were so delicious but unfortunately the meal was completely unhinged by not knowing how to pace their plating and presentation.

Additionally, I made the reservation via Open Table and handed the host the copy of it yet was not credited my 100 points.

LG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love this place. Great staff

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

D
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have now been here 3 times and really enjoy it. Our only suggestion is to expand the menu a bit to include a few more traditional French dishes. Food quality and service are very good and the room is very comfortable.

D
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We enjoyed the salmon and the salad nicoise. The service was unusually slow and disorganized; both the interior and the patio are nicely decorated but small and very noisy when full. Our patio table was jammed into the corner and had no lighting at all.