Simonette at Palihotel Culver City

4.6
273 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Simonette is an all-day café, bar and bistro inspired by the traditions of classic French neighborhood cafés.

Located in the heart of downtown Culver City, Simonette is the perfect spot for an early morning espresso and croissant on your way to work, a leisurely lunch, an ice-cold Rosé or signature cocktail at Happy Hour, a delightful dinner date, or to finish your evening with a digestif.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
What 273 people are saying
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AnaikL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location for a brunch with friends. You can actually talk to your friends without having to yell because the music is so loud! ( which is rare in L.A) The service and the food were great too.

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jacquie
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere & good food in a pleasant space. The outdoor dining is really lovely.

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jz123
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Amazing scallops. Good service. Love the ambiance.

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MeghanL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance here is incredible. The bar and back patio are beautiful. We sat "inside" but were placed next to a full-wall window that was open onto the front patio so it felt like we were outside. The food and coffee was delicious and the service was great. I also loved being able to pay with our phones from a QR code. Will definitely be back.

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DeniseF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The hostess/manager was friendly & accommodating when seating our group of 7. The ambiance is fantastic, was excited for this experience. The real bummer part was food service. The waiter was a sourpuss the entire time, barely containing his eye roll when we asked for anything. Our bill was close to $400, no one was rude, high maintenance or entitled, yet he had an attitude throughout. The bartender made fantastic cocktails, most of the food was good, exception being the steak Diane ordered medium, came well/over done and was totally chewy. I daren’t complain to the waiter as he was already bothered to do his job. I would consider trying going again, with a different server.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous food, fantastic ambience, wonderful service, and a great outdoor seating option! would a thousand percent revisit!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve tasting menu, great service, fun time!

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vipALadyWhoLunches
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open air indoor patio was perfect; hamburger and fries stellar (had very crispy firs the day I was there, which I love!), valet parking very easy, and all in all a great place for lunch.

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Mechaferret
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simonette is a quintessential French cafe, the best I've been to outside of France -- and better than most I've been to in France as well. Delicious food, intriguing and tasty drinks, great ambiance, and top-notch service (they were great doing everything needed for our outdoor table for a party of 6 plus two dogs, including getting an extra heat lamp set up for the chill). This is a great place for a long, relaxing brunch, and you don't even have to save room for the luscious desserts because they somehow entice one to finish them no matter what. :)

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RyanQ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

this was not high quality food that they were absurdly accepting 1130 reservations even though they were closing at noon.

the pastry was Starbucks quality ie not good and I'm sad I went there

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vipKiki
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience4

The tables are packed tight inside with only a few feet between diners. Not a safe place indoors during COVID if you follow the science. Not going back. We actually left halfway through our lunch--staff understood and we were not charged as there was nowhere available to seat us that wasn't on top of the tables next to us.

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Maria
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lots to love here, but also a few issues. The restaurant is VERY cold - same inside and out. We tried the patio with the heaters, but it was still cold. We moved indoors but since the inside of the restaurant is open (the entire width), it was just as cold, but no heaters. Fortunately, the offered blankets which we really appreciated.

I ordered the omelette and it was more than outstanding. That's why the French are known for their omelettes. It remained soft and moist until the last bite and was delicious. First time I've ever ordered an omelette for dinner but it was a great choice and I'd order it again.

The chicken my husband ordered was a bit dry. I know that chicken is one of the most difficult dishes to prepare, but it should have been undercooked so it would be juicy by the time it was served.

The Nutella cheesecake was delicious and I'm not a cheesecake fan. Full of flavor.

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KristinaK
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vanessa was our server and she was the best server I've come across in years. Attentive and personable.

Cocktails were nicely done.

Also, the creme brulee is excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go to for sure! Tucked away and saved for the lucky few who find it!

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steph
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had a lovely server and very much enjoyed the space itself. Overall was not impressed by the menu selection or the food itself.

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ab23
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious food, wonderful service, very friendly, food was tasty and we had a great meal! Will come back hundred percent!

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AminahHB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, cheese plate and food. The service was great and fast. We will definitely go again!

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cnbg
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute place! The food was great and service was awesome.

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vipMandiS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited but delicious brunch menu, good drinks, and attentive service. Nice patio, not too loud. Will return.

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DebraP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We loved the environment! Friendly people / great service!

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vipHeleneC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

❤️❤️❤️ great discovery!!! Fun decor, lovely menu and food!

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vipPatriciaT
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience overall. The back restaurant area, under the stars, is probably the best seating....and was full on a Saturday night. Nonetheless, the restaurant is welcoming, casual and well attended from the greeter, to the bar to all the service staff.

The food is excellent, with the standout being the Beef Tartare, which was devoured by the entire party. The one complaint was that the Crepes Suzette were not done table-side, but were delicious.

Overall, a lovely evening was had by everyone in our party of 6.

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vipUpscalehealthynatural
Los Angeles
353 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very limited menu and difficult to do substitutions. But I had the Beyond burger which was very good with a side salad which was also quite good.

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KimJ
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was unexpected. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the service. Just great.

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Pyllek
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Really beautiful/adorable space in the Palihotel - very chic. Food is pretty classic French, with tasty cocktails. The gougeres are DELICIOUS, must order - I also had the mussel and frites (classic, standard) and the cheese plate (which only had one kind of cheese?). The restaurant is open to a courtyard, so perhaps technically considered all outside, but I requested outside and was put in the furthest inside corner, so I might call if you actually want to be in the courtyard (and the tables feel kind of close together for pandemic times). There's really only valet parking back by the restaurant, so park in a lot in downtown Culver and walk over if you don't want to do valet.

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ChallahTov
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks, perfect for a weekend brunch.

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vipMadonna
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always delightful sitting on patio with good French cuisine

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was extraordinary!! Everyone was so kind and helpful, especially Lisa. Beautiful place, food is a hit or miss.

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PVliving
Tokyo
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The outdoor decor is cute. But the tables are pretty close together. Unfortunately, we had 2 loud groups sitting next to us which was unpleasant. There's no street parking available so we had to park in a structure about 5 minutes away and the restaurant doesn't validate either
I ordered mussels . The flavor was good but there are still sand in some

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Decor and ambient is great for a relaxing dinner. Food is solid. Service is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for Dine LA and it was a cute ambiance with delicious food. The French fries were perfect drawstring and crispy.

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vipLynC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cute hotel and food was great. It's definitely small and intimate.

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vipMishi
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food and atmosphere is nice. However, service is extremely slow. From waters, to ordering to food delivery. We sat down at 12:15 and didn’t get drinks until close to 1 pm.

The service staff don’t seem to be experienced enough to acknowledge that the slow service was an issue. Instead, they explained that a large party was slowing down things. Looking around, the restaurant had a few open tables in our vicinity.

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sbgerhard
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptionally pleasant and classy experience. Sitting in the courtyard is a European type experience, and the food selections are appropriate. Recommend this to anybody, for any occasion.

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vipSamm
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Can’t say the food is very good at all, but it’s a cute tucked away spot. I’ve never had such watery moules-frites. Brunch menu is quite small yet they can’t seem to master their dishes. Hopefully we just ordered the wrong thing.

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Roxy
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the loveliest spots in all of Los Angeles.
The service has vastly improved since I first dined here when it first opened.
The menu is limited but everything is good quality.
Noise level was more than desirable but that was because we were there on peak Saturday night time.
Weekdays or lunch is, naturally, much more calm.

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vipDRABeerGuy
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! A bit hidden off the well beaten track in trendy Culver City. Terrific French inspired menu. Delicious food - great service!

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jordanrc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the branzino. Shorter wine list than I'd like. And took a minute to get the wine but overall love love love

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vipLAFoodie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Went for a bachelorette party dinner - 3/4 ordered steak frites and all steaks came out grisly and undercooked (ordered medium rare and came out completely rare and cold in middle). They offered to replace the dishes with other food. Still charged same price at the end of the night. No apologies - just was mansplained by the manager that steak is a muscle and can vary in texture. Obviously only a very cheap cut of meat that they then add fries to and try to sell for $28 a dish. Our server only showed up once to take our order. We sat without any water for the entire night - only to get a refill when I asked when our second entrees had been dropped off.

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vipKhanh
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time dining here and we were pleasantly surprised. Everything was great. Service was attentive and quick. The drinks are good, corkage (25) was reasonable. Food was delicious, though I wish the menu had more selections. We will be back

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You can order delivery directly from Simonette at Palihotel Culver City using the Order Online button. Simonette at Palihotel Culver City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 321-8000.

Simonette at Palihotel Culver City is rated 4.6 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.