Simonette at Palihotel Culver City

4.5
247 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.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
What 247 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
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ChallahTov
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks, perfect for a weekend brunch.

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vipMadonna
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
4 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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LynC
Los Angeles
3 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
1 review
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
1 review
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
22 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
30 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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vipSSB29
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food & great ambiance. It's like a little hidden gem right outside of Downtown Culver City. Will definitely return!

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vipGr8diner
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a wonderful experience with good but not spectacular cuisine. Martinis well made. Fish dish wonderful but steak Diane needed a bit more spice in sauce.
Wine selection is limited but one can find a glass to enjoy.
Service was good but felt a little pressure to order all at once rather than a breathing space between cocktails, appetizers and main.
Setting very enjoyable.
Valet parking cost above norm.
Want to try again for breakfast and lunch.

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vipCarmen
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Simonette is one of my favorite neighborhood gems. Perfect place for an intimate meal...good food and romantic ambiance. They have valet parking or it's walking distance from many of the downtown Culver city parking garages

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vipGary
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simonette has a great menu and a beautiful patio and excellent and friendly customer service.

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Urim
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming restaurant with beutiful patio and quiet, assuming ambiance. The food was excellent and the service was very good. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

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bens
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Good was mediocre and it was expensive. The ambience was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Amsterdam
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was our 40th wedding anniversary, so I thought maybe they would give us a dessert or a drink for free, but no, we got a small plate of grilled peppers. Not very exciting! Also we ordered moules frites, which they had run out of. We had oysters, which were very small, and crepe suzette. Nothing else seemed very appetising. Our server was very nice, the restaurant was beautiful, and very busy, but unfortunately the food didn’t hit the mark.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the experience very much. It was casual and the service was polite and fast. Was initially seated outside where there were unsavory odors wafting in from beyond the wall. I asked to be reseated and they handled it immediately.

The omelette was creamy and delicious- prepared very quickly. Followed quickly by our fries and market veggies (shishito peppers). Very nice meal that was thoughtfully prepared. Was expecting more of a upscale experience, but was pleasantly surprised at how casual it felt.

I’ll definitely go back to check out their steak and burger.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Very cute place, great ambiance but food is nothing to rave about, except for the fries. I ordered the Diane steak which was somewhat chewy and not well prepared. Cocktails are average. Staff is lovely but food could improve.

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1hipchickk
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a surprising treat. I would love a larger menu with appetizers for sharing.

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vipRoger
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot

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NeddyR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I just LOVE this place! Such a gem, and a lovely ambiance.

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vipprosAndcons
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very relaxed/pretty indoor/outdoor cafe setting. Incredibly nice staff. Great coffee and pastry. And great fries too! Didn’t love my lox tartine, but didn’t hate it either. Would definitely go back.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best hidden gem to find in Los Angeles! The service was excellent, food was exceptional and the ambience was gorgeous. I found this place on Instagram from Los Angeles Bucketlist page, and I can't wait to go back. My only criticism is that I wish the outdoor dining area was much bigger. But it's still worth checking out!

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Veggiebabe
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This place is lovely if you are just looking for a nice setting to have a cocktail. I ate dinner here with a friend and was really disappointed with the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The restaurant is very chic and the service is great. Vanessa is such a kind and wonderful waitress. We stayed for awhile and she would check in often to make sure we had everything that we needed. I will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great experience. Overcharged credit card for tip.

DD
DiningDiva
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall, the food was good although the gougères were a little salty and the mussels not quite hot enough. My main concern was that the tables were way too close to each other for safety. I will not return until the variant is under control.

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Margaret
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met two actors at the restaurant for lunch. They were impressed as was I.

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vipBeautiful
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

What an adorable place! I love the inside/outside vibe and it’s really cute without feeling pretentious. Came for brunch and had:
1) omelette: this was so delicious!! Super soft and creamy. I’ve never had an omelette like this. A bit salty though.
2) fries: yummy!
3) seafood plateau: oysters were very good but a little warm. This dish doesn’t come on a bed of ice, which i think is a little odd for a seafood tower. But very good price for how much you get.

Service was ok but everyone is struggling during the pandemic. Everyone was very friendly. Just slightly lacking in professionalism but that is ok.

Overall, liked this place and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great, as is the service. Love the ambiance of this place. Perfect for any occasion

OT
OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Colin and his team are amazing! The food is delicious and the staff was so nice. The space was also comfortable and cozy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

MB
MichelleB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Seemed short staffed. Everything took way too long. Food was horrible. Server was great considering circumstances

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FRENCHIE
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

First time at Simonette.
Food excellent!
Service not so much we booked at 230 and kitchen closes at 3
Seemed understaffed and dishes not coming out in order
ex soup and main dish at same time.
Suggest earlier lunch res for better service.
atmosphere pleasant.
Music not so much could have better choice.Maybe a bit more european

FAQs

Simonette at Palihotel Culver City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (424) 321-8000.

Simonette at Palihotel Culver City is rated 4.5 stars by 247 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.