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Simon's Café

4.4
4.4
57 Reviews
$30 and under
Moroccan
Dine on authentic Moroccan fare at Simon's Cafe. Its casual setting is ideal for enjoying a meal with friends or a date. Owner and chef Simon Elmaleh opened its doors in 2004 to offer guests flavorful traditional dishes made with a touch of Mediterranean flair. An appetizer of hummus, falafel or grilled eggplant will please the taste buds. At Simon's Cafe, guests can dine on an entrée of penne with lamb and beef sausage, chicken tagine with saffron rice or a vegetarian couscous. Fresh salads, hearty soups and tasty desserts can also be found on the menu. Simon's Cafe was awarded as having the Best Lamb Tagine in Los Angeles by LA Magazine, the Best Couscous by Daily Mail and Best Merguez in Los Angeles by LA Times. This restaurant caters private events and provides take-out service for guests.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Moroccan, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (818) 783-6698
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Simon Elmaleh
  • Catering
    Fully or partially Custom Catering on request.
  • Neighborhood
    Sherman Oaks
  • Cross street
    Dickens
  • Parking details
    City Parking, entrance from Dickens street when you driving south on Sepulveda blvd. Make a right on Dickens and left to the parking lot.
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 57 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 0.6Value

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56 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Simon and his cafe. The food is deliciously prepared! I had the chicken cooked with green olives and tomatoes over couscous with a side of stewed veggies! Absolutely delicious-like a good home cooked meal.

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  2. CHarch

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Smells were intoxicating, the food was super fresh, like home cooking. Not fancy, just really good, solid, fresh food. Chef came out to see us and make sure we were satisfied...we were. Great place to share with each other, lots of variety. Teens went in grumbling and left really happy!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I like Simon's so much, I eat there at least once a month even though I live 15 miles away.

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  4. Karyb

    Los Angeles

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Simon's Cafe does a spot-on job of preparing everything from scratch and to order. His Moroccan dishes are highlights; particularly the mixed appetizer plate with pita, tender lamb tajine, and chicken tajine with dried fruits. He's a kind man, always there, always cooking, and pretty much a one-man-band. Let's support our non-corporate neighborhood eateries!

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  5. Orrin

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Simon's Cafe is an unassuming storefront on Sepulveda Boulevard South of Ventura Boulevard just North of the 101/405 on ramp. The best entrance is from the parking lot off of Dickens St (pay in advance or valet). It's not fancy- no belly dancers or costumed servers, just Simon himself in the kitchen, but the food is amazing! We had a delicious b'stilla, lamb tajine, and couscous "Royale" with skewers of chicken and lamb, and home made merguez sausage. All were delicious and mDe with obvious care and pride. Simon also makes delicious desserts, including candied orange peel, candied figs, and candied baby eggplants (!), as well as house-made tarts, baklava, and other Moroccan pastries. Simon himself is one of the most gracious restaurant hosts around! One of our favorite dining treats!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything is so freshly prepared.

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  7. AALG

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful little restaurant recommended by my sister, who lives in the area. We were greeted by the owner and shown to a table right away. The owner has a pleasant and welcoming demeanor, readily answering questions about the offerings of the day. We shared Pastilla, a delicious pastry with duck and chicken, as an appetizer. It was so delicious that we might not be able to try any of the other tempting appetizer offerings, since we are likely to order Pastilla again! Three of us had the Couscous Royale, a delicious and filling entree. The fourth person had a bowl of Harira Soup, which he said he will order again in the future. He had the Merguez as his entree. The evening was so enjoyable we will return. In fact, this restaurant has rocketed to the top of our list of area restaurants.

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  8. tamara

    Los Angeles

    144 reviews

    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this food is amazing! simon does it all. he is great. we had Combination Appetiser Platter , Harira Soup, Chicken Tagine with Tomato and Olives and Couscous Royale. every single thing was delicious and tons of flavor. this was my 2nd time there and i will totally go again and again

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  9. Rick

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simon welcomed us, offered insight himself into his menu, and checked on us afterward to make sure we were pleased. He made a point of removing turnips from the couscous for one person in our party, while providing the full dish to the rest. The food was delicious, creative, and abundant. We look forward to returning. It was the personal touch like I've never seen before.

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  10. Goddess661

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have known Simon for almost 10 years now. He is amazingly sweet, attentive and home made food he and his wife prepares better then any rare restaurants in the Valley or LA. You got to try this place and you will be hooked forever. Thank you Simon for the great desserts as well.

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Simon's Café offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 783-6698.

Simon's Café is rated 4.4 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Simon's Café

4515 Sepulveda blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Dickens
  • Neighborhood
    Sherman Oaks
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Moroccan, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    City Parking, entrance from Dickens street when you driving south on Sepulveda blvd. Make a right on Dickens and left to the parking lot.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Simon Elmaleh
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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