Permanently Closed - Simbal Restaurant

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114 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Closed
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southeast Asian, Californian, Asian
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Hours of operation
Closed
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Phone number
(213) 626-0244
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Simbal, this time around for their DineLA menu, and it was another explosions of intricate and absolutely incredible flavors! The food there is orgasmic and I had been dreaming to go back since my last visit so I could explore more of their seasonal menu; me and my date were not disappointed. My mouth is literally watering as I'm writing these words... Thank you for such a delectable experience!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was creative and delicious, reasonably priced, wine list was spectacular, great value, went for dinner but want to go back for lunch and happy hour

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Very tasty inventive take on Vietnamese - a little bit of fusion. Portions on the smaller side. Restaurant was cold in temerature - had to keep my jacket on for first half of the meal. Decor is stark, modern, minimalist, maybe a little too much. Felt a bit cold atmosphere and seating was not the most comfortable. Price is reasonable for the level of the cuisine. Service was excellent - efficient and pleasant.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Thai tea panna cotta was amazing—well actually, all the food was amazing. The Taste of Simbal is definitely worth it! Not to mention the amazing service.

WW
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We were very impressed with both the creativity and execution of the food at Simbal. We tried the seasoned peanuts, Hamachi crudo, fried tofu, tartare with larb seasoning, duck, and salmon. They were all excellent; the crudo and fried tofu were our favorites. Both the coconut flan and thai tea panna cotta were wonderful desserts. My husband enjoyed the Riesling flight, poured and described by the sommelier; his Mudd Crickett cocktail was outstanding. Service was friendly, but there was a slight miss for us when our server just dumped our bill on the table without asking if we wanted any drinks with dessert (we did). It seemed like they were intent on turning all the tables (perhaps because of DineLA?). Overall outstanding; we will be back.

a
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loves ittttttttttttttt

LF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Should be way busier! The crispy tofu was beyond delicious. Loved the cocktails too.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden Gem on South San Pedro! Incredibly tasty modern Asian fusion gourmet cuisine with very fast friendly service!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Each dish was beautifully presented and delicious- my favorite was the Himachi Crudo and Heavenly Beef, the flavors just resonated with us and deciphering each layer was fun. Nice cocktail list, but the draft beer choices where short given all the craft breweries in the LA area. In all, good value, great service, nice staff, and the owners add 20% to the bill to pay for health care for all their employees- LOVE this. No tipping. Just transparency. We will be back.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was truly outstanding. Unfortunately, the service was so lacking it almost became a joke throughout our meal. The staff was trying their best, but it was clear that the restaurant was understaffed and disorganized. I will definitely try this place again because the food was so good, but I hope they are able to put a lot more attention on the service next time.

MF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The tasting menu is a must, and the cocktails are to die-for. Service was excellent as well.

LD
Los Angeles
335 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simbal is a delight on all levels. A very handsome and sleek style and ambiance, and a warm and inviting vibe. They serve pan-Asian, mostly Southeast Asian cuisine primarily via small, shared plates. All is spectacularly good, especially the steak, octopus and hamachi, but everything was creatively prepared, seasoned and presented. The service is uncommonly friendly and capable.

OT
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deserved far better than to go out of business.

I guess serving unexpected versions of southeastern Asian food when people expect pho isn't the path to success. But it should have been.

It was difficult to find which didn't help.

Rip. Probably would have played better on the west side.

YC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We came in as a group of four and the waitress recommended around 3 dishes for one person, which was just too much. We tired many dishes on the menu - food was fine but really pricy for what we got.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really yummy food and great service. The entrance is right near the parking lot ramp on 2nd St, so it can be hard to find.

AB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Their "crudo" dish is the very best I've had. We loved this restaurant. Every dish we ordered was FABULOUS. Would definitely recommend.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never fails to impress me. I recommend the flan for dessert!

LA
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Menu/ Food is interesting/ outstanding - drinks, appetizers, 'entree's
Service - somewhat slow, but, worth the wait.
On my list to 'go back!'

s
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simbal is an outstanding restaurant with exceptional food and service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Solid meal. Great hospitality. Service could have been a bit snappier.

GS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Taste of Simbal was out of this world. We ordered Hamachi Crudo, Mushroom Salad, Crispy Tofu, Hangar Steak Tartare, Wild Octopus, Thai Tea Panacotta and Coconut Flan. Each dish sparkled with flavor and lovely presentation. Waitress Danielle couldn't have been better. Do yourself a favor and try this place. You can thank me later!

f
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost empty on a Thursday night. Difficult to find but otherwise great dinner!

UG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another incredible and delicious meal at Simbal. The cocktails are wonderful and the food- you can really taste the love in every dish. The bone marrow with chili jam was outstanding- especially that puffy bread that you spread it on. The fried rice had complex flavors packed with umami. The steak tartare is a must there- so addictive, again with that beautiful puffy bread. We got all of the desserts this time, and the standouts were the Thai tea panna cotta & the coconut flan with light coconut snow. Amazing!

GE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly impressed with the decor, ambience, service, and food. Vietnamese-fusion for the Instagram age. I'm Vietnamese myself, and brought my parents to try it and they liked it. Familiar south-eastern flavors with north-western twists.

r
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. More delicious than the last time. Creative but not unapproachable. Totally great

l
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simbal is a fantastic restaurant. A great little getaway hidden in Little Tokyo. Food is amazing. Fantastic drinks! Our waiter was happy, kind, and very helpful.

UG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible attention to detail, and delicious thoughtful food that is pleasing to the eyes & to the palate. A seat at the counter is the best place to watch the magic happen in the gorgeous open kitchen. The beef tartare is heavenly, and the coconut dessert with airy coconut snow is one of the best desserts in LA. A must-have dining experience!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing time! Seriously one of my top 3 restaurants in L.A., and that "taste of simbal" menu is a total steal. Definitely get the bone marrow, the crudo, and the tartare.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you can taste the love in food, combined with precise execution and then mix in stellar service, excellent mezcal cocktails and perfect wine pairings, you know you have found a winner. The setting creates a mood that makes this a true gem.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful, attentive staff! I would definitely recommend Simbal to family & friends

f
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, would eat the rib eye and smoked potatos every day of the week and twice on sundays

JG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was great, had to order a lot of plates to have enough to eat for dinner. Food was just okay, but out of everything we ordered, I did enjoy the hummus and the grilled octopus.

DA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Simbal never disappointed us that is why we keep on going back.

m
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While the food here is good I left after a 3 hour meal wanting more. Pricing is pretty steep for the portions but they also over estimate their recommendation for each person. They say 3 per person is about right and between the 4 of us girls we ordered 11 dishes which were all only about 1/2 eaten. I'd say about 1-2 per person is just fine especially for females.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - flavors are bold and simple. Cocktails are fantastic as well. Restaurant music was really good! Service was outstanding as well.

VW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good date spot. Great Vietnamese fusion spot; very similar to DLTA's Little Sister. We went on a Friday at 7:30 p.m. and there were only a few other people dining at the time.

AS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I indulged in the four-course prix fixe meal - I say indulge but it was such an amazing deal for such amazing food! Favorites includes the fried tofu, crudo, beef tartare and Thai tea ice cream. Would skip the duck and mushrooms next time, but they were still great. One of the best restaurants I've been to in LA - and I've been to many!

AA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great for casual and business dinners.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't understand why this place is not packed every hour of the day

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meal experiences I've had in 2016. Great food, great vibe, excellent drinks, and the service was attentive and helpful. Highly recommended, would definitely come here again.

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