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.
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.
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!
I like Simon's so much, I eat there at least once a month even though I live 15 miles away.
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!
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!
Everything is so freshly prepared.
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.
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
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.
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.
They have the best lamb tagine around. The spices are perfect and there's no gamey flavor at all. We also got the appetizer sampler and the Israeli salad. We had so many wonderful flavors. Can't wait to do it again.
Always amazing! I love his vegan soups. The butternut squash with apple was divine. I love the pastries and desserts too. His cooking is incredible !
This is a very good restaurant serving Moroccan food which is a little unique in Los Angeles. We like the tagine dishes and the homemade appetizers and dessert tarts. The owner is friendly and will explain the dishes of his country if you ask him. Tasty flavored ice tea--try it.
The food and service is excellent. I can't wait to go again and have another dish. Best hummus I have ever tasted. Best falafal ever. Might be the best Lamb Chop I have ever had in my Life. Our server Deja was prompt and ever present. The owner Simon explained our dishes.
Great unassuming place. Food is great! Owner serves and explains his dishes. Just about everything is homemade. I loved the hummus, meat cigars, Couscous Royale and desserts.
Consistent and delicious as always. Simon and his food are delightful!
Simon was very attentive and cordial. His food was so very good. We will return.
Everything is house made, from sausages to pastries! wine friendly, moderate corkage fee, positively delicious recepies and custom creations crafted by a wonderful chef! Brush up on your high school French, and try it out on Simon, the chef owner.
The food is extraordinary, made with such care , love even. It is warm and welcoming. Simon has lived all over the world, he is a a master chef.
This was our second visit to Simon's Cafe and once again, the food did not disappoint. The lamb tagine and penne with merguez sausage were delicious! I would highly recommend Simon's Cafe.
I needed a restaurant near the Arclight cinemas that wasn't a chain. This was a great little find for out of ordinary. The restaurant is small and there was only one server who seemed very friendly with other tables. Sometimes it was difficult to get his attention for our dinner needs. My friends had lamb and I had the marinated beef; both were delicious.
I would return if I ever found myself in the Valley again.
We have been to Simon's several times and it is consistently excellent. Service is a bit spotty at times, especially if there is a full house, but the warmth of Simon and his food more than make up for any delays. The appetizers are amazingly good and, like everything else, are made in-house. Do try the spicy cigars- they are great. His tagines are superb, be they lamb, chicken, or vegetarian. His surprise chicken schnitzel is really good (with excellent French Fries) and for a spicy treat, the merguez sausages are great. Save room for a sampling of his wonderful desserts, all homemade and each excellent. A surprising good dessert is made from eggplant: you won't be disappointed. Go for the food, and bring friends who enjoy good company and an excellent dining experience.
Excellent find for a valentine dinner which sampled the best of their menu. And Simon is delightful.
We will go back with our family and friends
We had a number of picky eaters who would never have selected Moroccan food and weren't sure they would find food they would eat. Everyone loved their food, particularly the falafel balls. I've been to Simon's before and love the falafels but everyone else was amazed and said they were the best they'd ever tasted. If you are going to have a big party, talk to Simon and try to make selections ahead of time since everything is made to order.
The food is fantastic, and the proprietor takes care of the diners personally. It's a great experience.
A block and a half south of Sherman Oaks Arclight theater, on Sepulveda, Simon's is a quiet, charming and reasonably priced alternative to the mall restaurants. Simon is chef and host, and serves terrific homemade hummus with thick, warm, delicious pita bread as the perfect shared app.
The food was excellent...a nice variety. The lentil soup was delicious as was the chicken tambour.
The best part was Simon himself....who greeted us like very special guests...He brought us his just out of the oven cookies too....Can't wait for our next meal there...a wonderful place.
We were looking for an unusual & unique date night place in the Valley & were very pleasantly surprised by the food & Simon's attentive service. We felt like we were dining at the home of a close friend. Everything was flavorful & well prepared. Definitely would return to try more!
Simon's was a great place to meet friends midway between the Valley and the Westside. The falafel balls were the best I have ever had. Everything was home made fresh and it definitely made a difference. I look forward to returning soon.
Chef Simon is amazing! Every dish is a labor of love. I love his cooking all his dishes our bursting flavor! What a wonderful chef, he always greats his customers and explains his preparation of dishes, makes you want to try different food. Always look forward to going am a regular now!
A Valley gem - very tasty Moroccan food and owner/chef Simon is there to meet and greet. It's a great location to meet up with West Side Friends (near Sepulveda and Ventura freeway exits). I highly recommend the tangines - lamb and chicken melt in your mouth. Wonderful desserts.
Simon came over to the table and we chatted about Moroccan and other Mediterranean areas and he gave us his favorite suggestions. The food was filling and plentiful. My lamb tajine was very flavorful and the lamb was tender and juicy.
The owner chef spent a lot of time with us making sure all was OK. It was. The food was interesting and solid, though far short of great. It was a very good deal for the price.
I had to go back a few time to make sure it was not just a one time hit. The food is fabulous. Everything is made fresh, the Zaalouk a grilled eggplant with tomato is spiced perfect. The Pastilla with powder sugar is the best I have ever had. Each time I have been there have eaten the moist lamb so tender and delicious. Definitely worth a visit if you like Moroccan food and if you have never tried it try it here you will love it
A charming, little Sherman Oaks cafe with terrific Mediterranean food. The owner is a delight who really enjoys preparing food and watching his customers enjoying what has come out of the kitchen. The cauliflower and roasted hazelnut soup was creamy, yet not heavy. My friend's Chicken tagine with fruit had a flavor that is out of this world. My husband loved the lamb and the Chicken Feuillete was superb and crunch...not greasy at all. It was a little high priced but the food and Simon's gracious way made it worthwhile! Go and enjoy!!!
A true Gem, just a half block off of the main road, across from Whole Foods, the staff is extremely nice and the food is delectable! This is a place that I will return to often, Simon is an excellent cook! Best Flourless Chocolate Cake I've had in many years!
My wife specifically wanted Moroccan food so we looked at the on-line reviews and decided to give Simon's a try, and are we glad we did. This is an exceptional restaurant that makes no pretense to be anything other than what it is - Simon's personal restaurant. It is not a bar. If you want some place to sit and drink, do someplace else. If, on the other hand, you want an exceptional dining experience with wonderful food from a great chef, then give Simon's a try.
Each dish was prepared with an eye towards the tastes being complimentary. We shared a Pastilla followed by Lamb, Beef and Chicken Tagines. The total effect was just short of absolute perfection.
Highly recommended. Go there, relax, and enjoy
What a great find! A small restaurant one block south of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, just before the freeway ramp.
It was a quiet evening with only a few other customers in the restaurant, which in the beginning worried me. But the quiet was actually a welcome from the bustling busy-ness of the outside (especially the traffic and freeway noise). We were able to ask questions and make small conversation with Simon, the owner, chef, host, waiter, and bus boy.
We got the appetizer combination plate and lamb tagine. It was all sooo delicious.
Overall, our dinner was so good we've decided to come back with a group of friends next week. I'm already salivating thinking about what we're going to order!
Simon is the real deal. From Morocco, he's cooked for kings and now has this neighborhood joint where he keeps it simple and does it all himself. The appetizers are heavenly - way lighter and cleaner-tasting than you find in Middle Easter restaurants. Terrific puffy pita, too. Go for the tagines - lamb or the chicken with dried fruit - you can not go wrong. It may take time to get your food - Simon has little help - but if you are not in a rush and want a relaxing neighborhood experience with exotic flair - Simon's is for you.
The place we wanted to go on Valentine's Day was booked up. But we love Moroccan food and we saw this place on Open Table so we thought we'd give it a try. It doesn't look like much, and at first we thought we'd made a sad mistake. But the food was incredibly satisfying -- the sea bass was melt-in-your-mouth, and my wife thought the lamb was maybe the best she'd ever had. We would be happy to go back.