Hotels >Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
great food, comfortable atmosphere, very enjoyable restauarant, good food, nice staff, beautiful outside patio, intimate event
SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!! Don't eat their food, you will be disappointed.. We had a party of 7 and we got seated right when we walked in even though we were running a few minutes late. We started off with drinks I got the starbust martini appetizers I got the crab salad which was part of the specials for that day and it was like eating sprouts, there was no crab in the salad, it was very bland and had way too many vegetables. While a friend of mine ordered the tuna dynamite which was a lot better. For the main course we had the filet mignon, tandoori chicken, and tomato basil soup. The filet was average nothing too special, not soft and melt in your mouth kind of meat. While the tandoori chicken the waitress said was one of the most popular dishes which I did not understand considering that if anyone has ever tried tandoori they would realize that their tandoori dish tasted more like a thai dish specifically panang curry. I don't know who the chef at that restaurant is but he has no idea how to cook, he has great presentation skills and thats about it. And for dessert we had the sampler which was $25 for square rice krispi treats, cotton candy, caramel corn, a few cookies and stuff you can get yourself at a carnival or the grocery store. At the end of the night my friends and I enjoyed the dessert sampler more then we enjoyed the meal. That pretty much says it all.
Amazing place, fun great looking crowd-Dont miss the Cabo wabo watermelon margarita!.
Great dinner, excellent service, loved the Sea Bass with Quinoa, tuna tartare was amazing, TUNA DYNAMITE, to die for! The junk food dessert platter was delcious and fun.
Dont miss the Cabo wabo watermelon margarita!
SKIP THIS PLACE. I am a music executive in town for the grammy's and had the misfortune of having lunch at Simon with other music execs based in los angeles. From the moment we entered the hotel we were greeted by friendly employees. However, once we arrived at Simon that all changed. The hostess and other staff that congregated around the host booth we unfriendly and asked if they could help us in a manner to infer we were bums off the street because we were not in suits. FYI all in the party work for MAJOR labels. We immediately did not feel welcome at this establishment. When one person in our party asked one of the hostile girls where was the men's room she just pointed in the direction not to utter a word. Its funny to all of us that these people are making less than 30K a year but because they work in the hotel of the moment feel like they need to behave a certain way, when we all know they couldn't even afford to stay at a place like this. The combined wealth of all in our party exceed well into the millions ( it was only 3 of us) and we treat all people including staff with respect. We will not recommend this place to anyone however, the music/entertainment industry is small so this experinece will not go un-noticed. Do not waste your money at Simon. You will receive much better service at a number of restaurants in los angeles. I am currently staying at the L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills and was considering switching hotels because of the design of the Sofitel. However, considering Simon is the only restaurant in the hotel I will not spend my money to be treated poorly. By far one of the worst places to bring a client to for lunch. Luckily, all in our party knew each other before this lunch. However, had this been a lunch with another executive not from within our circle this would have been rather embarassing to have chosen such a place.
Great food, great design, great service and great for dates... the whole package.
Sofitel is as French and classic as it gets, but the design of this restaurant is so modern, so hip, so strking. Soft lighting, open kitchen design, the entire ambience is a feast for the eyes.
I tried for appetizer the Beef Carpaccio Pizza with arugula and blue cheese, and it was really amazing; after every time I swallowed, I couldn't stop my tongue from going round and round exploring every corner in my mouth looking for more.
For entree I had the Cowboy rib eye with some creamed spinach for side dish, the meat was juicy, warm and with great texture and tenderness. .
The big finale, Junk Food Dessert Sampler... I couldn't believe I was falling in love with cotton candy all over again.
Kerry Simon is really a great chef.
This place is a must for dates... you only get one chance for a great first impression and this is the place.
All Around Great Experience. I made my reservation through opentable and requested that the Chef prepare my girlfriend and I a Lunch Tasting Menu in order to properly experience what Simon had to offer. Upon checking in, the hostess made our arrival known to the Executive Chef, Sebastien Pfeiffer, who came out and introduced himself to the two of us. We were seated and promptly welcomed by our server. We were pleasantly surprised with the 4 main and 1 dessert courses that the Chef prepared for us. We began with a dish they called "tuna dynamite" that consisted of sushi rice and raw ahi topped with warm crabmeat with mirin and soy. An endive and watercress salad with apple, blue cheese and white wine vinaigrette with basil oil garnish followed. Beef carpaccio pizza with arugula and white truffles was presented third with a tandoori marinated wild salmon atop a cold black bean salad with red and yellow pepper oils after it. The "junk food sampler" completed the tasting and included a vanilla bean milkshake, peanut butter ice cream, homemade donuts, chocolate chip, cranberry oatmeal and peanut butter cookies, a Hostess-styled cream filled chocolate cupcake and a coconut, marshmallow and chocolate Snowball, regular and chocolate Rice Krispy treats, caramel popcorn and pink cotton candy. Regardless of the fact that the dessert was way over the top and far too much to consume, I found it to be very clever and tastefully done. Taking the avant-garde interior design of Simon, the adjacent lounge and the Sofitel Hotel at large, I was pleased to find that all the food was prepared and presented in a simple, unobtrusive style. A basic square plate was used to present all 4 main dishes and the honed simplicity of the flavors matched well. We were once again met by the Chef prior to leaving and had the opportunity to briefly thank him. Overall, I felt this to be an excellent experience. I took the extra time to make certain requests (i.e. the tasting menu) and was fully satisfied with the outcome.
They seem to hire disgruntled postal workers. Hostess was a complete idiot (and we did have reservations), cocktail waitresses are b*****s who don't know how to say excuse me but shove their way through the lounge area, bartenders feel they're too cool to serve you drinks, and this was all experienced in less than 10 min. of being there. We were really looking forward to trying the food since we've heard such great things about it but I did not feel like spending money and getting disgusting service. We were more than happy to be out of there. The only highlight of the night was the excellent valet service. Freddie was the nicest guy who was not only polite but pleasant. I think he was the only employee there who actually knew how to smile.
Chic... but not over the top.. The food was great, it's a great date spot or girl's night out spot. I went with a group and the concensus was that the food was delicious... whether you had steak, salad, or crabcakes! The best part of the evening had to be the huge mountain of pink cotton candy that they brought out to our group... I thought I was going to cry and had to keep myself from diving in head first!! Stylish, good food, fun ... especially if you stay for a drink at the lounge... it's chic and totally LA, but in a good way. ;-)
The valet is committing fraud.
I went to Simon LA last night (a Saturday) and had high hopes. Our party was a total of six people. The food itself was above average for LA -- though nothing that would rock your world if you are a serious foodie. I would give it in the 23-24 range out of 30. I went with the Cowboy Ribeye, which was very flavorful, and some creamed spinach, which was less impressive. I also ordered a Duckhorn Pinot, which took forever and a day for the server to bring it out, so there was no time to enjoy it before the food arrived. The service, while not awful, could have been far more attentive. My friends ordered dessert, which seemed to come with a big pile of pink cotton candy for the entire table to enjoy gratis, which was fun and tasty.
So, the evening on the whole was a pretty good time until we went to leave. As has been described before on this site, the valet overcharged me for parking. My party had a 7:30 reservation, and I was sweating bullets on La Cienega in traffic because I was running late for the reservation. Yet, inexplicably, when I went to leave, the valet told me that I had arrived at 7:05, as was written on my ticket. I asked to speak to the valet manager to complain. I told him that I was absolutely certain of the time that I arrived, that I was an attorney and that their establishment was defrauding their customers. The valet manager told me that my case must be an isolated incident and basically gave me nothing but platitudes. Tomorrow, I will write a letter to the city attorney's office (the department that handles consumer fraud) about the incident and copy of the manager of the Sofitel. I am also going to attach a screen print of this website documenting that my case was not an isolated incident. Obviously, I will not be going back to Simon or the Sofitel until the issue is resolved. I urge others to do the same.
Rockstar chef + rockstar food +rockstar service = A Rockstar restaurant. If you like good old American food with a twist...you will love Simon L.A. I was brought here to celeberate my birthday with two great friends. I have been wanting to come to this place for months and I am so stoked to say that this place did not dissappoint. We came on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2006. I had probably one of the best dining experiences ever. We were greeted by a beautiful host and a friendly staff. I felt like I was on some restaurant reality show. The energy was high, and it seemed like everyone and their mom shared a birthday with me that night. The servers had black leather aprons, you can't get any more rockstar than that, I was waiting to see Tommy Lee pop out of the kitchen any time, but to my delight, Simon introduced himself to our table. That was really cool. Now let's talk about the food. All I got to say is that this place has "the best macaroni and cheese" ever. It beats Bertha's in South Central. A little truffle oil can make anything great, and it made their mac and cheese to die for. We had a thin crust pizza which was delicious. Their dynamite tartar was the best I've had in a long long time. For my entree I had the braised short ribs with sweet potato pancakes, so good and filling I took it home. And let me tell you, after 3 days in the fridge, it still tasted great. After we were done with this rockin feast, the star of the show had to come with a candle. It was the famous dessert platter equipped with cotton candy, home made cookies, snowballs, chocolate cupcakes, caramel corn, and a milkshake that would make Kelis proud and bring "all da boyz in da yard!" After a bite of everything I was stuffed. What a fantastic dining experience. You'll see more plastic on the female clientele than a toy store. Simon LA is a celebrity restaurant, I hear a lot of them frequent this place a lot, The Killers being one of them. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great "L.A. jammin dining experience!"
Across from the Beverly Center, this boutique hotel offers lavish amenities and views of the Hollywood Hills..
A palette of earthy greens, reds and yellows characterize the guest rooms in this Accor-developed hotel, with sister properties in New York City and Miami. Both standard and deluxe suites include large throne-like beds with lightweight feather comforters and the latest technical wizardry, including flat-panel TVs and MP3-playing alarm clocks. Other draws include "Iron Chef" winner Kerry Simon's eclectic American restaurant, nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber's Stone Rose Lounge, and a 2,500 square foot sky-lit fitness center.
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