Ali Baba’s Cafe
For over 15 years, Ali Baba’s Cafe has been putting a little spice into the lives of Simi Valley residents. The restaurant consistently gets enthusiastic, 5-star reviews from locals and regulars. The Mediterranean menu offers well-loved classics, from tried and true family recipes. Fan favorites include meat kebabs, roasted leg of lamb, and shawarma. Vegetarians and vegans need not fear; the house-made hummus, baba ganoush, and falafel sandwiches are all dynamite. Every dish is made fresh and from scratch daily. And certainly don’t leave without trying the baklava; it’s the perfect finish for any of their meals.
Ali Baba’s Cafe, 1464 Madera Rd, Simi Valley, CA, USA, +1 805 526 8400
Atlas Mediterranean serves the cuisine of Iran and the Middle East. To many American palates, the ingredients are familiar, but the combinations are exciting and new. Atlas serves a variety of meats, salads, and fish dishes, but the stars of the menu are the rice dishes. For something new, try the Zereshk Polo: basmati rice with barberries, saffron, pistachio, almond, and chicken. Or, go for the Albalou Polo: rice with sour cherries, saffron, sugar, and lamb shank. Whatever you choose, you might soon find yourself to be a regular here.
Atlas Mediterranean, 1368 Madera Rd, Simi Valley, CA, USA, +1 805 522 8527
Ferretiz Grill & Cafe
The location of this little cafe may seem strange at first; it is housed in an unassuming strip mall. But once inside, customers are warmly greeted and treated like family. Ferretiz Grill & Cafe is truly a local spot. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch and serves home-style favorites without any frills. For a lazy morning, enjoy mammoth omelets, biscuits and gravy, or a short stack of pancakes. If stopping by for lunch, regulars go for the turkey melt, a burger off the grill, or one of Ferretiz’s fresh salads. The fare is classic American, and always spot-on.
Fire Island Grill
Fire Island Grill is like a refreshing jaunt to the Pacific Islands, right in the heart of Southern California. Since opening in 2012, this lively joint quickly garnered a loyal following. The interior of the restaurant is a breezy homage to the islands, with palm trees and beach scenes painted on the walls and tiki hut grass acting as a canopy over the drink station. If not already transported to somewhere tropical upon arrival, the food will take you there in an instant. Most dishes start with a bed of steamed rice or noodles, topped with your choice of meat, veggies, and flavorful sauce. The result is a one-pot wonder that will appease even the biggest appetite.
Fire Island Grill, 1230 Madera Rd, Simi Valley, CA, USA, +1 805 581 1999
Greek House Cafe
Greek House Cafe is a culinary powerhouse tucked away in a strip mall. The restaurant is no stranger to the spotlight, having won awards from LA’s Best Food for eight years in a row. Despite its celebrity, Greek House Cafe remains a humble business, simply serving fantastic food every day. Enjoy classic Greek dishes like pita sandwiches, gyros, and meat kebabs. The spanakopita spinach pie and dolmades are made fresh daily. And if you haven’t tried avgolemono before, this is the place to do so. It is an authentic Greek soup made with chicken, orzo pasta, egg, and plenty of zingy lemon.
Greek House Cafe, 2375 Sycamore Dr, Simi Valley, CA, USA, +1 805 955 9899
Taking us to an entirely different quadrant of the world, KalbeQ is a Korean barbecue restaurant in the heart of Simi Valley. Also known to locals as Ayce KBBQ, the restaurant is a smorgasbord of Korean goodness. Patrons pay one flat price and then dine on over 60 menu options to their heart’s delight. It’s impossible to leave this place without being happy and full, with dishes to please a wide array of preferences. Meat dishes like chicken bulgogi and marinated pork belly are widely popular, while the bibimbap hot pots can be made with or without meat. With friendly service and an infinite number of possibilities for your meal, KalbeQ is truly an experience not to miss.
KalbeQ, 1970 Sequoia Ave, Simi Valley, CA, USA, +1 805 582 1977
Old School Sandwiches & Salads
Old School Sandwiches & Salads is a throwback to slower days and easier times. Being an old-school and old-fashioned haunt is what this restaurant aims for, providing healthy meals that are carefully thought out. Meats are slow roasted in house each day and then turned into classic sandwiches like the Haystack pastrami with melted cheese and mustard. If you haven’t had meatloaf in a while, try their sandwich version, with a sweet and savory glaze, havarti cheese, and caramelized onions. Old School even makes its own peanut butter in house, for the perfect pb&j. This is home-style, no-tricks food at its best.
Sake 2 Me Sushi
With simple ingredients and a pretty straightforward design, it’s a wonder how there are so many places that mess up sushi. But Sake 2 Me Sushi in Simi Valley gets it right every time. Ingredients are scrupulously selected to ensure the highest quality and freshest product. From there, expert chefs mold the ingredients to create a wealth of delectable dishes. Customers can enjoy those dishes to their heart’s content with the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat-style delivery. The folks at Sake 2 Me Sushi are just plain friendly, good people. They love what they do, and they love sharing it.
Sake 2 Me Sushi, 3921 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA, USA, +1 805 527 9999
Sutter’s Mill has a long history in Southern California, with the first restaurant opening in the San Fernando Valley over 50 years ago. Over time, things changed and the family ended up moving the restaurant to Simi Valley in 2007. Since then, the heritage of home-style favorites and antique-clad walls has welcomed a new generation of fans. The steakhouse specializes in down-home, western standards, like hand-cut steaks, prime rib, and baby back ribs. This is the place in town to get surf and turf, with combinations of steak with scallops, lobster, shrimp, and crab. Plan to leave room for the fried cheesecake; it is a dessert not to be missed.
Sutter’s Mill, 3885 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA, USA, +1 805 520 4797
Betos Italian Bistro
Betos touts fresh, authentic Italian fare and this place is popular for a reason. The experienced chefs roll out pastas, pizzas, and more to eager patrons. Because the dining area itself is rather small, there can be a wait for a table on busy nights. Rest assured, your waiting will be rewarded with top-notch food and impeccable service. From the start of the meal with fried calamari or steamed clams to your tiramisu dessert at the end, you may think you’ve spent the evening in Italy.
Betos Italian Bistro, 2325 Kuehner Dr, Simi Valley, CA, USA, +1 805 578 1568