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Ali Baba Cafe

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1464 Madera Rd., Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 526-8400
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The best hummus anywhere on any continent!

This gem of a restaurant is tucked away on the road to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. It is owned by a Palestinian, some of the waiters are Jewish, and the product is a wonderful culinary experience. You must try the pickled veggies, mint tea, swarma (chicken and beef... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This gem of a restaurant is tucked away on the road to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. It is owned by a Palestinian, some of the waiters are Jewish, and the product is a wonderful culinary experience. You must try the pickled veggies, mint tea, swarma (chicken and beef), moussaka (call ahead so it is ready when you... More 

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Simi Valley, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Liked the food and portions. Fairly good service. Would recommend if your looking for Middle-Eastern food.

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Simi Valley, CA
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband was in the mood for Middle Eastern Food and I recommended Ali Baba Cafe. He had beef shwarma and ate evey bit. I had the falafel plate and took home most of the salad that came on the plate because I filled up on the falafel pitas that I made. We will definitley return.

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Simi Valley, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I'm Middle-Eastern so my comparison is different than most others. For Americans I think this is pretty good Middle-Eastern food. But compared to my Mom's cooking it's okay. One of their dishes however is super good. Their potato and ground beef casserole. I believe they call it "Mousaka" but I'm not positive.

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

14 hour day coming from canada, checked into best western on medera in simi valley (near reagan library), went looking for anything takeout to retreat back to room... saw baba's but immediately decided to eat-in pursuant to exceptionally friendly greeting and welcoming ambience... we shared a small Baba Ghanoush (probably best i've ever had) and then both had lamb (Shawarma... More 

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Camarillo, California
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Our server, Matt, was delightful. He was friendly and attentive. He knew the menu well and made suggestions based on his own favorites with consideration to whether we felt like having a symphony of spices or the quality of the meat. We chose the lamb kebobs. The meat was perfectly cooked and it melted in our mouths. Additionally we had... More 

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Nevada City, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Found this cafe by accident just looking for something within walking distance of hotel. What a great choice we made. Food was delicious, hummus was the best I've ever had. Didn't know much about this type of food & Matt (the manager) was wonderful describing menu items & helping us make great choices. Everyone in our party left happy. I... More 

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Rio Vista, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Wow, a great place in a strip mall just walking distance from the Best Western near the Reagan Library. Eastern Mediterranean food and hospitality at its best! Large savory portions with a detailed explanation from our enthusiastic owner! I highly recommend you seek out this place and enjoy all it has to offer

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Camarillo, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

...however, I do always have to remember to request it without the cayenne pepper on top. I love the food here. My husband and I met some folks here for a day after Christmas gathering. They had a party 90 people going on, so sat us outside. It was a little cool but the crew was so attentive to see... More 

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So Cal
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222 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I've been eating at many Mediterranean restaurants as of late, and this one was pretty solid. However, I did find the price to be slightly higher than I thought most people would pay for lunch. That shouldn't be a deterrent to try it again, so honestly, you can't go wrong here. Would try again, but there's another place down the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1464 Madera Rd., Simi Valley, CA 93065
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Simi Valley
  • Phone Number: (805) 526-8400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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