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Simba's Grill

825 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G2L7
Tel: (604) 974-0649
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: African, Barbeque, Halal
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Fri: 4PM - 10:30PM, Sat: 3:30PM - 10:30PM, Sun: 3PM - 10:30PM
  • Simba's is an authentic East African barbeque restaurant located in Vancouver's West End. They also have another location in Burnaby.

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Devine eating!!!
By foodslueth of east vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

The food here is soooo delicious!
Me and my boyfriend took a chance on this african restaurant while walking down Denman street recently.
We left with huge smiles!
The food was beautifully prepared, the flavours perfectly balanced.
Our dinner was served with an array of delicious sauces and chutneys, fresh mango hot sauce, coconut chutney, tamarind chutney, yogurt sauce, ect... beautiful fragrant saffron rice.
The staff was warm and the ambience atmospheric with low lights, candles and african music.

I highly reccomend this place!

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I would go back
By Willis of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

Today my friends and i went to Simba's Grill after a nice noon cruise around town, when we got there we did not know that the place opened at 4:30pm. dispite the later opening we stuck around for 20 min since it was one of the places we have been meaning to try.

The service was alright, since we got there so early, the waitress' were not at work yet, so the chef took our orders, but did not serve us water.

The food was good but the value was something else. We had the Okra, Goat, Lamb, Chicken curry dishes. There were no side to these so we had to order rice on the side for $3.99. It was not a big deal, but it would have been nice to have bread or rice with the meal already since the dishes were $14.99 each.

The ambiance was dim and suited the yellow walls. There was incense burning in the background so for people with a sensitive nose or are picky about the smell, that might be a problem. The decors were good to look at too but not much other than that.

Overall, it was a good experience. i would go back again, but would try differnt things. Maybe something with a side.

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Outstanding experience
By jecadjura of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

We decided to try a different kind of food and were very pleased by this choice. Simba was very friendly and suggested several main dishes. Food was great. Not greasy which was just what we were looking for. Main dish does not come with rice or naan but we ordered them separately. Portions were good sized (big) even for two very hungry people.
The ambiance is very nice, with African art on the walls and even on the ceiling (nice touch).
We found Simba's walking around and making sure people were satisfied very courteous.

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Good food, not-so-good setting...
By dogbert of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

We have been to the restaurant three times in the past few months. The quality of the food is quite good, I was a little disappointed the last time because I felt the food wasn't prepared or presented in the usual way, but it was good nonetheless.

Everytime we've been the dessert item that we requested was unavailable, even on the day the dessert proceedings went towards one of the local charities. I actually found this to be quite bizarre, because this event was seemingly planned several months in advance and the restaurant was totally unprepared.
I personally could do without Simba himself taking to the floor, because this is actually quite unsettling.

The ambience is mediocre at best, so it likely wont appeal to everybody. It was a pleasant enough experience for me though, and I'll likely return in the near future.

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The best food and the worst service in town.
By CJSS of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 1:06am [Dine in]

If you like great food and bad service, this is the place to go! This was probably one of the worst dining experiences of my life and should've walked out when I had the chance. Be prepared to wait 20 minutes before getting menus, another 15 minutes for drink orders (if the waitress remembers to ask) and being ignored by wait staff until your ready to pay, oh wait, you have to wait for that too.

I would understand if the restaurant was full but there were only 10 people including myself. The wait staff consisted of 4 people, and only one of them was really good (doing the work of 4), she obviously wasn't our waitress. This restaurant has so much potential and I really hope for their sake they improve their customer service and realize it's just as important as having great food.

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Friendly atmosphere
By maphia of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

We weren't quite sure what to order so the owner suggested a couple of dishes, which turned out to be superb. I wish that I could say what they were but I can't remember off the top of my head.

The price was reasonable for what we got and I found that I really savored the food. We figured that it was probably made in advance and reheated when ordered, since we didn't really see a lot of cooking being done and the chef/owner spent most of his time in the dining area chatting with people and singing. Not that I'm complaining though, since the food was excellent and typically it just means the food is that much more flavourful since it's been marinating!

The night that we went there was a woman singing and the atmosphere was pretty fun and laid back. I will definitely be going again and plan to try some different dishes.

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This Owner needs to go
By peace448 of burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

This owner is one miserable idiot and with that attitude, I don't know how he stays in business. The indo-african dishes were OK but the meat seemed tough to eat. Way overpriced for what you get and what you have to put up with the grouch who is apparently the owner. My friend has one word for him - Rude. This guy does not belong in the restauarnt or any service industry. No way am I going back there.

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Ok, but pricey
By uberkelly of Coal Harbor, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

We thought we'd try this out as we'd never really had African food before. The dishes we got were like Indian food - my chicken dish was exactly like chicken vindaloo. Maybe that is how African food is - I'm not sure... but we were expecting something much different.. .so be aware.

Our dishes were tasty but not outstanding, which I expected for the price.

The weirdest thing is that "Simba", the owner/chef or whatever, was standing around the whole time and going from table to table--which you'd think was really nice -- but he was just sort of mumbling and very unfriendly. He overheard my boyfriend say he didn't think the hot sauce was very hot, so Simba went and brought out some hotter sauces. Again, that seems like a courteous thing to do - but he did it without a smile and barely a word. Very strange, and it made us a bit uncomfortable.

Some people tried to come in the restaurant right before closing and he basically yelled at them to leave and pointed at this watch!! I couldn't believe it! He also went out to put up the "Closed" sign to make sure no one else came in.

The food was definitely tasty, but not outstanding; I wouldn't go back.

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Good food, not so good ambient
By vanguy79 of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

I was surprised, their lamb skewers was prepared and cooked very well. The lamb pieces were juicy and tender and it was spiced correctly. Service was okay and the ambient was passable. But if you just wat good food, go for it. I had their naan bread as well, and it was okay. Good thing is that it was value for money.

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Special place
By Rebecca of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:52am [Dine in]

I had no idea what to expect when I went to Simba's, and I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the menu. I especially enjoyed the food - the chicken and the special fries that were not made from potatoes (I forget the name of the vegetable). It was a bonus to meet the owner/chef. The food was great, and the service was good, too. My husband and I enjoyed ourselves and want to eat here again, and intend to take friends with us.

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Meat lovers paradise
By urban_diner of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 8, 2007 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Nice little place! Owner/chef is very personable, and puts on a good spread. The food is basically east Indian with an African flavor. Had a variety of their kebabs and such.... very flavorful ! On weekends I hear there is Karaoke...I am anxiously awaiting my next visit...

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