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Shamshiri Grill has been offering high-quality Mediterranean comfort cuisine and catering to Los Angeles since 1981. Every day, you can find us in our open-grill kitchen using fresh ingredients for both traditional and creative Persian dishes. Think freshly baked bread, kebabs, lamb curry, tahchin with chicken, and a variety of vegan dishes. Every meal is served in an environment that is easygoing by day, romantic by night, and ideal for every occasion.

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Westwood, West Los Angeles

Shamshiri Restaurant

Bar & Grills, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good For Groups: Yes

Good For Family: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Persian and I tried them all

I cant imagine who these disatisfied Persians are writing about this restaurant. The rice is the bes especially the orange peel. The whitefish kabob made my wife drive across town for. The kabobs are cooked just the way you like them. The service is friendly and quick. The prices are from 1980 and the portions are enormous. OBVIOUSLY THE PHONY NEGATIVE REVIEW ARE BOGUS FROM COMPETIORS.I cant find any fault with the food ,service, or prices.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Be careful they have stone in their soup!!!

I went there last month for lunch and I orderes Soupe Jo(persian soup) i was eating it and a stone the size of a small bean was there I almost broke my teeth !!! I told the waitress and she said ""oh ok would you like something els"" She showed the stone to the owner and he just showed with his hand don't worry about it !!!! when the bill came they charged me full prise, the owner didn't even bother to come and talk to us , I will NEVER go back there to break my tooth and pay full. They still think they are in IRAN so money hungry cant believe it !!!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
LA's Worst Service

While price is good for the amount of food you get, quality is really average. There are other Persian restaurant in Westwood Blvd. that offer much better quality food. What really is shameful is the service. They take orders incorrectly and refuse to take it back. I called the manager, and he insists that it was my mistake. He was so hostile, rude, and I felt threatened and accepted the food. Another time we had a large party and the table was quite tight. There are several larger tables and we asked for one, but we were told we couldn't be seated there. The restaurant was not even 1/3 full! I thought we were treated this way because we were non Persian, but my Persian friends tell me they've all had similar experience. The service is just not acceptable and we all decided not to go back there. They clearly did not want us to have good experience. This place doesn't even deserve one star (I wish there were an option for zero star.)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great authentic persian food

Go with an appetite! Order a Chicken Kabob or Beef Shamrimy dinner, and you'll get PLENTY of food. One suggestion: For a healthier pick, ask for any dinner with 1/2 rice and 1/2 salad.

If you're persian, you already know this place. If you're not, this is where the persian's go for authentic persian food!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Old food and overpriced - go somewhere else!

This restaurant is shameful. Don't give your business to bad overpriced food and bad management. I recently called to make a friendly complaint about the fact that they served us old/tasteless food- after spending $150! - and the owner yelled at me over the phone, told me i'm lying and hung up the phone! I'm persian and used to go to this place a lot a few years ago. At the time it had great food. In past 2-3 years, it has gone downhill fast. Some reasons:
1. They serve used/old food. Old rice, chicken, fish. And when you bring it to their attention they lie to your face about it.
2. It is waaayyyy over priced. Especially when none of the food is fresh and leftover from days before.
3. The owner - Hamid Mousavi - is rude and has a huge temper. He basically told us that he doesn't care what we think as customers, he is right, and he doesn't even want to hear what we have to say.

This place became famous a long time ago because the food was great before. It is no longer the case and they are ripping people off with old food. Don't buy into it!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Terrible customer service

I ordered for pick up. I picked my order up, got home and received a call letting me know they forgot to give me half of my order. Instead of offering to throw in an extra appetizer or a drink or whatever, they told me they wouldn't compensate me at all and if i wanted them to deliver it it would be an hour before they would be at my house. The manager refused to recognize or take any measures to remedy the situation. The worst! I will never go back there. They made me feel terrible because they forgot the order!



Provided by Citysearch - 
If you want an enemy to have an upset stomach, send them to Shamshiri.

Bottom line - go somewhere else. Who needs the grief.

Dining is an experience of both food and service and Shamshiri cannot overcome the terrible service with their good (although very greasy) food. The only service oriented folks are the busboys. The waiters and the manager are indifferent and inattentive to bordering on rude. I want to enjoy my meal, not focus on why the food ordered is not the food delivered, why half of our party at our table are served their order and 15 minutes later the other half of our party are served, or why I cannot get the attention of a waiter.

For many years, we ate at Shamshiri, although most of our Persian friends grimace at the thought of going here and instead recommend Flame down the street. Now the owner is not present and the site-manager is the wrong choice for a restaurant job.

Basically, the service is awful and it makes the whole dining experience terrible ? when we were able to get the attention of our waitress, she asked us if we wanted to take home the food that we did not eat. When we explained that we did not order this food, she proceeded to give us the bill. When we asked to speak with the manager, he insisted that we pay nonetheless, because it was on our table.

We paid, zero tip, thanked the busboys, and will not return. The attitude of ?bad-service is better than gracious-service? has achieved the result of loss of patronage. If you want an enemy to have an upset stomach, send them to Shamshiri.



Provided by Citysearch - 
this place should burn to the ground

although the headline speaks for itself, I feel the need to explain a little of what goes on in this place. I can guarantee you that if you spend your hard earned money there, you will be paying the paychecks of the most arrogant and selfish people on the planet. Not only is this restaurant filled with creatures I'm not allowed to write on this site(lets say I know some inside people), but all that aside, the management (ESPECIALLY the owner) is absolutely horrific. Day in and day out, the servers have to put up with his verbal abuse - for regulars of the restaurant, I'm sure they have heard Hamid yell and scream at the servers and the poor busboys for absolutely no good reason at all. He has even gone as far as screaming at the costumers, because he's an alcoholic and can't control his anger, and even kicking them out!! All the servers are emotionally distressed because of him, but being as arrogant as they are, I don't exactly feel bad for them. All in all, the food might taste alright, but if you knew what really goes on in that place, you wouldn't want to expose yourself or your family to this type of environment.



Happy Shamshiri Customer

Open Grill. Fresh Baked Bread. I was really impressed. I went there with some of my friends.

The menu had white fish, steak, filet mignon, lamb, fresh salads, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

The service as A+. We went on a Friday Nite, even though it was busy--the management was very professional and service with the food on the table was quick and food was nice and hot and delicious.

I think Shamshiri Grill is a great place to go with friends because they serve alcohol. I order Red Wine.

It is also a nice place to take a date because it has a nice ambiance. The music is nice and classy. Not too loud.

Food is affordable. Lunch menu is like $6.95 and they do free delivery.

I took a to-go menu home and I am totally ordering food from them to my home.

I heard that they do catering for a lot of the Temples and Churches near by. I am asking my management to order delivery at our office! Yummy. They also have 6 kinds of rice. They even have brown rice! :) Not a typical Persian Restaurant. The walls are a tuscany orange and the paintings are beautiful.

The tables are granite and the waiters and waitress seem to enjoy working there.

Try it out. From a WLA neighbor to another, Shamshiri Grill is a recommended place in my Little Black Book of Amazing Restaurants ! :)-Samantha



Provided by Citysearch - 
Freakin' Love it!

I love this place!! I was introduced by my friend and I've been smitten ever since! I've taken out of town guests, had birthday meals....really just love it! I've never had to wait for a table, yet they are always pretty busy. And they are, like, always open! Even on 4th of July! The food is a great value, too! You get a heaping plate of food, meat, rice, grilled veggies; it could easily feed you for two meals! The rice is like a narcotic, but you can get salad instead. And I love the meat! Well seasoned, well cooked, just delicious. I prefer the ground chicken kabob, but love the barg as well. Service is friendly, they always keep my Diet Coke full, and parking has never been a problem for me. i will go back here again, and again, I just can't get enough! Do yourself a favor and go!



Provided by Citysearch - 
My favorite Persian restaurant!

After my former favorite Persian restaurant (Rumsar) in W. LA dissapeared, I was looking for another restaurant that offers foods as delicious and reasonable as Rumsar, and service as good and friendly as Rumsar. And, here it is! The Shamshiri Grill in Westwood! I was so happy to find my favorite dish ""Fesenjan"" with Chicken and ""Lubia Polo"" rich dish. It's just that this restaurant doesn't have regular lavash, but that's okay. Their bread seems very fresh :-) And, the almost-open kitchen (closed with a glass wall) made the place more welcoming, I think. Also, one of the people who work there or maybe one of the owners speaks Japanse, and it was a big surprise :-D

I think I want to have my birthday there!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Top-notch Persian food.

The food hear is affordable and very tasty. You get large portions, and the service is very friendly and prompt, and you don't wait too long to recieve your meal. You can also get takeout, but I think eating in is best. I particularly recomend the Chicken Koobideh sandwich wrap, and the Sabzi Polo, as my favorite dishes. Shirazi salad is a must as well. And when you are done, have some Persian ice cream, it is heavenly. This place has a nice layout as well, and is a good place to bring family, but please, not screaming little kids. Overall, a very affordable, great experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice local joint, but I like Darya's food better

Strong points: prettily decorated and arranged restaurant, hospitable and cute waitstaff, warm fresh pita-style bread, good sauces, properly cooked food meats and veggies, excellent vegetarian options, very nice okra dish. (I usually hate okra.) Weak points: rice fully cooked but unfortunately left to dry out (both plain and baghala polo, manager somewhat brusque, hideous wine choices, freezing breeze when the door opens, music cranked louder as night goes on. If Darya on Santa Monica Blvd would copy this place's decor and serve both warm pita and their cold lavash we'd be in business!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Beautiful restaurant with Mouth Savoring Persian Food

When I first walked into Shamshiri Grill, I was awestruck in the OPEN GRILL. I could actually see the Chefs cooking the Kabobs. The service was very speedy.The waiter was very knowledgable of the different types of dishes and the ingredients in the stews and salads.. My girlfriend and I got seated quickly. I liked the ambience of the restaurant. The paintings were very gorgeous and the tuscany orange walls made the room very warm and inviting. The dishes are delectable. Shamshiri Grill is a great place to go to for healthy minded people like me.I ordered the white fish dish with a large dish of Persian Salad. Since there is a wine menu, I ordered a glass of Shiraz Wine. The breads are made fresh in the restaurant and was warm and toasty once it arrived at our table. I highly recommend this place and its desert menu. I hope you enjoy your first experience at Shamshiri Grill like I did 4 years
ago. There is convenient parking on the street as well as across the street.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Authentic Persian Food in Unique Environment

It was nice to sit down for some good Persian food at a restaurant without gold plated walls and gawdy chandelilers. Shamshiri does a great job of combining the best of Persian cuisine (kababs, salads, and stews which are all top notch) with a hip and trendy atmosphere. Kudos Shamshiri Kudos!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Incredible flavor and value

Persian flavors at their best with a surprising variety of vegetarian versions of tradictional dishes.



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I love the food here, it can be loud at times but the food makes up for it.



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Awesome food

I love the food there: great salads, soups, and the lamb kebob is so tender and tasty! and the plates are huge!!
It's a little noisy but service was always great!

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