The Little Door
The Little Door

The Little Door

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelittledoor.com/
  • Phone: 3239511210x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 12:00am;
    Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Nicolas T. Peter
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off-site catering available in full service including ambiance design and party planning for any number of guests up to a few thousand as well as take-out and delivery. Visit www.thelittledoor.com and click the catering link to view menu options.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Blueroom with fireplace can accommodate 30 people, Piano Room 20-30, Winter Garden 26-34, and the Patio 58-70 guests for a sit-down dinner. For Cocktail receptions we can accommodate up to 200 guests.
  • Entertainment: Eclectic Ambiance Music
  • Special Events: Lovely daytime bookings available for weddings, showers and for other celebrations.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1 block west of Crescent Heights at La Jolla
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $6.75
A word from The Little Door
Two simple wooden doors open up to quite a buzz in an otherwise romantic courtyard, where a colorful crowd hangs at the bar and lingers at coveted patio tables. Inside, seats spread throughout the candlelit house-turned-restaurant with intimate furniture. Organic seasonal ingredients, creatively prepared and impeccably presented, characterize our unique menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Little Door reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (97)special occasion (78)great for outdoor dining (58)fit for foodies (48)neighborhood gem (37)notable wine list (32)good for groups (24)hot spot (21)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (8)scenic view (8)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Trendy and pricey
    Veritou
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good and the waiter was excellent! My only concern was that the tables were too close. We felt like sardines and could hear our neighbors conversation. This place is also not cheap. Get ready to spend some $$$.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would have given it a 5 star...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Except for the hostess and host were not very friendly or welcoming
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    Ezwriter
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I needed to take my girlfriend to an intimate place for her birthday. Little Door is THAT place. From the moment you pass through the two heavy wooden doors, you are swept away into a French Moroccan atmosphere that truly pays off when you get to the entree. Also, be sure to order a Moscow Mule. Best one I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AWESOME!!
    Terrier
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    One of the best meals I had in a long time!! We shared an appetizer which was a combination of middle eastern dishes (spanakopita, babaganoush, falafel,,etc). My main dish was the Atlantic black cod and my friend had the risotto: both excellent. For dessert we shared a coconut tart which was delicious. The waiter was very attentive and courteous. I love the terrace: you can imagine you're on vacation somewhere, far from a big city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nikki
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went to celebrate our friend's BD!! I love this place!! The service, food, and everything about it was fantastic!! I cant wait to go back there and I would recommend it to all!!!.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCEEDED MY EXCEPTIONS!!!
    FromagerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I knew from it's reputation that I was in for what is arguably the most romantic restaurant in LA. It was my first anniversary of falling in love with my fiancee, and I needed a special dinner. It was perfect in every way. Once we walked through the little door, I felt like we had walked into another world. The decor shimmered, our table was lovely, the smells were lovely. I'm a chef, fromager and sommelier; hence I can be a tough customer. The fact is, that the food was wonderful! The wine choices by the server, perfectly paired with the food! We shared gorgonzola stuffed figs wrapped in prosciutto, she had the day boat scallops and I had the monkfish over papardelli. YUM! Everything from beginning to end was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Worth every penny paid. very good food, very good service. special ambience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my 2 cents
    CasualReview
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant is in a very busy place, so don't expect you can easily find a parking. They do provide valet parking ($8) but I loss a rim because of the careless valet service, so I suggest you FIND a parking yourself no matter what, unless money is not an object to you. The restaurant is nice, half of the building has no roof but with trees/plants are everywhere including the top and half of it just like a regular restaurant. Our server was very nice, smiling on his face all the time. My wife and I ordered the three-courses dinner. They were in good size and they were delicious. However $55 for a three course meal per person, I would say you can find a better place if you only care about food quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience good food service ok
    Josht
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Little door was awesome, great food great ambience and our waitress was very attentive and on point. When we were greeted however it took them at least 10mins for them to aknowledge us. Then the hostess was waving some type of burning incense in our face that made my wife nauseated. The food and wait staff made up for it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Más fama que otra cosa
    Minimac
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    La cocina mediterránea que hace, no es tal, la comida era muy normalita, nada alucinante, y en nuestra opinión tanto la carne que pedimos como el rissotto estaban pasadísimos. Para ser un restaurante francés, la cocina debería ser mucho más fina, los ingredientes más cuidados y el sabor diferente. A nosotros NO nos gustó nada, la comida. El sitio es muy chulo, muy bien decorado y el servicio es de diez, muy atentos y serviciales. Hablan diferentes idiomas y están muy atentos a que no te falte de nada. Por lo tanto, comida mal muy mal, decoración y servicio muy bien. ¿Merece la pena ir? No
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food: poor service
    BlackjackVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I love the ambiance and food at The Little Door. It is now my "go to" restaurant for special occasions. This time we invited 2 other couples to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary. As usual, the food was wonderful, however, the waitress was extremely bland (bored?) and inattentive. We wound up pouring our own wine, and having to flag someone down for bread, water, etc. Perhaps because we brought our own wine and the overall tip would not be quite so high our waitress was not interested in serving our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    kleyoh
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    One of a kind. Romantic. Perfect for dinner. I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Always an amazing atmosphere in the patio, very romantic and candles lit, on top of an excellent menu....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful patio dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Made reservations, pleasantly surprised by food quality, and very nice wait staff! Food was flavirful, I did their dine LA prix fixe a good deal and very tasty also!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Poor service.
    HungryHippo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The hostess asked us to sit at the bar then she forgot about us. She had to be reminded every 15 minutes that we were waiting for a table. Forty minutes went by until we were seated (and that is with a reservation). The waiter was slightly better. Though we had to remind him to bring our desserts after 15 minutes of waiting after our table was cleared. The food was great. We ordered off of the dineLA menu. The appetizers and entrees were spot on flavourful. The drinks were nice and strong as well. Another saving grace was that they remembered that it was my girlfriend's birthday and left her a Happy Birthday chocolate on her dessert. Overall, I am disappointed in how we were treated at this restaurant and we will never return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A GEM!!
    Terrier
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    As usual, the food and the service were outstanding. It was the "Dine LA Week" and there was a "prix fixe" menu. Great choices for everyone's taste. We also ordered a couple of extra items from the main menu. A fine restaurant to go back to over and over again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true LA gem
    LAguyVisitingVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    From start to finish, a great Dine LA meal. Dessert was a standout, though I'd hate to take away from everything else. Service was impeccable & we fell just a little bit in love with our attentive and friendly waiter. Even the cocktails were perfectly mixed. How is it I have lived in LA for so long and only now checked out this restaurant? I will be back, no doubt. Again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They need some charm lessons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We arrived 5 minutes late for our reservation. The host told us to wait a minute he was busy. Then is college told us to go to the bar because there were two tables in front of us. Either request would have been acceptable if delivered politely. Both were delivered as orders. Then we ordered out bottle of wine at the bar while we waited. I asked if we should pay there or have it transferred to our dinner bill. The bartender told me to pay him, which seemed to annoy our waiter. Waiter asked if we wanted something to drink. I told him that we had our bottle of wine..which was sitting on the table in plain sight. I asked for sparking water. 5 minutes later he returned and asked if we wanted something to drink.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food and great ambience
    enjoyfinedining
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. I have not been here in a while do to two small kids now but oh, how I miss this place. I decided to bring my friend for her birthday dinner and we chose Sunday night so we can try a Moroccan menu. Unfortunately this was the Sunday that LA Dine was happening and they did not offer Moroccan that night. Needless to say it was still spectacular and the white Sea Bass was delicious with a saffron espelette sauce and ratatouille. I also had heirloom tomatoes, peaches and local burrata cheese as an appetizer. Yum! I will highly recommend this restaurant if you enjoy fine dining with amazing flavors and french cousin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    ShailaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Olivier served us through our entire meal. He was awesome and I completely loved his wine pairings. We had a wonderful evening thanks to his suggestions. I highly recommend The Little Door for a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine LA choice
    elainejVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Wonderful dinner for Dine LA. great choices, interesting and beautifully presented. Patio comes alive after dark with glowing candles everywhere. Loved it, will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A hidden oasis in the middle of LA
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Loved the atmosphere of this restaurant, nicely hidden from the street. On location, you hardly believe you are in the middle of the city. Our waiter was great and did an excellent job. We were a group of 5 and some dishes we took had mixed reviews while others were very good. If you go to The Little Door, make sure to reserve a table in the open patio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite evening!
    pitdroid1138VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Ambience is beautiful outdoor patio- a hidden oasis on busy 3rd street.Arrived at restaurant a few minutes early so sat at the bar and ordered a drink. Bar tender was very friendly and accommodating and provided excellent recommendations for dinner. We tried the two appetizers and entrees that he recommended. They were fabulous! It truly was the best rib eye in Los Angeles. Perfectly done and melted in my mouth. My friend had the almond crusted halibut which was very tasty. So tasty in fact that I would probably order it and I hate fish in general! For dessert we had a cheese plate and the three small scoops of ice cream along with cappuccino. The service was impeccable --attentive without being rushed or obtrusive. An exquisite evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So romantic
    Luv2finedinej80
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I can't believe I haven't dined here till now. I loved everythubg about this place, the ambience-romantic, felt like I was back in Paris, the food-only complaint was my dish was a little salty, but everything else excellent. wine list, excellent except we did bring out own bottle for a small fee. Our waiter couldn't of been more attentive and helpful. Service was impeccable! If it wasn't for the salty entree' I would be said the dining experience was perfect. Definitely coming back with a group for a special occasion or date night with my Mr :) worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Transoprts you to another world!
    Cassie
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great food, service , and ambiance. The Little Door transports you to another world! An amazing dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Service, and atmosphere
    HS2101
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It is a romantic restaurant for people with special occasion; will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful, wonderful place
    WallStreetLawyerVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Each room has it's own vibe. We sat in the back where it's the most romantic. The food was incredible. I honestly can find no fault or offer any suggestions. Just go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Third Time Dining
    happykathy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was my third time dining at The Little Door. We ordered tuna tartar (this one is delish, one of my favorite dishes), but all the other dishes (filet mignon, rib eye steak, grilled sea bass) had one thing in common. SALTY. Especially sea bass was by far the worst sea bass I've ever tried. It was overcooked! We ordered chocolate pot creme and strawberry tart for dessert; strawberry tart was scrumptious. I chose The Little Door for my birthday dinner with my family because of my past experiences at The Little Door and my dad wanted to eat French. Unfortunately, I regret it. Service was very good but the quality of food was poor. The Little Door used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but now I'm considering never going back here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jspencerb
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My wife and I had dinner together on a weekday night. The restaurant has excellent French style food with a strong Morrocan influence (or perhaps it is vice versa). The style is unique, at least for us. My wife and I had two different seafood dishes. Both were flavored and cooked just right. The ingredients are all extremely fresh. The restaurant serves good wines by the glass and appears to have a very fine wine list. The service was friendly, efficient, and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Door a Little Bit Lacking
    silk
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Expensive, un-inspired cuisine, well plated, and the staff is friendly. I won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    Grafighter
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Had the Mezze Royale...it was fabulous, delicious and big with lots of food to sample! We really enjoyed the food, the ambiance and we had great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Haochi
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Good veggie options and everything we ordered was delicious. I especially loved the mezze plate. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant
    musicbeater
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The restaurant is a lovely gem. The wine list is a bit overdone and a bit too high...but lovely wines. The California wines are overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KoZ2LA
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Waiter and ambience was great. Scallops were not fresh and lamb stu was average
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovelyshivy
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Everything was simply amazing. Really made us feel special. Everyone was very kind and attentive. Food was impeccable and the best scalloped potatoes I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 998 reviews are from the The Little Door reviews archive.
  • Good for Ourdoor Dining
    akh8acoe
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The ambiance and food are good but remember to request the patio table.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Such beautiful setting for this place, definitely for special occasion or date. Yes it is pricey expect at least $50 per person and thAts probably just having a cocktail and dinner. Great background music, candles everywhere nice staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    hknyc
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    beyond expectation for a beautiful, romantic evening! the wine list was great, the bartender knowledgeable, and the food was delicious. definitely someplace we'll be frequenting.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    No words can truly describe what an amazing experience I had at The Little Door. It was simply perfection.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth every penny!
    MOOLUOOM
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We went there for my husband's bday and it was amazing! The food is fantastic and yhe the service is like a top knott restaurant. I love the outdoor dining experience, which reminds me a lot of the actual French dining environment. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.