The Little Door - Santa Monica

The Little Door - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelittledoor.com/santamonica
  • Phone: 3103108064x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Chef Nicolas Peter
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact our Marketing Manager Drew D'Andrea if you would like to schedule a private event. He can be reached by email: drew@thelittledoor.com
  • Private Party Contact: Drew D'Andrea 3103108064x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Vicente
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Little Door - Santa Monica
The Little Door - Santa Monica is located in a charming historic building on the border of Santa Monica and Brentwood. Wrought iron gates open into a courtyard where the patios within are being lovingly restored with careful attention paid to the original detailing. Built and occupied by renowned architect John Byers, this landmarked gem has previously been the home to two successful restaurants.
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The Little Door - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (2)romantic (2)fit for foodies (1)special occasion (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Good by Villetta!
    DrRevenueVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    It is too bad, but money talks and everything else walks. We were at Villetta on Wednesday night. The staff informed us that this Friday, today, would be their "last day". The restaurant emerged from Bankruptcy and the Ago People are taking over. The restaurant will be closed for 60+ days and will re-open with a different name, menu, chef, staff, etc. We have enjoyed Villetta for it's 3 year existence and want to thank all of their excellent personnel for making it a terrific dining experience for us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Only downside was that the music was a bit too loud. We were sitting next to the back door in the front room and when the music was turned on it was definitely too loud. It was turned down but then crept back up again. Otherwise, delightful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 122 reviews are from the The Little Door - Santa Monica reviews archive.
  • Villetta a Favorite for Good Reason
    DrRevenueVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Another lovely night at Villetta, except for a group of 3 women patrons who were so noisy and inconsiderate that we had to move our table. It was a chilly night. We decided to dine in the bar. Unfortunately, 3 unattractive, very loud women came in about 15 minutes after we sat down for our meal. We could not stand it and moved back outside. Lynn our regular server was just as delightful as always. Franco, the bartender provided very interesting discussion of drinks and wine. The cuisine was spot on. A great time marred by some ugly guests, but we will, of course go back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • From the bruschetta amuse-bouche,
    Alex
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    From the bruschetta amuse-bouche, to the funghi pizza starter to the linguine fruitti mare main (even to the bartender chatting in Italian), this place has the feel of a genuine Italian restaurant. Excellent food and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance & service made up for food
    CRTravel
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    The ambiance was romantic, the service over the top wonderful... but the food left much to be desired, especially for the hefty prices we paid. The beet and endive salad came out without endives, and we had to search for the artichokes in the artichoke salad. The pasta bolognese was delicious--absolutely wonderful--but the ribs (recommended by the water) were tender but tasteless (served with bland mashed potatoes and boiled carrots). The wine was good, the waiter was amazingly sweet and attentive (giving us a free chocolate mousse for the lack of endives in my salad), and the manager attended to all the customers. The outdoor dining was beautiful, private, romantic, and fresh. If they work on the cuisine, I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Had a lovely evening with good, simple food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines day
    dineouteverynight
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They did a great job on a challenging night. Our waiter was awesome. Wine selection was superb. Pasta dishes were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Though we usually don't like dining out on Valentine's Day, Villetta changed that experience. There was nothing rushed about the evening, the food and service were outstanding. We love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome ....
    nelson
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    will probably book a wedding rehearsal dinner there!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our evening at Villetta was wonderful. We had a fabulous server named Pietro, and the maitre d' was most accommodating to our wishes for a private area where the ten of us could wander around before dinner and enjoy the room after dinner too. The food was spectacular. It was a lovely New Year's Eve. Many thanks to the staff at Villetta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a lovely dining experience
    KWest
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    One of our favorite spots; the staff is always pleasant and the food delicious. Antonio is always very welcoming and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed diner
    Foon47
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Everything seemed to be overpriced. The wine per glass was outrageous. We didn't feel that we got value for our money. Very attentive staff and nice ambiance but it didn't measure up. Definitely won't be returning there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service and food were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The service and food were excellent. The last time that I dined at Villetta it was for a Girls Night Out Christmas event and the staff went out of their way to make sure it was an enjoyable night, even helping us carry in our gift bags!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Perfect evening great service attentive owner beautiful decor
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Everything was better than we had ever expected. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The outdoor patio seating is so comfortable and inviting and the meals are always superb. But best of all, Francesco is an amazing waiter that always makes the evening memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    We had a wonderful time. Giorgio was so patient and kind in explaining the specials and wine. He allowed us to "taste" before deciding on our vino! The attention to detail and personal attention was outstanding. The ambience incredible as we were set right before a gorgeous burning fire! I would say this is one of the BEST places I have ever been. The food, wine and service! Total 10! The squash ravioli was a melt in your mouth....delight! Best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    BrentwoodmomVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    My husband, mother and I dined here for my birthday. It was delicious food and excellent service. The chef sent out a little appetizer as soon as we sat down. We love when restaurants do that! Such a nice touch! The owner is there to greet you with a smile when you walk in. He is buzzing around the restaurant to be sure everyone is happy. He knows the business and I believe this is a neighborhood restaurant that will be here to stay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but nothing special
    AdventuresinDiningVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This is in a great location - I am not crazy about how they remodeled the space. I liked the old world charm of the previous restaurant given all of the patios with vines on the walls. The indoor bar area is nice. The food is okay - nothing special - very expensive. Pastas seem to all be over $25. I had a pasta with sausage and mushroom and the sausage was very chewy. Salad of artichoke and arugula again okay but not worth the $15 or so they charged for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Iconic Italian restaurant
    Steve1150
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    This restaurant creates an atmosphere that takes one to the Amalfi Coast. You don't feel that you are in L.A. The food is top notch and the service is impeccable. It is a bit expensive, but worth it overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising
    garu
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Better portion sizes than expected, excellent service, great drinks and food. "Dealer's choice" for the drinks is a fun option
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The perfect dining experience
    Carter
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    We let our waiter choose his favorite items, he did not disappoint! It was a wonderful atmosphere, with incredible food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    twoputt
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    Although their street front is quite small, this is a restaurant with a big heart. One is made to feel like a returning family member, even if you only dine there occasionally. The food and service are excellent. The wine list is a little short, so you may wish to bring your own bottle. Overall, a really good choice for an intimate dinner or family gathering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Atmosphere
    NikkiVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    First time I have dined there and was very pleased. It may be my new favorite Italian restaurant in Brentwood, and with the competition in the surrounding area that says a lot. Best butternut squash ravioli I have ever had (and I have tried many!) Sitting outside on the patio at night under the trees had a great atmosphere that you don't get at other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous! Different restaurant
    macs
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Fabulous! Different restaurant compared to the first month of operation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Birthday Party
    nelson
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Had a fabulous time - service, food - all just amazing - Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relax and enjoy
    Fredfarklekle
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Villetta allows you to relax, talk and take your time in a way that is reminiscent of a "Mi casa es su casa" philosophy. I loved it and my date felt the same. The Bar Room has a great feel to it. It is like some other restaurants price-wise in the area- if you work at it hard enough it would tend to be an expensive meal. As an experience though, that same reality was fantastic! The filet, the mussels, pasta and right thru dessert was very tasty. Go and have fun!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My review is very simple and
    sienna
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    My review is very simple and to the point. Great Food!! Great Wine!! Great service!! Great atmosphere!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positano in LA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Perfect romantic Anniversary dinner spot with my husband. The food and service were outstanding. We felt like we were in a trattoria in Positano, Italy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - Great Food.
    nelson
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Great Service - Great Food. Not a place for children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner
    cath1971
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    My husband and I wet over the weekend and had a wonderful time. The restaurant is beautiful and we sat outside and felt like we were on vacation in Italy. The space is very unique, I haven't seen anything else like it especially on the Westside. The food was amazing. We dined on Pizza, salad, pasta, and Dover sole. The restaurant was very busy but our server was very attentive and did a great job. I cant wait to go back!! Its my favorite place to go and relax to have some great wine and great food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    A little on the pricy side but food was delicious and very hospitable staff
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bartender was amazing
    kittiVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    So busy don't know how he kept up and with a smile! Recommend they get him a bar back! Good was good except for my entree spinach ravioli. Did not like at all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Reasonably decent Italian but overpriced for what it is. They try to compensate with excellent service but I'd prefer if they just lowered prices.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    Diapatra
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We made reservations, and waited at the bar for a patio table. Bartender was friendly, Franco, and made good drinks. The entire staff was very accommodating. This is our 2nd visit and the food was still good (our party had several dishes of pasta, pizza, desserts, and lots of wine). The only disappointing part of the meal was the Limoncello, but it was taken off our bill per our request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing Villetta
    Margie
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    When Villetta first opened a few years ago it was very good. Now the food is strictly third-rate and very overpriced. I took three friends for lunch last week and we had salads--really almost inedible! Something must be done or it will close!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Villetta Consistently Excellent!
    DrRevenueVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    The headline says it all. Antonio, the owner/GM has put together an excellent team. We sit outside and one of two tables for two along the wall. We are comfortable and the food is terrific. We've found one pizza that we love and try different dishes all the time. On this occasion a rizzoto with assorted shell fish and saffron was outstanding. Lynn our favorite waitress and the rest of the staff are terrific. Monica the greeter/seeter is very experienced and wonderfully hospitable. All around this is a terrific place that we frequent often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great ambience
    Haaarrr
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    This is a great restaurant I recently discovered in Brentwood. The patio seating is great, the staff is fantastic, and the food is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the experience immensely!
    Delighted
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We took my mother to Velletta for Mother's Day lunch and she loved it. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hitting its Stride
    ChesterVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    While the place has always been special with the nicest garden dining on the west side, a gracious staff and party atmosphere, the kitchen wasn't always as good as it could be. That has changed dramatically and the food being served to happy diners is now at or above the level of the Villetta experience.A new team direct from some of the best restaurants in Italy has fine tuned old favorites and added specials that actually are special. A new lunch menu may be the best kept secret in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.