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The Little Door
The Little Door
  • Address:
    8164 W 3rd St
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Neighborhood:
    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
  • Cuisine:
    French
    Price: $31 to $50

The Little Door Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelittledoor.com
  • Phone: (323) 951-1210
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 12:00am; Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, service , and ambiance. The Little Door transports you to another world! An amazing dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It is a romantic restaurant for people with special occasion; will be back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Expensive, un-inspired cuisine, well plated, and the staff is friendly. I won't go back. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Good veggie options and everything we ordered was delicious. I especially loved the mezze plate. Service was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Waiter and ambience was great. Scallops were not fresh and lamb stu was average"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "After being welcomed by the public relations staff with an arrogant and insulting comment, the nice ambience and location was very cosy and romantic. Nevertheless, the starters were just cold from the fridge, prepared one day earlier (tuna tartare and giant artichque) and thus without any taste experience: Main courses: only the scallops were great, fish was tasteless and badly cooked. Totally overvalued."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The ambiance and food are good but remember to request the patio table."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "No words can truly describe what an amazing experience I had at The Little Door. It was simply perfection."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "beautiful place and attentive service. My duck was dry and hard to cut although the others at table enjoyed their dinners of paccetta wrapped steak . "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It is a romantic place, expensive but fit its standard. But the standard does not 100% fit reality. It tries to be a romantic classic European restaurant but the setting, decoration and details it just not enough. For example: there simply is too many tables, making it too crowded and less elegant. The decoration is good but a little bit "fake" compared with real French places. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Whatever they are paying Kirk, our server, they should double it. Not to mention the food, the maitre d', the ambiance- a top notch experience. I'll admit to being rather picky, and they did not disappoint. Food was delicious and clever without being overwrought, or having way too many flavors--just the right amount. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "You will be amazed of how beautiful the inside is when you walked through the Little Door. My Girlfriend and I went there for our aniversary and we fell in love the place. The waiter was amazing. Food was really Good, Amazing flavors and great food portions. Desert to die for."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The restaurant welcomes you with a jungle meets Moroccan Riad ambiance. It's a very romantic setting for a dinner date, but relaxed enough for a casual meeting. Three out of the 4 courses were very nice, one was mediocre. The food was well prepared, but it's not a place where the food lingers with you for days (in a good way). "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had never been to The Little Door, but had heard it was a great place. Finally made it there and was totally pleased. The service and the food was absolutely terrific. Great ambiance and interesting music. Only small downside, is the chairs are less than comfortable. They remind me of cafeteria chairs. Otherwise, once I started eating and enjoying the wine, all was wonderful....."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a great table on the patio in front of the fountain for our group of seven. Our server was wonderful, the food amazing and the ambiance perfection. It will go down in our memories as one of the best birthdays ever. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Aside from a brief encounter with a snotty hostess (the manager came over and quickly put he in her place) it was a perfect evening. Great food, service and ambience. I can't believe I didn't know about this palce years ago."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I came here a few days ago for an anniversary dinner. I've heard of Little Door for ages but for some reason never got around to going there. The staff is great-- fantastic service all around. The food is amazing and the ambience is one of a kind. We'll be back for sure! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The ambiance is very romantic and perfect for a date.."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Our group of 6 friends had a lovely dinner here - Saturday night. The service was superb, attentive - just wonderful, and was only upstaged by the menu - and the food! Delicious flavors, beautifully prepared and presented. The staff were very, very friendly and really lovely. Thank-you to the Little door for making our night out so enjoyable ... and so delicious."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Good food, good service, and a beautiful atmosphere. Also a plus that the food is organic and very fresh. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "If you love candles and conversation. If you like to be pampered and want really good food... or just wine... and don't mind paying just a teensy bit much for it... then get in here."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Had a very good experience with the entire dinner- Our waiter being french was able to suggest the perfect glass of wine to have with our respective dinners. Everything was delish and we will be coming back. Thank you!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The Little Door is always at the top of my list when in L.A. For business. The outside garden room is truly magical. Great Service!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "A truly romantic restaurant! Recommended by Dr. Nicolli of Long Beach. We will eat there again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Had higher expectations from this restaurant but the food was good but not for the price. I've had better food else where and much cheaper."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Very good food and attentive service. Makes this a nice choice in LA! Very quaint decor gives the illusion of outdoor dining."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Well, I will highly recommend the little door. To be honest, I do love this place so much! I booked this place for a friends' dinner. We ordered a bottle of champagne (forgot the name). We also ordered duck liver, clam, scallop and oyster as appetizer. And I recommend the duck liver here. For entree, I will recommend the couscous! It is really yummy and come with a large portion. The couscous is their special. You must try it! Only one of us enjoyed dessert. The strawberry tart looks pretty, just a little bit sour. I do love the romantic atmosphere there, dim lights and soft music. Great place anyway."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience here. So romantic."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The ambience and food was excellence. Definitely a nice romantic place to go and the food was delicious. The service was mediocre for a restaurant of this caliber. The restaurant is also not vegetarian/vegan friendly with only one entree that was vegetarian/vegan. I'd say this would be a good place to go have a glass of wine and a dessert but there are better places for the price. I do, however, recommend The Little Next Door which is immediately adjacent to the The Little Door. I thought the Little Next Door had better menu options for a more reasonable price."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Olivier our server could not have been more perfect, attentive to just the right degree- not hovering but interested in making us happy. the food is always delicious and the ambience is the sexiest in LA."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The place is very romantic and the food is absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 2/16/2014