The Little Village - Downtown
The Little Village - Downtown

The Little Village - Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littlevillagebr.com/
  • Phone: 2252186685
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Italian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Stuart Woodman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We specialize in wedding rehearsals and corporate lunches and dinners. We offer custom six course sit down dinners as well as gorgeous buffets with carving stations and of course you can order right off of our menu that offer daily specials. We can also cater your every need at your residence, office or off site facility.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St.
  • Public Transit: City buses operate nearby for a nominal fee as well as a free downtown trolley system with stops nearby. Ask your hotel concierge for the best available transit option depending on your starting location and time of arrival/departure.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Downtown parking is available on the street (metered during the day) and FREE in the evening at all meters. We also have handicapped parking a few steps from our front door.
A word from The Little Village - Downtown
A modern take on the original Village restaurant (established in 1947), our reputation is for serving Baton Rouge’s finest Italian, Prime Beef, Maine Lobster, Veal and fresh Gulf seafood. The Downtown location features daily specials, a full bar and can accommodate private parties for up to fifty. We also have space for up to 15 guests in our bar area where dinner is also served.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Little Village - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (68)romantic (53)notable wine list (34)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (25)great for lunch (19)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • service still disappoints
    HRL1
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I really love the Little Village and the food. I just wish that the service was on par with the rest. This time we had the waitress busing our table awkwardly with non-absorbent napkins that was interfering with us trying to eat. Have they never heard of a crumb-catcher?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pookie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a wonderful meal here. Our waiter, Frank, was outstanding. The manager checked on us twice. The hostesses were helpful and friendly when I had to adjust my reservation time. The restaurant is somewhat noisy, but that's just part of any busy restaurant, especially on a Friday night, (the staff even moved our table when we happened to sit by a woman with a shrewish voice that was more than distracting)! The food was terrific and Frank recommended a delightful new wine to us. All around great fun! One of our favorite restaurants when we come to see the Tigers play.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    laatschness
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The Little Village made our wedding anniversary very special. We were seated in a more secluded area. The food and service were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant is in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge and was not very crowded on a week night. The loaf of bread with roasted garlic was quite satisfying as was the rest of our meal. The fried green tomatoes with crab meat is a definite recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    SouthernPolitics
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great food, setting, and service I would definitely eat here again. One of the best restaurants in downtown Baton Rouge
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed every bite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Enjoyed everything so much from the food to the wine to the atmosphere ! It was my first time dining here. I am so looking forward to dine here again in the near future. Well recommend to family and friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Column Fru-Fru
    Wonderful13VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is my go-to downtown restaurant for long-overdue dinner and drinks with close friends. Everything was wonder, as always. I couldn't take my eyes off of the Christmas/Springtime/Floral arrangement creeping up the columns. It looks like a dust trap and does nothing for the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Bread and service are excellent. The entree salads and side salads as well as the entrees seem to be lacking in presentation. The fish special looked ample on one plate and lacking on another plate.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It was ok.
    Vivi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I always liked that place.. Great food and outstanding service, but somehow Friday weren't reached my expectation. I had two companies were never been there before and they are pretty excited to try this place. We had to wait 1 hour and a half to receive our food and when we got it we disappointed our food overall. It's pretty pricy food, but food quality wasn't worth the price. They need to work on food quality and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Birthday Dinner
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We chose to have my birthday dinner here. I was the last person to receive my dinner, our waiter was very frantic and barely checked on our needs, my birthday dessert was served to my friend and not me, and last but not least the waiter lost one of our credit cards and the manager did nothing about it but say that "no one copied the number and it was safe with him." He should have taken dessert off our ticket or offered something else to fix this, but he did nothing. He could have easily found out what table the card belonged to because the card had already been charged. It was an unfortunate ending to my bday and didn't make me feel special at all. Wouldn't go here for a birthday dinner. Very little attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too pretenious
    jgdeux
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I dined here on several occasions during lunch but not in the evening. This is the only decent restaurant in downtown Baton Rouge While the food was very good, I left feeling the place had a pretentious vibe. I'll Uber to Mansurs next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    Kimgs
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We brought my dad and mom for his 88th birthday. We grew up celebrating special occasions at The Village many years ago. We all enjoyed reminiscing about old downtown Baton Rouge. The food was very good and the service as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Baton Rouge
    Nickname
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have been here several times and it gets better each visit. One of if not the best restaurants in Baton Rouge. Food, service and atmosphere was wonderful. Five stars. Well worth the money!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Competent and careful. You'll probably not have a bad experience here, but you're unlikely to have a transcendent one, either. It's Industrial Italian: Maggiano's writ small. You can do a lot worse in downtown, though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Bastille
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a lovely evening with amazing food!! The service was top notch. We love the the downtown urban feel and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My second time dining and wish I could be more complimentary. A couple of the dishes were ok, both entrees were underwhelming (and over-seasoned). Service was good - not professional, but certainly friendly and solicitous. The wine list is awfully small. Except for the location and the fact that it is independently owned, there is not a lot to recommend this place. Too bad.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience for Anniversary
    Lyrics2Geaux
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I chose Little Village to surprise my hubby for our anniversary. I saw the good reviews on Yelp but our experience was GREAT!! We were greeted and seated immediately. Our waiter greeted us with "happy anniversary" and the manager brought us complimentary champagne. The food was beyond good, the bread was a must-have and the bread pudding was soooo good. Great service, great location downtown and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    marwoz
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Had some colleagues in town from out of state. I took them here and they thought it was awesome. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was one of the best meals I've had. Will visit again and will definitely recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • swampsniper
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always, we had an excellent dining experience at The Little Village!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great
    Jrush
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I eat here all the time for business and pleasure. In fact,I have to limit myself a little or I'll overdo it. Always good food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy with food and noise level.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Too noisy. I ordered the duck. Ugh! It was over cooked and not seasons enough. The asparagus was very bland. Prices are too high for the food, it's not good. I'll never eat there again. Service was great. Very noisy!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • wonderful dinner
    marwoz
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We found the food delicious. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable, yet not intrusive. Awesome place to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Little Village
    Dottie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Little Village downtown is my favorite restaurant! We go there for anything special and when there's nothing special going on, we go there too. Their bread is to die for and the steaks are the best! The waiters are very well trained, efficient and friendly. Always a good experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience & Amazing Bread!
    MrPhipps
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    From our attentive waiter to the beautiful ambiance the restaurant was a greet experience. The food was as amazing as the grade A service. I would and have recommended this location to my friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Noise level was pretty loud, especially a loud voice from an older waiter. Also, the table was not level and rocked back and forth through out the entire meal. Waiter was knowledgeable , courteous. The dining room was full by 7pm, and the foot traffic from the wait staff pretty well killed the relaxed atmosphere. Personally, I prefer a white table cloth rather then the plastic surface. Normally at high end eaterys, white cloth napkin goes with white cloth table cloth.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cut Back On The SALT!!
    ConcertVisitor
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Bland food is not good, but food that is too salty is worst. Had lobster bisque...too salty. Wife had Lasagna, too salty. I had Sorrentino, too salty. Won't be back soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Parmesan Chicken Wasn't Good
    TecheTongue
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Something was not right with either the freshness or cut of chicken in my wife's Parmesan dish. Very nice restaurant though and good service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ram1949
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had dinner at The Little Village....great service and food was delicious.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent redfish
    JayJVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    While known for Italian, the seafood is excellent. The service was friendly, helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Service was truly excellent. Knowledgeable waiter, not overbearing. Entrees were aesthetically pleasing and taste-bud appealing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    JackD
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    As always, the Little Village did not disappoint. It is a wonderful corner restaurant with great food, great service, and a fun/energetic ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive
    maggidekat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was totally worth the drive from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Chef Sean is keeping up the Impeccable standards of the Little Village Downtown's kitchen. The service was great but the food was amazing. Give me a vat of the Lobster Bisque and I'm one happy girl!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnniDiner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Enjoyed our visit. The food was outstanding. I had the stuffed red-fish Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food is always great and the atmosphere is wonderful! Much prefer this location even though parking can be a hassle. Had a great dinner with friends--love being able to make a reservation--attentive service-always a wonderful experience! Wish the "bread" were complimentary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Lileezmom
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was superb, service was impeccable--a little noisy but it's an old building w not the best acoustic s
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week 2014
    happyfoodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We went to The Little Village Downtown during restaurant week for two reasons - the items on the menu and that we had not been to that restaurant. The food was amazing. We had an early reservation (5:30pm) so we did not have any difficulty finding a parking place. The restaurant was quiet and the waiter attentive. The artichoke bottom appetizer with jumbo lump crapmeat and red bell pepper cream with capers was delicious. The Fresh Catch Napoli and the Shrimp and Lobster pasta entrees were heavenly. All together a great dining experience. I will be returning downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awsome Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Steak Palermo is the best . We always try and sit in the bar area it tends to be a little quitter
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nelly
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Very nice dining experience, highly recommend. Our waiter, Michael, was outstanding. Dishes were delicious. Village Bread is amazing! We will return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laura
    Laura
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything was great. The serivice, food, staff awh some.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.