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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Little Village - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (76)romantic (60)notable wine list (37)fit for foodies (30)good for groups (29)neighborhood gem (23)great for lunch (17)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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.
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    • 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.
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Great service. Very loud.
    Like2eat
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I would recommend this restaraunt for a large party, due to the noise. The tables are close together with little privacy, so I could here three conversations in addition to my wife's. My food was average for the price. My wife loved hers though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday
    Birthday
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Enjoyed a nice birthday meal with my family for my son Taylor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great value for daily lunch special
    Wally
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Very much enjoyed the Wednesday lunch special with veal wedged between eggplant and a seafood stuffing. With a generous salad and side of mashed potatoes, this was a bargain for $12.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Rah2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were seated in a private room for 8 and had a great time with good friends and fine food. The service was perfect
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions
    Lobsterlover2
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The restaurant is great for special occasions and when you want a light dinner. The atmosphere is very romantic . Food is good but could be improved for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service.
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Excellant, we went back two days in a row❤️ The bread was heavenly. Every meal we had was delicious. I would say this was one of the best Italian resteraunt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not for us
    24play2VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    parked 2 blocks away and was hoping the food would be great, it wasn't, menu needs and up date badly, staff needs more training. they were out of the first 2 wines we chose and could not recommend anything else. the spurs game was going on right behind us ( we are from San Antonio ) so the staff was around but mainly to watch the game. its a same such a great location with some much needed updating could be the Top place to eat. Think we will pass next time there
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A 10 on a Scale of 1-10
    localres
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My husband and I went with two friends to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. Our son who lives out of state found out that we were going there, called the restaurant, made arrangements for payment, and requested a special desert. The restaurant carried out his requests without a hint that this had happened until the dessert was presented. The hostess was very agreeable to seating so that we were not in a dark corner. (The young couple who later took that spot and appeared to be there for a romantic dinner, didn't seem to mind having that spot at all.) We truly had a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great happy hour !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great specialty cocktails, wines and small plates are offered Monday through Friday during happy hour!!! The wait staff is very attentive without being Over bearing. All of the food we had was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    5starninja
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I took a woman on a date and the atmosphere was wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little romance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 495 reviews are from the The Little Village - Downtown reviews archive.
  • Excellent
    MissMary
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Outstanding service and even better food. Business dinner with colleagues from Los Angeles, Sacramento, Atlanta and Indianapolis - Everyone ordered something different and we all raved about our dinners! BTW - Don't skip the bread -- it's the BEST! We are all looking forward to visiting again on our next trip to Baton Rouge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.