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The Little Village - Downtown
The Little Village - Downtown

The Little Village - Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littlevillagebr.com
  • Phone: (225) 218-6685
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Service was truly excellent. Knowledgeable waiter, not overbearing. Entrees were aesthetically pleasing and taste-bud appealing."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "As always, the Little Village did not disappoint. It is a wonderful corner restaurant with great food, great service, and a fun/energetic ambiance."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed our visit. The food was outstanding. I had the stuffed red-fish Looking forward to our next visit."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was superb, service was impeccable--a little noisy but it's an old building w not the best acoustic s"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Steak Palermo is the best . We always try and sit in the bar area it tends to be a little quitter"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very nice dining experience, highly recommend. Our waiter, Michael, was outstanding. Dishes were delicious. Village Bread is amazing! We will return!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Everything was great. The serivice, food, staff awh some."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Enjoyed a nice birthday meal with my family for my son Taylor."
    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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We were seated in a private room for 8 and had a great time with good friends and fine food. The service was perfect"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    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! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I took a woman on a date and the atmosphere was wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little romance. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I was with a group of 6 on a mid-week evening. The noise level was moderate but we could still hear each other. The food selections were in credible. One of my favorite dining locations. Thank you for the Great Experience. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Our family loves Little Village for special occasions. The food is always good. Tight quarters the day we went, on a Friday night. The place was jam packed with people! Still, had a great time."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Although we had a reservation, we had to wait 35 minutes for our table. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "More than often I eat lunch as opposed to dinner since I work downtown. I find the selection, service and flavor very good. We went this last time for a post graduation dinner. As there were others doing the same the restaurant was crowded and service was slow. We arrived a bit early and had to wait well beyond our reservation time to be seated. We did have a good experience sitting at the bar chatting with the bartenders. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went to the Little Village- downtown for the first time to celebrate a college graduation with a party of nine. The service was excellent, and the dining experience was outstanding overall. Everyone commented on what a good time we had."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Exceptional service AND food! The waiter was attntive but not overbearing. The fish was fresh and overall it was the best meal I have ever had and I travel extensively across the globe for business."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Not my first time there but it WILL be the last. Restaurant didn't have my reservation although I reserved through OpenTable & have never had a problem before. Luckily restaurant wasn't busy. Service was mediocre. Food tasted good, however portions were ridiculously small! I don't remember them being that small before! Food could've been a child's plate! My mom & husband ordered pasta. It was in a tiny bowl w/ a huge rim to make it look bigger. My chicken breast was a small pounded down 1/4 of a boneless breast. We all left hungry after dinner. My mother is a tiny person w/ a small appetite & even she was left hungry! I don't mind paying a hefty price for a meal but this was NOT worth it. Value and quality did not justify the price."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We had an awesome time catching up at our favorite table. Everything was fantastic."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I can't complain about the food; what was served to me was very good. However, the atmosphere was not what I expected of a high-end restaurant like this one. A very open floor plan that is more conducive to a casual dining establishment, it provides no room or spaces for intimacy or a little privacy one might expect from a restaurant in this price range. I felt like we were sitting too close to the tables next to us with absolutely no buffer in between. It was hard not to look at the plates ordered by the patrons next to your table"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wonderful selection, great wine list and outstanding service. The Little Village is a Baton Rouge gem for fine dining with emphasis on italian food. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Server was overwhelmed therefore gave underwhelming service. For the price we paid I would expect better service."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I had the sea bass and it was outstanding. Best place to eat in downtown Baton Rouge."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Excellent Italian food and atmosphere for special occasions."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Waiter was not the best! Food was very good as it always is"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Outstanding food. Was a little loud and the restaurant was almost full"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We recently visited The Little Village for the first time just my husband and I. We were seated right at the entrance at the door. The place was extremely loud due to prom. The entire layout of the place was awkward and it obvious there was no good places to seat especially for a quiet romantic evening. The service was really the only positive. The food was okay. We started with the bread. It was good but did fall below what we had expected after hearing about it so much. Then we had two entrees. I disliked my entree so much I wouldn't eat it. I was never asked about it by the server. My husband's was delicious but the portion of this dish was very disappointing. All in all we overpaid for an average night in a bad atmosphere!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "He wanted bread so we got him Bread!! The Village Bread did not disappoint and all of the dishes were great.. Thank you and the Service was spot on.."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The noise level was high, but only because the night I went there were two groups of kids eating there for prom. I have no doubt that on a normal night it would have been much more tame. Great place to bring your loved ones."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We just moved to Baton Rouge and were looking for a white table cloth experience that would be memorable. A friend recommended this restaurant to us by telling us her father used to bar tend there and that it was a hot spot for celebrities when they were visiting the city. We moved from Los Angeles so this piqued our interest. The place is immaculate and gorgeous. The service was warm and friendly. We really enjoyed our visit."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our server was good but the kitchen couldn't keep up with the diners in the retaurant and serve 100 people in a private party"
    Dined on 3/28/2014