Little Prince

4.4
108 Reviews
$30 and under
American
There’s no better place to eat market-driven plates and imbibe natural wines than at Ari Taymor’s neighborhood favorite, Little Prince. Inspired by the childrens book its named after, the restaurant is bright and filled with plants. The food is simple, satisfying, light and refined, with dishes baked in the wood oven and vegetables just hauled in from the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market; while cocktails include a kimchi Bloody Mary and a fiery Y Tu Mamá. Word on the street is if you ask nicely during brunch, there are special off-menu pastries to be had. Pro-tip: come early for Sundowners, a happy hour where the mezze platter and patty melt shines.

Seasonal Californian Dining
Dinner nightly from 530p | Special Sunday Dinner Menu | Brunch Sat & Sun 9 - 230p
Sundowners Happy Hour Weekdays 5:30 - 7pm
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4.4based on all time ratings
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4.3
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were a table of 6 and there was a 30 minute lag between when the first dish came out and when the last came out. The servers were very inattentive - water wasn’t refilled, couldn’t get salt to the table. Will not be back- not worth it.

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rachaele
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, pretty space. Menu is interesting, without being too "out there"-- good innovative twists on dishes. Would love to go back!

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Mikki
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very yummy and cozy. Service is attentive and atmosphere is low key mediterranean. Menu options provide a lot of variety, and execution is very consistent. Interesting wine list. Wish it were in my neighborhood, would be a regular go to.

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Twinmom
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and had the best dishes: Salmon Rillette was delicious and different, the Mezze plate with grilled pita that was so soft and smokey - cauliflower dip to die for and the Octopus. The bartender was fantastic, recommended a bottle or red that was perfect. Will be coming back!!

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Luvcouple
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first time coming for dinner and our second time visiting the restaurant in total. We first came for brunch, which we found delicious. Dinner however, was a completely different experience entirely.
In short, the quality of ingredients for the dishes we ordered was unsatisfactory. First we ordered the OCTOPUS AND CHORIZO TOSTADA WITH BLACK GARLIC. It was one of the better dishes, yet the octopus had a slightly fishy taste. Second, we ordered BEER BATTERED SPRING ONIONS WITH ANDY’S RANCH; these were not great, the batter had spread into the layers of the onions and wasn't cooked fully; third we ordered SCALLOPS CRUDO WITH YUZU, which we sent back. The dish was very inconsistent in that the scallops were all different size cuts, and was definitely not "crudo" style in the least, also it was definitely not fresh tasting. Then we ordered MEZZE PLATE WITH WOOD OVEN ROASTED VEGGIES, MERGUEZ SAUSAGE, ROASTED CAULIFLOWER DIP AND FLATBREAD SMALL and OVEN ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH WITH SMOKED HAZELNUT, TORPEDO ONION AND SORGHUM; the delicata was the best dish, the roasted veggies and merguez sausage was OK; honestly the veggies on the dish were the remnants of the veggies, ie, the stock and leaves from the broccoli and cauliflower and some of the delicata squash was really blackened burned. We did not feel great the rest of the evening. Perhaps the kitchen was short staffed or off last night. We have friends that come here often and really enjoy it, and we really enjoyed brunch. We can only hope this was a one time experience.

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EmilyDS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend and WILL be back. Food is exceptional!

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JolieW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food wasn’t good. Kitchen was very disorganized and staff seems lost.

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Luvcouple
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place to go and enjoy some tasty creative food. It was our first time here and we will definitely be going back. We love the different df and gf options too. The chef has real talent.

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AmandaG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Went for a group brunch, made a reservation so didn't have to wait. The food was pretty good but I wouldn't say anything special. The drinks were nice.

The dishes came out extremely slow and seemingly randomly. We shared a communal table with a group that came after us and they got their food first though they ordered much later. One dish never even came until we asked our waitress twice. It was a simple fruit bowl which didn't even need to be cooked. It finally came after everyone else ate, and of course they comped it. But then they automatically charged us 20% gratuity. Normally I don't mind it for a large group, and I normally tip as such, but with such bad service it didn't seem fair this time. Someone didn't even get to eat with the group...

I would agree with the other reviews that say skip this and save some money to get better food and service elsewhere.

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OCVenice
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Good food but service was not great. We were seven and each one of us got our food 2-5 minutes after the other one. Really weird. The place is nice but extremely noisy.

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vipCurtO
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great, inventive food and cool ambiance. Smaller restaurant that makes it feel more personal. Nice servers.

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VanessaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delish! The waitress was great and the ambiance was really nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little wait but they were amazing. They offer a round of drinks and the food is superb

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not as good as we’d hooed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the Happy Hour! Will definitely be back. Great wine selection and apps.

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ChelseaH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was very disappointing for a restaurant that made LA's hottest new restaurants on Thrillist. Brussell sprouts were saturated in oil and over salted. Happy hour mezze plate was almost inedible including the flatbread, oversalted too (how do you mess up flatbread)?! Everything about this place felt like it was trying too hard. Much like parts of Santa Monica itself, it was very pretty but lacked serious depth. I gave it a second star solely because the service was great and the restaurant is beautiful. The food was so bad that was all it deserved though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing staff. The octopus was ... Chef's kiss. So good. Will be back!

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vipDavidW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food took hours, staff was rude. They bring food out as it is ready, but if it never shows, you leave hungry.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was slow and they brought each dish out as it came out of the kitchen. The egg dishes are not great for sharing so my friends and I all ate our entrées at different times.

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vipmbg123
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This place should be ashamed to take patrons money with how poorly it was run for brunch. Shame on management for allowing such terrible service and no food coming out the kitchen and never addressing it with customers. Instead the wait staff was so embarrassed that they would’ve rather ignored the few tables that were seated. I was served my meal and my boyfriend sat there waiting for his food to the point we asked them to cancel and left since I had finished. The server didn’t even seem surprised when we said it, nor did she apologize. The table next to us waited at least 20 minutes on a grain bowl with a pickled egg while his friend finished his lox meal. Seriously?! Take your money elsewhere!

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Susan
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The person who greets you at the door is key - they should be very careful who they designate as host!
He/she must be welcoming! The menu could be clearer between "starters" and "mains" so you don't have to guess simply by pricing. While the flavors are good, the presentation could be much better (delicata squash rounds appeared paltry). On the menu it would be helpful to explain that dishes will not necessarily come out together or as soon as you'd expect (don't wait for the server to have to say that!). Overall, I don't think they quite understand the customer's point of view.

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Benmo
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were really hoping Little Prince would be a great experience. It’s a cute space and well designed, however the food was not great. The Lamb we had was very crispy/chewy and the vegetables were burned. Overall, not worth the cost or the crowded seating experience.

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viprabenbru
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

first time there, went with a friend who had been before. the food was excellent. we had a pasta with a meat sauce which was great and a lamb shoulder that was also great. the fritters were a bit dry and spicy hot. would not get them but everything else were winner. service was very good, the seating person was a bit odd. the place was empty but would not accommodate a request for a different table. would go back

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vipIds2030
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food came out cold and it took a very long time between the first and second course. We complained to the manager and she knew there was a problem. So she gave us a 50% discount. We will not come back

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GilesD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great atmosphere. Easy to share the plates and chat.

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foodforthought
London
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant in Santa Monica! Food was exceptional along with the service and ambience, very cool!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was my friend’s birthday. Everything was great but it was so noisy that my friends don’t want to go back. The noise level was way too high.

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GalOnTheGo
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Get the shakshouka (bakes eggs) and sticky bun. Sticky bun feeds 3-4 people, FYI. Skip the pea mash pancake. It’s under whelming.

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vipGB74
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I choose the restaurants after reading blogs about hip and not expensive places in Santa Monica. The decor is really cute, place is nice and has a good vibe. Very loud, almost impossible to talk to people across the table.
The menu is very limited with two dishes containing lamb (the none of us 5 eats) and very little fish except a very buttery salmon tartare and an octopus entree.
The appetizer vegetables are so far the best bet. The brussel sprouts and the squash were very good.
Steak tartare was good but the tofu does not mix well and you have to order the bread crostini on the side.
wine is list is good with some well priced items.

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vipJay1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service that started with a glass of champagne for our anniversary. Tasty, innovative food and an overall excellent experience. The pumpkin toast was out of this world!

Little Prince
Responded on February 2, 2020

We are so happy we could make your special night amazing! Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you back soon!

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RussellW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall everything we tried was very flavorful and something new and exciting. We had the pumpkin toast, fried brussel sprouts, steak, and the sweet potato dish which was fantastic paired with the coconut yogurt.

Little Prince
Responded on February 2, 2020

So happy you loved it, thank you for your review!

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AlexD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Little Prince is a nice local restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica. The space is small and somewhat tight but the place makes up for it with good service and good food at a reasonable price especially for Santa Monica standards. I went for Brunch and enjoyed my meal.

Little Prince
Responded on February 2, 2020

Thank you for your kind review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very bad. Almost all the cocktails were “out”, halal several key brunch menu items were out, food not impressive, especially for the price. No thanks

Little Prince
Responded on February 2, 2020

We're so sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us! We'd love the opportunity to make it right and learn from your feedback. Please reach out to me directly at lovers@littleprince.la. Thank you!

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JoannaL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so picky, and I've got food restrictions - but I was able to eat here and it was so delicious and memorable. Surprising dishes. I love their creativity and that their meats are ethically raised, too.

Little Prince
Responded on February 2, 2020

We love this! Thanks for taking the time to write this kind review. Hope to see you back again soon.

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vipAussieWally46
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

2 hours to eat 5 courses...painfully slow and inattentive staff. Don’t do it

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Happy hour is a good

Little Prince
Responded on February 2, 2020

Thank you!

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hannahh
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar time, thanks for a great brunch! It's such a gem of a place.

Little Prince
Responded on February 3, 2020

Awesome, thank you!

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Josephs
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great local place with very interesting Happy Hour specials - Keep up the good work

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vipSofia
Los Angeles
180 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been to Little Prince before and had a much better experience. This time I was there for happy hour and all the food kind of tasted the same and was too salty. Also, everything was overpriced too.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The happy hour menu was great! Probably one of the best I've seen it a long time.

FAQs

Little Prince offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 356-0725.

Little Prince is rated 4.4 stars by 108 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.