The Little Door

4.7
1989 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary European
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  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, French, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Bar
Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday & Thursday : 6:00pm - 12:30 am
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:30 am
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Phone number
(323) 951-1210
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nicolas T. Peter
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1 block west of Crescent Heights at La Jolla
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Parking details
Daytime: $6.50 per car
Evening: $8.00 per car
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Entertainment
Eclectic Ambiance Music
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

As you enter The Little Door, you’ll discover a hidden paradise, colorful crowd, romantic courtyard, and elegant displays of rustic Mediterranean cuisine.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Our chef T Nicolas Peter is creating a Turkey Specials with all the best ingredients the season has to offer! And all the farmers at Santa Monica Farmers' Market will reserve the freshest crops for us!
We look forward to sharing the Thanksgiving dinner with you & family & friends!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Loved the food and ambiance. Perfect place for a date.

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LA
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad that I finally decided to pick this place.
Just a cozy, charming, outdoor, good vibe ambience and perfect for a romantic date night. The food are deliciously good. Best rack of lamb and coconut cheesecake. Loved that they serve morrocan mint tea after your meals.

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m
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

No one acknowledged our anniversary or allergies, despite the notes on our reservation. Also, whoever answered the phone was rude. Food was good, but service was greatly lacking.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spouse’s Bday

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AE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I loved it. We were celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary and she loved everything about it.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Visiting LA I decided to return again to what was my favourite dining behind that little door. Finally seated by our nice host for 9.15 reservation closer to 10. Server run off his feet threw our starter cheese board on to the table as the waiter runs past with a "enjoy your meal". Nearly gagging on the butter which was placed on the cheese board it was time to move onto our main...
Grilled Sea Breeze was more burnt charcolled the Cod was served on a bed of swirly mash which would have been more at home on a 70s plate. A victim of its own success? Standards slipping beyond that littel door alas

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LS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Little Door is one of my favorite restaurants, period. It's beautiful, delicious and comes with impeccable service.

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s
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been to the Little Door in years and was delighted to see that the ambiance, service, and food were as good or better than ever.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best date spot in LA!! Hands down

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall good

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JH
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Such a beautiful restaurant. Love it every time we visit

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d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not great for kids tho other than that it was a great meal with great service

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

AMAZING romantic ambience - unfortunately, the food and wine were beyond mediocre and way overpriced. Bad enough that I won’t be back, even though it is SO cute.

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r
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I looooooved this restaurant but i asked for a special note in the cake and i had to remind them but i did forget to ask for the writing but overall the waiter was really nice about it and was kind, the service was great and so was the food. Will 100% recommend for a special night.

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PF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food paired with a romantic ambience. We especially loved the octopus appetizer and Chefs pre set meals were a wonderful value.

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GT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place to go if you're okay with spending a decent amount. Atmosphere is wonderful and the food is delicious. Service is oustanding and we never found ourselves wanting anything. The place was extremely aesthetic with fairy lights and cute greenery making the restaurant feel like a place out of a romantic fantasyland.

The only issue I would say I had was finding parking. It was a bit annoying as it is almost all street parking and there were no spots available when we first arrived. Other than that, absolutely amazing experience.

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LO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! We enjoyed celebrating my mother's birthday here. Thank you for the wonderful service

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V
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Decided to take my mother-in-law out for her birthday. we have arrived at the restaurant and valet parking is a must traffic during the week on Wednesday was terrible. The restaurant is quite beautiful and very well lit in the evening. My mother-in-law ordered the arugula salad which she enjoyed. I ordered the Foie Gras as my appetizer which was quite appealing.
My mother-in-law ordered the rack of lamb which she totally enjoyed and I ordered the prime ribeye which was totally out of this world. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
For me there was only one hiccup around 2 in the morning I became violently sick. I couldn't pinpoint what could have been the problem. Which part of my dinner caused me to feel this way. I just don't know. So there it is. The food is great, but it made me sick.

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JJ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was beyond compare. I highly recommend the mussels and seabass. The cocktails are great, too. We finished our meal with the coconut cheesecake. Everything was so delicious. We will definitely be back.

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IL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall it was a decent time. I Just thought when it asked what the occasion was when you set up the reservation it would be taken into a count. But I guess it doesn’t.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here on date night and it was our first time coming in. The place is gorgeous, we were blown away by the colors, the gorgeous canopy, and the mixture of textures and lighting. Perfect ambiance, very romantic. They were very gracious in accommodating our gluten-free requirements. The food was delicious, though it was difficult for us to choose from the menu because everything looked so good! The only thing I'd recommend is to bring a tenner with you if you're valet parking, otherwise a wonderful experience.

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SS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is amazing. We’ve been going for years. The staff are the best, and the food is excellent. We love it. Josh is the best. Thank you. SC

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EH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner spot! We loved the food, artist painting while we ate, and really cool decor and ambiance. They even brought out a birthday dessert for me. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting LA!

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JB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It had been quite a few years since I had dined at the Liitle Door I was happy to be returning for an early dinner with my son. The space is even more beautiful than before. I would say the only glitch in the evening was when the hostess tried to seat us in the back dining room when I had requested the patio and it was almost empty at 6:45. With a gentle prompt she corrected herself and led us to a very nice table in the front patio.

We ordered cocktails which were on point, I had the Grandfather (sort of aManhattan) and my son had a French 75. Our appetizers were the burrata and tomato with peaches and the fois gras, both delicious. My salmon entree was very nice if slightly over cooked, sons Ribeye was perfectly medium rare.

A classic LA restaurant in a divine setting.

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JD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had an experience at Little Door that was not outstanding. An LA gem.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Date night. Special event. Food was perfect. Ambiance dazzling. Loved it.

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AA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Too much spices, but the meat is good

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an extraordinarily wonderful first wedding anniversary. Everyone couldn’t have been nicer!! The Little Door is as great as ever!!!

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OU
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Very cozy and romantic. food is great so is the ambiemce.
Staff is nice and friendly.
I love it I will definately comeback again.

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PD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service from our waiter Kirk, whom one might go so far as to request. The perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner. Everything we ordered was exceptionally prepared. Tremendous attention to detail. Be prepared to spend $$+ if you really want to enjoy what the menu has to offer. Only disappointment was our table - we had requested a garden table and were seated near the door (honestly a minor, minor disappointment). You will not be disappointed with your overall experience. One of the best dining experiences you’ll find in Los Angeles and beyond.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good for food great service

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R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my bday with my girl. Great vibe. Romantic food food and very friendly staff

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

There were a few problems...the watercress salad had no watercress...just chopped arugula. We pointed this out to the waiter who went to speak to the chef. the manager came to our table and said she would comp the salad and it would be taken off the menu since indeed, it was not watercress. The salad was good...just not what was advertised and what I had wanted to eat.d
Then, the octopus came with three very large potatoes but only one piece of octopus. Again, it was very tasty, but I would have preferred three small potatoes and two pieces if octopus since it was octopus I wanted...not potatoes.

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RT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience with outside seating, very romantic perfect for dates or special occasions.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is perfect to celebrate a birthday and tucked away so it feels semi-private.

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GF
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Little Door several times. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. Recently we had the opportunity to visit it a couple of times for various get together's with old friends. The restaurant did not disappoint. The ambiance is great! Like having dinner on a beautiful private patio. The first visit my wife and I had the Salmon. It was great. The second time I had the chicken and my wife the filet mignon. Both very good. Of special note is the beet salad. It is excellent, especially with the goat cheese 'tart' that comes with it.

Also, of special note was our server, Oliver R. By luck Oliver waited on us both times, and he was great! Very personable, helpful with the menu, and extremely attentive. (Our wine glasses were always filled!). Also, all of the staff, from the bartender, maitre' d, to the bus staff, are all excellent. I would highly recommend the Little Door! And, ask for Oliver R.! I don't think you will be disappointed.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t hv been better!! Love that place

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent waiter.

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JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Door was an amazing dining experience --- ask for Kirk and ask to sit in the back room! Very cozy and romantic!

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

We made or rsvp rateher last minute so we didnt mind the 30 minute wait at the bar . Our rsvp were at 9pm amd we changed itto 9.30 and seated at 10pm. Like we mentioned we understood the situation and ordered our cocktails from the bar.
So these are the problems we had last night :
1. Food arrival took too long. The obvious temperature change on our octopus appetizer were a signed that it had been seating on the kitchen pass too long and no server was aware to pick it up. No apology for this lateness coming from our waiter.
2. The mussel plate came with half of the plate of the mussels remain unopened. Which can be a sign of bad product. We politely asked our waiter to ask the kitchen to cook it a little bit more to see if the mussels will open. The waiter looked at me as if i didnt know what i was talking about and said “we purposely put more mussel on your plate Because we know not all of them will open. ( I mean if those mussels dont open then dont put it on a customer’s plate ! ) we again politely asked him to just bring the plate to the kitchen and he did. Then the plate came back with the same half plate of unopened mussels. No one came to our table , not our server, not the manager , to ask the plate came back okay. My wife took one or two mussels and decided that it is a bad product , not fresh almost smell too bad. She regretted eating them. Her plate were still almost full.
3. The time we asked for a check, our waiter didnt even bother asking why the mussel plate were still full. We decided to tell the buss boy when he cleaned our table to tell the kitchen to check on the mussels because they can harm other customers. He immediately acknowledged this and said we had the same complaint from other tables. I will tell your server and the manager. We say this buss person talked to our waiter and clearly saw him shaking his head n handed us the check anyway without asking. There are more incidents after that but this page has a limit for words.

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