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For 2
Date
Tue, 1/23
Time
9:30 PM
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The Little Door

4.6
1782 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary European
Top Tags:
  • Romantic (58)
  • Good for a Date (53)
  • Special Occasion (41)
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.
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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Cross street: 1 block west of Crescent Heights at La Jolla
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Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

As the "most romantic restaurant", Valentine's Day is always a very special occasion at The Little Door restaurant & bar.
This year, we offer a four course set menu of $155 per person.
We require 50% deposit for each reservation so contact us at the office directly to make your reservation.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 1782 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
food
4.5
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

What a perfect date night! If you aren't paying attention, you will walk right past the entrance to The Little Door. Once inside, you are transported to a gorgeous Mediterranean style court yard. Lights twinkle above your head as you walk to your table. We were there for dineLA so we ordered off the prefix menu. Our waitress was lovely and helped us select a bottle of wine to go with our meal (lamb). The food was delicious. I had brussel sprouts to start, lamb for the meal and coconut cheesecake for dessert. While the food was very good, go for the atmosphere. It's a wonderful place for a special occasion or a romantic evening out. My one complaint was that it was quite loud and took away from part of the vibe. I would absolutely recommend to friends and plan to visit again!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

Amazing food and service. A must for any couple

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

we couldn’t have been happier with our dinner !
we were welcomed with warmth, changing table was not a problem,
and the food was very very delicious, refined, inventive, light, extremely
well prepared ( we also tasted what was in each other’s plate)
the loud good music was not overwhelming, but an incentive
for animated conversation
the waiters were just adorable (and french !)
we’ll be back, we thank the cook, the crew, everyone !
claudine dreiband
as a matter of fact, it was even better than the first time we came
(two years ago)

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined 2 days ago

I love the romantic environment and great food

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JonM (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent. My wife and I did the DineLA menu so the value was great. The regular menu is a little pricey for what you'd get. Definitely an interesting scene on the inside. You would never know that so much space existed behind the non-descript outside door. While the scene was exciting (fun people watching, beautiful set up/architecture), I would not call it romantic. We were there after 9 PM for dinner and it was very loud. We were in a quieter part of the restaurant and it was still pretty loud. We liked it, but it's probably more suited to a night out with friends rather than a romantic dinner.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined 4 days ago

I made reservations the day before. We still waited 40 minutes. What was the purpose of the reservation?

Other than that, the place was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

I read an article that voted The Little Door the most romantic restaurant in all of California. With such a great reputation, I was really excited to go. Unfortunately, I was truly disappointed; it didn't meet my expectations. The restaurant was crowded and noisy. The tables were so close together that there was no privacy, and the music playing was truly bizarre (and loud). Most romantic? Definitely not!

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OpenTable Diner (Mexico City)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Great atmosphere and service, and delicious food.
Wonderful restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

The décor lives up to its reputation as a romantic restaurant. However, the real attraction is the food, with the executive chef doing a superb job of matching flavors and textures in all the dishes we tried. Food presentation is also excellent. The restaurant does showcase higher-end wines. The only minor quibble is the high noise level, but that is a function of the clientele and not the establishment. Despite that, the background music could still be heard at an appropriate level, a testament to the exceptional quality of the sound system. Overall, a very, very nice dinner experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful night there celebrating our anniversary.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
1 block west of Crescent Heights at La Jolla
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(323) 951-1210
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Entertainment
Eclectic Ambiance Music
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Parking details
Daytime: $6.50 per car
Evening: $8.00 per car
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Executive chef
Nicolas T. Peter
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
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Special events & promotions
Lovely daytime bookings available for weddings, showers and other celebrations. For private dinner parties, inquire about our Blueroom which can accommodate guests up to 40 people.

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