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About The Little Door
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.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Contemporary European, French, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday & Thursday : 6:00pm - 12:30 am
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:30 am
1 block west of Crescent Heights at La Jolla
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Eclectic Ambiance Music
Daytime: $6.50 per car
Evening: $8.00 per car
Nicolas T. Peter
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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As you enter The Little Door, you’ll discover a hidden paradise, colorful crowd, romantic courtyard, and elegant displays of rustic Mediterranean cuisine.
The Little Door Ratings and Reviews
restaurant is situated in a great spot with beautifully decorated patio and indoors. I felt like the food was great(had the scallops and my family wife had the filet) the French wine selection was just right. It's not the quietest place though if you're looking for that but the noise level is just right. Service was great and the front receptionist was very accommodating when we asked to move.
Such a fantastic place we visit whenever we are in town. Expensive but it is special. Food good as expected This time around we we're constantly pressured to take our reserved table and leave the bar. Even though it was not time yet. (Still had 12 min left till rest time of 8:30) they could not understand we had friends meet us just for drinks(at the bar) and others joining for Dinner (at the table) I was constantly interrupted to please move to the table, by 3 different people, I finally did and sat alone until my guests were finished with thier drinks at the bar. Real bummer.
As usual, our dinners were thoroughly enjoyed, the candelit tables were beautiful, the service was perfect, and we could hear each other without shouting. If I had to say anything negative, it would be the size of the tab, but only because we survive on school teacher income. We love this place, and very much look forward to our next visit.
We were really disappointed 😔.
This is why:
2 Vegans including me.
Their menu was outdated online. They server had few options for us. The main issue was they never told us they would stop Thanksgiving dinner. We booked this place for thanksgiving dinner. This was a total waste of our time. They didn’t even offer to do anything about it.
Every component on each dish had a distinctive flavor; right down to the tiny tuft of micro greens on one of our appetizers. All the smallest details that are usually an afterthought at other places were delicious and prepared with care. Decent wine at favorable prices. One bone to pick. Coming from San Francisco, we expect top quality bread and butter to be part of the meal. Otherwise an excellent dining experience in a charming setting.
I’ve been meaning to have dinner here. It was the first time my partner and I have gone, we specifically came for our anniversary. I made a reservation, but was a few minutes late. So we had to wait another 30 minutes to get a table. We sat and was serviced right away. Our waiter was extremely kind, and very bubbly. I would definitely like to have him as our server next time. I ordered The chefs choice along with the margarita Granada, and my partner had the rib eye and the cucumber cocktail. We were very satisfied with our beverages and highly recommend. The rib eye was one of the most satisfying steaks we’ve had, also highly recommend. After we were finished we had the coconut cheesecake that said happy anniversary and was congratulated by our server. Our overall experience was amazing. We will surely be back.
Great find! Post-Pantages theatre dinner (with drinks next door first), quiet and lovely surroundings with just enough music to set the mood, friendly and attentive service - and the food was so good! So good, in fact, that we ordered and ate too much. This will be on our list of special occasion spots in the future!
I am afraid this did not meet our expectations. It was recommended by a friend who dines out often & has good taste. We were seated at a small cafe table for two & there were three of us. It was too cold on the patio & we asked to be seated inside in a booth as I have a bad back, the booth was next to the kitchen door, never a good choice. My steak was very fatty & was $55.00, we were even charged for a small basket of plain bread. The baby carrots were completely raw, I was very disappointed, the only thing I liked was my augratin potatoes. What this experience taught me is where I have been dining is where I should continue to dine. The Parkway Grill in Pasadena would have been a much better choice for our anniversary dinner, it has a more sophisticated atmosphere & the food is a much higher quality! Live & Learn!
Lovely location and vibe, although keep in mind that you are in the middle of a live "garden", with the occasional expected bug/spider. We were asked to wait at the bar or Next Little Door (brasserie next door) as there were no tables available at our reservation time (9pm). Sat at approximately 9:30, and although we didn't feel rushed, our server was mentally at the "end" of their night, and not at a level I would have expected for the reputation and cost. Server didn't really know the wine list well, and recommended a wine that really tasted nothing like what we requested. Still, food was quite good! The morel/Brussels Sprouts dish was fantastic, fois gras pastry (not pate) also lovely. The cheese and charcuterie was overpriced for the amount given, in my opinion and had no "sweet" element (honey, fig jam, quince, whatever), and had a LOT of arugula on the board to make it look more full.
We would likely go back, and maybe sit at the bar, just for the atmosphere. And definitely intend to spend an actual evening at the brasserie...the dessert list there looked amazing!
Rack of lamb tasted very bitter and smoky. Returned dish and had the same dish re-ordered with really no improvement from the first serving. The crème bruleé was basically a dish of cooked cream of poor consistency and no taste, and was served with a stale cookie which fell apart when I picked it up for the plate. Previously dined at this restaurant during the summer and was blown away by the delicious meal which we had, however, this last time was truly disappointed. Seems like the restaurant is trying to skimp on good ingredients. Was charged four dollars for a little basket of bread. What kind of French restaurant is this?
Had reservations at 9:30 we had to wait till 10:10 to get seated! Food was descent but over priced. Atmosphere is very nice I got the lamb chop and only ate half of it told the guy to bag it. Wake up to eat it and it was never bagged for me just my girlfriends cous cous was. Now that sucks!
I found this restaurant from a book and read the yelp reviews and decided it was a winner. I cannot say enough about the ambience. It is great for a romantic dinner. The only thing I would change would be classic music, decrease noise environment, and tables space further apart from each other. The service was really good. I had the steak, it was undercooked for my taste, but it is better to be undercooked than overcooked. My date had the lamb, he really enjoyed it. We started with the house bread, it was pretty good. We had the duck for appetizer, we didn't really enjoy it. We had chocolate cake for desert. OMG, the cake was so tasty. I would come back and I recommend this restaurant.
Little Door just hits on all cylinders for me and my tastes. Creative delicious food, service that is not too pushy and not too aloof, lighting, acoustics, and music selection/level are unobtrusive and pleasant. It's the kind of place where 3 hours can pass and I feel like I want to stay for 3 more.
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