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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.

8164 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary European, French, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
1 block west of Crescent Heights at La Jolla

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 951-1210

Website:
http://www.thelittledoor.com/

Entertainment:
Eclectic Ambiance Music

Parking Details:
Daytime: $6.50 per car
Evening: $8.00 per car

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

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (52)
Good for a Date (46)
Special Occasion (40)
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Good for Anniversaries (33)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Cozy (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Notable Wine List (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Authentic (15)
Fun (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Casual (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (6)
Organic (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Scenic View (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

The chicken and crepe brûlée was amazing

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

the ambiance is very casual and the noise level is very high.
I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for a date

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Beautiful location. Awesome food. Perfect place for special occasions.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Absolutely quite a great experience in this restaurant. Service was top notch. Our food came on the right time, not long of a wait considering the full house crowd. Will definitely go back! The vibe and surroundings is A+

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Loved the ambiance. Will definitely come here and recommend this restaurant again

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Cozy
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Celebrated my girlfriends birthday. She couldn’t be happier.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Olivier provided the best service I have experienced in LA.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Lovely space. Good ambience. No beer on tap at the bar.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fabulous. Everything.
The food was amazing. The setting romantic. The service great.
Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delectable dining coupled with exceptional service

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

AMAZING!! The service was Excellent and the food was hands down the best.A must for anybody looking for a romantic place to dine. A+

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very very nice. Good music and great food!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Super romantic. Very relaxed. First meal out together as a married couple and it was perfect!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything was amazing here. From coming into the restaurant, being seated on time, servers were professional they catered to all my needs. The food was exactly what i paid for. You get what you pay for. My goodness I would go again.

Tags: Fun, Organic, Bar Seating, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Live Music, Vegan, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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?

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing Ambience and delicious food. Its very easy to see why this is considered the most romantic dining spot in LA

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Atmosphere can’t be beat...meal and service were wonderful.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was delicious, ambiance very romantic, and service prompt. Very excellent dinner.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This has been our "go to" restaurant for many years, for special occasions. (or any other reason). A perfect night for our 25th anniversary. Most romantic restaurant in L.A. Looking forward to their opening in Santa Barbara.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Romantic, beautiful, amazing service!

I ordered the scallops and they were delicious!

The wine was also good, we got a bottle of the oribetto - perfect medium between dry and sweet white wine!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

AMAZING in every way! Loved everything about it. Very romantic and the service was impeccable. We will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Date night with my Wife

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A must visit every time we are in LA. Great ambience and food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. The Vegetarian couscous is amazing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

What an absolutely fantastic place! This is my second time here and I really enjoyed it again. I can't wait to go back. The Little Door is THE most romantic restaurant I have ever been in and I have been all over the USA and Europe. Keep up the good work!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a nice dinner at Little Door for our 5th anniversary. Although the restaurant tends to pop up in searches for “French” food, the menu is more Mediterranean. I had an excellent rack of lamb, while my wife had the scallops. Great ambiance, and the place was packed on a Friday night. Very enjoyable dinner, would go back again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

One of the best & coolest dining experiences I’ve ever had. A beautiful secret that lies beyond the wall. Romantic ambiance, a menu with dimension and impeccable cuisine. A true gem.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I ordered the chicken with butternut squash. It was okay, a little dry and not enough flavor/sauce to make up for the dryness. Other than that we had a great evening at the Little Door.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food and experience. Perfect venue for anniversary dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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