The Little Door - Santa Barbara

4.4
159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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The Little Door - Santa Barbara provides Contemporary American Cuisine with local & Mediterranean region inspired menu; our chef Oscar Ledesma creates a healthy, simple menu composed of local, seasonal, organic ingredients and spices. We bring together harmonious dishes and the right ambiance, overlooking the breathtaking Sunken Garden to please all your senses.
Come and enjoy a unique dining experience & celebrate Santa Barbara's "Joie De Vivre" with us!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
***Happy Hour: Wednesday - Saturday (4:30pm - 6:00pm)***

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (5:00 first reservation, 9:30pm last reservation)
Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (5:00 first reservation, 9:30pm last reservation)
Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm (5:00 first reservation, 10pm last reservation)
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm (5:00 first reservation, 10pm last reservation)
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm (11:00am first reservation, 2:45pm last reservation)
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Phone number
(805) 560-8002
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Oscar Ledesma
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Catering
Our Catering department will open soon, feel free to contact us for further inquiries.
805 560 8002 / events@thelittledoorsb.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Barbara Street
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
What 159 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
108 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Really wanted to love this place. Charming hosts, everyone very friendly. Great vibe, and very good food. But WOW, was the service BAD. 8:00 reservation, and our drinks didn't come till 8:40. 9:20 before appetizers came. And because our server was AWOL the whole night, they ended up running out of the special that the owner spent 5 mins raving about. They were kind enough to comp some items on the bill, for which we thanked them. But I would've preferred competent service

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New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had low expectations. Every time we try a new restaurant in Santa Barbara it disappoints. And when our server didn't show up for ten minutes, we were sure Little Door would disappoint as well. But another waiter came to us, asked if we'd seen our waiter and when he told him we hadn't, he took over and gave excellent service. The food was spectacular. The owner came to the table, greeted us and apologized for the service and brought us two glasses of a dessert wine he makes himself. It was delicious. But best of all was the dessert. An eleven layer cake. Fabulous. And remarkable because the one thing that no other restaurant in Santa Barbara gets right is the dessert. We've already made reservations to go back.

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CG
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent addition to the SB dining world. So happy they are open.
The owner usually stops at every table, and the front of the house woman is amazing.
Such a welcoming place with great food. We have been there several times, and are anxious to have many more wonderful meals at The Little Door.

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RG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very very very good restaurant . Everything is done with the heart

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C
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Will be back for sure

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LZ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Santa Barbara’s must go restaurant. Beautiful atmosphere, readable menu-delicious food, & fun music. Professional staff that delights in service and making your experience memorable. I felt ‘at home’ comfortable the minute I walked in the Little Door.

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m
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have always enjoyed coming here. The food is delicious and beautifully presented, the restaurant is cozy and very charming.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We attended for brunch. The chef came out to discuss and address our friends dietary needs.

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M
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is lovely. Sat by window next to patio. Onion soup was delicious; the raw ahi was simple and delicious; the halibut was prepared perfectly. The chef as well as owner came by to check on us and both were very pleasant.
We will return again soon.

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SV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Door was absolutely charming and the food incredible for a casual evening out with dear friends. The mussels were the best I've had almost anywhere in the world and three days later I am still dreaming about them. The food was on point as was the service and outstanding wine list. The warm hospitality of owner Freddo alongwith the gracious and lovely Fatos, made the evening one we will remember. We will be returning very soon.

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F
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was excellent, and the food was mostly excellent as well. The mussel appetizer was delicious. My roast chicken was somewhat disappointing because it was skinless breast meat and the risotto was bland. Outside seating is at common tables and is not for folks who do not want to share a meal with strangers.

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DS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The Little Door was delicious and a beautiful restaurant. We went for our anniversary and the hostess gave us a complimentary taster of wine. The food was beautifully presented and tasted good. The only downside was that we ordered the steak medium rare and it was definitely over done (a medium well). It still tasted good though.

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Was very excited to visit this restaurant. The ambience is very nice. However they were out of quite a few items and it was only 7:30pm. The service was very disappointing. The server seemed very overwhelmed. We asked for a dessert menu and it never came. We would have ordered more wine but the server never appeared.

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RM
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner. Recommendations from our server were spot on. The two salads were the best part. Bialak tomatoes which was a deconstructed Caesar and the mitzuna and strawberries were great. Halibut was good but way too much succotash. Chicken good but nothing out of ordinary

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The preparation of the branzino was as good as I have ever had. Wonderful whipped potatoes and greens. Not over-done, but perfect balance of spices and cooking.

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b
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch on Sunday and it was wonderful. Bottomless mimosas were great, and as always food perfect. Nice selection of brunch and lunch items to choose. We will be back.

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S
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the little door for their 1st ever Sunday brunch. I had the salmon eggs benedict and my wife the French toast. Both were very good. The service was great, and the outside seating offers a perfect view of the historic SB court house which is beautiful. If you are looking to enjoy a Sunday out, this would work.

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RP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expected more flavorful food & better presentation. Service was OK but not the best in town. Very noisy. Hard to hold a discussion with four people at table.

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K
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The salmon was over cooked, and the entire dish was bland Our server was rushed when she was actually at our table and was overall inattentive. I would not return to this restaurant nor would I recommend it.

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! This is the best restaurant in Santa Barbara. Wonderful service, great food and exquisite hosts—Fredo and Fatos—-whose namesake restaurant has equally fabulous quality. Santa Barbara has finally arrived.

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GH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Give me the mussels app with a loaf of bread every day for the rest of my life and I'll be happy.

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a
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have rediscovered Little Door, after he original in WeHo. This is charming, lovely vie near courthouse and excellent dining experience. The mussels are the highlight of our week. A must for foodies. The owners are characters and delightful.

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SO
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. The steamed mussels (appetizer) was the best version of this dish I've ever had. Flavors of the vegetable couscous tajine were wonderful, and the chef came out to suggest ways of using the condiments that came with it. An intensely chocolate dessert with mint gelato was amazing.

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CW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fred and Nic never disappoint, and their newest venture in SB is no different.

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b
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Santa Barbara once a month, have a second home here, and have gone to the little door every time we are here.
Total perfection on all levels!

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AS
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were pleased with the French bistro-type fare although it seems very pricey by Santa Barbara standards. The noise level was on the edge of acceptable but the view of the Courthouse overrides that factor. Our waiter was very attentive and personable which helped.

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WS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Took my wife there for her birthday. Was given a very special table. The food was incredible but the service was so so. The waiter got busy and never checked to see if our entrée was ok. Also our waters were not filled frequently enough. Their service could use improvement but the remodel and chef change in the restaurant was much appreciated.

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EW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! What a find! We were a group of six, with a couple of early twenty-somethings and their grandparents and it was our favorite place of the weekend (or any other visit). Funky decor, unusual menu and delicious food, terrific service (I've forgotten our waiters name, but he and support staff took care of everything without ever being asked and without being at all intrusive). AND the music was true background music, not blaring, so we could all talk with each other without yelling across the table. Amazing wine list too. Will definitely return, thank you!

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AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed great food in an exceptional setting. Outstanding ambience, a night worth remembering for a long time!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful except a little noisy for a group of people who wanted to talk

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VR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Great bartender, awesome music, perfect ambience.

I ordered the salmon dish which was well prepared but the Parisian gnocchi fell short and seemed out of place for the rest of the dish.

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SE
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time there and it was totally delightful. Food, atmosphere and service were all exceptional I expect The Little Door will be a regular dining spot in Santa Barbara.

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C
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Well presented, good food. The hamachi crudo with fresh herbs was a lovely appetizer. Restaurant has a lot of charm and the owner is welcoming and friendly. I'd go back and sit at the bar -- looks fun.

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OT
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

First time here. We aee locals and fully enjoy this memorable evening excellent food great desserts great salads great portions great presentation love the owner..... we'll be back

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A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious special whole fish branzino. Amazing agnoloti .
Wine list is a little pricey
Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about wine pairings

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B
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely proprietors, delicious food and beautiful setting.

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JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I only gave this place 5 stars because I can't give it 6! What a gem, we'll be back for sure. Great date spot, the owners are extremely friendly and true restaurant pros!

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M
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

What a surprise gem. Delicious food and great presentation. Bread was amazing. Prices reasonable for the quality of food.

After so many failures at this location, we hope this one succeeds. It should be a local favorite.

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MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second time to this place did not disappoint!
The food was outstanding and service too. Very loud at times but tolerable. Desserts off the blackboard for the night’s choices-no price listed-turned out to
be $10 when we were told $8, but they were excellent.
Love the design and decor of the bar and table areas.
Would gladly return!

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j
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was really good. Service could have been better, had to ask for water multiple times. We did not have an attentive waiter.

Limited and expensive wine list for California wines, so we tried a French Pinot Noir, which was wonderful.

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