The Little Door - Santa Barbara

4.4
267 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Little Door - Santa Barbara Restaurant Bar 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!
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SR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Charming and lovely
The little door is in an updated craftsman style building and is charming with whimsical decor. The food is French inspired with California fusion influences. The menu is not very extensive but there is something for everyone. My dinner (steak friezes) was ok and I did enjoy the spinach.

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CB
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Very unsatisfying meal. Very attractive and appealing decor. Too bad the food does not match.

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JP
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Attentive staff. great cocktails. They were recovering from previous night's Valentine's Day dining frenzy

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DL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really a great night for adults! Food and service were top notch. Pricy.

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DA
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time here - and it was Valentine's Day - so it's hard to know how this would compare to another day. But the food was great, the service was great... The noise level was pretty high, including some live music from a trio. But it was all happy people having a great time.

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L
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had heard a lot of good things about The LD. Our first time there and our expectations were exceeded. We are in the hospitality biz ourselves so appreciate what effort it takes to pull all the pieces together to make a special meal and evening. One of the most memorable Valentine Days ever. Love the trio the entertained us! Cant wait to get back. Thanks for great evening TLD!

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MY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is great! Best French onion soup and the owner always stops by to say hi.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really this place is INCREDIBLE. The food was insane and the setting is not pretentious in the slightest. This is a MUST

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CS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food and great owners. A nice evening overall.

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Montana
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Bummed Scallops were no longer on menu.
Items that were ordered, had to be changed as they ran out. We ordered around 630-700pm.
Waitress seemed off, couldn’t answer basic menu questions while taking the order... had to make several trips to the kitchen to ask questions.
Very disappointing experience for $200.00+ dollar meal.
Spoke with the manager/owner on the way out as she asked how everything was. Explained how disappointed we were... she offered us a free drink to return. We politely declined.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was very good, and the cocktails are excellent. The menu was pretty limited for dinner - I would have liked the option of ordering off the happy hour menu too. My dish was excellent but the rest of my party felt that their dishes were just okay and not worth the price. The Axxess deal is buy one entree get one free, with a max of $20....but the menu has no $20 entrees on it. It sounds like their Tuesday specials and happy hour are really what makes this restaurant shine (at least for value diners) so I will be checking those options out.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so nice and lovely. We had chef’s choice and it served 6 courses including appetizer, entrée, and dessert.
Food was amazing! Server and host were nice.
Absolutely good choice for out Saturday night date!
We will come back soon.

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PM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Door is a fantastic addition to Santa Barbara dining scene. The look of the place is reason enough to give it a try - the decor is whimsical, romantic and utterly unique. The menu changes frequently, geared to the season and the available local produce, and the food is consistently stellar. There is also a lovely energy about The Little Door. The place is unquestionably a labor of love. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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HT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We booked a table for 4 on a Saturday night. The reservation offered a selection of High Table, Low Table or Outside so we selected High Table without knowing that the high tables are communal. We were seated at a 6-top which we thought would be ours for the evening but the hostess said that another couple would join us in 'about an hour'. We protested and they ignored us. Our entrees were 20 minutes after our appetizers. Food was good but nothing special. Duck was cut incorrectly. Very limited menu -- more cocktails than entries and only one Pinot Noir on the wine list. The menu is also completely different from their website. As we were finishing our entrees, the bus girl told us to move our purses from the extra seats because it was a 'communal table' and we said that was not what we booked. She got the hostess who came over to say that the couple had 'already been waiting a long time' to be seated and I said that is not our problem -- we had a reservation for 4 and not at a communal table. She was quite unpleasant so I said bring us the bill and we will leave. At least two other couples with reservations rejected the communal table offerings. The manager came over and said the restaurant was 'only 10 months old' like a baby still learning to walk. Then he said he had restaurants in LA and in France like we were supposed to be impressed. We have eaten at many restaurants in France and they would never treat customers the way we were. Too bad, because we are locals who eat out a lot but we will go back to the better restaurants in town.

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch ! My favorite in Santa Barbara.
Amazing food, drinks, ambiance. Very romantic, real Mediterranean restaurant.

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TC
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved being there again. Enjoyed the patio seating this time. Lukas was a most delightful waiter. All for posted were scrumptious. Eager to go back for more.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from start to finish. Thank you!

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BV
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Bad experience - We made selections from the very limited menu and waited for our meal to arrive (including lost drinks). My wife is allergic to dairy which you can imagine she is very explicit about. They brought her entree and again she asked if the cauliflower pure had dairy in it and the waiter confirmed it didn't. Guess what - he was wrong and my wife had to take steroids to avoid serious incident. After all that, they tried to re-plate and not replace the fish that was in the puree. We actually had to ask to have the item removed from our bill. Not even a visit from the manager to check on my wife or to see if they could do anything to make things right. We won't be returning.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wonderful service and venue. The coursing was a bit strange. Nothing too amazing but overall a nice experience.

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best dining experience you can find in Santa Barbara or Montecito. Fredric and Fatos, the proprietors, are clearly driven to provide the best quality food, best service and amazing warmth. They are completely devoted to the art of dining. Their menu changes frequently to keep us engaged and spirited. Love it.

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GM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Love the place but when I reserved a high top table I got there and they said they did no have one ......what good is a reservation? Happy Hour is great, ambiance is great.

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s
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience is lovely - feels old French - the food and service were both great. Small menu, carefully attended to. Good French wine. Knowledgeable waiter. We will go back.

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RS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food absolutely loved it. Nice decor, not too casual nor too fussy.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

The server was condescending. Food was decent. Nice ambiance.

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NC
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! We found this restaurant via Open Table when looking for a new place to try. We had a delicious meal, excellent service, and loved the ambiance of the place. The owners are friendly and welcoming, and the staff is well trained. We loved the menu options and will definitely return!

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TW
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Door is the most enjoyable dining experience in SB. I’m so happy they opened one in SB following the success of the restaurant in LA.

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c
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Service, food, attention to detail

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c
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in Santa Barbara
Thank you and have a good day .. Olivier Leclercq

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BB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wild boar was good; Branzino, too. Dessert was delicious. The reviews was so good, we were expecting more. Wine was ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! A real gem.

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EL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and very different. I got the mussels and they were made with a curry sauce which was unlike anything I have had before. Good but different. Very pricey with wine for 5 of us our bill was just short of $400 without tip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent food, amazing dessert, the owner/hostess was not very friendly when we arrived or when we left. That alone would keep me from going back.

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b
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, terrific service, great food.

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DH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A step above the normal Santa Barbara eating experience, and pushing to become first rate. Wine list is expensive, though, big mark ups are a negative.

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J
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Slow service but great spot

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B
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice place. They were very kind to split a couple entrees for us. Lobster risotto was exceptional. Prime New York on the other hand was not amazing. Have had many prime steaks and this one was very tough and not very good. Sides were good. Sauces were lacking. Bearnaise that we ordered was not delivered until about 20 min into the meal and it was odd. Not a typical bearnaise. Foie gras app was the best part by far. Will be back

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LD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Greeted by a sour-faced man, but our server made up for it, being both friendly and professional. We were apprised dinner was $70.00 per person (written in very small print on the bottom of the menu), and consisted of one appetizer and one entree each without dessert, which seemed somewhat incomplete. Others around us remarked on this as well. The table about 20 inches away from us, had a man (on the sly) taking vape hits about every 15 minutes, then deciding to stream music from his phone on speaker. Really?? The quality of the food and its preparation is very good. Kudos to the kitchen and staff. The decor is fun and cozy. Unfortunately, we will not be returning.

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had Thanksgiving dinner here with our son and his girlfriend, who were visiting from NYC: it was absolutely s wonderful evening, which we hope to experience again soon at this fabulous little gem!

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NJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

After having read the reviews, we decided to pay a visit. The ambience and decor is amazing - a very relaxed feel with stunning views of the courthouse. We were disappointed with the food to be honest, we were really expecting better for such a classy looking restaurant with top reviews. The bottomless mussels and fries sounded a perfect option but sadly the harissa/ North African sauce it came in was just not to my liking. It was tart and just didn't seem to go that well with mussels. I ended up leaving half of them and chose the sprout salad which was very good.

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