Lovely Atmosphere! Great service. Nice place to hang out.
Absolutely amazing!!! Energy of this and the food DELICIOUS✨
We went for restaurant week. This new restaurant is very charming the owner came to greet us and that was very nice. The French food and wine are very good. We loved the service: not too much on our back and not too distant neither. The interior design is very elegant and if it was summer we would have loved eating in the cozy space outside overlooking the courthouse. Overall it was a great experience.
We went to nigh and had a great time! The wine list was great and varied, and we opted for the sparkling rose. We enjoyed the foie gras and King salmon- which was just perfect, not too over cooked. We ended the meal with a crème brûlée; it was very well done!
This is definitely our new favorite Santa Barbara restaurant! Exceptional food, excellent wine selection, super cool owners and an awesome boho vibe.
We loved having the opportunity to check out the Little Door during SB restaurant week. The food, ambience and portions for the price was outstanding and can’t wait to go back and try other options.
It was fantastic! Our new favorite Restaurant in Santa Barbara. The food was delicious, the mussels were the best I have ever had. It was lively and fun, we look forward to going back and trying some of the other dishes. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Crowded and noisy due Restaurant Week but fine food and service. Will recommend and go back
Because it was Restaurant Week, this was a newly-opened restaurant and it was a Saturday night, it was very crowded. As a result it was so noisy it was hard to have a conversation and the service was slow. The servers were friendly and noticed when more water was needed, but it took a long time to get the food and wine. That said, the food was creative and delicious. It has a cozy feel with an attractive decor. The wine list needs more moderately-priced selections, especially more excellent local wines. Because of the quality of the food, we will go back--when it is likely to be quieter on a weeknight.
Open only two weeks and they have it almost all together. The Mussels are outstanding. Packed on a Saturday night. Looking forward to a quieter week night.
I’ve been here twice. Charming and unusual decor. The first time was great. The second time it was very busy and the food was not executed as well. The steak frites were great the first time and the second time they were so so. Barely any peppercorn sauce and the frites were over-cooked. I hope they can try to keep up with their consistency.
New ownership seems to have the place running well... definitely worth visiting
A little slow to get seated even with reservations and a small hiccup at the beginning of the meal but after that it was smooth sailing. When the four of us dined there, they had only been re-opened 12 days but you wouldn't have known it from the caliber of the food. This is classic French so don't expect much creativity or flair here. That's not a complaint, just stating the facts. If you want a really solid meal from appetizers to desserts, come here. If you have a non-adventurous friend or if grandma is visiting, come here. I hope Little Door sticks around because this is the reliable ace I want to keep up my sleeve whenever I am looking for a solid meal.
Restaurant week. A great menu at great prices.
Went for Santa Barbara restaurant week.
Great food and staff. It was a packed night!
Ambience, food, and decor were brilliant! Frederick the owner really transformed this little spot! Best mussels I've ever had! Service has some new restaurant kinks to work out (as do all new businesses), but it was an amazing date night. Perhaps a few more reasonably priced bottles of wine on the menu would be nice!
My partner and I visited The Little Door for a casual date night that included the BANFF Film Festival at the Arlington Theater. It happened to be Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, so we were excited to try a limited fixed price menu at a restaurant that would normally be a bit out of our price range.
Restaurant itself: Gorgeous! We were seated near the Chef's Table and enjoyed watching the kitchen action from our table. I loved the deep blue ceiling and unusual chandelier. The restaurant looks like an old cottage-type home from the street. The lighting and decor were romantic, but not predictably so.
Service: Excellent! Ashlynn helped us choose wine that suited both our palettes, and was very attentive and friendly. When we told her we had to catch a show, she was prompt with desserts, coffee, and the cheque, but otherwise gave us all the time and information we needed. Thank you, Ashlynn! I hope I'm spelling your name right.
Food: To be fair, we're using to pub food and craft beer when we dine out. That being said, I loved every bite of the meal. I had the mussels, salmon, and gateau marjorlaine. He had the chicken liver mousse, filet mignon, and gelato. My only complaint was that the salmon skin, though perfectly crispy, was too salty. His only complaint was that his chicken liver mousse appetizer did not come with enough bread or meyer lemon marmalade. We left full and content.
The owner came around to each table to introduce himself, inquire about our meal, and let us know a little bit about the restaurant. Like everything else about this little place, he was welcoming and charming. We noted with amusement that we were the only patrons under 60 in our section. We will definitely be back for a special occasion or a future Restaurant Week.
So glad to see them reopen. New chef, new menu, same attention to detail and excellence in preparation.
Perfection! Delicious, marvelous ambience, stellar service, go!!
The dinner was fantastic! Everyone loved it. Everything we tried was delicious. We can't wait to go back!
The room is eclectically decorated and gorgeous, with several dining areas and a bar, all around a huge, glass-fronted kitchen (which has a table seating 10 or 12 ifor special occasions inside). We were there for Santa Barbara Restaurant week, and the prix-fixe, three-course meals at $35 per person were excellent. We both had a very nice chicken liver mousse, I had roasted filet mignon on pureed potatoes with spinach, and my partner had king salmon with porcini mushrooms, and gnocchi. We had a trio of gelato quenelles, and a very nice gateau Marjolaine. Service was excellent, not rushed, and our only negative was that the wine list by the glass was narrow and quite expensive. In a town like Santa Barbara, with its access to some of the finer wines made in America, the list could have included several lower-priced local wines. We will go back -- the ambiance is wonderful.
My husband and I went for restaurant week. They had only been open a week but it didn't show. The food and atmosphere were fantastic. French/Moroccan comfort food upgraded to a fine dining level. They had a great wine list As well.
Enjoyed meeting Frederick, the owner, who explained how our dishes were prepared. And the $8 house red was a good value, nice pairing with our meal. We meet some new visitors to SB and we are coming back on Thursday as a foursome.
The food was exceptional, local sourced, well prepared, I had the mussels appetizer, which was excellent, the broth was great for dipping. My main course was the filet it was excellent, tender and flavorful, perfectly done. I had chocolate torte with mint gelato it was very, very good, the perfect ending to the meal. I will be returning to try other items on the menu, I would wholeheartedly recommend the restaurant to anyone.
Perfect Steak Frites! Great experience. Expertly done classic dishes with innovative dishes like the pasta with espelette. The crème brûlée was excellent as well. Great addition to Santa Barbara
Everything from start to finish while at The Little Door was excellent. The food was incredible and the service was impeccable. We will definitely be back!
Absolutely wonderful. Loved everything we had. Service was outstanding and they were very accommodating. Can't wait to come back again!!
The food was underwhelming. That was my only complaint. And a little too pricey. But very pretty restaurant and the staff was lovely.
Change is afoot at Little Door — management turnover, so cut them some slack and book a reservation for June...
I had high hopes for this new restaurant in town, but I think they still have a few things to work out before I'd be interested in going back. Our waiter had zero personality or energy, he just stared at us awkwardly and didn't seem to know how to be hospitable. He was neglectful and did not give off a good impression whatsoever, which is unfortunate because service in this town is one of the best things about going out to restaurants. I've had far better service consistently at many other restaurants. If you're willing to pay a bit more for a dinner at a place like this, the service should be nothing but gracious, welcoming, and personable. In addition, the food was good, but again, nothing spectacular that I'm dying to go back for. In fact, the appetizers hold more appeal than the main entrees. Finally, the waiter charged us for two bottles of wine when we only had one. They were out of the bottle we ordered first, and he left it on the bill! It's a minor mistake, but dropping the ball like that on something that should be an easy catch was disappointing. The main thing this restaurant has going for it is the ambiance - super romantic and the view on the patio of the courthouse is fantastic. But considering that there are MANY restaurants in this town with excellent ambiance and excellent food and service, I would recommend looking elsewhere (e.g., Bouchon, Wine Cask, Loquita).
We loved the restaurant. ..the owner is so sweet and helpful and the food was delicious
The Little Door is a little gem and our new favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. My husband ordered the fresh fish of the day and it was perfectly cooked--crispy skin and tender inside. My oysters and mussels along with Champagne was also delicious. The terrace, with views of the Courthouse--certainly one of the most beautiful edifices in the country, is very nice and the interior is beautiful. I've been to the Little Door in LA and liked it but now thrilled to have a location right here in town.
We have dined at The Little Door in Santa Barbara twice, and both experiences were good. A casual, comfortable restaurant, creatively decorated in blue, w outstanding views across to Santa Barbara's gorgeous Courthouse, with it's sunken gardens. A little confusion booking through Open Table for outdoor seating, however, this was quickly resolved soon after we arrived, by the lady of the house. Beautiful, gracious Emma came to welcome us at the bar where we waited for our table, and not long after we were seated outdoors for diner. The food was delicious, and the service great. The roast chicken served in a broth was a new take on chicken for us. I highly recommend this restaurant, for a casual tasty meal.
The service needs a lot of work for a high end expensive restaurant. Our server didn't know the wines by the glass or much about the menu choices and had to read to us off a cheat sheet. We were recommended one lamb dish but served another and when it came it was over cooked.
On the plus side the menu is creative and the food tasty.
For a high end restaurant they need to invest in better training , hold higher standards for their staff and work the kinks out.
Great Patio/Deck seating. Nicely curated wine-by-the-glass list. Starters/Appetizers are great. Steaks were nothing special but lamb was very nice. I will definitely go back to try the chicken/fish. Service was friendly and quick.
If other restaurants can have a nice Pinot Noir on the menu for $30 so should they. The least expensive one was $62. The Veggie Strudel was dull, it felt like a plain burrito, no herbs, garlic it could have been lively and it was just plain dull. My Husband had salad and poke was just normal, nothing exciting to make us come back. This location has always had problems, I think the spot has bad karma because no one lasts.
We had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant last week. Atmosphere was perfect, service excellent and good exquisite! I would highly recommend this spot!
What a new gen in Santa Barbara. The ambiance is elegant and the food is packed with flavor. Great crowd, sophisticated with vining energy. We were pleasantly suprised. Also Nuri was excellent as our server. My wife and I will be back again for another special occasion. The Mediterranean lives in Santa Barbara!
Amazing ambiance and delicious food!! You really can't beat the Little Door SB for any occasion!
I am so glad we went to The Little Door for dinner last week! I really enjoyed the colors and the decor inside, the out door patio was gorgeous with a great view of the court house during sunset!
The food was absolutely out of this world, from the appetizers to the deserts all well executed, the presentation was perfect and the service was very attentive and professional.
I will definitely go back very soon!