The Little Door - Santa Barbara

4.5
239 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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: Tuesday - Saturday (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM) ***
*** Endless Tuesdays: Endless Mussels & Frites for $20 ***

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday-Thursday
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM (9:30 PM last reservation)
Friday - Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM (10:00 PM last reservation)
Sunday : CLOSED (will re-open for Sunday dinner in Jan 2019)
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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
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Parking details
Street Parking: No Limit after 6:00 PM
County Parking Lot: Available to public after 5:30 PM M-F, Open Sat.-Sun.
Located on Santa Barbara St. behind the restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 239 People Are Saying
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Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
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
1 review
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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JB
New York Area
26 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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M
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant; warm welcome; great service and delicious food. Frederick visits each table to make certain everything is good. Great bread and dessert. May be one of my favorites in SB👍🏻

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Would absolutely go again the next time we are in Santa Barbara.

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ME
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Waiter could have been better.

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d
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We love the Little Door in LA, and were so excited to see it in SB. but we've been there twice now and disappointed in the food. it's ok, but we don't dine there just for ok. the space is beautiful and the service good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING service every time. Food is great and such a great vibe inside and out. Love this place!

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f
Vancouver
95 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

More of a social place than a food destination. Funky decor, fairly loud when they’re busy, but both food and service are uneven. Charming owner visits the tables. Fairly expensive for its quality. Probably best for medium to large parties.

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b
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent night! The perfect spot for brunch or dinner.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - might be my new favorite restaurant!!!

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A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The house Rose is exactly what any Rose lover dreams of! The mussels were incredible. I will definitely crave them regularly. The butternut squash gratin was unforgettable.
And such a beautiful ambiance. The service was perfection. A MUST EXPERIENCE for all!

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y
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Little slow between appetizers and entree but worth the wait if not in a hurry. Waitstaff should have more knowledge of wines serving. Getting liquor license anytime soon? Would have liked a cocktail. Would definitely go back.

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I dined with 3 other people. Their food was good to excellent. There was an issue with steak temperature with one guest and they never really got it right. The other steak was perfect and the pasta dish was excellent. I had the French onion soup and it was terrible. My shrimp cocktail was good. The creme brulee, wine list, the service and the ambiance were excellent!

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b
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sexy , chic, Santa Barbara night spot
Also great for brunch on weekends
Has European flavor

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PN
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time here. Ambience was wonderful. Menu is imaginative and with lots of variety. Service was good. Food was wonderful. The owner came to check on us a couple of times - much appreciated. Great (!!) desserts! Coffee superb. Only quibble - background music fit for an elevator, designed not to really upset anyone, but neither, to please anyone, and it was loud enough to intrude. Also, the prices are higher than indicated on your website - make that 3 dollar signs. However, still good value. In summary, I would highly recommend this restaurant, and I would return.

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TC
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a nice discovery. We checked our Axxess options and found this place—and were in for a pleasant surprise. The ambience was rich, warm and unique. The service was very friendly and personal (though a shade slow in a couple spots). The best part was the food: the truffle chicken pasta was Wow, and the salmon was as moist and tasty as could be. As we gathered our jackets we were talking about when we would come again. We really liked it, and will surely tell our friends

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated to an outstanding dinner. Love everything about the little door.

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S
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Little Door is a nice restaurant with a neighborhood vibe, good food, fun bar scene, nice patio seating

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g
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I loved the Ambiance the food was excellent the bartender was a bit snobby but overall a great new spot in Santa Barbara.
Excellent crowd

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Sat outside and found the seating kind of strange. Just one long bench like table top. They could fit a lot more people out there with proper space management. Ambiance outside was nice. Food was great but extremely overpriced. Nice wine selection, and they are starting to serve cocktails soon. Had a nice time overall, but we will not be back. Plenty of other places you can get a similar experience for a much cheaper price.

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V
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is Santa Barbara’s gem! We had the best dinner here. Frederic and his staff were on point with service and exceptional menu options. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Be sure to save room for dessert.

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OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Highly recommended!

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SH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Where do I start??? first problem, we were seated at a table that was half hidden by a wall, therefore NO BREEZE and began to sweat immediately... Our waiter was very friendly when we began the evening, by the end of the night, he was no where to be found??? I ordered the Onion soup..VERY BLAND and not hot..My wife ordered a salad and it was fine.. Next came our main dish.. my wife had the Salmon, and it was under cooked and had no flavor.. we sent it back after which I had to get up and GO FIND our waiter??? I ordered the steak and pommes Frites.. The steak had so much GRISTLE that I could hardly cut it with my steak, but forget trying to chew it!!! We so much were looking forward to dining here after having had a wonderful experience at the LA restaurant.. I'm sorry to say, but with so many GREAT restaurants in Santa Barbara there is NO WAY I could recommend this restaurant...

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LC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional, the service wonderful, and the selection was amazing. Very vegetarian friendly. a deeply enjoyable experience! Happy Hour menu looked great.

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OT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The presentation was nice on the food. On the other hand, I asked for a medium well on my steak and it came out raw. One of my guest ordered fish and they were not happy with the fish. We found the service to be lacking also for the quality of this restaurant that it represents. There are better choices in town.

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s
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

After many a visit to the Little Door L.A., we were delighted to discover that the new SB location was also lovely and wonderful! EXCELLENT food, cool vibe, passionate and charming owner and very good service. And the gorgeous courthouse view cannot be beat! This space has been many things since I first started visiting it as a bakery 35 yrs. ago, and I'm so hopeful this restaurant sticks around for a while. Just a couple minor glitches kept me from giving it 5 stars but none the less, we had an outstanding experience and will be back!! :)

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AF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place so much! So beautiful and the food was amazing, service was great and the owner checking in with us to make sure we were taken care of. Such a great addition to Santa Barbara! Thank you for opening your lovely restaurant here! We will be back soon!

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A
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so happy to find this little gem! The service and food were amazing and the owner greeted each table, which gives the restaurant a very European feel. Would highly recommend.

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NM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner before the concert. The meal was excellent. Clean, fresh, tasty ingredients.
Everyone from the hostess to the servers were king and professional.
Very attentive to make the dinning experience wonderful.
Will be back!

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all round. Enjoyed talking to the owner/ chef about his cars and bikes, too!

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