The Little Door - Santa Barbara

4.5
212 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 Brunch:
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (2:45 PM 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
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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 212 People Are Saying
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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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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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w
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Little Door. The restaurant is not only beautiful but has a wonderful deck for outside dining! The food was fantastic and the owner was very attentive. We’ll be back!

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got to meet the owner who was so kind and sweet to introduce himself and to make sure that we were having a great time. I would definitely go again!

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l
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A secret gem in the Santa Barbara area with one of the coziest views of the Sunken Gardens. The ambiance and lighting is terrific, a perfect place for a date or a delicious meal at the bar. Can't recommend it enough!

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K
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This was the first time we went to the restaurant. The coffee and food was amazing. The atmosphere was bright and very quaint. I just got back from Paris and this is the closest I have come to a Parisian restaurant. Very, very good! We will be back!

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AT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been twice and both times have had a very good experience here, trying different dishes each time. Service has been great, and the owner was there both times checking on everything. Seems like they are still exploring their menu, which I appreciated as well. The ambiance is fantastic, the decor is beautiful yet cozy, great outdoor and indoor seating. I love also that it's off of State Street and away from the main buzz of the tourist traffic in a great location. I will definitely be back and hope for much success for this restaurant!

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SK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food, service and atmosphere. Warm, Friendly and personable. An establishment that feels like home that creates Michelin Star meals. You feel their heart is in averythibg the do. The lobster risotto is to die for...

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy & romantic restaurant. Felt very welcome from the second we stepped in. Our servant was
accommodating and sweet. The food was SO delicious! I had the pasta truffle dish, and I can highly recommend it. We had A very nice evening, and would be glad to visit again.

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G
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was really muggy and warm. No ventilation. Mediocre food. A little over decorated.

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s
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Excellent service and food but very noisy, tacky decor (my opinion), and the time between dishes and water refills can be excruciatingly slow. When you do get the attention of the servers, they are very friendly and professional but they are often out of sight. Perhaps more staff is needed?

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HH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have great appetizers and a nice wine selection. Beautifully decorated and our waitress was super sweet! I will definitely make this a regular spot to eat at

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r
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner. If I could give more than five stars for food and service I would.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was interesting and flavorful, service was great.

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m
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We hadn’t been here in a while and suggested it to our friends. I had the chicken with risotto. It was a beige tasteless plate. The there seemed to like their food more than I did. I was very disappointed as I like the place and want to see it do well.
Hopefully it was an off night.

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

Fatoush the owner came to our table and described some of her favorite dishes on the menu. Amazing food and ambiance. No better restaurant for a date in Santa Barbara. Across from the sunken gardens at the Santa Barbara courthouse. Amazing experience.

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CS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French cuisine. Steak frites and Tagine were both delectable entrees. Steak was perfectly cooked and the lamb was excellent. We will definitely make this a go to restaurant in SB. The setting across from the sunken garden at the courthouse is beautiful and a bonus!!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food took awhile to come out. Also when we arrived several servers looked at us and moved past is without acknowledgement us or asking if we needed anything. Finally we had to say "we have a reservation" and they took us to our table.

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b
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch, happy hour, dinner, all great!
Perfect place for a leisurely brunch or dinner.

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LG
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eaten in many of the restaurants in Santa Barbara and The Little door is by far my new favorite

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J
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Right across the street from the Santa Barbara Courthouse which is a local icon and Romantic spot. The service was really top notch. Ashlin was our server, and gave great recommendations for wine and entrees. Wonderful place for a date!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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L
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful neighborhood gem! Great food great service !
Will definitely come back when i’m in town and will bring my friends.

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d
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely location, great service. we had a wonderful salmon entry, but our burrata and tomato was way over salted, and green salad was dripping in dressing.

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SL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were shocked by the uneveness of the food being served by the kitchen. It seemed like no one was tasting the food they were preparing. The burrata was so over-salted you could not taste the ingredients. In the second course, the risotto served with the roast chicken had no seasoning and was incredibly bland. The flaccid skin on the roast chicken was also very unappetizing. The duck dish we had was the best of the three items we ordered and the only one that had appropriate seasoning.

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M
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Second visit was nowhere as good as first. Ambiance is great, patio has charm. But unfortunately dinner fell short. Pekin Duck for me. Two slices of meat about the size of an index finger. Cooked medium (so much for the 'Chef prefers preparing medium rare"). Unlike Peking duck, no crispy skin here. Not much flavor to meat, and the brussel sprout and peach managed to fall flat. Wife had Branzino. Wading through the bones in the "expertly filleted" fish was akin to walking a minefield in Vietnam. Not just a bone or two - dozens. Too much work.

Changed wine list from last visit. Selections are not great. Inexpensive wines are just that, downright cheap wines at $42-$56. Then you have to take a big leap.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Loved the duck & mussels

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TG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yummy and great ambiance! and the view! worth every penny.

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N
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, friendly service. Our server`s recommendations were spot on , we had a delicious meal , including dessert.. I wish they had a liquor license since I love a martini when dining out !

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