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The Little Door - Santa Barbara

4.5
122 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
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)
Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm (5:00 first reservation, 10pm last reservation)
Sunday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (5:00 first reservation, 9:30pm last reservation)
*Happy hours: TBD
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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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Cross street
Santa Barbara Street
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
What 122 People Are Saying
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food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Lovely interior to the restaurant! We loved the luminous blue ceiling!
We split a very large bowl of mussels ( three could share, actually) and they were delicious! The broth had a north African flavor and we used up all the extra bread sopping it up that our very nice waitress brought us. I had excellent Italian sausage wrapped up in home-made pasta with peas and nettles, he had the Grilled Steak Frites which came with a pile of really delicious fries. A wide variety of wine prices. Excellent; we'll come back to eat our way through the menu!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Dinner at The Little Door was a beautiful experience. We were able to sit at one of the outside tables and it was quiet and calm. The food was amazing. The service was friendly, professional and smooth. The passion fruit dessert was amazing. My Salmon dinner was spectacular. The owners really show a love for their place. They came to our table and made us feel very welcome. I highly recommend The Little Door. Thank you for such a lovely evening.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our reservation was for Mother's Day brunch. The food was excellent - really superb. The service was also good - though limited on this occasion. All ratings would have been 4-5 stars but I reduced "value" to 3 stars because I was disappointed that the $65/pp rate for the brunch also applied to our children, who clearly were not enjoying the mimosas. (I contacted the restaurant about this in advance and did not receive a response.) I also thought that the "suggested gratuities" of 18%-22% were a bit presumptuous and aggressive, particularly considering this was a buffet situation -- in other words, "service" amounted to topping off drinks and clearing plates between trips to the food line. Yes, the gratuity is a choice - and I did choose to tip generously because the two guys taking care of us were attentive and polite - but I don't like to see the expectation that tips be ~20% in a limited-service scenario. Overall, we enjoyed it and everyone in my family agreed we'd go back on another day. I would just avoid the fixed-price dates since they don't offer a discount for the kids.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Frederick and his team were gracious and welcoming The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The only disappointment to our evening was that the restaurant had no record of our reservation we made on open table even though I had received several confirmations from OT. Fortunately The Little Door seated the 4 of us even though the place was packed. I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to going again.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Fabulous find! New favorite in town. Fresh, inventive, cozy atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

I rarely write restaurant reviews but I think this place is awesome and I want it to be a success. I’ve eaten here four times and loved every meal. Had the mussels twice and they are not typical with a spicey broth. You will be back for them again if you order them. The simple steak and potatoes was good. Duck fabulous. Wine prices reasonable. Really a delightful place and you can’t beat the view and wonderful ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The mussels were amazing and the service was great!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Nice ambience, good food .

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I was so excited to hear one of my all time favorite LA restaurants was coming to Santa Barbara!!! I've been 3 times so far and am in love with their new venue. The most beautiful location, incredible food and warm friendly staff. Couldn't be better! Can't wait to come again.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Love the mussels!

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great menu, great location and ambiance. The food is very expensive but mediocre. We had the French Onion Soup, Tajine, and Duck. Nothing had interesting flavors. Nothing wrong with it but if you spend $40 for an entree it should have something special.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

After a rough start (city ordinances etc.), they are getting it right. Sam, our waiter, was friendly and working hard. Food is tasty—had local mussels in a creative broth—great for dipping. Others had salmon with local veggies—which was reported as excellent. Only issue—wish they had a a wider selection of wines by the glass—at reasonable price.
Twenty something for Chardonnay is ridiculous —(find a local choice). The owners have put beaucoup bucks into the redone decor—it works.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Loved this place. Food was excellent. Hope they become more popular! we will be regulars now!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

This was our first time there and I have to say that we enjoyed it very much. I appreciated the healthy choices on the menu including vegan desert!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

While it is a nice restaurant when I made the reservations they specifically asked if there was any special requests. I asked them to put happy birthday on a dessert. I even stated I was willing to pay as it was my boyfriends bday. They completely ignored the request. I would think for what I paid for the dinner it wouldn’t have gone ignored. Would I go back? Maybe, probably not.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This was our first time at The Little Door. Our kitchen is being painted so we couldn’t use it to cook dinner so we decided to try someplace new. We were greeted warmly when we arrived. We received great service from Michelle and the rest of the staff kept our waters refilled and the delicious bread replenished. We both had steak frites. It was wonderful and cooked perfectly to our liking. I wasn’t going to eat all my French fries but I couldn’t help myself. My husband adored the spinach. We hope to return soon.

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This place has a great location and ambiance but the food was just mediocre. Wouldn’t go back there again.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

First time - such a beautiful evening. Fantastic food, incredible warm and friendly environment and the ambiance is truly one of the best I have ever seen. We were treated like family - our kids loved it! The deep blue ceiling and lighting make it so cozy and relaxing with a lovely view of the Courthouse and gardens. Live in LA and make it up to SB a couple of times a year - The Little Door will be at the top of our list. Must go to the one in West Hollywood.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Love this place.
Food,ambience and service was outstanding.
We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The Little Door is now our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. We have yearned to have a "favorite" restaurant since returning to Santa Barbara a couple years ago... and The Little Door finally meets all of our prerequisites. Organic & locally sourced ingredients, delicious entrees, great desserts, reasonable prices and a very engaged owner/chef. We enjoy conversing with Frederic in helping make our dining and wine selection choices.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food and ambiance! The mussels are the best we have ever had, great combination of spices and textures. The wine list is a little pricey but we found Admirable for $36 a bottle and was great!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful. Great bar, great restaurant, great staff, great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Nice to talk with owner; impressed

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The ambiance and staff were excellent. I ordered the fresh local halibut. Very large portion well prepared but pretty tasteless, which can be good for mild fish but the only other thing served on the plate was a broiled lemon which I did squeeze onto food and some very strong rapini. that large serving of that harsh tasting green vegetable was overwhelming. I would recommending serving a smaller portion or putting it in your smoothy in the morning..... and serving something to enhance the food experience. Perhaps a mango salsa or even a yogurt tarter with capers or something to try bring the two items which were miles apart in flavor together into a blended delicious flavor. Rapini was also difficult to cut. Perhaps over or under cooked. Don't know. I'm kind of off the kale, rapini band wagon. Oh there was a piece of raw kale on the plate too! They offered a free dessert as I expressed my concern. The rhubarb tart was nothing to write home about......too much crust, too little of the fruit filling. Sorry. I will go back though.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

First time there. Very pretty space. Wine by the glass way too expensive. Service just fair. Food quite good but not good value for the price. Feels like a repeat of Somerset before they figured out SB market and switched to Smitty's. Unlikely to return.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

What an amazing experience from start to finish. The Little Door is an exciting new addition to the Santa Barbara dining scene. The service was A+ and the owner, along with his exceptionally well trained staff, went above and beyond to ensure a a 10/10 dining adventure. The creamy pate was mouth watering and accompanied by warm, crusty, French bread and a playful strawberry/beet arrangement which was to die for. Salmon was perfectly cooked with crispy skin prepared perfectly. Gnocchi was melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness! We also ordered the delicate boneless branzino. The fish was fresh and expertly prepared with the perfect amount of salt. We chose the peppercorn sauce, which we loved! Desert was a mouthwatering multilayer chocolate creation. Truly wonderful dinner and ambiance. The staff is exceptionally trained and attentive. Decor and setting both elegant. Can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Lovely in every way New Santa Barbara restaurant!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I could not be happier that The Little Door opened on Santa Barbara. I have had the pleasure of patronizing the Los Angeles restaurant for decades and I have no doubt The Little Door Santa Barbara will be well received.

The owner and his girlfriend are some of the most customer service oriented in the restaurant business. My party of five on Saturday had such a great experience!


Look forward to returning soon and often....

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Lovely new addition to SB.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

New French restaurant. First try, food and service were outstanding. Ambiance is super cool vibe. Wine list has great wines and good value pricing. Has wines from France which are hard to find in this California wine country environment and pairs well with the food. Really exceptional all the way around. Owner even came over to chat.
Looking forward to coming back. A new top 5 in Santa Barbara for sure.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent French bistro food! Great waitstaff..

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

we really enjoyed our meal. the staff was so friendly and accommodating, we will absolutely be back

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Have been here twice - once with a group of 9 for Restaurant Week and once for an early mid week dinner for 2. The food was fabulous both times and the service was great. Loved the ambiance.
Both times they were out of the wine we wanted and the alternatives can be quite expensive.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Lovely Atmosphere! Great service. Nice place to hang out.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Absolutely amazing!!! Energy of this and the food DELICIOUS✨

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

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!

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