Permanently Closed - The Little Door - Santa Barbara

4.4
340 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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! We are now open on Sundays which feature blues/jazz music and more. Please see our website for a full list of events.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
Sun 4:30pm -10:00pm
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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
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OT
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately this restaurant has closed for good!

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CN
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous!
Great vibe
Great food
Beautiful

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MI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was lovely and intriguing. The mussels were really delicious as well as all the food we ordered. The bar menu wasn’t very sophisticated. Overall it was a wonderful experience

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BW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonder dining experience at Little Door!

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AA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I wanted to like this place since I heard good things about it but being a local in Santa Barbara helps me identify the restaurants that have value for the overall experience. In comparison to other restaurants I've tried, you can definitely find plenty of other ones that will give u better-tasting food and better service for the price. Thought id try it out once but overall not impressed.

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GI
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Enjoyed the food...we’ll be back!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French fries and muscles are freakn delicious!! I hear there's a special on Tuesdays that I'm definitely coming back for. Live music was beautiful and perfect volume.

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SA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place: great food, good bar, nice owners who make certain that you are taken care of, and you just might see a few celebrities!
Tuesday is Moules et Frites - all you can eat! Live music 4-5 days to set the mood for dining. Happy hour Wed and Thursday- get second drink for free!!!

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent little restaurant with delicious food and ambiance - Owner Frederick was there looking over the whole restaurant, and checking in with the guests to make sure everything was good
Prices for the dishes provided great values for such amazing food at reasonable prices.
Will absolute go back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went here for my wife’s birthday. We liked the ambiance a lot and service was good. We expected the food to be very good based on the menu prices. I ordered beef and the wife ordered duck. We were surprised when we got our dishes. We expected a nice presentation of French style cuisine instead we got what amounted to bowl of beef vegetable stew and ground duck stew with ravioli. Very disappointed with the food probably here. But I will say the side order of truffle fries were delicious. Nice bar, happy hour perhaps but that’s it.

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SB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were perfect. Salmon was the best Ive ever tasted. Chocolate tart was sublime. Service top notch. Ambiance could not have been better. Will return ! And tell my friends !!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and attentive service. Food is always wonderful We traveled to Santa Barbara and made a point to visit The Little Door as it’s truly a great experience! They had a 2-guitar live music - very nice and not too loud. Everything was wonder !

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

Band playing was so loud we couldn’t hear anyone at our table talk

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J
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and ambiance so much that we wanted to stay longer.

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Little Door! The food, drink, ambience and service are all outstanding. Our party devoured the superb clam chowder, beet salad, Branzino, Tazine, and the classic Steak Frittes, all done to perfection. The crime brûlée and terrine made excellent desserts. My 94-year-old mother was pleased to use the lift for the disabled, as she uses a walker and cannot climb stairs. The charming and gracious owner and host, Frederic Meschin is a lovely presence and should be very proud of his gorgeous establishment. We’ll be going back many more times!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Tuna tartare was not good. Artichokes out of can

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RV
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Don’t list “handmade” farfalle on the menu if it’s going to come out as boxed pasta. Sauce was okay, but not worth the $26. Branzino was dry and on the small side and vegetables on the side had no flavor, some wilted and some par boiled, like under seasoned stock veggies. And then why serve a side of mashed potatoes when you already have boiled potatoes in the mixed vegetables? Mash was over seasoned and just an afterthought to fill the plate. Didn’t make any sense. And $30+ for that dish, what a waste of money. The only thing good about this place was the service and ambiance, cute patio. Our server and greeter were very warm and consistently refilling water and asking if we wanted anything else...unfortunately we will not be back.

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DR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful intimate and romantic restaurant. Delicious food. Friendly service. I've been here a number of times. Love it and have recommended it to all my friends!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The staff was warm and welcoming. Loved the decor, music and of course the steak and frites.

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RS
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

You decide: upon entry the matre'd barely greeted us. After sitting for 15 minutes without water or signs of life from our waiter we finally called over a waiter from another table. He brought us water and bread. 10 minutes later our water came over: Rome, was his name. We made our order. After another 10 minutes he can over and politely informed us that they were out of two of the things we ordered (it was 8:30 on Memorial Day weekend (Sunday). "We'll have the lasagna", we said. Ten minutes later he came over and said: "We're out of that too." No menu in hand to offer alternatives. Could we have a menu..."oh yeah" he said. The wine that I first ordered had yet to arrive. First there was no fish, then surprise: salmon. Water glasses empty. No refills. Still no wine. We asked for the wine. It was sitting poured on the bar. It seemed our waiter forgot about it. Finally the salmon arrived. Someone had just purchased it from Cosco. Clearly farm raised. Empty plates were left on the table. Neopolotan pizza was ok. Gem salad was actually quite good. At no time was there any attempt to account for the inattentive service, the inability to provide what was on the menu, the forgotten wine...nothing. Bill arrived, no apology, no offer for even coffee or desert. We love the little door in LA. We'll never go back to the one in Santa Barbara.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Went in at 8pm they were out of all entrees except 2 which were chicken and vegetable lasagna, nothing my husband wanted. Also out of mussels. Appetizers were ok. Lovely ambience but should be prepared on a busy long weekend, left and went elsewhere for main entrees.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cute, off the beaten path quaint and cool little spot. Tried French onion soup, mussels and branzino. The French onion soup was probably my favorite. Perfect temperature, nice flavored broth with perfectly rendered onions, topped with lots of cheese. Good portion size for the mussels and they sat in a nice, flavorful broth perfect for dipping their awesome bread. The branzino was Just ok. Nothing special in the preparation of the fish, but the sauce which accompanied the fish was excellent. For dessert, we tried the pound cake. For me, just ok. Nothing spectacular or overly creative. Overall, I would say it’s solid restaurant, clean, nice kitchen, great service a bit overpriced, especially since they don’t have to pay State St. rental prices.

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O
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening and plan to return when the menu is not as limited. Loved the ambiance and music- piano and guitar on Sunday evening. Worth hanging out at the bar.
Outside table meant table under cover by the entrance so better to sit inside or at a high top table outside of bar. Server tried to do his best but hard to flag him down and host forgot to tell him what we needed. Roast chicken was bit dry and mushroom tartine was raw mushrooms on a crostini covered in cheese but lemon dessert was divine. Hoping next time is the charm!

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EL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, ambience, & service, we thoroughly enjoyed!

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MG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Lovely service. The atmosphere is really charming. You have a great view of the amazing courthouse.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cute place. Good service and great wine list.

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W
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived a bit early and were able to be seated early. Our server was attentive and able to suggest a wine to go with my entree. My husband’s steak was not cooked to his liking, our server not only made sure it was redone but also spoke to the manager to have our bill adjusted which was not expected. Definitely a great place for a date or special occasion!

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CG
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very pretty setting, casual, friendly, great food.

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z
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tangine and salmon. Both delicious. Appetizers beet salad and clam chowder. The chowder was amazing. Bread is delicious too!!! Fun, lively atmosphere.

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A
Central Coast
43 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It seems every time we go the food and whole experience gets better. The portions are quite generous although it is a limited menu - which equates to the chef being able to do better with each dish. Our server and service was very good and it was a busy Friday night with the place packed. Impressive. We will continue to go back.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, nice patio!

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MR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely Mother's Day brunch at The Little Door. The prix fixe menu choices were extensive and everything we ordered was scrumptuous, with generous portions. I especially loved the beautiful music the sax player and guitarist were playing that complimented the experience perfectly. I will definitely go back to the Little Door again and again!

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RF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Little Door has created a great ambiance and combined with the incredible food makes a very special and unique dining experience in Santa Barbara.

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JF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambience. A true dining experience.

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M
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Although we requested patio seating in our reservation (and there were available tables outside) the hostess quickly started to seat us indoors without even acknowledging our request. Then she would have seated us outside at the only remaining low 2-top except a woman behind us quickly spoke up and said SHE wanted that table...and the hostess seated her there. There seemed to be some confusion on her part whether this woman was with our party. Anyway, drinks were ordered and the wrong one brought--that was corrected. Food was delicious and after the initial glitches, the server was lovely and accommodating. Wish the trend to high top tables would end!!! Very easy access to Granada Theatre but be sure to tell them you are attending a performance.

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JE
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in SB. Beautiful setting. Food and service always excellent.

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j
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was limited, however everything that we ordered was very delicious.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a charming "Take me Back to France" spot in SB. Lively European ambiance with a pretty bar and fanciful nocturnal decor on the inside, with cafe tables and festive lights on the deck for outside dining with a wonderful view of the Courtyard Sunken garden before us. We had a relaxed evening with friends, relaxed atmosphere with live music, lovely Bruna, our Brazilian waitress, and the owner, Frederic, stopping by to introduce himself. Delicious fresh mussels, steak/frites and chicken Tagine, all cooked to perfection. So happy to have discovered "The Little Door". We'll be back soon!

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b
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Love the interior of the restaurant, especially the blue ceiling and beautiful chandelier. The food was good and delivered hot, although the couple next to us had to send their food back twice because it was cold. The crime brûlée was the best I ever had! I would go again when in S.B.

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