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The Little Village - Downtown

4.5
997 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
A modern take on the original Village restaurant (established in 1947), our reputation is for serving Baton Rouge’s finest Italian, Prime Beef, Maine Lobster, Veal and fresh Gulf seafood. The Downtown location features daily specials, a full bar and can accommodate private parties for up to fifty. We also have space for up to 15 guests in our bar area where dinner is also served.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(225) 218-6685
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Stuart Woodman
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Catering
We specialize in wedding rehearsals and corporate lunches and dinners. We offer custom six course sit down dinners as well as gorgeous buffets with carving stations and of course you can order right off of our menu that offer daily specials. We can also cater your every need at your residence, office or off site facility.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main St.
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Parking details
Downtown parking is available on the street (metered during the day) and FREE in the evening at all meters. We also have handicapped parking a few steps from our front door.
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Public transit
City buses operate nearby for a nominal fee as well as a free downtown trolley system with stops nearby. Ask your hotel concierge for the best available transit option depending on your starting location and time of arrival/departure.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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A modern take on the original Village restaurant, our reputation is for serving Baton Rouge’s finest Italian food. Offering daily specials and a full bar, The Little Village has both warmth and charm, making it a dining experience unlike any other in the capital city.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

No complaints! Food and service were great!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The ambiance in the restaurant was wonderful and our server was great and very informative. The food was absolutely delicious. I cannot find words to describe the bread. It was amazing. I can't wait to go back.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Tables way too close and I felt like couple next to us were listening to our every word

Food was served cold and sea bass under cooked, when returned was a mess like it had been microwaved and I couldn’t eat it.

My wife like her meal and server did a great job

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service from the moment me and my prom date walked through the door to when we left was phenomenal. The food was nothing short of excellent and iconic (i highly recommend "the loaf/bread) just like the atmosphere. we had a great time and would definitely go back for a second time

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We have enjoyed The Little Village Downtown several times before, but were a little disappointed with our recent visit. Service was very good, as well as cocktails, wine and appetizers. Three of the four entrees that we ordered, however, were not up to the standards that we have come to expect from this restaurant. Maybe an off night in the kitchen. We will visit again.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Both Specials we ordered were wonderful. For as much as we LOVE the bread, don’t think I’d order it again with a meal. When you have a salad at lunch, it’s perfect. Just too much heavy starch, lol when you have drinks, salad. Bread and an entree feature. Overall excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My husband had the veal Marsala. While the meat was quite good, the sauce tasted like a “canned” brown sauce and totally lacked the nutty taste Marsala usually has.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Très bon restaurant italien. Les salades étaient excellentes ainsi que les plats, escalope milanaise et picota de veau. Le tiramisu manquait un peu de légèreté. Au global une bonne adresse

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Ordered the trout almondine.
Expected grilled fish with a savory sauce and of course almonds.
What I got instead was 2 pieces of overfried, dry fish with a few almonds sprinkled on top. Guess I should have ordered Italian.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food and service is excellent at the Little Village. Top notch!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Birthday celebration for a girlfriend. Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Make SURE to have their signature bread!! NOT to be missed!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great! Food & wine were fantastic & our server was wonderful!

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I remember the old Little Village location being better. We have only been here twice since they have been in this location and have really been disappointed in the food. The entree prices are very high in my opinion and I cook a better spaghetti and veal marsala. The Parmesan bread is always good. The service this time was better. Last time the waiter ignored us and get snarky because one of the people in our party needed to know whether there was alcohol or wine in the sauces. He didn't know and said he couldn't bother the chef with the question.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Never been disappointed with the food or the service.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Food is beyond excellent, so is the service and atmosphere. The bar is a great meeting place.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Fantastic food, great fresh grilled fish, pasta, meatballs.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Very nice, service was great and we got our food very quickly. Now an anniversary tradition!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The restaurant was great. Our server was probably a beginner. He didn’t check on us enough. Our second drink didn’t get to the table until after we were finished our meal. I knew he was a rookie when he served me first and then my wife. Other than the service the restaurant was great. Would go back but ask for a different waiter.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fabulous service and food!!!

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My husband and I love little village, so he made reservations to take me there for our 11th anniversary. Upon arrival we are seated in a huge booth, closely neighbored up to strangers, sharing dining space (like a fast food restaurant). We had RESERVATIONS. I was embarrassed to even ask to move at that point, but I was so embarrassed. The hostess proceeds to ask if we were there for a birthday or anniversary, and we replied anniversary (I still don't know why, nothing special was brought to our attention). I don't expect special service for our anniversary, but I DO expect being placed at our own table where we can enjoy our conversation and not worry about whether our left OR right neighbors could hear us, b/c we could surely hear every word from their conversation. It just wasn't a "LITTLE VILLAGE" experience for sure, and I regret the $200+ we spent there.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

First time dining here and can’t wait to go back!!! Very friendly staff and great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

If you want authentic Italian, add this to your list, the food is good. The service is good and attentive, and you MUST order the village bread!!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Very enjoyable. Excellent service, meal and atmosphere
Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We were blown away at the service and food we experienced at The Little Village. The restaurant is just beautiful and so perfect for date night or any special occasion. We were greeted with enthusiasm as soon as we walked in, and our table was ready and waiting for us, even though we were a few minutes early. (Party of 6) Jeff was our waiter and took good care of us, but he was busy when we sat down and couldn’t get to us for a few minutes so Raven helped him out. That was very sweet & highly appreciated. Jeff was very knowledgeable about the menu and convinced three of us to try one of the specials. He was very patient and friendly with my 87 year old grandfather who couldn’t decide but they came to a decision together, and I personally was very thankful for that. None of us were disappointed in our choices. Even my six year old son said that was the best kid meal ever.

We were here to celebrate my husbands birthday, and asked them to bring out a birthday dish after dinner through the open table app so he would be surprised. They did not disappoint. It was beautiful and delicious.

We are thankful for the phenomenal service we received and we will be back again!

PS... you GOTTA have the bread

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

First time. Loved restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This place is an absolute must try. The wine list was impressive, the food was delicious and the setting of the place was beautiful. I will definitely recommend to others and will return. The dinner specials were delicious. And the bread----oh the bread!!! Mmmmm

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

As always, great atmosphere, great food, great drinks, great wine, and great service.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food delicious, server good. Bar service very slow. It was very warm and they needed to turn the air conditioner down.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The food was delicious! Veal Milanese and Osso Buco are phenomenal. Our only issue was with our server. He was rarely seen and took 20-30 minutes to bring our check after he had boxed up our to-go plates. Maybe he was just having an off night but it was a bad experience in regards to service . But you can’t beat the food!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The service was impeccable (for an American experience- too fast by European standards,) and the food was really outstanding.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Even though it was busy, Valentine's night. service was excellent. Our server, Sage, was great. Very attentive and very knowledgeable of the menu and bar selections. Will return! Food was great and wide menu selections.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

All I can say is WOW! The food was phenomenal and Sage our waitress was fantastic!! We can’t wait to go back!! Best place to eat in Baton Rouge!! :)

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food and service. Did have some issue with the noise level and I was in a booth, but directly next to the bar. Someone on the other side of the partition keep banging on something, which I could feel in the booth. It was very loud and annoying, but the manager came by before it started and it was done by the time the waitress came back.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Been there many times for lunch, but this was first evening experience. Food was exquisite; as good as any I have had in Baton Rouge. Seafood stuffed filet, sea bass, fried shrimp were the entrees at our table. I managed to taste them all, and all impressed. Salad with house dressing is wonderful. Chose fried egg plant from a la carte menu as appetizer, and it was perfectly prepared. Oh, and the bread. My goodness, the bread. Service was excellent as well. Took wife for her first visit. It is now here favorite restaurant in the city. Wine list is not extensive, but solid options. New manager was appropriately attentive. Will become a regular date night destination for us as well as a place to bring out-of-town VIPs.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I came to town especially for this restaurant and made a reservation to have a nice dining experience. The restaurant was 80% empty when we arrived at 6:15pm on a Friday night and we were given the WORST table in the restaurant. First, the table was between the two kitchen doors so we were constantly bombarded with people running in and out of the kitchen. Not to mention we heard everything that went on in the kitchen. Then our table was positioned so close to another two person table, a couple trying to having a romantic dinner, we were intruding on their date night. Then everything the waiter picked up from the table to our left went over my head and dripped sauce in my hair! Once, the table next to us left the restaurant there was no peace. Four guys one worker and trainees came to this small space to bus the table. I did not enjoy being bumped into and parmesan cheese that got flung around. Then it didn’t end because a table of 10 in the private room behind me and people had to turn sideways to go between my chair and the wall to get in the private room. Then again every piece of food when in the private room went over my head and trays manage to bump me on the head every time! Don’t make a reservation at this place. Make sure you know somebody because it’s the only way to get a decent table! Our waiter tired to be pleasant since we were the only table he had. But dinner move so fast I really couldn’t tell!

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The service was exceptional and the bread was amazing, as always. My boyfriend ordered the special for the night which was sea bass and green beans? It was the most awful fish I ever tasted, and I've had pretty good sea bass before. Not to mention it took forever to actually come out. My dish was also very mediocre - just a larger serving of an appetizer. Very disappointing.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great restaurant in a city lacking in even good restaurants.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

This was my second time at The Little Village - and that's because I enjoyed it so much the first time. GET THE BREAD! It's on the appetizer menu. Fresh bread, good olive oil, pecorino cheese, pepper. I literally came for the bread and a delicious lemon drop. They use Sobieski vodka - one I had not had before, but could definitely tell the difference. I'll be back when I'm in Baton Rouge again.

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