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Le Petit Valentien

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French, Fusion
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1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
(805) 966-0222
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Today
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Loved this charming, intimate restaurant!

Nate, our server, and Nate, the sous chef, served up an outstanding lunch with excellent recommendations for wine pairing. I loved my escargot crepe!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Michele D
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Nate, our server, and Nate, the sous chef, served up an outstanding lunch with excellent recommendations for wine pairing. I loved my escargot crepe!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My wife and I had a perfect late lunch here after a few hours of walking and wineing:) We shared a fresh seafood packed rissoto, perfectly cooked pan seared white fish and two glasses of wine. And I think our bill was around $50! Tucked away in a cute alley just behind the main strip. I totally recommend.

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Paris
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Wonderful food. Have eaten at Le Petit Valentien several times but my recent dinner was the best. Keep it up!

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We'd walked by this place numerous times during our visit as it is perfectly located in the La Arcada shopping area. Cold and tired we decided to stay on our last day in town and were not disappointed. I hesitate to label it "French Bistro" food as the menu, although limited was much more interesting. Polenta with shrimp was luscious... More 

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San Francisco, CA.
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

Cozy, and romantic little French Bistro, great food and prices. the sauces are not overdone and light, a departure from typical French fare. I had the duck which was incredible, very lean and it tasted like a cut of exquisite sirloin. Delicate and flavorful. Great date-night spot with your honey or even a quiet biz lunch

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Bangkok
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner this evening, appetizer and main were excellent for us both. For the price, one of the best restaurants we've found in this visit to Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A quiet retreat off the city's main street with an excellent choice of wine and a constantly changing menu. Handily placed for the Museum of Art and the many theaters, including the Granada, New Vic and the Lobero. A real gem. Always enjoyable...

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Exceptional service (on a weekday eve). Fresh and tasty food, prepared in traditional manner. All were recommendable but none stood out.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visted this restaurant for dinner after happening to stumble across it during exploring the back lanes of Santa Barbara. The setting is lovely, in a time of drought this arcade is a refreshing little oasis of green. We had the snail crepe and frogs legs, both were delicious. The venison was in my wifes words "... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very nice restaurant, delicious food and nice wines. We really enjoyed our time at the restaurant. Also the staff was really friendly.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 966-0222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: French, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?