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Le Petit Valentien

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French, Pub, Fusion
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1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
(805) 966-0222
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 108
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
    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
Lovely spot to eat in Santa Barbara

We went there for dinner before a concert and sat outside. As we were early, we told the waitress who came immediately, that we were not in a hurry. We ordered a bottle of Sancerre. The menu is divided into three sections: appetizers all $10.00; little plates I think $15. and entries all $21. So... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Elizabeth K
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Santa Barbara, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Santa Barbara, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We went there for dinner before a concert and sat outside. As we were early, we told the waitress who came immediately, that we were not in a hurry. We ordered a bottle of Sancerre. The menu is divided into three sections: appetizers all $10.00; little plates I think $15. and entries all $21. So the prices are very reasonable,... More 

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Nipomo, California
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103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is one of the best restaurants we have found. The ambiance, service, presentation and taste are super. We had the Mediterranean salad, the caprese salad, the miso salmon and the veal. All were flavorful and well-prepared, As beautiful as they were to see; the taste went beyond!

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Pismo Beach, California
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We were looking for a place to eat before a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and found this restaurant on Trip Advisor. Service and food was excellent and certainly a value. We just had small plates and appetizers with wine and were very happy.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The atmosphere is cosy and comfortable- great place for couples. We had the four course Sunday dinner with wines to match. The food is quite creative and excellent produce, and the wines were well matched, however all the four courses were a little sweet for my taste. Of course I am Australian and most American food seems a little sweet... More 

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The food is very good. The food is tasty and the presentation is beautiful. Great care is given to the cooking of the quality food. The service is excellent.

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Amazingly good French food hidden in a Paseo off of State Street. Have eaten here for lunch on several occasions as the lunch pricing is a great deal.

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Mill Valley, California
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165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We found this restaurant very late in the evening, among a pretty arcade of shops. I especially liked our high table by the open window and the cozy atmosphere. We enjoyed sharing several savory small plates, and some tasty wines. We made the mistake of ordering a pate plate without asking if it was pork (which we don't eat), and... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Rude waiter demeaned our table all evening with his snarky responses. Only 2 menus available for party of 6! Told us to share! Attempts to rush our order citing busy, busy, busy kitchen. (We were not in a rush.) No clean water glasses so no water on request. No extra rolls available on request. WAIT YOUR TURN! OTHERS AHEAD OF... More 

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a delightful small French restaurant tucked away on a walk street in the Arcade. The menu is limited but perfect. The food preparation and presentation are excellent. The service is friendly and attentive. Prices are very reasonable.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Le Petit Valentien is a cozy French restaurant in the delightful La Arcada Plaza, one of the most pedestrian friendly areas of Santa Barbara. The food and service are excellent and the noise level is good enough to hear your dinner partner's conversations, which is rare in Santa Barbara. We dine there at least every other month and have never... More 

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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, Pub, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?