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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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Saturday
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 99
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 13
    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
Excellent bistro but reasonably priced.

We love this little bistro. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is lovely, the service is friendly and the prices are reasonable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
SBDogs_Mom
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Santa Barbara
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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151 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Santa Barbara
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We love this little bistro. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is lovely, the service is friendly and the prices are reasonable.

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Ojai CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We visited the restaurant for the first time on the recommendation of a local friend and are very happy we did. The location is a bit tucked away in an inner courtyard are off of State St. but not hard to find. We found the food and service to be top notch. Our sever was very knowledgeable regarding both the... More 

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Boston, MA
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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

After reading the reviews here, we made sure to make a reservation for the Sunday evening set menu. I was excited to try the restaurant as it said it was a mix of French and Ethiopian food. It wasn't!! The food was 'simple' French with haricot verts (green beans with a poached egg on top), followed by duck confit (deep... More 

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Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Went for the Sunday $25.00 prix fixed dinner and must say was somewhat disappointed. Maybe the first clue was how empty the restaurant was upon arrival for our 7:30pm reservation, prior trip advisor reviews suggested that the Sunday prix fixed dinner was such a bargain that the restaurant is always busy. I really struggled to find something on the menu... More 

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San Diego, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday pre fixe dinner. From the delicious, fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls, to the delicate lavender panna cotta dessert, the food was beautifully prepared & served. Nate, our waiter, along with the other gentlemen assisting were WONDERFUL. So attentive, polite & friendly yet not intrusive at all. If we find ourselves in SB again, we will... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Very romantic, great wine list, and probably the most affordable quality french cuisine you will ever find. Newbies to french food will appreciate the escargot baked in filo dough with a red wine reduction. Patio dining is available. A hidden gem!

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Channel Islands National Park, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The Sunday night prix fixe menu is one of the best kept secrets in overpriced Santa Barbara. Excellent 4-course mix of French-Ethiopian fare... for just $25? Incroyable ! Even at double the price this high-quality, well presented and tasty food would be worth it. Make a reservation on Sunday, as locals flock to this great deal. The servers can get... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

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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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
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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?