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Le Petit Valentien

1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
(805) 966-0222
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Ranked #7 of 428 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: French, Fusion
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Newport, Rhode Island
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Lovely little restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating tucked behind the Museum of Art on an attractive pedestrian street. Sunday Supper from 5:00pm is a set menu of 4 courses all for $24.50 per person. Wonderful bargain and the food is delicious. Menu changes every week. Excellent wine list and the bottle of house wine we chose was very good.... More

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Santa Barbara, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

I have eaten here half a dozen times in the past 3 months. The dinner menu is reasonably priced with many of the entrees priced at $19.00 and there is a wide range of imaginative dishes available (Ethiopian menu at weekends). The ambience is great and for a quiet or romantic dinner, this can be the location. But don't be... More

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

I was visiting Santa Barbara from SF, I have eaten at great restaurants including three star Michellin. Le Petit Valentien was fantastic, we went there on a Sunday fixed menu at less than $25, I had four dishes, asparagus, with a velvety light creamy wide pasta that was perfectly cooked, crispy frog legs (first time for me and so glad... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We went there for the desserts and the waitress invited us to have dinner. We decided to stay and everything was just perfect! I asked for a salmon and it was delicious and beautiful!!!! The dessert was amazing.

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Ventura, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Wonderful food but high prices as you would expect. It's a very small (cozy) place so it may be crowded.

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Kernersville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

In town on business and have eaten here twice. Very nice atmosphere, service is good without being intrusive. Had veal with brie the first night, two nice cutlets plus Haricot vert wrapped in prosciutto. Tonight I had a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with a Turkish fig sauce and smashed potatoes. Both meats were very well prepared and tender. Both dishes... More

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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130 reviews 130 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Attractive room, crowded and busy in a French way. Small menu but good variety, each dish prepared individually and presented beautifully. Quite a small wine list, primarily California with some French, pricing quite reasonable -- and a good by-the-glass selection. Food prices are surprisingly low for Santa Barbara (entrees at $19). Like another reviewer, we arrived to find that our... More

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glendale, ca
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Very good small French restaurant, located on a pedestrian shopping walkway just off State Street. For lunch, I had a pretty good caesar salad ($8), which used large crisp lettuce leaves topped with pieces of fried bread. Main course was a flat iron steak ($19), cooked plenty rare with a dark, heavy sauce. Nicely prepared and very tasty. The house... More

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San Antonio
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181 reviews 181 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We went for dinner based on a friend's recommendation. We had a reservation but the hostess and flighty server couldn't find it, only to tell us later that it was on the list but that the person who took our reservation butchered the spelling so much that no one could tell it was us. ?? The food was very nice.... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Pleasant quaint atmosphere. Grandma would probably love it except for the hard benches. The heavy decorative kitchen items on shelves overhead of the seating area were a bit off-putting since we live in earthquake country, but a bike helmet would probably do. Bring one for Grandma. Food was "good", but not enough to incline me to return, salmon was served... More

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