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Le Petit Valentien

1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
(805) 966-0222
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Ranked #15 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Beautiful food a bit dark inside for younger people but just worth it for the cooking skills! Delicate flavours and interesting combinations !

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Belmar, NJ
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Delicious French food at reasonable prices. Lovely Bistro setting. My wife's steak sandwich special was delicious while I had a fillet of fish cooked perfectly. Wine specials were reasonbly price. Restaurant set in a lovely pedestrian walkway. Highly recommend it.

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Berlin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Wonderful sauces with a European flair. Best Duck confit I have had in years! It was wonderful. Fantastic value. I didn't love the wine list - but it did not detract terribly from a wonderful dining experience.

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Santa Barbara, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had dinner at Petit Valentien tonight and it was wonderful. The place is well appointed, you can eat outside int he La Arcada walkway. The food was first rate and the service was wonderful. I have been going here for many years and the food is always good and it seems to be getting better lately. Service is always... More

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Montecito, CA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Last night a group of 6 locals dined at this former favorite. The service was rude and slow. In fact to say there was "service" at all is a gross overstatement. The food very mediocre. After being asked if the owner was on site we were told he was 65 and mostly retired. What a shame. It was a good... More

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California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We arrived five minutes before the kitchen closed, hoping - but not really expecting - that we'll be served fresh food. What a pleasant surprise! The service was prompt and courteous, and the food was first class. We can heartily recommend the mushroom crostini and the green salad for starters, the ahi tuna for the main course and the flour-less... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Petit Valentien is a hidden gem in Santa Barbara. It is always a wonderful place for a romantic dinner. The wine list is quite nice for a small restaurant, and the restaurant has some arrangements with local wineries to get some real gems on the list. The food is always wonderful, and properly prepared. Especially fun is "sunday supper" where... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have had dinner here a number of times. The food is always excellent and our seating has been excellent as well. We have made reservations before most visits as they are quite busy on Friday and weekend evenings. The atmosphere is fun and comfortable, a great place for a cozy dinner for two. You won't be disappointed!

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Hong Kong, China
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Love the food here - the duck breast was cooked to perfection. Server was polite and professional but you just feel there's a distance in between. Price is great too - ~$20 for entree. dont' quite like the Santa Barbara area but this place is definitely recommended if you're visiting.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Le Petit Valentien is our "go to" place for a great meal at a feel good price. We loved the Spring menu and started with the best Caesar salad I've had and my husband's Caprice salad with heirloom cherry tomatoes and prosciutto (what?) was excellent. Next the chicken thighs lying on creamy mashed potatoes and a ginger cream sauce were... More

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