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LE Petit Cafe

2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404-3614
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Ranked #211 of 564 restaurants in Santa Monica
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jun 28, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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18 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
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English first
Los Angeles
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Always a pleasant meal in this straightforward neighborhood French restaurant. An essentially never-changing list of relatively undemanding but good French bistro dishes. Wine choices limited but good. Service friendly although zero attempt to learn the names of pretty regular customers. Noise level very comfortable.

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New York City, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

French food, very well prepared. Great service, excellent menu. Not fancy, but very comfortable. Excellent service. Farm to table ingredients

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San Luis Obispo, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Stumbled across this little place, don't blink or you'll miss it. Family owned and run, all very welcoming and delightfully French. Very typical French bistro menu complete with chalk board menus, French linens and tight little tables. Very enjoyable and the food is fresh, all made on site the day of serving and delisious! Between the rosé from Rousillion (Provence)... More

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Culver City, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I have been there several times and would describe the meals as good to very good, but not great. The service is generally excellent. The specials of the day are written on blackboards placed on each table, which is sort of French restaurant style, and the server will generally recite some other specials as well. Compared to restaurants in France,... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

This is a little cafe, simple straight forward and honest. As a chef, well that is all I want. I stopped in by myself at 5pm. They opened at 5:30pm and were very gracious, inviting me in. A glass of wine and country pate just what I needed. The small dining room was clean and orderly (check!), i hinted at... More

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santa monica, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Four of us went to Le Petit Café on July 9, 2013. First and foremost, I have no idea as the reason why this restaurant stands out in anyone's mind. We had just returned from our most recent trip to France...there is no way that this restaurant would compare to anything in France. Each couple began with a "crab appetizer"... More

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Santa Monica, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This charming, friendly French-style local eatery in Santa Monica has been a real gem for the past twenty years and still holds forth with great food and cheerful staff. We stopped by again last weekend and enjoyed their mussels – fresh and tasty in a superb broth, the Cesar salad (with whole anchovies, as requested), mushroom salad and split the... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Had lunch recently at this French owned, managed and staffed bistro. As usual, a comprehensive list of specials on the blackboard, neatly divided into meat and fish selections. I had the sand dabs as did my companion and we both pronounced them to be excellent. Hearty portions by L.A. standards. Only mild negative is that parking is sometimes problematic thanks... More

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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The staff is very attentive. Speak a few words of French to them - they are native speakers. The food is superb - try the Sandabs! Also the Onion Soup is très bien! I've been there half a dozen times and never been disappointed. Parking can be a challenge, though.

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san francisco
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This was the best meal we had on a recent 4 day visit to LA. Far better than the high tech foodie restaurants in the neighborhood. Charming atmosphere, attentive service and wonderful country French food. The French Onion soup is a hit with a generous topping of good gruyere cheese. Nice selection of reasonably priced wines.

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