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LE Petit Cafe

Santa Monica
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2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404-3614
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
A tiny bistro of delight

Small cozy place that seems to have a popular following of regulars. The menu is authentic French cuisine (which means vegetarians might have to haggle a bit with the attentive servers to get something modified from the menu), but everything is comfortably flavored and comfortably priced.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Ray Q
Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friends took us to Le Petit Cafe. It is one of their favorite spots for a meal. We quickly understood why. The restaurant is small, not fancy, and does not have the sterile look that chains often have. The food was excellent. Several of us had escargot as an appetizer. It was delicious. I had the roasted duck as my... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Small cozy place that seems to have a popular following of regulars. The menu is authentic French cuisine (which means vegetarians might have to haggle a bit with the attentive servers to get something modified from the menu), but everything is comfortably flavored and comfortably priced.

Thank Ray Q
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

There is a definite neighborhood vibe - and for a french restaurant we were impressed with the french speaking server. The mushroom salad starter was excellent - we will definitely have this again the next time we come. The chicken with dijon sauce and vegetables was very good as were the crab cakes...both recommended. Our friends who had wine thought... More 

1 Thank Traveling_a_lot4fun
Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We enjoyed appetizers of smoked salmon and a wonderful crab cake with salad. The mushroom soup and caesar were OK. Yummy sand dabs, nice roast duck and two specials: filet mignon tips, and slices of pork tenderloin. Entrees are generous servings with with carrots and green beans and a choice of rice or potatoes. Lovely setting and great service.

Thank DeborahandAndy
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

This small bistro is adorable with chalk board menus at each table. The service was good and our French speaking waiter added to the charm of being at this...French eatery. Nice wine list...all French wines. Warm bread and butter brought to table. The sandabs were super tasty...with lots of butter & capers. The food is very tasty....but uses a lot... More 

Thank Nancy D
Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I can't believe I didn't know about Le Petit Cafe before...it's been here for 20 years....a small unassuming little French bistro in Santa Monica.....absolutely delicious food....great filet mignon, the best fish dish I've ever eaten ( I don't like to order fish in restaurants usually)....great dessert, very very warm and friendly staff.... It is small....so reservations are a must. Good... More 

Thank Lolita M
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Cute, little, low key place in Santa Monica- perfect for a (very) casual business lunch. As much as I wanted the burger, I opted for something a wee touch smaller: a slice of their fab quiche Lorraine coupled with a small spinach salad... Overall, good service and good food. (Their shallot vinaigrette was excellent!)

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Santa Monica, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Their food is mediocre. And sadly they're incredibly overpriced for what you're eating. No one should pay 7$ for a simple butter crepe.

Thank Andreyevna
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Just like being in France. Great food at a fair price with a French menu, food and service with NO attitude MERCI et a bientot.

Thank Susie G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Just discovered this little place. Nice. It's been in Santa Monica for a long time, so I must be the last one to find it. Menu is large enough. Wine list small, but good. Very small place, so tables are a bit close together. Service was excellent. Food was very good. We were there for lunch, and the sound level... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404-3614
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: 310-829-6792

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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