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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Le Petit Valentien

Le Petit Valentien
1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
(805) 966-0222
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Ranked #14 of 409 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: French, Fusion
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Delmar, New York
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105 reviews 105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had dinner here on a Monday night, and the place got slammed. Totally full with only two servers. By the time we got our entrees, it seemed as if they ran out of side dishes - we had veal milanese over some spinach leaves - that was it. The French wine we ordered also was not very good.

Visited April 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“What a find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We found this restaurant by accident and had the most marvellous Sunday dinner at a great price. The food is stunning and service excellent. A week later and back in SB we decided to visit again - another exceptional Sunday dinner

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Did not disappoint - as good as reviewers have said....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Booked a table for dinner at the last minute and we ended up as the last diners there but we were never made to feel awkward.They really know what they are doing here, from the chef to the waitresses who were charming.
Really good value, a lot better in this respect than other places with fancier menus. They keep it relatively simple and do it very well. Meatloaf, steaks and local halibut were all excellent, as were the desserts.
Highly recommend seeking this place out if you're nearby

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Soooo good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Being European our tastes are completely different to most in the u.s.a. We,ve found the food heavy but not at Le Petit Valentien. Our starters of red spinach and pear with caramelised walnuts, and a crostini of mushrooms set the pace. Followed by beautifully cooked duck in plum sauce, and pork loin in pancetta with a smoked fig sauce. Where we found room for the light baked lemon cheesecake I shall never know. Wines mostly French and we were looking for Californian and managed to find two excellent wines. If you,re in the area well worth a visit. We went on a Friday and it was full just rearranged things to squeeze us in should have booked. In La Arcada an arcade off State Street in Figueroa St. City lot parking just around the block.

Visited April 2013
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Seattle
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great food at a great price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

We went to the Petit Valentien after reading reviews on trip advisor and it was really worth it.
We both had mussels as an entree. Great sauce and wonderful mussels. My husband had a steak and I had duck for main. The prime rib steak which was more like a slice roastbeef came with some vegetables and to our surprise a Yorkshire pudding. The duck was served with creamy mashed potatoes. Yum Yum.
Will definitely go back if we are in the area.
The Rhone wine was very good too.

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