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Le Petit Valentien

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$$ - $$$
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1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
(805) 966-0222
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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49 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

We have eaten at Le Petit Valentien many times but tonight we're not happy with our dinner. We visited the restaurant on Sunday for the four course dinner. Most of our meal was very good but what a disappointing bouillabaisse. First of all, there was very little to eat--- two shrimp , a few mussels and clams and two skinny... More 

Thank Penny1968
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Loved the ethiopian food on offer over weekends - outstanding value and quality. Beautiful setting and staff very helpful. This review by a complete foodie.

Thank garyaO3579LT
Memphis, Tennessee
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

We almost didn't dine for lunch because it was not at all crowded as were other nearby restaurants, but how happy we were to enjoy an amazing meal. The dish had a lemon butter caper sauce. Yummy!

Thank Cindybug2013
Lawrence, Kansas
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

This small bistro tucked away on the Arcade that runs between the SB Art Museum and Figueroa street is an underrated gem. The menu is limited by comparison with most other restaurants, but the dishes are interesting and carefully prepared. The menu includes great salads, small plates, including roast quail, my wife's favorite, eight or so main courses, and then... More 

Thank Tom W
Santa Barbara, California
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Great for a date night or just for some tasty food and wine. Beautiful romantic environment in a european walk street setting. Small plates with great taste. Husband and I take advantage of the special tasting menu of 3 courses when it is offered. Otherwise, we enjoy the the duck crab, and lamb offerings.

1 Thank Lisa M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful time at this gorgeous little restaurant. The food was absolutely lovely as was the wine and service. We had the crab cake, the quail and the goats cheese salad. All were sublime but particularly the quail. We will definitely revisit this gem when we head back to Santa Barbara :)

1 Thank Katherine K
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016

Sunday night dinner was awesome! We booked an early reservation by choice and we were the only ones in the restaurant for a little while. It was nice to have some quiet time in a very private corner of the restaurant to ourselves, very romantic! The four course meal was fantastic and we chose to include the recommended wine pairing... More 

Thank Eric H
Thousand Oaks, California
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

We celebrated a friend's birthday here. Located on an alley off State Street with a very European atmosphere, you get the feel of dining at a small French café - in France. The staff is very friendly, and seem proud of their food and service. Sunday a fixed price dinner is served - very reasonable at $25.50 - consisting of... More 

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sta barbara
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170 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Any time we want to revisit one of our favorite European cafes we come here. Authentic, charming, and inexpensive off a hidden alley downtown. Superb food experience and great ambiance.

Thank johnStaBarbara
Temecula, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Nice food, good flavors! Nice wine list and lunch atmosphere. Small plates are great option for the offering tastes. Merci!

1 Thank Dean T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $25
French, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: (805) 966-0222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?