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LE Petit Cafe

$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404-3614
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Lovely, quaint little spot. but have some misgivings. I started with the escargots and my friend had the mushroom salad. I was expecting more flavor from the escargots. Perhaps a salted butter and a smidge of garlic for the escargots to swim in would have given me a different reaction. The mushroom salad was also a little bland. I would... More 

Thank Condor0ne
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

in a strange part of town, with no parking. interior needs serous help! not only dark and with a croweded feel, but seemingly no air conditioner. food is average with very typical french bistro fare.

Thank pandpCalifornia
Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

While unassuming from the outside, once we stepped in the door we knew this place was special. We went on a Saturday evening and felt fortunate to get seated promptly at one of the last remaining tables. There were many tempting items on the menu; at our server's suggestion, I had the salmon in dill sauce - divine! My husband... More 

Thank Lianne58
Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

This little restaurant has a wonderful menu. The food was expertly prepared and was served hot. The house cabernet was excellent and even though we did not think we could eat dessert, we could not resist after the waiter brought the dessert tray by. The service was fabulous, the staff friendly and the food outstanding.

Thank Equestrian47
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2016

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 

Thank BKC2003
Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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