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Le Petit Valentien

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1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
+1 805-966-0222
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11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
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Palm Springs, California
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Le Petit Valentien is without doubt one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara among the many I've visited. Prices have gone up a little over the past few years, but they're still very reasonable. I wasn't crazy about the 60-dollar bottle of wine we ordered this time, but I can't blame the restaurant for that. First courses and entrees... More 

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Thank Greg N
Santa Barbara, California
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255 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a good small, privately owned and operated French restaurant. It consistently serves very good food at very reasonable prices. This time the service. was painfully slow and that was hard when all of us had work commitments and the waits were painful. I will go back because I have had so many good meals in this quaint informal... More 

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Thank expectquality1942
Santa Monica, California
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94 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We met this chef when he had a place in (of all places) Bakersfield, CA and followed him to Santa Barbara. It is more than a rarity to say that we could everthing on the menu in a restaurant - and almost have - and this place is that one in a million. Great starters (quail, snails en crepe, delicious... More 

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Thank Michael H
Santa Barbara, California
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have lived in Santa Barbara a long time. We have walked past this beautiful, quaint little restaurant hundreds of times, literally. Every time we say to each other, we should try that. We never go in because it's a French restaurant and I am allergic to wine (sadly) so it's really difficult to find anything on... More 

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Thank MesaSB
Los Angeles
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177 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Decided to eat here as we walked by - didn't need reservation for lunch during the week. Great lunch specials - my husband had the soup (butternut squash) and the fish and I had a spinach crepe. The food was excellent and the server very attentive. Next time we are in Santa Barbara will try this restaurant for dinner.

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Escondido, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Wandered into Le Petit Valentien last weekend. We were visiting our son at UCSB and were looking for a restaurant to accommodate both our son (who wanted steak) and ourselves (who both love French cuisine) - and by happy accident found LPV. Service was very attentive and friendly but not obtrusive. Food was lovely - our son had steak with... More 

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Thank Lisa D
Santa Barbara, California
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100 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Well priced, diverse menu and generally very good. The veal dish was very rich and somewhat greasy but my pork cutlet was thick and nicely prepared with a delicious relish. The sole was also quite greasy, with rather a lot of butter but despite that my almost 90 year old mother ate every morsel. Staff were very pleasant and seemed... More 

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toronto
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161 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I have been eating here for many years, but recently I was disappointed. The wait staff is very friendly. I arrived with a confirmed GROUPON voucher with confirmation number and name and the manager refused to accept it. I had to take my cell phone and search the confirmation which I found and they still would not cover the meal.... More 

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Paris
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49 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 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 

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Thank Penny1968
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
Cuisine
French, Fusion
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-0222

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