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Le Petit Valentien

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$$ - $$$
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1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
+1 805-966-0222
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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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You start asking yourself that question because Le Petit is so authentic you start to feel like you actually are in France. From the Aperitif to the desert you can make like Gil in Midnight in Paris swooning over all thing French. The only thing not so french about it is the price. Unlike France or things french this place... More 

Thank jcil
Levanto, Italy
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner in this lovely restaurant because a friend of mine suggested it... thank goodness for friends with good taste in food!! I ate a pan seared duck breast that was out of this world, and the desserts spoke to my soul! They even projected a french cartoon during dinner, i think it was the illusionist or something like... More 

Thank LauraHaarp
Los Angeles, CA
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78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A charming, affordable lunch spot tucked into a cozy little alley just a stone's throw off busy State Street, Le Petit Valentien offers a nice menu of classic French items at VERY good prices! On offer are classics such as crab cakes (served on a bed of spinach with Hollandaise sauce), crêpes, escargots, a nice filet of sole, gazpacho and... More 

Thank WehoTravelers
Santa Barbara, California
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My mother and I went to La Petit Valentin for lunch recently and we were amazed at the quality of the food. We would have expected to pay much more for the house made chef's creations, but the lunch main courses were only $10 each. The interior is so comfortable and charming we ended up staying an extra long time... More 

Thank GenXMommy
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108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate dinner here recently. The restaurant has a nice ambience about it and the menu made a change from the many fast food options available in California. The goats cheese & beetroot starter was good as was the fish cake starter. The venison main course was also good. House wine was also acceptable.

Thank FredaEngland
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743 reviews
565 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Le Petit Valentien is a charming spot for lunch. There is indoor as well as outdoor seating. They have a nice list of wines by the glass and a lunch menu with many appealing options. The server was was friendly and helpful. The petrale sole was lightly sautéed and topped with a delicious lemon caper sauce. Add a side salad... More 

Thank travchef
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I walked in, a single diner, just after opening time on a week night and was was warmly greeted by not one but two kind and knowledgeable young women who were obviously schooled in the gracious ways of 'old school' French dining. The room is like a jewel box, so warm and inviting with wooden tables, banquettes, all the touches... More 

Thank northwesty7
Livermore, California
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102 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Having been here once before, I was looking forward to a second visit. Sat outside under awning with perfect temperature. Tomato bisque soup was good, not great, but good. House salad and Caesar salad ok. Duck breast was exceptional. Yellowtail with mussels - out of tuna and subed with petrole sole in a saffron broth. Sole a little disappointing. Pork... More 

Thank David D
Dallas, Texas
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87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

There were four of us, we all enjoyed our meals though my husband's steak was a bit on the tough side. The service was excellent, we had a very good bottle of wine. The menu had lots of good-sounding chioces.

Thank gileslw
Seattle, Washington
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Having visited Santa Barbara for a few days, I've eaten in various restaurants, some good, some not. So I'm going to write a review that I wish I could've read before deciding which ones of the many choices to try. Wanting a good French bistro, I opted for Petit Valentein over Bouchon, mainly because a friend had eaten there in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
French, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
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?