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Le Petit Valentien

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
+1 805-966-0222
Sun - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
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Crockett, Texas
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47 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The menu was a limited choice but everything on it was well prepared and worth trying. The service is excellent. It is a great place for conversation because it is not loud. Not a great place for children.

Thank Nancy55690
Santa Barbara, California
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've lived in Santa Barbara for 11 years and just found this wonderful spot. My husband and I are looking forward to more visits. We both ordered the special steak dinner and were blown away by its quality and tastiness. The waitresses were wonderfully friendly and the place is warm and cozy!

Thank Barbara G
Orange, California, United States
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined here on a Saturday afternoon so we had the pleasant experience of getting to order from the weekend lunch menu, which is only Ethiopian. There were several excellent dishes to make your own combination, which included a nice selection of vegetarian options. Unlike at some Ethiopian restaurants, the dishes come on separate little plates, and each person can... More 

Thank Andrew T
Andover, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This foursome was not here for a date night, but the surroundings did conjure up feelings akin to that. Walking through the arcade alone and looking at the charming shops along the way was a treat in its own way. Inside, the intimate room was a warm space of small tables, some backing into booth-like benches, some facing a large,... More 

Thank AprilLovesToTravel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

A coworker suggested this spot for a business dinner. The restaurant is located on a beautiful courtyard in Santa Barbara. When we attended it was decorated for the holidays and was spectacular. Dinner was delicious from start to finish. The first course salads we generously sized and tasted wonderful. We had the lamb chop special and the petrale sole. Both... More 

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Skillman, New Jersey
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181 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

This small charming restaurant is a great place for romantic evening dinner. Nestled in a beautiful shopping complex in downtown Santa Barbara. Great friendly service. Delicious veal Milanese prepared very uniquely. Pork dish was also excellent. Escargot crepe different and delicious. Good beet salad.

Thank orchiddoc
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Great date night, fabulous food and wine/beer list. Good portions. Fast service, need to go back and try everything!

Thank Melinda S
Palm Springs, California
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128 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

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 

Thank Greg N
Santa Barbara, California
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316 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

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 

Thank expectquality1942
Santa Monica, California
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100 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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 

Thank Michael H

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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
US$15 - US$25
French, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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?