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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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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 5 days ago NEW 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!

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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 1 week 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 

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Thank Andrew T
Andover, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 

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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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175 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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.

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Thank orchiddoc
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

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

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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 9 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 

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Thank Greg N
Santa Barbara, California
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312 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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 

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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 27 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 

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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 23 November 2016

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