Hadn't been back to this restaurant in a couple of years. That was a mistake for us as living in Santa Barbara it is easy to get in the groove of one's regular 5-10 restaurants and Petit Valentien had unfortunately fallen off the radar. We have been missing out! Our evening was a weekday off-night and not busy with service very polite and efficient. The space is small and very atmospheric, much like a Parisian up-scale bistro albeit more spacious and generous seating than one finds with its French counterpart. Very nice presentations of the salmon and veal-proscuitto main entrees we ordered, both were perfectly prepared and very tasty. The menu is frequently changing, so no Daily Specials (which I find to be a better approach) and apparently on Sundays a Prix Fixe is offered which sounded very attractive. Good selection of wines, generous and correct servings with very reasonable prices.
Upon leaving we met the chef/owner and discovered the reason for the high quality and taste of the food. He is doing it all and has been for 8 years. Like having your own personal French chef preparing your meal. Call for reservations and be prepared to be pleased with your next meal.
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