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Le Petit Valentien

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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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!

Thank Melinda S
Palm Springs, California
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126 reviews
96 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 

Thank Greg N
Santa Barbara, California
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279 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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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101 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

Thank Michael H
Santa Barbara, California
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank MesaSB
Los Angeles
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75 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

Thank kardex2dog
Escondido, California
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5 reviews
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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 

Thank Lisa D
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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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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?