About The Little Door
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Two simple wooden doors open up to quite a buzz in an otherwise romantic courtyard, where a colorful crowd hangs at the bar and lingers at coveted patio tables. Inside, seats spread throughout the candlelit house-turned-restaurant with intimate furniture. Organic seasonal ingredients, creatively prepared and impeccably presented, characterize our unique menu.
Contemporary European, French, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Wednesday & Thursday : 6:00pm - 12:30 am
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:30 am
1 block west of Crescent Heights at La Jolla
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Eclectic Ambiance Music
Daytime: $6.50 per car
Evening: $8.00 per car
Nicolas T. Peter
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Lovely daytime bookings available for weddings, showers and for other celebrations.
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As you enter The Little Door, you’ll discover a hidden paradise, colorful crowd, romantic courtyard, and elegant displays of rustic Mediterranean cuisine.
The Little Door Ratings and Reviews
I can only base my review from my previous experience! The pate' and Med platter all excellent! The chicken and Lamb chop perfection!
I got a call an hour before we were ready to eat therefrom the LD to tell me that they needed to cancel my resz. Last night Due to a pipe breaking in front of restaurant!
Wonderful ambiance, French with a touch of Moroccan. The staff is professional and they care that you have a good experience. Even the maitre d' came back once to check on us. There is also a sommelier who was quite helpful.
The food quality was excellent, some of the tastiest scallops I have ever had, and the preparation imaginative. Wide variety of selections. Even though it is a large restaurant, the rooms are split up so it does feel cozy. Wine list is extensive, pricing a little high. Little door, big enjoyment
It was not the most romantic restaurant. No intimacy, your sitting to close to other couples. It was cold and you can smell smoke from people smoking on the streets. The food was ok. And dessert was nothing special. Our waiter was nice. But I will not be going back. Nothing special about this place.
This place was awesome. It was hidden and looked exclusive in a very neighborhood welcoming way. My girlfriend said it was breathtaking when she first walked in. The food was great and looked great and made me feel great. The service was amazing on par with some of the very best, and most expensive restaurants that I've been to. Do yourself a favor and surprise a date with an evening here at the little door.
The outside of this place is out of the norm lol I had to ask the valet people where the entrance was. Lol this place is super romantic but the thing I hated was that the tables were to close. My girl got up to use the restroom and her booty was all over the table next to us lol (yeah she squats) but other than that the food was amazing.
When you walk through the Actual Little Door you are transported to a totally magical scene.
You have officially left Los Angeles and have entered a galaxy far far away.
The Little Door has been here for decades - and after meeting friends there last Friday nite - I have to say it is more special than ever. The magical space, delicious food, incredibly cool music and fabulous service - somehow it is better than ever.
It's just plain glorious!
The food was great, the pre fix menus were really good options. The location was quiet and enjoyable. My only issue was checking in - we were a little early (which I understand) so they asked us to leave and come back when they were open. We came back at the time of our reservation and the door was locked. We pulled on the door, moments later we heard someone come and what sounded like unlock the door, but they just walked away - they had to have known we were standing out there. It would have been nice to say "come on in" or acknowledge us. Other than that - the service was good, the food was fantastic, I'd definitely eat here again.
My fiancé and I were celebrating his birthday and our dating anniversary. We enjoyed everything from the moment we saw "the little door". Staff were friendly and were on top of everything. We didn't wait long for anything...even the food. The only down side was parking. They do have valet but if you don't want to pay for that, it was a little walk from where we found parking. We would still come back to try other food they have.
This is my third time eating here and the restaurant is quick becoming a favorite! Great service and excellent food top the best feature- the amazing ambiance. I love the courtyard lighting and the intimate spaces at the back are great for groups. Thank you to the restaurant for making my friend's surprise birthday a success too. They went out of their way to help accommodate our large group of 10.
I had been coming here for years, however on 1/13 we were sat right behind the Hostess stand which was such a disgusting mess & view. There were other tables available, so was quit the disappointment. The food was less than exciting and service felt rushed. We only spent a little over $300, so not a huge loss monetarily; however it was not the experience I wanted for the three of us on a celebratory evening.
If your dining experience is about renting a table in a nice space with low lights and twinkly atmosphere, this is for you. If your palate is a little advanced and the food is important, go elsewhere. I've been wanting to try this place after reading reviews. The fois gras was dry and well done if you can imagine, with a sugary napoleon take. The fish - meh. Double meh. No flavor. A foodie friend from San Francisco was in LA and I thought I could take her to a good restaurant. Aargh...San Francisco wins again. Expensive and disappointing.
This place is beautiful and romantic for a date. I went with my wife to celebrate our anniversary and couldn't be any more happy I chose to take her here. Food was delicious and got more than what we expected. The price is good and worth every penny on our entrees. I highly recommend the Mediterranean appetizer :)
Really enjoyed our visit! Wonderful cocktails and setting. I felt like we were on a romantic getaway to Paris. Steak was a bit tough but enjoyed the fish. Tarte tatin was excellent. Highly recommend for a romantic atmosphere and enjoyable cocktails (especially the Cucumber Martini--very well done).
The place was overall great. The reviews online said that the ambiance is great for date. I definitely agree but it really depends on where you sit. The tables we got were good, but not great. I would recommend sitting in the front for better ambiance. For more privacy and intimacy, back of the restaurant is good, but the ambiance is bit "Eh". I personally thought that the place would be great for 4 ppl group (double date maybe). We got the service we expected in a place like this. I give this place a thumbs up and I would most likely come back for a second try.
I came to the Little Door for Christmas dinner this year. I had the octopus and the sea bass, he had the scallops and the quail. The octopus was perfectly cooked, but a little cold. The scallops also had god flavor, but were also lukewarm. The sea bass was very well done! I don't eat poultry so I didn't try his. For dessert, we split the coconut cheesecake, which was lighter than New York style and absolutely delicious! Overall, it was a good meal but the service was rather lackluster, probably at the higher end price wise for the overall experience. I would return, but wouldn't make a special trip.
We had the Christmas Eve pre fix meal, the drinks were decent not my favorite. Nothing stood out or called me they didn't have too many holiday drinks, just the usual cocktails you see many places. The seared scallops were the highlight, the molten lava cake was just okay for desert nothing over the top, & the Chilean sea bass was light and refreshing. I would go somewhere else next year but the service was good, and the food was decent, the ambience is the best part of the overall experience! It was crowded and loud but it was always peaceful with the dimmed lighting, leather menus, silver tea kettles after dinner & the candle light at the table.
Nice place tucked away behind the little door. Food was quite good, I had the tagatelle with porcini mushrooms, spinach, and artichokes, yum! We didn't get to try as much on the menu as we were quite full but people around us all seems happy. Great ambiance in the garden I would try to be seated there if possible.
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