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About The Little Door
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.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Contemporary European, French, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Lovely daytime bookings available for weddings, showers and other celebrations. For private dinner parties, inquire about our Blueroom which can accommodate guests up to 40 people.
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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 LOVED this restaurant. It was our seven year wedding anniversary and it was the perfect date! So romantic with an amazing ambiance. I loved the menu and everything we ordered was delicious! The service was excellent and the price was very adequate to what we received for it. Very Happy!!
Went here on a double date with friends and we all were very impressed. They are LA locals and my boyfriend and I are from Chicago and we thought both the atmosphere and the food was perfect. The cocktails were refreshing/delicious, and we got 3 courses and all the were yummy. Everyone got something different and we all loved it. Highly recommend!!
I used to live in Chicago for 59 years and then moved to LA last year. I have traveled all over Europe and between eating in Chicago and Europe, this was by far THE most romantic restaurant I have ever been in. So worth the trip here. I will be a repeat customer from now on.
There is little to mark this wonderful restaurant from the outside. We asked the street side hostess at the place next door, and she smiled, pointed to a rustic, unmarked door in a nondescript wall and said, "That's it right there," so we thanked her and went inside.
The door handle is heavy iron, and the unvarnished wood speaks of simpler, ancient times. I half expected the Colosseum in 1st century Rome to be on the other side. I wasn't too far off the mark.
We were greeted by the hostess, who wished my mother a happy birthday and passed us off to another charming young lady who gathered menus and seated us quickly.
The ambiance is right out of several Mediterranean countries I've been lucky enough to visit, a combination of Italy, Greece and Morocco. The food is the same.
Everything was simply wonderful. I highly recommend the scallops, the rack of lamb or the chicken, but everything on the menu is fabulous, nuanced, and extremely satisfying.
Unless you are ridiculously wealthy, The Little Door is too expensive for casual, daily dining. Still, the service is impeccable, and the pace is not hurried; I never felt we were being ignored, and never wanted for anything.
My only caveat is that it is essentially outdoor dining. Even though it is not open to the street like a café, it was very warm that night, and if you're fine with eating in whatever temperature it is outside, run don't walk. However, I was warm the whole time, so I will return in the fall, and stay away during any high temperatures, but I will go back...I must go back.
It is a magical place. We spent about $300, including tip, for the four of us, and it was worth every penny.
I had been here twice before: once for my birthday, where we sat in the back (very charming and a homey Mediterranean cottage vibe) and just recently for Father's day in the front patio. Both were excellent events; food is very good -- they have a prix fixe menu (all food is Mediterranean-inspired french cuisine), which is very accommodating to the wallet as well as their regular menu (for most restaurants nowadays I find our bills coming in at roughly $60/person; for this restaurant our bill was $100/person with two glasses of wine and a cocktail and a mixture of the $55 prix fixe menus and regular menu). The wine is very good and they, of course, have a full bar. This time we brought friends from out of town and their amazement at how romantic and charming the restaurant was for the neighborhood--it's right in the middle of Third St. by La Cienega--you feel like you're out of the city...out of the state, in fact. Celeb sighting : Peta Murgatroyd and Maxim Chmerkovsky from Dancing with the Stars on Father's Day just after the birth of their little boy.
Good food and service. However, the hostess was terrible. No personality and she sat us in what was obviously Siberia.
We did not complain. I was just so shocked at the treatment. It was our anniversary, which they knew about and I am supposedly a VIP on Open Table.
We will never come back.
This was for our anniversary and I had requested patio dining. I knew that it would be based on availability and was quite happy to know they gave us a great table in the patio area. The service was spot on and the food was excellent. This place is magical and makes you feel relaxed.
My husband took me to The Little Door to celebrate our anniversary. It could not have been more perfect. We had some tasty unique drinks at the bar before sitting down at our candlelit table. The food was artfully presented and flavorful. I would recommend the couscous royale :) You will not be disappointed. The service was fantastic, from the bartender, to the waitstaff and everyone in between. We will definitely be returning again soon. Thanks, Little Door!
The Little Door was an upscale yet casual setting for dinner. My date and I were transported to Greece as soon as we walked in. The food was delicious, but the server took away our expensive appetizer when we asked for our main course. I wish the appetizer could have stayed along with the main courses, because I like to nosh in rotations.
The place was hard to find - it literally is a little door. Nondescript. A quaint, charming decor in the place, almost like dining in a person's home. The food was great - mostly Mediterranean with French influences. Boasting fresh food - source to table, it seems like the kind of place you can visit often and would have changing menus because of that freshness. My wife and I both picked from a 3-course chef's menu. My wife chose seafood items that were fresh and vibrant. A nice, farm-like ahi tartare with a moist and tangy seabass entree. I had the "farm" - a vegetable and bread appetizer (large enough to be a meal itself) and rack of lamb. Desserts were chocolate pudding (very rich) and coconut cheesecake. Fantastic taste and value.
Service was great - efficient but not intrusive. He seemed to play each table differently, as one group kept asking so many questions of our server, but he was still friendly and quite charming, while letting us have more quiet time.
You can also get some bakery items to go from next door, The Little Next Door.
The Little Door always delivers. I have been coming here for years and while the wines by the glass selection has shrunk (it used to be an amazingly large and varied selection) the food and wines are selected and done to perfection. Don't pass up the foie gras choices as an appetizer and enjoy the impeccable service as well. The front garden is a gem of a location for a romantic evening and the back room are quiet (fairly) and romantic as well. Don't pass this wonderful bit of France in LA!
Amazing service - simply out of this world food. The waiter was incredible - however, i mentioned that the dinner was for our 27yr wedding anniversary when I confirmed the reservation and nobody said anything or did anything as part of the service - a bit surprised.
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