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About The Little Village - Downtown
A modern take on the original Village restaurant (established in 1947), our reputation is for serving Baton Rouge’s finest Italian, Prime Beef, Maine Lobster, Veal and fresh Gulf seafood. The Downtown location features daily specials, a full bar and can accommodate private parties for up to fifty. We also have space for up to 15 guests in our bar area where dinner is also served.
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Italian, Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We specialize in wedding rehearsals and corporate lunches and dinners. We offer custom six course sit down dinners as well as gorgeous buffets with carving stations and of course you can order right off of our menu that offer daily specials. We can also cater your every need at your residence, office or off site facility.
Downtown parking is available on the street (metered during the day) and FREE in the evening at all meters. We also have handicapped parking a few steps from our front door.
City buses operate nearby for a nominal fee as well as a free downtown trolley system with stops nearby. Ask your hotel concierge for the best available transit option depending on your starting location and time of arrival/departure.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
A modern take on the original Village restaurant, our reputation is for serving Baton Rouge’s finest Italian food. Offering daily specials and a full bar, The Little Village has both warmth and charm, making it a dining experience unlike any other in the capital city.
The Little Village - Downtown Ratings and Reviews
Our table was ready as soon as we arrived, we sat down, & the server immediately came and took our drink order. After receiving our drinks & having a chance to visit, the waiter returned to ask if we wanted appetizers, which we ordered. They were brought out in a timely manner, & he offered the specials of the evening, & asked if we had any questions. We had a few minutes to look over the menu, & then placed our orders. Drinks were refilled without having to ask, & orders were brought out and served to the four of us at the same time. The food was well cooked, and we all enjoyed a great dinner. We were never rushed to leave our table. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
Went to the downtown location for a date night. We had a reservation at 8:45. Seating is very tight even with our party of two. After 30 mins waiting for our waiter to take our drink order, we decided to order an app with our drinks. Total time for two to eat was 2+ hours. I enjoy a slow dinner, but it was a little overkill. The food was bland, and could use seasoning. We both had pasta dishes. The bread pudding was the best I've ever had! Overall, the dinner was not worth $130 for two with a glass of wine.
Honestly if you haven't been to The Little Village - Downtown and tasted the bread you're seriously missing out on life! This bread is AMAZING! Worth every penny and every bite. The cocktails are fun and tasty. The servers really take the time to clear your spots and make sure they are attending to you. It's a pricey meal but you're looking at quality food and service which is very hard to find in Baton Rouge and probably Louisiana in general.
They were extremely accommodating and helpful. I had an apt for 12 folks, but they all showed up at different times. The wait staff was great, they brought out our drinks and apps with no delay. I'm not sure about everyone else but my food was bland and the chicken was over cooked. The shrimp seemed to be rather large and smelly, as I noted my lunch neighbor ordered, she stated it was bland and had No taste what so ever. The bread and olive seasoning seemed to help. Guess Fridays not the best day for food, although, I never find a white sauce better than mine..
Phenomenal food but the tables are so close together that you constantly have to scoot to make room when someone at the next table gets up, or duck when they receive their orders. Also, if they're loud (like the table beside ours was) it ruins the atmosphere. But the food is worth it.
For the second time in as many business lunches, the fish special was overlooked, dry and tasteless. I thought it was a fluke the first time, but twice in a row? I didn't complain at the time because I had set up this lunch meeting there for the ambiance and good service and reputation - of course the bread is great - and I didn't want to spoil the discussion by complaining about the food. I will not set up a business lunch there again.
We had a reunion of family at noon on a Wednesday. I made a reservation for 6 and was gratefully surprised that they had given me a room with a view with a door so that our family could enjoy being together without disturbing other diners. The servers were exceptional, quietly attentive, gracious and congenial. All of us agreed that the dishes we ordered met all our expectations and more along with the restaurant decor, staff and ambiance. The red fish almondine was one of the favorites and the seafood salad. My thanks to our servers for making it a memorable occasion.
The veal special was horrible. The sauce was terrible and the chef forgot to put the crab meat on top so the waiter had to go back and get it. It didn't matter, the dish was not eatable. The spaghetti and meatballs was watery and not very tasty. Overall, bad experience. Will not ever go back.
We are regulars at the Airline Hwy location & were attending an art show downtown. The bread was very dry, filet over cooked , my wife's red fish was dry and over cooked and bland. My laganea was bland... it was the worst Little village meal I ever had. Plus there were screaming kids in the place... we had a party of 4 and spent $200... what a waste... very disappointed , but the waitress was very nice and her service was excelllent. I won't visits this location anytime soon
When we arrived we were brought to a very small table in a corner with a partition separating us from the bar. I asked if we could have another table more in the restaurant main dining area. The girl shot back "where would you like to sit", again I asked for the main dining area. We were seated and served by a pleasant waitress who gave us very good service.
I must comment on the meatballs and spaghetti which was very bland, my wife's eggplant parmigiana was excellent, and our salads were good as well along with the Village Bread.
The chicken Marsala was extremely sweet. It tasted like wine and sugar. It was also rubbery and cold. The sauce on the chicken parmigiana tasted like watery canned tomato sauce.
The bread and artichoke appetizer were both very good. You do not need to order anything with the bread. It is delicious without any additions.
The server was nice but brought the appetizer and salads at the same time. For the price range, this restaurant should have servers who know that courses should be served separately.
If you go for appetizers only, you should enjoy yourself. The entrees were bad, even though they seemed like safe choices at an Italian restaurant.
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