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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
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.
Enjoyed spending our anniversary celebrating here! The only bad thing would be the way we were treated when we walked through the door. The manager was not very polite or welcoming, and that is a huge turnoff considering this a not a cheap place to dine. However, I'm glad we stayed, because we wound having a lovely evening!
On a Wednesday, my wife and I chose to try Little Village for our third anniversary celebration. We made reservations ahead of time and were seated immediately. Though the restaurant was mostly empty, we were seated at a two-top which shared bench seating with two other tables, both of which were occupied.
It was our waitress's very first night serving, period. As in, this was her first waiting job. She dropped a stack of plates near our table and nearly spilled food on the gentleman next to us. She was pleasant, but clearly new at her job.
I ordered an old fashioned and my wife had a cocktail. They brought back a glass of maker's mark on the rocks with an orange slice in it. This is not what an old fashioned is. My wife enjoyed her cocktail.
We ordered a half loaf of bread with tapenade and garlic as an appetizer. The bread was pretty decent in and of itself, but they put so much parmesan cheese on top that it dried my mouth out when I took a bite. The garlic was literally served as just an entire clove of garlic that had been baked. Tapenade was fine.
For my entre, I ordered the spaghetti and meatballs, because I do this on my first visit to any italian place; If you can't cook spaghetti, you can't cook italian. What I received could have come from a can of chef boyardee. Dried pasta cooked beyond al dente, covered in a watery, underseasoned red sauce accompanied by two undercooked (yet dry) and underseasoned meatballs.
My wife had the lobster bisque. After the first bite, she determined that she may in fact be eating a bowl of melted butter. There was no lobster to be found in flavor or substance.
The waitstaff is not professional and as far as I can tell, the dishwasher wouldv'e probably done a better job cooking the food. For a meal that cost nearly $100, I feel severely dissapointed given all the hype surrounding this place. Will not be back.
Everything was great!! The only thing we were not too impressed was with fried calamari, it had a different consistency and the taste was just ok. We had it before in other occasions and it was great, this time it was just ok and there was very little on the plate.
Other than this it was a great dinner!!
This is both my mother's and my favorite restaurant so it was only fitting to bring her here on Mother's Day. From the service, to the food, to the management staff--everything was absolutely perfect. They made it a memorable experience and helped me show how much I truly appreciate my Mom. We will be back again soon!
Ok the bread is incredible. Italian bread in olive oil and Parmesan cheese with fresh roasted garlic and olive tapenade. That alone is worth coming for! That's why most people come here. We've ate here for several years now. For the bread. And.., Of all things the steak! Yep steak at an Italian restaurant. I would have never thunk it! Amazing! The filet is my favorite in town. Tender moist and so flavorful. Wow -Give it a try! Cocktails are great also- try a lemon drop. Husband enjoys the fish dishes... I think as bass. Cheese cake topped it off !
This was a wonderful dining experience. A high quality, gourmet experience where its obvious the details matter to the chef. The menu items aren't cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for.
The server (Abigail?) was super friendly and helpful and checked on us adequately.
If you like fish, you must try the Sea bass. The overall dinner presentation was outstanding. Would highly recommend for special occasions. Be sure to make a reservation!
Cute place but although most of the food was ok, mine was raw. The fish I ordered was served raw by mistake! I had to send it back to be cooked and got my meal after the rest of my party was finished. The manager did comp the platre. They are known for ttheir bread appetizer which has lots of okive oil. Apparently the guests before us had rubbed the oul on the chairs and 3 of the people in our party left with oil stains on their clothing. We were there for a graduation celebration so we ended up going to graduation with oil stains on our dress clothes. Not a good choice.
I very much enjoyed my few glasses of Pinot Gris. I thought the bottles of wine were overpriced so got several glasses for cheaper. I tried my husbands spaghetti and meatballs and it was delicious! I ordered the leguinie and clams and was very disappointed. There was no flavor, too much red pepper and my noodles were over cooked. I was told I must try the bread as an appetizer. It did not disappoint! I got all the sides to go with it and would do that again.
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