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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
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.
Little Village was highly recommended to me for a family dinner. The ambiance was really great! The reason I did not give it a higher score is because the service was a little slow. Our waiter was very nice, however, we re-ordered a drink (just a beer) and after 15-20 minutes, we had to ask again. It took almost 30 minutes to get it. The wine list is good and bottles are half price on Tuesday. You must get the bread, super delicious! Overall, good experience and I would recommend to friends.
I live within walking distance, and so go to The Little Village -Downtown a lot. This time was one of the few visits marred by poor service. The waitress had no clue as to what the food she was touting was. She was totally unfamiliar with the wine list (even the wines available by the glass). The foot was as usual great, but my dinner guest and I rolled our eyes many a time over her inability really to be of any help at all.
I hosted my Easter staff luncheon at The Little Village and they were most impressed. We had the private room which aloud us to celebrate with great joy and laughter. The food, service and setting excessed expectations. It was a wonderful way to say thank you to a great team that makes our church and school such a success. Every course; appetizers, entrées and desserts were outstanding in presentation and flavor. The whole dining experience was enhanced by the quality of service provided by Clayton our waiter.
Other than them trying to seat us in the middle of the restaurant, which is honestly terrible seating, our server and our food were great. I was even given a free dessert for it being my birthday which I normally don't even like bread pudding and this was fantastic. Apparently, you can reserve tables so I suggest doing that so they won't try and seat you somewhere awful like a middle table.
We were touring parts of the south and spent an evening in Baton Rouge. The hotel staff recommended The Village, said to be excellent and a quick walk. The hostess stated that a table wasn't available without a reservation that evening. We arrived around 5:00 pm and there were very few tables that had patrons. We opted to sit at the bar and have a cocktail. The bar tender was excellent and a very gracious young lady. She asked whether we wanted to eat at the bar and we decided we would find another location for dinner for a better opportunity to find a table. We enjoyed visiting with the bar tender so much that we ordered another cocktail. Out of curiosity, I pulled my phone out and pulled up The Village on OpenTable. Reservation openings were available every 15 minutes. I signed us up for a time about 15 minutes out. We trooped up to the hostess station at the appropriate time. Feeling smug, we were promptly seated in the dining room. We were very happy with our decision! The Village bread (highly recommended by our bar tender) was excellent. Our dinners, chicken Milanese and the night's special, were delicious. Our waiter did a wonderful job and recommended a spectacular wine, Whitehall Lane Cabernet. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will certainly go back when we return to Baton Rouge!
The food and drinks were great as usual. The service was not so much. This was the second time in as many visits that we had horrible service. I like to give a place a second chance to redeem themselves, they failed miserably on their second chance. Unfortunately we will probably not go back. Too many other great restaurants with better service to continue to get bad service at Yhe Little Village.
Sea Bass was good but price made me choke. Have been to plenty of fine dining restaurants and had sea bass just as good and didn't pay $45. Also don't mind paying for good food but that was not in line with the rest of the menu. Also you pay for the bread there. $10.50 for half loaf. So I guess the meal was ok and the service was decent, stick to the Italian food if you want a reasoable price range.
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