We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Le Petit Valentien

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
+1 805-966-0222
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

201 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 185: English reviews
Santa Barbara, California
Level Contributor
252 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a good small, privately owned and operated French restaurant. It consistently serves very good food at very reasonable prices. This time the service. was painfully slow and that was hard when all of us had work commitments and the waits were painful. I will go back because I have had so many good meals in this quaint informal... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Santa Monica, California
Level Contributor
94 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met this chef when he had a place in (of all places) Bakersfield, CA and followed him to Santa Barbara. It is more than a rarity to say that we could everthing on the menu in a restaurant - and almost have - and this place is that one in a million. Great starters (quail, snails en crepe, delicious... More 

Thank Michael H
Santa Barbara, California
Level Contributor
57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have lived in Santa Barbara a long time. We have walked past this beautiful, quaint little restaurant hundreds of times, literally. Every time we say to each other, we should try that. We never go in because it's a French restaurant and I am allergic to wine (sadly) so it's really difficult to find anything on... More 

Thank MesaSB
Los Angeles
Level Contributor
177 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Decided to eat here as we walked by - didn't need reservation for lunch during the week. Great lunch specials - my husband had the soup (butternut squash) and the fish and I had a spinach crepe. The food was excellent and the server very attentive. Next time we are in Santa Barbara will try this restaurant for dinner.

Thank kardex2dog
Escondido, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Wandered into Le Petit Valentien last weekend. We were visiting our son at UCSB and were looking for a restaurant to accommodate both our son (who wanted steak) and ourselves (who both love French cuisine) - and by happy accident found LPV. Service was very attentive and friendly but not obtrusive. Food was lovely - our son had steak with... More 

Thank Lisa D
Santa Barbara, California
Level Contributor
100 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Well priced, diverse menu and generally very good. The veal dish was very rich and somewhat greasy but my pork cutlet was thick and nicely prepared with a delicious relish. The sole was also quite greasy, with rather a lot of butter but despite that my almost 90 year old mother ate every morsel. Staff were very pleasant and seemed... More 

Thank Yelbid
Level Contributor
161 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I have been eating here for many years, but recently I was disappointed. The wait staff is very friendly. I arrived with a confirmed GROUPON voucher with confirmation number and name and the manager refused to accept it. I had to take my cell phone and search the confirmation which I found and they still would not cover the meal.... More 

Thank torontobiggs1
Level Contributor
49 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We have eaten at Le Petit Valentien many times but tonight we're not happy with our dinner. We visited the restaurant on Sunday for the four course dinner. Most of our meal was very good but what a disappointing bouillabaisse. First of all, there was very little to eat--- two shrimp , a few mussels and clams and two skinny... More 

Thank Penny1968
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Loved the ethiopian food on offer over weekends - outstanding value and quality. Beautiful setting and staff very helpful. This review by a complete foodie.

Thank garyaO3579LT
Memphis, Tennessee
Level Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We almost didn't dine for lunch because it was not at all crowded as were other nearby restaurants, but how happy we were to enjoy an amazing meal. The dish had a lemon butter caper sauce. Yummy!

Thank Cindybug2013

Travellers who viewed Le Petit Valentien also viewed

Santa Barbara, CA

Been to Le Petit Valentien? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
French, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-0222

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Le Petit Valentien and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Le Petit Valentien staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?