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Petit Valentien
1114 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 966-0222

  • Category: American, French
  • Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 5pm-Close, Sun 4:30pm-Close
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Reviews by the General Public

Great Food and Awesome service
Reviewer: Sylvie from Santa Barbara, CA
Ladies night @ Petit Valentien was perfect. The french food is amazing. The Veal Milanese with Brie was perfect. Very nice wine selection and our server made our dining experience wonderful.


Ethiopian food is great
Reviewer: Sue from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I have eaten here many times but this Sunday was the first time we had lunch there. It was their usual inexpensive food but add to that very tasty food and something new to both of us. We recommend trying it. Their spice is little different than we are use to but very good a little spicy but also a little sweetness all in all very good flavors. Try it at least once I highly recommend it to everyone.


Never Disappoints
Reviewer: Dave from Santa Barbara, CA
Having eaten here more than 30 times, my wife and I have been amazed at the consistently high level of quality and service we have experienced. The wine list is a great combination of Californian and French wines, all at a very fair mark up. The soup dejour is always something to look forward to and the entrees include a selection of beef, chicken, fish, or lamb. For dessert, the creme brûlée is the best. We only wish the cheesecake had a crust! We keep wondering when we will have a less than satisfactory dining experience. It has yet to happen!


Petit Valentien - Food for thought!
Reviewer: Richard Mineards from Santa Barbara, CA
Undoubtedly one of the most charming eateries in our Eden by the Beach. The food is always well up to par and you can't beat the charming location in La Arcada, yet just a tiara's toss from State Street. During my career I've eaten at some of the world's top restaurants, particularly in Paris and London, but for the menu and the price Petit Valentien is hard to beat.


Wonderful!
Reviewer: charles from Santa Barbara, CA
I took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner. The help was so friendly and attentive. My girlfriend had Duck and she absolutely loved it. The chef even came to our table to talk with us. The atmosphere was comfortable and clean. I would definitely recommend!


Disappointed
Reviewer: Louise Gunn from Santa Barbara, CA
After visiting this restaurant for the last five years and thinking it was the best in Santa Barbara we were to be disappointed twice in January . The food was just very average , escargot was still half frozen in the middle and tasteless , the steak was over cooked and I have had better out of Ralph's . The one piece of quail was nine dollars to be put on top of a orange slice ! The cheese plate was disappointing the mouse had better ! Shame that they changed the real butter to portion packets ! In saying that the charcuterie plate was great when available . Staff were great . Sorry shall not be back .


What a waste of time
Reviewer: Matt from Santa Barbara, CA
After being rejected over an over to use our travelzoo for dinner we decided to come in for a lunch. Waited about one hour to get our food. Which was not cooked properly. The place was understaffed and possibly the slowest in SB. I will never return and quite frankly havent been this displeased at any dining establishment in santa barbara. Literally never waited so long for a drink or an app or meal or dessert. Next time a place signs up for groupon or travelzoo tey should be aware of how it works.


Petit Valentien redeemed themselves
Reviewer: Karen from Santa Barbara, CA
Because I just had to write a terrible review of Cafe Stella I thought I better write about a couple of good restaurant experiences including Petit Valentien. We had had a not so good experience several months ago but several of our friends decided to purchase the Travlezoo special so we did too. Our experience was great this time. Our waiter was great and the food delicious. We were having such a good time that the waiter, very politely, had to come over to let us know that a group of six with a reservation was waiting for our table. He did not tell us we had to leave right away and was very kind about the whole situation. There is a right way to handle things and a wrong way....this was definitely handled the right way. Thank you Petit Valentien!


Wonderful!
Reviewer: Susan from Santa Barbara, CA
I love this restaurant..I've been many times for dinner, but today was the first time I had visited for lunch; absolutely delicious. The chicken caesar salad was so delicious we ordered another to take home. Romaine lettuce hearts, succulent chicken, and a dressing to die for. And the service matched..the waiter (I wish I had his name) was so efficient, poised and polite. I'll go again.


Awesome - Awesome!
Reviewer: Christine from Santa Barbara, CA
Went for dinner on a Travelzoo offer and everything was exceptional. This was our first time dining here and "dining" it was! Best salad ever with beets & goat cheese, duck confit marvelous and the pork loin with mussels, shrimp in broth was tender and delicious. Staff extremely attentive with just a look in their direction, they are at your side to see if you need anything. Would love to try other dishes and this will definitely be the dining place for special occasions.


The best place in Santa Barbara by far
Reviewer: Sue Smiley from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I dine here all the time, we love the food at such a reasonable price and the great staff who do the cooking and serving. It is the little gem of Santa Barbara. I have not had a bad meal here they all have been outstanding and the price so very reasonable. My husband and myself start with small plates then split a main plate and if we are still hungry go for dessert. Keep up the good work Robert and all your staff.


Disappointed
Reviewer: Dan L from Santa Barbara, CA
We sadly had a very disappointing experience at Petit last night. From the failure to find our confirmed reservation, to the food that was so spicy that my wife couldn't even eat both our side, or her entrée. I was nearly done with my entrée before our server, who never checked back, was even close enough to flag down. As I was so close to finishing, it was too late to get a replacement for my wife. We were celebrating a special occasion, so our poor experience was even more pronounced.


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