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Little Door?

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My wife and I are coming to LA for 4 days in August. A friend suggested we have dinner for 2 at Little Door. Said it was romantic, small and a fun alternative to the larger "scene" restaurants.

We're going to Cut on one night of our trip and are looking for a different but delicious experience the next night.

Any Chowhound comments on the Little Door?

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  1. I've lived in LA for 10 years now and had heard some good things over the years. So we tried it for a friend's birthday. The patio is nice (yes, its romantic) but we ended getting shoved in a strange corner inside, though we had requested outside Food was blah... nothing to write home about and definitely didn't have anything memorable foodwise. Won't compare to Cut. I think you can find better for your trip to LA.

    1. Be aware that smoking is allowed in the patio. If you get one of the nice inside tables adjoining the patio, you will smell the smoke.

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      1. re: rnp0123

        Ah, the smoke... the Euros will feel right at home...

      2. We have always loved the little door. We have been going for many years. One of la's little jewels! We go there all of the time when friends are visiting from France, which is quite a few times a year. We have never been disappointed dining there. Descent wine list to boot. Granted, it's not one of the top restaurants or new hot spots for creative cuisine, but I think it is always consistently good, fun and can be romantic. The smoking part is true. If you are on the patio, you will be around smoke. Thats why all the euro hang out there.

        1. Great garden, decent food which is overpriced. It is true that's it's romantic and fun but it is most definitely a "scene" place.

          1. I love the Little Door. I don't feel like it is a scene at all. I have had several memorable meals there. From simple fish soup to duck in kumquat marmelade, everything has always been well executed and satisfying. It is considered by many to be the most romantic restaurant in LA. Nice wine list as well.

            1. The patio is great (I'm a smoker). It is very dark and romantic. The drinks are more memorable than the food. Plan on it being a looong night--the last time I was there they made us wait an entire hour AFTER our reservation time. (And there were only two of us!) The service is so-so, the food is so-so, my "dinner" was a three hour tour...but nonetheless, I really like it there. You really do feel like you're in an intimate Parisan bistro.

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              1. re: schrutefarms

                You're right about it being a long night there... Every time that I have been there, it seems to be a VERY leisurely meal - at least several hours from beginning to end. I've always gone with French friends and they love the the slow pace (and the ability to smoke at the table.) But the patio area is very lovely at night and they have some excellent French wines by the glass, as well as by the bottle. Some of the food is good (fois gras appetizer) and a lot is average.

                I think the patio at Pane e Vino on Beverly is a nice alternative to the Little Door for an outdoor dining area at night - with better food.

              2. Good atmosphere, mediocre food. I think you can stay away from the "scene" and still get good food with nice atmosphere elsewhere: Fraiche, Wilshire, Tasca, AOC, Providence or La Botte.