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French expat restaurateur and partner Fréderic Meschin says that leaving Los Angeles after 35 years to open The Little Door Santa Barbara felt like “coming home.” Like the town between Bordeaux and Cognac where he grew up, Santa Barbara is also a small seaside community that attracts many visitors and has great local wines, tremendous organic produce and easily accessible just-caught seafood. The Little Door Santa Barbara captures the casual, romantic feel of a Belle Epoque restaurant. Soft light that, as Frederic says, “honors the night,” bathes the bar and the dining room in a warm glow. The walls are hung with a collection of drawings and watercolors by Belle Epoque artist Edouard Chimol. Executive Chef Oscar Ledesma offers contemporary-American fare, but includes decidedly French accents and influences from around the Mediterranean, including the Middle East and North Africa. The menu is intentionally compact to reflect what’s freshest and best today at the harbor and the farmers markets. It includes appetizers like charcuterie and California foie gras, fresh mussels and oysters. Entrées include whole local rockfish or chicken baked in the oak-fired oven, grilled local salmon and halibut, an impressive collection of steaks, and delicious, beautifully seasoned vegetarian and lamb couscous. Passionate about service and hospitality, Fréderic and companion Fatos Silan provide a warm welcome while attending to every detail to ensure that The Little Door Santa Barbara opens to a world of deep enjoyment.
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