Little Next Door

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Little Next Door The Little Next Door in Central LA is a casual but sceney French bistro seemingly plucked from Paris. Come enjoy le morning in Los Angeles with Party Earth. Los Angeles United States 34.072305 -118.36735
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Little Next Door - Café in Los Angeles.
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Party Earth Review Le petite sister of fancy and much-beloved Mediterranean restaurant Little Door, the always busy – and aptly named, given its location – Little Next Door offers patrons a more casual spot to enjoy a bit of Paris in the... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11am–11pm, F–Su 9am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Little Next Door Review

The Scene

The Little Next Door in Central LA is a casual but sceney French bistro seemingly plucked from Paris. Come enjoy le morning in Los Angeles with Party Earth.

Le petite sister of fancy and much-beloved Mediterranean restaurant Little Door, the always busy – and aptly named, given its location – Little Next Door offers patrons a more casual spot to enjoy a bit of Paris in the heart of LA.

A vibrant blue façade makes the venue hard to miss, even without the boisterous groups of trendy Hollywood insiders and French European expats chatting on the covered patio that could have been plucked from Boulevard du Montparnasse.

Lush plants hang high above the patio as patrons fuel their morning with wild mushroom eggs Benedict and croque madame, or just quietly relax at their wrought-iron table with the paper and some pastries.

The azure hues are repeated inside, where the vibrant blue walls coexist with the reflective flicker of wine bottles tucked into a massive wooden rack that stretches to the ceiling.

Rattan chairs surround most of the small tables, where glossy-eyed couples get intimate over moules frites and hot gourmet sandwiches, or just dive into the host of artisan desserts that radiate sugary succulence from the large display case.

Though visitors can expect a wait to dine most days – especially for the weekend brunch that runs till 4pm – an outing at Little Next Door is a signature LA experience not to be missed.

As for the wait? As the French waiters will say…c'est la vie.

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Tip from Emma:

Little Next Door offers absolutely delicious and beautifully arranged gift baskets. Splurge and get Le Panier Deluxe, which comes with champagne, wine, foie gras, terrines, charcuterie, artisan cheese, caviar, and baked organic bread. So what if it’s $450 or more? Pool your friends – you only live once!

  • Crowd

    Hollywood insiders, French expats, up-and-coming actors, groups of chatty friends, couples, would-be couples on dates, celebrities, and savvy tourists, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Light European lounge music. Lots of people-watching.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of seasonal and organic French dishes like eggs Benedict, omelets, moules frites, croque monsieur, gourmet sandwiches, and a popular selection of pastries and artisanal desserts.

    Catering services available. Homemade jams and jellies available for purchase. Specialty and event cake menu available.

    Wine available for carry-out. Brunch served F–Su till 4pm.

  • Prices

    Breakfast and brunch menu $9–$14, sides $1.50–$6, appetizers $7.50–$18, salads $5–$18, sandwiches $10–$16, entrées $19–$24, desserts $2.50–$7, gift baskets $16–$450+.

    Beer $6, wine $10–$13+/glass or $27–$65+/bottle, cocktails $9–$19.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy casual: button-downs without ties, sports jackets, nice sweaters, designer workout attire, dresses, fancy jeans.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the morning to beat the crowd or after 10am most days, especially on sunny weekends, for a guaranteed wait but also some stellar people-watching.

  • Close By

    The Little Door (8164 West 3rd Street) is just steps away and offers a swankier setting in which to enjoy an even wider array of scrumptious Mediterranean fare.

Little Next Door User Reviews

Average rating:
French gourmandise in LA
Julia M. Nov 13, 2012
The Little Next Door, the brasserie off-shoot of the well-known Little Door restaurant, offers all the charm of a casual French bistro du coin, albeit on a busy LA boulevard. The inside seating consists of an L-shaped counter area surrounded by all the delicacies necessary for French gourmandise. Although pleasant enough, if possible angle for a spot on the Mediterranean-hued covered patio, outfitted with plenty of wrought iron and heat lamps. The Little Next Door offers a good selection salads and artisan sandwiches, however the real fun lies in more substantial offerings such as the Moroccan lamb stew and roasted saffron salmon. They also offer many of the signature dishes of any stalwart French café, such as moules frites and croque madame. Our French waitress recommended we round out our meal with the Chef's Special Plate, an assortment of charcuterie, terrine and cheeses that transported us back to our favorite Marais wine bar. If you don't have time for a sit-down meal, The Little Next Door doubles as a bakery, deli and wine shop. The pastries are up to Parisian standards and they have a good selection of mid-priced French wines.
So stuck up.
Nikki L. Nov 6, 2012
I never want to go back to Little Next Door. No matter how cute the front is or however much like Paris people think it is. It's not going to happen. I don't even know if the food here is good or not because the prices were so high and the experience so sour, I can't remember what anything tasted like. However good it may have been, it couldn't have been worth it. The service is terrible! So slow, fake accents, and our waitress actually WHINED when I asked if they had a dessert menu. Apparently, it's really big, and she didn't want to have to bring it out to me. What the heck kind of customer service is that? Doghoused.
Great Cafe
Brehan F. Oct 5, 2012
Little Next Door is super sceney, which I'm normally not into. However, their food backs them up, and that's why I'm okay with it. Their charcuterie and cheese are super yummy (granted I don't think it's as good as Joan's on Third, but it's still pretty phenomenal). The setting is wonderful, and the staff are super helpful. I love sitting at a table outside, even by myself, and just watching the day pass with an iced tea or latte. Great spot for reading if you don't mind that it can get a bit crowded. Also good to know, these guys have fabulous gift baskets - I take advantage of their baskets every holiday season.
Mmmmm...Mussels!
Stacy F. Oct 5, 2012
I love LND so much! Great little unassuming French joint on 3rd. I recommend for breakfast/brunch. The food tastes fresh, organic, and delicious. For the eggs benedict lovers, they have a variety of benedicts, baguette French toast, great omelettes, quiche lorraine, etc If you go for dinner, I highly recommend the moules frites. Perfectly fried frites and tasty mussels. They have an impressive wine list, great bellinis, and other beers and specialty cocktails. And for the sweet tooth, there’s a small patisserie inside where you can find French macarons, cakes, cookies, etc. I think you can even order wedding/birthday cakes.
A Taste of Paris in LA
Katherine H. Sep 6, 2012
The moment you walk through the entrance of this little gem, you can almost hear the French accordion's singing from Paris. Perfect chocolate galettes, candies and the best ham and cheese croissant you can buy outside the "City of Lights" live here. Just like many busy Parisian cafes, "The Little Next Door" is buzzing with life-- a table of artists talk over black coffees, while aspiring models sip on foamy cappuccinos. French is in the air, and everyone is invited. Not only is this a charming cafe, but also a wonderful lunch and romantic dinner spot. "The Little Next Door" is not to be missed.
J'adore
Sara G. Aug 3, 2012
This is a great spot to feel très chic and pretend you're on vacation in Paris. Their food is amazing and while they're generally always crowded, it's the perfect place to linger over your latte and read a good book. I have yet to go for dinner, but this is one of my favorites in LA to plant myself, linger a bit, and enjoy the day. I agree with the other comment - great day date spot. Which also makes it perfect for people-watching!
A little bit of Paris in LA
Paul F. Aug 2, 2012
The Little Next Door is one of the best outdoor cafes in Los Angeles, period. The last time I was there I had a sandwich with incredible smoked salmon, Tzatziki and arugula complemented with a glass of French wine that I can't pronounce. The waiters were all French and VERY knowledgeable about the menu. The entire front of the restaurant is outdoors, and there's really no reason to sit inside. This place is really best during the day, especially great for day-dates. But it can also be a chill alternative to their extra-pricey sister restaurant Little Door (next door). Order their Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame - you will not be disappointed.
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