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Little Sparrow

300 N. Main St. (3rd St.) Send to Phone
714-265-7640 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Downtown Santa Ana has found its culinary center at this exciting restaurant featuring bold contemporary cuisine and a killer bar-lounge.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun.
Open late
Features
  • Dress code: Business casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Dining room at Little Sparrow, Santa Ana, CA

Little Sparrow Restaurant Review

: Little Sparrow’s compact, faux-retro dining room is elegant yet warm with soft white hues --- a good juxtaposition for the darker, jazzier adjacent lounge area located down the building’s hall. This proper downtown bistro sets the stage for executive chef Eric Samaniego, a protégé of the late Charlie Trotter, who also worked with David Myers in Los Angeles prior to landing in Orange County. His menu of simple, adventure-tinged cuisine nods ever-so-slightly to French philosophies and techniques. The edible escapade begins at the first course with fried chicken skins, roasted bone marrow, savory popcorn with Japanese spices, and house-made terrines. Entrées like salmon with quinoa and sauce Maltise, roasted duck breast with parsnip risotto, and pici with tender braised lamb neck are standards composed in a way that makes their flavor profiles seem new and fresh. And while tasty desserts like the cardamom crème brûlée and huckleberry cornmeal cobbler await at meal’s end, the proper way to top your dining experience is with a vintage cocktail in the lounge. On Sundays, early risers can drop by to partake of brunch dishes like crème fraîche pancakes.

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