Le Petit Paris brings a true French brasserie dining experience to downtown L.A.’s historic core
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Le Petit Paris and Ryan Tanaka
Experience life in France without ever leaving the city via this glamorous, Parisian-inspired restaurant and brasserie that looks like it was plucked straight out of the City of Light. Opened in late 2015 by restaurateurs David and Fanny Rolland (the husband and wife owners of Miramar Plage on La Croisette and the original Le Petit Paris, both in Cannes), the classically elegant establishment immerses guests in an authentic French environment from the time they step foot into the expansive, two-level space—complete with opulent interiors, French-trained chefs, European wines and even a gift shop featuring imported artisanal goods.
Nestled within the historic El Dorado building—built in 1913 as the El Dorado Hotel, where Charlie Chaplin once lived—Le Petit Paris evokes French culture through its chic environs. Think a grand staircase, circular crystal chandeliers, gold-leaf columns, vibrant red carpeting, wood flooring, tufted banquettes, modern brasserie seats, vintage wingback chairs and hand-painted tiles, along with a cozy candle-filled fireplace, a massive mural of the Eiffel Tower and a glass-front wine wall. As for the menu, Executive Chef Baptiste Grellier (from the eatery’s outpost in Cannes) prepares upscale French fare using seasonal, market-fresh ingredients. Among the favorites are Risotta De Noix De St Jacques Asperges Et Truffe (scallop risotto with black truffle and green asparagus) and Linguine Au Homard Et Sa Crème De Homard (lobster linguine with artichokes, tomato confit and lobster cream).
Also on the lineup is a full accompaniment of European and Californian wines, along with signature cocktails crafted with house-made syrups and juices (like the Le Provençal featuring Bacardi rum, lavender, lime juice and egg white).
Complementing the beverage program are monthly wine dinners (with upcoming events set for March 23 and April 20); a Sunday brunch buffet (complete with crepes and a chocolate fondue fountain); live jazz on Wednesdays; and a resident French DJ spinning nightly. Meanwhile, the gift shop, La Boutique, is stocked with everything from fragrances and hand-crafted jewelry to macaroons, eclairs and foie gras made in-house daily.
“People should know that a trip to Le Petit is an experience that will make them feel as if they are visiting France,” says owner David Rolland. “We plan to continue offering an authentic French dining experience to both locals and visitors to Los Angeles in a beautiful setting.” Prepare for a moveable feast!