Little Sparrow

A California Bistro

"Restaurant of the Year" Orange Coast Magazine

"Best New Restaurant" Brad Johnson, OC Register

"Best Cocktail Lounge" OC Weekly


Dinner service and the cocktail bar at Little Sparrow open at 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Sunday Brunch is served from 10:00am until 3:00pm.



For phone reservations call
714-265-7640 after 2:00pm.

Little Sparrow is a small neighborhood bistro style restaurant with limited seating. Online reservations are available for up to 10 guests and we always set aside a limited number of tables for walk-ins. Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance. For large parties, special events, and private parties please contact us by phone.

In order to ensure guests with later reservations aren't asked wait, tables are held for 15 minutes; 25 minutes if you call to let us know you are running late.


Featuring regional and seasonal French and California cuisine, the atmosphere is lively, casual, and intimate.

Chef Eric Samaniego is constantly reinventing and evolving the menus. Often you will find influences from classic French cuisine mixed with regional American, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Asian flavors.

Dinner & Wine Menu

Craft Cocktails

Drink better, not more.

Our bar is about drinking and dining and friends. It feels a bit like a romantic lounge and features a small crew crafting a range of classic and original cocktails.

Cocktail & Spirit Menu


Eating breakfast, even at noon, means the day has just begun and good things can still happen.

Voted "Best Brunch" by OC Weekly, we do a very simple breakfast very well. Classic eggs perfectly cooked. A stack of fluffy pancakes. Great coffee from Kean Coffee Roasters down the street.

Brunch Menu

Dive Bar Tuesdays

Crappy food done well. We play it a little loose with the Dive Bar menu. Music from the 80's or maybe 90's Brit-punk; sometimes we leave it up to you. 25% off cocktails, beer, and wine. No corkage for your crappy grocery store wine. And, a shot of whiskey and can of beer are $6. Only in the bar, not the dining room (they get to eat fancy over there).

Wine Wednesdays

In sharp contrast to Tuesday nights, Wedensday is all about wine and food. We do a special $60 tasting menu and wine pairing dinner every week and feature occassional guest speakers who have something interesting to say. All full bottles of wine are 50% off. All of them.