Welcome to Little Sparrow

Award-Winning New American Cuisine in historic downtown Santa Ana, CA

Selected by Tom Colicchio and Bravo! as one of the 16 Best New Restaurants in the U.S.

Show premiers Wednesday, January 21st. We'll be on February 25th.

More Info at BravoTV.com


Saturday, February 14th, we're featuring a romantic 3-course prix fixe dinner. $75 per person. See the menu, or reserve Now.

Late Night
Happy Hour

Tuesday - Saturday at 10:00 pm. Cocktails are $8 and all other drinks are 25% off (yes, even that rare Scotch).


1/2 off all bottles of wine on our list every Wednesday night.


Our regular menu features original versions of 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, & Cocktail Menu

Craft Cocktails

Drink better, not more.

Our cocktail list is one of the best in Orange County, with 30-40 original and classic cocktails and bartenders that get very excited about cocktail geekery.

Dinner, Wine, & Cocktail Menu


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. We also serve bottomless mimosas and one heck of a spicy Bloody Mary.

Brunch Menu

Valentines Romance?

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Little Sparrow. Romanitc dinner dinner for two, $75 per person. Reserve soon, we booked up fast last year. Stay tuned for complete menu.

Wine Wednesdays

Wednesday evenings seem to be the night wine lovers go out to dinner, and that is the night we feature a 50% off all full bottles of wine on our list. Need more incentive? We have what Orange Coast Magazine A Little Gem of a Wine List

Dinner & Cocktails

5:00pm - close, Tuesday - Saturday.

Sunday Brunch

10:00am - 3:00pm.

Phone Reservations

Always try to reserve online first; it is immediate and searches all available tables.

Because we are generally open for dinner & drinks, the phones (and voice messages) aren't usually answered until early afternoon. 714-265-7640.


Little Sparrow is a small neighborhood bistro with limited seating. Reservations are assigned tables in the dining room and the bar-room. Let us know if you have a preference.

Getting In

Online reservations are available for up to 10 guests; for larger groups and private parties, please contact us by phone or email. We set aside some tables for walk-ins. Online reservations are available up to 30 days in advance.


If you know you cannot make your reservation please cancel it so the table becomes available for someone else.

If you are very late, there is a good chance we'll have given your table to a walk-in and you will get the next available.