Welcome to
Little Sparrow

A California Bistro in
historic downtown Santa Ana

"Restaurant of the Year" Orange Coast Magazine
"Best New Restaurant" Brad Johnson, OC Register
"Best Cocktail Lounge" OC Weekly

Dinner & Cocktails

We open at 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Sunday Brunch

10:00am until 3:00pm. Reservations accepted, but not usually needed.

Phone Reservations

It is best to try to reserve online first; it is immediate, automated, and searches all available tables. Call 714-265-7640 after 3:00pm. Voice messages will be answered after 3:00pm.


Little Sparrow is a small neighborhood bistro with limited seating. Reservations will be assigned tables in both 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 and we set aside some tables for walk-ins. You may book up to 30 days in advance. Larger groups and private parties, please contact us by phone.


So guests with later reservations aren't asked to wait, we allow you to be up to 15 minutes late before your resevation is 'no-show'; 25 minutes if you call.


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 & Beer 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.

Little Sparrow & Bottle Logic 6-Course Dinner with Beer Pairings.

6 Course Tasting Menu with Beer Pairings From Bottle Logic of Anaheim. Wednesday, Augest 20th. $95 per person. One seating at 7:00 pm. Reservations Required.

Click to see the menu.