Best New

We've been selected by Tom Colicchio and Bravo! as one of the 16 Best New Restaurants in the U.S.

Welcome to
Little (French) Sparrow

A California Bistro in
downtown Santa Ana

We've created a French cuisine 'pop-up' in our own restaurtant. The entire Fall menu is full of French inspired dishes.

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. Call 714-265-7640 after 3:00pm and voice mail is answered after 3:00pm.


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. We set aside some tables for walk-ins. Book up to 30 days in advance. Larger groups and private parties, please contact us by phone.


So later reservations aren't asked to wait, at 15 minutes late your resevation is considered 'no-show'; 25 minutes if you call.


Our regular menu features 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 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.

Dinner, Wine, & Cocktail 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. We also serve bottomless mimosas and one heck of a spicy Bloody Mary.

Brunch Menu

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.

Santa Ana Calendar

• DTSA Farmers' Market every Thursday evening.
• Art Walk is every first Saturday.
• Savor Santa Ana - A Stroll For The Soul coming Thursday, October 16th.