From the outside, Le Petit Chateau looks like a charming mini castle.
Once inside you will not be disappointed. The soaring heavy wood beamed
ceilings and illuminated shuttered windows overlooking the dining area
further enhance the warm comfortable feeling of an old world French country
estate. Coats of arms, plate rails, landscapes, wall hangings and various
art collectibles line the walls above the banquettes and
intimate booths . The warm homey atmosphere is carried into
the cozy bar area, a great place to stop on your way in for lunch or dinner.
The full bar features a martini menu, from the traditional classics to
the latest trendy creations, as well as a selection of wines by the glass.
After dinner another stop, for an after dinner brandy or digestif. Le
Petit Chateau's bar also makes a wonderful place to just spend some time
with friends or perhaps even make some new ones.
Christiane and Andrew Higgs have owned Le Petit Chateau for
twenty-one of its nearly forty-three year history and take great pride
in emphasizing not only quality prepared food but also top notch service.
This combination of food and service is what contributed to Le Petit Chateau's
winning the prestigious Dirona award in 1996 and every year since.
"Dirona" (Distinguished Restaurants of North America), is the only recognition
that results from an independent, anonymous and rigorous restaurant inspection.
The mission of Dirona is to preserve and promote the ultimate in fine
Le Petit Chateau features many of the traditional French dishes which
are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Sweetbreads have all but
vanished from most menus, but here you will still find they are prepared
to perfection, pan broiled and served with béarnaise. A classic
Steak Diane, a filet splayed in half crowned with mushrooms and capers
and a fanastic bordelaise sauce with just a hint of dijon is another classic
prepared at Le Petit Chateau.
Long Island duckling with either cherry or orange sauce is
a must try. Many of our well traveled regular customers have said it is
without a doubt the "best duck we have ever had". Many other dishes to
be found in a traditional french restaurant such as Frog Legs, pan broiled
with garlic, parsley, herbs and flambeed in brandy; Coquille St. Jacques,
large sea scallops poached in chardonnay wine then glazed in a veloute
sauce; Le Coq au vin, marinated chicken in a cabernet sauvignon then slowly
baked with onions and herbs - all wonderful additions of classic french
Each day Le Petit Chateau features many specials in addition to its extensive
menu of steaks and seafood. The daily specials emphasize seasonal produce
and fresh fish depending on availability of the best and freshest products.
A wide array of desserts round out your lunch or dinner perfectly, all
prepared in our kitchen by our pastry chef.
Cheesecake , tarts, pies in many flavors, as well as french
favorites, chocolate souffles and crepes suzette.
Le Petit Chateau offers a very unique banquet room also decorated with
antiques and artworks. Individually designed menus for groups
have made this a popular spot for office parties, anniversarys, birthdays
or wedding events and various other special occassions. We want people
to feel like they are in their own private dining room at home with their
friends enjoying an intimate fine dining experience.
Several times a year Le Petit Chateau hosts wine pairing dinners - five
course meals, each course combined with a specially selected wine from
either France or California. A wine cellar with over 75 selections allows
for some wonderful tastings. These dinners have become extremely popular,
so be sure to ask about reservations and details for the next planned
Le Petit Chateau is open for lunch Tuesday thru Friday, Tuesday thru Saturday
for dinner, normally closed Sundays and Mondays, except for private group