Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
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$30 and under
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Southeast Asian
Little Sister DTLA features East-meets-West inspired dishes served in a
relaxed social environment that feels more residential than
restaurant, as if you"re being invited into the Chef Tin's home.
Little Sister's menu showcases Chef Tin's take on one of the more
interesting and rich collisions of food and culture that was borne out
of the European colonization of Southeast Asia. Dishes blend and
balance the spices and flavors of Southeast Asia with French
techniques and Dutch and British colonial influences. The menu is
continually and progressively evolving, reflecting inspiration and the
seasons. Scott Young along with Chef Tin curates the restaurant's wine and beverage program
with a focus on intriguing labels, both domestically and from around
the world. Craft beer selection includes special batches from The
Brewery at Abigaile, brewed only for the restaurant.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Little Sister never disappoints when it comes to vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients. We had the papaya salad with crispy strips of beef jerky giving it a delicious crunch. I also had the amazing sea bass accompanied by spicy peppers, noodles and lettuce to make a wrap. Rolled up or right off the plate, it was amazing. Finally, as a plus or a minus depending on what type of experience you're looking for, the dishes come out very fast at Little Sister. For us, it was great because we had plenty of time to run across the street and catch our movie. For others I can see how the service can make you feel a bit rushed. There's nothing wrong with asking the kitchen to stagger your order so that you can savor every bite.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

My friend and I celebrated our birthdays with lunch. We both enjoyed the food but found it pricey. Also found the place too loud.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Friend’s birthday

T
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Everything we ordered came out at once - to the point that it didn’t all fit on our table. Makes for a frustrating dining experience. Do we eat really fast or resign ourselves to eating half this stuff after it’s gone down to room temp? We also got a big bowl of rice and seafood filled to the very top, along with 2 sauces. No indication of what the sauces were, how much we might want to use, and when we asked for another bowl to mix it all in (in order to avoid everything falling over as it was mixed), they brought us an even smaller bowl. Just a frustrating experience for $80/pp.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot to grab an awesome lunch fast

AJ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Everything we ordered was better than the last item! The shaky shaky beef and the e-fu noodles were to die for!

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Thai in LA

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, one of my favorites

g
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

the tables were way too close to each other, i could hear the other table's conversation as if we're on the same table.
food was extremely salty and dessert that we chose was not available and no alternate option was offerd.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience2

What made us pick this restaurant, was a 4 1/2 star rating. The experience did not match 4 1/2 stars. The octopus in our appetizer was overcooked and rubbery. The dishes brought to the table were dirty and needed to be cleaned by us, or sent back. A 3% up charge based on rising costs in the industry is completely unacceptable to me and what turned us off the most. The restaurant could have raised the price of everything on the menu by 10% and I wouldn’t of noticed, or cared. Sneaking a 3% up charge into the bill at the bottom of the menu is shady practice in my opinion. Overall the food was not horrible, but definitely not a 4 1/2 star experience and sadly, we will not be repeat customers.

P
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Showed up and was seated at a table next to where they were drying silverware in the back of the room. Nobody every showed up to our table to greet us after 10 minutes other than the nats. We left & went across the street to another restaurant.

MK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table of 4 ordered 6 different dishes, each from a separate section of the menu...all were great, exceeding our expectations by far.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is amazing. The space is very small and loud for a lunch. But an overall good experience.

RC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience3

Never get seated on time as the reservation!!

OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

The food is spotty - the pork was tough in the noodles with pork and shrimp dish. The rice paper shrimp rolls were bland. The orange chicken was delicious - a mixed bag. Much too noisy.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Made reservation for 9.15 and got seated at 9.45. We needed to wait another 30 minutes for our food to come out, including the drinks.

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Loved this place! Promptly greeted and seated. We squeezed in to a very tight spot because the space is compact and bustling in a good way. There's a lot to choose from on the menu so the waiter was great about pointing us to the most popular dishes and they weren't all the most expensive - which seems to be the de facto at some restaurants when asking for guidance. The ONLY thing I would change is the food ALL comes out at the same time. They tell you this - that it will come out as it's prepared- but it was EVERYTHING at once and the steak dish and a couple others weren't as good by the time we got to it. The table was also too small to manage everything so we found ourselves stacking plates and having trouble setting our wine and water glasses down. I'd order a few things and ask for the menu for the next phase of your meal. Food was fantastic and the vibe is upbeat and fun. Would def go back.

IP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was terrible. First they sat me down on a broken booth seat. They continued to sit people in the broken seat, despite knowing it was broken. Second, we order two appetizer cold dishes which came a good 10-15 minutes after our hot entrees. Packed all the food onto tiny tables.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

We had reservation at 12:30pm, and arrived by 12:22pm, but we still had to wait outside of the door for nearly 45mins. The food were very good, but service is very slow, our waiter was very helpful with explaining the menu and gave us suggestions but it took him more than 15mins to bring us anything when we asked.

NT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant so, so much. The food is absolutely delivered. If you like bland food, then this is not your place. I love the rich flavors of this cuisine.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Got there, sat down after being moved from our original table, and ordered our food. After waiting for 45 minutes our server came over and asked if we got our appetizers. We hadn’t gotten anything and our server went to check and see. Apparently they lost our order, so we just left. Terrible service.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I loved the place. The food was very good, great service and the feel is really nice.
My friend and I were also surprised by the price. We expected it to be much more expensive

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious Vietnamese. Good service. It wasn’t very busy so noise level was fine. Might be a bit on the expensive side but worth it. All our dishes including dessert were delicious.

L
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food and service was very good.
The tables are very close and private conversations were held outside the restaurant.

C
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Amazing!!! Earl was our waiter and he was fantastic! I am Vietnamese American and I have to say the food was fantastic! I love the flavors and the perfect portion and ambience as well.

I will definitely be back.

KJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We have been to Little sister before but this time we tried the Pho and loved it.

SE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are from Australia and always visit this restaurant when in LA. One of our favorites, great food and location.

WS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

I've been there a few times before and LOVED their food...but this time there were too many twiggy herbs in it that I had to keep picking out of my mouthfuls, the service was a bit slow, and one of our noodle entrees arrived when we all pretty much done eating; so I was disappointed this time.

J
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food we ordered were all pretty flavorful and delicious. Having said that, I’ve had really delicious Vietnamese cuisine at much more reasonable prices. So I can’t say that it was good value for the money.

It does provide a more upscale ambience than your typical Vietnamese restaurant — so it’s an option for dates / client meals / special occasions.

k
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I would eat here everyday is I lived in the neighborhood! Great place!

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Had two kids and four adults. Restaurant made us aware that they normally charge $50 per guest (even for kids) for a party of 6 or more (ridiculous). The waiter was kind to waive that rule for us.

We ordered crab congee, 2 shaky beefs, bread platter, 2 lemongrass chicken, and pork and coconut rice (not spicy for kids, which the waiter suggested ).

We only received one lemongrass chicken and the kids entree had spicy chilies in it, so they couldn’t eat it. I was disappointed with the bread platter. The bread was not fresh and hot and the paté butter was not a hot dip like at LSXO.

Overall, the waitress was very nice and had a great personality. I feel the food, staff, and cooks do a better job the original (LSXO).

DS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very complex flavors -- interesting. Many dishes rather spicy, even when we asked for low spiciness.
Need to park in one of the public parking lots nearby -- $7 on Sunday.
Weird artwork with guns on wall.

OT
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Was ok. Below expectations

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It was great and enjoyable

a
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific food -- the Banh Mi sandwich with pork was fantastic. Cool atmosphere was a nice respite on a hot LA day. Highly recommended!

Q
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

My dinner at Little Sister was the best meal out I have had in a very long time. To say the food was delicious is a huge understatement. Everything we ordered was tasty and the portions were perfect for two people.

F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

So flavorful & delicious! Large portions.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We actually arrived 10-15mins past of reservation time, but the host allowed us to get a seat right away even with the crowd building. No waiting. The service was great, very attentive. The quality of the food was great. It was just a bit pricey, but that’s DTLA. Overall very good.

k
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is really good, it came out quick, parking is just a block away.

SZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant!

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