Little Sister - Downtown

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$30 and under
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Southeast Asian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was awesome! Got us in and out in time for our next meeting. Delicious food!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food is incredible... Innovative, creative dishes bursting with flavor.. my only issue with this restaurant is the music... PLEASE get a new play track...simply not suited for the restaurant

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Good Food, but not a Good Overall Experience unfortunately. There's so much going for this place but it's a shame that it's not fully realized. Trendy, Nice tables, ambiance & decor. Menu is quite difficult, if not nearly impossible - you only vaguely get an idea of the offerings. That's where a great Wait Staff comes in - & unfortunately we didn't have one. She was rushed, appeared overworked & didn't / couldn't explain the complex offerings listed on the menu - thus ordering was a great disappointment & unsatisfying. Once ordered, the Wait for our food was way too long, while others nearby got their later placed orders before ours? For example - ordered Beers for each of us, but 2 came & the 3rd was delayed by 10-15 minutes, Same with various food choices. Why? Very Poor wait staff & inattentiveness to customers. Food was delicious - once it finally did show up. Nice Asian fusion dishes - echoing Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand (I've visited these places & do know a bit about the local dishes) - but WOW the difficulty in getting food & service. Advice: Study the Menu before going & read reviews & advice on ordering - you're not getting any help once there. Best, is to Avoid this Restaurant for Now, until they improve their Wait Staff. (Is management not aware of these issues?) There are better choices for Asian fusion delights.

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RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This place is always excellent. Service is friendly and fast, dishes are delicious and the variety is on point. I tend to over order when I come, usually 6-7 dishes but it is worth it to try every dish on the menu as they are all amazing. Constantly recommend this place to friends and coworkers, will continue to come for the food, service and hip atmosphere. Highly recommend if you are into Vietnamese or other Asian dishes.

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AP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is a must! Our server was Kevin, he was super informative and friendly. The food is flavorful and colorful while the music and ambiance is straight fire. Great place for small groups too!

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Shared a table with our FFF (Fatty Friday Friends) group for lunch! Our server thought we ordered too much, he underestimated us. Great food, nice ambiance, good service. Flavorful and fresh. Used Uber and OpenTable, worked out perfectly.

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M
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Aweful, not good, the octopus had a strange taste and was tough.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Yummy food
Noise level made dinner conversation really hard

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HM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nikki was a fantastic server. Food outstanding.

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JV
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

We are from out of town and this was our first time at this restaurant. The food was very good but the service was terrible. We were all but ignored by our waitress. We had to flag someone down for anything we needed right up to the check at the end of the night.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The pepper sauce that comes with the shaky shaky might be the best thing ever.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious, staff were very attentive

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M
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This is the second time I visited little sister and was not near as good as the first time , seemed just not as flavorful. Was disappointed 🙁

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NR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely spot, amazing food! Our only complaint is that the table for 2 is quite small, and so are the plates we got. The portions are perfect, but the dishes you get to put the food on were a bit too small, and it was hard to eat without spilling. That said, we won't keep that from returning!

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LA
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Very loud with uncensored rap music blasting and tables crammed an inch from each other, this overhyped Vietnamese eatery serves salty mediocre food. The Vietnamese iced tea was decent.

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L
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Made to feel welcome as soon as we entered the restaurant. Attentive service and delicious food. Nice wine selection.

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M
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food is simple but very tasty. Not formal yet not super casual. Still, for such basic food, a bit on the pricey side. And, at least 3 things we ordered were not available.
Nevertheless, if you haven't by been, you do have to try it.

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CC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! The flavor and quality are amazing. Not salty or oily. Awesome ambiance. Reminds me of NY. Good music playing in the background.

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g
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The appearance on your site for reservation without the pricing not a good idea, the place is way overpriced, Thank you, Eugene

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RR
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great food, the shaky beef was expensive, over-cooked and tough. WAY too noisy, and the music was ridiculously loud. After a third visit, we probably won’t be back.

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A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good but a bit rushed through service, all hot dishes came out at once

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Earl was the best - very attentive and hospitable.

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DD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Strong flavors and fun dishes on a menu you won’t find at every establishment in the city. Loved the pork noodle dish and the black cod soup was delightful. The lemongrass chicken is an old JGold favorite and while it was solid, it wasn’t mind blowing. Coffee flan dessert was a great finish too!

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MA
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

Food was delicious but it was extremely loud and the tables, extremely close together. Very uncomfortable and overcrowded. We expected more vegetarian options, too. Sweet waiters helped save the experience.

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RR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sabrina made the experience the most enjoyable. her recommendations were spot on. Kudos to the Chef for creating such amazing fusion!!!. Cant wait to go back...Must try (and I dare you) the black duck eggs

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YC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

All the little sister restaurants are delicious and have great vibes. This particular location is great for lunch and dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is amazing! Definitely a repeat date night spot for us in DTLA.

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JB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Earl our server. He is always attentive and making sure everything is ok. The food as always was amazing! lol the ingredients are fresh and delicious! I love coming to this restaurant!

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b
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

My friend and I came to Little Sister for dinner with an early reservation and we were on time. We were seated and service was great with Philip. Food was good. Music was a bit loud to have conversation. Our table was in between two other very close tables so it felt a bit snug and our table was a bit small for the amount of dishes we ordered. We did not order dessert, but we were trying to finish our bottle of wine when we were told by the greeter/seater that they needed our table in 15 minutes. It was clear that we still had wine in our glasses to finish and I could see that there was not a line of people waiting to be seated at the door. This was upsetting to hear considering I was a paying customer trying to enjoy my experience at this restaurant. It was embarrassing to hear and a good way to get a bad review from me. I do not intend to return.

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L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Interesting food served in an attractive environment.
Good service, good food, an experience to repeat.

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JE
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food at an affordable price! We also received A class service and when we mentioned a minor issue with one of the items we ordered it was removed from the bill without question. Will certainly visit again next time I am in LA

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Music too loud. Food came too quickly and not timed well between courses, but all of the staff was very nice. My wife did all of the ordering with the waitress but I was presented the bill, which felt sexist and very 1950!

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WW
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Super fun place with great food! Food is full of flavor and our server was great.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is always fabulous, and I love the ambiance and the friendly servers. I eat here every time I am in LA.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food variety and flavor was solid. Server was rushed, distracted and abrupt. They were on a lunch rush, to be fair, but his service level and type impacted our entire table’s experience.

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AN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Little Sister is great! I couldn't give this a 5 because we had to wait for our table with a reservation, but it is understandable with it being Mother's Day. But as usual, amazing food! And the staff was very apologetic and attentive.

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MP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Little Sister is a lively and fun place to have dinner and especially good for sharing many smaller dishes from the menu. The food is an interesting fusion take on Asian cuisine and in general very tasty.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious and tasty food with lots of variety on the menu. Enjoyed the grilled pork spring rolls, lemongrass beef and another dish that I forget the name of - curry-like in a pot covered with a "pancake" on top. Divine mix of spices. Portions are generous and fun to split with a group. Most of all I appreciated our server's attentiveness to serious allergies at the table (peanut, shellfish). Tough with this menu but we were able to find something for everyone and the server was extremely patient and knowledgeable about the menu. Would definitely return!

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 1

We normally eat here in the evening and the vibe is very different from this experience at lunch. First, it was crazy LOUD. In the evening they have music playing and that helps to drown out the overall chatter noise.

The service was bad. It's too busy for this restaurant NOT to have more wait staff. It's not good for the customers, and, in the end, if people don't return because of either of these issues, it won't be good for Little Sister.

The food is always excellent and that's what brings me back, but the customer service and the noise -- oof.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Favorite everything

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