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About Little Sister Downtown

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.

523 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southeast Asian, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 11:00 am;
Lunch: Monday - Friday; 11:30 am - 4:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm; Fridays - Saturday 4:00 pm - 12:00 AM

Cross Street:
7th & Grand

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 628-3146

Website:
http://www.littlesisterla.com/

Executive Chef:
Tin Vuong

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Wine

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Details
Sun 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM

Mon - Thu 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Sat 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM

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Little Sister Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (38)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for a Date (29)
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Hot Spot (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Authentic (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Casual (20)
Fun (20)
Spicy (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Special Occasion (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (10)
Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (9)
Tapas (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Healthy (7)
Romantic (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

My second time here. We had the grilled prawn salad , okra and spicy chicken . The food is tasty and unique. The restaurant is loud, so it is hard to hold a conversation. We come here for the delicious food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was outstanding as usual, but the service just wasn't very good. Our Waitress did not want to accept cash as payment for lunch stating that they probably didn't have change. She didn't even bother with checking about that first either. Kind of hard to believe as the restaurant is always busy and had already been open for several hours at that point. I'll definitely go back again because I love so many of the dishes that I've tried and have many others that I am looking forward to trying, but will be prepared with change since I am old fashioned and still like to use real money.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a neighborhood gem and close to the Music Center for pre evening- theater or post matinee. The venue and ambience resemble a former English pub or upscale neighborhood bar so the place offers a cozy atmosphere.
The tables are quite close together so be prepared that others' conversation and your conversation (even at lower volume) can be heard by at least 2 or more strangers.
Our server Nikki was very good -- friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and attentive to details.

The cuisine is reportedly upscale authentic Vietnamese, with a few Fusion Chinese items mixed in. Not being familiar with Vietnamese dishes, this was accepted on face value by my wife and me and we were not disappointed.
The dishes are served family style so those who are prepared to share will get to sample various plates.

The menu items are quite diverse and unusual and anyone with a hint of adventurism in food would like the choices.
We went with the recommendations of our server Nikki and were well rewarded.
The dumplings, noodles and sautéed vegetables were outstanding -- flavorful and aromatic, though just a tad salty for our taste buds. Next time we may ask for a minor adjustment in the seasoning.
A satisfactory selection of beers and wines are available.

Be aware:
1. Beer and wine only. No liquor
2. Parking is around the corner at a covered public parking structure --- this is not explained on the website so we circled the block twice.
Valet service is available after 6:30pm and on certain days. Again not on website.
3. Phone calls are shuttled to automatic recorded messages with no availability to speak to a real live person.
We were informed that management has been aware of these challenges. No idea of when or if the appropriate changes will be made to enable user- friendliness.

All in all, a nice post matinee theater dining experience and well worth the 2 circles around the block to figure out parking.
We plan to be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Loved it! Will absolutely be back ! Everything we tried was great !

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Spicy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Zero seasoning on chicken banhmi

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Novel dishes, unique flavors, good staff- not a large place, but certainly appreciated for solid ingenuity.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 7, 2017

If you are at an Asian style restaurant and have chop sticks on the table the food needs to be cut into a size you can pick up and eat and chicken with bones are out. The wine prices were out of control and the music sucked.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great experience for any first timer to Vietnamese fusion. Food was tasty, fresh ingredients and well presented. Service was excellent. Very knowledgeable and efficient wait staff. Suggestions made by our waitress were just right.
Our only complaint was the choice of music which was "rap" and a little loud" Not our favorite. Overall the ambience and vibe was nice. We purposely went at a slower time of day(3:00pm) for a late lunch as this restaurant can be very busy and noisy.
Would definitely return and recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Dining at Little Sister Downtown was just great. Enough already of the sleek and minimal steak restaurants downtown! Treat yourself to a really fun and tasty menu. It's Asian fusion at its best in a cosy and lively setting. We will definitely return the next time we are in LA. Thank you, Little Sister.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was great but wine list was a little limited!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Yummy! Great service!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My girlfriend had been for lunch and she wanted to go again. They recommend at 3 dishes for 2 people, but the portions are very large so you don't need that many. The e-fu noodle was tasty but a little salty. Overall it was good, except for the incessant rap music which they played over their stereo system and made me never want to go back.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved our date table by the window. Lovely service and delicious flavorful food.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Service was not terrible, but it wasn't great. Food is ok. Took about 25 minutes to get pho. I understand it's lunch hour, but 25 minutes is a little too long, especially for pho. Will probably not come here again during lunch. Dinner time might be different???

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Some great dishes, some good dishes. Decent service. Tables are on top of each other. Not a great date spot due to limited privacy with conversation. Overall one of the better DTLA spots.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always love the food, but last night it was off. Way too much vinegar and cilantro. The bus folks were top notch, but the server was not. Unfriendly, and not around. She took our order and we only saw her again when the check was brought. I guess our order wasn't high enough for her.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food is five stars for sure. Not quite the perfect space though. Very small space, seating arrangement is good, could be claustrophobic for big crowds. Decor is quirky rather than cozy.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food at Little Sister was really great. I like Vietnamese food, and the chef here is not shy with the spices and the fish sauce (even on the Lemon Grass fried Chicken) But I do have some complaints.
The food is not cheap. I don't mind this if the service is outstanding, but here we had to chase the waitress down to get clean plates between courses and she forgot to bring a hot green tea one of us ordered.
Speaking of green tea, at the end of the meal three of us ordered tea. We each got a teabag and a small teacup of somewhat hot water, and they charged us $5.50 per cup. That's $16.50 for three cups of tea, Wow.
On top of that, the restaurant puts a 3% surcharge on the tab on top of the tax. I asked if the surchrage went to the staff there, and the waitress told me the charge is because the rent in the building went up, as well as food costs, so the management added the surcharge. that feels really lousy - Isn't the cost of the food supposed to be built into the price? Putting an upcharge on the whole tab at the end is a lame way get around raising the prices on the menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Everything was great

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food and great service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Delicious meal! Flavor explosion! We had a lovely table by the window.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food. Nice atmosphere! Good Service! Black cod out of this world!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

overall, I had a good dining experience with friends !!! Food was very delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Yum-dilousious! Not really a word but you get my meaning. Go now!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent menu. Great food. The space is tight and somewhat loud, but with it.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Was a yummy meal. Thank you!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is quite good and different. However, if you are looking for a relaxing meal with conversation, this is not the place to have it. The tables are right next to each other. I literally bumped elbows with the person at the next table. The noise level is high. The service is okay, but everything comes out so fast, you barely have time to finish what you are eating and try the next dish. The tables are so small, the food barely fits on them when the dishes start piling up.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My mistake was not reviewing the menu online prior to dining. I do not eat pork or beef, which limited me to two entrees and some sides. My client and I ordered the chicken and I really wish the server had informed us that you had to eat it with your hands...little chicken pieces with lots of tiny bones, and extremely messy at that.
It was tasty, but not at all appropriate for a business lunch.
Had I know what I was in for, I would have chosen the shrimp salad.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Authentic flavors, impeccably-cooked meats, also FRESH-tasting meats, fresh and vibrant sauces, clearly these cooks have an appreciation for the full range of taste and texture sensations (spicy, hot, sweet, sour, salty, umami, tangy, bright, meaty, crunchy, etc.). Really impressed, and am looking forward to going back and exploring more off the menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Nice fun setting. Service was a tad slow but nice waiters and service staff.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Ambiance recently ruined by bright spot led lighting - service is somewhat slow. Food is very solid though

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food is amazing. Very different and delicate. Great portion. Service is great and quick!

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Pure Awesomeness!!! Love the food!!! I was introduced to this place by a customer, and I make it a point to have lunch at Little Sister every time I'm in town.

Tags: Tapas, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Wonderfully fresh ingredients well prepared and presented, authentic spices and exotic flavors., good service, modern ambiance. Costly wine list; weird surcharge for “doing business in LA” (?)

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Wonderful addition to downtown dining scene. Great food, great service and great atmosphere. 7th Street downtown is the new restaurant row.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Have had better meals here. Liked the fried meatballs. Pea tendrils we're okay but nothing to order again. Fried seabass was actually bland. The papaya salad was the best part of the meal. Will still come back based on prior experiences.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was creative and tasty but out of the four dishes we would probably only order the shaky beef again. I think the lobster is over rated and hard to eat and if there is going to be cilantro in a dish it should be mentioned on the menu. Many people like me cannot eat cilantro.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was delicious. The only issue was that it was extremely hot sitting by the front glass wall. The staff was ver accommodating and acknowledge the heat coming through and offered to move us. My suggestion is the restaurant invest in a barrier that would help keep hot days cooler in the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Shaky shaky beef and da fu noodles were both outstanding. Service was prompt and server was friendly. Small place - make a reservation. Ambiance was A+.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Unfortunately, when we got here the air conditioning was broken and it was the hottest day of the year. It was 100 plus outside, and nothing seemed to be done to make the place cooler. Little Sister could have offered cold drinks on the house to help, or something, because it truly was sweltering in there. So service really wasn't the best. The food was still good, and i would go back for the food. But definitely on the pricey end for the portions.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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