Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
978 reviews
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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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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food served by attentive and helpful staff.

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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Listening to loud rap music does not make for a relaxing dinner. When will restaurants stop doing this to their diners??

The food is very good. The servers were lovely.

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AH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! As an Asian, I can say I approve. I love the description from their website. My favorite are the beef spring rolls and the papaya beef jerky salad, but everything is really good. Can't wait to come back. Make reservations! I went on a Tuesday at 7pm and it was pretty full. For 5 people we ordered 6-7 dishes and that was good enough. The restaurant is not large and it is a busy area, right across from Bottega Louie. Parking is not so good but its DTLA. You have to find street meter parking or just settle for the $10 parking garages in the area.

We had a birthday and had brought a cake. They were really nice about letting us do a little birthday celebration with candles and even brought out extra plates and forks for us. Highly recommend!

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About Little Sister
East-Meets-West dishes that inspire and evoke a feeling of being welcomed into Chef Vuong'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. Chef Tin curates the restaurant's wine and beverage program with a focus on intriguing labels, both domestically and from around the world.

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KE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not only were the food and service great, but our waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable about what my friend with celiac disease could eat. When you’re downtown and hankering for Vietnamese food don’t hesitate to go to Little Sister. It was also a great idea to make that reservation on opentable before showing up.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Vietnamese food I have ever eaten great service. A bit noisy and tables are very close but I highly recommend the food.

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Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun fusion food vibe.

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JI
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a fun place, our server was accommodating of my allergies and she marked food items i can actually eat. She also double checked in the kitchen

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NT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is just sooooo good. The flavors are out of this world.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved eating here. our reservation was for 9 pm, we got there at 8:55 and were seated immediately.

great food, great atmosphere & great service! waitstaff was so nice, obviously very busy but handled it with ease. would go back here immediately.

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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our total dining experience at Little Sister. Our waiter was wonderful and helped us order the perfect amount and variety.

The food was excellent !

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Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED Little Sister! A fabulous find on our recent trip to LA. Great food, simpatico people, can't wait to go back!!

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J
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Server took so long our food was cold by the time they brought it out. Forgot one of our dishes. Valet tried to steal $5 from me.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

LS is uber popular and making a rez just a few days out is challenging, but you soon see why that is. The service is outstanding, and the people there are very kind. The ‘gentleman’ who greeted us then escorted us to table and helped my date with her chair, and then me. Food is excellent and of great value. It is a bit noisy, but other than that. A very authentic DTLA establishment.

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Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

Great location and nice vibe. Food was very good. The eggplant was outstanding. Server was outstanding with recommendations and she was top notch.
Would definitely recommend

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NT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food is delicious!!!! Second time here and I’m already craving it again. It was just expensive for lunch.

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1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I was allowed to make a 9:45pm reservation but as soon as I walked in, before I was even seated, worker just said “kitchen closes soon”. I was rushed into placing an order, I barely got to look at the menu. Noodles were bland but everything else tasted good.

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Salt cod fried rice had no discernible baccala. Shaky beef was overcooked and seemed like braised stew beef. Grilled eggplant was v good.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

I have been in this place more than several times (twice a month) and last Wednesday I had the worst experience. Food was excellent as always but the service was rude and unprofessional .

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Awful service and food took forever

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Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Bit tight and noisy. I love their food.

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RD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - I will visit again with a larger group. We went with just the two of us. You need more people to try more dishes.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was divine!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! The black rice is soooo good, and the dumplings melted in your mouth.

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Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food but small portion in general

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Denver
32 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We always enjoy dinner at Little Sister. Yes, it is crowded and noisy, but the food is delicious, and it’s ambience harkens to dining experiences in Asia. Our server was quite nice and made appropriate recommendations that were enough to satisfy us without overdoing it. Our favorite was the eggplant, with all of its magnificent and rich flavors, and which accompanied a side of jasmine rice very well. We also ordered the sea bass which was complemented with the Thai basil and cilantro in a lettuce wrap. The grilled pork spring roll was a lighter part of the meal, though with the protein, it still helped to fill us up. We hit one of those days when people were parked at their tables long after paying their bill. That was not the fault of Little Sister, but it is hard on the eager customers who are waiting, especially those who have reservations. Even so, we had a lovely dinner and came away very satisfied.

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

They overbook tables and it took them 40 minutes to seat us.
Food was mostly worth waiting for.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent as always. Service was good and the atmosphere was energetic.

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KE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Probably my favorite Southeast Asian restaurant in Downtown. Up there with Jitlada and Night + Market in LA overall. Really enjoyed the chicken wings and Papaya Salad. The spring rolls are amazing too.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could go there everyday, I would. Everything about this establishment was superb. Lovely staff, & outstanding food.

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DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place, good food. Small portions though, but excellent food. The Hostess was great and was able to accommodate the extra guest that joined us at the least minute.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food. Too loud to have a conversation.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was excellent and the food was to die for! Love the different flavors with each bite; we had a party of four (4) and they were so amazed that they were eating heaven!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!!

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service.

It was a little louder than I would have liked.

Priced approximately. Not over prices but also not a memorable value.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Uncooked chicken... waitress did not apologize. She just took the plate and did not come back.

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LQ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun spot for a date or to bring folks from out of town. Music is loud.

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DA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the family style service. Sharing dishes made the experience even better.

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HL
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Delicious food, different take on Vietnamese. Very loud and tight.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered all of our favorites and they did not disappoint in impressing the fam. Thank you!

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KK
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food taste changed on lemon chicken....not sure I'd new chefs???

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