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Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
712 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southeast Asian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southeast Asian, Asian
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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
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Phone number
(213) 628-3146
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tin Vuong
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th & Grand
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Wine
What 712 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 8 hours ago

The food was great. The service was menh.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I had seen mixed reviews on this restaurant but then decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the whole experience. I asked for romantic seating and my husband and I were seated near the windows so we could have a view of the street. The service was a little slow at first but overall attentive and pleasant. We had the shaky shaky beef and pan fried e-fu noodles. They were SO delicious. I would come back just for the shaky shaky beef - outrageously good!

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

It took me an hour and half to get my food, and they told me they ran out of beef for the appetizer an hour after i ordered it...... The service is just terrible.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I’ve been here many times, always excellent food, wine, ambiance and service. My only frustration this time was we sat down for our reservation at 10pm, at about 10:07. It was a Friday night and when we arrived we stood awkwardly at the front for a few minutes waiting to be seated by the hostess, and then the overall meal was rushed by the staff. Still friendly, helpful and hospitable but could tell late night guests weren’t as welcome. Definitely not a late night dinner haunt.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Date night! So delish and fun... love Little Sister and the Bahn mi was amazing as always.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great staff and the food is just bomb. It IS and it ISN'T a good first date night spot. IS becasue the restaurant is just good and ISN'T because... I kind of hate that they seem to be trying really hard to be cool with the loud music they are always playing but (grimy hip hop and club music, really? it's a tiny restaurant with a tiny bar, WHY?) But if you can sit near the front it's quiet enough to actually talk to your date. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE THIS PLACE! Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night sweating and thinking of the fried Lemongrass Chicken.... freakin YUMMMMMMMMMMMM.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The Asian fusion menu is very nice. I was curious about everything. We had the imperial spring rolls, salted fish fried rice, and the bread and butter.

Rolls were fine. The bread and butter I don't think benefited from the pork and tomato sauce which was kinda too sweet. The fried rice was covered in tomato sauce. It tasted ok but it was sweet, and there was too much of it, probably to counter the fishy taste. I'd rather have way less or even none of it.

The spicy pickles were ok too but not spicy enough.

Overall I'd go again for dates or DTLA dinner with good friends.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was overpriced for the quality, we left the restaurant feeling underwhelmed. The dishes we ordered sounded really good on paper but lacked in execution. I would, however, come back solely for the Autumn spring roll.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent food

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Food was great and the service was good. The only negative to the experience was the smell of pot wafting periodically through the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

It was dark, noisy, and crowded. The food was OK if you like it spicy -- I can't eat spicy foods, so I asked the waitress what to order, and she could only identify two items on the menu that weren't too hot for me.

I'm just not into pretentious, "fusion", expensive stuff in a tiny, dark room. And $100 for Vietnamese food for two (one glass of wine apiece) seems like a lot. But my companion liked it.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great causal Asian-fusion-Vietnamese restaurant, lively vibe, very tasty food and friendly service.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Amazing food!

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1.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Staff were so rude!
Treated like crap!
Forgotten food
And rushed out!!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The food was exceptional and creative. The service was warm and friendly. We live a block away and this will become one of our favorites.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Always love sowing off Little Sister to new-comers, each dish has a different flavor profile and the help with blending those flavors is what I am so thankful for the wait staff for.
the only issue I have is the noise level which makes it hard to catch up with friends at the busy lunch time.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Great food but music was a little too loud. Although, the 90s music was a nice throwback.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Everything was GREAT

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Service was fast but they omitted one dish we ordered then it was delayed, however the staff made an effort and finally we were satisfied! Food is amazing, diverse menu and excellent drinks.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Very poor service.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great food and service, small venue and loud if trying to talk

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Chicken Pho comes with mostly chicken skin.. This has been happened two times.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Server should always ask if we are celebrating anything in particular to build rapport to guests.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We were visiting LA for the first time as my husband had a conference. We studied a list of restaurants in the area and this one impressed us with the unique and interesting looking menu. We were not disappointed. Our server was extremely helpful with talking us through the menu and offering suggestions. Each item that we had was delicious. The entire dining experience was delightful.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The spicy lemongrass chicken and imperial rolls were delish. The service though was wonderful- they have separate but free and gluten free allergy menus which was so convenient and I was easily able to pick something to eat. It's a tight layout which is the only thing that bothered us.otherwise the space is modern but still inviting and warm.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great service, food was tasty and different flavors. Ambience was a bit too noisy for the small space.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Everything was great but the noise level was too high

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Wonderful good and very good service!!!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The pho was excellent as always and makes for a great asian comfort food lunch.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our third time there. Thirty minute wait, with reservations. And you know what? Didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for this small, interesting, delicious, excellent restaurant one bit.

Shaky Shaky beef is a must have!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We came for a late lunch. It was odd to us that our server didn’t offer us drinks. Instead, there was debate wether we would order from lunch or dinner menu. Food was great once it arrived but the mediocre service disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

I like that their menu changes seasonally and when I come back, I get to try new things; this time, it was the okra curry and it was really tasty.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

FOOD AND SERVICE WAS GREAT

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Went here for a women's networking meeting to get away from the office. The food was absolutely amazing. Items on the menu that I would have NEVER been brave enough to try because they sounded, well weird. Ended up dancing on my tongue in the most fantastical ways. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The food tasted great, my friend raved about her delicious (and huge) Vietnamese crepe and couldn't even finish it all. The portion of my congee was also generous and there was lots of seafood in it. However, the congee itself was lumpy and bland; there were none of the typical condiments to liven it up. [Just recently had congee on a China Airlines flight; perfect texture, good flavor and lots of little extras to stir in.]

I'd definitely return to Little Sister to try some of the other things on the menu (including that crepe), but I wouldn't order congee again.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We had a great meal here. The food was delicious and the restaurant has a fun vibe with good music. Only downsides - we were told it was sharing food and to get 5-6 dishes between 4 of us. However the portions are massive, the size of a normal meal for one person, so we didn’t need anywhere near as much as we had. Our waitress was also a little bit different to the service I would have expected - it’s kind of a nice place and she had on an old hoodie and felt a bit lazy with the way she looked after our table.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Little Sister is a Little Gem

A great find in the Los Angeles area where there are many great choices. This restaurant scores big on good food with FLAVOR. The portion sizes are quite amazing and represents great value in price. The restaurant is comfortable and the service is good.

In downtown LA this place is hard to beat for either a casual or business lunch.

Best.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent food. Service a little slow. Out of decaf coffee which we would have liked with dessert. Also, one of desserts not readily available.

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2.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Disappointing service and there was hair in our food.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Lovely food- really great fresh flavours. Good service. Drinks very pricey.

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