Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
946 reviews
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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.
What 946 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
16 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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JL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, I would recommended at least trying Little Sister. I thought the food was solid but I would like to try a couple more dishes before I decide whether I would consider the restaurant a go-to destination for me. I usually walk by the restaurant and it is usually filled with people, so there are definitely fans out there.

I tried the Spicy Lemon Grass chicken. The sauce is a little sweet for me and I did not think it was spicy at all.

Little Sister does not have a full bar if that is a factor you consider when choosing a place.

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant in dtla! Food is amazing!

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s
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Management needs to do away with a $45pp requirement for a party of 6 for lunch. Lunch menu items average approximately $20. Workday lunch = no alcohol, as people need to get back to work. Does not make sense to have that high of a minimum requirement.

Service was impeccable (Earl), food is great.

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time to Little Sister and the food is consistently AMAZING!
Great friendly team and a busy restaurant that is by far one of the best in DTLA.

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w
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First - and most important - food was excellent. Love the vibe and feel of the place although it was really loud where we were sitting. Noise level aside, it was a great experience. Don’t miss it!

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S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, super fresh and fantastic flavors!

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DW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved this restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It's too Crowded and the tables are too small and sqeezed in together. I felt like a child in these small compacted spaces. It is too busy for their space planning. The quality is OK, it does not meet the value.

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AG
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fresh and flavorful food that offers delicious taste and varied textures. Knowledgeable server offered advice on tasty dishes. Eggplant was exceptionally good. Pork, shrimp and crab dumplings were also satisfying. I wish they'd open a location in West LA!

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b
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The fusion of spices pared with the dishes make this restaurant an exceptional eating experience. Sharing plates is highly recommended to be able to taste a variety of dishes. Be sure to make reservations as the restaurant is on the smallish side and the place is packed with lines waiting outside!!

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k
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What an amazing intimate little place this is. Yes the service could be better but the food is amazing. The fusion mix of Vietnamese, Singapore, Malaysian is amazing. Great date place, work place for smaller groups as you can actually hear yourself talk to each other. This is a place I will have to try again. Get the beef dish that is pictured on my review. The pork belly is amazing too.

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best food and dining experience I had had in a long time . The food was perfect and I am hard to please. Everything about the evening was perfect

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool spot. Food and service was spectacular will definitely be back next time we visit LA

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

Had reservations for 2 but ended up there were 3 of us. The lady at the front was so accommodating and there was an open table for 2 and we waited a short time for the table next to it to clear. She was on top of it and all during our lunch she was all over the place helping out. Our server was also excellent, filled our water often and was very polite. He was also always moving. The staff are very proactive!

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GK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I enjoyed the ambiance, but the food was bland and the servers didn’t know the menu. I would definitely skip this place.

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OT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is so delicious! Having eaten at 3 branches of Little Sister, the meal we had here in DTLA was the most memorable. Little Sister - Downtown- will now be our go to spot for pre-show dinners whenever we have tickets to the Music Center venues. It's an easy 5 minute Uber or Lyft ride once you park at the Music Center and/or a 20 minute walk back up Grand Ave after the most satisfying of meals. The only shortcoming for Little Sister DTLA to me is the small space. The tables are very close together. It's not the most comfortable of seating with neighboring tables inches away. It also makes conversation a bit hard, but this would definitely not deter us from coming back again and again!

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

Great food; noisy and no valet so parking isnt easy

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MJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the amazingly polite and service-oriented host to the amazing food - this restaurant is a must try. We have enjoyed dinner many times, choosing different things from the menu and never disappointed. The Asian-fusion menu, combination of interesting food and flavors is creative and delicious. We are West-siders and make a special trip to this restaurant - and will continue to do so. Highly recommended - black rice with seafood dish is just the best!

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D
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food!! Got a few salads and got the soup as well. Super good. Party of 4 more than enough to fill everyone :D

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Some items on the menu were not available .

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food, service was great, we got there 30 min before our reservation and were seated right away, cool hip and trendy place in the center of downtown walking distance to everything. Highly recommend dinner here.

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RW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cool vibe, great flavors, table style, and affordable

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food here isn’t as good as it used to be. I don’t know if they changed the chef or something, but it’s not as flavorful as before, and as always, the staff has the worst attitude and service here. Server was very cold and didn’t check on us at all, and the host was just as monotone and bland, like the food!! The only saving grace here was the shaky shaky beef.

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NH
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was not only delicious, but surprising! Assertive flavors with subtle depth. Perfect for sharing so that you can taste lots of dishes. Lively but not too noisy. Service is welcoming and keeps the dishes coming at a good pace. Loved it!

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SK
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Little Sister is an unusual but exceptional dining experience. We accidentally reserved a table for two, called ahead and they graciously accommodated our party of four. The menu is eclectic Asian fusion served family style — that means that dishes come out hot as soon as they are ready (even if an appetizer arrives after an entree). If that doesn’t bother you, be prepared for a meal that excites your palate and satisfies your appetite. Whether choosing the beef, seafood or vegetarian options, none disappointed. While a bit pricey — before a 3% LA business surcharge — we had an amazing dinner and would recommend this restaurant for its food and service.

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SS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

it deserves a 5 star review, but the hostess had an attitude that was unacceptable. There was an issue with our confirming our reservation (which we did thru Open Table) and she made us wait for 10 minutes while many tables were open. The manager stepped in and it was seamless from then on. Hope they replace the hostess who almost ruined a wonderful evening.

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GF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My suggestion is that during the weekdays lunch period to tone down the music to allow for easier conversations.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the music!! The music just made everything better!

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e
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, but restaurant was too loud. Wouldn’t go with more than 1 person because you can’t hear 3 feet from you. Had a peanut allergy that was mostly taken care of, but I felt a mildreaction to the Vietnamese crepe. Perhaps there was satay sauce with peanut in it?

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f
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, the staff - Perfect! Thank you for being such shiny human beings. We adore all of you.

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RC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with delicious flavors. Dishes were well thought out and would come back again.

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VG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff took time to recommend a great pairing of dishes & wines - we really appreciated their advice.

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