Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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vipDaveL
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cod was fantastic. The broth very tasty but not overpowering. The dumplings were tender with an excellent sauce......almost melted in your mouth. Service was friendly and attentive. We will be back.

JC
JinC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We made a reservation but we waited over 30mins in the outside.
The inside was very noise and narrow
There was a popular menu that i wanted to eat and go. But i could not order because that was sold out or something. It was too bad and i was wasting my time to eat something i would not expect.

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vipHannah
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My go-to spot for quick, delicious Vietnamese food with trendy atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Seating was very close together with other guests

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vipjjp1
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food
Great service
Great beer

AG
vipArtieGuy
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal. I have been here around 10 times, and look to many many more.

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Sarah
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food and flavor combinations are always delicious.

J
Jgigil
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I've been here a few times and the one thing that stands out every time is the SGV bahn mi. Everything else that I've had from here has been underwhelming and not well executed. The dumplings were not very good Ave their papaya salad was nothing to write home about either. Very middle of the road on most things.

RG
RussellG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food was imaginative. our only complaint was that the waitress to our order and brought most of the food at the same time. there was no time to eat slowly and savor the food as you didnt want the rest of the food on the table to get cold

CC
vipCliffClaven
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I am a food snob. This restaurant blew me away. Best Asian Fusion I had the privilege to experience. Kudos to Chef and to the staff.

GW
vipGiftyW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants in LA. I’ve been several times and it never disappoints! Food is amazing. Service is usually good. My only complaint is that is gets super loud in evening and they jam pack the tables so no real space between your table and others. But...food brings me back! Every. Time! Shaky shaky beef and Vietnamese crepe are a must!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I wish I could say something better but our experience was very unfortunate and below par.

Seating:
We reserved a table two days ahead and arrived 10 minutes early. Even though we were there on time and had a reservation, we had to wait 30 minutes outside in the cold before we got seated.

Service:
The service was very slow and it took another 15 minutes until a server came to take our order. Since the service seemed so slow, we ordered all of our dishes immediately.
We did not get a water bottle on our table and our glasses were never refilled. After 45 minutes, we had to wave someone down in order to get water.
After our meal, we were not asked if we wanted any desserts and just got the bill. Even though I wanted to try a dessert, at that point I was over asking for more things.
One of our appetizers wasn't served and we asked for it. We were told that it was forgotten and that we would get it shortly. 20 minutes later and the dish was still not there.
The food was really good but this is the only good thing about this place.

Atmosphere:
It was a Sunday night and there was party music blasting which made a date night conversation impossible (not to mention how close the tables are together so I could witness all of the conversations around us). In general it's really loud and crammed.

I think this place is always crowded so they think they don't have to treat customers nicely. A can of coke is $5.50 - this is beyond ridiculous!! The bad service and overpriced drinks left a bad feeling unfortunately.

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ElaineS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance great food. Thanks for the food recommendations and honoring our reservation with a window seat & nice street view. Would come here again!

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TonyRaval
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Mediocre food and they don’t really honor reservations. We waited 45 minutes to be seated post our reservation time. Really loud inside - totally avoidable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome! She was very attentive, great customer service and her recommendations were spot on!! The food there is bomb!

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vipSteve
Los Angeles
209 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I've eaten here a number of times. First I called because our meeting ran long and we were running late. The young lady said no problem and we appreciated that. The rice paper rolls were excellent but the lemongrass chicken was overdone and dried. I was a little surprised. Great service, just dissapointed about the lemon grass chicken.

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TimO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite spots in DTLA. menu is unique and interesting. food is always well prepared. service is prompt, friendly and professional. highly recommend reservations.

HG
HappyGuest
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, excellent food, great service. I will be back for sure!

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vipRaquel
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shared plates but large portions. Everything was AMAZING! Braised beef is out of this world

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good

LS
LisaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was THE BEST meal of 2020! We can’t wait to come back. The service was fantastic the food was so delicious and every dish got better. We didn’t know where to start so our server gave us his suggestions and just knocked it out of the park!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

HI
HungryItalian
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific wait staff working under challenging conditions since he had to serve so many tables. Delicious food generous wine pour made for a fun afternoon and visit to the jewelry Mart

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review