Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
907 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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We finished our meal and were chatting. They asked us to leave. After spending over $200 on food and drinks. Very rude.

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LY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! We loved the fish with black bean sauce, the potstickers, and rice with seafood! Looking forward to coming again!!!!! Soon!

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f
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always amazing in every way. can't go wrong eating here. the food and staff are always great.

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S
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Congee chicken with shrimp is delicious! It's kind of like shabu shabu porridge.

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SJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This particular day was a bad one for this restaurant. My wife and I came in for noon reservations and by 1:15 we still didn’t have so much as an appetizer. Part of the problem is that one of the waitresses decided to show up to work drunk that day, which didn’t help matters. The hostess had to pitch in to help take orders and the other waitress who was working that day was hustling as much as she could trying to make the best of a bad situation. Not sure why the kitchen was so backed up, but several tables were complaining that they didn’t have their food and/or drink orders. After an hour and 20 mins, I finally went up to one of the staffers and asked for our check to pay for the drinks we had ordered and when I returned to the table they had brought out one of the two apps we had ordered. They were on the house as were our drinks. We tipped the waitress and the hostess (who again were extremely professional, hardworking and apologetic) and left to go grab a bite elsewhere. I’m sure this experience is not customary at this restaurant but unfortunately it was our experience. And for that reason we won’t be coming back when we’re in LA again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food!!

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NY
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

They called to confirm my reservation earlier in the day, and then said they had no record of my reservation when I arrived. Really disorganized. And no, I did not make a reservation at the wrong location. The food was pretty good and very well cooked, technically-speaking, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to return on my own volition.

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JY
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite place to eat in DTLA I always return here. A must try!!!

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DP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are so lovely and welcoming at LITTLE SISTER and the food is always delicious!

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JL
Los Angeles
119 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The service was good. The place was small and very noisy could not hold a conversation without yelling. The food was good but a bit over priced. The tables were small and crowded. Not confortable dinning.

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BR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was fantastic! Everything is so flavorful. A bit overly load and cramped. Love this place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

They had a system failure in their kitchen and told me that the food will not come. I was pretty confused and just left the restaurant with my friend. It seemed like the waiters didn't fully didn't understand what was going on. This was my first time experiencing something like this. A very bizarre experience. O_o Basically wasted 20 minutes of my limited lunch time. Probably won't be back.

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The food is phenomenal with a very cool vibe. Music is awesome.

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RK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our night at Little Sister, but we were expecting more. Friends had raved to us, but our experience was very rushed and the food, while tasty, was overcooked. Also, all four of our dishes came out at the same time, so there was not enough room on the table for everything. Nobody came over to explain to us how to eat the dishes or combine the accompanying sauces. The server was very friendly at first but then disappeared, only to appear again a few rushed times. It may have been an off night, but I was really expecting something spectacular and it was just okay.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love little sister! Friendly staff and unbeatable dishes. We love the papaya salad and the Vietnamese noodle dishes!

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LT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

It’s a snobish food. We ordered steam rice, but when we asked for the rice becaused we wanted to eat with the other dish that came first. We were told rice will be here when it’s ready. WTF!!!!!! As an Asian myself and having been to this restaurant msny times, I never would have thought of a respond we received from this last time!

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try fried bass, cookies n cream cheesecake, or the nem nuong

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K
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Excellent service. The fried chicken is the best I have had. Don’t miss the papaya salat. All the desserts were amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

They have absolutely no vegetarian food and didn’t make any adjustments like without chicken. We had to leave because we couldn’t find anything to eat.

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BL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a Fabulous 'Pre-Women's March ' Dinner on Friday night. Pork Belly was Wonderful. Noodles and Dumplings were 'out of this world'. Can't wait to go back.

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DT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat. The fried chicken is yummy. Also the fresh okra.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped in for a quick early dinner. Food was outstanding, everything very prompt. In and put in no time, and left feeling very happy.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Love the waitress, but forgot a lot of items. My champagne came at the end of the meal (I had to re-requests) and wasn’t compensated for tardiness

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LT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The portion seemed less than before, but the price went up. Crazy busy, food was slow to serve. I order Pho, it took over 40 minutes, how is that possible? My food was forgotten, that's what it is to me. Everything else arrived but Pho. Interesting, ha.

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YY
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delish as usual and even though they were out of some of our favs the other items we got (hot pot with short rib and shrimp and cabbage side) were amazing.

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PA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been to Little Sister DTLA over 10 times, they consistently perform.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sat in the front window area

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Music was way too loud

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D
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Sister was so delicious. We had the lemongrass chicken, pork spring rolls and a yummy rice dish, All of it was good. We went for a girls night out and it was perfect.

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J
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is Yum! This was our highlight of the weekend! Can’t Wait to go back. Highly recommend reservations .

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LK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s best not to gender your greetings to customers. Gender neutral greetings are necessary.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place to challenge and understand your taste buds. If you don’t like this place, you are simply basic. You’re just basic... find somewhere else to please your mediocre status.

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was fine, but overpriced, and the service was a little underwhelming.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

the space was very dark for lunch

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I read good reviews about this restaurant and had been wanting to try it. I enjoy new food experiences and loved the fusion of different Asian regions. I usually don't eat downtown much, but since I took my family there for an event, we chose Little Sisters. Everyone enjoyed the food. Being downtown, probably made it a bit pricer than I would have liked. But the flavors were very tasty although I wish the portions were larger. Overall a great experience.

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RF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great. So many places in DTLA are overpriced for what you get and the service is just ok. Little Sister is the exception. Worth every penny and the service was great. Great place to people watch and it’s very lively.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Horrible service! Just horrible. Food great so will probably come bacj

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S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

I usually love this place.....Today for lunch we were sat in front of the window with the beating sun, awful. But worse, our food wasn’t put in, 45 minutes later a fussy baby and no lunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much. But don’t go there because I don’t want it to get any more crowded than it already is.

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V
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice setting but I found the food really overseasoned, overpriced for what it was, and did not enjoy it as much as I would a regular Vietnamese restaurant. The best part of our lunch was the lemonade.

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