Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
793 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.
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
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Get into the holiday spirit and dine with us on Christmas eve!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for dinner on New Years Eve! Enjoy our menu as we welcome the new year!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 793 People Are Saying
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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Vietnamese food anywhere!

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MK
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The atmosphere and location were nice. Unfortunately they must have been really busy. We ordered an appetizer that never came out. We ordered drinks that never came out until we finally asked. The servers ran around so fast that they'd never make eye contact to even let you stop them. Finally when we did stop some one they said that our appetizer was supposed to come out after the entrees. But then after about 20 minutes, came by and said that it was accidentally delivered to another table. Accidents happen and that's fine. But this just seemed to be one after another here. Maybe they were understaffed that night. All that said, the food was great and, while they were super busy, the servers and hosts were really nice.

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

Little sister continues to deliver. Just be sure to make a reservation

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BW
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local spot, amazing food, cool casual scene. We'll be back.

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SZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A very reliably tasty meal! Loud, energetic and small but worth the squeeze.

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SW
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great spot! The food was not what we were looking for, as we were Downtown for an evening event; but great location, atmosphere, and service.

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DM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I was really blown away by how good everything was. We way over ordered because we wanted to try everything and I do not regret it! I won't even bother to list off what we ordered because I am sure whatever you select will be equally as good. The only negatives about this place are tiny tables that don't fit my glutinous plate selection. I am also not a fan of how loud the music is, it's very cluby and I would rather be able to hear my partner than have jams bumping.

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is awesome...food (very creative and super tasty), everything we tried tasted delicious...customer service was also top notch...perfect spot for a romantic dinner

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ML
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The vibrante flavors are amazing! It’s definately a must try for those who have a lively palet.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is good. Service was amateur. Has to track down server to order, food came late but only 1 dish. Second dish showed up 15 minutes later and only after I asked. Seafood dish had bad clam and sand. No apology no acknowledgement. Ruined a good evening. Shameful!

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I am in LOVE with this restaurant, but I don't go often because it is so pork-intensive :/
The food is unbelievably fresh, great flavors, and nice presentation...but I find it hard to pick things out on their menu because everything I want has something I don't want in it -- either pork or beef or wheat.
I realize Vietnamese food gets a lot of its great flavor from pork, but if only they could let us know they source their meat responsibly and ethically, I could relax and just enjoy. I asked the waitress if the meat was by any chance humanely raised, and she couldn't answer that (which means no, because when a restaurant does make an effort to get good meat, they sure you know). Their prices definitely warrant high quality (aka pasture-raised) meat. If they were to make the switch to ethical meat sourcing I would eat here VERY often.
I also like that they play 90s rap at dinner. Like all the good restaurants in DTLA do.

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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is fantastic, but overpriced, especially the sake. No bar. Worth it though!

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P
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale dining experience with great food.

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DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening with my friend. Excellent food, service, and value.
I can't wait to come back and try more items. The repurposed/upcycled 1940s school chairs were beautiful and very comfortable.

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s
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food

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SZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good authentic Vietnamese food and great vibe! New favorite spot after CHAYA closed.

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U
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We were asked to sit down at a big shared table even though we were not walk-in customers and there were few tables open! I made a reservation and even called before we arrived. When we asked if the table by the window was available, the waiter said that was reserved. What happened to our reserved table, then?! He was “unwillingly” guided us to another table after I told him we had a reservation. That whole thing ruined the night even if the food was good and the other waiter for the table was decent.
Do they take opentable reservations lightly?
The atomosphere and the food was quite but they were a bit overpriced. They even had 3% surcharge for their service.
Because of the initial experience, I will not visit them anymore and will not recommend others to go to this place.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food we have had in LA so far. We moved here 8 weeks ago and this place is the bomb! Absolutely delicious food, great staff and amazing atmosphere

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Trekking downtown from all sorts of different locations in LA can be difficult but Little Sister is definitely worth it. Vibrant spot even later in the evening and the Vietnamese food is inventive, at times different that usual and certainly good.

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WG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Outstanding food, but strongly pushed to eat fast and leave quickly

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BM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was great at accommodating our table of five, the food was fresh and tasted very authentic.
Meals were well prepared and had a great presentation.
Some better than others. The server forgot items, had to be reminded.
The space is very small, not a lot of elbow room. Some of the neighboring tables were receiving more attention than others. Probably the preferred crowd this little restaurant caters to on a regular night.
Table top of two whom had a bill conservative under a hundred received more attention then our three hundred table top.
It has good food but not enough for me to add it to my favorite restaurants.

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LC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

very meat heavy. I expected a few more vegetarian or pescatarian options.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never had a bad meal here. One of my favorite places in DTLA

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LW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Liked the space but it was expensive for what it was. Avoid the Bali meatballs - they're tasteless. Liked the shaken beef and the noodles with pork. Seems like they do sauces well.

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JL
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent, but unfortunately that was the only redeeming quality. This is one of those restaurants who has an owner that cares very little about its employees. A 3% surcharge is added to the bill to go toward employee benefits (or so it claims on the menu). Their excuse for this is to avoid raising prices. My question to the owner is 'how is it that you see the price isn't increased if you add 3% to the bill'? The real reason for the surcharge is to pass the cost along to the diners rather than decrease profits. I went to eat at this restaurant and expected to pay for my food and service. It is not my responsibility to pay the employees. If you really cared about your employees, you would pay them a decent wage and include health care. If this decreases profits then that is the cost of doing business. As a business owner, I take in less profit because I pay health care costs for my employees. I will not return to this restaurant and will not recommend it to anyone.

In addition to this the service was terrible. We ordered four items. After finishing two of the items which 'arrive when they are ready', our server asked us if we would like anything else. We said we would like the other two items we ordered. Another item arrived and we ate it. The server returned and asked if we were ready for desert. I replied that I would prefer to receive all the items we ordered. She was clueless and didn't even apologize or acknowledge she made a mistake, or multiple mistakes.

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SR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was ok but only 3 vegetarian options everything has fish sauce except three things. So all vegetarian things were super plain - I’d only recommend to someone who eats meat and fish

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Such a great spot! Perfect for a date night where you want to eat good but for a reasonable price. Portions are huge and everything’s delicious!

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Vietnamese/fusion food. Not a single dish is disappointing. The sweet and spicy chicken is my favorite, though.

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is good, a little bit pricy, a little noisy, but worth to try!

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was tasty and the shaky shaky beef was fantastic. Great cool vibe also, with friendly servers.

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R
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Littel Sister was great as always. The Banh Mi really hits the spot! I highly recommend this place if you live or work in DTLA. It fills up fast, so definitely make a reservations.

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AA
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this place. Go before or after theater. Good location. Food is extremely good and tasty. Great prices. Friendly place.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but it’s upsetting when towards the end of the meal they forget about you entirely. It took a good 20 min for them to realize we were done and then get a dessert menu. And after placing our dessert order for one item, it took another hour! Only after asking if the dessert was coming did it come out 2 minutes later. Terrible!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried okra is delicious. Autumn rolls, papaya salad so good too. Everything was fresh and fragrant and full of flavor.

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n
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks Lilly for your outstanding service. Food was great! Tasteful, well balanced, spiced just enough.

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KD
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, pure and simple. Best Vietnamese restaurant around. Even the desserts are good. It is horribly loud and noisy and the service can be slow and even chaotic but the beef and the fish dishes are flavorful and satisfying. Best to go in a large group so you can enjoy more variety and different dishes. Try the Red Velvet Ding Dong for dessert. Very good.

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RC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lemongrass beef is my all time favorite. love this place

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First, before I talk about the delicious food, let me commend the service. From the moment I spoke with the hostess to the moment our server placed the check on the table, we were attended to with courtesy and authentic care. It was a hot and humid day, and I appreciated that my green iced tea never had a chance to dip below the halfway mark! We enjoyed a green papaya salad and a hot metal bowl of rice, prawns and short ribs - both of which were full of interesting flavors and beautifully presented. As busy and noisy as Little Sister gets, I'm amazed at how this is all accomplished. But that's the sign of a good restaurant, is it not?!

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Lively and fun setting. Brought friends from out of town and they were impressed!

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