Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
841 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
Lunch
Mon–Fri 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
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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 841 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Not a lot of options for people who don’t eat fish as there is fish sauce in almost everything

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

Came here to celebrate a friend’s birthday the other night. This was my first time at Little Sister and all I can say is WOW! The food and service were amazing. I can’t remember her name, but our server was wonderful. She made some great recommendations and always made sure to check on us often. My friends and I shared the red-braised pork belly and shrimp, pork, and crab dumplings to start. For our entrees, since everything is family style, we shared the Shaky shaky beef, bo kho (sorry if I spelled that wrong) stew, and pan fried e-fu noodles. Everything was DELICIOUS and had so much flavor. I had heard great things about this little gem and it did not disappoint.
My friends and I were also impressed by the music playlist that was playing in the restaurant (it reminded us of throwback days haha). Not sure whose playlist that was but we loved it. Thank you for a great evening, Little Sister!

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JJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I love this place and usually the food is spectacular but the last two visits have been little disappointing. Vietnamese crepe was burnt and was not crispy as it should have been. Yesterday's visit, had the crepe again and it wasnt burnt but inside did not seem fully cooked. My one dish I have to order is the papaya salad. Always always delicious except yesterday. Papaya wasnt ripe so the salad was pretty blend. It needed more fish sauce and other condiment to offset the lack of taste from the papayas. Didnt have enough jerky or the dry shrimp.

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D
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, incredible food and incredible service!! Such a dynamic atmosphere. Our apologies to Lily, we had a bit to much to drink, forgive us.

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DK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sunday night - they were out of at least one third of their menu offerings. They were out of some of their wine selections by the glass. They proved to be out of my favorite dessert. And my dining companion is strictly pescatarian. And yet, and this is the good part, dinner was delicious and appropriately nuanced for my non-meat eating friend and we found a great wine by the glass and the alternative dessert was pretty good. So it was something of an odd restaurant experience for a popular place, recently deemed one of the 101 Favorites of the LA TImes, to have a nervous waiter and a menu of deleted items that night, but it all worked out. I will be returning with some omnivore eaters in hopes of a full menu but Little Sister is, despite flaws, one of the tastiest spots Downtown. Haven't visited the other outposts but I suspect that they are also delicious.

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T
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very flavorful and well worth a visit but wine is for overpriced for no reason. Be prepared for a loud, cramped space, the servers almost have to shimmy up & down the aisle.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. Has become my favorite restaurant in downtown LA. Food is flavorful and a amazing. Normally I would be upset when a restaurant says they are out of certain options. However here it’s been an opportunity to be amazed in a different way.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food!

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RD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first visit here-we had heard about it and wanted to give it a try prior to an early theater performance downtown. The food was outstanding-unusually tasty and original Vietnamese dishes-we shared them all, each was outstanding. We will definitely return. The only downside was the parking-there was no street parking available and no valet-we had to park in a private garage 1 1/2 blocks away.

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SW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED IT! Second time we have been here. Food and service is amazing!

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A
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The hostess was extremely rude, made patrons wait outside the restaurant when it was raining although they could be accommodated inside the restaurant, that was downright inhospitable!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food and ambiance of the restaurant. However, the service was pretty poor. I had to try very hard to get the attention of our waiter and when it came time for the check, we sat for about 20 min after we finished our food without anyone checking in on us until eventually I just got up and gave the hostess my credit card so that we could pay and leave. Except for poor service, the food was delicious!

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R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always. Great blend of East and West. I love a good Asian Fusion food.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Curry okra was so delicious, and I always go for the sea bass. It’s juicy and so flavorful.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are excellent, worth the trip!

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d
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were excited to try Little Sister after hearing rave reviews from a friend, but sadly the food fell way short of expectations. The green papaya salad was barely spiced and not nearly as bright and citrusy as better versions I’ve had (especially disappointing at $18). The green beans and pork was a head-scratching, one-note dish that tasted exactly like “bacon bits” and not much else. The crispy-skined fish lettuce wraps were the best dish of the night, but not enough of a highlight to make us want to come back. :-/

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Palm Springs
59 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were supposed to have dined here for the first time a couple months ago with DTLA based friends who highly recommended Little Sister. Somehow, things didn't go to plan. On a whim, I dined here this past week for lunch. Excellent all around. It was a packed Tuesday lunch crowd. Noisy, bustling, but worth every minute of every bite!!

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JD
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! What more can you ask for?

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The tables are too close to each other.

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SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fresh food with excellent flavors. Only downside is parking.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was sooooo good!!

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Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner. Excellent food and service.

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Vietnamese food with a contemporary approach to many classic dishes. Good wine list to complement the cuisine. Our lady server was very knowledgeable and accommodating and made us feel well taken care of.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

slowest service in the entire world. it was actually comical.

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NS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice table, nice server, fast food delivery. Slow on tea refills. Food was very expensive, seemed salty, and was good, but not enough to tell a friend about. Which is just me, because my dining companion, a fan of the menu, loves the place.

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EP
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is great. It always is.. but service is really bad. I understand that it's a high end restaurant but servers should still smile and be grateful that folks are dining there. I did not get our server's name but she is super skinny and wears glasses and had a really big attitude. I think management should do a better job of supervising servers and ensuring that guests get treated with respect. I mean perhaps Little Sister wants to be this way to give off an aura of "we don't need you" but I'm thinking that's bad business.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second time going, and I was super excited to take a friend who was seeking an night out in downtown L.A. The service was amazing and so was the food. However, one of the dishes we ordered never made it to the table. The waitress was very apologetic and kept going to the the kitchen to check on it. When we received our check, our waitress let us know that the dessert and the pending dish was on the house!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food flavorful and unique but the waiter at a 5p reservation with empty tables everywhere visited 1x for order and 1x for bill. Had 1round of delivered late drinks well into meal and we would have drank much more but went MIA in service (and delivered wrong drinks at first)
So staff wise poor, food excellent

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AG
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always delicious. Lots of varied textures and complex flavors. Servers are happy to explain the dishes and make recommendations. Excellent for sharing!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Tables way too close together, can barely move in this restaurant

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WW
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is very good. The menu can be confusing, so it is nice to have the wait staff knowledgeable about the entrees. The noise level is too loud especially for business lunches. They need some acoustic absorbing materials. :)

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S
Los Angeles
147 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and so easy to over order here as you want to try so many different things.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was great, but our tables were so close to each other that we could hear everything everyone around us was saying. We needed to physically move the table when we got up to leave so we could get out.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Little Sister is just great!! All-nighter f the dishes offer a new taste.

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MS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice spot downtown. Food is decent, a little greasy. Cute inside.

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IM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is excellent but for two people, $95 lunch is a lot!
It should definitely be 30% cheaper. I would say value isn’t great.

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SA
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles.

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p
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to Little Sister, food is so flavorful, ambiance is romantic and service superb. Continue the good job!

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

Top notch food and atmosphere. Flavors for days with a charming staff as well

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KR
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had several item s from the menu served Tapas style. The Salt & Pepper Lobster was the most expensive item on the menu, and it was terribly overcooked and the meat stuck to the shell. Absolutely the worst lobster ever, The fact that the Chef would allow it to be served just shows the a lack of oversight.

The tables are jammed together and the waitress was often elsewhere. We loved the location in Manhattan Beach, too bad this one is on autopilot.

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