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Little Sister - Irvine, Irvine, CA

Little Sister - Irvine

4.3
4.3
533 Reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese

East-Meets-West dishes that inspire and evoke a feeling of being welcomed into Chef Vuong'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. Chef Tin curates the restaurant's wine and beverage program with a focus on intriguing labels, both domestically and from around the world.

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Booked 65 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vietnamese, Southeast Asian, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 800-8798

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 533 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Pretty noisy with the background music and loud diners next to us. Also, we (me & a friend) were off to a rough start when the hostess said she couldn’t find our reservations to my friend who had gotten there before me. I had made the reservations on Open Table and had proof. Didn’t make me look good. Turns out the hostess seated another party using my reservations for some odd reason. Not cool. Good thing we got there before the rush so they were plenty of tables to seat us. The food was delicious though, the company was good, and the ambiance at this restaurant was great. We shared the fried spring rolls (only comes with 3 rolls) and the huge portion of the black rice seafood entree that comes in a large black pan and reminds me of paella. Yummy. A little on the pricey side. But cute place.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Pointless to note anything on OpenTable e.g., need a high chair because had to hunt the hostess with an attitude down since she walked away as we shouted out, “Excuse me, miss, we need a…” And when she finally brought one, it was not disinfected (we’re still in a pandemic where kids under 5 can’t get vaccinated) since there were remnants of rice spilled on the seat. The manager who was in ear & sight distance of all this didn’t bother to intervene. The bathroom stall also had no toilet paper. For this kind of experience, would’ve rather gone to a mom & pop/hole in the wall restaurant where at least the food would’ve been on point & a fraction of the price. Don’t be fooled by their IG & decor. Place is definitely overrated, specifically the Irvine location.

  3. MT

    MikeT

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    The sea bass had the texture of a much cheaper tilapia. The table next to us had the same comment.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    This was my 2nd time dining at Little Sister and this experience was not as great as I had anticipated. Our server was really nice but the service was horrible. Not sure if he was super busy and slammed and you guys didn’t have enough staff for the day, but it was horrible. Things that we had asked such a serving spoon for the sharing rice dish we ordered, more napkins, more water, etc took forever to arrive when we asked. If a sharing rice dish for the table, you would think the runner/kitchen would also bring out the needed utensils for your dining guests to enjoy. On my reservations notes, I also noted that we were there celebrating a birthday. Unfortunately, the server didn’t bring/small birthday celebration for our mom. If you guys don’t offer that or do any type of celebration then please the booking party reservations know. For the price you pay for Vietnamese food at this restaurant is expensive, you can go to Bolsa in Garden Grove for same tasting food but half the price. You go to Little Sister for the ambience, vibe, atmosphere and expect great service for the price. Perhaps you guys need to hire more staffing. Thanks

  5. AS

    AndrewS

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, great and friendly service.. upmarket Vietnamese is so under represented in LA.. great decor and brilliant staff

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    There to celebrate a birthday but was not offered any type of desserts.

  7. RS

    ReneeS

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The music and atmosphere was really sexy but I couldn’t read the menu since the print was so small and it was a little too dark to read the menu too. I loved the multicultural crowd. I would like to go back for additional menu items 👍

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    Food is good, but service is horrible. Really bad experience.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Wait for 40 mins and no one serve you. Very bad experience. If you cannot handle so many people, get more server!!

  10. JD

    JessieD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    brunch turned into a disaster, hair inside porridge, didnt take out the charge. bad customer service. really bad. they deserve 3.5 stars on yelp.

  11. RJ

    RoseJ

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've been meaning to try this restaurant and we finally did - and happy about it! Even my more finicky husband found a great dish (the pork chop!) and we plan to come back to this restaurant again to try more of the menu; it's now on my rotation of Friday night dinners.

  12. TR

    TRY1

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    A birthday was indicated on the Open Table reservation, yet there was no mention of it at check in or at the table so we had to tell the server. A restaurant of this caliber should be better prepared to treat a special occasion guest. While the food was excellent, the servings seemed to be much smaller than when I previously ate there. I assume it’s the sign of inflation affecting the restaurant’s margin. As previously mentioned, the service was not up to par with similarly priced restaurants. There is so much potential for this to be a 5 star restaurant, but it lingers between a 3-4 due to its missteps. The one thing saving the rating is the delicious food and the beautiful restaurant itself. I’ll give it one more try before making a final decision if it’s worth it to keep eating there.

  13. EI

    EnjoyedIt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really great! Staff was attentive and fun, the room is pretty, and the food was superb! We'll definitely be back and recommending it to our friends in Irvine.

  14. SF

    StuartF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience1

    Food Amazing, best Vietnamese food I've had in Orange County. If you like rap and hip hop played at levels that limit reasonable conversation, eating there is the place for you. if you don't, get take out. I asked that the music be turned down, which they did for about 20 minutes, then it was right back up.

  15. JR

    JanineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had eaten several years ago at Little Sister in DTLA and loved it. It was pleasant surprise to discover it at the Irvine Spectrum. Outdoor dining was perfect with our dog, the service was friendly and responsive and the food was so fresh and delicious. We live in a town packed with restaurants, but gladly drove here for recent birthday dinner. Highly recommend!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good!

  17. s

    steve

    Orange County

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This has become one of our favorite restaurants. We absolutely love this place. There are so many great options.

  18. BB

    BrendanB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    So great. And our server was the best!! Music too loud though.

  19. DM

    DMcD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    Made a res, told us we'd have a 10 min wait. Had to go up and ask about our table after 20 mins. Food was expensive, drinks were even more expensive. Did not get much for your money, small serving sizes for most things ordered. Menu was slightly misleading. "Grilled pork" rice paper rolls seemed more like spam/sausage (but good spam) but my mother in law can't eat that stuff. You would assume it would be just like a piece of pork. Fried okra was soggy and room temp and I think was forgotten about until later? Phone menu is hard to read. Music was way too loud. Server was nice, place was pretty, food was mostly good except the okra.

  20. A

    Andrew

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Tasty food, good service, and very nice ambience but expensive.

  21. MM

    MaryM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2

    The food is exceptional. The service was good, but I think our server was stretched pretty thin. The only negative is the play list. Horrible. It makes you feel like you're eating in a factory.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have had every dessert on the menu and the pecan tart is the best one hands down!!

  23. F

    Foody

    Orange County

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Modern Vietnamese food with a twist. Great new add to the Irvine Spectrum. Great casual spot to come with friends on the weekend. Drinks are a bit on the pricey side, but well worth checking out.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Marcus was wonderful. The only constructive criticism is that it would be good if they cleared the dirty plates asap and the restaurant is loud inside. The food was wonderful though!!! I brought my new man there and it was great.

  25. JG

    JGJG

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Food and service was good. Having a reservation and being seated in the back; not so good.

  26. JC

    JoeC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    My wife and I shared our joint birthday last night at Little Sister and we were very excited as we heard outstanding reviews from our friends. Unfortunately, it was a very disappointing experience. The service was very poor and the food had some oddities - jerky on a papaya salad that tasted like new tennis shoes and date compote on the pecan tart that tasted like ketchup.

  27. EA

    EuniqueA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice date night vibe and loved the music

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4

    Very poor service. Waiter did not know what the vegetarian options were. Service was slow. Each meal came at different times. One person got the wrong meal. It was supposed to be a birthday celebration but the service was so slow that a birthday dessert could not be enjoyed. Very disappointed in this restaurant even though the food is good. Ate here once before and service was slow then too. Definitely will not be back here.

  29. SH

    SusanH

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food was excellent but the service was not up to par. We ordered two dishes but the server must have forgotten to order 1 dish which came out 20 minutes after the first dish.

  30. d

    davidl

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Great tasting food but ridiculous prices for the portions. Plates came out randomly and we had to cancel apps because they were trying to serve them to us last.

  31. AM

    AutumnM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The food was so very good. The service was good but slow; but I feel like everyone is understaffed and that should be expected nowadays. Our waitress was friendly. Host seemed overwhelmed. Had a reservation, checked in, he asked if I was ok with outside, then he told me to wait and ran around fielding questions and doing other things and then came back after 10 minutes and asked me again if I’d be willing to eat outside. We were very hungry so that didn’t help. Overall a great restaurant. We will be back.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Our food and service were excellent. The singer playing guitar was fantastic. The music inside the restaurant was way too loud and inappropriate . As a black man I found the use of the “N” word in some of the music selections highly offensive and inappropriate.

  33. PH

    PaulaH

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food here is absolutely delicious, the staff very helpful I go here all the time, the food us a cross section of vietnamese, Chinese, Asian with a twist everything is very high quality and ingredients very fresh, I highly recommend this restaurant

  34. AP

    AudreyP

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The dumplings and bahn mi are outstanding.....................

  35. JD

    JeantheDREAM

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was top notch! Excellent Empress Gimlet & delicious cuisine.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Food was too salty to my taste.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is always such a wonderful place to meet people for lunch! The service is exceptional and the food is delicious, flavorful and exciting, while at the same time being very approachable. We shared the papaya salad, autumn rolls and the lemongrass chicken wings. Will go back very soon!!!

  38. KD

    KarenD

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The service was amazing! Between the bar tender and our waitress, we just felt at home. They were both very engaging and outstanding people but the restaurant noise was a bit loud so couldn’t catch their names. The shaky-shaky beef was delicious after I asked for it well done. It was raw on the first try. The cocktails were really good and beautiful. Overall, a great experience!

  39. TK

    TiaK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1

    Bad service…the food is good but the service was really annoying and I feel the disrespect…wait for a long time even reserved online and it was really hard to find the waiter…you should wait for a long time to see your waiter and ask what you want

  40. FH

    FoodieHeaven

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spectacular venue. Unforgettable experience.

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Little Sister - Irvine is rated 4.3 stars by 533 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 65 times today
Google Map for Little Sister - Irvine

896 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618-4959

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Irvine

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Vietnamese, Southeast Asian, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

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