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Little Sister - Irvine

4.4
4.4
396 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 33 times today
  • 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 396 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. S

    Sunlovrmap

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was good.

  2. CF

    ChristinaF

    Puerto Vallarta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rockstar food and service! Fresh and healthy vegetarian options (of course meat is available too). Pleased the 3 yr old, the 8 yr/o, and the parents/grandparents without breaking the bank. Beautiful and convenient location. This is our 2nd time and we can’t wait to go again!

  3. L

    Linda

    Orange County

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Vietnamese food with an edge. everything is great. and nice outdoor seating, and inside is beautiful

  4. CA

    CelineA

    Montreal

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    I understand the short staffing in restaurants today but when the waitress forgets to come to the table for 30 minutes at a time, brings the wrong drink and argues with you that it’s the correct drink… the best is when a rat crosses on the side of the table, you complain to the waitress and she looks at you wondering what the problem is and tells you that even in Newport Beach they have rats…??? I felt like I was in the twilight zone last night…

  5. r

    roys

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place. I always get the Banh Xeo and it never disappoints. And they always play 90s hip hop/R&B which is my fave genre! Highly recommend Little Sister

  6. DC

    DeniseC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience1

    The menu is overwhelming with so many choices. Maybe other diners are familiar with the cuisine, but we weren't. Hard to know what the dishes were without help. Looking on Yelp to see what others suggested along with our server, we made some delicious choices. Shaky Shaky beef, e-fu noodles, sticky rice, and salmon in claypot were the favorites. Our group age range was from thirties to 90. The music playing very loud, was rap with lots of swearing. It seemed out of place for the restaurant. While the food was very good, we won't be going back because of the music and how loud it was inside.

  7. JS

    JuliaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Modern Vietnamese cuisine, cute decor, flavorful dishes, ok staff, but it's SUPER LOUD. We went there for lunch today and they played super loud rap / hard core rnb music like in a hip hop club. It just killed the vibe and doesn't fit into the fresh ambience. We could not really talk, it was kind of annoying.

  8. D

    Disappointed

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Lovely heated outdoor patio. Reinvented Vietnamese cuisine. Black rice is awesome. Don’t love the drinks here though.

  9. l

    lisah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So yummy! Quite unique. My second time.... I want to bring everyone!

  10. VR

    VanessaR

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had such a great experience! Entered the restaurant to a beautiful, high ceiling layout with hip hop music completing the vibe. Our waiter took the time to explain the menu and help us decide what to order. Being somewhat familiar with Vietnamese food, I had an easier time deciding what to order. If you are new to Vietnamese cuisine, no problem, their wait staff will help! The food was amazing! Absolutely fresh and flavorful. We had the beef pho soup, rice paper roll and papaya salad. The rice paper roll "pho banh cuon" was my personal fav. Next time, I want to try a banh mi sandwich, shaky shaky beef, and seabass. Their cocktails were pricey at $16 so passed on it. Hopefully they will offer happy hour in the future. Thanks for the fun and delicious twist on Vietnamese cuisine!

  11. PT

    PaulT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing authentic flavors and ingredients. I loved it. Hay quá!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    We liked the beef spring rolls. We didnt like the beef tartar at all. The shaki shaki beef was disappointed. The beef was very dry and the rice was burned. The lemongrass chicken wings were not as tasty as expected!!

  13. V

    Vivien

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    This is how much food we left on the table.. flavor is all off.. if it's not too salty than it's not cohesive. I'd honestly rather eat at a local pho restaurant. Gf and I ended up order baguette with pâté to finish the night off. The cocktails was no bueno... LS sour was the only drink I thought was ok but stay away from honey in the bank! Gf kept referencing the drink to Lysol spray. Anyway we decided to take our dessert elsewhere. Def not a repaying customer as service seems to be nonexistent too.

  14. MM

    MMQI

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was excellent. We ordered the bahn mix and the egg fried noodles. Both were delicious. I ordered a leeche martini but couldn’t finish it because it was too sweet. Overall our experience was good and we would come back again.

  15. h

    hareshj

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    Food was good too noisy defeats enjoying a meal n chatting with guests is there any reason for shy restaurant to have music at full blast !!!!! Why not dine alone cuz u cannot hold a conversation !!!

  16. CM

    CallanM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The food was delicious! Service was thorough and good. We were there for an anniversary as indicated in my reservation. It was not very busy at the restaurant and we ordered a dessert it would have been nice for them to try to make the experience special. Great food, ambiance, and service.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Food is not as good as it was when they first opened. For the price you pay I’m not impressed and have other options. Also the loud club music is a little over the top even my 18 year old agreed.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    made resv and had to wait 15 min to be seated

  19. J

    Joanna

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We ordered Bo Kho, Beef Tartare, and Shaky shaky beef to share. Bo tai chanh was unavailable at the time. All three dishes were great, though the Bo Kho was too salty. We were also dismayed as it was just soup and didn’t come with any noodles or fresh veggie toppings. Customer service was lacking, but we were sympathetic to our server since she was running to and from the bar as well as taking care of our table. Unsure why this was happening since other servers were only focusing on tables.

  20. g

    goblue7

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2

    Great food but very loud. Would definitely go back.

  21. B

    Bette

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    I came here for my birthday. All the dishes were delicious. Portions are for sharing. Even then, you will have plenty of leftovers. I didn't care too much for the Grilled Pork Spring Roll. It was tasty but cold. I knew it was cold when I ordered but wanted to try it anyways. Now I know I like warm rice paper. My daughter is vegetarian and was given the choice of an off the menu item. She absolutely loved it. The waiter was very attentive. The food is a bit pricey but good for a special celebration.. The place is beautiful.

  22. AO

    AndyO

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Great Service. Food is ok relative to the price. Place is nice.

  23. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have eaten at Little Sister DTLA a few times and really enjoyed it. The food at the Irvine location is just as good. We had the Papaya Salad and Shaky Shaky Beef, both excellent. Really enjoyed the large open dining area with high ceilings and lots of windows. They have lots of outdoor seating too. We plan on going back often.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    The food was generously portioned and great! The service was not amazing and the music was very loud. Would definitely come back for the food!

  25. RM

    RachelM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    The extremely loud music consists of an "edgy" hip-hop playlist. (I spoke to the manager, and he said the owner personally selected the playlist.) It's a matter of taste, but the lyrics I find offensive and include the repetitive use of the n-word, f-bombs, graphic descriptions of sex acts and body parts, and misogynistic themes. If you don't want to expose yourself, your family, or guests to the music, you might want to get your food to go. The menu is difficult to navigate due to the descriptions, so we found ourselves ordering way too much food. After ordering, I overheard a different server give much better advice and guidance to her table, which I felt our server could have done better. Our server seemed very inexperienced, disappeared for long periods, and didn't provide the level of service the group next to us received. The menu requires an explanation (from a knowledgeable server), but the food is good. The tab for three people was about $250 before tip, so a bit pricey.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    New Years eve

  27. TH

    TaliH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    Server was slow to provide the requested items. Food runner snapped back at guests when asked for basic serving utensils. Pho Bo soup was cold and not tasty. Pho is a stable of Vietnamese cruise. Papaya salad wasn’t good. It was soggy and shrimps are over cooked. If they can’t do Pho right then they can’t make other dishes right. Overall, foods are mediocre and nothing special plus bad services.

  28. JL

    JosephL

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Food wasn’t as fresh as it used to be

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food is fantastic! Service was top notch. Didn’t quite understand the choice of music with the vibe (Eminem, mostly) but no complaints. Will come here again 100%.

  30. KV

    KristinV

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service and food…impeccable.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food and vibe is great. Only concern, most of the employees didn’t wear masks.

  32. C

    Carrie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    We got there and they had us wait event though a ton of tables were open. They would not let us go to the bar- they weren’t serving drinks at the bar or allow seating at the bar even though a couple was eating there. The service was terrible and the runners never got our food to the correct table.

  33. VV

    VeestaV

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    We were first seated at a large high-top, uncomfortable for our small group of three. They kindly moved us to a more appropriate booth seat. Restaurant was freezing, we noticed all the other guests were still wearing their puffy jackets too. The service was quite slow, though they were busy. The biggest disappointment was that when asked to place a separate to-go order, they said they could not but that we could order another dish and request a to-go box. Zero sense. They also do not offer any kind of birthday celebration dessert. Pretty lame. Food was fine but nothing very special. Staff did not clear empty dishes so our table was a cluttered mess the entire time. Ordered the Black Mamba, tasty cocktail but the glasses were served quite empty, one more empty than the other two. The bathroom was COVERED in used paper towels and out of stock on toilet paper. They may be busy but something like that is unacceptable. Just gross. Would come back for the food if a friend really wanted to , but will keep expectations low.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience1

    Food is good but not as good as I’ve had at their former DTLA location. Maybe a little too heavy handed on the salt/sauces, especially the E-Fu noodles. Fried okra was the stand out dish for me though! So good! Pho Ga was delicious as was the Banh Xeo. Service was great and they have a very nice outdoor dining area with heaters.

  35. HT

    HowardT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Food was delicious; but terrible service. Maybe it's because we went on Dec 24th?

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First and foremost, our waitress Ashley was AMAZING!!! She elevated the whole experience with her knowledge and honesty about the menu and with her incredible service. The food was quite good and surprisingly authentic. Love the salmon clay pot and imperial rolls. Shaking beef was just ok, lack of flavor. Papaya salad was tasty. LS sour cocktail with egg white foam is a must; tastes good and instagramable.

  37. KF

    KathleenF

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Little Sister is always so delicious! We were a party of 7 so we got to order lots of things. You cannot go wrong with any choice. We loved the house special Black Mamba, the octopus salad, the dumplings, the special forbidden black rice dish, the salmon crudo; and this time we sampled 3 of the desserts. We sat outside at the table just outside the door; so the noise level was perfect for conversation. We'll definitely return.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Service was a bit slow.

  39. TM

    TempestMV

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food here is fantastic! Clean, flavorful, never disappoints

  40. CA

    CAbizdining

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Little Sister is the long awaited, COVID-delayed “sister” to the hidden gem LSXO in Huntington Beach. We’re thrilled to not have to drive as far to our favorite Vietnamese/Asian Fusion restaurant, and go here at LEAST once a month. They have Several outdoor dining settings including under the trees right by a cool fountain. For those not familiar with LSXO or little sister, if you’re offended by hard rap music and are going to be a Karen and leave the one of most amazing restaurants in OC a low star review because of the music, please don’t go and you can miss out on some of the most flavorful, innovative menus around. If you do go, do yourself a favor and try all three spring roll types; they’re all different and amazing. The Vietnamese crepe is a must have experience and we get it every time. Good luck pronouncing most of the dishes, but your server can describe everything for you so be adventurous and enjoy!!!

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Little Sister - Irvine is rated 4.4 stars by 396 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Little Sister - Irvine

896 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618-4959

  • 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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