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About Little Sister Manhattan Beach
Little Sister Manhattan Beach 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. The menu is continually and progressively evolving to reflect the seasons.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Southeast Asian, Contemporary Asian, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Friday-Sunday 12:00pm - 3:30pm Dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Wine
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Little Sister Manhattan Beach Ratings and Reviews
We made the reservation since it looked cute and the menu was looking exciting. When we arrived and were seated it took about 15 minutes before a server came over. At that time since the door of the restaurant was kept open we were freezing and I asked the waiter if they would close the door so it would be warmer. He said he would ask the manager and came back with a negative answer. We paid for the water we ordered and left, since this is not an environment to have a nice diner! No, no, no. I am not dining there for the restaurants pleasure.
First time at this location. We've been to the other two. This was a miss. The wonton soup had tasty wontons but the broth lacked flavor. The sides of cabbage and pickles were not the best we've ever had. The best items were the ribs and the grilled prawns. No extra sauces were offered so that might explain why some items were bland. One server on a busy afternoon means slow service. We were asked how things were after we finished eating. OC location is much better.
This is like a tapas kind of place. My wife really like the food, I found it ok. It is nicely busy and in the center of the collection of restaurants in Manhattan Beach. Service was wonderful, food was good, and I would go back, but it is more of a convenience, fun, busy place to eat, than a food destination in my opinion. Nevertheless, if you have not eaten there, go give it a try, it offers unique, kind of Asian fusion dishes.
Food was okay at best. The menu is brief and unimaginative, and with so few options you would expect that the focus should allow them to do it very well- instead it was average. I like almost all of the comparable restaurants in a Manhattan Beach better than this one.
We had dinner here the afternoon/evening before the Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks show. Early seating at 4pm so we enjoyed happy hour until 5pm. The food is delicious, albeit expensive, the service is friendly and efficient, the location is great - right in the heart of Manhattan Beach. Two things bothered me, the artwork on the walls (machine guns and hand grenades) and the loud rap music playing on the house stereo. Am I missing something? I don't get it.
Amazing experience. Place was recommended and did not disappoint! Service was terrific (thanks Jacqueline!).
Every dish was different but delicious. Flavors exploded in your mouth and presentation was terrific. It’s a drive from downtown LA but worth it.
This year I have been on 80 flights and this is a top 10 restaurant for 2017.
Service very slow. Vegetarian choices scant. Brown rice dish was very bland and it took 15 minutes to get a tiny portion of soy sauce to give it some flavor. Baguettes were served with an inadequate portion of butter. My previous experience was at happy hour and each thing we ordered was outstanding. This experience was disappointing, as I had raved about it.
Based on the reviews and ratings, I had much higher hopes for Little Sister. We had friends in from New York, one with a gluten allergy. I asked the hostess prior to arriving if the restaurant could accommodate her. I was told that they could. We arrived on time for our reservation and had to wait at least 30 minutes for a table. We could not hear one another the restaurant was so loud. The food was mediocre--heavily saucy and salty. The decor was nice and the use of space was good, but acoustics, service, food and quality of our night out was disappointing.
Service: slow, server was too direct and brought check before asking for desert
Food: very good, on point, fantastic experience with spices and prized ok
Location: good n energetic, close to great bars, too
Drinks: average, wine was ok
Music: too loud but not annoying actually ok
Comments: it's a cool place for a drink/wine and great food, not for a date though it was so loud, we couldn't understand each other
This was my favorite restaurant in Manhattan beach but the last two visits have spoiled that for me! Although the food is tasty the service and lack of timeliness makes it impossible to enjoy a nice dining experience. When we first started going to Little Sister the staff was excited to talk about the menu and the taste profiles of their dishes. Now you even though you book a reservation you are hardly acknowledged! We gave it a second chance hoping that my ruined birthday dinner in August was a fluke but once again we waited and waited for someone to notice they have not improved! I wish I could say it was a busy night but it was not. We will try one of their other resturants! Sadly I can no longer recommend this resturant any longer. So sad!
Love the food! A small, casual and comfortable restaurant w/SE Asian cuisine. Portions are made to share, family style, but not big, so order accordingly. Not that many tables so reservations are highly recommended. Wine selection is decent, but not cheap. Service was good, just not stellar. Our waiter seemed a bit stretched and often missing in action. But got the sense he was doing his best.
We went to little sister for our anniversary. First the space is small and cramped so you sit really close to others. They turn the music up to give you more privacy but it makes it difficult to hear anything. We ordered the salt and pepper lobster, shaky shaken beef, pork lo mein and Chinese broccoli . The lo mein was nothing special and for $20 it should be. The broccoli was salty and spicy which overpowered the vegetables. The shaky beef was cooked well but had a lemon soy marinade that overpowered the beef, though it had rice and salad sides on the plate which was solid. The lobster was great, and took a half hour to eat. It's served on a hot sizzling plate and is spiced with salt and pepper and looks to be deep fried prior to getting put on the platter. Tasty! Still given the price I expect better, so for the money, it's just OK.
Took my partner for his birthday. I had been here a few times in the past and enjoyed but wow how things can change in a year. We sat down at 6:30 and while enjoy a long dinner, didn't get up till 9:30p. We started with ordering a bottle of wine, only to be told later, they didn't have it, so we opted for choice two. Then they brought the curry okra ordered and there was maybe one piece of okra in the entire dish,so much so, I thought they had brought the wrong dish because it had so many sweet potatoes in it so sent it back. Only to then be told it was what we ordered...which okay, get it, but they took it after two bites from the table and charged for it. I would have least liked to have eaten it if going to pay for it. Ordered the fried okra, which is what thought getting at first, and they bring a small cup/bowl that is maybe 1/4 full, really? And cold. And this all came before the salad we ordered. Next came the black cod dish, the fish was tasty, not a lot. Then we sat and waited for the clay pot we ordered. And we sat, waited, waited, waited to then only be told, they are out would we like something else. Sure, so we order the beef lemongrass, tasty but only had about 4 pieces of meat in it. Still starving, debated ordering more but decided to just call it a wash. Got dessert, which took about 20 min to get. Then the $220 bill for 5 items, bottle of wine, and a side and went home hungry. Seriously, will never go back or recommend to anyone. I had planned a special night to celebrate birthday and the experience could not have been more unpleasant and disappointing.
Food was delicious, but a few things: Noise level is always unpleasantly loud (Open Table calls it "energetic" but I think it's just too much). Also, the menu's typeface is too small for how dim the restaurant is, and this makes it very inaccessible to not just people with visual impairments or age-related vision changes! Both my mother and my partner's parents had trouble reading the menu, and I found myself squinting by the candlelight as well even though I have good vision. Finally, there was some inconsistency with the service. The first time I came here, my party received a birthday dessert with a candle. This time I requested the same thing (for a different guest's birthday), and our server said he had never heard of such a request and that they didn't do this.
We had a table for 5 at 5:00 on a Sunday. I requested to move to a table at the edge to our left so it wouldn't be so tight, hostess said the table we wanted was reserved for a larger group but 2 hours after our meal , no one ever sat next to us. 5 adults were crammed together - the small tables fit 4. It was not comfortable at all. They could've added a table to extend our or moved us to edge and add a chair to the side?
When I arrived the host and server were disorganized and inattentive when it mattered. I was not greeted until I had been standing for a few minutes and even then I was not given explicit instructions where my table was even though I had a reservation. He pulled away a chair, then brought over menus and walked away. I couldn't get into the bench side of the table because the tables were too close together and the table was too close to the bench. He also neglected to remove the 3rd table setting. When I finally sat down I waited for my guest and the music was loud, vulgar hip hop that did not match the motif of this quaint and (mostly empty) dinner establishment.
When we were ordering we asked what he would suggest for a vegetarian. He pondered then offered a dish that had meat and offered to remove the meat, when there were obvious veggie only options (there menu is organized by protein). My guest told him she doesn't eat meat or rice and he proceeded to offer a rice dish in chicken broth and asked if that was okay. I have no words.
The food was delicious (when we finally ordered the right thing), but not worth the effort.
The food is delicious here, but the service was incredibly slow when we dined here on a Sunday at 6pm. The restaurant was packed, and the wait staff was very nice and gracious, but they seemed overwhelmed. Our dinner for 4 people took 3 hours!!! That's long since we just ordered 7 dishes, and they don't offer a tasting menu. A lot of that was waiting for the food, or waiting 20 minutes for coffee, and all of the waiting in between.
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