Little Sister - Manhattan Beach
What Insiders Are Saying
A modern Vietnamese restaurant in Manhattan Beach.
For the most part it was a very nice dining experience.
The dishes had nice flavors but I felt the balance was slightly off on everything. Some items were a bit too salty and intensely vinegar flavored. The Nem nuong rolls we're just ok. The vinegar content in the roll fought with sauce and left me confused as to what I was tasting. The lobster was good because we'll lobster. I really enjoyed the eggplant dish and spicy kick was very good. The E-fu noodles we're good as well but a little salty.
My only knock on this place is that it doesn't have a full bar. The downtown location had some very good cocktails which paired nicely with the meal. All in all the service was great and the ambiance was cool.
I look forward to trying the other vegan/vegetarian options on the menu
Our meal was very good and we had a lovely server! The odd disappointment was that two of the chairs at our table were particularly low, making us feel like we were sitting in kiddy chairs. We aren't big people, but we aren't unusually small either. It was just not that comfortable. I loved the hip music (Drake, etc.) even though I'm in the "old" category!!
First visit to Little Sister. Had heard great things and the food certainly didn't disappoint. A couple of things spoiled what would have been an awesome evening. Firstly the noise was overwhelming. Its a restaurant not a nightclub. I get you want a buzzy ambiance but looking around at the diners and everyone was shouting to be heard over the other people shouting. Secondly, we have a pescatarian with us. There were many appetizing looking fish dishes on the menu but they all seemed to include pork or chicken as part of the dish. Why no fish only dishes? Anyway, as mentioned previously food was excellent. Can strongly recommend the shakey shakey beef and lamb satay. Take earplugs.
Super friendly and prompt service
Food was good not spectacular
Not worth the price. Food was ok but really nothing remarkable about it. Expected more
Excellent service, great atmosphere. Food was amazing - so delicious and fresh with plenty of options for every type of foodie. highly recommend and look forward to re-visiting.
Always very good.
I really enjoyed the food at Little Sister. My husband started with the Chicken Larb Salad. My Eggplant and Sausage appetizer was not as flavorful as his Larb. He followed with the Brisket Banh Mi. I had the Chicken Noodle Bowl with herbs, a few veggies and a nice sauce with zing. Will definitely return.
Waiter was terrible. Way too lax and forgot orders, charged our card for someone else’s bill, etc. Food was ok but for a dinner that cost almost $200, there was much room for improvement.
Would definitely return, great find. Fresh ingredients used in creative and appealing ways. Friendly guidance from our server on how much food was appropriate for my husband, daughter and myself to enjoy.
This place was great my wife and I enjoyed the food very much.
My new fav restaurant !! Food is amazing. The fresh spring rolls and salt and pepper lobster were pretty special. So many other things I want to try though
Probably my fifth time there, I'm getting to know the menu and staff. Nothing has failed so far. I always ask for a window table and amazingly I'v almost always gotten one.
Delicious food. Always on point
What great food, friendly staff and a comfortable space this is. Really unique and approachable food. I did think the wine list was too pricey, so stuck with iced coffee, which is really good here.
Great Vietnamese food with unique flavors
Overall, it was a good experience. The food at the downtown location was far better though.
Great vibe and awesome food. Thanks for the attentive service and enjoyable experience
We went at New Years Eve and
Amazing food and ambiance!
Always love this restaurant
Food is great service amazing
Service was very good. Music choice is horrendous and loud. Our food this time was oversalted w/ soy sauce (I believe) a fish dish was unpalatable due to it swimming in sauce
Not impressed this time. Management really should kill the music or make it a soft background noise. As it is you are closely packed and its hard to havea conversation with the person sitting actoss from you!
Food was very tasty. Waiter gave us great recommendations.
Food was delicious - love the fusion aspect - super creative. Some of the dishes were pretty spicy - which were fine for me but not so much for one of our guests who isn't a fan of spicy. The servers inform you upfront - but when they mean spicy - it's really spicy! We had the lobster - delicious - spicy eggplant - also delicious, beef noodle, black rice with mussels. Would definitely come back!
Fabulous dinner. We were seated promptly and the service was attentive. Our server was able to describe the dishes so we knew what to expect and he was right on. We had a wonderful time and left wondering when we could come back again.
Good but the menu has has changed and there are no Indian style dishes
We have dined here several times over that past few years- the quality of the food was NOT at the same high level as before. Service also was poor and the horrendous loud music was annoying and distracting. We were very disappointed in decline of the food quality and the prices are way too high for that level of food. Wont be dining here anytime soon.
I love your restaurant. The food is delicious. I do feel the menu is limited though. I would like to see some new dishes introduced, especially veggies options.
We had a communication snafu with waiter regarding food / peanut allergy issues - and restaurant handled things very well. The food is always excellent here; and everyone makes mistakes at times. Everything worked out fine. I love the food at this restaurant; will not bring my friend with peanut allergy back to this excellent Vietnamese specialty food restaurant.
It was really nice except for the alternative wierd music they were playing. Couldn't wait to get out of there. Not appropriate for this upscale place.
Wonderful service, food is absolutely amazing, we live in San Diego and will travel to this location for the “Little Sister” experience. Five Stars, perfection.
Everything we ordered was delicious, service was excellent
Came here on a double date and it was great. Wonderful selection of food, some of favorites include the imperial roll, shaky shaky beef, lemongrass chicken and the black/red rice and mussels dish. A bit on the louder side, definitely an energetic feel. Good wine list and beer selection.
Very cool restaurant in Manhattan Beach. Most of the food was unique and had great flavors but our entree fell a bit short -- that being said, all dishes were cooked exceptionally well. Cool vibe, trendy music and aesthetic.
I've been to LS - DTLA, LS XO (Huntington Beach), and now LS - MB. The food is consistent among all the locations and the menu doesn't seem to have any real variations between them, which means that your favorite dish will most likely be found at whichever you choose. The decor is similar between all of them, although DTLA is notable for having mouthwash in the bathrooms, which makes sense, since nobody wants to close a deal while smelling of garlic and fishsauce. The ambiance is great and makes it feel very active... however, at Manhattan Beach we had a table that had a group of, roughly, 8 people that were being loud enough that all the other tables took turns staring at them being extra loud. If there is anything that I prefer about LSXO to all the other Little Sisters, it's that the backroom feels intimate and quiet--all the other locations feel like eating inside a loud bar. Now, it's great to have some noise, but it's strange when I feel like I'm listening more to the people across the restaurant in a corner instead of the person that's in front of me.
Other than that, the food is great and the reason to come here. The beef salad is mostly mix of pungent herbs with smaller slices of beef (as opposed to a thai-style beef salad, where the vegetables are third if not fourth fiddle to the beef). The e-fu noodles are generous, the okra curry is tasty and has an almost indian flavor to it, the pork spring roll is refreshing (the pork is like a slice of sausage, rather than a chunk of meat), and the shaky-shaky beef is a classic.
This was my first time dining at Little Sister and it did not disappoint! We ordered the Papaya Salad, Imperial Roles, Lemongrass Chicken, Shakey Shakey Beef, and e-fu noodles and everythign was delicious! I was really looking forward to trying the Salt and Pepper Lobster, but unfortunatley they ran out.
Food had excellent flavor and portion sizes were perfect for a group of 4. We were there on a Sunday night, so it wasn't terribly crowded or noises, however the entire restaurant is hard surfaces so I could see it getting very loud / hard to talk in there on a busy Friday or Saturday evening. Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience - great for a group, business lunch/dinner, special occassion, date night, etc.
You don't want to miss the Pho and BBQ pork sandwich here. It's really awesome. The sandwich is ever better that i had in Vietnam.