Little Sister - Manhattan Beach

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769 reviews
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Southeast Asian
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.

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A modern Vietnamese restaurant in Manhattan Beach.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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J
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Always on point

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PD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Vietnamese food with unique flavors

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K
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, it was a good experience. The food at the downtown location was far better though.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and awesome food. Thanks for the attentive service and enjoyable experience

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 4

We went at New Years Eve and

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this restaurant
Food is great service amazing

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IR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very tasty. Waiter gave us great recommendations.

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s
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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RD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good but the menu has has changed and there are no Indian style dishes

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MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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.

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NY
Adelaide / SA
61 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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

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.

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LK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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CU
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TW
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious, service was excellent

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MJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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D
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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O
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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YH
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food to share with friends, pretty small portions but good overall.
But the wine list is so disapointing !! Just a very few wines to choose from, and expensive on top of it.

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J
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific overall menu, wonderful mix of cuisines, great staff, extremely helpful and responsive to special requests.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing- Little Sister never disappoints. I'd highly recommend the Imperial Rolls, Shaky Shaky Beef, Lemongrass Beef, and their new starter- I believe they were Pho Rolls?

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RB
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Looking for something other than steak, halibut or burgers this was a very appealing choice.
The Balinese meatballs looked very heavy but were a tasty light mouthful. Loved the spring rolls and the Shaky Shaky beef. The vermicelli with beef was less successful- I’m not too keen on cold noodles. Dipping sauces were universally excellent.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this spot. The freshest food & variety on the whole menu. Always order at least one of the daily special dishes. Perfect spot to roll off the beach & enjoy a NON touristy, gourmet meal! FIVE STARS

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KM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our waiter and the food was excellent. The two things that were a little off were the hostess seated us at a table for four and we had a reservation for five. We were jammed into this corner at a tiny table. We asked to be moved and got quite a bit of attitude about it. He said something about needing to wait for those who had made reservations to get sat at their tables 1st. But we had a reservation also. It was just poorly handled and weird. Secondly, they give you a bottle of water for your table and they reach over you kind of across your plate to get the water bottle and pour water but it feels like they’re just right in front of you with their arm reaching across your face. Again just weird. Anyway, we will totally be back but will know that the hostess is a little quirky and they interrupt you at weird times to pour your water.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food quality not at the level it was in the past.

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I’ve eaten here 4 times. I’ve had some great meals and overall experience there twice. This last time was awful...terrible service and the food was just ok. Won’t be back!

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were told so many great things by friends that we let our server ask the chef to pick 3 or 4 things for us to share. Everything was AMAZING!! It's definitely in the $$ range but worth it. It is pretty small there so reservations are recommended. The food is incredible!

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MB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately, this restaurant shares the same snobby attitude like many other Manhattan Beach restaurants. The food is creative and is worth tolerating the hostess and wait staff attitudes. The music was hip hop funk and was so loud it caused patrons to have to shout to hear each other talk. On a positive note, they did turn the music down a bit upon request, but I thought I was at a club — not a restaurant. Perhaps, the management should focus more on the service and food and less on trying to be cool.

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NL
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a very unpleasant experience here. The food was good but the service inattentive and offensive.They were blaring rap music with racially offensive lyrics (N-words and mother-***ers), we asked them to turn it down or switch it to something less insulting but they did not. We were there in the middle of an afternoon with only a few other tables in use, so I don't think it was out of line to make a slight change for your customers. They obviously felt differently. I don't recommend this place.

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R
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is great for sure. But for some reason the food was unusually slow to come out of the kitchen for our order - we waited over 25 minutes for our first appetizer, The two parties on either side of us - sat after us - had their food come out before ours. The noise level is a bit over the top.

I think we will stay with the Redondo Beach operation - always served at a good pace and energetic but not at the decibel level of Manhattan Beach operation. I guess we are just the sleepy south bay types.

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J
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent spot, unique menu, truly pleasurable dining experience, especially with a table near the front windows.

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