Little Sister - Manhattan Beach

4.6
794 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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AG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The ambiance is urban and hip. Very loud and tight tables. The music is loud but up beat and fun. The food options all look delicious. I would have rated the food higher but the second dish was so spicy it burned my tastebuds. The wait staff was helpful with menu alterations. The food came out fast. Almost too fast. Then when they cleared our final plate there were zero niceties, just a check. No offer for desert or coffee or even a chance to finish our wine. Just a rude drop of the check. We felt so rushed out it totally ruined the whole experience. I don’t think I would go back which is a shame because the scene and the food is great.

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SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great flavors - very tasty. Pricey but unique dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restuarant was pleasant and the wait staff nice.
The food was good, but nothing unique. I spent 8 months in SE Asia and was expecting much more than I got from this restuarant. Overpriced for the experience.

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b
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We have eaten at Little Sister occasionally since they opened in MB. Sunday evening was our most recent and very disappointing visit. The service was excellent; the waiter friendly and knowledgeable abut the foods. Four of us shared about 10 different dishes. Portions are fairly small. It seemed that many of the ingredients [noodles, veggies, etc.] were precooked and presented without any distinctive flavor in the bowls.

The original quality of presented food has not been maintained. I don't envision their continuing at that location.

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D
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love going to Little Sister. The food is imaginative and delicious. We go as often as I can get a reservation.

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JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Don’t go on sundays as they were out of all fish options “because it’s Sunday” according to server. Dishes we choose were subpar at best. Considering it’s $20+ for dish it’s a waste of time and $. Nice to try once.

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LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing; went there on a whim...easily the best surprise of the year so far.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

How does a restaurant not have a high chair or booster!

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AA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a Fun way to celebrate with friends food was great music great wind were fantastic! Def going back for more celebrations!

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BH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for happy hour and ended up trying all the items and not one disappointed. Highly recommend!

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Enjoyed the hip hop background music played at just the right volume. The wine and sake offerings are pricey.

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KS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The Tale of Two Restaurants. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. I ate in this restaurant two days in a row and had 2 entirely different experiences. I now see how a restaurant can legit get 1-star and 5-star reviews.

On Saturday our service was attentive with good dish suggestions that our party might enjoy. The music, if there was any, faded into the background behind the happy din of conversations. And the food! It was fresh, innovative, varied , and delicious. Because I liked it so much, I brought another group the very next night (Sunday). We came early since we had an early flight the next morning. It was, unfortunately, the worst dining experience I’ve had in 10 years. It was like I was in the same restaurant in an alternate universe or in the bizarro world. Rap music repeatedly blasted lyrics with the F* B* and N*** words. At first the hostess skipped the song (I mouthed “thank you”) but then turned it up for even more graphic and offensive lyrics. Then our food came out. It did not taste good. I honestly think the kitchen warmed up leftovers from the night before. The okra in the red and black rice which was fresh the night before was dried up and felt and tasted reconstituted. The dumplings tasted reheated as well. Service was perfunctory. All in all we felt like they just didn’t want us as customers. I can’t believe I actually paid to eat leftovers in a restaurant that was literally blasting music with the N word over and over again. Why do that to your customers?

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TK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I look forward to trying the other vegan/vegetarian options on the menu

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n
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!!

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PH
Palm Springs
67 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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AP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Super friendly and prompt service
Food was good not spectacular
Nice setting
Cool vibe

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Not worth the price. Food was ok but really nothing remarkable about it. Expected more

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SD
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good.

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W
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful
Enjoy

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SB
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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SL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great my wife and I enjoyed the food very much.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
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
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
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
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Always on point

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PD
Los Angeles
6 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 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Vietnamese food with unique flavors

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K
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 4, 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 2, 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 December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 4

We went at New Years Eve and

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JB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this restaurant
Food is great service amazing

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IR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 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 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very tasty. Waiter gave us great recommendations.

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s
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 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 15, 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 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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