Little Sister - Manhattan Beach

4.5
807 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

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.
What 807 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
AS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious, fresh, innovative. Every dish was tasty and interesting. Highly recommend to any fan of Vietnamese or Thai cuisine. The dishes were brought at perfectly timed intervals, and the meal only took about an hour and a half. Great for any occasion.

Report
Helpful
SL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was flavorful and beautifully presented and the service was professional with good suggestions regarding the dishes and wine selections. overall, a lovely experience!

Report
Helpful
p
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but the NOISE was TOO LOUD, extremely loud

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing we absolutely loved everything we ordered! One of my favorite restaurants!

Report
Helpful
M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

Report
Helpful
CU
Hawaii
248 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true DESTINATION RESTAURANT based on the fact that I live on Oahu, Hawaii, five hours away and 3000 miles. This was my sixth time at Sister and as always the staff has the True Aloha Spirit. But the food is what brings me back every time I fly into Calif. complex flavors and multi layered textures make this restaurant so very special. As former wine Educators from NYC I truly appreciated their wine list. Many wines that married the intense and sophisticated flavors

Report
Helpful
W
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Not good service and a squeaky door to the kitchen that was so annoying my client was distracted during our conversation. This place was enjoyable but after my last three visits I will not be going back or order delivery from them.

Report
Helpful
AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The options were limited on a Sun evening as they were out of many options. Food was good but overpriced

Report
Helpful
AL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

food is incredible. so flavorful and delicious. loved the okra curry and crepe.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was great, place was very noisy but it didn’t bother us too much. Disappointed that they did not have 3 things that we tried to order from the menu. When I joked with the waiter and said “ we will just take the check” he said “ that’s fine!” I thought that was rude considering he didn’t smile or appear to be joking. Would we go back? Maybe ...

Report
Helpful
H
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Little Sister is one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. The food has always been delicious. This time around however, I noticed that the new menu has become very pork-dominated, way more than it it was in previous years. The bread and butter came out with bits of pork sprinkled on the butter, many of the seafood and beef dishes contained pork as well, and even the vegetable section of the menu had pork in many of the items. I thought at least the vegetable section would be safe! It's disappointing for those of us who don't eat pork, to come to one of my favorite restaurants and have to dodge majority of the menu. Also, I noticed a sharp increase in prices this time. All these changes are annoying, I may have to find a new favorite spot.

Report
Helpful
RZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Birthday dinner. Not dessert offered. Food was inedible. Not the Little Sister food I’ve had before. We won’t be back.

Report
Helpful
JH
Los Angeles
167 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious. The lobster and shakey shakey beef are the best. Their spice hour from 4:30-6:30 allows for some discounted appetizers and drinks.

Report
Helpful
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.

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

Great flavors - very tasty. Pricey but unique dishes.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
D
Los Angeles
43 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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?

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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!!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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.

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

Always very good.

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

Wonderful
Enjoy

Report
Helpful
SB
Los Angeles
63 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
21

Tweets by Little Sister - Manhattan Beach