Little Sister - Manhattan Beach

4.6
782 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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TK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 2, 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
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 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 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good.

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W
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 21, 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 20, 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 19, 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 18, 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 17, 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
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 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 13, 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 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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JB
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
5 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
4 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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