Little Sister - Manhattan Beach

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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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Don't limit Happy to just an Hour. Join us from 4:30-6:30PM M-T

Don't limit Happy to just an Hour. Join us from 4:30-6:30PM M-T to enjoy hand-crafted sake cocktails, local beers, and award-winning wines paired with delectable fresh-made bites.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 22, 2019

Ends: May 23, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:30PM-6:30PM

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SL
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique menu that has numerous dishes that you do not find elsewhere. The atmosphere is lively with the tables close together and people tend to be very friendly and talk with others about the food they have ordered, etc. Great place for date night if you like trying new things.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

What I had was different than I expected. Just didn’t agree with my tastes but others may really like it. Hi he place is really cute and my server was great. Would try again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

It was my friend’s birthday, which I indicated via OpenTable and which someone at Little Sister called to confirm and took note of. There was no acknowledgment at by anyone there. We had an 8:30 reservation (which wasn’t the last available time slot for that evening), and, while I understand the restaurant closes at 9, they started cleaning up the condiments off our table while we were eating. It was my second time there and I couldn’t wait to share the experience with my friend for her special day, after having such a great experience the first time. But I’m kind of sorry I took her there. We felt, at best, invisible and, at worst, a nuisance.

H
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Predictable food with lots of sliced chilies (with seeds). Need to careful not to order dishes with similar flavor profile. Service was attentive but sever was stretched on Saturday night. Thankfully music volume has been turned down so now it’s possible to have conversation!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was horrible for the price - haven’t been this disappointed in a long time. Wish I ate somewhere else

t
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good for a casual work dinner. I was very impressed with their vegan/vegetarian menu options. And I’m a big fan of sake cocktails. We’ll be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! Such great unique flavors!

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BH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I was very disappointed with this place, as a resident who lives nearby I was hoping for a good spot. Service was subpar. We were forgot about after being seated which lead to a table that was seated after us getting served well before us, for me that is never good.

E
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Maybe we had too high of expectations because it was on Jonathan Gold's list. But it was really underwhelming, especially given the price.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not great service. Over hyped restaurant. Food was good but not great and they were out of many things on the menu. We eat a lot of Asian food and this was just ok and very overpriced.

PL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. Make sure to feed the parking meter generously as the meal does take quite long.

AZ
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I can’t lie, I had big expectations for this place based on the reviews but I found the food mediocre. We had the shaky, shaky beef (not enough sauce or flavor), the lemongrass chicken (bone in, how are you supposed to eat that with chopsticks) and the lobster (you guessed it, it came in shell). We thought our server could have advised us better on our choices and the food honestly could have been a lot tastier.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service and phenomenal food - very skilled chefs. Probably best baguette in Manhattan Beach.

A
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Our server was very nice and attentive enough. However, the time it took for the food to come out was incredibly slow. We ordered two appetizers (dumplings and spring rolls), chilean seabass, beef vermacelli , seafood rice and bok choy side. First dish to come out was the bok choy side, followed by dumplings, then seabass, then spring rolls, then rice then vermacelli....all of the dishes came out individually and 15-20 apart and in such a strange order. The food is good and I've been coming to Little Sister in MB and DTLA locations for many years but lately, it seems service at BOTH locations have slacked and not impressive. Food is good (that's consistent) but not impressed with the overall service of it all, which is a shame because I've always loved the restaurant.

W
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The decor, the service, location (beach ajacent) and the soundtrack (90s hip hop) are the standouts. The food is better than well made but nothin stands out. It's a fine night out.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

One of the worst overall dining experiences I’ve ever had. Despite the fact that we ordered promptly, other diners that were seated 30 mins after our arrival received several courses by the time we finally received an appetizer. Over 30 minutes between first and second course. Of the 5 dishes sampled, only enjoyed one. Dumplings and bok choy were tasteless, curry noodles only had one note of flavor (the curry), the shaky shaky beef was unevenly cooked (spots of well done, spots of medium rare). Only apologies for slow service was an offering of pickles.

Ambiance was awful. Tables crammed together, high noise level, and a booming bass of music on top of that. Had been anticipating a fun evening of delicious food at a small spot of good repute—was severely, severely disappointed. Especially for the $150 we paid for a meal (3 drinks, 5 small shared plates).

GH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

interesting food, great service (Menu advice) and a good wine list

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant so we went there for my husband’s birthday. It never disappoints and it didn’t this day either! The only thing I will say is that I received an email saying that they would be having Spice Hour 2-5 on the Saturday of the SixMan tournament and when we asked about it, they had no idea what we were talking about and didn’t honor it. We had a plan of trying a bunch of different small plates and it just changed our plan a little bit. I would just suggest the corporate office should get their restaurants on the same page when they’re running specials. But we love it as always and will be back!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The seafood tasted frozen and then boiled (flaccid shrimp and rubbery bay scallops were used in place of what the actual dish called for) and most dishes were heavy handed with sauce. Service was great, but really disappointed with the food. Won’t be going back.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

The vegetarian options were nonexistent and even most of the fish dishes are pork based.

C
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there a few times before. Love the food. This most recent time, we arrived late, for their 9 PM seating. They had called us earlier to let us know that last call was at 9. We are rushing from a concert and worried we wouldn’t be able to get seated before their last call for food. We arrived right at 9 PM. They were waiting for us. Told us to sit down and relax, that the kitchen knew we were there and would be putting an order in soon. We did order quickly in order to help out the kitchen staff. They brought the food and were adamant about us relaxing and enjoying our meal there. The service could’ve been better! And of course the food, as always works great.

r
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went for our 3 year anniversary. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive and helpful as this was our first time there. She recommended the fried Eggplant and it was fantastic, the shaky beef was great and the Vietnamese Coffee was fantastic. We absolutely plan on returning to LIttle Sister.

EV
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was great! The service nice. The problem we ecountered was with the libations. My brother ordered a draft beer that was room temperature upon arrival. We ordered a bottle of wine for the table and had to wait 15/20 minutes for it to be chilled. After our first glass, the wine was losing its chill. AND we were celebrating two birthdays and NOTHING was offered, nor was any mention given by the server. (The hostess was amazingly helpful and kind and mentioned the birthdays) NOT what we expected for a $300 meal - b/w 3 people.

EI
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love the atmosphere,great food, good service. will be back.

LB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the Dine in LA fixed menu with 4. Great choice.

C
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice hostess and waitress. Appreciated the customer service greatly! Food was tasty

K
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loud, hip spot but very good food! We enjoyed the rolls and noodles the most!

J
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

There were definitely some really good flavors here.
The wontons were the star of the night and the rolls were nicely crafted with good flavor. We were really disapointed by the fried meat balls and drinks. I'm not a drinker which is why two drinks usually get me pretty tipsy. I had 4 of their sake cocktails and not even a buzz. This was the most dissapointing considering how much I paid for flavored water.

E
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Dine LA. We are MB residents and were here many, many years ago. All good with exception of so noisy couldn’t hear one another across table and tables jammed too close together so as to make private conversation impossible. That said we’ll come back in the middle of the week come winter!

BJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always spot on. We loved every dish. Great service, location, atmosphere. Dessert took a little too long to deliver to the table and was kind of underwhelming given how amazing the meal itself was. Little Sister is one of our favorite places in MB

AF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to Little Sister several times. The food on this trip was not nearly as good as it has been in the past. The dumplings were soggy, the curry noodles had very little flavor other than just straight curry. I would go back, but the food on this particular visit was not up to par with what it should have been. I also felt like the waiter didn’t listen when we placed our order. They brought us 2 dishes that we didn’t order and didn’t bring the food that we did order. Overall it should have been a lot better than it was.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So so good. Every dish was extremely flavorful and delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service. Great recommendations from the menu

D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at LS is great, very flavorfull. We order several items and share so everyone gets to try several dishes.

CV
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and Ambiance was great. Our server was good. Not sure who to blame but our food took over an hour. The table to our left and right came after us and the table to the right had paid their bill before we got our entrees. 🤷🏻‍♂️

R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

First of all, I want to say that the food here is spectacular. However it took 2 hours to serve three dishes ordered ordered within fifteen minutes of arrival. A neighbor at the bar also left prior to receiving her food because of the slow service.

JE
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We were seated right on time at our table. Water was poured immediately, which I like. My gripe was that my beer order was taken incorrectly. I ordered the first draft on the menu and I pointed to it. (Torrance brewery). I was instead given a different beer and then charged $2 more. I did not notice this until the bill came. The beef salad was a little too spicy, though I liked the creativity.

EC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The menu was very restricting.

R
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Totally disappointed. Expensive wannabe South Asian restaurant. I’ve eaten in a lot more Vietnamese and Singaporean restaurant for a lot less.

Chewy pork belly, tough beef rendang, bland bun bowl, what the heck salted cod fried rice. Only consolation was the red and black rice with mixed seafood and Vietnamese sausage. Not coming back at all.

SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is good, service was great, overall however I thought it was very over priced for the experience, especially on the drinks, the market on the drinks was ridiculous!

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