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About Little Sister Manhattan Beach

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.

1131 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southeast Asian, Contemporary Asian, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

Friday-Sunday 12:00pm - 3:30pm Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight

Cross Street:
Center Place

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 545-2096

Website:
http://www.littlesistermb.com/

Executive Chef:
Tin Vuong

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Wine

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Little Sister Manhattan Beach Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (18)
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Fun (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Tapas (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service and food keep my wife and I coming back here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

To be fair, we did go there for lunch and not dinner. The lunch menu lacked some of their notable items. We did try the papaya salad, saigon lemon grass beef noodles and the fried fish banh mi. Wasn't really impressed by any of them. The papaya salad had disgusting tiny little shrimp in it (you see the black eyes and even my husband who eats live shrimp and all kinds of shrimp did not want to eat these). The beef noodle dish is cold. And the banh mi was on a thick french roll where all you taste is bread, so I opened it up and ate only the inside. The pho soup it came with was just the broth with a couple of onion pieces in it. There are so many better places to eat in MB, that you really should skip this one. (Fishing with Dynamite or the Manhattan Beach Post right across the street is a much better bet!) There was very loud rap music playing as well, which is odd for this kind of restaurant. Was hard to have a conversation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I would say "It's worth a try for sure... they have a lot of creative food and take some chances, it's cute inside, so worth a try. "

First time dining here, we had the imperial rolls, papaya salad and shaky shaky beef. They do a good job of using trad. Thai flavors for sure - the papaya salad was really nice. The imperial rolls were tasty also - but flavor profile is very similar between the two (sweet, spicy, salty, tangy - the standard Thai profile). The shaky beef was a disappointment. Thought it might be seasoned differently, more interesting perhaps... but it's mainly a lime/pepper sauce and alone, we not very enjoyable. The meat could have used some other seasoning, perhaps something to round out that strong lime juice. $31 for about 5 chunks of underwhelming beef... a lot of restaurants will do a great ribeye with sides for that price..was a bit overpriced.

Not bad, not great... somewhere in between for us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

This was my second time here and it was as good as the first time. Food is good and Service is great

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fun, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Food and service are always great! Many tasty, interesting dishes.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Far under average - service really sucked unfortunately despite of very good main courses.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food is excellent. Great use of delicious seasonings. I had been there before. We went for Dine LA. I knew I was not going to get the fixed menu. My friend wanted the Dine LA menu but was told that we both had to order from that menu. We have both been to other Dine LA restaurants where this is not the case. Sometimes one or more of us do not want the Dine LA menu for various reasons but we still want to dine together and some order the Dine LA menu and some just off the regular menu.

We both ordered off the regular menu and the food was excellent. However, my friend wanted to order off the Dine LA Menu and couldn't. Is this just Little Sister or is this a new policy?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Very poor service. Parking is very difficult. Food not served to all guests at same time.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We were disappointed by the fact that our reservation was at 8 and we were not seated until 8:25. Not to mention we drove an hour to get there and were 10 minutes early. They gave us some pickles and cabbage once we got seated "on the house" which we appreciated, but in my opinion, they should have at least thrown in an appetizer. This is one of our favorite restaurants and we'll still come back, but not sure how reliable the reservations are given the size of the restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Our waiter was terrible, unfriendly, inattentive. We had to flag down other servers to order more wine. He didn't say one word to us after we ordered. He never checked on us, he didn't even ask if we needed anything else he just dropped off the bill without a word

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was so unique and and completely different from anything I've ever had. The flavors were amazing!!! Definitely not a place for people with a bland taste palette. Will definitely be back!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Enjoyed the dineL.A.lunch special. I had the papaya salad and brisket banh mi and the food was authentic and fantastic!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

all around amazing. they were extremely flexible with our dining restrictions. was catching up with a friend from abroad and they let us stay very late with no bother. thank you for a great evening!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food, superb service. Manhattan Beach location has more selection than the DTLA branch. I would definitely come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We made the reservation since it looked cute and the menu was looking exciting. When we arrived and were seated it took about 15 minutes before a server came over. At that time since the door of the restaurant was kept open we were freezing and I asked the waiter if they would close the door so it would be warmer. He said he would ask the manager and came back with a negative answer. We paid for the water we ordered and left, since this is not an environment to have a nice diner! No, no, no. I am not dining there for the restaurants pleasure.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

First time at this location. We've been to the other two. This was a miss. The wonton soup had tasty wontons but the broth lacked flavor. The sides of cabbage and pickles were not the best we've ever had. The best items were the ribs and the grilled prawns. No extra sauces were offered so that might explain why some items were bland. One server on a busy afternoon means slow service. We were asked how things were after we finished eating. OC location is much better.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is like a tapas kind of place. My wife really like the food, I found it ok. It is nicely busy and in the center of the collection of restaurants in Manhattan Beach. Service was wonderful, food was good, and I would go back, but it is more of a convenience, fun, busy place to eat, than a food destination in my opinion. Nevertheless, if you have not eaten there, go give it a try, it offers unique, kind of Asian fusion dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food is excellent but the music is way too loud. Very difficult to have a conversation over dinner.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was okay at best. The menu is brief and unimaginative, and with so few options you would expect that the focus should allow them to do it very well- instead it was average. I like almost all of the comparable restaurants in a Manhattan Beach better than this one.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had dinner here the afternoon/evening before the Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks show. Early seating at 4pm so we enjoyed happy hour until 5pm. The food is delicious, albeit expensive, the service is friendly and efficient, the location is great - right in the heart of Manhattan Beach. Two things bothered me, the artwork on the walls (machine guns and hand grenades) and the loud rap music playing on the house stereo. Am I missing something? I don't get it.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Delicious food! Not a lot of space but the food, ambience and friendly service more than makes up for it!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Bahn mi best I ever had

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This is one of our favorite local restaurants. The food is very flavorful. The menu changes often and is very creative.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great, unique food. Slow service! Pretty sure there was only one server for the entire restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Dinner at Little Sister was a very special evening as always. The service was excellent and the meal unique and delicious. Such a lovely place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food is always great. Love sharing so we can try several dishes. We’ve never been disappointed. Will go back again and again.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing food, only complaint is the odd choice of rap music playing throughout dinner. However all the dishes are amazing and pretty big in size compared to other “small plate” restaurants

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Extremely loud difficult to talk or even hear the waitress

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was delicious and service was great. It's very loud inside which makes it a bit hard to have a conversation but overall a fun place to go for a date night.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was not very good, food was just ok nothing special.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing experience. Place was recommended and did not disappoint! Service was terrific (thanks Jacqueline!).

Every dish was different but delicious. Flavors exploded in your mouth and presentation was terrific. It’s a drive from downtown LA but worth it.

This year I have been on 80 flights and this is a top 10 restaurant for 2017.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Really eclectic and enjoyable

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service very slow. Vegetarian choices scant. Brown rice dish was very bland and it took 15 minutes to get a tiny portion of soy sauce to give it some flavor. Baguettes were served with an inadequate portion of butter. My previous experience was at happy hour and each thing we ordered was outstanding. This experience was disappointing, as I had raved about it.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Based on the reviews and ratings, I had much higher hopes for Little Sister. We had friends in from New York, one with a gluten allergy. I asked the hostess prior to arriving if the restaurant could accommodate her. I was told that they could. We arrived on time for our reservation and had to wait at least 30 minutes for a table. We could not hear one another the restaurant was so loud. The food was mediocre--heavily saucy and salty. The decor was nice and the use of space was good, but acoustics, service, food and quality of our night out was disappointing.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fantastic!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

All around Incredible!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service: slow, server was too direct and brought check before asking for desert
Food: very good, on point, fantastic experience with spices and prized ok
Location: good n energetic, close to great bars, too
Drinks: average, wine was ok
Music: too loud but not annoying actually ok
Comments: it's a cool place for a drink/wine and great food, not for a date though it was so loud, we couldn't understand each other

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants.

Our go to dishes:
Shrimp papaya salad
Shrimp and pork spring roll
Crab, shrimp, pork dumpling
Lemongrass beef with noodles

If we go with another couple, we order the red and black rice dish with seafood

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was my favorite restaurant in Manhattan beach but the last two visits have spoiled that for me! Although the food is tasty the service and lack of timeliness makes it impossible to enjoy a nice dining experience. When we first started going to Little Sister the staff was excited to talk about the menu and the taste profiles of their dishes. Now you even though you book a reservation you are hardly acknowledged! We gave it a second chance hoping that my ruined birthday dinner in August was a fluke but once again we waited and waited for someone to notice they have not improved! I wish I could say it was a busy night but it was not. We will try one of their other resturants! Sadly I can no longer recommend this resturant any longer. So sad!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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