Little Sister - Redondo Beach

4.5
163 reviews
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Southeast Asian
Little Sister Redondo 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. Dishes blend and
balance the spices and flavors of Southeast Asia with French
techniques and Dutch and British colonial influences. The menu is
continually and progressively evolving, reflecting inspiration and the
seasons. "Little Sister Redondo Beach offers straight-up, honest, home-style Vietnamese cuisine—the type of food I grew up eating with my grandparents in the San Gabriel Valley.”
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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we had for dinner was excellent especially the eggplant and pork belly. We arrived early; they sat us at our table and gave us happy hour prices until 7.

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AC
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved that it’s quieter and more spacious than the MB and downtown locations

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

It was a great date night wife my wife and son. The food is extremely good and well prepared. We will definitely go back.

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CS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and terrific service at the bar and at our table.

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R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We shared the papaya salad with shrimp (or prawns as they were large), the lemon grass chicken, the pork and shrimp dumplings, and the crepe omelet. Great flavors and presentation.
I would encourage diners to try the dishes with the Vietnamese names on the menu; as they tend to be more authentic to Vietnamese cuisine.
Nice addition to the South Redondo Beach/Torrance/ Palos Verdes food scene; but will need local support to remain as it was a little empty that rainy morning.

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BH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would not hesitate to go back over and over again. Excellent food and service.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service. Checking it out for a pre wedding family dinner. Will be back!

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LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, as always.

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P
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been 4 times. Always enjoy the interesting variety of flavors, excellent service and cosy ambience. Only negative this last time was rap/hip-hop over the speakers - shouldn’t have to hear F bombs and motherfr as background music while eating dinner. Good food will bring me back but I hope they change the radio station or whatever it was.

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r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

we were seated late for 8:15 reservation and manager came by to say sorry and sent a free app over which was very nice. Enjoyed all the food and service until 10 pm came. Apparently the kitchen closes at 10 and as a result, we felt somewhat rushed and we weren’t even offered dessert initially. It was a Saturday night and tables are generally given 2 hours for a meal - just surprised by the change in the feeling/ service once 10 pm came.

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RL
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious but overall experience was brought down by very poor service. Our first course was delivered prior to our “before dinner” drinks. The server eventually brought my drink and admitted that he had forgotten what my husband ordered, so my husband’s drink arrived even later. By then the first courses were Luke warm. For second course, my husband’s plate arrived substantially before mine. Again, while waiting for my plate to arrive, his dish lost heat. It’s a shame the service was so bad since the food was very good.

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Manhattan Beach, close to the original Little Sister, but we find the atmosphere and parking worth driving to Riviera Village for...easier to see, talk, and park. Food is fantastic either place.

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BC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DineLA menu was amazing especially the bah mi sandwich. All the food was flavorful and well presented.

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LW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chao was good. I like the mild flavor of the ingredients with the chao.
The sauce on the steak was overpowering. It took away the natural flavor of the streak.

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious. The best food in Riviera Village by far. Sophisticated layering of flavors and textures. Attentive service and beautiful space. Loved everything we ordered (and ate way too much), but especially enjoyed the octopus salad, crispy rice, and Vietnamese crepe. And lemongrass noodles. Sweet, sour, and spicy flavors in each dish, not just the one-note spiciness that you can find in less accomplished Vietnamese cooking. Lots of fresh herbs. Have been to all 3 Little Sister locations. All are good, but I’m especially thankful to have such a good restaurant nearby. Thank you to the staff for a very enjoyable evening. We’ll be back!

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d
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The manager and food were terrrrific! We will return. Our OpenTable reservation was not available when we arrived. The manager apologized and we sat at bar to eat, which was fine. HOWEVER, the bartender was awful! He did not offer drinks, take our order or just to check in on us until we waved to get his attention every time.
Other than the bartender, great place and food!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

On arrival we (party of 4) ordered a cocktail, glass of wine and a baguette. After way too long had to go up to bar and ask for our drinks. Bartender acknowleged he hadn't started our order (20 minutes into our wait). Once dinner was ordered, the wait began again. After way too long, one dish came out. Then a second and a third. We were each served sporadically. No chance to eat together. Saki flight also was served way after food delivered. Staff apologized for slowness but damage done.

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LN
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

rainy day when we went to restaurant but it was full. Host explained they were short staffed but waiter never checked on us and we had to flag someone down to get side dish or more water for hot tea. No excuse for poor service.

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KR
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing. Dishes are a bit pricey as per their menu but we lucked out and were there during the dine LA week so we took advantage of a special pricing menu. Our group enjoyed each and everything we tried. The General Manager was very nice and attentive but he was the only one who paid any attention to our table so we didn’t have an assigned server and it created gaps in service and dinner ended up being very lengthy. Overall a positive experience though.

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MD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was OK, but from finishing appetizer to main was 45 minutes+. Won’t go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We were so excited to try this place but we were a little disappointed. The ambiance & location was really great! I feel like most of the food tasted the same as everything we ordered.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! The service was very good.
Our waitress was very patient with us and made sure we we can enjoy our meal with the food restrictions we had. The only feedback I have is that it was cold in the restaurant as the door was open.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic food and great service. A little noisy

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b
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely gem in the Riveria section of Redondo Beach. Timmy, the GM was a fabulous host and a wealth of knowledge about speciality foods and drinks.
This was a joy filled evening, Thanks Timmy!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious albeit overpriced somewhat. Portions are relatively small. The service was pretty atrocious, hostess didn’t know where to sit our reservation, no places to wait really, asked several servers for small requests most of the time which were forgotten. Never got promoted for another round of drinks which we certainly would have gotten. Very friendly and smart just not attentive—possibly understaffed??

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L
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, awful music!!! Playing loud rap music with great food, just doesn’t go well!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Bartender that served us was so unprofessional it would be comical if it were a sketch. He was moody, made mistakes and then almost blamed us and overall rude. Very disappointing for such a great restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very informed. Great service. Excellent food!

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t
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shaky dhaky beef was awesome!

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PB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding. Our go-to place in the Hollywood Riviera.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Favorite place in the South Bay. Haven’t been to Manhattan but have been downtown. All are super solid. Timmy is super. Keep it up.

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AM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, chef-driven plates that my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed. We ordered a bunch of small things to split and left very happy. Drinks were great as well. A great addition to Riviera Village.

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f
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual, food was very good and interesting. Tried every food item on happy hour menu, which is a good value. Still have plenty of other dishes to try on the menu A lot of variety to the menu. Some dishes are quite spicy and not labeled as such on the menu. Service was a little slow but pleasant. My biggest complaint about this restaurant is they serve champagne in the old-fashioned wide mouth shallow glasses instead of in flutes. I like champagne/sparkling wine with spicy foods, but there is a reason those wide mouthed champagne glasses went out of style many years ago and a gourmet restaurant should not be using them.

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The portions were much more than expected and good value on happy hour menu. The food was a bit spicy for typical Vietnamese food I’ve had before.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Poor experience, will not return. Had to wait about 12 minutes for food to arrive for 4th person. Champagne was served flat and had to request another glass. Noodle dish was served with pepper that was beyond hot. No warning was given. Couldn’t finish meal due to this. Overall an extremely unpleasant experience. Also tables too close together creating cramped feeling. Pretty expensive for alcohol. Did not care for decor.

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D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly atmosphere, good, creative, family style food.

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TB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite local restaurant. The depth of flavors in each dish makes this restaurant so much more than your typical Asian fusion restaurant. The drinks are creative and the food is delicious. I would highly recommend that you give it a try.

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CW
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A go to pace in Riviera Village. This, our third or fourth visit was as good if not better than ever.

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l
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty, good service, decent size portions, comfortable atmosphere = nice evening!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall fantastic. OpenTable booked us for 7, but the manager called letti

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