Little Sister - Redondo Beach
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.”
Love Little Sister. Jack at the bar is a great kid and has a warm and welcoming smile.
We had a reservation for 7:15 and finally sat down at our table at 8:00 pm. We were given a free cocktail, but by the time we finally sat down to eat we felt so guilty knowing that we were making the next reservation late as well- not to mention beyond starving. This was not the first time it has happened there as well. The servers are nice and the food is great, but they need to something needs to be done to fix this. I don’t pretend to own or run a restaurant so I don’t have recommendations, but I know this makes it hard to want to come back.
Our “7:15 dinner” finally ended close to 10:00 pm. That means the next reservation was able to sit down past 10:00. We ate our dishes quickly and did not linger at the table or order desert.
Our server, Brian, was excellent...very well informed on the menu and able to make helpful suggestions about what dishes to order. The food was very well prepared, beautifully presented and delicious. We had dumpling, shrimp, beef and eggplant dishes, all great. Portions were perfect size.
Love the food and the atmosphere, fun place to share small plates and try new dishes.
This is definitely not a restaurant for vegetarians or vegans. There was only one dish that had no meat, which was pretty good, but very, very spicy. Another dish, the pea tendrils, came with pork belly, which I had them omit. The pea tendrils would have been tastier if less spicy. Sometimes spice masks or destroys any flavor the dish might have had. The main reason I would not recommend or go there again is the lack of good vegetable only dishes. But this is a great place for spicy carnivores!
Wonderful food, fun atmosphere, great vibe. But Sat at bench seating on one side with tables for two that stay too close together for privacy.
Thought the food was wonderful. We had the shrimp, pork & crab dumplings for starters which were flavorable & a good beginning to the other plates. The lamb sate with noodles was delicious and the shrimp & pork ribs in clay pot was the best of all. Service a little slow & not too fond of the hip-hop music but it wasn't over-bearing. All in all great meal!
The food was awesome, server was professional and really friendly - great evening!
This was our second time visiting Little Sister in 8 days. Both times were for a birthday party and I can say no one left disappointed. The service is amazing - the hostess is friendly, the bar tenders are attentive, and the servers are amazing! Every person at Little Sister is welcoming and always have a smile on their face.
Lemon grass chicken - so good and has a kick to it
Steak and eggs - delicious
Pork chops - very tender and cooked to perfection
Sticky rice - love it with the Chinese sausage
Tom rang - ah-maze-balls - the rice is a little spicy and tangy but so good in your stomach
Pho broth - a must if you go for lunch
Any of the satay or wraps are delicious
The manager is super friendly and you can tell the service starts from the top down.
Friday and Saturday nights are popping, be sure to make reservations.
Awesome! Great staff, food, drinks, and ambience. The team there goes out of their way to make you feel welcomed and their food is top notch. Will be back again!
Atmosphere is great except for the loud noise; food is excellent except for the lemon grass chickn...not up to par, too "fried;" service was terrific and attentive;
Great flavors in all the dishes. Our waiter told us about the lobster dish that is then made into lobster rice, something that’s not on the menu. It was delicious! Everything had superb flavors and came out piping hot. We were there on the first Friday of the month when they have some select items at a reduced price until 7 o’clock. Very good value on those dishes.
This was my second negative experience at this restaurant. I have been to it many times and the past two times I have had very poor service, food was not good and it was very noisy (that is the least of the issues). I went this time with a fresh outlook to give it another chance but it just reinforced my previous negative experience there. I called the manager, Dan, after my first disappointing experience and he said he would get back to me which he never did. Inspire of all of that, I still gave it a second chance. I want more than anything for this restaurant to be successful as we need nice neighborhood gems.
I am very disappointed that I will have to find a new place to dine in my community. After both experiences which were rather pricey, we went home hungry:(
Happy to talk to someone who cares, feel free to email me.
Wonderful restaurant. The food was fresh and very tasty. The service was perfect. I can't wait to go back and try some other options on their menu.
Nice service, tasty foods, I love here!
Food was delicious- air on the side of spicy for almost every dish! Everything we had was wonderful from the lobster to the sweet potatoe rolls to the dumplings (my favorite). Sean was our server and he was very attentive, personable and knowledgeable of the menu and the best way to enjoy each plate. Celebrated my dads birthday- dimly lite ambiance with loud music, still able to have a conversatiom however. Would go back for a special occasion since menu items are a little pricey.
Took our mom to Little Sister for her birthday on a Saturday night and it was great! It started off a little odd because our group of seven had to wait until the table next to us finished eating to then join our tables and comfortably seat us. It was an odd choice, simply because the table next to them was empty, so it would have been a matter of asking them to scoot over rather than asking us to wait until they finish. Other than that, however, the service, food, ambiance, and overall experience were great!
We've been to the DTLA location several times and the food is just as amazing at this location. Advantage of this location: full bar!!
Best spring rolls we have ever eaten. Service was fine, albeit the restaurant is very dark and noisy.
We enjoyed the steak and egg dish the most. We will be back for more spring rolls.
The service was great and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back! The shaky shaky beef was delicious. Everything we had was yummy, spring rolls, fried rice and dumplings!
Service, food, experience an all around hit! Excited to go back.
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.
Loved that it’s quieter and more spacious than the MB and downtown locations
It was a great date night wife my wife and son. The food is extremely good and well prepared. We will definitely go back.
Great food and terrific service at the bar and at our table.
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.
Would not hesitate to go back over and over again. Excellent food and service.
Great food great service. Checking it out for a pre wedding family dinner. Will be back!
The food was amazing, as always.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DineLA menu was amazing especially the bah mi sandwich. All the food was flavorful and well presented.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.