Ma'am Sir

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189 reviews
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$30 and under
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Filipino
Ma'am Sir is a work of love by chef Charles Olalia. The menu draws inspiration from dishes he grew up on and specifically, dishes from Panpanga. The dishes and drinks embody the beach culture of the Philippines in a fun and polished way.

We happily accept reservations online for groups up to 6. For parties over 7, please contact us at info@maamsirla.com. Reservations cannot be combined to make larger parties.
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

A very underwhelming Filipino food experience.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super great meal at Ma’am Sir!! I first tried the food when I attended the best of LA event with my boyfriend and knew I had to go to the restaurant. For a Friday night it wasn’t too crowded and we could easily find parking on sunset. The food was amazing!! The lumpia with the uni were great and the mushroom as well! Also loved the milkfish. The crab garlic noodles were definitely stronger on the ginger/vinegar side, but tasted delicious! Would highly recommend and can’t wait to go back and try more things!

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was seated quickly as soon as I arrived and the staff was very nice. I was still waiting for friends to arrive and ordered a glass of the Ganay, great choice, and it was brought quickly to my table. Each plate had something to love and left me wanting to come back as soon as possible! Thank you for the experience!!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service. Great food.

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MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time trying Filipino food and Ma'am Sir has me hooked. Delicious food. The dine la menu gave us everything and left us so full and happy. Elsa was our server and walked us through everything and was great! Can't wait to go again!

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EM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The workers were nice and ambiance was pretty. The food was ok. Most of the food was sweet. Sisig did not taste like sisig. It was burnt. No flavor but just the burst taste. The longanisa sandwich was good though. The mami we took a few bites and didn’t finish I felt bad for even leaving it so I took it home to my mom. Eggroll uni, just ONE actually half of a full eggroll you get during dine la, was just an eggroll with a small amount of uni on top. Tasted like a normal eggroll something I can just buy at a Filipino market in the frozen section and fry myself. Nothing special. Chicken was good like jollibee. Lechon was lechon nothing special. Milkfish ehh I’d rather eat it cooked in vinegar. Dessert...halo halo was not halo halo! They even charged extra for ube ice cream which I didn’t understand because halo halo usually has that ube ice cream. It came out and it just looked like milk with very pale purple ice cream on top. No red beans or different colors that halo halo usually has. I don’t even know what I was mixing. The banana bibingka tastes like butter mochi something I’ve made before. It didn’t taste like banana it was ok. Overall, I would never come back again and pay the amount I paid for that food. Really over priced. Dine LA was not worth it. I don’t even want to bring my Bolivian fiancé to this joint. I’d rather take him to a more authentic Filipino restaurant.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great time, with one exception. I ordered pan de Sal to go, and I was shocked to know the tab for it after I gave my credit card and saw the charge of $13+ for the the tab of six small 2 1/2” of bread. It’s not even a complicated pastry like a croissant and certainly much smaller. Seriously though? $2 each for a piece of bread about 2” - 2 1/2” in length. I could buy a great French baguette for 1/3 the price at the best bakery in town! This would be a deal killer for any other diner. (As I did not look at the menu for the Pan de Sal, I didn’t know the price. I had already left the restaurant and went back in and asked for two orders of pan de sal, after the host told me that there were 3 in each order.)

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

the pandesal with the pandan and moringa butter spreads is the best! the service was excellent. most of the dishes were good or okay. wasn't a fan of the bibingka - the texture was quite dense and hard for bibingka which should be soft, light, and fluffy. the drinks were delicious.

the music here was on point! best restaurant music ever! and the ambiance was great.

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a
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As a Filipino-American who grew up eating traditional home-cooked meals, I was very eager to try a Filipino restaurant that reaches a bit past what is familiar. I went to try their dineLA menu and I was delighted -- the dishes were interesting and different iterations of classic Filipino cooking yet the flavors that I'm so familiar with were very much present and instilled in me a welcoming sense of nostalgia even if it took the form of a burger or a tamale. To top it off, the service was excellent -- I was greeted with smiles by everyone -- and the energy is contagious and effervescent. I look forward to returning to try their regular dishes and their happy hour.

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1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food in sizable portions and a pleasant ambience. They started off with 90s/00s hip hop and R&B but transitioned to modern songs at 10. (A bit of a shame because they cut off TLC’s “Digging on You” halfway to make that transition, haha.)
I had set a reservation for 9:30, and we weren’t seated until 9:55. This was particularly annoying because quite a few people who arrived after us (drop-in) were seated before us.
It was also slightly loud for a date, but I couldn’t have predicted that.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came for Dine LA. Everything was great but the Longganasia sandwich blew both of us away! Can’t recommend it highly enough. The service was fantastic and the ambiance was beautiful. We’ll be back!

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T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first foray into Filipino cuisine and it won’t be our last!
Everything about the night was on point.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I came with a friend for the dineLA menu. I really enjoyed all of my food (the pan de sal, uni lumpia, pork lechon, and banana bibingka). My friend got me one of the craft cocktails (delicious mezcal), and I had a glass of wine as part of the menu. Unfortunately the server didn’t point out my glass wasn’t included, so I spent extra money for the wine that I hadn’t planned on (he still brought me the dineLA glass which was unfortunately not as good). This could’ve been handled a little better but oh well. I’ll definitely come back sometime.

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G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The modern take on Pinoy cuisine is fresh and tasty! My only gripe : I miss the sauce on the adobo - it’s plated very light on the sauce

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Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Came here last night to celebrate the day before my birthday which is today. I was looking forward to tasting the food and I was surprised how salty certain items were and tasted not exactly I love my Filipino food. The first bowl of garlic rice tasted salty. The happy birthday fried chicken was surprisingly salty and I love fried chicken. The Kare kare the sauce was nothing how I can appreciate a good kare kare sauce. The taste of the chicken adobo didn’t taste how chicken adobo should be made. The only items that tasted good were the pork sisig and the crispy lechon and dessert was good too. But the top of the mango tamarind verrine tasted salty too. I would come back but only things I would come back for would be for the pork sisig and crispy lechon.

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MR
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and really rich, earthy flavours. Very prompt and friendly service. Great cocktails. Vibrant and lively.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

This is our second time at Maam Sir. We loved the food on our first trip. We tried new items and it was so so, maybe even not very good. I didnt like the taste if the crab noodle. It has a sweet/sour taste that doesnt blend well with garlic. Cant even taste garlic. The lechon lacks crispiness that i love on the Filipino lechon. Cocktails was good. Food not so much.

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d
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all levels. Will definitely go back.

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DK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were looking forward to eating Filipino food. I haven't found a good Filipino restaurant. I am Filipino so I was really excited to check it out. Sadly was very disappointed. The sisig tasted burnt, the calamansi juice lacked the calamansi flavor and was diluted. The milkfish was good though but I hoped the portions were more. The servers and staff were friendly and the decor was appealing. That was the the only redeeming factor of the place.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The price point of items on the higher side for what you actually get. The food was good but I would not return due to price point.

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

Our first experience with Philippino food made us want to come back for more.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The best item was the Ma'am Sir Coffee. It was so good.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Good food but a little pricey. I like the ambience. I think there should have been more variety of food to choose from.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was so salty we had to stop eating. Not sure if it was an off-night as the reviews are stellar, but we found it nearly inedible.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Food was not good. Cheap ingredients that were way too over priced. Basically just noodles. Badddddd.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was fun.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was not authentic and portions were very small. Ambiance was good, music was good

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has this vibrant ambiance with the nicely decorated interiors. I loved tha hanging garden effect.Food was Superb. Pauline (Manager) was very pleasing and accommodating.The staff is very friendly and most of all i got my money's worth for the food I ordered and enjoyed much.Definitely it will be more visits with my friends.

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SA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

would have been perfect if i had not felt so rushed by the server. everything else was wonderful.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Food is average. Piece of metal in my sisig did not help. Wanted to charge me for that dish nonetheless. Service not fast or friendly.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, my bf and I first time here. We had a nice brunch! Pretty cool to bring my friends who would like to try Filipino food.Cozy

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C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So so so yummy.

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SW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first Philippine restaurant style experience in the States and I was simply blown away. In my travels I’ve encountered some excellent street fare in the Philippines along with being invited to dine on authentic Philippine cuisine in private homes.

I’ve long looked for such a dining experience in a restaurant, the food was prepared and presented perfectly! The service was outstanding and attentive, I strongly encourage a dining experience of your own at Ma’am Sir!

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JG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the selection of mild cocktails for brunching and their authentic style on filipino food. I tried the bangus and the sisig and they were both very tasty. The cocktails were the ones with lambanog and cava which were also very tasty, slightly boozy, which is great for daytime drinking.

Some might say that it is a little pricey for filipino food but please consider that they have to cover paying for staff and making money at the same time. The little extras such as having a great bar staff, ambience and helpful servers all cost money.

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EE
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very cute neighborhood gem that would be lovely for a first date. The food is decent, the drinks delicious, and the service attentive and nice.

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

definitely overpriced, some menu items are much stronger than others (i.e. garlic crab noodles) but portions are tiny (especially the lechon) for the price. overall, mediocre.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Loved the longanissa sandwich and all the dishes really.

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CL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Filipino inspired cuisine! Great flavors! Excellent cuisine overall! Great service! We will be back!

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DA
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I expected more because everybody was saying that it is not easy to reserve which means there must he something extraordinary! Less food choices

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AC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Charles Olalia has created an outstanding dining destination for Los Angeles. With seasonal, Filipino-inspired dishes that truly capture the breadth and depth of this remarkable cuisine, a gorgeous dining area, AND a killer cocktail menu, this restaurant is a winner on all fronts. Thank you for this sparkling addition to the Silverlake dining scene. We'll be back -- we're already craving that sizzling sisig!

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