Ma'am Sir

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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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Sun - Mon 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Wed - Thu 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great stafff , very accommodating. Good food will definitely come back .

B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good gourmet take on Filipino food

h
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great time at Ma’am/Sir!
Best chicken wings I’ve had in a while, amazing sisig and damn good veggie dishes.

Cocktails were damn good, too
Such a comfortable spot.
I’ll def be back!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good choices will be:
Pandesal with the 3 types of butter - authentic taste elevated with the 3 types of butter to choose from. Get all three so you can taste the difference. It’s all good.
Broccoli - great appetizer
Garlic fries- love the garlic aioli with the dried fish on top
Ginger/calamansi drink - refreshing
Halo halo - it’s just yummy
Spicy chicken wings - love how spicy it is
Bibingka- yummy

Not so good:
Chicken adobo - lacks the authentic flavor of the Filipino adobo.
Happy birthday chicken - it’s good if you put on the gravy
BBQ Bangus - too sweet
Eggplant with miso- too sweet
Pancit guisado -sour overpowers the taste

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had been wanting to go here for a while now. So we decided to make a visit for our anniversary of our engagement. First off, the decor and space is quaint and open for a nice social feel. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. We were there for brunch, so their menu was full of familiar and new sounding dishes that we were excited to try. We ended up getting the sisig with egg, pancake with Ube glaze and a side longunesa. Everything was delicious. The sisig was rich and flavorful, and went perfectly with the accompanying garlic rice. The pancake with Ube glaze was amazing. Not overly sweet and familiar Ube flavor, and the texture was light and fluffy. We wanted another protein, so the longunesa did not disappoint. House made longunesa was sweet, rich and reminded me of home.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great drinks, awesome atmosphere!

VM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding ! We arrived slightly early to our 8:00 reservation - were immediately sat, and had a really lovely waitress that was incredibly friendly, but also unobtrusive. I am unsure of her name but would love to give her a shout out - she had bangs and i think blue eyes, was Australian, mid length hair. Anyway, she was so friendly, accommodating, fast and cheerful. At the end of our meal we asked her for bar recommendations nearby that she liked and she took the time to list us three great options!

The food was generally fantastic - specifically, the Pandan Spread and the bread as a start was delicious. It had a really lovely smoky coconut taste and a perfect amount of sweetness - like a really delicious, whipped, light nut butter. The Kabocha squash was very disappointing. I wanted to love it, but couldn't - the temperature was off (just under room temperature for a room temperature dish) and a sauce that was so mild that is skirted on bland. Luckily, the vegetarian noodles had an amazing calamansi punch that was unique and a saving grace.

overall, it was a lovely, vibrant experience.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The chicken wontons were raw inside and so we the fried chicken we got. My eggs were not fully cooked either. Seems like they undercooked all our food. We also ordered two drinks and they only brought us one. Pretty bad quality food for our first time here. :( Our waitress was nice but the bus boys were rude when we told them that our food was undercooked.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It’s a salt mine. I am Filipino and the food is certainly not Filipino. It’s more disappointing because this place is so highly rated. Perhaps for the booze?! Or maybe after downing hard liquor one can’t tell the difference between salt and bad food. The birthday chicken was $21 and had three small pieces. $7 a leg?! Are you kidding me?! The pork was undercooked and even with a steak knife I had to be a professional wrestler to slice it, and to chew it was even more agonizing. I won’t be back anytime soon.

JG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Two of us - we tasted 6 different items, and two desserts. It was as if the ingredients in the dishes were just not meant to be put together. After each dish arrived, we took the first bite and looked at each other with disappointment. Not one dish did we completely finish. Even the desserts were bland and tasteless. I guess Filipino food just falls flat for us.

m
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There's nothing like home-made Filipino food. Having said that, most of the upscale Filipino restaurants are never going to be anything like what our grandmothers, mothers, aunts and sisters cook on a daily basis or when there's a gathering of people. I get it. These restaurants have a wider demographic than just Filipinos to satisfy. That's why everything is always fusion food and that comes with a price. I don't mind paying if the food is deliciously awesome! I do like that this restaurant participates in the dineLA experience since the prices are more affordable and it gives you a chance to try their dishes for the first time or try other dishes you didn't the first time around. Their dineLA dinner menu was good. I would have said awesome if the halo halo wasn't a disappointment. This is an iconic Filipino dessert and one of my favorites. Granted it was part of the dineLA menu (so a smaller portion was served) but c'mom, did it have to be watery and bland? I actually had to ask for sugar to sweeten it up! It was still a fail!

BB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! Service was attentive and helpful! The vibe was low-key and cool. Highly recommend.

R
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Eh. It was, how to put it...”uneven”? We went for DINE LA, so we each had a choice of two starters, an entree, and a dessert. Some of the dishes were generously portioned, while others were mere trifles. Some were flavorful, others were bland. The starters were brought to us all at once, crowding the table with too many plates, but then there was a long lull before one entree was finally served, and then another long lull. When the waiter finally realized in horror that the second entree had been completely forgotten, the kitchen had to scramble to get the second entree made and delivered to the table.
We ordered a lumpia starter that was just two little pieces of lumpia plopped on a plate with no presentation at all - truly lackluster. When it came to entrees, we ordered the pork (generously proportioned but tough and flavorless), and a salmon dish. The waiter taking our order had explained, “it’s served in a sort of broth. Is that OK?” Well, it was a very tasty broth but he didn’t tell us that it would have, quite literally, only two tiny morsels of salmon in it - about two ounces total - hardly what one expects of an “entree”.
There was nothing that really stood out. Overall, it was a disappointing meal, so I doubt I’ll go back.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We had a 9pm reservation and did not get seated until 9:30p. My party arrived 7 minutes early with 2 other groups waiting, the 2 other groups (group or 2 and group of 3) were seated before us even though we were the ones with reservations. They compensated us with complimentary bread (pandesal) and spread, wished they had offered us a drink each instead. Food was good and service otherwise was attentive. Ambience is fantastic. It was my brothers birthday and saw it on their list but nothing extra for that.

D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I expected the food to be amazing and I thought is was just good. We ordered the longanisa plate and bangus plate. The pandan toast was delicious. The coffee was just average. Ambience is super cute. Service is good. I would recommend the restaurant because it's worth trying but I probably will not go back.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Thought brunch menu wasnt worth the value. $25 for ube pancakes is not worth it.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere but some of the food came out cold. Wish it was warmer!

SC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Full disclosure is that I do not have any in depth knowledge about Filipino cuisine so I will not render judgement as to its authenticity (I suspect that this would not pass muster with purists). BUT, the food is flavorful and complex (Sliders, Ricebowl, Porkbelly, and esp the SigSig), the service is attentive, and the crowd is lively.....it all makes for a great experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The longaniza sliders are an appetizer must. We also had the Lechon and Adobo Chicken bowl and both were robust with flavor. Our drinks were also a hit- I had the She’s Drama & my husband had a drink- I forgot the name but it came in a pineapple shaped glass and was delicious. We will definitely return.

AE
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Filipino cuisine re-imagined? Should be de-imagined and return to classic cooking. The epicurean adventure was as exciting as looking for parking on Sunset Boulevard.

One of the most expensive noodle dishes is palabok. What a gooey mess for $27. The noodles arrived lumpily and sauce is so bland that it could pass as an entree in a flavor derived dining room at a local retirement home.

The Lechon itself was well cooked. But the berry flavor sauce that rivals iHop pancake syrup does not cut it. Should have considered a more refined native choice like papaya, mango, banana, watermelon or cantaloupe.

As we scanned the room of diners, most were nonasian, meaning, it may appeal mostly to the unfamiliar population whose palate is not refined to this type of cuisine. But hey, it does have the hip atmosphere, in a very basic form and with this type of a crowd, notoriously known to spending too much for too little. It's a sad try to introduce Los Angeles to this reimagined Filipino cuisine. It really does need to be unimaginative to allow the true classic flavors to shine once again.

EO
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great vibe, great drinks, great food. My only beef is that our waiter should have edited one or two items out from our order. We left 1.5 items barely touched and were stuffed!

C
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Heard so much about this place. Ok, here is what we think. We had 8pm Saturday night reservations that took about 20 minutes to get, we sat at the bar and ordered cocktails. The hostess provided us a complimentary appetizer of pan de sal with three spreads. This bread was really hot....our favorite was the Pandan butter, sweet and slight flavor of pandan. We also ordered the garlic fries, very unique presentation with three layers, the bottom was like sisisig, fries and topped with dried fish. We ordered two mains, first was grilled bangus with pico de gallo, lettuce and shrimp chips. Imagine them as soft and crunchy tacos. Really good fish, large, without any bones. The next was pancit palabok, this was not my favorite for two reasons. They use glass noodles vs rice noodles and they added three large shrimps or ok sized proawns that were overcooked, but the price $28 was not a good value.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Fun environment. Food portions are ok to share for 5. Might want to double up on some orders. The pancit was very lemony.

PN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff was so nice, Paula was fantastic and super friendly! The food was really good, very lively ambience, but bring your earplugs, it can get very loud. This would be a fun bar to get some craft cocktails at. I'll try that next time. Thanks Paula for making our birthday dinner so much fun!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lumpia was served disappointingly cold. The wrapping did not have a crunch to it. It was limped.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Regret to say that there was nothing outstanding about this place. The servers did not check how we were doing. We ordered food from the regular menu and the offerings from the guest chef for the night... sadly the flavors were off.

LL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food and drinks were delicious and even though they were short on servers, they tried very hard to be accommodating.

FH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails! Fabulous Food! Great Atmosphere! And still acceptable prices. Check out the Happy Hour, too!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and awesome ambiance!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perf x Thank you Chef Charles, Elsa and team ❤️ halo halo on point

A
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We wanted to like this place so much. However, I felt that the food was somewhat disappointing for the price. $175 for meat sliders, the loempia, (which were both good) seafood noodles and lamb neck which was super super fatty. The drinks were good. So many other places to try out. Service was a bit spotty as we started with a trainee then handed off then handed off.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality, creative Filipino food by a wonderful chef. The best neighborhood joint that has opened up in a long time!

EO
London
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

There's maybe two good items on their menu - everything else not so much. Their drinks are fantastic though.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My bday dinner

JO
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality is great. Portions are just about right.

OD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

What awful hospitality. The front of house of this place is super detrimental to its dining experience. We were faced with a very sweet server, but an amateur manager who was unkind, unwise, and offensive. When I kindly offered to get the table of two next to us a round of drinks if they wouldn't mind moving down one so our split crew could sit together I was not only called ma'am and told "no," but also asked to leave. My entire party was so put off that they didn't want to dine there anyway. We moved to a nearby lovely, gracious restaurant. The four friends who had already put an order in all showed up there later with stomach aches. Poorly run operation that doesn't seem to be worth the hype.

RO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I had really looked forward to coming to Ma’am Sir since it was on so many “go-to” lists. I am familiar with Filipino food from my friends’ families and various take-out stores and restaurants, and this place sadly did not compare. For around $50/pp, the price added insult to injury. The food was uninteresting, mushy (noodles), overly vinegared (pork offals) yet somehow bland. Save your money and go to one of the many other Filipino places in Hollywood and enjoy your meal without feeling unsatisfied and ripped off. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable, though, although there was a slight feeling of an attempt to be upsold on dishes.

v
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

after reading very high accolades for Chef Olalio, it would be an injustice not to try and experience such high regard.
it wasn’t busy, we were given table right away, service was quick, the waitress was great.
i grew up in the Philippines and have a reference what filipino food should be and have experienced fusion. the dishes are subpar, it’s a case of classic plating and garnishing so the price is marked up exorbitant $$$$%%%%.i was hoping Chef Olalio can really elevate filipino food out there however i won’t even recommend it to family and friends. curiosity satisfied but sorry, not giving it another try.
going to point- point next time, you might bus your own plate but i know what to expect.

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was uneven - some things were great while others not good at all. Service was helpful and friendly. Prices are reasonable. Ingredients included oxtail, pork belly, chicken thigh, smelt, smoked fish. Delicious bread.

CG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ma’am Sir is now one of my favorite LA restaurants. I have been once with my family, and as Filipinos we ordered dishes reminiscent of parties in a Filipino household. The pancit palabok tasted as it should, with the Ma’am Sir twist of crab and shrimp. The sisig was crunchy and vinegar-y (would recommend eating with rice). On my second visit I brought my boyfriend, who is not as adventurous with food. This turned out not to be an issue, as we ordered adobo flakes, garlic rice, and the happy birthday fried chicken. These three were flavorful and a good introduction to someone who is not familiar with Filipino food. We ended the night at the bar where they have a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights. We made our way through the drink menu while chatting with Chef Charles. Overall, great night. Service is excellent, prices are decent for LA, and the food is delicious and unique. We’ll be coming back!