Ma'am Sir

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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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vipsamdm
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing all around. Chef Eric is truly making waves in the Filipino food movement.

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Brja
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere but the food was overpriced and nothing special. Food emphasized to be shareable when there was hardly any food with what we ordered.

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Dudeman1116
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Hip interior space, good vibes, service was a little inattentive for a slow night, menu was different but similar to what was posted online.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ma’am Sir deserves all the hype it gets. I expected the great food but was surprised by how inventive the delicious cocktails were. We will go back.

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Eleni
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We loved the look, service and the energy, but not all was delicious. The garlic rice, pork slides, chicken bowl were outstanding. The steak seasoning was good but the meat was tough, at $45 very disappointing. The uni was tiny and so where the egg rolls. We will give it another go.

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JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food ambiance and drinks! Would recommend!!!

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Georgio
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful, unique cocktails and tasty food at a great price value.

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BryerG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food ! Love the ambiance! Will definitely recommend

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HollyM
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 17 year old daughter and I tried this new restaurant as we were in La for The Weeknd and we were both so pleased! The cocktails looked amazing, the vibe was super cool and the food was interesting and unique. Something for everyone! We loved the hangover rice and u don’t have to be hungover!! So good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space, cocktails are tiki, food is tasty, and ambiance is the right mood for a dare

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PamelaG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very quick, friendly service! An awesome spot for authentic Filipino fare.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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vipBasik
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good gourmet take on Filipino food

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viphoipolloi
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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

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Maximo6901
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great drinks, awesome atmosphere!

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VirginiaM
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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JayG
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.

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mygiantrobotmom
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!

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BBQueen
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.

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vipRoundmidnight
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Denbug
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.

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Jenna
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipSteveC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipAiboERS7
Los Angeles
13 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.

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vipEightOneGreat
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!

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vipChenano
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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PeterN
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipLuluL
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.

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Florian
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and awesome ambiance!