Ma'am Sir

4.3
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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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Sun - Mon 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Wed - Thu 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
40 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
5 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!

CM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I found the food to be pretty disappointing. Bummer. I had really looked forward to going there.

HP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

While the food shined, the service and cocktails lagged behind.
This could have been that the staff was overwhelmed with a packed house.

MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had high hopes but it was overall disappointing. The service was terrible, our waitress tried to cleared our table before our mains had arrived even though she was the one who took our order. She should’ve known there was still more food coming. Even though our drinks were pretty good they weren’t what we ordered, or at least the waiter didn’t call them what they were called when we ordered them. The food itself was the biggest disappointment. Our two starters were the lumpia with uni which wasn’t bad, the uni wasn’t necessary just added for fancy factor, and the sisig which was the best thing we ordered. The sisig should automatically come with rice because I can’t imagine someone eating it on its own. We had the pancit palabok and the pork belly lechon for our mains. The pancit was flavorless and the noodles were overcooked and mushy. The liver sauce that came with the pork belly was too sweet. The pork belly itself was the same quality you can get prepackaged at Trader Joe’s. Overall it was bland Filipino food that you can get much better for much cheaper elsewhere. They gave us a bibingka dessert on the house because we also had to wait for our food. We had one bite and left it. We also left our to go bag on purpose. I can’t recommend this place until they make a lot of adjustments.

MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food ok and service good but the noise level awful

TM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I've been here a few times and it's a bit hit or miss. The items on their menu that hit are fantastic (Pork Sliders, Lumpia, Roast Eggplant), but the dishes that miss are only so so (Hangover Fried Rice, Pork Belly, Vegi Pancit). Would go here for happy hour and a snack but don't think we'd come back for a full meal.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

As a Filipino, I'm always excited to try the new fusion restaurants in LA; and was really looking forward to Ma'am Sir after all the good things I've heard about it.

The food selection was great and tasted amazing. The only part of our dining experience that made it poor was the service.

We arrived at 8:15 for reservations and were seated promptly. At around 8:40 we still have not been waited on, and had to ask the bus boy to get a waiter to our table. Through the dinner, it seemed like the bus boy did more of a job, and a better job of service to us than our waitress did.

Z
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Too expensive for Filipino food. The same Kare Kare (same taste, same flavor, and bigger in size) is half the price at a regular Filipino restaurant. The lumpia was just ok. The sisig was too sour and bitter and did not have the crunch that I was looking for in sisig. The Lapu Lapu was an amazing concept (Ube flavored old fashioned!? what?) but to my unfortunate surprise, was too sweet. Service was great and ambiance was great. I wouldn't recommend having a full meal there if you've had more authentic or home cooked Filipino food before. I was appalled by the bill because for the same price, I could have fed an entire Barangay (4 drinks, 8 dishes, 20% tip - $300!!). Don't skip it entirely because it is innovative. Go for the drinks, pandesal, and the atmosphere.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

arrived an hr and a half before our reservation and staff still accommodated us. thank you ma’am sir

ST
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was friendly and welcoming, but made several mistakes, including forgetting three items we ordered at different times during the meal. The food, for the most part, was good, but not great. We all felt like it wasn’t a very good value...it was very expensive, but the food and service didn’t live up to the price tag. We think this restaurant is trying to do something very cool with Filipino food, and we wish then luck, but we are not likely to return, as the experience didn’t merit the cost. Cocktails were well-made.

z
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On top of the great food & ambiance, amazing customer service - we had a miscommunication with my reservation and they went above and beyond to correct the mistake.

SJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ma’am Sir has really “dumbed down” their menu since my last visit. I’m sad to see this place go this route.