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Little Sister - Downtown

4.6
4.6
1278 Reviews
$30 and under
Southeast Asian

Little Sister DTLA features East-meets-West inspired dishes served in a
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. Scott Young along with Chef Tin curates the restaurant's wine and beverage program
with a focus on intriguing labels, both domestically and from around
the world. Craft beer selection includes special batches from The
Brewery at Abigaile, brewed only for the restaurant.

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Booked 49 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southeast Asian, Asian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 265-7233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tin Vuong

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    7th & Grand

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 1,278 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Hot Spot

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Great for Lunch

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  1. c

    cocob

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was an incredible experience with the most divine food and a heavenly waitress. She is surely an artist, the way she described the food and guided us to the right plates for our palates. Our experience was nothing short of sensational. This connoisseur of sweet things will tell you that their Keylime pie is the best you will ever have. End your exquisite Vietnamese meal with this titillating little dream pillow of a dish.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    This is a lovely spot with amazing food but they are grossly understaffed at lunchtime.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Best meal, value & atmosphere for lunch in the neighborhood. So glad they have reopened! Will be a regular as it is a “go to spot” for business lunch. See you in a few weeks.

  4. D

    Deedees

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I loved our meal here. The food was incredible. Flavorful and beautifully presented. The service was great. Our waiter was very attentive without being overbearing. It has a hip vibe. The noise level is a bit high but my husband and I could still hear each other. I highly recommend this place and we can’t wait to go back.

  5. K

    Kendra

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We ordered the whole crab with fried rice. The meal was phenomenal. It’s a bit pricey ($165/market price) but definitely worth the splurge for a special occasion.

  6. ES

    ElijahS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Vietnamese food in LA. ----------------------

  7. TL

    TLCNYC

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    Thought the food and menu were really unique and interesting. Food was delicious. We just had really poor service. Might not have minded as much but we had a show we needed to get to, and we had really given ourselves PLENTY of time, but still felt rushed at the end and had to cancel dessert and get our check. I would recommend if someone was just looking for dinner, but not if they were looking for dinner before a show or anything.

  8. SC

    ScottC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food was amazing, as always. Food was a little slow because of staff shortages

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    That salmón crudo though 🤌🏽🤌🏽🤌🏽🤌🏽

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The restaurant is in Downtown Los Angeles close to Pershing Square and the Broad Museum. You’ll have to pay for parking at the One Wilshire Building or public parking lots near Pershing Square. Be forewarned that the restaurant only plays rap music. There’s a small-framed notification on the left wall as you enter the establishment. The food has a delightful presentation and aromatic scent. The food, although well cooked, is too rich and overly spiced. The prices are reasonable, and the servers are attentive..

  11. m

    maitai53

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I found the fusion food better than the classically Vietnamese food. Restaurant interior is gorgeous. Non-Vietnamese waiters pronounce the dish names very well.

  12. J

    Jeanette

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Not sure why they allowed a reservation at 9:45pm on OpenTable if they closed 15 minutes after. We arrived and were rushed to place an order, it was uncomfortable.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time at this location!! I do not like going to DTLA much…However the food quality and service made all the difference for me and would return again even if I dread going to DTLA :) The ambience was okay and the tables did feel a bit tight.

  14. MM

    MarlaM

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    I've been to Little Sister in El Segundo before and had a good experience. For some reason, the DTLA location has an issue with service being inconsistent. We came in earlier than our 5:30 reservation on a Thursday, so there was only one other table there. In spite of the wide selection of tables, we were seated in the back and largely ignored. Had to flag down the server multiple times just to order. The food was okay, portions were generous but somewhat overpriced for the quality. There are better options for one's money in the area.

  15. d

    ddtt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    It's too crowded with the 2-person tables side-by-side. Hard to have a good conversation with someone and not feel like you're a party of 4 and trying your best to ignore the other 2 people. If they just remove one of the 2-person tables, they may alleviate this crowdedness.

  16. JH

    JasmineH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    This is one of the best meals in DTLA!!! Delicious!!

  17. SC

    SherrieC

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the food. Very cozy. Enjoyed the company of friends and wonderful food

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Told the server we were trying to eat a bit lighter. He said the black rice was a portion size for 1. Really 5 people could eat this dish. Super annoyed.

  19. AB

    AlexB

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    It is very beautiful restaurant, cool ambience. But food was okay…service was not good. Server didnt ask how was food or anything.

  20. a

    alexis

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    The overall vibe and aesthetic of the restaurant was pleasing to the eye, but I had hoped that the food would also match that energy. The food was good, but for the price my partner and I were paying, we expected it to be great, otherwise we wouldn't have driven all the way Downtown for Vietnamese food that we could similarly get closer by. Furthermore, the service was slow when the restaurant was at a third or less of its capacity. Our server explained that their kitchen operates in a way in which the food would be staggered out rather than being served all at once or in an expected order (e.g. appetizers, then entrees, etc.). We were fine with that, but we weren't fine with waiting 20 minutes in between dishes. It was my entree that came out first, then 15 minutes later our appetizer, then another 15 minutes later my partner's entree. We didn't really have the opportunity to enjoy our meals together. To top it off, it took an additional 15-20 minutes to receive our check, which was only possible because I grabbed someone's attention for it. Overall, we were checked on by waitstaff a maximum total of four times. They were friendly, but could have been much more attentive. I had higher expectations and, while the food was not bad at all, those expectations just were not met.

  21. LR

    LatoyaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I will definitely come bck for more, Nd recommend this place… Me, and my daughters had a great time!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always… excellent!!! ❤️

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food was amazing!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious!!!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great spot! The food is so good. Anything you get on the menu will be amazing and great presentation! I loved the ambiance they had the jams playing in the background. I personally loved the chicken pho ga and glamonade. Will definitely be back and love how reasonably priced they are.

  26. m

    mikerike

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really delicious meal. Loved the house noodles and the fried okra and the black rice.

  27. DE

    DEBS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Excellent food and friendly service. My only (minor) complaint was the loud hip hop music which of course not everyone cares for especially while trying to carry on a dinner conversation.

  28. CS

    ChristineS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The salt & pepper lobster is amazing! Every dish is prepared to perfection and the staff is attentive and friendly. Love this restaurant!

  29. M

    Msb9188

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing in every aspect. The food was tremendous, every bite of every dish was incredible. Our waiter was great! He was on top of everything and recommended some great dishes. If you’re leaving a negative review of this place, your favorite restaurant is probably McDonalds.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent tasting food and dessert that was over the top delicious key lime pie

  31. JW

    JonW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The moment I stepped into the restaurant I knew it was going to be. The familiar aroma of pho broth drift about the dining room. We ordered a couple of noodle dishes, salted octopus salad, and chili pork rindes. We were so stuffed. We picked the plates clean… oh and the server Phillip was super hot 😍

  32. KB

    KayB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    Very unpleasant music was loudly playing..we asked to lower music two times to no avail. We were the only people in the restaurant Waiter was very distracted

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful meal and service. Just like a remember from pre COVID. They accommodated my peanut allergy. Great all around!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Went with a group of 7 and we did family style! Everything was amazing. Each of us got a drink and we paid under $40 with tip… great value great flavor just good vibes

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    food is meh! ordered 4 dishes. other reviews are right, golden deli in sgv way tastier Vietnamese food and for fraction of prices here.. we got the imperial rolls, they were okay but only 3 pieces, not worth the price. next they served the shaky shaky beef, rice is good but beef was tough to chew and flavor was nothing special, we didnt finish it. next they brought out the dumplings, came out soggy , flavors are ok but a mess to eat, they havnt brought out the 4th dish which was the octopus appetizer which we waited about 20 minutes after other dishes came out.. finally asked our server about it, he gave an excuse that its coming and some dishes take longer than others. when he came back with a dish it was the first dosh we already received (imperial rolls, which do not take long) and turned out he never wrote the item down. we said never mind and asked for bill instead. i dont mind waiting but don’t like bs excuses either. we were placed in small table and dishes they serve food on are large. each time they came with a new dish there was little space to put it.. they wait for me to create space instead of them taking the initiative . overall service subpar and food was not very tasty or worth the prices. yes im asian so i know good asian food and this is not it but ambiance is good, typical dtla vibe so it would pass for those not accustom to legit Vietnamese/asian food but not for those who know whats up.

  36. E

    Emily

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    We had extremely slow service, sat incredibly close to another table and when asked to be moved we were denied, only to find that another party of our same size got seated at the other table after we asked. Only one server was knowledgeable of the menu and it seemed that he was the only real server working. The other woman was the hostess who didn’t know anything about the menu or seating arrangements. The table next to us received their food extremely fast, and we ordered the same dishes! we sat there for an hour and a half and ended up cancelling our last dish. Food was amazing but the lack of attention to our table in particular was really disappointing.

  37. SR

    SReed

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience1

    We have gone to all the different Little Sister locations but this visit was off. We were crammed in like sardines. Food pacing was bad. No cocktails. Our papaya salad didn’t have the jerky… my fave part. We were also having a special date night and it wasn’t acknowledged in any way. It was a bummer.

  38. G

    Gazelle

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ve been to this location several times, and it does not disappoint! The Autumn roll and shaky shaky beef were fantastic, the dumplings were ok, but the lobster was definitely the star of the night! Wish this place served cocktails, and that they played the music a little lower volume. Also wished that the table next to ours wasn’t 6 inches away. But if you can get here at non-peak hours, that shouldn’t be an issue. All in all, highly recommend for incredible food.

  39. RK

    RachelK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love it here! So glad they have reopened! There are some new, delicious menu items as well. Try the salmon crudo for sure…

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was AMAZING. Fresh and colorful use of flavors. Will return

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Little Sister - Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 1278 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 49 times today
Google Map for Little Sister - Downtown

523 West 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90014

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th & Grand

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southeast Asian, Asian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tin Vuong

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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