Little Sister

Asian Fusion

  • 89
  • 2016 Best Asian

Little Sister is a trendy, destination Manhattan Beach restaurant that keeps the music loud, turning out seasonal small plates that pull heavily from Vietnamese cuisine and all over Asia. Flavor-forward Asian fusion dishes, like salt and pepper lobster fried rice, are served in an industrial-chic dining room with California-centric wines, sake and beer.

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What the Food critics are Saying

“[Chef Tin Vuong’s] passion for artfully combining Asian foods has flowered at Little Sister, where Singaporean, Vietnamese, Thai, Nepalese and other cuisines are the basis for a globalized Asian cuisine. The menu changes frequently based on the availability of arcane ingredients and on Chef Tin’s own inspiration, and it’s safe to say that no matter how much you know about Asian cuisines, the kitchen here has something to teach you.” – Easy Reader News

“Even when Vuong plays games of multicultural mash-up, it works. The tenderest duck you've ever had comes as a satay, the skewers resting over caramelized pear and almonds. Pear also shows up in the beef tartare, along with pine nuts and bone marrow vinaigrette. And a quail dish is raucously international in scope — Indian-spiced, served with Middle Eastern–style yogurt, mint chutney, pickled kumquat, and fried green tomatoes straight out of the Southern repertoire.” – LA Weekly

“Vietnamese anti-fusion with a punk rock heart” – LA Times

“Dishes are boldly spicy where appropriate, unapologetically funky, bursting with flavor.” – LA Weekly

From the Chef

“This is what I ate growing up. That is why this food is pretty personal. It is a part of who I am.” - Chef Tin Vuong


Rap music and street art décor provide a bold backdrop to the intimate space, creating a relaxed, casual feel. Seating options include a long banquette, a handful of tables, a communal table, and counter with a view of the food prep action.


  • Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants 2015, 2016 — Los Angeles Times
  • LA's 20 Hottest New Restaurants 2016  Zagat
  • Zagat rating of 24 out of 30

Menu for Little Sister

1131 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Industrial, Modern, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Groups, Hot Spot
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (310) 545-2096
  • Private Dining Room: No