Little Sister - Irvine

4.5
114 reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese
East-Meets-West dishes that inspire and evoke a feeling of being welcomed into Chef Vuong'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. Chef Tin curates the restaurant's wine and beverage program with a focus on intriguing labels, both domestically and from around the world.
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.5
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food is great. Full of flavor.

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vipCDMNUP
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We have been coming to this restaurant since it opened in OC. the service was poor as you always have to chase down the waitress or waiter. One time our chicken were uncooked imagine you had to track down the waitress to let her know .. last night we ordered 4 dishes. The main dish never came. After waited for half an hour we decided it was not worth the wait any more.

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vipAmazingBrunch
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Fay early celebrating Father’s Day and we ordered quite a few dishes and devoured them all. Had a great experience.

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wernrds
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Just okay for us. Certainly not good enough for the high prices.

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Hazel
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, one of the best restaurants in Irvine! Gotta try their lemon fried chicken and chocolate cake.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great atmosphere. The vibe and decor was incredible. Food was amazing, especially the dumplings and the lemongrass chicken wings. Service was mediocre. It took a while to be greeted but after that it was okay. Music was BLASTING. And to make matters worse it was explicit early 2000s rap music. You could hear them switching the song when something really inappropriate came up. My only big complaint that made me give 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 was the fact is that was girlfriends 25th birthday and they could have cared less. I put the special occasion listed when I made the reservation and I also told out server. Nothing was done. Not even a small dessert or anything. When you spend at least 250 dollars on dinner and made it clear you are there celebrating an occasion and literally NOTHING was done, it’s quite upsetting. This is the reason I won’t be coming back.

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Azncaligirl714
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok. But if you want real Vietnamese food. Do not come here.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall experience is good. Menu is sort of confusing, just different, hard to read, font are small. Servers were friendly and helpful.

No complimentary dessert for birthday celebrant. =(

Thank you for the service.

DJ
vipDinewithJB
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent, fresh and very tasty. We are happy you have opened in Irvine so that we can visit more often.

NH
vipNadiaH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

everything was perfect except the music choice and level was too loud and head pounding. think biggie smalls and Tupac re 1990. it was hard to have a conversation or unwind and relax. outside seating is perfect. despite the music, I cant wait to go back and try out the rest of the menu, everything was delicious, creative, and different from taste to presentation. next time ill just request to sit outside.

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Lunarchin
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The service not as good as the standard, looks rack of management

JC
JulieC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Little Sister in Manhattan and DTLA, and this location did not disappoint. You never know with expansions, but this was perfect. The chicken thighs even better than I had remembered. Rice papers were lovely. And OMG - that strawberry cake dessert was perfection on a plate.

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StephiP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tastiest Vietnamese food ever! So glad they have a location close to San Diego. Been dying to come here since the pandemic hit. Everything here is super tasty and staff with very friendly. Cocktails are a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and drinks were amazing. Our server was amazing as well. The hostess unfortunately was not warm or welcoming. The hostess seated other parties before ours despite the fact that we were early, had a reservation, and all parties were present.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waiter was polite but overall we were neglected. We left dying of thirst. The pho was brought out without the accompanying greens and sauces. The sea bass was raw and the quality/flavor of the fish was not fresh tasting. The restaurant needs more waitstaff and oddly has no busboys to clear dishes or serve water.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ( wife and myself ) enjoy this place the food is great interesting and the staff is very friendly. We enjoy the great location.and hours.
We like many of their dish but do not ask me their names the wait staff is very helpful with us we like this rice soup with chicken and a seafood rice dish
It is a Vietnamese which is new to us but we are really enjoy learning about the dishes

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AngeloF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for a night out. Great food, drinks and atmosphere

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Graceli
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It took us waiting more than 30 minutes even with reservation and the noise was very loud. We can't hear clearly from the server especially with mask on. The menu is too simple and not well explained. Presentation of food is great but taste OK! Over priced!

JJ
vipJoJo
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food here is excellent!! I only wish that they would turn the music down...I have heard similar complaints and reviews from others...Not sure why they don't fix the problem...It's so bad, it's almost impossible to hold a conversation or hear your server.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super tasty lots of flavor and great service it was very busy and lively highly recommend to Asian food lovers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Wow! This was such a fun experience we can’t wait to do it again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
769 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Will be back.

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SeanH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Please change music too much Hip Hop Rap.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent but music too loud

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vipFoodie2
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Second time having the Shaky beef and it was too stringy to eat.
Also the octopus salad was so chewy, couldn’t eat most of the octopus, couldn’t even cut with knife...
should have sent both back but brought my friend and didn’t want to complain.
Staff was lovely.

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vipannaJ
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent and food was great and big portion as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to two other Little Sister restaurants and the Spectrum location did not disappoint. The food served was paced well and the service was wonderful. The ambiance was great, the music was good, but was a little loud to have conversations across a table. Will definitely revisit again soon. Probably one of the best restaurants I've been to down here in Orange County.

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vipsuzy
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best new place for us!

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BNomo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! I just wish the music was a little softer, but this is definitely going to be my favorite restaurant!

JH
JennyH
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

No celebratory dessert provided when reservations asked, “What is the special occasion?/ What are we celebrating?”

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Riss
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Such an amazing place to have a meal! And the Irvine location is just gorgeous. You won't regret it!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had already eaten at another Little Sister location, glad to see one closer to home! Food and service were great! Will definitely be back!

MH
MichaelHahn
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was some of the best food I have had in a very long time. The service was impeccable and they treat you like family from the moment you sit down. Sit at the bar if you can... what an amazing experience! I want to go back and try everything on the menu. It was too hard to decide our favorite dishes. The tunes were incredible too. Whoever made that play list knows that they're doing.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Outdoor Seating was pretty tightly close to the table next to us, for COVID this wasn’t good , otherwise we loved the place !

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a fan of Little Sister for a few years now. My office was a short walk from the downtown LA location and it was always busy and delicious. We visited the Irvine location for our anniversary celebration and it was just perfect! So very happy to be this close to such a delicious restaurant. Staff was wonderful and the food was spot on! Will definitely be returning on a regular basis. If you haven’t tried Little Sister, do yourself a favor and drop by/make a reservation. Well done!!!!

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vipteds
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food did not match prices

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience with such delicious food - we will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

No high chair provided

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Kaylee
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

My husband and I both had upset stomach after having dinner there. Food was okay and not worth the price. Service wasn’t good either. Won’t go back.

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Little Sister - Irvine is rated 4.5 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.