Best Pho in San Francisco

March 20, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Take your pho hankering to any of these Bay Area specialists.

The Slanted Door
Vietnamese · Embarcadero · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

"All that it’s cracked up to be" , Charles Phan’s "vibrant" Embarcadero "icon" still draws "throngs" with its "outstanding" array of "contemporary" Vietnamese dishes fashioned from local, sustainable ingredients and an "interesting wine list" focused on German and Austrian whites; be sure to "make reservations" (or snag a seat at the bar), and don’t mind the "pricey" tabs and "deafening" din since it’s "hard to beat" the "stunning" Ferry Building berth overlooking the bay.
PPQ Dungeness Island
Seafood · Outer Richmond · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

This Outer Richmond Vietnamese is known for its "fresh" , "delicious" takes on crab and "garlic noodles worth fighting for" ; while the tropically decorated space can get "quite crowded" and parking in the area is about the "roughest in the city" , "efficient service" and moderate prices compensate.
Pho 84
Vietnamese · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.8

"Always a winner" , this "high-value" "Oakland staple" supplies "exceptionally good" Vietnamese dishes (notably "authentic" pho that "warms the body and soul" ) in a "nothing-fancy" storefront space; it's "crazy popular at lunch" , but the "efficient" staff "gets you in and out with a full, happy belly."
Le Cheval
Vietnamese · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

"Subtle flavors and fresh textures abound" in the "tasty dishes" – including pho, banh mi and clay pots – available for "reasonable" sums at these "family-friendly" Vietnamese "staples" ; though "always busy and loud" , generally "efficient" service ensures they're "good for large parties" who want to "try out" a "wide variety" of items.
Bodega Bistro
Bistro · Tenderloin · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.8

From "phantastic pho" to "French-inspired" Vietnamese fare to "Hanoi street food" "not found elsewhere" , the eats are "consistently good" at this "simple" Southeast Asian in the Tenderloin's Little Saigon; backers say it offers "better bang for the buck" than some competitors, and the staff is "helpful" too.
Turtle Tower Restaurant
Vietnamese · Tenderloin · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.4

"No-nonsense pho" – Vietnamese noodle soup that's "simple and soothing" with a "light, clean broth" "fills you up without emptying your wallet" at these "go-to" noodle shops; service is "quick" , but they still get "packed" with "experienced" slurpers who "come here in droves" , meaning "you might end up sharing a table."