Best Vietnamese Restaurants in San Francisco

July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here is Zagat's top rated Vietnamese restaurants in the city of SF. 

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.
Thanh Long Restaurant
Vietnamese · Outer Sunset · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.9

You don't have to wait for "the arrival of Dungeness crab season" to don a "plastic bib" and "get down and dirty" with "roasted" crustaceans and "amazing" Vietnamese-style noodles (garlicky enough "to sink a boatful of vampires" ) at this "remote" Outer Sunset stalwart; "on-point" cocktails and "valet parking" add to its "special-occasion" potential even if the "crowded" environs don't, so be sure to "make a reservation" and "prepare to spend $$$."
Yummy Yummy
Vietnamese · Inner Sunset · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.1

"Warm up with some pho" in a no-frills "neighborhood" setting at this Inner Sunset storefront, where the "high-quality" Vietnamese staples are delivered "promptly" by a team of "friendly" servers; granted, "the decor’s a bit tacky" , but it’s hard to beat "huge quantities for cheap."
OTD
Vietnamese · Lower Pacific Heights · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Offering the "same" Vietnamese "goodness" without "the hassle of its parent" , the Slanted Door, these spin-offs allow fans to enjoy Asian favorites at a "less expensive" cost; the more "downscale" take-out sibling in the Ferry Building hawks lunches and home cooking kits, while the more "modern" -looking Bush Street location offers "friendly" service and "wine on tap."
Out the Door
Vietnamese · Embarcadero · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Offering the "same" Vietnamese "goodness" without "the hassle of its parent" , The Slanted Door, these spin-offs allow fans to enjoy Asian favorites at a "less expensive" cost; the more "downscale" take-out sibling in the Ferry Building hawks lunches, while the more "modern" -looking Bush Street location offers "friendly" service and "wine on tap."
Turtle Tower
Vietnamese · Mission Bay · $
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 SF noodle shops; service is "quick" , but these "go-to spots" still get "packed" with "experienced" slurpers who "come here in droves" , meaning "you might end up sharing a table."
Turtle Tower Restaurant
Vietnamese · Outer Richmond · $$
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 SF noodle shops; service is "quick" , but these "go-to spots" still get "packed" with "experienced" slurpers who "come here in droves" , meaning "you might end up sharing a table."
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."
Le Colonial
Vietnamese · Nob Hill · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

Exuding a "sensual atmosphere" recalling "pre-war Saigon" , this Nob Hill French-Vietnamese serves a "beautiful" menu that's on the "pricey" side, so bargain-hunters make a meal of starters or head for the lounge (with live music or DJs most nights); wherever you perch, service is so "helpful" that it works both for "groups" grabbing "drinks after work" or couples on "date night."
Bun Mee
Vietnamese · Downtown · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.7

With "a perfect balance" of "tasty" meat and veggies "folded into warm, crisp baguettes" , the "high-quality" banh mi at these Vietnamese cafes are a "fancy-pants version" of the staple sandwiches; the upgrade comes at a slightly "higher price point" , but there's also an "expansive" menu of salads and "amazing" sides.