Vietnamese Food in San Diego

Top 10 Vietnamese Restaurant Picks in San Diego

City Heights Area

Hoai Hue Restaurant - Located in an urban area that is also considered Vietnamese town, they have the best Bun Bo Hue in town! While you're in town here, go to the Vietnamese shopping markets nearby! Address: 4660 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

777 Noodle House - From wonton noodles to yummy appetizers and boba drinks, this place is an authentic noodle house and the prices won't break your bank either.  This place is Chinese food but it's a local favorite for Vietnamese-speaking residents. Most of the staff here also speak Vietnamese. Address: 4686 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

Pho King - So don't try to say the name of this restaurant too fast, and you won't sound vulgar! Even though there is the name 'pho' in the name of the restaurant, I recommend ordering the Hu Tieu My Tho! The broth is delicious and they don't skimp out on the ingredients. Address: 4658 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

Maxim's Seafood Restaurant - They serve authentic family style Chinese dishes here. At lunchtime, they have amazing lunch specials with heo quay and vit quay (roast port and peking duck) plates. It's a smaller place but they open till very late which is a great plus. I love their chao and canh chua. Address: 4616 El Cajon Blvd, Ste 1, San Diego, CA 92115

Pho Hoa - This is one of the oldest standing pho restaurants in San Diego so that is very telling that they have their pho done right! Parking can be tricky during busy hours. This is also my personal favorite spot for pho! Address: 4717 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

Kearny Mesa, Clairemont Mesa & Mira Mesa area

Phuong Trang - If you want to find a Vietnamese restaurant that has almost anything, then Phuong Trang is the spot! I come here for their 7 course beef or pho my tho. They also serve family style dishes. I have not eaten anything here that was not good! It's all delicious! Address: 4170 Convoy St., San Diego, CA 92111

Pho T Cali - Located in Kearny Mesa, also known as Asian town in San Diego, this pho restaurant has awesome pho but also a lot of other Vietnamese dishes like vermicelli and rice dishes. Their boba is awesomely delicious. They have a big space so can accommodate a lot of people. Address: 7351 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

Pho Ca Dao - My ultimate favorite restaurant in Mira Mesa is Pho Ca Dao. If you want to make sure you get a bowl of pho done right and there are a lot of them in Mira Mesa, go here. You won't get disappointed. Service is efficient too! Address: 8373 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126

Other San Diego Locations

PB Pho & Grill - This restaurant is located in Pacific Beach area so it's a great stop before you park at the beach. It's about 1 mile away from the ocean. They serve pho, vermicelli and curry chicken too! It may seem Americanized compared to the other restaurants on my list but the food is not! Service is also great! Address: 1007 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Saigon On Fifth - Located in the fancier and hip part of San Diego called Hillcrest, the decor of this restaurant is so great. It reminds me of entering a museum with its dim lights. Price is a bit more expensive but the ambiance and service makes up for it! If you want bring someone to a Vietnamese restaurant on a special date, this is the best pick. Address: 3900 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

Vietnamese Dishes to Cook at Home

If your supermarket has a lot of ground turkey options, make stuffed bell peppers for a healthy meal over rice.

Goi Cuon (Spring Rolls) are one of the most popular Vietnamese dishes well known in America. It's healthy, fresh and delicious. You'll find it in almost every Vietnamese restaurant under appetizers. 

Instead of using that butcher knife, make lemongrass chicken with leg quarters. It tastes good!

Vietnamese Banh Mi (sandwiches) is an international favorite. With pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro and selective meats, this sandwich will make your taste buds dance.

Make Vietnamese Egg Rolls!
Make Hot Pot at Home

Making hot pot can sound intimidating but if you buy the right soup packets, all you have to do is cut vegetables, meat and prepare the noodles! With little kids, it's hard to go to restaurants so cooking at hot pot at home makes it so much more enjoyable. We use Mongolian Little Sheep hot pot mix. There is no sheep in the broth so don't be concerned!

Stuffed Squid (Muc Don Thit) looks intimidating but it's really delicious if you stuff it with ground pork and caramelize the dish.

Bun Thit Nuong is a great healthy meal on a summer day.