The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in San Jose

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Photo of Deanna Morgado
17 November 2017

San Jose has a good number of restaurants serving the best, most authentic, most delicious Vietnamese food the area has to offer. These select few spots will leave you with nothing but high quality food and a great experience.

Tofoo Com Chay

Restaurant, Deli, Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian
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Vietnamese Food
Vietnamese Food | © Rex Roof / Flickr

Boasting a large menu of both vegan and vegetarian options, Tofoo Com Chay is a must among those with dietary restrictions. The spot itself is on the small side but the delicious Vietnamese fare is well worth tight quarters. It’s cash only, so pop by an ATM before heading in.


Restaurant, Vietnamese
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Congee with ground meat cooked with white beans, peas and fresh corn, served with Youtiao (cháo củ quả)
Congee with ground meat cooked with white beans, peas and fresh corn, served with Youtiao (cháo củ quả) | © Ngô Trung / Wikimedia Commons

Instead of skimping on freshness, SimpleViet offers a simple yet diverse menu of pho, rolls, bowls, and banh mi. Trendier than typically San Jose Vietnam spots find, it’s pretty standard to expect a line here, but seeing the staff prepare your order food right in front of you certainly helps pass the wait quickly.

Thien Long Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Seafood
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Bo Bia: Jicama Rolls
Bo Bia: Jicama Rolls | © squidish / Flickr
Thien Long features an array of traditional dishes, with fish being the most boasted about. Not a fish person? The restaurant still offers plenty of traditional Vietnamese meals to choose from—ask for recommendations from the beyond-friendly and helpful staff here.

DALAT Cafe Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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Bánh mì thịt nguội
Bánh mì thịt nguội | © Minh Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons

Serving up some of the best Vietnamese food in San Jose for over 10 years, DALAT’s large menu offers an assortment of classic options, from noodle soups to congee and vermicelli. High-quality food keeps patrons coming back to make their way through the menu, so weekends can be pretty crowded here; but time it right on a weekday, and there’s hardly any wait.

Pho Kim Long

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Soup
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Food | © Nick Nguyen / Flickr

Look no further than Pho Kim Long for tasty pho at a wonderfully reasonable price. This no-frills Vietnamese spot serves some of the most delicious and traditional Vietnamese noodle soup. Come lunchtime there’s typically a crowded line, but the service is quick and efficient. Once you’ve ordered your food it won’t be too long until you get to dive in to your much anticipated pho.

Vung Tau Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
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Vung Tau Restaurant
Vung Tau Restaurant | © kennejima / Flickr

Operating for over 30 years, Vung Tau Restaurant is arguably the best Vietnamese restaurant in the entire Bay Area. With a perfectly blended authentic and innovative menu, and modern and inviting décor, Vung Tau’s higher-than-average prices are well worth your tastebuds’ time. Plan ahead with reservations.

Dac Phuc Vietnamese Cuisine

Restaurant, Vietnamese
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Pho | © Ducson Nguyen / Flickr
Dac Phuc is perfect for a quick bite and traditional, authentic, delicious pho dishes. There’s no questioning cooking styles here—this hole-in-the-wall only uses the freshest ingredients, its atmosphere is comfortable and casual, and its prices can’t be beat.

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