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The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in San Jose

Picture of Deanna Morgado
Updated: 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

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.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat :
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$$
SimpleViet

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.

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

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

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Mon :
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
$$
Thien Long Restaurant

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.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$
DALAT Cafe Restaurant

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.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Budget
$$
Pho Kim Long

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. 

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Mon :
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Budget
$
Vung Tau Restaurant

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.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Mon :
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Budget
$$
Dac Phuc Vietnamese Cuisine

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.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Fri :
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Budget
$