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The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 23, 2014

Vietnamese Restaurants TorontoThe best Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto are reason enough to bow your head, if only to make it easier when slurping up silky noodles from bowls of fragrant broth. The culinary gifts are hardly limited to pho - the most famous dish is just the tip of the iceberg. There's fresh and fried rolls, grilled specialties, savoury pancakes, rice cakes and a rainbow of fruit smoothies. As long as you like cilantro, there's a whole lot to love.

Here are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Pho in Toronto
The Best Banh Mi in Toronto

Top photo by Not Peppermint in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Golden Turtle

Golden Turtle

This Ossington eatery has developed a cult following for its deep bowls of steaming broth balanced with noodles, beef and all the essential accents (fresh herbs, sprouts, scallions). Line-ups at peak times are not uncommon, but service is assuredly fast so tables turn over quickly. More »

Hanoi 3 Seasons

Hanoi 3 Seasons

Two east-side locations (in Leslieville and East Chinatown) specialize in North Vietnamese dishes. Standouts on the menu are seafood dishes like the Bun Canh Tom Hanoi ($7.50), a lemongrass-tamarind soup with spicy shrimp, or grilled fish preparations like Cha Ca ($11), a Hanoi-style grouper with dill and shrimp paste. More »

Pho Linh

Pho Linh

The non-pho dishes are the way to go at this cash-only spot in Brockton Village. Veer from the usual vermicelli and opt instead for the banh cuon, thin sheets of steamed fermented rice batter delicately wrapped around pork. More »

Pho Tien Thanh

Pho Tien Thanh

Rivalling its Golden neighbour up the street, this cash-only operation has built its own loyal following hungry for plump cold rolls and long, thin fried rolls. Among the menu favourites is the Pho Dac Biet ($6.50-$8.50) loaded with the classic combination of rare beef, flank, tripe, tendon and beef balls. More »

Pho Vietnam

Pho Vietnam

This Scarborough noodle house is popular for more than just pho. The menu lists congee, rice dishes and bun (vermicelli), including options with soft shell crab ($9) or curry duck ($8.50). Wash it all down with noteworthy jackfruit or avocado shakes ($4). More »

Pho Hung

Pho Hung

This Chinatown institution is a go-to for silky rice noodles dunked in hearty bowls of broth and loaded with rare and well-done beef, tripe and tendon ($4-$10). Not to be missed are the fruit smoothies ($3.50-$4.50) and desserts like Che 3 Mau ($3.50), a tri-coloured drink with red kidney beans, mung beans and jelly. More »

Phoenix Restaurant

Phoenix Restaurant

While it won't win any awards for ambience, this cornerstone of Vietnamese eats on College has been serving up a solid menu for over 15 years. While selection is somewhat limited, vegetarians should take note that this place is quite accommodating - there are soups ($7-$9), spring rolls ($4.50) and stir-fries ($7.50-$10) all made meat-free. More »

Pho Dau Bo

Pho Dau Bo

Bean sprouts, lime wedges and handfuls of fresh herbs come on the side for self-assembly when you order pho at this noodle house in North York. Select the famous beef broth noodles ($3.50-$9) with an array of add-ons like rosy rare beef, soft tendon, meatballs or brisket, or opt instead for steamed rice dishes ($7-$9) topped with shredded pork, pork chops or grilled chicken. More »

Pho Huong

Pho Huong

When looking for a taste of Hanoi in The Junction, this spot is a favourite for its unique broth loaded generous portions of proteins. While the menu dabbles in pan-Asian cuisine, stick to the delicious vermicelli soups with duck and dry bamboo shoots ($9), or sliced pork, knuckle and crab claw ($9). More »

Pho Metro

Pho Metro

Locations in Scarborough and Ajax serve quintessential noodle bowls, though there's more on the menu to love than just vermicelli. From the grill, try Vietnamese pork sausage ($4.50 for three pieces) with shrimp paste on sugar cane ($6.50/2 pieces), or opt for banh xeo ($8.50), savoury pancakes with shrimp and pork that are served exclusively as a special on weekends. More »

Little Coxwell

Little Coxwell

In addition to the traditional beef noodle soups, this East York eatery notably does a chicken broth rendition ($7) that comes swimming with tangles of noodles, mixed vegetables, golden fried tofu and a scattering of fresh herbs and onions. More »

Pho Jade

Pho Jade

Arm yourself with a chopsticks in one hand and a spoon in the other to enjoy steaming bowls of pho at this Vietnamese eatery on Bloor West. Among the menu favourites is the Pho Ba Vien ($6.25-$7.25), a fragrant rich broth containing slippery translucent noodles, beef balls and fresh herbs. More »

Discussion

50 Comments

Fe Fi Pho Fum / June 23, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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Hands down Hanoi 3 Seasons is the best.

So damn good.
Joe / June 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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Golden Turtle???
Really?
That place has horrible food and is way overrated.

Pho Tien Thanh down the street is much better and well deserving of being on this list.
sigh... replying to a comment from Fe Fi Pho Fum / June 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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Really? You think Hanoi 3 Seasons is good? It won't even make it to my top 15 list.
Allister / June 23, 2014 at 01:01 pm
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I'm surprised to see Little Coxwell on there. It's food is gwai-lo vietnamese food. Very limited selection of pho. Tasteless broth and very little meat. I'm disappointed in blogto for including this place.
Andy / June 23, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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This list should be renamed to "some of the best" instead of "the best"
Cdubs / June 23, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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Anh Dao on Spadina should definitely be on that list. Food is delicious and it's where many of the Vietnamese in Toronto eat.
yes, but replying to a comment from sigh... / June 23, 2014 at 01:17 pm
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your list wasnt voted by the good citizens of Toronto.

so it doesnt matter to anyone outside of yourself.
Brandon replying to a comment from Joe / June 23, 2014 at 01:22 pm
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I agree. My gf and I felt sick after eating there. Pho Tien Thanh is much better even though it looks a bit seedier on first glance.
aDawg / June 23, 2014 at 01:30 pm
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Golden Turtle sucks ballz. But hey, follow the flock, ye hipster sheep, and I shall revel in superior victuals, far from the madding crowd.
Uncle Travelling Matt / June 23, 2014 at 01:32 pm
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Bun Saigon on Spadina. My Vietnamese wife and friends swear it's the most authentic in the city. They have dishes there you won't find anywhere else. If you haven't tried it, absolutely worth a shot.
sw / June 23, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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Pho is considered "fast food" in Vietnam and is usually eaten for breakfast.. Branch out and try some other dishes on the menu, peeps! Viet food is about much more than pho and fried rolls.
d / June 23, 2014 at 02:38 pm
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I used to eat Vietnamese food in Sydney Australia at a little place called Mekong and the food was of the Chinese food-mixed-with-French-influence variety and it was amazing! Lots of lemongrass, garlic, mushroom, quail - yes, quail - in Napoleon brandies ... just incredible (and cheap!) Does anyone know of that kind of Vietnamese food here, in Toronto?
Udunnovietfood / June 23, 2014 at 02:41 pm
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Golden Turtle reign supreme? My name says it all.
FooDee / June 23, 2014 at 02:50 pm
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The Green Bamboo at Midland and Sheppard has incredible pork satay, amongst other tasty stuff.
Anon / June 23, 2014 at 02:55 pm
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I love Vietnamese curry (ca ri). Do any of these places have good Vietnamese curry dishes?
Pho Real / June 23, 2014 at 03:12 pm
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I love Pho.. I eat it 2-3 times a week. I'm soOo tired of seeing Golden Turtle on top of the list for Pho. Pho Tien, which is a couple blocks south, destroys the Turtle in every category.

For some reason the Turtle, which I do also eat at to mix it up, has amassed a solid hipster and foodie following.. but in my opinion a lot of these people may be foodies but they're def not pho connoisseurs by any means.. they're just following the flock ;)
Da secret / June 23, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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I have to nominate Mi Mi to this list as well - they do an excellent BBQ. The platter is also awesome.
Anon / June 23, 2014 at 03:34 pm
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Yeah, Pho Tien is my favorite. Similarly, Pho Pasteur on Dundas blows away Pho Hung on Spadina. And if you want to consider non-pho restaurants, Anh Dao should be on there.
Michelle / June 23, 2014 at 03:36 pm
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Golden Turtle should not b on the list now. Mayb 2 years ago when the quality was still good. The best one should be Pho Mien Tay on St Clair. Thats true authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
Dave / June 23, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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Going to have to agree with most commenters here, Pho tien thanh is my personal favorite. I've been to most of the places on this list.
Jeff H / June 23, 2014 at 03:59 pm
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Mi Mi should definitely be on this list! Vietnamese isn't just Pho!!!
Paultee / June 23, 2014 at 04:04 pm
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I'm really happy about this list—BlogTO finally finds its niche as a dilettante filter.
PDG / June 23, 2014 at 04:12 pm
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When will Toronto diners finally understand that pho is a breakfast food??
To that point... replying to a comment from PDG / June 23, 2014 at 04:14 pm
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"Smell that? You smell that?
What?
Pho, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that.
I love the smell of Pho in the morning. "
kioch / June 23, 2014 at 04:24 pm
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Pho Vietnam (Kennedy location) - authentic vietnamese foods!
AA / June 23, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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Leave it to BlogTO to say the best Pho is on Ossington...

MiMi on Gerrard not being mentioned is suspect also.





K / June 23, 2014 at 04:50 pm
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Pho House on Gerrard needs a serious mention too. Actually more of the Gerrard Street Pho places need to be on here. Da fuq Blog TO?
tammy terrific / June 23, 2014 at 05:36 pm
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I agree that Pho Tien Thanh is better than Golden Turtle.
I am no fan of Phoenix. Their broth isn't great. My favourite spot is on Bloor and Manning. Pho Rex is the best for sure.
lxpatterson / June 23, 2014 at 05:44 pm
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King of ossington is tien thanh and mi mi is the best on the eastside.
Johnny Appledicke / June 23, 2014 at 05:56 pm
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How can blogto miss HungLong next to cityhall? Great pho and the Cream of Sum Yung Guy is awesome! Our go-to dish is always the Phat Rob Pho, with bits of KFC and angel dust or the greasy Dug Pho chicken rolls, very yummy indeed.
coco / June 23, 2014 at 05:58 pm
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Little Coxwell???? Really? Very mediocre food and possibly the WORST service in the city. Gave it two tries and then once more at someone's request. Also, compared to the others on the list, this one is definitely less "authentic" Vietnamese.
lucy / June 23, 2014 at 06:03 pm
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Agree with Allister and Coco -- why is Little Coxwell on the list??? Rude, rude, rude and bland food.
Anon / June 23, 2014 at 08:19 pm
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I really like the nuoc cham and banh cuon at Pho Ga Banh Cuon on St. Clair Ave West
Anna / June 23, 2014 at 09:15 pm
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Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. This compilation and its rankings offend me.
alanna l. / June 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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Susur Lee gave the Golden Turtle a thumbs up a few years ago as his favourite cheap place to eat and it's been busy ever since (it doesn't hurt that it was about the only place to get food in the neighbourhood back then). I wouldn't say it's bad, it's actually quite tasty (as most places are), but a walk down the street to Tien Thanh will get you a much better bowl of food in my opinion.
General Westmoreland / June 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm
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LBJ and I prefer Saigon. It da bomb!
StellsBells / June 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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blogTO, you REALLY have to stop recycling 7 year old content. What bullshit.
chau / June 24, 2014 at 08:28 am
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I still it's worth traveling out to Vaughan and eating at Pho Real. It's one of my family's favourite Vietnamese restaurant! Even the pickiest eater (ahem, my dad) has no complaints about any of their dishes! They use really good, clean ingredients, good meats, and the chef has a dessert shop in Toronto (Dessert Trends). For those who don't like to eat things loaded with sodium, msg and grease, I would highly recommend this place!
Tran / June 24, 2014 at 10:32 am
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Mimi's on Gerrard should be on this list. Golden Turtle sucks. I don't care if Susur did coke in the bathroom there once.
Warren replying to a comment from Fe Fi Pho Fum / June 24, 2014 at 11:31 am
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I was recently at the Gerrard location of Hanoi3, completing my 'tour' of the Gerrard East strip of Viet restaurants. Definitely the WORST of the bunch, the Pho was meh and the spring rolls were substandard. It has a liquor license and seems to be trying to be a Hipster fashion joint.

Mimi gets my vote because of quality and variety (BBQ platters)
Warren replying to a comment from Warren / June 24, 2014 at 11:33 am
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Autocorrect: fusion joint
mar replying to a comment from Fe Fi Pho Fum / June 24, 2014 at 11:59 am
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The one at Broadview Danforth has been my favorite for years but has been on a steep decline since the skinny guy took over a year or two ago. I don't think I'll ever actually go there again. The one in Leslieville is still great but not as good as broadview gerrard 3 years ago. which one are you referring to?
mar replying to a comment from Fe Fi Pho Fum / June 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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also mimi not making this list is a bit silly
Holly / June 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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So surprised by the Little Coxwell hate on here - I think the food is amazing!! And finally East York makes one of these lists...
Sal Chicho / June 24, 2014 at 06:09 pm
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Golden Toenail. Nothing like the proprietor clipping his nails at the table for a little ambience. You need to check your head.
Toby Steves / July 1, 2014 at 06:13 am
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Not having Anh Dao is a serious and major oversight!
Viet Whatt / July 3, 2014 at 07:09 pm
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Hahaha white people debating the best Viet restos - hilarious. Golden Turtle for lyfe.
Duc / July 4, 2014 at 01:10 am
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As a Vietnamese person, it's hard to find authentic pho overseas, hopefully one of these suggestions will fit.
Steve / July 5, 2014 at 10:02 am
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Bach Yen on Gerrard East is my favourite - 10X better than Hanoi 3 Seasons, which is rubbish.
Christopher / July 28, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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While I haven't eaten at all of the Vietnamese restaurants in Toronto, so would be hard-pressed to name, with any authority, a top 10, I can tell you that I have eaten at 8 of the 12 on this list and I wouldn't give them a second thought. My go to place, increasingly packed (to the point there are lineups on a Wednesday), is Pho Cuu Long Mien Tay, 1750 St. Clair. Betel-leaf wrapped beef roll do-it-yourself platters, a wicked green papaya & jerk beef salad, the city's best chicken wings (Pok Pok style with sugar, fish sauce, chilies, and garlic), insanely delicious vinegar hot pot, and the bargain to end all, 7 courses of superb beef.

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