Pho Van Vietnamese

★★★★☆
  • 11651 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy

    Beaverton, OR 97005

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  • 503-627-0822

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The food portions vary greatly on takeouts, and when I brought this to their attention, I was immediately was given the "Nazi Soup" treatment by the guy that always wear the black top and bottom attire. \r
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★★★★★

The food portions vary greatly on takeouts, and when I brought this to their attention, I was immediately was given the "Nazi Soup" treatment by the guy that always wear the black top and bottom attire. \r
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The entire staff seem too

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The room at this Pho Van is beautiful and decorated in very nice dark wood, but their Vietnamese food doesn't quite live up to other area Pho restaurants. Their prices are a bit high. The service at this location is fine, and it's a good place if you want a little fancier pho- but really, pho isn't all that fancy to begin with.

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★★★☆☆

The room at this Pho Van is beautiful and decorated in very nice dark wood, but their Vietnamese food doesn't quite live up to other area Pho restaurants. Their prices are a bit high. The service at this location is fine, and it's a good place if you want a little fancier pho- but really, pho isn't all that fancy to begin with.

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Highly recommend the sugarcane shrimp hand rolls, and green papaya salad. I have always been satisfied and come home with lots of leftovers. On weekends I recommend early dinner (5-6 pm start) for best service and quick food.

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★★★★★

Highly recommend the sugarcane shrimp hand rolls, and green papaya salad. I have always been satisfied and come home with lots of leftovers. On weekends I recommend early dinner (5-6 pm start) for best service and quick food.

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To be perfectly honest, anyone will tell you that the best pho in Portland involves a journey to the East side. When I saw the setting and ambience that Pho Van had to offer, not too mention the closer proximity to home, I had to give it a shot.... Unfortunately, I was not impressed. The best quality in any cuisine is it's authenticity. Pho Van, in my opinion, represents a battle between the authentic and the "Americanized", with the victor being the latter.
The service end was prompt, however extremly crude. I will never go back for exactly that reason. Upon leaving our server took a look at the tip we left (which was right above the 20% standard) and rolled her eyes with a dissapointed huff. I'm sorry but her service did not even warrant a 10% tip, but if you've been to many Vietnamese restaurants then you know you're not exactly in for a social experience with your server. This is perfectly acceptable with me, I actually respect the privacy in a sense, however a lack of grattitude towards my grattitude can only be explained as disrespect.
As we left my girlfriend said goodbye to our server in a sincere tone, but all she received in return was a scowling "bye" from a girl younger than the two of us (26). Both of us have worked in the food industry in the past, hence we treat our servers as if our Granmothers were waiting on us; with utmost respect indeed.
Long story short: If you want some good pho in Beaverton, then go down the street to Jin Wa. But if you want good Vietnamese cuisine, stay away from Pho Van because you'll leave unsatisfied and disgruntled with your server.

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★☆☆☆☆

To be perfectly honest, anyone will tell you that the best pho in Portland involves a journey to the East side. When I saw the setting and ambience that Pho Van had to offer, not too mention the closer proximity to home, I had to give it a shot.... Unfortunately, I was not impressed. The best quality in any cuisine is it's authenticity. Pho Van, in my opinion, represents a battle between the authentic and the "Americanized", with the victor being the latter.
The service end was prompt, however extremly crude. I will never go back for exactly that reason. Upon leaving our server took a look at the tip we left (which was right above the 20% standard) and rolled her eyes with a dissapointed huff. I'm sorry but her service did not even warrant a 10% tip, but if you've been to many Vietnamese restaurants then you know you're not exactly in for a social experience with your server. This is perfectly acceptable with me, I actually respect the privacy in a sense, however a lack of grattitude towards my grattitude can only be explained as disrespect.
As we left my girlfriend said goodbye to our server in a sincere tone, but all she received in return was a scowling "bye" from a girl younger than the two of us (26). Both of us have worked in the food industry in the past, hence we treat our servers as if our Granmothers were waiting on us; with utmost respect indeed.
Long story short: If you want some good pho in Beaverton, then go down the street to Jin Wa. But if you want good Vietnamese cuisine, stay away from Pho Van because you'll leave unsatisfied and disgruntled with your server.

Pros: Art

Cons: service

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I was a regular customer at this restaurant until recently when they cut the Chicken Curry's portion to nearly half of what I used to get as a takeout. And when I mentioned it one of the short waiter/server said that it's never that much, inferring that I'm not telling the truth. Instead of acknowledging it or explaining why the portion has been cut so drastically and the price has gone up, he answer was a terse accusation.
The food is not bad but the service could use a little more smile and friendliness, if not some truth!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was a regular customer at this restaurant until recently when they cut the Chicken Curry's portion to nearly half of what I used to get as a takeout. And when I mentioned it one of the short waiter/server said that it's never that much, inferring that I'm not telling the truth. Instead of acknowledging it or explaining why the portion has been cut so drastically and the price has gone up, he answer was a terse accusation.
The food is not bad but the service could use a little more smile and friendliness, if not some truth!

Cons: nasty, poor service

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I come here for the elegant ambiance, fresh Vietnam food, and the creative decor. I am IN LOVE with the fresh salad rolls with peanut sauce. With shrimp and pork they are the best in town (and I've tried a lot in town). The vermicelli bowls with the grilled shrimp and lemongrass chicken is great, too!

PROS: Good, inexpensive food!
CONS: wait time, make reservations ahead of time

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★★★★☆

I come here for the elegant ambiance, fresh Vietnam food, and the creative decor. I am IN LOVE with the fresh salad rolls with peanut sauce. With shrimp and pork they are the best in town (and I've tried a lot in town). The vermicelli bowls with the grilled shrimp and lemongrass chicken is great, too!

PROS: Good, inexpensive food!
CONS: wait time, make reservations ahead of time

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My friend took me out to lunch at Pho Van for the first time. I had the #43 Honey Lemongrass Chicken and it was delicous. I enjoyed it so much that 3 days later I took my wife there and had the same thing. I was also impressed by the quick service that would constantly fill up my water glass.

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★★★★★

My friend took me out to lunch at Pho Van for the first time. I had the #43 Honey Lemongrass Chicken and it was delicous. I enjoyed it so much that 3 days later I took my wife there and had the same thing. I was also impressed by the quick service that would constantly fill up my water glass.

Pros: Cost of Food, Service, location

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It's not often that a restaurant can cover all of the bases -- ambience, quality food, and all at a a very reasonable price. When my hubby and I walked into Pho Van the first time on Valentine's Day, we expected the prices to be at least $5 per entree higher than they are, but virtually everything on the menu is $10 or less. We soon discovered that the quality and flavor of the food matched the elegant decor.

My personal Beaverton favorite (thus far). Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

It's not often that a restaurant can cover all of the bases -- ambience, quality food, and all at a a very reasonable price. When my hubby and I walked into Pho Van the first time on Valentine's Day, we expected the prices to be at least $5 per entree higher than they are, but virtually everything on the menu is $10 or less. We soon discovered that the quality and flavor of the food matched the elegant decor.

My personal Beaverton favorite (thus far). Highly recommended.

Pros: food, ambience, location

Cons: none

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I've had alot of very good rustic, every day Vietnamese, but I've always wondered what it would be like if someone stepped it up and took it to the next culinary level. Now I know. The first impression made by the dinning room matched the whole of the experience- sexy, modern colors intermingled with beautiful (expensive) Vietnamese antiquities. Wonderful, authentic wood carvings everywhere. Great artwork and fun photos of very happy, very old Vietnamese folks. I really enjoyed the chill, modern music in the backround, as opposed to the usually loud, whiney Veitnamese folk music found other places. the server was very concerned with our enjoyment of everything, and though he was clearly smoked with too many tables to handle, he managed to keep up with everything. Oh and the food- I loved my 5 spice duck soup! It was exactly what I was wishing it would be- deep rich, complex flavors, perfectly textured noodles, warming broth, and tender duck. Here's my one crank- the duck was served on the bone, and with no knife, just chopsticks (i'm glad they're autentic, but..) it was nearly impossible to eat. I hate food that takes work!

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★★★★★

I've had alot of very good rustic, every day Vietnamese, but I've always wondered what it would be like if someone stepped it up and took it to the next culinary level. Now I know. The first impression made by the dinning room matched the whole of the experience- sexy, modern colors intermingled with beautiful (expensive) Vietnamese antiquities. Wonderful, authentic wood carvings everywhere. Great artwork and fun photos of very happy, very old Vietnamese folks. I really enjoyed the chill, modern music in the backround, as opposed to the usually loud, whiney Veitnamese folk music found other places. the server was very concerned with our enjoyment of everything, and though he was clearly smoked with too many tables to handle, he managed to keep up with everything. Oh and the food- I loved my 5 spice duck soup! It was exactly what I was wishing it would be- deep rich, complex flavors, perfectly textured noodles, warming broth, and tender duck. Here's my one crank- the duck was served on the bone, and with no knife, just chopsticks (i'm glad they're autentic, but..) it was nearly impossible to eat. I hate food that takes work!

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Enough pho options to keep you happy, but lots else on the menu as well. I love the curry with chicken and yams. The only downside is that all the chicken dishes are with thigh meat (no breat or tenderloins depite the "chicken tenders" comment on the menu). Pho Van is great for dates or even a family dinner with the kids. It's always popular but hardly ever a wait.

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★★★★★

Enough pho options to keep you happy, but lots else on the menu as well. I love the curry with chicken and yams. The only downside is that all the chicken dishes are with thigh meat (no breat or tenderloins depite the "chicken tenders" comment on the menu). Pho Van is great for dates or even a family dinner with the kids. It's always popular but hardly ever a wait.

Pros: Pho, curry with yams, parking

Cons: fatty chicken thighs

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I've been coming here since the restaurant opened, more than once a week, and have never gotten tired of the food. There's enough variety on the menu to satisfy a variety of appetites, and the quality of the ingredients is good. Being on a first-name basis with the servers doesn't hurt, but even if you aren't, they'll give you good service. Recommended.

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★★★★☆

I've been coming here since the restaurant opened, more than once a week, and have never gotten tired of the food. There's enough variety on the menu to satisfy a variety of appetites, and the quality of the ingredients is good. Being on a first-name basis with the servers doesn't hurt, but even if you aren't, they'll give you good service. Recommended.

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The Pho Van chain has specials that have impressed me with how fresh and utter tasty they are. If I just want an average bowl of pho I'll probably go somewhere else, but this is were I take people when I know they care about food. Last night the banana flower salad really blew us away (chicken, banana flowers, jicama, yellow grapefruit and seseme seeds in a sweet vinegar dressing). The chicken curry is better than any I've had (tastes like they just ground the spices), and their nem neung adds another step by making it fun to assemble and eat; another favorite of mine is the duck noodle soup with baby bok choy, one of my winter favorites. The Beaverton location is as classy as the downtown Bistro, without quite the high prices.

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★★★★☆

The Pho Van chain has specials that have impressed me with how fresh and utter tasty they are. If I just want an average bowl of pho I'll probably go somewhere else, but this is were I take people when I know they care about food. Last night the banana flower salad really blew us away (chicken, banana flowers, jicama, yellow grapefruit and seseme seeds in a sweet vinegar dressing). The chicken curry is better than any I've had (tastes like they just ground the spices), and their nem neung adds another step by making it fun to assemble and eat; another favorite of mine is the duck noodle soup with baby bok choy, one of my winter favorites. The Beaverton location is as classy as the downtown Bistro, without quite the high prices.

Pros: great specials, good service, classy, exotic decor

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Pho shoud be quick and cheap. Not so at Pho Van, where pho is slow and expensive. Their food is average, but the setting is all wrong. Pho Van dresses up a pho noodle shop way too much, and with this dress-up, they expected you to pay more. Hey, at Pho Van, you can have red wine with your big bowl of noodel soup! It's like McDonald's becomming dimly lit with candles and offering a wine list. Going to a pho place isn't exactly romantic, so why pretend and charge as though it is? There are many other pho places with better food and cheaper price.

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★★★☆☆

Pho shoud be quick and cheap. Not so at Pho Van, where pho is slow and expensive. Their food is average, but the setting is all wrong. Pho Van dresses up a pho noodle shop way too much, and with this dress-up, they expected you to pay more. Hey, at Pho Van, you can have red wine with your big bowl of noodel soup! It's like McDonald's becomming dimly lit with candles and offering a wine list. Going to a pho place isn't exactly romantic, so why pretend and charge as though it is? There are many other pho places with better food and cheaper price.

Cons: , slow, small quantity

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Everything was wonderful! But I was surprised by the prices. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the food and the ambience. I just wish the lunch specials -- were really special.

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★★★★★

Everything was wonderful! But I was surprised by the prices. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the food and the ambience. I just wish the lunch specials -- were really special.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

Cons: Stip Mall, A bit pricey

 

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