Houston >Food & Dining > Vietopia Vietnamese Cuisine
5176 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX | Directions 7700529.727697 -95.427972
Neighborhoods: Greenway/ Upper Kirby, Central
Diner BEWARE – We will never eat here again! The food was mediocre, to say the least. It is overpriced for the lack of flavor. To add insult to injury, they screwed up the check and charged my card numerous times. Now I have to go through time consuming calls to my credit card company to make sure that the charges get reversed. Next time, we'll go to Van Loc or Mai's!!
I love this place! – I don't understand the negative reviews at all. This place has a HUGE selection, but I must say their vermicelli dishes do not disappoint. I think most of the flavor comments must be from people who are used to over-sauced American-style chinese food.
As far as the price is concerned, they are incredibly well priced. If you are looking for $2 asian take-out from a dive, then this is not the place for you; but for $20 I can get a full dinner plus a glass of wine---not many places in this area can boast that kind of value.
This place is also great for lunch since the service is super quick, even when they are full to capacity.
Great Ambiance.....Terrible Food – Even though this is the closest Vietnamese restaurant to my house, I refuse to eat here. It's overpriced, not authentic, and doesn't taste good. I don't know how else to put it....
Fair Pho – Service was great. Waiter was very nice and attentive (wish I could remeber his name and give him props). Restaurant was very busy (Friday lunch rush). Pho soup w/seafood was good, but not great. At $8 a bowl, I would not order again. I didn't order anything else. - My co-worker ordered the Tso Chicken, and she liked it.
Skip this place... – We ate at the bar - perhaps a mistake - but were recommended (for spicier chicken dishes) the Kung Pao and the Garlic Chicken. Aside from the fact that their "spicy" came only with the bottled hot red sauce we added, the actual dishes were almost identical both in taste and blandness. I would not recommend.
Mmm Mmm Good – I love this retaurant! Everytime my boyfriend and I go, we don't have to wait to get seated. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive. It seems like only seconds before they bring out your order and it's hot and delicious. I Love the orange chicken and they give you lots of rice. Their drinks are strong. Reasonable prices.
Good food, watch your wallet though – I have enjoyed Vietopia numerous times over the past few months, but I will not be returning. I ate at the resaturant with a friend, and we split the check. My bill was less than his, but the waiter put my total on his card and vice versa. To fix the problem, we put all of the tip on his credit card. I recently balanced my checkbook and noticed that the waiter helped himself to a $5 tip at my expense. Small amount, but speaks volumes about the character of a person.
Overall good meal – The food here was great. We had good appetizers. For our entrees, we got ginger beef and a shrimp dish, both of which were good. Decent martinis also. Overall, a very good experience, with good service.
One of the best food in West Univeristy area. – Foods are delicious and great staff with friendly services. Nice, and clean environment where family can come and enjoy dinner.
Amazing "flash fried" tofu! – This is one of our favorite places nowadays. Even if you are not a big tofu eater, their Flash Fried tofu is spectacular. The tofu is marinated in a soy sauce type concoction and then quickly fried. It is not greasy and comes on a bed of salad-type greens. We have also enjoyed their curries and other dishes. The atmosphere is cool and pleasant on a hot Houston day. Service is pleasant and attentive.
The only word of caution is to make sure you are seated in a place that works for you. Vietopia tends to attract Asian families with a lot of noisy children and the staff is loathe to ask the parents to ask their children to behave. We know because we have endured this more than once. If noise is an issue, just ask to be seated away from them.
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