Columbus >Food & Dining > Saigon Palace
114 N Front St, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321539.964520 -83.002736
Neighborhoods: Uptown District
Great food and service – It is a kinda small but unique restaurant. They have great fried rice and pad thai, or i should say the best in OH. The pho they serve is way better than any other Vietnamese restaurant i've tried in Columbus. Highly recomemded if u want to have take outs at night too. Fast and delicious.
It is what it is - small, unappealing - a true dive - BUT CLEARLY the BEST PAD THAI ever! Many other dishes are very good - portions are generous and price is very reasonable! The folks who run it are simply there to provide you with great food!
Not Vietnamese food – I went to this place after reading the reviews. There is a very limited menu and there is only 2 items on the entire menu that is vietnamese food. For the most part, it's a mix of chinese and thai food put together. I agree with one of the reviewer's on the hygiene...or lack of. It is pretty dirty and the wait staff look unkept. This is not a vietnamese restuarant but rather a chinese take out place. Save your money unless you want expensive take out.
Excellent Food! – Although located in the ridiculously lame downtown of Columbus, OH, the Saigon Palace serves Vietnamese fare that, while not top-tier, is still better than any other Vietnamese restaurant Columbus has to offer. The atmosphere of the place leaves something to be desired, but from my experiences there, their regular clientele don't eat there because of anything else but the great food and great service.
The waitstaff, for the most part, is very helpful, thorough, and quick. One time I went to the restaurant for lunch and it was absolutely packed, with at least ten people waiting by the front door. There were two waiters for the entire place, and they did an excellent job of making sure everything went smoothly. If you go to the Saigon Palace now, there are two male waiters working there I believe. Avoid the older one if you're not in the mood for a ten minute conversation. The younger one is quicker and gives better service, but definitely not a talker, and certainly doesn't excude much warmth.
All in all, it's defintely not place a place for a romantic date. But if you want an excellent lunch at a very low cost (large portions only around 7.50), or even a quick dinner and tea (they have an assortment of teas: ginger, jasmine, green, black, and white), definitely stop by the Saigon Palace.
Best chinese food in town!!! – I have been going to saigon for years now since I work close by and I have to say that all the food are great and they have a variety of menu. My favorite is is the Chicken Lemon Grass and the Pad-Thai dish. They're extremely delicious!!! And this is the only place where I can find Tofu dish in downtown....for you who are vegetarian...this is the best place to go to.
And I did try the new pho and the spring roll, they're actually delicious!! Maybe they have had improved from the last time.
But, I highly recommended this place for anyone who love to eat chinese food!!
Pho or Dirty Dishwater? – I can only speak for the Pho and the spring roll. Both were less than impressive. I have lived in Las Vegas for the last 3 years and have been eating at Pho Saigon 8 for almost that long. Maybe I've been spoiled, but this pho was terrible. In order to avoid being rude I just pretended I was full. The other reviewer was right on -dirty dishwater with noodles that might have been in the dishwater all night. I needed to purge after that - YUCK!!!!!
Worst Pho I Have Ever Had – I have eaten pho for years now and all around the country. Most of my pho eating, however, has occured in LA, which admittedly probably has the best pho in the country. That said, the pho I got at Saigon Palace was the worst pho I have ever had. Full stop. It had none of the recognizable characterisitcs of pho. It didn't come piping hot. The noodles weren't flat. The broth tasted like dirty dish water. I have never sent food back before at a restaurant, but this "pho" I had to send back after just one bite. To their credit, they did give me another dish. Some lemon grass chicken dish or something. It was pretty poor too, but edible, at least. The whole thing wasn't cheap either. The pho was like $11. The lemon grass chicken was the same. Bottom line: this place has the worst pho. It shouldn't even be called pho. Do yourself a favor and go to Lac Viet (in the North Market) if you want pho. It's only like 4 blocks from Saigon Palace. The pho there is always delicious and hot, and the people who run it are pure joy.
Wonderful food, best staff of any restaurant in city. – The restaurant looks like a real dive, but the food is some of the best I have ever had. The Java Tofu and the Crispy Veg. Springroll are very, very good. The springroll is piping hot when it comes to the table and the Java Tofu is an egg and tofu fried apetizer that is highly recommended. The staff is very attentif and helpful in recommending things from the menu, our waitress was very helpful in helping us determine what items were just as spicey as we wanted and which items were more mild. Very friendly and welcoming.
This is definetley one of Columbus' hidden jems.
Best Vietnamese in Town – This restaurant is a hole in the wall, but the food and service are wonderful. We've tried some of the other Vietnamese restaurants in town, but the food at those places has been bland and boring. The flavors at Saigon Palace, though, are rich and exciting. One of our favorites is the Bun Salad. You have a choice of meats, including (by order of preference) pork, chicken, beef, and shrimp. Order a "combination" of meats and they add a chopped up spring roll, which is a nice addition. They also have a nice Pho (noodle soup), with lots of flavor. Again, a choice of meats is offered, although the shrimp was rather bland. The also have a Banh Xeo (crepe) that isn't on the menu that is very tasty. I think the waiter called it a "happy pancake" or something like that. What the restaurant lacks in atmosphere is more than made up for by the skill and effort of the people who work there. We love this place.
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