Portland >Food & Dining > Pho Van
1919 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721645.509208 -122.578666
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Montavilla
POOR SERVICE, HIGH PRICES but good food. – Extremely distasteful service each and everytime I'm there. Servers are rude with extremely poor customer service. Unfortunately, what keeps drawing me back once in a great while when I can tolerate the prices and service are the excellent rice plates. Caucasion's are preferred there no doubt. Next time you're there, look around you and you'll notice native pho eater's are scarce. Prices are way too high. However, I will admit food is delicious and like no other. BUT, you can get tastier pho for a cheaper price without discrimination many other places in Portland. I recommend Pho Vietnam or Pho Hung. It's better to order to go should you need that rice plate from Pho Van.
Great customer service and delicious food. – First off, great customer service. The waiter was prompt and polite and the food was good too. We had the Bun ga (honey lemon grass chicken) and Mi Văn (pork and shrimp noodle soup) with lotus tea and a mango black iced tea. All of it was great and it was in large portions, leaving plenty of left overs. The soup alone is enough to feed two people. I am defiantly coming here again and again. The waiter was so good at his job, I hardly knew he was there. At the same time, I had my drinks refilled fast and felt like we were well taken care of. Not only that. It was a good price also! Two entrees, two types of tea, and a side of rice all for under $20!
I would take these over cheese burgers anyday.
Frequent Pho – Really, I should have a frequent Pho card. I come here alone. I come here with friends. i come here whenever i can. I have probably eaten here 60 times. You would think i would have worked my way through their menu by now, but unfortunately I get stuck on favorites and order them again and again. Then eventually i try something else which then becomes my favorite. The current favorite for me is the Turmeric Noodles. It's a spicy soup, especially once you throw in all the jalapenos they give you on the side. It also contains shrimp, pork, and jicama - and peanuts on the top, as well as a couple of sesame shrimp crackers which are great for dipping. And what a bargain for $7.50. We have also ordered the green papaya and lotus salads and they are crunchy, exotic, and refreshing. My previous favorite was the Spicy Beef and Lemongrass Soup., full of noodles, beef, pork, Last time i was there, my friend ordered the grilled lemongrass beef, which was wrapped around grilled onions and served over vermicelli. It was also delicious. The service here is always gracious. the owners obviously take great pride in their restaurant. It is sparkling clean and beautifully decorated.
Discrimination, but good food – I'm extremely dissapointed in the quality of service. Who would expect Pho Van to discriminate against their own ethnicity. Prompt seating is available to caucasians or if you bring a caucasian friend. However, would have to agree that their food is good and the atmosphere is quite nice. Perhaps Pho Van should employ non-asian staff to provide better service.
Best Pho Around, Period. – Pho Van was the first place I ever tried the infamous "pho", and since that faithul day back in 8th grade, I've been craving it ever since. I've been to every vietnamese resturant in the metro area here in Portland, some spectacular at a great price, and some terrible and over-priced. Pho Van has always held itself in the top tier of the pho around Portland, along with excellent service, a beautiful setting in which to dine, and some of the friendliest staff you can find. Since first eating there, I've been to every new resturant they have put out, while still being good, none compare to the 82nd Pho Van. They definetly deserve a hand.
Top notch food, great prices! – Pho Van on 82nd has become one of our favorite restaurants, period. My soon to be husband and I visit it often and we've taken other friends and family there many times and everyone simply loves it. The food is very fresh, well-flavored and served by very friendly, and polite staff. We've always had wonderful service and we love the authentic decor including the Vietnamese stringed instruments hung on the wall and the rickshaw and the motorbike! Recommended dishes from us would include: grilled shrimp, chicken or pork with rice noodles with delicious nuoc mam poured over it, Pho, spicy seafood soup (a real winner) , green papaya salad with shrimp chips, and yes, the avocado shakes and ginger-flavored creme brulee are a must and compliment the meals well. The prices are extremely reasonable. All in all, Pho Van is an excellent value and a very pleasant dining experience.
Very Very Good – It's a great place for Vietnamese food. Salad rolls rock.
They don't cater to Vegetarians. If you're reading this PhoVan please start offering more Vegetarian Friendly food!!
Culinary masterpieces – Good service, great ambiance, amazing food! The ginger creme-brulee is to die for! Try the avacado smoothies and the honey-glazed chicken wings. Everything is a culinary masterpiece in every way! I love this restaurant after dark. It's very romantic. In spite of the great prices, it's still on my fine-dining list. In fact, it's where I'm taking my fiance tonight for his birthday.
Remodled and looking good. – This place was remodeled a while back I know but I used to go to this place when it was old and further down on 82nd. It still has the same great taste but now it is alot nice. The pho is great, the creme bruelee is wonderful and the avacado smoothies are great as well. You have to go here if you love vietnamese.
Wonderful! – I love this place! I am very picky when it comes to restaurants. Pho Van is very clean, the food is fresh and always very good. The service is always friendly. NO complaints ever!
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