607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 580-7965
Primary Phone: (415) 580-7965
Bodega Bistro - Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
Bike Parking: Yes
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian, Chinese
Alcohol: Beer, Yes, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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07/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My junior high school locker partner from Luther Burbank Junior High back in the 60s and I have been here several times over the past couple years. We never get tired of it. In fact, we have brought friends who love it too. Our favorites include the Nom, Shaking Beef, garlic noodles, and a seafood dish with noodles! Yummmo! Can't wait to go back again. I live in Washington State so we always go here when I'm in town, which lately has been almost every month.
06/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I used to eat at this restaurant all the time, the prices were great and the service was pretty good.
In the last few years Ive seen the prices go up, the quality of food go down. I ate there again on Monday 6/2/08. My friend and i paid $30. for a simple lunch that was lower quality then the greasy spoon just around the corner. I just can not see myself paying for this low standard of food and service again.
I was very displeased and will no go there again.
12/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I went to this restaurant with my coworkers, and it was not a pleasant experience overall. First of all, one of my coworkers ordered item #11, beef crispy noodles, and it took almost half an hour for him to get a dish of wide rice noodles, which was not what he had ordered. They messed up even though he had ordered by the item number. When we told the waiter that the order was incorrect, he did not even apologize. He only said ""Eight Minutes!"" Well, let me tell you it was not eight minutes. Eight minutes became ten minutes, ten minutes became 15 minutes, 15 minutes became almost 20. On top of the delay, the crispy noodles were not crispy; they were soggy. Secondly, one of my other coworkers asked for a glass of water. Did he ever get his water? Nope, never! Thirdly, I was not done with my noodle soup, and the waiter came by and grabbed my bowl without even asking if I was done. He also dropped my spoon into the soup, did not offer to give me a new spoon, did not apologize and just walked away. Also, I asked the waiter if they had the vietnamese drip coffee, and he said yes, so I ordered it. In like a minute, he brought the coffee already mixed in with the condensed milk and ice. They must have a very fast coffee dripping machine, because in every other restaurant that I've been to, the coffee takes about 5-10 minutes to fully drip. Anyways, service was extremely poor. We were expecting they would offer to give us the crispy noodle dish for free, but they didn't. We had to ask for it.
11/28/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I ate here a while back and I can't say it was amazing or a one of a kind place. The service was friendly, but somewhat anonymous, the food was good, but nothing to die for, and the atmosphere was pleasant. Having read numerous positive, in fact raving reviews I guess I expected something spectacular...which it didn't deliver. This is a place worth checking out don't get me wrong, but don't go in expecting a life changing experience. Try Mangosteen next door too...I prefer that place. The wait staff is friendlier as it is a smaller, cozier restaurant.
08/01/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Yes, it's in the Tenderloin, and yes, the service can be off at times, especially if they have large groups, but this is the best Vietnamese restaurant for the money, anywhere. The green papaya salad with Vietnamese beef jerky is great, clean and bright tasting; the salad roll with the shrimp and pork omelette is fresh and delicious; the shaking beef was a revelation. I didn't know beef could be that tender. The jumbo prawns and the duck a l'orange are amazing. If you just want a bowl of pho, there are plenty of other places in town, even in the same block as Bodega Bistro. If you want an amazing meal, then go see Jimmy, the chef-owner. And make a reservation. Then you'll get a white tablecloth and cloth napkins. And be ready to be totally surprised when you get the check. A GREAT value!
01/29/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Got there, ignored to get seated. People tried to cut in front of us and the host didn't do anything about it. Had to walk servers through process: asked for menu (thought that was a restaurant formality), didn't receive tea, service was terribly slow!!! We only ordered two bowls of Pho, can't get any easier than throwing noodles, beef, some veggies into hot broth and it took almost 30 minutes to arrive!! When trying to square away check, had to go up to register and was by-passed 3 times, by three different waiters. Terrible place from start to finish!
10/15/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Unless you like pork fat chunks swimming in an oily sauce, I wouldn't recommend this place. I gave the spring rolls a try and was not impressed, they were bland and the salad wraps were not good either. The broiled pork chunks that were matched with the salad wraps had more fat chunks then actual meat, and the wrap dish consisted of a clump of noodles, wilted mint, and leaf lettuce. There are definitely better Vietnamese restaurants out there!
07/19/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Wow ! Found this place by complete accident and was ready o be disappointed by yet another Vietnamese pho place trying to be the poor man's version of Slanted Door. How wrong where we! Simply the best spring rolls we have ever had. Double fried, perfect crunch and 3 good size rolls cut into 9 pieces for $4.95 with an ambundance of vegetables. We had to try the House Pho beef noodle and they split it into 2 wonderful, aromatic, hot bowls of Pho for us ! Fantastic and for $6.95 it was like getting two bowls for that price. The shrimp crepe was crispy, plentiful and perfectly complimented by the special sauce. Three courses, a glass of wine, and dessert totaled $36 for 2. Cloth table top, cloth napkins, good service and even better food - WOW - What a find !