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“Loved the pho!”
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Vo's Restaurant
Price range: US$20 - US$25
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Webster Street.
Transit: The AC Transit bus and the free Shuttle stops right in front of the restaurant at the corner of Grand Avenue and Webster Street.
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Loved the pho!”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

Vo's is a gem! Enjoy the food, the bar, the diverse clientele and the friendly, informative wait staff. (If you are new to Vietnamese cuisine, don't hesitate to ask questions. The servers will answer your questions and you will NOT feel foolish or provincial! I promise.)

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank Kimberley G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

19 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • Any
English first
Tennessee
Level Contributor
159 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

We ate at Vo's for a rehearsal dinner and were blown away. The food was outstanding and just kept coming. Some of the children in our party weren't interested in Vietnamese food, so the chef cooked meals to order for them. Everything was perfect!

Visited July 2013
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Thank PastorMom
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Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
408 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“hits and misses”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

had a chance to eat at vo's midweek. liked that it is located in an older building and retains some of the inside features. overall the décor is simple and near the plate glass windows there is plenty of natural light. as you move deeper into the restaurant you need to rely on electricity. like that there is plenty of elbow room between tables. the wait staff does a very good job, their dress is casual so you may not know if they are part of the restaurant, at least initially. we had the coconut prawns appetizer. plenty of coconut and crunch but the next inner layer was a bit too soggy. the prawns themselves could have been fresher. the garlic noodles are not worth the price. buttery flavor with garlic seasoning but nothing like I was expecting; would have preferred if the noodles were mixed with minced garlic. the dishes do not come with a starch unless you are ordering a noodle dish. the Bird's Nest Noodle Basket was nice to look at but lacked flavor. If you are familiar with the Bird's Nest Noodle Basket at Chinese restaurants this will be different as Vo's uses thinner noodles. The Shaken Beef was a disappointment. Yes the beef was tender as it should be from filet mignon but there was no taste or much color to the dish. The Honey-Glazed Pork Chop was outstanding. Two good sized chops with a delicious taste. The Catfish in Clay Pot was also wonderful. It went well with the jasmine rice we ordered and needed to soak up the sauce. So hits and misses but I would return to try other entrees as well as consider the two hits again.

Visited July 2013
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Thank flashncrash
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Oakland, California
Level Contributor
359 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Love the atmosphere, some dishes”
Reviewed 2 July 2013

I invited a friend to dine with me as I had a living social voucher I wanted to use and have come to eat at Vo's at least once or twice a year for special occasions. We started off with the salmon spring rolls which were tasty, then shared the seabass which was seasoned too salty; otherwise it tasted fresh, and shared a lemongrass, tofu and veggie dish which was good and for dessert we had flan and fried ice cream. The prices are a bit high so I'm glad we had the voucher.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank KWong55
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“pass... much better options in Uptown”
Reviewed 11 May 2013

Authenticity... lost." Although pretty, the flavors left much to be desired - felt "dumbed down". Would not make it on my lunchtime rotation, maybe if someone ELSE was buying.

Food: Read well on the menu, but really non-descript as we ate... not "bad" but nothing stood out among the 4 dishes we sampled.

Service: Lots of servers standing around, and ours made several visits. Ordered the Lamb Ribs (standard menu item), server returned to ask how we wanted the ribs done, then returned again to tell us it was not available. Swing and a miss...

Space: Nicely done, roomy and comtemporary... safe bet for a business lunch, where food is not the primary objective.

Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Kimo B
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