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Red Pagoda

1408 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Formerly Bellavista)
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Ranked #1,610 of 2,788 restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Most recent review
- Dec 14, 2013
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10 reviews from our community

40% Recommend
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English first
White Rock, Canada
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145 reviews 145 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

I met a friend here for a quick early dinner. The service leaves much to be desired... My friend and I were talking and hadn't taken a look a the menu. Then our waitress descended upon us until we decided. She wasn't very patient and/or accommodating. She had a stern look about her and I felt like we were wasting... More

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Somewhere In
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We have passed this place many times before we tried it. The decor is tired and worn and the street sign dusty so we never considered it until last Saturday. We were greeted promptly. The server poured us two glasses of water, took our order and returned immediately with a plate of fresh basil and sprouts. We ordered the sample... More

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Vancouver. B.C.
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Stopped by here for a quick lunch on a friends recommendation. The decor isn't anything to write home about, in fact they could do with a fresh coat of paint and updating the bathroom, but we were not disappointed with our lunch. The Peanut Sate Pho for 8$ was delicious and portion was so large I took half of it... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

If you want to try a bit of a few things, try their combination plates. I had the lemon grass chicken, vegetarian spring rolls, and shrimp salad roll. Good dips - peanut sauce and the vinegary type dip. I had a sip of my friend's chicken noodle pho and it was good but not hot enough. She made a comment... More

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Stevensville, Montana
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143 reviews 143 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Tried the new Red Pagoda location at Thurlow and Pender. The Restaurant was dirty....carpet filthy, and the windows looked like someone had puked on them. Ordered the Pagoda Pho which was suppose to be the specialty. If this is the specialty, god help us! The Beef was like shoe leather, the broth was beef bullion, and the noodles were spaghetti... More

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108 reviews 108 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012 via mobile

If I was feeling charitable I would just comment on the food which was really really good. All of it. (And believe me we had plenty!) However, if I wasn't feeling charitable I would focus on the sticky floors, the tacky tables tops, the grubby look of the place and dreadfully presented menus. This being Commercial, it's up against stiff... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

When they first opened I had gotten takeout from here and had not been impressed enough to go back. However, I stopped in and tried their Red Pagoda Special Pho (sliced beef, brisket, meatball, tendon, tripe) and have been won over! Fantastic broth. Generous portions of meat. Really good service. Really made me wish I had given them a second... More

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150 reviews 150 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

Red Pagoda is a modern and well kept pho restaurant on Commercial Drive so there is only street parking. The waitress was friendly and made sure we were happy with our meal. This is definitely a first in terms of service from a pho restaurant. Usually, they want you to eat and quickly leave so they can get another customer... More

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North Vancouver BC Canada
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80 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

When this place first opened it was fantastic. Their peanut sauce was better than anywhere else and the food was the best Vietnamese we had tasted in Vancouver. Not sure if the owners have changed. We went a few months ago and asked that question and were told no. Have not seen the original owner there so I am doubting... More

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