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The Elbow Room

52, Pasteur Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 8 3821 4327
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Ranked #40 of 1,239 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American, International, Café, Bistro
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Upscale Bistro, American & International cuisine. Breakfast served all day. Popular weekend brunch. Live Friday night band.
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Have eaten here a few times as well as takeout. Not bad if you want a break from standard Asian fare, but it's nothing really to rave about. Have had tacos quite a few times and there's barely any taste to it. It's almost just like chicken or beef with the slightest hint of cumin or chili powder. Burgers aren't... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Friday night band is arguably one of the best in HCMC and mix up a great restaurant offering and spot on hospitality makes it one of the most underrated venues in the city. This is not a club so it is understandable that it is more known for restaurants than for its excellent live entertainment. So pleased I was... More

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Found this restaurant by chance on Tripadvisor, and was thoroughly impresses. Absolutely first class service - probably the best I've seen in all the restaurants I've visited in Vietnam. The food was served correctly: first the starter and then the main course - usually in Vietnam it is 'everything together'! The quality of the food and method of cooking was... More

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Taiwan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We made reservation, but when we arrived there's no reservation. I wad awkward...dinner with boss. Risotto comes very quick but a bit cold..for me is big fan of risottos was disappointed. Steake of medium rare still chewy and we couldn't finish it...we're surprised the steak could be so chewy and not joicy at all.

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Plano, Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I have been to Elbow Room many times over the years. It's a great place to go if I'm missing some good 'ol American food. There are many things on the menu that I regularly order, including the Philly Cheese Steak, Elbow Room Burger, Beef Carpaccio, and the Lumberjack. On this particular visit, we started off with the Spinach Salad... More

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Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We found this restaurant at the end of our trip, unfortunately, or we would have had dinner more than once. I had chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes. The steak was pork rather than the usual beef, and served with brown rather than country gravy, but it was very tasty and good. The mashed potatoes were great. It's not a... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Recently dined with some expat friends who are fans of the restaurant and its owner. They didn't make any promises; just said I would enjoy the place. Too right! Been in town for 2 1/2 months now and was in need of some home-style food. Although it wasn't on the menu, I ordered a spinach salad with blackened chicken and... More

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Fagersta, Sweden
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Nice and cozy location. We ordered different dishes and it was average but not a great food experience. Since it a little bit more expensive compared to other restaurants in HCM we cannot say that the food had the taste that motivate a higher price compared to other restaurants we tried in HCM.

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Tristan N, Owner at The Elbow Room, responded to this review

Dear Ola S, Thank you for your patrionage and time to review us on TA. Too bad that we could not wow you but glad you found our place cozy. The Elbow Room is an American style bistro and American cuisine is not for everyone's taste. Just like any other cuisine. Most of our food products are imported and imported... More

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Great food, nice and cozy ambience.. we ordered the Elbow Room platter and I really enjoyed mozzarella cheese and chickens.. just taste like I went back to my uni years in US dormitory. We didn't get to meet the owner/manager but the waiters were very attentive. It was Valentine's night but we were on business dinner, so having great food... More

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Tristan N, Owner at The Elbow Room, responded to this review

Dear Rakdaow, Thank you so much for your patronage and time to review us on TA. It is not often we get review on TA so we appreciate whenever we have a review and a nice one too. We strive hard to provide good value service, quality comfort food and warm ambience to every guests that walked through our door.... More

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

My favorite Western food restaurant in Ho Chi Minh! Great service, awesome food and chilled ambience. Going to miss you when I leave tomorrow. You and the Santa Fe wrap!!!

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Tristan N, Owner at The Elbow Room, responded to this review

Dear Tomblow_12, We love you too. Thank you so much for your patronage and time to review us on TA. We do strive hard to provide the best value service, comfort quality food and warm ambience for our guests. We hope to see you again in the near future and thanks again for your review. Tristan Ngotristan@yahoo.com More

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