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Van's Vietnamese Restaurant

307 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12207
(518) 736-1868
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Ranked #10 of 586 restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
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English first
Albany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

We shared a bowl of shrimp pho, and some fresh spring rolls, which was more than enough for a lunch for 2. Good service, good quick lunch.

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Vermont
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116 reviews 116 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We've been wanting to try Van's based on all the good reviews and I'm so glad we finally had a chance. We ordered all vegetarian and everything was delicious. The prices are very good. We are definitely looking forward to our next meal at Van's!

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Albany, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

First time visiting per recommendation of friend..and it was my first time eating Vietnamese food! Ordered takeout for dinner. The pho soup was individually wrapped in ziploc baggies to separate flavor sand retain freshness since we were eating hours later. Server even suggested not cooing the noodles so we took them raw...it was absolutely delicious...all very fresh, tasted homemade...will be... More

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New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Pho soup is huge and so flavorful. But the curry dishes are great too. certainly not a fancy place but best place I have been yet for Vietnamese food.

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Clifton Park, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We've been to Van's quite a few times over the years, but hadn't been in a long time so I was very happy when our daughter Kat decided she wanted to have her birthday dinner here. Van's food is simply fantastic. The flavors just jump out at you,and are a nice change from our more usual Chinese of Japanese meals.... More

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Albany, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Went with a friend on a Saturday night - had the 1/2 duck: crispy skin, not greasy, well seasoned. The spring roll appetizer was awesome. Also got pho bowl and chicken curry to go - they were so well prepared that it was ready just as we were finishing our meal. Took leftovers and the takeout to my parents for... More

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Albany, NY
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56 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

My spouse and I have been ti Van's several times and wonder why we don't go more often. The service and food selection is wonderful and parking is only a few steps away at a public lot. Don't be put off by the spare appearance of the interior.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This restaurant serves one of the best Vietnamese dishes I've ever had. From the Pho soup, appetizers, to the crispy boneless duck and chicken curry. Consistently amazing and the service is superb. I've been coming to this restaurant for almost 8 years and I've always hesitated to mention it to people for the fear that a table will be hard... More

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California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We stopped in to check out Van's after it was recommended to us. We found ample street parking nearby. We were warmly and enthusiastically greeted at the door and shown to our table. We arrived just before the dinner rush on a weekend and found the dining room sparsely populated....and thought "UH-OH!" Then, in a steady stream, diners began arriving... More

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Willow Street, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Van's was recommended by some locals who said that it is one of their favorite restaurants. They certainly did not mislead us. Good food, excellent service, and good prices-- what more can one want! I would certainly go back next time we are in the area

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