We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Van's Vietnamese Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
307 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12207
(518) 736-1868
Website
Monday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 89 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Awful Service

I have been a customer of Van's since it opened and like the food a lot. It is fresh and nicely flavored. What I have observed for a while now is that the service has been slipping. I needed take-out for a birthday celebration. The web site said they open at 11:30 for lunch. I assumed that meant... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
reviewer86
,
Albany New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

89 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Albany New York
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I have been a customer of Van's since it opened and like the food a lot. It is fresh and nicely flavored. What I have observed for a while now is that the service has been slipping. I needed take-out for a birthday celebration. The web site said they open at 11:30 for lunch. I assumed that meant people would... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albany, New York
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Pho is the best I've had anywhere. Vegetarian summer rolls outstanding. Central Ave in Albany NY is a dirty, depressing spot but Van's is a gem.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Amherst, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This spot has been a Vietnamese restaurant for many years with different owners; the current owners have been there for quite some time and their food is always good. I admit to mostly ordering pho there. They offer the tofu variety in veggie broth which is very welcome if you want a completely vegetarian dish. Their tofu "steak" is very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mechanicville, New York
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I found this little gem 5 years ago, we drive near an hour just to come here. I assure you, you have never seen such detail, such care, such quality, and then get handed a bill that's cheaper than fast-food... and this food is quickly delivered here too~!!!! Sincerely I'll tell you, EVERYONE I bring here, is usually FROM THE... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Williamsburg, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The pho here is always great. I love that they have great consistency. My friends and I from southwestern vermont actually drove an hour just to get Van's on more than one occasion cause it's that good. Though, it does bother me that their pho dac biet doesn't come with tripe like traditional pho. They do have tripe as a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

very nice place, but you almost need someone to tell you about it. Very good food, service was good but a little slow, nothing that ruined the meal. Nice tasting food and generous portions at reasonable prices. I love Adrian food and am very picky about what I consider good Asian food, I lived 5 years in Asia and traveled... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albany, New York
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We met friends at Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant last night on Central Avenue. We had not been there in about a year. The food was excellent, as it always is. We had ginger salmon, chicken and shrimp in a curry sauce, and grilled sliced beef with rice noodles. They were all excellent! The server was very nice and gave us good... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Hampshire
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Finding your way there at night can be a bit much as you go through too many blocks of boarded up houses, depending on which way you come in. We started with the Goi Cuon - Summer Rolls - with Shrimp - fresh and tasty with sweet dipping sauce. We then had Goi Cuon, which is basically chicken with sriracha... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Clifton Park, New York
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I've read rave reviews about this place and have heard great things from friends so you can imagine my disappointment when I tried it out and thought it was terrible! Our waiter was very friendly and sweet but the food was so so bad! For an appetizer we ordered Canh Ga Tom Chien (Fried Stuffed Chicken Wings) -- I took... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albany, New York
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I have been craving Vietnamese lately and have been repeatedly told this is the place. I was relieved to find such amazing food so close to home. I had flank steak pho and spring rolls, and the flavors were as huge as the portions. The food was fantastic and I will frequent this place to satisfy my Vietnamese food itch

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Van's Vietnamese Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Van's Vietnamese Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 307 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12207
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: (518) 736-1868

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Van's Vietnamese Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?