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Van's Vietnamese Restaurant

307 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12207
(518) 736-1868
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Ranked #24 of 591 restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went to Van's because of it's great reviews but I was disappointed...Ordered a barbequed pork chop with rice noodles....The pork chop was overcooked and tough and the noodles were cold enough for me to ask the waiter if they were meant to be that way. He said "no, they were supposed to be hot." When I asked him to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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156 reviews 156 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We had an early dinner here. The outside of the place does not do it justice as it doesn't look like much from the street. The staff is very friendly. The food was fantastic. We had spring rolls to start along with several main courses. I had the duck on the bone and it was as good as I've had... More

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Albany, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I just loved their food the first time i ate here... It is super spicy, super delicious and quantity is always *enormous*.. Save some space in the stomach after the soup serving...The Service is pretty good and in general takes the same amount of time for any dish (~15min). The prices i would say is appropriate.. it is not too... More

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Albany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Hudson, New York
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23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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