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Saigon Cafe

1703 Allied Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22903-5336
434-296-8661
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Ranked #263 of 459 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: Delivery
Most recent review
- May 11, 2013
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Dining options: Delivery
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English first
Central Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Sadly, Saigon Cafe has closed. The owner couple have at long last earned their retirement. We will miss their friendly smiles, conversation, and food. The spot has reopened under new management and is serving Chinese and Salvadoran food...not sure about that business model.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Saigon Cafe was one of the first restaurants we had eaten at in C'ville. We went while checking things out before we moved here and loved it. It was a Saturday. We went back after we relocated here and it was a Monday. Terrible. We were in the area a bit later, again a weekend and it was good. So... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

The Saigon Cafe is a small family run operation, with the wife out front and the husband cooking. Their lunch special is one of the best in Charlottesville with several Chinese dishes offered, including a soup (the hot and sour is great) a small piece of fried chicken, for less then $4.00. Their regular menu is very good and the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We just stopped by this place when passing through Charlottesville, Virginia and it popped up as an option on our navigation system. When arrived early afternoon, there were a few customers and one person serving. We never judge a restaurant by it's look and once inside, we found it to be outdated in decor but kept an open mind. Service... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

This is a good option for eat-in or take-out when you need a healthy meal. Their Vietnamese dishes seem very authentic.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The first time we went to Saigon Cafe it was amazing. My husband and I couldn't get over it. The service was slow, but the food more than made up for it and it was incredibly affordable (about $20 for the two of us including a beer and a glass of wine). We went back a second time and it... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2010

Pros: Fast service. Decent food. Cons: The food is very Americanized, but if you’re not Vietnamese then it shouldn’t be a problem. We’ve been very spoiled by great authentic Vietnamese food so we won’t be back to this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

Excellent food for an amazingly low price

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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77 reviews 77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2008

Food was bland, overcooked, and the flavors clashed. Generally I have found tripadvisor reviews to be pretty reliable, but I would never go back to this restaurant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

It was good a number of years ago but I haven't been in a while.

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