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Tu Lan

8 Sixth St, San Francisco, CA 94103-1602 (SoMa)
(415) 626-0927
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Ranked #405 of 4,857 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: SoMa
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49 reviews from our community

83% Recommend
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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Tu Lan was the first culinary destination in SF following my intuition for spectacular authentic down to earth food. It's awesome to watch how spectacular the food is prepared in front of you at the bar. Some superficial gourmet might call it to cheap for the huge plates you get.

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Redding, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

THIS place- WOW So So So So GOOD. Cheep and fast. It was my first time eating Vietnamese food - and I think that I am hooked! The service was great - very friendly.

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San Francisco, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Total dive, hole-in-the-wall near the Mission District. The Vietnamese sandwiches are fresh, tasty, and cheap at about $3. There's always a line out the door. Be sure to specify hot sauce- it's otherwise not advertised.

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Top Contributor
193 reviews 193 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

... and yes... still not for the squeemish! Although the interior is greatly improved (I'm sure the bugs will eventually return.. .but not yet!), the neighborhood is as disgusting as always; the smells you have to deal with on your way to get in the door of Tu Lan are enough to put you off your meal before you even... More

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Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Tu Lan is one of my favorite Vietnam restaurant in the world. Pho is good. When I visited San Francisco, I always went to Tu Lan. Cost performance is GOOD. By the way, Tu Lan has been closed for long time. Maybe, at least from Dec 2011 to Dec. 2012. I would like to know Tu Lan re-opens or not.... More

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Laredo, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I am from laredo tx i was at the treasure island job corps center at the time, studiying culinary arts, i went to eat there at least twist a month, the plates are very good serve, and the prices ar excellent for san francisco, i never go wrong with the chowmein, just to remmber those times i feel very nostalgic,the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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107 reviews 107 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I was not super impressed with the food. We got Pho and Bun Bo Hue - the noodles were not authentic rice noodles, and the broth of the soups was not up to par of great vietnamese food. However, the summer rolls were good, and this place is super cheap. Overall, a good choice. The location is pretty sketch and... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I come here every time I visit San Francisco. The food is cheap, fast, and served in huge portions. The food is also, really good. Slightly greasy, but overall excellent value. A good place to go with friends, if you want a classic place slightly off the beaten path, with Julia Child's face on the menu! (She apparently ate there... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Great place to grab a quick, inexpensive meal before a show at the Warfield. 4 of us had 4 beers each, two appetizers and three mains and could not finish it all. Imperial Rolls are a must as well as the $2.50 beers. Service was super friendly especially surprising in such a sketchy neighborhood. We were greeted by every employee... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

If you are short on time, or cash, this is definitely the place for you. It delivers what is hard to find: great food and great prices. I have eaten there a couple of times and have tried about 8 dishes. None disappoint. The noodle dishes and soups are particularly outstanding. The only thing that I was not enthusiastic about... More

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