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Tu Lan

8 Sixth St, San Francisco, CA 94103-1602 (SoMa)
(415) 626-0927
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Ranked #439 of 4,950 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
Neighborhood: SoMa
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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San Anselmo, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is a classic hole-in the-wall eatery in SF that serves up some of the best Vietnamese food in the city. The atmosphere is stripped down to the basics, but the food is the real draw for this place. I recommend the Imperial roll noodle bowl, but there are really many great dishes to choose from.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The location of Tu Lan restaurant is convenient if you are staying around town area. The space downstairs is limited and may be smokey...However dining upstairs will be a quieter environment. The toilet is superbly clean if you compare with the front door downstairs plus funny characters near the area. ... Have enjoyed the dining experience and certainly you can... More

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

No one cares that this is in a seedy neighborhood because the food is so damn good! Fresh ingredients, friendly wait staff, HUGE portions and CHEAP! Plenty to eat and leftovers to take home. I asked for something that wasn't on the menu and they were more than happy to make it. You will not be disappointed!

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Hekelingen, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The food is great at this place. U can eat there or get take-away. Divers menu and good service!! For a good and healthy bite.

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Zurich, Switzerland
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
215 reviews 215 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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