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La Vie Vietnamese Restaurant

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The Richmond
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5830 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121-2005
415-668-8080
Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Got Crab

Last Friday I met a client near Ocean Beach to enjoy roasted crab. Unfortunately for that restaurant they were closed. La Vie is a little small but the decor is really nice. After making several phone calls to find roasted crab, social media listed this restaurant as an option. The food was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2014
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Last Friday I met a client near Ocean Beach to enjoy roasted crab. Unfortunately for that restaurant they were closed. La Vie is a little small but the decor is really nice. After making several phone calls to find roasted crab, social media listed this restaurant as an option. The food was very good and a comparable value to the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

OK - when you go out to an Asian restaurant you expect fast service in and out...but come on... about 90 minutes for Vietnamese food. This is actual time sitting at a table and not waiting to be seated. If I could, I would give 0 stars Here is the rough the timeline: Seated immediately - got the menu 15... More 

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San Diego, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This place deserves a 5 star review. I have been coming here for over a decade and every time it is a treat. We come here for a quite dinner knowing that we will not be rushed and that the service will be very polite. This is not a touristy place and you will rarely meet tourists here.

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Austin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Last night we went to LaVie for the first time. In our opinion, the food was nothing special and overpriced. We ordered the Vietnamese crepe as an appetizer, which was very good and freshly made, when it finally arrived. Our entrees were 2 chef's specials, a dish with sea bass and sugar snap peas, and a dish of spicy mango... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

A friend took us here long ago knowing that we really like Vietnamese food. We were not disappointed. It's a great find and whenever we visit, there's never a wait. The service is friendly and restaurant well-decorated.

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Forestville, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

A friend recommended this place and we are so glad she did. Each item we ordered was tasty and great. The noodles were excellent too. So fun to find a restaurant that offers an interesting and diverse menu. Service was efficient and friendly.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

Must have the crab, from the presentation to the taste was the best we have had. Great spot to get the local experience in San Fran.

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Bloomington, IN
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60 reviews 60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

What a great meal--the special La Vie roast crab, the stuffing (won't tell you the recipe), the garlic noodles, the vietnam beer--what a tremendous treat it is to eat here. It has been a favorite of ours for many years!

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Cupertino, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

The roasted crab is the best crab I've ever eaten. Get it with the garlic noodles and you are set for a treat.

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Claremont, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

After a movie (at the venerable neighborhood Four Star theater) we walked down the block to highly-rated PPQ Dungeness Island, but even from a distance we knew we were in trouble--line spilling out on the sidewalk--and were told a minimum 40 minute wait for a table for 3. So instead we walked a couple more blocks to La Vie. Only... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5830 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121-2005
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Richmond
  • Neighborhood: The Richmond
  • Phone Number: 415-668-8080

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?