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Golden Star Vietnamese Restaurant

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11 Walter U Lum Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-1801
415-398-1215
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10:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 8:30 pm

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  • 8
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    Very good
  • 6
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Imperial rolls and pho

I could have made a meal out of their imperial rolls which are great and crunchy! We've never had Vietnamese so I can't compare it to another Vietnamese restaurant. We had pho which was great. It is crowded and we were told that this is where all the locals go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2014
Leeann A
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Dallas, Texas
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Poole, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Not really sure what all the rave reviews are about. We popped in for a late lunch and were given very unfriendly service. The toilets were dirty and smelly and the food was boring. In its favour the food was served promptly - which was good because it meant we could leave quicker. Plenty of other options in Chinatown.

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Dupont, Washington
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78 reviews 78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Great stop on a cold day in San Francisco. Excellent pho in the middle of Chinatown. Never would have found this place without the reviews from TripAdvisor.

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Los Angeles, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I had pho twice here, both time when I stayed at nearby Hilton. Nothing is notable about food.. soup is a bit salty. They give generous amount, fast service. Good for a quick bite.

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Germany
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What a surprise to find a really good Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown in San Francisco! Actually we wanted to go to a Chinese restaurant next door to try some Chinese food in Chinatown. The restaurant was about to close so we went to Golden Star next door. We ordered Pho beef and spring rolls! This was absolutely a good surprise... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I could have made a meal out of their imperial rolls which are great and crunchy! We've never had Vietnamese so I can't compare it to another Vietnamese restaurant. We had pho which was great. It is crowded and we were told that this is where all the locals go.

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Santa Cruz, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This casual place is always packed at lunch time. There is a large community table where one or two people can always squeeze in without a wait. Pho is the specialty but the menu is extensive. I like the pork vermicelli noodle salad #49 . Great spices in the dish and interesting sauces. I pop in often when I'm in... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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83 reviews 83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Decent pho for a cold windy night. I wouldn't call it bad but I've had better. Service was nice. We got pho, eggrolls, rice dish and spicy noodle. All decent and price is reasonable.

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DC
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82 reviews 82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Arrived late to San Francisco but I had a craving for something hot. The restaurant was conveniently located across from my hotel so I made a stop. I ordered Pho and summer rolls. Food came out very fast. As for the taste... summer rolls lacked mint leave, cilantro... Pho didn't have the flavor needed to truly call it Pho and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

My bf and I spent a month in Vietnam last year and always search for a tasty stateside reminder of our trip. This place was close to our wanted flavor of Vietnam. The BBQ steak salad rolls we had today were the closest we have had since our trip over seas. Plus the service was great and the price was... More 

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Low key means casual and economical, not quiet. This place is usually loud, bustling, and smells of good food. I've been going here for years for after happy hour dinners and for weekday lunches. It is always packed for lunch at peak times. It is comfort food for all. If you get pork rice plates, always add a fried egg.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11 Walter U Lum Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-1801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 415-398-1215

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 8
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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