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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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Today
10:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Best Pho I have ever tasted in North America

Very authentic Vietnamese Pho. Good portion. Soup is delicious. No MSG. Very generous to offer basil. Must order the coffee there, one of the best I have ever tasted as well. I will go there every time I visit San Francisco.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
kinsonloo
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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very authentic Vietnamese Pho. Good portion. Soup is delicious. No MSG. Very generous to offer basil. Must order the coffee there, one of the best I have ever tasted as well. I will go there every time I visit San Francisco.

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Thank kinsonloo
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Service was good, prices were even better. Great little find. We had the Pho not the best I've ever had but close

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Thank Karina B
New Hope
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78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

We wanted a truly authentic experience for Pho. This place is definitely a local hang out on the edge of Chinatown. However, as it pertained to the Pho we were non plussed. My husband had the mixed beef version and I had the spicy chicken. Neither one stood out. The beef and the chicken were very fatty and the broth... More 

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Thank Vivian B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

I'm pregnant so I wanted to eat MSG free. They told me honestly all dishes contain MSG. My husband ordered the house special its was good. The prices are good.

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Thank SillySilv
Rugby, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

I went for lunch and it was buzzing. It only means one thing and that is their food is good. It is a down to earth kind of restaurant but the food is really good and authentic. It was my first visit today and it certainly won't be my last.

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Thank yellowperil888
Olathe, Kansas
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is on the other side of the park next to the Hilton in Chinatown. Walk up the short hill and stop. There is art on the wall next to the Restaurant and you will know you are there. Enjoyed the food. The service anticipated your needs. Delightful.

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Thank lawlady271
Wilmington, Delaware
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Grilled chicken vermicelli bowl was quite nice. Service was friendly, fast and accommodating. Client across me had basil for his pho replaced for cilantro with no problem. Good place for solo female travelers.

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Thank GlobalCitizen07
Poole, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank MarianneStorey
Dupont, Washington
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112 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank ProfLonghair
Los Angeles, California
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 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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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 8
  • Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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Chinatown
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
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