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Golden Star Vietnamese Restaurant

11 Walter U Lum Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-1801 (Chinatown)
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Ranked #1,468 of 4,918 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Neighborhood: Chinatown
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Neighborhood: Chinatown
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68% Recommend
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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Bloomington, Indiana
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54 reviews 54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

On a drizzly, cold day I needed a Pho fix and found Golden Star. I beat the lunch crowd slightly, so everything came out very quickly. They have several combinations of Pho filling available, so if tendon or other things scare you, you can get leaner cuts. The beef in my bowl had some lean and some fatty pieces, but... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant was exactly what we needed after a long first morning in San Francisco. The food was fantastic. Amazing beef rolls - could have eaten 4 times the amount and left very full. This was followed by really delicious chicken vermicelli and prawn and pork fried rice. The service was really prompt although we were the only customers in... More

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Anaheim Hills, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Dirty restaurant. Furniture was sticky and utensils still had food on them. Caught waiter picking his nose and another one lying to a unknowing Caucasian family about not using MSG. We tasted it right away. They give you a pot of tea but forget to take your drink orders. They also forgot to put in our appetizer so we cancelled... More

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Boise, Idaho
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Adequate for a student budget, but otherwise unimpressive. Almost worth the price. Our party had imperial rolls, chicken curry, and 5-spice chicken.

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Hamburg, Germany
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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We went here for a dinner after a day of walking through San Francisco. After reading all the positive reviews we knew what the venue would look like and were not surprised by the seating or anything. It was not very full and we immediately got a table. The waiter brought us a pot of tea, which was very tasty... More

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Tampa, Florida, USA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

I went there for an early dinner on Wednesday around 5pm. The place was not crowded. I had a seafood rice noodle dish and It tasted good but nothing special. Only thing stood out was cleanliness of the place. This place was much cleaner than many eateries around this area.

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