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“Interesting, busy place on Bui Vien” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Five Oysters

Five Oysters
234 Bui Vien St., Pham Ngu Lao Ward, | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84 90 301 21 23
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Ranked #54 of 1,568 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $2 - $4
Cuisines: Seafood, Vietnamese
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Five Oysters Restaurant proposes an authentic and fine Vietnamese cuisine, especially seafood. It is located in the busy Bui Vien St. but not in the noisy part of this backpacking street. You can choose a seat in front of the resto to watch people walking and the traffic or a table inside to dine in the cozy dining space. Since the resto owner's hometown is Long Hai beach where is famous for seafood and oysters, you can find seafood and other local food here really fresh. Not like amost other restaurants in backpacking area which are owned by foreigners, this resto is 100% Vietnamese. Check out this place if you 'd like to try a True Vietnamese kitchen in Saigon.
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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“Interesting, busy place on Bui Vien”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Have eaten here twice, the first time downstairs (two people) and the second time on the first floor terrace (four of us). Nice atmosphere, friendly service, cheap draught Saigon beer (10,000 dong a glass), pretty good food. The upstairs terrace, overlooking the street below, is very pleasant.

I had grilled shark on my first visit, and wasn't very impressed, although it wasn't terrible at all just very bland, but the next time, I had a different grilled sea fish - ca bop (written without the necessary accents), which was very good. Other dishes included oysters (good), grilled beef with cheese (good and nicely cooked beef, but very little cheese), sweet and sour ca bop again (very good), spring rolls (OK). If I had the option, I would give the food 3.5 out of 5 rather than 3.

The place seems to specialize in seafood, which is probably what should be ordered here.

I need to make one comment about Five Oysters. In the evening, there is almost always a person standing at the entrance trying to entice people to come inside. In my opinion not only does this demean the restaurant in most people's eyes but it probably deters more people from entering than it succeeds in attracting. Whenever I see somebody trying to persuade me to enter a restaurant, my automatic reaction is to avoid that restaurant. I think there must be something wrong with the place, if they need somebody to do this thankless job. And I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking this.

Anyway, it's a nice, bustling place and recommended.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great little place, good food, free wifi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

Had dinner here, really nice food and good value. Good to sit just off the main drag. Recommend the vegetarian fresh spring rolls and the chicken prawn noodles. Freshly cooked, good taste and good service. Also free wifi :)

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not worth seeking out”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

I ate here last night with 4 friends, and unfortunately I have to report that--after having travelled in Cambodia and Vietnam for the last two weeks--Five Oysters ranks among the bottom few meals we've eaten. It's not bad, mind you. We shared the Shaking Beef, which tasted like any generic beef dish you'd get at a Chinese restaurant, and the Pad Thai (again, nothing exciting to see here), as well as a Vietnamese shrimp dish (pretty good). The oysters were relatively expensive--the raw ones and the cooked ones--and were unremarkable. The best dish we had was the snail pie. It didn't taste much like snails but was crispy and flavorful. The cocktails were meh.

Nothing to hate here, and the upstairs outdoor seating is nice. But this is pretty standard fare.

Visited December 2013
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Man_Quang_Ho, Manager at Five Oysters, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear Ztakk,

Thank you for your honest feedback and glad to read that you did enjoy some parts of the service.

Our restaurant is still in the pursuit of perfection where, your valuable feedback is highly appreciated.

Warm Regards,

Man Ho, Five Oysters manager
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“Another eatery i would go back again and again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

2 seperate visits in november but no time for a 3rd!

The Mango shakes are brilliant and the Pho Bo was fantastic!

prices were very reasonable and service with a smile!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing morning glory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Fiver Oysters is a great restaurant. We got the sauteed morning glory which was AMAZING, the stir fried beef noodles, the grilled squid with chili sauce and fried rice with chicken. Everything was great. So flavourful. I would recommend this restaurant to any body. We have been in Ho Chi Minh city for a week now and have eaten at lost of different places and by far this was the best one.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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