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“Good food served with fast friendly service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pho Ca Dao

Pho Ca Dao
8373 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 564-0917
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Ranked #494 of 4,039 restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“Good food served with fast friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Coincident with our being shown our table two large glasses of water and lemon are put on the table. Prices are very reasonable. A beer, three entrees and two main courses come up to only $35. We have almost paid this on this trip for 2 drinks at other places. The soft rolls (shrimp and pork) were fresh and tasty. The shrimp paste with bean curds were yummy. Our pho (soup) and pork vermicelli were also nice and hot and good. You do not come here for atmosphere, it is a converted diner. But do go for a good meal before or after an event, it is worth the trip.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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reno
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164 reviews 164 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
“Great Vietnamese food, quick, good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Eating in Mira Mesa can sometimes be such a disaster due to the commute if you don't live there, not this place. I love that it is at an intersection, ample parking, easy access. No stress to get there and eat authentic Vietnamese food where everyone is Vietnamese. The waiters are so friendly they even try to help us learn the language. They are fast and efficient. The food is very true to low fat, low grease, tasty Vietnamese. The decor is basic, there are boba drinks, viet coffee, as well as standard Pho, Goi Cuon. Filling and affordable.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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So Cal
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“Good as always, but some of the workers, meh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I've came to this PCD since 2008, by accident sort of to watch the fireworks on the 4th at the high school, and obviously, this place was the one to eat at (Being Asian from the SGV). This would be the go-to place for my family for pho in SD. Only one minor issue today, was that we didn't receive our Bi Guon though we were charged. I think this was the waiter's fault, as the owner and guys at the front were cool to take it off because we didn't get it. We'll always keep coming here since they've always kept the quality like that in LA and OC. Glad to see them have more than one location in SD...I should've tried their Santee location back in October, but ended up at a wannabe Pho place owned by non-Vietnamese SMH.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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“Good food and great service.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I've been on an Asian food kick lately and trying out several in the San Diego area. My friend said they had decent Vietnamese food here so we met here and the place was absolutely packed. (That's always a good sign....and mostly packed with Asians).

The service was really great. They quickly gave menus and ice water without asking for it. My friend ordered some less ordered soup and the waitress was really great. She told him it has a really distinct flavor and asked him if he wanted a sample before ordering a large one.

I was really impressed with that. So they brought him over a small sample of the soup (which he liked).

The place is super affordable. I've had better quality Vietnamese food in other places but the food was decent and the service was excellent.

The place is pretty big but it stayed busy the entire time we were there. I'd definitely come back. It's good for a quick and affordable meal.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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“Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

This is one of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants in San Diego. We usually take out, but often we actually sit and eat. The service is fast and efficient. For take-out, I love that they give you water and lemon while you wait, and you don't even have to ask. Sometimes, I take my own containers for taking out the soup. Our favorite is the chicken Pho, and there are so many varieties--dark meat, white meat, or whatever. I have never been here without the place being full. I think the reasonable prices , and consistently good food,keep the customers returning. I once had a problem with a gift certificate, wrote the owner (found the information on-line), and was immediately contacted and the problem was solved.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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