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Favori Restaurant

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3502 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703-3302
+1 714-531-6838
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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156 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Large dining room, with warm red color theme décor and wall-to-wall mirrors. We had goi bo tai chanh (rare beef marinated in lime juice, onion, mint and fish sauce) and the restaurant’s signature dish: ca nuong mo hanh (grilled catfish with sautéed scallion). The catfish was huge! Our waiter did a little “operation” on the table to de-bone the fish... More 

Thank punacoast
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016

Reasonably priced food even though it looks like an upscale place inside but very tight seating. The lighting is a dim romantic lighting. The food was very good. A large selection of food, most famous for their baked cake fish. It was a huge fish and was cooked perfectly. We got the banana flambe and it was cool watching it... More 

Thank Amelia C
Monterey, California
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182 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

This place ha good food but there are a lot of tables close together and it's quite noisy. If you have no need to talk during dinner then this place is probably fine, but terribly noisy. Family friendly but large groups of folks were very noisy and the screaming kids added to the noise. Headache-generating noise.

Thank Peanut4Life
Bellingham, Washington
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016

we stop by here three time and every times we not disappointed I think this year a new owner she super nice and so friendly this restaurant specially fish they bake so crunchy so good and vege is so fresh again love it and very happy very busy place all the time

Thank pocketsize75
Springdale, Utah
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2015

The second worse fried rice I've ever had! The catfish was surprisingly edible. We were a party of 11 with Vietnamese and well travelled Yanks. We think that favori was The place in days of old but their service approach and the general stuffiness seemed too old school now. I don't know where the other reviewers went; maybe we picked... More 

Thank dennis b
Santa Ana, California
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Favori has been ranked among the best Vietnamese restaurants for years. And O know why! A French-inspired Vietnamese menu covers everything from tasty Vietnamese shrp and bean sprout crepes to rare beef and shrimp marinated in lime sauce (amazing!). Spring rolls, and salad rolls with peanut sauce are great! Of course, catfish is a party on a platter! Highly recommended... More 

Thank turboflite
Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Cá nướng mở hành is better than i expected! I like it though i am not a "fish" person! Service is good & fast! Hot pot & steak look yummy too! I'll try them next time!

Thank TheLe
Huntington Beach, California
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Great surprise with great lunch specials. I am getting out of my comfort zone and haven't been disappointed yet. Good prices too..

Thank Mark W
The O.C.
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79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's a Vietnamese/French restaurant, but don't let it scare you away. For lunch, it's quick and awesome. My boss and I usually get the Combo #2, which is 3 fried egg rolls 4 little shrimps A kind of angel hair pasta 2 pork balls (they look like sausage patties but YUMMIER!) It WILL fill you up! Another thing they have... More 

Thank schmink45
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

I have been eating here for years. The catfish is my favorite fish dish in OC.

Thank Davidh1900

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vietnamese, Seafood, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3502 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703-3302
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: +1 714-531-6838

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?