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Pho 501

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501 Main St, Ste 5, East Hartford, CT 06118-1002
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Portland, Connecticut
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Phở 501 is one of, if not the, oldest Vietnamese and phở restaurant in greater Hartford. My first visit was nearly 20 years ago and, I am happy to say, nothing has changed! What is great about 501 is that they basically serve one thing – beef phở – and I believe that is why they serve the best bowl... More 

Thank Kayleigh K
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

The absolute best pho in CT! Get there early to beat any crowds. Getting there early helps secure you get soup, they can run out.

Thank Donniebee23
United States
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184 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The soup is fresh as is the veggies they serve on the side. This is a whole in the wall -nothing fancy but it's crowded which speaks to the quality of the food. You can dine in but they are particular that you don't take up more table space than you need.

Thank theexpert
Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for pho this is your place. They service is excellent, the prices are reasonable and this will be the best pho you have ever had. No seriously. Every other pho will pale in comparison to theirs. Be prepared to have your taste buds dazzled because this place is legit. Don't take my word for it. See... More 

Thank bonniep592
Milford, Connecticut
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

Despite frequenting this establishment over the years, I had not written a review until now. That said, I can honestly state that we've always had great pho. Though living 50+ miles away, we happily make the journey and make sure to call ahead to reserve our order. The expanded restaurant provides seating for a good amount of customers, yet its... More 

Thank Robert R
Vernon, Connecticut
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97 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

I never thought a place could survive making just soup!!.I started going here several years ago when I had a cold.I heard they made a homemade soup with fresh ingredients so I gave it a try.The soup is outstanding!! I get it to go and assemble it at home.Broth,noodles,sprouts.basil leaves,and two kinds of seasoning sauces..They make spring rolls during the... More 

1 Thank steven s
West Simsbury, Connecticut
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

Small family place, come early, parking is limited. Once inside you can't miss the wonderful scents of pho! Not a big menu, but everything is super fresh and tasty. Have a spring roll while waiting for the pho. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Three sizes to the pho -- small, medium, large. The medium is plenty for a hungry person.... More 

Thank AKFConnecticut
New London, Connecticut
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165 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

I've been trying to get in this restaurant for awhile. Finally, got a parking spot but no seats inside. Smelled yummy, location doesn't work. Not sure I'll try a fourth time.

Thank CtUSAMom
Colchester, Connecticut
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86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This my regular place to eat Pho, but their shrimp spring roll is great to start your meal as you wait for your beef soup(Pho).

Thank 22garylee
West Hartford, Connecticut
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81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We have been going to Pho 501 for years. The menu is limited to Pho and the staff speaks better english now, but the food is just great. The food is prepared quickly and done well. If you like PHO this is the place to go. Best buy for your dollar for a simply meal at lunch or dinner..

1 Thank larryt887

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Main St, Ste 5, East Hartford, CT 06118-1002
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Hartford
  • Phone Number: 860-569-3700

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