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501 Main St, Ste 5, East Hartford, CT 06118-1002
+1 860-569-3700
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Cromwell, Connecticut
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114 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend of mine brought me here for the first time. He got the large Pho and I got the medium one. Believe me, the medium size was plenty big for me. I got the Beef Pho which was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for Vietnamese Pho.

Thank Little_PC
hartford, ct
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

I stopped here on a cold rainy day for the perfect cure for this kind of weather. Shrimp pho with savoy hot broth, rice noodles. Srirachi sauce, bean sprouts, mint leaves and lime in the side to flavor to your own liking. Awesome delicious spring rolls are cool and refreshing with hearty peanut sauce.

Thank majik48
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197 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Went here during lunch and man were they busy. I was a bit confused about whether to just sit, or order at the counter... but a man came and told us to sit. I didn't see a menu, but turns out it's on the board up front because it's so limited. I ordered a chicken pho and was told no,... More 

Thank Timothy C
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

We have been going to Pho 501 for at least twelve years. Their menu is simple: the classic Vietnamese Pho (soup), made with either beef, shrimp or vegetarian, and served with a dish of fresh basil, sprouts and lime which you add yourself. It is absolutely satisfying, and the best Pho we have had anywhere! On Sundays, they have an... More 

Thank vittoriogrove
Portland, Connecticut
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

While the pho has always been great, the Vietnamese spring rolls, or Gỏi cuốn, where awful, filled with two shrimp and lettuce. They looked as if a 5 year old rolled them and the lettuce used was turning brown. Much to my dismay, even the dipping sauce was also a big disappountment, watered down and lacking flavor. Normally, these rolls... More 

Thank Kayleigh K
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

This family run restaurant is busy. It took us two hours just to get our seats and meals. I can't really complain because the food is authentic but the menu is very limited. Lee is a amazing waiter and has a great way with customers. The only downfall is the small space.

Thank Catharine N
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Found this tonight while on business using Trip Advisor. I really love good Pho and this place delivered. It is local and the menu is small and they serve Pho. Don;t go looking for a lot of options. They do Pho right and I made me happy with my food choice. Not a high end dinning area but I like... More 

Thank MikeGoodwin
Portland, Connecticut
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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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212 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, 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: +1 860-569-3700

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