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Pho Xe Lua Viet Thai Restaurant

City Center East
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907 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1805
(215) 627-8883
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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270 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very authentic Vietnamese pho (rice noodle) place. Order combination of different variety of beef (beef or tendon, well-done or rare). Really good soup base, put additional garnishing such as mint leaves, bean sprouts, hot peppers, lime, etc. Clear skin spring roll pretty good as well. Definitely get the Vietnamese coffee.

Thank TravelLily007
College Station, Texas
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

It was my first visit to Philly. To explore the city, I walked to the City Hall for sightseeing. I found this restaurant via Tripadvisor and decided to check it out. It is located inside the China Town and surrounded by other Chinese stores and restaurants. The restaurant was small. I had the beef and stripes pho with shrimp spring... More 

Thank minghan68
Timberlake, North Carolina
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Sooooo many noodles! You will not believe the amount of noodles that you get in this ginormous bowl of PHO!! Chunks of seafood here and there if you order the Seafood pho.

Thank Laurie L
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Found the place average at best. The spring roll is definitely not recommended as there is nothing inside but noodles and the sauce it came with was way too heavy on the fish sauce. The Pho i had was a good but nothing outstanding.

Thank cag25
Melbourne, Australia
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81 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Authentic Vietnamese soul food. Located at the corner of Chinese town in Philly, this place is great for those who love authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Happily recommend.

Thank Anan2012
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This is my number one spot in Philadelphia. The food is amazing and it's really inexpensive. The dining is definitely a tight fit and sometimes you are sat next to other groups but it's never been an issue for me. On the second floor they have a round table with a lazy susan for larger groups. All their food has... More 

Thank Stephanie J
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This is a wonderful Thai Viet resterant in Chinatown in Philly about a 10 minute walk from city hall square. Small but clean with great service. I was trying to pick a shrimp meal but was informed by the waiter that my first two choices were shrimp in the shells with heads attached. I like craw dads that way but... More 

Thank Vicki C
Savannah, Georgia
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Here in February this year. The place was busy. The food was wonderful and the service was great. Will be back next time I'm in Philly. Dress is casual. Enjoy.

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New York City, New York
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89 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I think I found my new go-to pho spot in Philly Chinatown! I always tend to frequent Pho Cali when I'm in town because it was right around the corner from the Greyhound bus station. But I've come to find that they're getting a bit expensive for the quantity and quality of their food. This time around, I was determined... More 

Thank Michele Q
Waterloo, New York
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179 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I love pho and this place didn't disappoint. Having lived in Asia for a bit, I felt like I was back overseas, as the atmosphere is very distinctly different. The food is great, in great portions and cheap.

Thank TravelinRobT

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 907 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1805
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: (215) 627-8883

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