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To Chau Restaurant

Downtown Honolulu
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1007 River St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5042
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To Chau is an authentic pho restaurant. That's what they make and that's what they serve. It starts with the line on the sidewalk outside the door. People from all places and walks of life wait patiently for the best pho experience in town. The broth and rice noodles are house made. They provide authentic ingredients like saw leaf to... More 

Thank KulaBob
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

It is no longer crowded with daily long lines, but their food and soup are still the best in Honolulu. Soup from other Pho restaurants tend to be a little sweeter. The noodles stay intact even during re-heat. Unlike leftover noodles from competitors, they dissolve into nothing!!

Thank Susan L
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Walked the perimeter of Chinatown and stopped at To Chau because it had the most patrons inside. Restaurant was closing in one hour. The area did not seem too sketchy to us, but we're long time New Yorkers. Inside is not fancy. Service is efficient. A pitcher of cold water and glasses are left on your glass-topped table if there... More 

1 Thank Dushi-NY
B.C. Canada
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191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

My husband just returned from Chinatown. We had lunch at this little dive called Pho to Chau on River Street between Hotel & King. I know from other reviews that we lucked out as we arrived at lunch & there was not a line up for tables. Service was very quick & efficient. We shared a couple of the best... More 

Thank Condu
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Very tasty broth, lots of meat, plentiful fresh toppings--it is just excellent Pho. It is easy to get to the restaurant by bus from Waikiki as lots of routes stop close by. Keep in mind that the restaurant closes around 2:00 pm and you can't use a credit card.

Thank SelaPDX
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

If you are up for a bit foray into a sketchy area, and you want some excellent Pho (traditional Vietnamese noodle soup), then go here to To Chau. It's about ten dollars a bowl, but it's worth it. Try the tendon, rare flank, and tripe. Good stuff!

1 Thank evanbonobo
Lagrangeville, NY
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I was at Pho To Chau a few weeks ago. I found that they are not as good as a year or two ago. And judging from the lack of long line, a few others must agree with my assessment. The negatives: The posted opening hour is 8:30, but they open when they are ready, which typically is closer to... More 

Thank Yung4fr
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Stellar. All the positive reviews were on point. Looks questionable,but trust the reviews and the locals. 28 on food from Zagat...absolutely. #pho-nomenal

Thank onlifeguard
Kansas City, MO
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444 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2008

Don't miss Pho To Chau in Chinatown in Honolulu. The best pho you will get and very authentic setting -- we were the only haoles (caucasians) in the place and so many locals and visitors prove this is THE place to go. It's worth the wait in line -- it's the only pho place in Chinatown with a line --... More 

Thank KaneoheBoy
Honolulu, HI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2006

This is the best pho place it town. BAR NONE. You want ambiance? this ain't it. You want fine chinaware? this ain't it. You want linen napkins? this ain't it. You want the best pho in town? THIS IS IT! Your wait for a table will be 20/30 minutes on weekdays, longer on weekends. This is a hole-in-the-wall place and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
Asian, Vietnamese
Open Hours
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1007 River St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5042
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Downtown Honolulu
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
  • Phone Number: 808-533-4549

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