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“Service could make up for the lack of flavor”
Review of Nam-Viet Pho 79

Nam-Viet Pho 79
Ranked #1,209 of 3,215 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $20 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Service could make up for the lack of flavor”
Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

Former, tastier version was better. In the last two years the quality has changed fir the worse.
Rudeness is not tolerated. I won't be back

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Thank Aksudntpron
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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462 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Cannot Beat Their Soups”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Pho's on Connecticut Avenue NW is a treasure. Delicious, nutritious affordable dishes served with a smile. Try any of their soups (small and large sizes) but especially the seafood.

Visited October 2012
Thank jrjojo
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Nam-Viet is located between the Cleveland Park Metro Station and the National Zoo. It is very convenient to finish your day at after visiting the zoo. The serving sizes were very large and reasonable priced. We were able to be seated right away and our food came promptly.

Visited October 2012
Thank dcalvinm
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Washington DC
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115 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“So good it almost mitigated power outage.”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

We've lived in Washington DC for 15 years and tonight we were reminded of why we love Nam-Viet. A massive power outage made us cry uncle and sent us running to the Marriott Wardman Park (see separate review under Hotels). Even though there are a slew of hotels around the corner from the hotel, we got in the car and drove the half mile to Nam Viet. It did not disappoint. Nam Viet is not a fancy restaurant, but its recent facelift -- new paint, better more subdued lighting -- helps a lot. The location is perfect for visitors: one block from the Cleveland Park metro stop on the Red Line, and walking distance from the National Zoo. There is limited parking but if you get lucky (we did, yay, since I had a hip replacement 17 days ago), you can snag a parking space in the double line of spots. Park after 6:30 and it's free.
The food is fantastic: it is fresh, savory, and perfectly dressed. Although Nam Viet has raised its prices, so what? So has everyone else. For $66 plus tip, we had a huge appetizer platter, a lemonade, a (huge) glass of white wine (nice selection, by the glass or bottle, glasses are $8), grilled salmon with vegetables and a mixed meat seafood platter with thin glassy noodles. Service is fantastic and tables are well space. The restaurant looks out on Connecticut Avenue. We never seem to have to wait for a table at Nam Viet, and on the off chance you do, the wait is two to three minutes.
What I like most about N-V besides the food is that it is hugely popular with everyone from college kids home from the summer knocking off a hangover at 7pm the following night (!), singles reading their copy of the New Yorker or Muscle Up over a plate of broiled fish, and elderly folks all of whom clearly feel at home at Nam Viet.

  • Visited June 2012
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Tallahassee, Florida
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118 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Delicious pho that hit the spot”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

After a day of being on our feet at museums, we found Nam-Viet Pho 79 a welcome refuge. Love the decor that in our room was brick, hinting at the building's origin maybe 100 years ago. The tofu pho was flat out delicious. The service was fine, nothing superlative.

Visited March 2012
Thank kassie59
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