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“great selection of seafood” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pho Bien Seafood

Pho Bien Seafood
Ranked #599 of 2,169 Restaurants in Hanoi
Cuisines: Seafood, Asian, Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Located in downtown Hanoi
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“great selection of seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

The better half and I decided to take advice from some fellow travellers and try Pho Bien and on the whole we are glad we did. This was our penultimate evening in Hanoi and we went here prior to trying the delights of Le Pub.
We ordered a few starters and two main courses to share between us, everything was very tasty, good fresh ingredients, good fresh flavours, I would advise that the squid was maybe a bit overdone but we were spoiled by some phenomenal chefs during our travel. The food was in no way disappointing and I find it hard to believe that you won't be able to find something you really enjoy on the menu.
Good level of cleanliness, especially compared to some of the street cafes you come across (not that i'm complaining, all the food was great)
Granted there is no air-conditioning in the restaurant but cold towels are provided as well as fans when the waiting staff realise you are a bit on the muggy side.
We found the staff very pleasant but other tourists to be really disrespectful, a smile goes a very long way in Vietnam, some tourists should try this and it may reduce the negativity of the reviews they leave. Obviously reviews are subjective in their nature but we returned an incorrect dish without issue and the staff couldn't have been more apologetic.
The tanks of fish outside should not be mistaken for anything else other than wet-storage for food, this is not an aquarium, we did not see any dead fish floating in the tanks but having read a review that "these were removed and fed to alley-cats", I actually find this quite reassuring?

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank mendoc67
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“My regular restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

I go to Pho Bien once per month due to its near location. The price is acceptable and I love these foods there. For my taste, it is absolutely fresh and yummy. If u want to find a restaurent where u can hv a dinner w yr family. It is....

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chimcuvo
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unimpressed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

I went here with my family and i wasnt very impressed. The food wasn't what the menu described, their fish tanks had dead fish floating at the top, where they scooped it out and fed it to alley cats infront of the restaurant and diners. The food wasnt nice. Very unimpressed.

Visited January 2013
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Big Dissapointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

We went there according to a few good reviews, but first of all, it's NOT NON-SMOKING!!!!!
The atitude of staff was not friendly at all and they put things we didn't ask or order, so we gave them back, then they didn't like it at all.
Food on the menu came very different from their discription.
No air-con.
because we had fantastic seafood some other place in Viet Numh before, it was very dissapoint.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jkldtsu
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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111 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
“Pho Bien @ Trang Thi - Yummy local seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

Visited the place a few times over the years, lunch and dinner. The food is always good. Mix of locals and tourists. Prices are reasonable. Menu is in English. Service is attentive, until 1 hour before near closing time when most of the staff left early. About USD30/pax including beer.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lance-Travellot
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