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“Clearly The best Vietnamese in town”
Review of Tan Lac Vien

Tan Lac Vien
Ranked #1,200 of 2,159 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese, Chinese
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Pittsburgh
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89 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Clearly The best Vietnamese in town”
Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Most places don't bother with the super fresh herbs and greens you get here with each dish. It makes a HUGE difference. whatever you order will be fresh and tasty. Be forewarned that just about everything comes with the same sauce, which is fine by me, because it is delicious, with just the right amount of umi and a little heat. Faves were the crispy spring rolls and broken rice. Servers Jessie and [senior moment - I don't remember] were a hoot, and we enjoyed talking with them. BYOB for $2 per person. Awesome food, fresh ingredIents. What's not to love?

Visited October 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Solid and flavorful Vietnamese”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

My family and I visited Tan Lac Vien about a month ago, and I have been back about 6 times already. The Pho varieties and broken rice dishes ground a more diverse menu of traditional, family meal offerings and other new and edgy Vietnamese dishes. This is a "go-to" restaurant that will be on your short list of Vietnamese, and more broadly "Asian" restaurants in the East End. The waitstaff is awesome and more than helpful with their descriptions, recommendations, etc.

  • Visited September 2013
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Pittsburgh PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Tan lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro is a great addition to Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh PA”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

With a distinct shortage of really good Vietnamese restaurants in Pittsburgh Tan lac Vien Vietnamese Bistro is a great addition to Pittsburgh's culinary offerings. These guys make Banh Xeo (often called Saigon pancake or Saigon Crepe) as delicious as my favorite Vietnamese Restaurants in Toronto and Sarasota....and if you ask them to meet your personal needs (I don't eat pork) they are happy to do so

  • Visited February 2013
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PA
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227 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great food, great service, awesome portions!”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

I was happy to see that another Vietnamese food place has opened up in the city so that I wouldn't have to travel too far for some. Tan Lac Vien's dining room is small, but it was packed! The food is pretty good with good portion sizes. I have never had pho (not a bad price either!) with so much noodles and beef! Generally I have to stuff it full of bean sprouts to feel even remotely full! My husband's only encounter with Vietnamese food was the sandwiches (which we were both disappointed to find they had none) and he even liked his quiche! I hope this place does well as I will be eating pho a lot :D

  • Visited February 2013
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pgh, pa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“ambitious”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Have tried the food here on 2 separate occasions and found it very good authentic Vietnamese fare. Staff and owners are friendly and helpful. Clean and tastefully decorated I will keep coming back to sample what this bistro has to offer.

  • Visited February 2013
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