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“Good solid place for lunch”

Tin - Vietnamese Cuisine
Ranked #486 of 5,664 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: SoMa
London, England
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“Good solid place for lunch”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

One of the best things about travelling as a Yelper in the USA is that you have a bank of ready made friends in each city! Dorothy C had kindly taken me to the Asian Art Museum on my trip to SF last year and she offered to expand my art horizons at SFMOMA this year

We therefore looked for a lunch option in close proximity and Dorothy's friend, Ed U suggested Tin on Howard St.

Despite us both starting at Powell St BART station, I think I took the slightly less 'colourful' route to the restaurant! Teddy and I recognised Dorothy coming in the opposite direction to us and she told us about some interesting characters and shops she had encountered along the way!

The restaurant was busy with lunch service but we were seated quickly and the food came out impressively fast. Nice friendly ambiance providing the perfect atmosphere for us to catch up

Dorothy went with a sandwich and I tried the Hu Tieu noodles in broth - xa-xiu pork, chicken & shrimp, ground pork in garlic-chicken broth. It was lovely and perfect portion size for lunch. Deep flavour in the broth with enough variety of stuff to munch with each mouthful to keep it interesting

My limeade could have done with a bit more sugar syrup but was obviously freshly squeezed

The bonus was the very reasonable cost - $10 per person

Dorothy and I were fans!

  • Visited September 2011
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Kingsville, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Delicious Vietnamese Food”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

I ate dinner here alone when I was traveling on business and staying at the Intercontinental Hotel. This restaurant is a very quick walk from the hotel. I started with the elderflower tea, which was very good. The appetizer was shrimp and pork spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce. Like most spring rolls I've had, I found the pork a little dry, but the rolls were very good with lots of fresh herbs. I had the clay pot catfish for a main dish and I really enjoyed it. The fish was very tender and the caramelized glaze was sweet and salty. I ordered the "greens of the day" sauteed with garlic on the side. It was baby bok choy and was crispy, garlicky and delicious. Great service even though the restaurant was quite full by the time I left. Prices were very reasonable, and I would definitely eat here again.

  • Visited March 2012
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West Hollywood
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Best Vietnamese!”
Reviewed February 14, 2012

It is difficult for me to find really good restaurants because I’m Gluten-Intolerant… especially anything Asian since soy sauce is a wheat/Gluten-product. However my friends in San Francisco had been hearing through the grape-vine about Tin and the great food. So, we tried it. We all didn’t have great hopes since my difficulty is always at best – difficult. Plus, it is even more difficult to get the waiter or chef to comprehend what exactly Gluten-free means. We were very pleasantly surprised when the very helpful waiter not only understood my needs, but went and got an ingredient review from the chef, returning to tell me what I could eat. We were all amazed, firstly at that, but then when our orders came… at how good everything was. I can never have Pho, but here I could and I loved it. I highly recommend it at Tin. Both my friends had other signature dishes and they were equally impressed. We all cleaned our plates and bowls. I say check Tin out before it gets well known and there is a wait, and too many people to still have the friendly and intimate experience we did.

  • Visited February 2012
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