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From new spots like Hai Hai, to classics like Quang, the best in local Vietnamese dining
Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

9 Top Vietnamese Restaurant in the Twin Cities

All the pho, banh mi and bun to devour

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From new spots like Hai Hai, to classics like Quang, the best in local Vietnamese dining
| Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Home to a large South East Asian population, the Twin Cities have an abundance of excellent grocers and restaurants that ground themselves in the cuisine of the region. For those looking for a good bowl of pho or baguettes for bánh mì, there’s no shortage of Vietnamese eateries: particularly on Minneapolis’ Eat Street and along St. Paul’s University stretch. From rich, layered broths to complex, salty-sour gỏi bắp chuối here are nine essential Vietnamese restaurants in the Twin Cities.

Restaurants are listed geographically from West to East

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1. Vo's Vietnamese Restaurant

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3450 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 584-3630
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Located at the corner of 34th and Lyndale, this colorful, vegan-friendly restaurant has unmissable lunch specials for Minneapolis’ Uptown crowd. For $7, pick between fifteen different combinations on offer: from bánh mì and a fresh spring roll to a coconut milk curry with steamed rice.

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2. Quang Restaurant

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2719 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-4739
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A decades-long institution, this Eat Street mainstay always bustling during dinnertime. Get an order of egg rolls to share, and pick from the wide variety of noodle soups: from flavorful vegan broths to a rich bun bo hue swimming with tender braised brisket, there’s something for everyone on their extensive menu.

The bun rieu, a crab meat soup is perfect for chilly days
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3. Pho Tau Bay

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2837 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 874-6030
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Though the broken rice platters and noodle soups are always excellent at this vibrant Eat Street eatery, don’t miss the rotating specials on the weekend menus: numbingly spicy dried pepper curries, thin rice noodles redolent of fish sauce, silken tofu braised in an unctuous tomato-beef froth.

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4. Hai Hai

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2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 223-8640
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Nearing on a year in their lively Northeast space, Hai Hai draws on the flavors and ingredients of Southeast Asian cuisine: from a sweet-savory rendition of chả cá lã vọng to a salad that features a tangle of shredded banana blossoms, fried shallots, pickled onions, and a pungent, sour-sweet nuoc cham dressing.

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5. Simplee Pho

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15265 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 997-7788
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For those closer to the southern edges of the Twin Cities, this strip mall Apple Valley restaurant is the perfect takeout spot. Get one of their combination rice plates or a chef’s special: like the thịt bò xào khoai tây, featuring shallow-fried disks of potato and thin cuts of ribeye glazed with savory-sweet oyster sauce.

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6. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

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799 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 222-3301
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In an industrial-modern space on University, Ngon Bistro focuses on bringing fresh, sustainable, local Minnesota ingredients to Vietnamese cuisine. Featuring a bone broth simmered from Thousand Hills marrow and knuckle bones, a bowl of pho is a must-order.

Broth is poured from a pot into a bowl with onions and beef slices Ngon Vietnamese Bistro/Facebook

7. Trung Nam French Bakery

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739 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 229-0887
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For a tiny bakery with limited hours, Trung Nam French Bakery delivers big. For just $3.75, get the house bánh mì: one of their chewy, crackly-edged baguettes brushed with mayo and piled high with pork, pate, a strip of jalapeno, and shreds of lightly pickled carrots and daikon.

Fresh baguette serve as the base of this classic sandwich
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8. Trieu Chau Restaurant

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500 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 222-6148

This popular St. Paul restaurant consistently tops “best of…” lists for fans of pho across the Twin Cities--and it really is worth the wait. With their rich, layered, slow-simmered broth as the base for all their noodle soups, there’s no way to go wrong. For for something beyond pho, don’t miss their mi sate or hu tien sate: egg or rice noodles in a bright, searingly spicy broth laden with seafood and pork, served with extra chiles and pickled jalapenos on the side.

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9. Tay Ho

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302 University Ave W # 100
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 228-7216
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Nestled in a bright, unfussy space on St. Paul’s University Ave, this is one of the best places in the Twin Cities for pho. The house “special pho” features a clear, complex broth fragrant with anise, crescents of white onion, a hefty sprinkle of scallions, and paper-thin slices of rare beef and tripe.

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1. Vo's Vietnamese Restaurant

3450 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Vo’s Vietnamese/Facebook

Located at the corner of 34th and Lyndale, this colorful, vegan-friendly restaurant has unmissable lunch specials for Minneapolis’ Uptown crowd. For $7, pick between fifteen different combinations on offer: from bánh mì and a fresh spring roll to a coconut milk curry with steamed rice.

3450 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Quang Restaurant

2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The bun rieu, a crab meat soup is perfect for chilly days
Quang/Facebook

A decades-long institution, this Eat Street mainstay always bustling during dinnertime. Get an order of egg rolls to share, and pick from the wide variety of noodle soups: from flavorful vegan broths to a rich bun bo hue swimming with tender braised brisket, there’s something for everyone on their extensive menu.

2719 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Pho Tau Bay

2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pho Tau Bay/Facebook

Though the broken rice platters and noodle soups are always excellent at this vibrant Eat Street eatery, don’t miss the rotating specials on the weekend menus: numbingly spicy dried pepper curries, thin rice noodles redolent of fish sauce, silken tofu braised in an unctuous tomato-beef froth.

2837 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

4. Hai Hai

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Hai Hai / Facebook

Nearing on a year in their lively Northeast space, Hai Hai draws on the flavors and ingredients of Southeast Asian cuisine: from a sweet-savory rendition of chả cá lã vọng to a salad that features a tangle of shredded banana blossoms, fried shallots, pickled onions, and a pungent, sour-sweet nuoc cham dressing.

2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

5. Simplee Pho

15265 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley, MN 55124
Sarah R./Yelp

For those closer to the southern edges of the Twin Cities, this strip mall Apple Valley restaurant is the perfect takeout spot. Get one of their combination rice plates or a chef’s special: like the thịt bò xào khoai tây, featuring shallow-fried disks of potato and thin cuts of ribeye glazed with savory-sweet oyster sauce.

15265 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124

6. Ngon Vietnamese Bistro

799 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
Broth is poured from a pot into a bowl with onions and beef slices Ngon Vietnamese Bistro/Facebook

In an industrial-modern space on University, Ngon Bistro focuses on bringing fresh, sustainable, local Minnesota ingredients to Vietnamese cuisine. Featuring a bone broth simmered from Thousand Hills marrow and knuckle bones, a bowl of pho is a must-order.

799 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

7. Trung Nam French Bakery

739 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
Fresh baguette serve as the base of this classic sandwich
Trung Nam French Bakery/Facebook

For a tiny bakery with limited hours, Trung Nam French Bakery delivers big. For just $3.75, get the house bánh mì: one of their chewy, crackly-edged baguettes brushed with mayo and piled high with pork, pate, a strip of jalapeno, and shreds of lightly pickled carrots and daikon.

739 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

8. Trieu Chau Restaurant

500 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103
Trieu Chau Restaurant/Facebook

This popular St. Paul restaurant consistently tops “best of…” lists for fans of pho across the Twin Cities--and it really is worth the wait. With their rich, layered, slow-simmered broth as the base for all their noodle soups, there’s no way to go wrong. For for something beyond pho, don’t miss their mi sate or hu tien sate: egg or rice noodles in a bright, searingly spicy broth laden with seafood and pork, served with extra chiles and pickled jalapenos on the side.

500 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103

9. Tay Ho

302 University Ave W # 100, St Paul, MN 55103
Tay Ho/Facebook

Nestled in a bright, unfussy space on St. Paul’s University Ave, this is one of the best places in the Twin Cities for pho. The house “special pho” features a clear, complex broth fragrant with anise, crescents of white onion, a hefty sprinkle of scallions, and paper-thin slices of rare beef and tripe.

302 University Ave W # 100
St Paul, MN 55103

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