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The 5 Best Pho Restaurants in Toronto

Best Pho Restaurants in Toronto
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Pho came into Canada along with the establishment of Chinatown in the 20th century, making the humble but deeply tasting and satisfying soup dish a cultural icon on its own. Today, we take a culinary trip to Vietnam via Toronto’s various pho restaurants.

Remember, it takes more than mint leaves, bean sprouts, and a squeeze of tangy lime to make a fantastic pho. With that said, we bring you the best pho in Toronto!

What is the average price of pho in Toronto?

Based on our featured restaurants, the average cost of pho is around $15 per person. For instance, pho at Pho Rùa Vàng Golden Turtle Restaurant averages $17, Pho Anh Vu is around $20, and Pho Tien Thanh averages around $12.

How We Chose the Best Pho Restaurants in Toronto

Quality of Food: We checked the authenticity of the pho dishes at each location, paying particular attention to the use of fresh ingredients.
Food Variety: We made sure that the restaurant provides a variety of food options beyond just their pho.
Price: We chose venues that cater to a range of budgets, with more emphasis on the lower end of the price point.
Customisation Options: We explored both stand-alone pho choices and packaged/combo options to offer diners a range of customisation possibilities.
Ambiance: We assessed the locations based on criteria such as comfort, pleasant surroundings, and cleanliness.
Additional Services: We explored venues providing appetizers, sides, and desserts to complement the main meals.

1. Pho Tien Thanh

Pho Tien Thanh
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ADDRESS57 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y9, Canada
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OPERATING HOURSOpens daily from 11 AM - 10 PM

Tucked away in Trinity-Bellwoods, Pho Tien Thanh has cozy vibes with surprisingly playful candy-pink walls. It has an extensive menu of over 90 choices, including vegan options.

The homemade broth is a great blend of beef brisket, rare beef, and other well-done variants. Signature dishes include the Chạo Tôm, a deep-fried shrimp on sugar cane, a perfect blend of savory shrimp and sweet cane. 

The main event is the Phở Tái Vè Dò, a rare beef and beef brisket in a small-sized bowl. Garnished with fresh ingredients, the pho experience is enhanced by robust flavors and perfectly cooked rice noodles. 

Despite not claiming the title of the best pho, Pho Tien Thanh offers a distinctive, enjoyable culinary journey. Plus, the drink menu features unique options like the Sinh Tố Đậu Xanh, a refreshing sweet green bean milkshake.

Operating on a cash-only policy, an on-site ATM ensures seamless transactions for those seeking a taste of Vietnamese excellence.

Pros

  • Generous and well-presented portions
  • Gluten-free
  • Diverse pho variations

Cons

  • Cash only
  • Low manpower so service might get slow during peak hours
  • No reservations

Small space, great pho, vegetarian options

“A cozy culinary haven in Toronto. Their rare beef pho is outstanding – perfectly seasoned, with tender beef, ideal for the city’s chilly days. It’s also gluten-free, catering to diverse dietary needs. Highly recommended for a warm, delicious meal.

Vegetarian options: They have vegetarian pho

Dietary restrictions: Gluten free”

Ben Pro, Google Review

Busy place, large portions, tasty pho

“Atmosphere: This is a really popular restaurant so it’s pretty busy but it makes for a very vibrant atmosphere.

Service: It was a little difficult getting the attention of the waiters but when we did, they were friendly and helpful.

Presentation and Portions: The portions are really generous. It’s also beautifully presented.

Taste: It was tasty. Not the best that I’ve had in the city but it’s definitely up there. The broths need some more flavour.

Cost: Good value for your money!

Other: I had leftovers and asked for a takeout container. A couple of them were dirty inside which concerned me a bit.

Overall, I would recommend.”

Leah Rebecca R, Google Review

2. Little Vietnam Restaurant & Bar

Little Vietnam Restaurant & Bar
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ADDRESS500 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6, Canada
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OPERATING HOURSOpens daily from 12 PM - 10 PM

Little Vietnam Restaurant & Bar tempts diners with authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Founded by James Vo and Hannah Nguyen, both born in Vietnam, this brick-stone spot is a culinary vacation through regional flavors without leaving Toronto.

James, a Hotel Management graduate, and Hannah, a seasoned chef, united to showcase passed-down recipes from Vietnam. Nested within Demen Bistro, Little Vietnam prides itself on using freshly imported ingredients for an authentic experience.

The menu has traditional dishes like Bún Chả Hà Nội, featuring bacon meatballs and lemongrass-marinated pork. Another standout is Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm, a mix of fried tofu, boiled pork, and sausages with fermented shrimp sauce.

For a taste of Central Vietnam, the spicy Bún Bò Huế, crafted with five-hour-simmered pork bones and lemongrass, awaits hungry mouths. Other things to try are the Vietnamese Duck Vermicelli Noodle, Bún Đậu Tray, and Hanoi Signature Vermicelli.

Pros

  • Fresh ingredients
  • Quick service
  • Authentic cuisine

Cons

  • Portions are not always generous
  • Flavours may be a bit bland for some
  • May have unintended sanitary issues

Authentic dishes, good portions

“Authentic vietnam restaurant, the staffs are from vietnam so you know you cannot go wrong with this kind of restaurant.

I tried several of their signature dishes so far, and i have to say I like all of them, especially for the Hanoi vermicelli, the portion is adequate, the grilled pork with the fish sauce based broth is good, i like dipping some vermicelli along with some vegetables and herbs into the broth, then make a huge bite with everything, really enjoy the food there.

Will definitely keep visiting this place regularly.”

Ishukone DS, Google Review

Flavourful food but may have sanitary and security issues

“Recently visited this restaurant for the first time, and while there were some highlights, I must admit that I left a bit disappointed.

To start with the positives, the special pho stood out for me. The variety of meats in the broth made it quite delightful, although I found it a bit greasy, which detracted slightly from the experience. On the other hand, the pho bo tai had a less greasy broth, and its overall taste was quite delicious. However, the beef in this dish was a bit too chewy, which was a letdown.

A standout dish for me was the bun dau mam tom. The flavours were lovely, though I did find the shrimp sauce to be a tad bland.

Unfortunately, one significant drawback of this restaurant was the issue with flies. Throughout the meal, we had to constantly fend off numerous big and small flies buzzing around us and even landing on our water glasses. It was rather distracting and impacted the overall dining experience negatively.

Lastly, a word of caution about their door – as I was opening it, a rusty screw that was exposed outside pierced my wrist, resulting in an unpleasant injury.”

Carrie Guo, Google Review

3. Pho Rùa Vàng Golden Turtle Restaurant

Pho Rùa Vàng Golden Turtle Restaurant
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WEBSITEhttps://goldenturtle.ca/
ADDRESS125 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z2, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS416-531-1601

OPERATING HOURSClosed on Tuesday

Wednesday to Monday: 11 AM - 9 PM

Since 1987, the Golden Turtle (Rùa Vàng in Vietnamese) has been a family-run gem offering exceptional Vietnamese cuisine in Toronto. Boasting nearly four decades of experience, it’s renowned for its pho, with shorter wait times than its neighbors.

The menu, once extensive, now features carefully curated options, from spicy satay chicken to classic rare beef pho. The broth, simmered with beef bone marrow, reflects their southern Vietnamese roots by providing more flavour and a darker hue.

Beyond pho, the menu includes crispy spring rolls, fresh salad rolls, and customizable vermicelli dishes. The grilled shrimp, pork, and spring roll combo, generously drenched in fish sauce, is definitely a flavorful highlight.

For a spicy curry kick, the Singapore-style noodles with options like chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu, and seafood are just right. Their Vietnamese-style iced coffee, made with Cafe du Monde and condensed milk, is the perfect companion to the delectable dishes. 

The Golden Turtle is a family affair, with Huyen Vo, her children Linda Nguyen and Michael Vo, along with extended family, making sure that the flavors of Saigon continue with their cuisine. 

Pros

  • Paid street parking
  • Excellent offerings
  • Good price points
  • Accepts credit cards

Cons

  • Parking can be difficult during peak hours
  • Flavours can be bland for those looking for spicier selections
  • Seating can be tight, especially when packed

Traditional decor, classic dishes, clean spot

“Classic pho restaurant interior and energy. Our service was super friendly and food came out lightning quick! The pho broth was a little on the bland side, but still delicious nonetheless. Beef was fresh and tasted like good cuts. Overall the food is great, not disappointing at all. Restaurant is clean and bright. The seating feels a little cramped but some might find it cozy to be a couple centimetres closer to their company than usual. You’ll start with water instead of tea here, so ask if you want that!”

Morla Phan, Google Review

Packed house, flavourful food, smaller portions than expected

“It’s been a while since I’ve been downtown to the Ossington strip. If you’re not familiar, it’s an area on Ossington Ave, between Queen St W and Dundas St W, that has a ton of great trendy restaurants.

I happened to be downtown with friends and we were hungry so we wandered over to the strip, looking for some great food. Almost all of the restaurants were packed with a dinner crowd. We tried a few places and they couldn’t accommodate us.

Finally, we came across Pho Rùa Vàng Golden Turtle, a Vietnamese restaurant. Their patio was packed but they had a table available inside.

We ordered a couple of appetizers, a couple of vermicelli dishes, and a couple of pho (soup) dishes for the four of us.

All the food arrived quickly and we dove in. The appetizers and vermicelli dishes were nicely presented and very tasty. The vermicelli dishes, beef and chicken, were my favorites of the evening. The meats were nicely seasoned and cooked.

The pho dishes were a little disappointing. Although tasty, the meat and overall portions seemed to be a bit on the small side, especially compared to almost all the uptown places I’ve been to.

Overall, however, the food and experience were good. Although busy, the restaurant was clean, bright, and the staff were efficient, friendly, and fast.”

Chris Cheong, Google Review

4. Anh Dao

Anh Dao
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ADDRESS383 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2G6, Canada
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OPERATING HOURSMonday to Tuesday: 12 PM - 9 PM

Closed on Wednesday

Thursday: 12 PM - 9 PM

Friday to Sunday: 12 PM - 10 PM

Anh Dao stands as a cherished Chinatown spot for authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Managed by Tony and Ashley Luu, this second-generation restaurant is renowned for outstanding pho and bánh xèo, though it operates on a cash-only basis.

A family-run hole-in-the-wall, Anh Dao’s narrow doorway reveals multiple generations working harmoniously in the humble kitchen. With its simple decor, Anh Dao’s charm lies in its quiet, old-fashioned ambiance.

From large bowls of pho to vermicelli with grilled chicken and rice with pork chops, guests can expect traditional delights. These include the must-try deep-fried Vietnamese pork spring rolls and the nem nuong, a DIY Vietnamese roll.

Pros

  • Authentic dishes
  • Fair prices for portion sizes
  • ATM inside
  • Paid street parking is available

Cons

  • Prices may have increased
  • Service may slow down during peak hours
  • May not be very spacious
  • Paid street parking may be difficult during peak hours

Great dishes, slightly slow service, parking a little challenging

“Got the chicken banh xeo for $15 plus tax. Excellent quality meat. The dish overall is good, but even though I don’t have much to compare it to, there’s something missing. My biggest issue with Anh Dao, and it has happened twice now, is they tend to underestimate the wait time for takeout orders. If it’s going to take time, I don’t mind, but try and give me a more accurate time. For example, I’ll be told it’ll be about 15 minutes, but it’s closer to 30. I end up wasting my time waiting in the restaurant.

Parking: You can pay for street parking on Spadina or College or at the nearby garage/lots at Kensington Market.”

JP de Silva, Google Review

Authentic food selections, minimal space and decor

“A classic Vietnamese restaurant in the midst of Chinatown. The spring rolls were quite authentic and the pho was very flavorful. It used to be really good for its value but it has become as pricey as other places. The place is not as decorated or spacious, but for a casual eat and meetup it’s still a good choice.”

Ruichi, Google Review

5. Pho Anh Vu

Pho Anh Vu
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WEBSITEhttps://phoanhvu.com/
ADDRESS3200 Dufferin St, North York, ON M6A 3B2, Canada
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CONTACT DETAILS647-346-9333

OPERATING HOURSMonday: 11 AM - 9 PM

Closed from Tuesday to Wednesday

Thursday: 11 AM - 9 PM

Friday to Sunday: 11 AM - 9:30 PM

Pho Anh Vu is a family-driven chain that shows off traditional Vietnamese cuisine mixed with contemporary settings and inspirations. Co-owner Jim, his wife, mother, and in-laws form the core of the senior staff. 

Jim’s mother, with over 25 years in the industry, manages the kitchen. Jim, a former university server, brings a personal touch to service by going over the daily operations to ensure a smooth and efficient flow to their pho and other delectable offerings.

Guests love to order their Fish Sauce Fried Chicken Wings, Shrimp Rolls, and Mango Salad for a diverse flavor experience. The Spring Rolls, Grilled Pork, and Shrimp on Sugarcane with Vermicelli Noodles is a fantastic culinary masterpiece.

The highlight is the Special Oxtail Beef Pho in a Hot Stone Bowl that lets diners customize their soup. Afterward, diners can refresh their palates with the Soda Chanh or savor the layers of Coffee with Condensed Milk and Ice.

Pros

  • Free parking
  • Flavourful dishes
  • Lots of condiments available on the table to adjust for taste

Cons

  • Easy parking usually
  • Flavours can be hit or miss – either too bland or too salty
  • Certain noodles can be unavailable or out of stock

Good portions, extensive food selections, service can be a bit slow

“Had a pretty good experience here a few months ago. I had high expectations for this place because my friends really love it here. I ordered the bun bo hue which was pretty good but not the best I’ve had. Also tried their vermicelli which was pretty delicious. Really good portions   and I like that their menu is extensive and have items that not all Vietnamese restaurants may have. Service is a little slow considering the amount of servers they had… they weren’t too attentive. We did however get seated right away. Definitely will come back for the food.”

Johanna Solomon, Google Review

Authentic food, generous portions, different locations make it more convenient

“You won’t likely find a better and more authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the GTA.  Every item we ordered was right on in terms of flavour authenticity.  The portions are extremely generous as we have to pack a few dishes home (meaning more goodness later on!).   We also tried their Richmond Hill location but found this location better although it’s further away from where we live.  We would definitely come back whenever we have a pho and Vietnamese food craving!”

Kenneth Chu, Google Review

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