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158 Bui Vien, Ho Chi Minh City District 1, Vietnam
+84 8 6295 8840
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Located in Bui Vien Backpacker district, just down from De Tham to Saigon Mini Hotel 5, excellent decor, service, and food. We offer truly authentic Vietnamese cuisine. English speaking staff.

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Thank Nguyen07
HCMC
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

Pao is set in a nice quiet, very Vietnamese street off Bui Vien and appears to be a normal coffee shop. However they do really good food. The staff here always greeted us with a warm genuine smile and always provided us with first class service each time. We tried their fried rice, fried noodles, Vietnamese pancake which were all... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

For the life of me, I don’t know why this restaurant received so many high marks. I ordered Vietnamese fried spring rolls, but they came out burned. I also ordered seafood fried noodles, but I found it a little too greasy and they weren’t very generous with the seafood either, which didn’t even taste fresh (listen chef: you are using... More 

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london, england
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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013

Went to this restaurant as it had good reviews, and, sorry to say, was a little disappointed. Food was edible, average at best. Noodles were tasteless, ginger tea was pretty weak and tasted of warm water. There are better Vietnamese restaurants along this street. Good price, and nice view onto the street for people watching (as most of the restaurants... More 

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Thank emilybubble
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013 via mobile

Was having my dinner there with my wife last night, there was around five tables with customers.. When i just sat down, I heard some customers next table telling the staff that the food are good, but the waiting time is terrible.. I was thinking to myself;" well, good food worth waiting ya..??" ^^" You know what?? I waited almost... More 

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Thank ForsakenJoe
yogyakarta
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

price is quite cheap for a dish. dined here once and the taste was quite delicious. it was nice to have the front table n feel the atmosphere of the street.

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Dee Why, Australia
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27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

This restaurant is a diamond in the rough.. The whole street is littered with cheap tacky restaurants so wasn't expecting much. We decided to get the beef in lime as an entree which was very good. We both ordered hotpots (listed on the menu to take 20-30minutes) which were well worth the wait. All in all really enjoyed it. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2013

We choose Pao because close to our hotel and after hours around Ho Chi Mihn it was a great deal. The caramel pork and salads are good and the ginger tea as well. The service is nice, indeed very nice compared to other cafè we have tried close by. You can also find interesting tours, socially committed.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

We have eaten three times in this restaurant, which is in the heart of the backpackers area (Bui Vien). Pao Cafe has some comfortable chairs (and tables) facing the street - definitely the best place to be seated. There doesn't seem to be any really good restaurant in the Pham Ngu Lao area, although it's a fun place to eat... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012 via mobile

No Yelp in Vietnam so hit up tripadvisor and ended up here. After getting homemade fat litle thumbs-like spring rolls in Hanoi, these were more like the packaged ones in Viet places back at home. Also had the Pho, again, nothing special. Service was fine. Prices were more than I was paying in Hanoi, 22k for a beer, 50k for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$5
Cuisine
Asian, Vietnamese
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Bui Vien, Ho Chi Minh City District 1, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 8 6295 8840
Description
Located in Bui Vien Backpacker district, just down from De Tham to Saigon Mini Hotel 5, excellent decor, service, and food. We offer truly authentic Vietnamese cuisine. English speaking staff.

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