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20+ Authentic Pho Restaurants in North County San Diego (2018 Master List)

20+ Authentic Pho Restaurants in North County San Diego (2018 Master List)

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Authentic Pho Restaurants In North County San Diego

Pho, pronounced “fuh,” is a popular Vietnamese noodle soup made with herbs, spices, meats, vegetables, thin rice noodles and a long-simmered broth. The signature broth includes slow-cooked chicken or beef bones with a blend of aromatics like ginger and onion. These ingredients fuse together to create a fragrant and savory base for your choice of protein and vegetables that you can top off with basil, jalapeño peppers, and lemon. Whether you’re a meat lover or a vegan, there are tons of Vietnamese restaurants in North County San Diego that can cater to your pho needs.

Pho Ever

Pho Ever makes authentic Vietnamese pho in adult and kid portions. Complement your savory soup with chicken, seafood, and vegan protein options. Meat choices include shrimp, filet mignon, meatballs, chicken, tendon, and tripe. They also make a vegan broth by stewing carrots, cabbage, celery, daikon, and their unique blend of herbs and spices.

Tasty Pho

Pho Lucky makes genuine homestyle pho with popular meat options including pork and shrimp. Stop by Pho Lucky to take advantage of their daily dinner deals (4 pm – 9 pm) of up to 20 percent off and ample dining space. If you check-in to Yelp, you can also enjoy a free Thai tea with a $20 dine-in order. If you’d rather stay home, Pho Lucky does delivery ($20 minimum; $4 delivery charge).

Pho Kitchen

Pho Kitchen has a hip, casual, and welcoming space where you can get your large bowl of pho. Choose from proteins including well-done or rare top-eye round, tripe, brisket, tendon, flank, filet mignon, and shrimp. For extra flavor, garnish your pho with white onions, scallions, cilantro, and other fresh herbs. Don’t forget to take advantage of their $15 daily specials.

Yummy Pho

Yummy Pho caters to meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Enjoy beef options like steak, flank, tendon, brisket, tripe, and meatball. If you prefer seafood, try pho with shrimp, crab, or fish sausage balls. Vegetarians can add steamed or fried tofu with their pho, along with broccoli, carrots, and bok choy.

Mr Pho

Mr. Pho stands out in customer service and affordable prices for their Vietnamese cuisine including their pho options. Pair your traditional and delicious beef noodle soup with steak, brisket, flank, tendon, or tripe.

Pho House

Pho House’s Vietnamese beef noodle soup is served in large portions with your choice of meat (steak, flank, brisket, tripe, meatballs). They also have a “Vegetarian Corner” in their menu which includes veggie pho with bok choy, celery, broccoli, granule mushroom, and carrots.

Pho 4 Queen

Pho 4 Queen features meat and vegetarian pho options with a rich and flavorful broth. If you love pho, you’ll love their House Special which includes a combination of sliced steak, well-done steak, flank, brisket, tendon, and tripe. Specialty menu items include fish, goat, frog legs, escargot, eel, and specialty cooked beef.

Pho Truc Xanh

Pho Truc Xanh is a Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant that makes traditional Asian food and delicious pho. Apart from their pho meat options (steak, flank, tendon, tripe, meatball), Pho Truc Xanh also offers an extensive vegetarian menu.

Pho Oceanside

Head on over with the whole family to Pho Oceanside to try their authentic Vietnamese pho spiced with ginger, star anise, parsley, and onion. Adults can try the meat lover’s House Special (rare steak, well-done brisket, flank, tendon, tripe), while kids can enjoy their smaller sized version. Vegan options are also available.

Pho Guys

Pho Guys deliver pho with the finest cuts of meat and your choice of authentic rice noodle or gluten-free options. Pair your homestyle broth with meat options like a well-done roast, rare steak, brisket, tendon, flank, meatball, ox tail or filet mignon. If you want to try them all, opt for their Supreme pho.

Chef’s Pho & Grill

Take in a bohemian and relaxed atmosphere at Chef’s Pho & Grill. Their savory broth can be complemented with your choice of beef, seafood, grilled pork, steak, flank, brisket, tendon, tripe, vegetables, and more.

Pho Saigon Express

Pho Saigon Express offers generous pho portions with chicken, shrimp, vegetable, tofu, and beef options. If you’re not craving for pho, try their various vegetarian-friendly dishes, noodles, soups, and sandwiches.

I Love Pho

I Love Pho delivers budget-friendly pho without sacrificing the authentic broth taste. Walk over a picturesque bridge to reach the dining area where you’ll see a miniature pond and waterfall. The soothing sounds create a no-frills pho destination where you can order from an array of meat, vegetable, and seafood items.

Pho San Marcos

Pho San Marcos features plenty of cafeteria-style seating where you can sit with a large group. Since 2013, Pho San Marcos has made delicious pho combinations including their Special Combo with steak, brisket, flank, tendon, and tripe.

Pho Lee

Open seven days a week, Pho Lee makes bold, balanced, and health conscious pho with recipes that have been passed down for generations. Enjoy a plethora of meat options and kids versions of your favorite Vietnamese broth.

Birdseye Kitchen

Come try fine southeast Asian cuisine with Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese influences. Using locally sourced and all natural ingredients, Birdseye Kitchen makes healthy and wholesome pho. Pho options include beef pho (grass-fed bone broth, boneless short rib, a rare eye of round), chicken pho, and vegan Pho. All soups are gluten-free.

Pho Lena & Grill

Pho Lena & Grill lets you choose your favorite beef cut, chicken meat, or shrimp to pair with your pungent and tasty soup. They also have a tofu and vegetable pho version for non-meat eaters. Coupled with a friendly staff, Pho Lena & Grill is a family-friendly pho destination.

Kim’s Vietnamese

Located in the Lumberyard Shopping Center in Encinitas, Kim’s Vietnamese features a plethora of savory seafood, noodle soups, and vegetarian dishes served with fresh vegetables and herbs (vegan dishes available). Their pho menu has seafood, chicken, beef, and vegetarian options. Seafood options include scallop, crab, squid, salmon, fish cake, crab pho, and more. Top off your meal with imported beers and a wine selection.


Check out Pholicious at the North County Mall, where you can taste a pho broth that you can top off with your choice of beef, chicken, tofu, seafood, or vegetables.

Pho Ca Dao & Grill

Pho Ca Dao & Grill offers delicious food and quick service. Create your own bowl of pho with your choice of beef, chicken, or vegetarian broths that you can pair with basil, lime wedges, bean sprouts, and more. Kids (12 and under) can enjoy their own version of a steak, meatball, or chicken pho.

Pho Hoang Express

Pho Hoang Express is a family owned business and a local hotspot in Rancho Bernardo. Their broth has a perfect balance of sweetness and salt that can be paired with Pho Hoang Express’ steak, brisket, flank, tendon, and meatball options.

Pho Poway Noodle House

Pho Poway Noodle House makes authentic beef noodle soup with your choice of various beef cuts and fresh rice noodles. Try their House Special with rare and well-done steak, briskets, flanks, tendons, and tripe. Vegetarians can order the vegetarian pho noodle soup with tofu. All pho orders receive a side of fresh bean sprouts, cilantro, scallions, basil, and jalapeños.

Pho Saigon & Grill

Pho Saigon & Grill delivers fresh and healthy pho in a relaxed environment. Choose from sliced rare steak, well-done steak, flank, tendon, brisket, tripe, or all of them. Other protein options include shrimp, tofu, bbq pork, and vegetable.

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