Best of Boston

BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

2014 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Viet's

Allston

We’re so easily seduced by crusty, funky bánh mì sandwiches and fragrant bowls of pho that we often forget how great something far simpler—the Vietnamese summer roll, with its rice-paper skin and delicate, herbaceous filling—can be. Allow this Super 88… read more»

2013 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Anh Hong

Dorchester

The winding menu of succulent roast quail, fragrant la lot sausages, crispy-pork-and-shrimp-stuffed banh xeo crepes, and bright goi salads can be overwhelming at first. One solution? Spring for the Bo 7 Mon, a seven-course extravaganza (at an extremely gentle price… read more»

2012 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Anh Hong

Dorchester

Dorchester’s Anh Hong is the real McCoy. Try the chicken pho ga, guaranteed to cure what ails you, the hearty grilled-pork rice plates, and standout dishes like vermicelli with beef, and jellyfish and shrimp salad. And if you want to… read more»

2011 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Anh Hong

Boston

The Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester is filled with exceptional Vietnamese restaurants. But for its skill with dishes beyond the usual pho and vermicelli, Anh Hong rises to the top. Take the vinegary jellyfish-and-shrimp salad, a perfect balance of tangy… read more»

2008 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Xinh Xinh

Boston

This spanking-clean Chinatown eatery makes neophytes feel welcome without sacrificing neighborhood authenticity. Even better, the food leaves us so invigorated that we’d swear it has health-boosting effects—xinh xinh means ‘young and beautiful,’ after all. Start with the fortifying chicken or… read more»

2007 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Lemongrass

Brookline

Pho Lemongrass’s pleasantly expansive menu almost dares you to find something you can’t get excited about. How about a dozen ways to do rice vermicelli, or a build-your-own stir fry? Our pick is the namesake rice noodle soup, packed with… read more»

2005 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho 2000

Dorchester

The mouth-watering Bo 7 Mon, or seven courses of meat, is reason enough to visit this low-key Dorchester restaurant. It’s a hands-on experience in which diners boil thin slices of beef fondue-style at the table, bundle them up in rice… read more»

2003 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho 2000

Dorchester

Sure, they serve pho at this hole-in-the-wall storefront in Dorchester: great steaming bowls of it, delicately flavored with lemongrass and scallions. But the soup is just the beginning of an adventurous menu of rare and authentic Vietnamese dishes. There’s a… read more»

2002 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Lemongrass

Brookline

Great Vietnamese should be the way it is in Vietnam: simple, brimming with sharp flavors, and built with ingredients that shout their freshness. Enter Pho Lemongrass, where a diverse (and bilingual) menu overflows with anise-and-ginger-laced dishes. Pho, the beloved noodle… read more»

2001 BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Lemongrass

Brookline

It’s been open for less than a year, but this spacious Coolidge Corner restaurant is quietly earning a devoted following. The menu delves briefly into Chinese cuisine, but pay that no heed. Instead, order up a bottle of chilly Vietnamese… read more»