Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Calgary

Decadent pho, elevated classics and an all-vegan spot await those in search of delicious Vietnamese food in Calgary.

Spicy pho satay noodle soup at Pho Dau Bo. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Pho Dau Bo

Pho Dau Bo on International Avenue is a traditional pho house with modern touches. The family-run business excels at the holy trinity of casual Vietnamese fare — pho noodle soup, bánh mì subs and bún vermicelli bowls — and also offers specialty dishes like savoury “doughnut” sticks as a side and a steak-and-egg rice entree.

110, 4909 17 Ave. S.E., 403-272-5160, phodaubovietnamese.com

 

Pure Kitchen & Bar

Taking traditional Vietnamese dishes to the next level, Pure offers refreshing and slightly fancier versions of classics like char siu pulled-pork spring rolls, open faced bahn mi sandwiches and lemongrass vermicelli.

815 8 Ave. S.W., 403-475-1899, purekitchenbar.com

 

Tamarind Vietnamese Grill and Noodle House

This tiny-but-vibrant restaurant at the eastern boundary of Downtown West serves an all-vegan menu of Vietnamese food with a dash of pan-Asian flair. If you like your pho or vermicelli bowl meat-driven, fear not, as Tamarind makes mock “beef” and “ham” in house that offers the requisite blast of umami. Beyond pho, Tamarind serves an electric mix of dishes like a sizzling crepe, mango salad and curry soup.

106, 1111 6 Ave. S.W., 403-262-6644

*Listed in alphabetical order.

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This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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