Turtle Tower

Restaurant
501 6th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 501 6th St., San Francisco Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
87% of 71 customers recommended
Closed Merchant This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Vietnamese, Asian, Chinese
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    <$15
  • Cuisine
    Vietnamese, Asian, Chinese
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    No
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Vegan Options
    Yes
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17 Tips
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Report | 3 years ago
Best pho in SF!
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Report | 3 years ago
the pho is amazing. also had imperial rolls that were the best we have ever had. if you haven't been before, you definitely must go!
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Report | 3 years ago
The pho ga was delish!
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Report | 3 years ago
Pho Bo!
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Report | 3 years ago
If you like hoisin sauce, bring your own
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Report | 3 years ago
Too expensive,small bowl of soup
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Report | 3 years ago
May have to wait for table
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Report | 3 years ago
the noodles were good as was there fried rice.
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Report | 4 years ago
the pho ga so good i go there one time a week
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Report | 4 years ago
Won't go back again ... Service and food was terrible. We order to noodle soups and 2 drinks which is suppose to be covered by my groupon but still had to pay $4. False advertisement.
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From Our Editors

In early 2000, Chef Stephen Nghia Pham and his small family opened a modest Vietnamese restaurant in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's more challenging neighborhoods for business. They named it Turtle Tower—the English term for Tháp Rùa, an ancient landmark in Hanoi. The menu wasn't extensive, but the family made sure to include the most beloved Vietnamese dishes, such as vermicelli noodles, banh mi sandwiches, and, of course, pho. The broth for this savory soup took up to 10 hours to simmer, and the delicate clusters of rice noodles were made from scratch twice each day. But most interesting is how Chef Pham served his soup: alone, without the garnishes or sauces many Americans and sentient pantry cupboards might expect. Diners in Hanoi traditionally savor their pho unadorned, and the chef wanted to present the most authentic version of this dish.

This decision proved to be the right one, as year after year, Turtle Tower receives accolades for its famous pho. Readers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian called it the city's best bowl of noodles in 2011, and the soup has landed on 7x7's list of 100 Things to Try Before You Die every year from 2009 through 2013. The success led Chef Pham and his family to open two more locations, each of which fill to the brim during mealtime with customers eager to taste the hand-sliced rare beef in the pho tai, the morsels of organic, free-range chicken in the pho ga, and the authentic flavors of the other freshly made dishes on the menu.

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