Les Givral's Kahve

Washington Ave./ Memorial Park

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In a Nutshell

  • Authentic Vietnamese fare
  • Fresh ingredients
  • Contemporary interior
  • Open late on weekends

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Promotional value expires Apr 13, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Valid at listed location only. Dine-in only. Not valid toward sushi or alcohol. Tax & gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like knitters, chopstick users recognize their nimble finger extensions as capable of crafting a fried-rice Afghan with soy-sauce yarn. Strut your 'stick savvy with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of authentic Vietnamese fare at Les Givral's Kahve. This Groupon is valid at the Washington Avenue location only, and is not valid toward sushi or alcohol.

Givral's condensed yet powerful menu features fresh ingredients gently infused with traditional Vietnamese flavors. Start with a palate-pleasing plate of du du kho bò, a papaya salad with basil and julienned spicy beef jerky ($4.25), or the cha giò imperial rolls ($5.95). Mouthwatering sandwiches such as the thit nuong pâté combine a one-two punch of chargrilled barbecue pork and creamy pâté on a french roll ($3), while a delicious dish of pho gà, a chicken rice-noodle soup ($6.45) or bùn tom nuong, a vermicelli dish with char-grilled shrimp ($7.95) will lead to a nuclear arms race between any plate-splitting superpowers poised over the last slurp.

Givral's contemporary confines showcase a tree-like latticed wall sculpture inside its sleek, minimalist dining area, beckoning eaters to nest within its representative branches like a tofu-stuffed eaglet. Givral's is open until 3 a.m. on the weekends, so use the late hours to snuggle close to friends or to keep enemies closer by perching on their lap until they hand over their leftovers.

Dine-in only.


Les Givral's Kahve was voted Best Vietnamese Restaurant in 2009 by CityVoters. It has a four-star average from more than 100 Yelpers and is liked by 82% of more than 150 Urbanspooners:

  • Great food, wonderful and friendly staff! Portions and freshness always perfect! – Buddha cat mac, Urbanspoon
  • True Vietnamese cuisine, great food at the right price and quick service. I love it! – Lclark, CityVoter

Les Givral's Kahve

Beams of wood nailed together at odd angles comprise the towering, abstract wall that's the visual centerpiece of Les Givral's Kahve. But interesting decor isn't the only reason to visit: in 2010, Houston Press declared the Vietnamese eatery the city's best place to get a cheap sandwich. They were referring to bahn mi, which chefs fill with proteins such as shredded chicken, roast pork, or tofu. They also simmer rich broth for pho laden with round-eye steak, slices of jalapeño, and cilantro sprigs and fill spring rolls with succulent shrimp. On weeknights, the kitchen stays open until midnight, at which point it turns back into a pumpkin.

Customer Reviews

Enter dishes were tasty & good. However the side veggies ie tomato slices were soggy as if they had been frozen then thawed.
Carol E. · June 6, 2014
The 'All Meat' Pho, the #1 sandwich, and the Special Roll were great.
Mark E. · May 23, 2014
I went on a Sunday afternoon and it was perfect. It was nice and quiet. We were able to enjoy our meal.
Kathleen · March 3, 2014

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