Top five Vietnamese restaurants in South Florida

Vietnamese cuisine has its own special fragrance of fresh herbs, spices, fish sauces, and meat broth. Its most popular dishes are highly influenced by French cuisine, including its coffee, baguettes, meat broths, onions, and garlic. Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines also complement each other with rice noodles, rice, and wontons. There is a nutritious balance of color and flavor in every dish. 

The restaurants listed below are some of the best in South Florida to get authentic Vietnamese food. Nine Five Pho in Pembroke Pines is one that allows you to design your own Vietnamese dish just how you like it. Pho Bar Vietnamese Kitchen opened in 2020 and allows diners to create an eccentric experience based on a passion for Vietnamese cooking techniques. 

Pork and Shrimp Goi Cuon (Emely Cajias)

Pho Bar Vietnamese Kitchen
6310 Griffin Rd, 
Davie, FL 33314
(954) 900-4909

Located in Davie, Pho Bar developed in 2020 based on a vision of having a unique dining experience that offers an electric ambiance and modernizes Vietnamese culture in a way that is very inviting. If you are looking for plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, this is the place to go. Their most popular sharable dish is called Goi Cuon, priced at $7.50, which is a fresh salad roll made from rice paper that is filled with pork and shrimp, lettuce, bean sprouts, and basil. It is also served with a peanut dipping sauce called tuong dau phong that is made from peanut butter and hoisin sauce with additional chopped peanuts on top. Customers enjoy starting off with this healthy and refreshing dish before their main course. It has a good balance of herbs, and the dipping sauce gives it a sweet and salty flavor. This new-age kitchen has a cooking style that only uses fresh ingredients and a high-quality food presentation.

Pork Bahn Mi (Emely Cajias/SFMN)

2262 S University Dr, 
Davie, FL 33324
(954) 357-2880

If you are looking for an authentic bahn mi with a modern twist, GoPho has it for you. This restaurant gives a modern take on traditional Vietnamese cuisine by giving it a simplistic introduction and is located in Davie. In Vietnamese, “bahn mi ” is translated to baguette or sandwich. It is a very popular soft toasted baguette packed with pickles, jalapenos, cucumbers, cilantro, and mayo. It also incorporates core proteins of your choice, like chicken, pork, steak, shrimp, tofu, brisket, eggs, and avocado. Each bahn mi is priced at $11 and is usually considered takeout food. GoPho offers take-out specials but also has indoor and outdoor seating for casual dining.

Passion Fruit Lemonade Boba Tea (Emely Cajias) 

Nine Five Pho
14928 Pines Blvd, 
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
(954) 664-9690

At Nine Five Pho in Pembroke Pines, you can build your own food. This fully customizable restaurant opened in 2021, and it allows you to go up to the counter and pick out what you want, which is then made for you. There are endless combinations of Vietnamese entrees you can design, like rice platters, noodle bowls, sandwiches, salad rolls, and pho. They can incorporate any protein, vegetable, broth, or peanut or fish sauce you desire. And you can’t forget grabbing a refreshing boba tea at the Boba and Chill shop. There is also a boba tea shop inside Nine Five Pho where you can choose from different types or create your own combination boba teas.

Small Pho Steak Brisket (Emely Cajias/SFMN)

Pho by VINH Noodle House
1835 N Pine Island Rd, 
Plantation, FL 33322

It’s pronounced fuh, not pho, and you can get this soup at PHO by Vinh, located in Plantation. Customers walk in to get that authentic taste of Asian food and feel at home. Pho by Vihn offers a variety of pho soup combinations to choose from. This traditional Vietnamese dish is prepared with a meat broth and served with rice noodles, cilantro, bean sprouts, mint, jalapenos, lime, protein (such as steak brisket, meatballs, chicken, or seafood), and additional toppings of your choice. Each soup is priced based on the size and amount of toppings it contains. The small ranges from $11–13, the large ranges from $15–17, and the extra-large ranges from $18–20. The venue is a perfect hangout spot for casual indoor dining.

Vietnamese iced Coffee (Emely Cajias/SFMN)

Pho 78
7849 Pines Blvd. 
Pembroke Pines, FL
(954) 989-6770

Pho 78 opened in Pembroke Pines in 2010 and continues to create traditional Vietnamese dishes. It offers a wide range of rice platters, banh mi, bun thit, pho soup, and boba tea. After a delicious meal, customers enjoy finishing up with a Vietnamese iced coffee, priced at $5.99. This traditional recipe is served with a metal drip filter filled with dark-roasted Vietnamese-grown ground coffee, which drips hot coffee into a small cup filled with sweetened condensed milk. The two are then mixed and poured into a chilled glass filled with ice. It is the perfect balance of bittersweet coffee.

Emely Cajias is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Digital Journalism and Media. After graduation, Emely hopes to pursue a career in TV and one day become a journalist for the New York Times. She also enjoys singing, writing movie reviews and listening to music.