Ready to celebrate Lunar New Year? On Jan. 25, families around the world take part in celebrations for Tết, the first day of the Lunar New Year — and spring — for Vietnamese families. To kick off the celebration, families gather at home or at a favorite restaurant on New Year’s Day for a reunion meal, featuring specialties that include dưa hành (pickled spring onions), bánh chưng (sticky rice with meat or beans wrapped in leaves) and boiled whole chicken.
If you’re looking for a feast to celebrate the Year of the Rat with friends and family, Hoodline has crunched the numbers to find the top Vietnamese restaurants in San Diego, based on Yelp ratings and our own methodology. Happy Lunar New Year!
1. Nhu Y Restaurant
Topping the list is Nhu Y Restaurant. Located at 4712 El Cajon Blvd., Suite A (at 47th Street), in Talmadge, it's the highest-ated Vietnamese restaurant in San Diego, boasting four stars out of 119 reviews on Yelp.
2. Pho Hoa
Next up is Teralta East's Pho Hoa, at 4717 El Cajon Blvd. (between 47th Street and Euclid Avenue). With 4.5 stars out of 1,042 reviews on Yelp, the Vietnamese spot has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Phuong Trang
Kearny Mesa's Phuong Trang, at 4170 Convoy St. (between Armour Street and Othello Avenue), is another top choice. Yelpers give the Vietnamese eatery four stars out of 2,120 reviews.
4. Pho Ca Dao
Pho Ca Dao, a Vietnamese spot in Mira Mesa, is another high-traffic go-to, with four stars out of 1,790 Yelp reviews. Head over to 8373 Mira Mesa Blvd. (between Reagan Road and New Salem Street) to see for yourself.
5. Pho Cow Cali Express
Also in Mira Mesa is Pho Cow Cali Express, which has earned four stars out of 1,320 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Vietnamese restaurant at 9170 Mira Mesa Blvd. (between Rickert and Black Mountain roads).