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Cordon Bleu

Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Polk Gulch, San Francisco
72 Tips and reviews
  • spicy chicken
  • imperial rolls
  • noodle salad
  • hole in the wall
  • authentic
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  • Timothy H.
    Super cheap hole in the wall, very friendly service, community feel. Don't go if you're in a rush. Cash only. Tasty but not particularly healthy.
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadDecember 10, 2016
    Delicious, no frills Vietnamese food. Huge portions and so god damn cheap. Imperial rolls FTW. Cash only.
  • Mark W.
    Mark W.September 1, 2016
    So much food on such a small little plate! Noms
  • Vinay B.
    Vinay BhatAugust 1, 2016
    Vegetarian fresh spring rolls, garlic tofu
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KJuly 6, 2016
    Amazing chicken. The noodle salad with chicken shish kabobs is delicious.
  • Trevor H.
    Trevor HillJune 11, 2016
    #5 is the way to go. A little bit of everything that ends up being a lot of food. Great value
  • Cindy Y.
    Cindy YangMay 15, 2016
    Cheap date
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SuhApril 13, 2016
    Imperial roll.
  • Pranay S.
    Pranay SethiJanuary 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best hole in the wall restaurant in SF. Best under $10 meal in SF. Just go and order the #5.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon F.December 10, 2015
    Apparently one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in the city. In business for over forty years; you can't go wrong with anything here. Awesome grub for the price.
  • Vansi
    VansiOctober 12, 2015
    The shish kebabs are not very good. But the 5 spice chicken is where it's at.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TJuly 28, 2015
    Big and yummy bobun (noodle in the menu). Good prices. Seat at the counter and ask for chopsticks.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJune 15, 2015
    Delicious Vietnamese grill and BYO. Small place with seating for only a dozen people. Worth the wait. Highly recommend.
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaMay 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Store open @ 11.30 & if you want call for to go is better call @12 noon, good luck
  • Lena K.
    Lena KiddApril 20, 2015
    Can't go wrong with spiced chicken plate! Be aware that it is CASH ONLY
  • Julie V.
    Julie VerstraetenMarch 11, 2015
    Number 5! Delicious
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YFebruary 28, 2015
    Legit food, generous portions, <$10 / person
  • Rushil G.
    Rushil GoelJanuary 31, 2015
    Can't believe I didn't know about this place.. #5 is out of this world. The meat sauce is to die for
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck ReynoldsJanuary 30, 2015
    hole in the wall but #5 spiced chicken plate is BOMB!
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayJanuary 18, 2015
    Get the #5
  • James J.
    James JOctober 25, 2014
    Katie is awesome! #5 is perfectly moist and delicious and reasonably priced. So good.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonSeptember 9, 2014
    Get enormous, cheap platters of rice & fire-roasted chicken at this Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall. Anything other than chicken & you're making a mistake. Read all about it on WinstonWanders below!! Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Ricky Yap, chef of Akiko's Restaurant, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Number 1. Read more
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldApril 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your appetite (and beer because it's BYOB). Get the #5. Sit at the bar. Cash only. Be nice to the staff. Cheapest/best meal in the city.
  • Q L.
    Q LamApril 2, 2014
    The grilled chicken is really good. You might want to try #4 (grilled chicken on rice) without the "meat" sauce and instead get it with white rice and fish sauce over the chicken.
  • Luiz André A.
    Luiz André AlvimDecember 5, 2013
    Looks like a familly kitchen... Try number 5...very good!!!
  • Jennie Y.
    Jennie YangNovember 16, 2013
    Hidden gem - delectable ma po tofu! Vermicelli dish too. Cheap as well. Nom nom nom.
  • Domenic V.
    Domenic ViterboSeptember 21, 2013
    It's a tiny place & the food, IMHO, is not real authentic Vietnamese, but there's comfort to their cooking. Sit at the counter, chat it up with its owner, & relax with the Number 1 entree.
  • LaConya S.
    LaConya SingletonSeptember 15, 2013
    Lunch Special #5
  • Maya .
    Maya 🐟September 15, 2013
    Get the five spice chicken.
  • Kristin S.
    Kristin S.August 21, 2013
    Next time... The trifecta.
  • Deddy S.
    Deddy SusantoJuly 2, 2013
    Good food ...but bad"service.
  • glenn s.
    glenn steinerJune 18, 2013
    I've been eating at Cordon Blue for forty years with consistently the best and more reasonable Vietnamese food in the City. Humble but absolutely fantastic food. Try the #1 or the #5.
    Downvoted 3 weeks ago
  • hollerotron
    hollerotronMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
  • Katarina T.
    Katarina TApril 17, 2013
    Asian conFusion, but that's ok cause it's still a satisfying meal. Huge portions. Cash only.
  • Eve H.
    Eve HamiltonMarch 25, 2013
    Best food around, especially if you're on a budget! Totally keeps and makes delicious leftovers.
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah ElizabethMarch 20, 2013
    The #5 hits the spot. Chicken breast or leg with an imperial roll, cabbage, rice and their special sauce.
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MagnaniJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Gotta love a place where the "vegetarian" option ma pao tofu has minced pork
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    WARNING!!! Chicken NO COOK inside still RAW. CUT the chicken HALF LOOK INSIDE make sure!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuNovember 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the #5 (five spice chicken, kebabs, imperial roll, rice with meat sauce) and be prepared for leftovers. Cash only!
  • Tim K.
    Tim KojetinNovember 4, 2012
    The 5 spice chicken is insane. Any menu item that involves this is a big win.
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldNovember 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Number Five
  • MJ D.
    MJ De La CruzJune 4, 2012
    This place is byob with no fee!
  • MJ D.
    MJ De La CruzJune 4, 2012
    Yum yum yum
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaMay 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Combo 5 & fried spring roll excellent....
  • Nathan O.
    Nathan OliverMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Call Ahead! With only 10 spots to sit, its sometimes better to enjoy this amazing food at home.
  • April D.
    April DickersonJanuary 26, 2012
    Get the #5 and BYOB
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnJanuary 20, 2012
    Best hole in the wall surprise. The imperial rolls and anything with the chicken is a must!
  • Ethan C.
    Ethan ChenDecember 22, 2011
    Imperial roll!
  • arash m.
    arash mDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    the slop™ with rice will keep you warm on a cold day
  • arash m.
    arash mDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    the imperial rolls are what keep me coming back here
  • Cherylynn N.
    Cherylynn NoronaOctober 6, 2011
    #5: Imperial Roll is HUGE and deliciously crispy, Charbroiled Chicken is super moist and juicy, BBQ Pork is dry and Meat Sauce is savory sweet goodness!
  • Charles B.
    Charles BSeptember 21, 2011
    This might be my favorite spot in the entire bay area. Saddle up at the counter and let her cook you up a #5 so you get a bit of everything. $8 feeds a family here.
  • Dave J.
    Dave JensenAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Did you know that you can bring your own beer? You can. Try Larkin Market around the corner for a good enough selection.
  • Ken M.
    Ken MontgomeryAugust 15, 2011
    True story - this place was put on the map in '85 when Coke went to New Coke. Herb Caen mentioned in column it was ONLY place in US to get original Coke in bottle. That day, line down the block!
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AntonarosJuly 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best food, worst service.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CooneyMay 14, 2011
    The #5 is delicious, chicken is amazing and the rice with meat sauce is one of my favorite dishes in the city
  • glenn g.
    glenn goldmanApril 8, 2011
    #5 is my favorite and the noodle salad w chix is bangin. But don't fear the garlicky tofu. Takes 30 min to make, but worth the wait on occasion
  • Herb C.
    Herb CohnFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been getting #5 for years. Why get anything else?
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MendoncaNovember 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ohmygod get the #5.
  • John L.
    John LaCroixJuly 30, 2010
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WilliamsJune 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best noodle salad I've had anywhere, though my bf says anything other than the #5 is sacrilege.
  • Cara H.
    Cara HirschJune 16, 2010
    Number 4! Number 4! Number 4!
  • Mark M.
    Mark MaserMay 15, 2010
    A long time SF favorite of mine. Get the #5 has five spiced roast chicken, imperial roll and pork shish kabob. The noodle salad is amazing too.
  • Zack B.
    Zack BaileyMarch 29, 2010
    Go for the #5 and taste a bit of everything. You'll be incredibly full for <$5.
  • Jared H.
    Jared HirschFebruary 13, 2010
    Number five! Number five! Number five!
  • K T.
    K TFebruary 10, 2010
    One of the best dive restaurant in the city... try the combo...
  • chris c.
    chris caseyJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    get the #5...your stomach will thank me later. it's possibly my favorite dish in the city.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HolmesNovember 11, 2009
    get the number 5
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CarterJuly 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    #5... everything is really good & cheap - uber satisfying.
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RomanchukJuly 22, 2009
    mmmm #5 sooo good
  • Cyan B.
    Cyan BanisterApril 1, 2009
    Go see an indy flick at the Lumiere, but before you need to have some num nums at Cordon Bleu. They have some stuff for veggie people too.
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