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Dinosaurs

Sandwich Place and Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Castro, San Francisco
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  • Alberto L.
    Best sandwich I love it spring rolls are amazing the guys there are nice and no attitude the prices are great.
  • Kane H.
    Kane HsiehApril 17
    Sandwiches are good but shockingly slow to make
  • Erin O.
    You can't go wrong with the special!
  • Evan D.
    Evan DavisJanuary 5
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cheap sandwiches and spring rolls.
  • Morris P.
    Morris PatersonDecember 9, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Banh mi rolls
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BrazilOctober 26, 2016
    Spicy tuna and crispy tofu are both pretty great.
  • Srikanth R.
    Srikanth RajuJuly 8, 2016
    Special without mayo. Extra jalapeños
  • Justin K.
    Justin KimJuly 4, 2016
    Sandwiches are good
  • David X.
    David XuJune 20, 2016
    prices have risen to $7-8. If you're not a fan of mayo on your banh mi, be sure to let them know because they slather it on like a 5 year old slathers his own pb&j sammich
  • Scott C.
    Scott CheesemanJune 2, 2016
    Mango mint smoothie!!
  • Jim F.
    Jim FazzoneMay 30, 2016
    Killer sandwiches! The mango mint shake is an amazing hot day treat.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WMay 29, 2016
    The Special
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMApril 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The spring rolls here are amazing - as is the shaking beef banh mi.
  • Fiona S.
    Fiona StrobridgeApril 24, 2016
    The shrimp and lemongrass pork rolls are very fresh and have lots of flavor!
  • Adi D.
    Adi DahiyaMarch 19, 2016
    The special
  • Sahana K.
    Sahana KumarMarch 18, 2016
    crispy tofu was so good!
  • Justin A.
    Justin AlveyFebruary 21, 2016
    Special with extra (double) pâté and sriracha. Can't go wrong
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WeissNovember 30, 2015
    Vegan tofu bahn mi comes with vegenaise!
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TarrOctober 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Thai iced tea with a crispy tofu bahn mi is my fave order 👌🏻
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewOctober 9, 2015
    When in doubt for a quick dinner snack: Dinosaurs.
  • Jack P.
    Jack PhamJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cute place and not-too-expensive smoothies/shakes that are tasty!
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadJuly 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best sandwich in San Francisco. Get The Special and add avocado. Dirt cheap. You can't go wrong.
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QJuly 20, 2015
    The special is pretty good but the meat texture is weirdly reminiscent of corned beef. Not great as leftovers but too big for one sitting.
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher ArroyoJuly 2, 2015
    Sandwiches
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasJune 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the shaking beef with a mango mint juice!
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterMarch 21, 2015
    The Crispy Tofu is a great vegetarian sandwich. Get it with an avocado shake or a mango mint smoothie.
  • Luis C.
    Luis CastroMarch 1, 2015
    Really cool place. Buy to go and eat at Dolores park your awesome sandwich.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SandbergFebruary 17, 2015
    Get the pork sandwich!
  • mike p.
    mike pattersonFebruary 14, 2015
    Really slow service
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HarveyFebruary 2, 2015
    Nice rolls and cheap too!
  • cami j.
    cami j.February 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I enjoy the shaking beef sandwich and the mango mint drink.
  • Viktoriya S.
    Viktoriya SavkinaJanuary 3, 2015
    Sandwiches are good. Not the best Vietnamese subs I had, but the price is good. Really liked their spring rolls!
  • Leticia S.
    Leticia SilvaOctober 28, 2014
    I'm pescatarian so I ordered the crispy tofu and it was really good! I highly recommend it
  • Scottie M.
    Scottie MilagroOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Vietnamese sandwich in town. Period.
  • Ada B.
    Ada BlitzkriegOctober 24, 2014
    Really disappointing for people who ever tried a banh mi from Duc Loi.
  • Khoa M.
    Khoa MaOctober 13, 2014
    Get the combo!
  • Justin W.
    Justin WyneOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Any sandwich with an iced coffee is a great way to nurse that hangover.
  • Jori L.
    Jori LalloSeptember 1, 2014
    Remember to get avocado to your sandwich!
  • Sharmeen T.
    Sharmeen Taimur Ul-MulkSeptember 1, 2014
    Shrimp papaya salad is great! Get an avocado shake too!!
  • Justin S.
    Justin SalsbureyAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the pork and shrimp spring rolls! They have apple in them! Favorite spring rolls in sf.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HornAugust 25, 2014
    Great fresh spring Rolls
  • Tomomi I.
    Tomomi IAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great vegan options and better ingredients e.g. thai iced tea with blue agave, avocado shake with cane sugar :-)
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterAugust 12, 2014
    The crispy tofu banh mi has tofu that is shredded for maximum crunch with every bite. You can also get it in a fresh spring roll; both are vegan, as are the avocado or mango-mint shakes.
  • Tiff T.
    Tiff TingAugust 6, 2014
    Shaken beef sandwich and avocado shake make a winning combination.
  • Austin R.
    Austin RheeJuly 27, 2014
    Bomb spring rolls. Also the watermelon lychee smoothie is KEY
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsJuly 22, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Thai iced tea!
  • Grantland C.
    Grantland ChewJuly 3, 2014
    Roast pork sandwich!
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiJune 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Watermelon lychee smoothie is the bomb
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiJune 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mango mint smoothie!
  • David H.
    David HuJune 1, 2014
    The special is a great choice for banh mi lovers. Crispy tofu was also a surprisingly tasty no-meat option.
  • Eirini P.
    Eirini PapastergiouMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best value lunch you can get in SF
  • Nathaniel R.
    Nathaniel RomanMay 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Beginners get the chicken sandwich. "The special" for the adventurous.
  • Daphne V.
    Daphne VegaMay 2, 2014
    Get the special!
  • Michail K.
    Michail KatkoffApril 7, 2014
    If the line at Ike's is too long, go to Dino. Fast, cheap and pretty good.
  • Ken B.
    Ken BaldwinMarch 31, 2014
    YUM quick and near your house. Banh mi sandwiches
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StensonFebruary 25, 2014
    Avoid the special - weakest banh mi I've had in San Francisco. Flavorless and shredded pork
  • Fahim A.
    Fahim AkbarJanuary 12, 2014
    Wife likes the Crispy tofu. Extra spicy
  • Alex W.
    Alex WoodJanuary 6, 2014
    Good food, especially considering the price. I highly recommend the chicken sandwich with avocado. Totally worth the extra buck!
  • Sean G.
    Sean GustiloJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Crispy tofu sandwich = vegan = <3
  • Lilian T.
    Lilian TellezDecember 9, 2013
    Don't order the chicken and shrimp primavera rolls, they are filled with a white pasta and only a few chicken/shrimp strips.
  • Bennett S.
    Bennett SungDecember 2, 2013
    Always get the Watermelo Litchie Slushie.
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BarkerOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the Vietnamese sandwiches here. My go-to place when I want something a little lighter for about $5. Order the special, with roasted pork, pork loaf, and pate. Yum!
  • Joel C.
    Joel CorpusOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A hidden gem in the Castro, the sandwiches here are amazing. My faves are the Shaking Beef and Roasted Chicken. Be sure to get a Watermelon Litchi or Avocado Shake to complete the meal. Cheap too!
  • Jomar E.
    Jomar EncisoOctober 14, 2013
    The Special.....my new fave sandwich
  • Audra S.
    Audra SmithOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Crispy tofu and mushroom is perfect.
  • Jomar E.
    Jomar EncisoSeptember 6, 2013
    Shaking Beef and Mango Mint smoothie on a hot SF day!
  • Michael D.
    Michael DempseyAugust 30, 2013
    Crispy tofu sandwich is the blandest bahn mi I've ever had.
  • Dan W.
    Dan WhiteAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask about some of their secret sandwiches- like the PCP: pork, chicken, pâté!
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.August 21, 2013
    Watermelon lychee slushie + Pork special
  • Bill W.
    Bill WelenseAugust 19, 2013
    Get the Special. So much pork.
  • Angel E.
    Angel EsqueAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the spicy tuna it's amazing.
  • c0uP
    c0uPJuly 31, 2013
    It's down the stairs through the Alex's Fitness sign, in case you walked past it several times like me. Super friendly service and good food!
  • Linzi B.
    Linzi BerryJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Crispy Tofu & Watermelon Litchi
  • Audra S.
    Audra SmithJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The tofu sandwich is AWESOME with mushrooms.
  • Jenny H.
    Jenny HuangJune 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Watermelon litche is refreshing!
  • Tamera T.
    Tamera ThomasJune 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Have the avocado shake after a workout!
  • Audra S.
    Audra SmithMay 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Crunchy tofu with mushrooms is veggie heaven.
  • Peggy C.
    Peggy CMay 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Shaking beef! *shake shake shake* it's like a bo luc lac in a sandwich!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CothenetApril 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the special. Best/cheapest sandwich in the neighborhood.
  • Debbie
    DebbieMarch 25, 2013
    The special was good. Cheap! Vietnamese iced coffee was fast and fun but I've had stronger.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SmithMarch 23, 2013
    $5 sammies in 5 mins or less. Step aside ikes
  • Stephen V.
    Stephen ValentaJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The spicy tuna is my favorite, but most things here are great.
  • Justin S.
    Justin ScottAugust 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Just say "Yes" to the avocado shake. Creamy vegan deliciousness!
  • Caitlin J.
    Caitlin JohnsonJune 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want a punch of caffeine and sugar, get the Vietnamese iced coffee.
  • Lynda V.
    Lynda VuongJune 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Staff here is friendly, love being able to sit outside and their Thai ice tea delicious!
  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth Ferrall-NungeMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wash a crispy tofu down with yeo's soymilk. If you're feeling extra crazy, get a tofu/meatball combo.
  • Nancy R.
    Nancy R.April 1, 2012
    Sorry. Bahn mi is not great. Would skip.
  • merredith l.
    merredith lloydMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Their Thai iced tea is made w agave!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LeBeauMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Is it that I've been living in New York too long, or is this place absurdly cheap? $4.75 for the best banh mi around. Love it!
  • Broke-Ass S.
    Broke-Ass StuartFebruary 27, 2012
    The Special is off the hook!
  • Miguel R.
    Miguel RiosJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The special... that's it.
  • Courtney L.
    Courtney LeungJanuary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for no soy sauce! Too salty!
  • Fiona M.
    Fiona M.December 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    crispy tofu bahn mi over the grilled chicken one. ask for extra veggies!
  • Justin S.
    Justin ScottDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Some of the tastiest, fastest and most affordable food in the city and served with a smile. Instant favorite for anyone I bring here.
  • Miguel R.
    Miguel RiosOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Special sandwich is pretty good. Also, eat in, outside in a sunny morning.
  • Michael N.
    Michael NguyenOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the pork and the special!
  • Jim H.
    Jim HauckSeptember 15, 2011
    The Chicken Cutlet is my favorite. And how can you beat the price.
  • Maren C.
    Maren ChristensenSeptember 8, 2011
    Ask for extra veggies on your Crispy Tofu sandwich!
  • Graham H.
    Graham HarbisonSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Kind of like Saigon Sandwiches but hygienic
  • Monica M.
    Monica MillerAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    get the spring rolls if they have them! and don't be a wimp -- put siracha on that sando!
  • Eugene R.
    Eugene RudyyJune 27, 2016
    Сендвічі бобма, і спробуйте авокадо шейк!
  • Eugene R.
    Eugene RudyyJune 19, 2016
    Сендвіч з 🐂 бомба! Дешево
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