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Turtle Tower Restaurant

Turtle Tower Restaurant

Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
  • ╰⊰✿ *~Shira L.
    "Northern style pho, Try Pho Ga (Chicken) is amazing"(32 Tips)
    Breaking SF News
    "Chicken pho or beef w/ vegetables pho are unique to Turtle Tower"(18 Tips)
    Jeremy N.
    "Their pho tai (#1) is the best in the bay area!!"(7 Tips)
    James Y.
    "This is northern style pho, so it's clear broth and no frills."(4 Tips)
104 Tips and reviews
  • pho
  • northern vietnam
  • beef
  • authentic
  • iced coffee
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  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksOctober 31, 2014
    Order the Chicken Pho, it's the best in the Bay area with a broth as delicious as it gets. If your up for a challenge add Pho Ga Long to your broth mixing chicken giblets to the mix. Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableOctober 10, 2014
    Need a cheap lunch? Turtle Tower's Hanoi-style pho ga will cure what ails you—the immaculately flavored chicken broth is chock-full of tender meat and perfectly springy rice noodles. Read more
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    If you’re looking for less fancy and more authentic Vietnamese, this is your spot. We loved the Phở Tái (Rare Beef Noodle Soup) and the Xôi Gà (Sticky Rice with Chicken). Don’t miss the Iced Coffee.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Soups, such as beef stewed in wine sauce ($6.50/$8), aren't as exciting, but the sticky rice with Chinese sausage ($7) and banh mi ($4.75) are excellent. Read more
  • Bianca L.
    Bianca LamJanuary 6, 2013
    Stick with the chicken pho, it's what they specialize in. Ask for jalapenos, mix in fish sauce as dipping sauce. For the chicken ask for lemon sauce. You will then experience mouth heaven.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonSeptember 15, 2014
    Follow everyone's advise & get the Northern Vietnamese chicken-based Pho Ga. Add an order of Goi Cuon & Vietnamese Coffee and you're ready to kill that hangover. Read about it on WinstonWanders below! Read more
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuJuly 26, 2015
    Get the pho ga if there's no line. If there's a line go next door to Pho 2000 and get their bun rieu.
  • Shoua K.
    Shoua KueSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken pho broth and beef pho broth is sooooo good! Wish they had cut up Thai peppers on the side to make it extra spicy though..
  • Helen Z.
    Helen ZhangSeptember 17, 2011
    Come for the Pho Ga (Chicken Pho). Very light, refreshing broth and strips of chicken. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon lunch after a long night of drinking.
  • Dave J.
    Dave JensenFebruary 1
    Been here 5+ times
    Try pho for breakfast. The restaurant is empty in the morning and it really hits the spot, especially on a cold morning.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Authentic Pho reminiscent of Pho made in Northern Vietnam. Order the Pho Ga (chicken Pho).
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Chicken pho is the specialty, with a clear broth that is soothing with a deep chicken flavor. Read more
  • Chez S.
    Chez StockNovember 21, 2015
    Great broth. northern Style, so wide noodles and no sprouts or hoisin sauce available.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SampsonOctober 6, 2014
    It's Northern-style Pho. No sprouts, Thai basil, ect. On the side. And, the noodles are tricky to eat with chopsticks.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pho Ga is very good. You can ask for no skin on the chicken if you want!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    The pho with rare beef is cheap in price but rich in flavor with a complex broth and lots of fresh herbs to add into the bowl. Read more
  • Ian C.
    Ian CheeMay 17, 2014
    Highly recommend the Pho Gá! Possibly serves the best rice noodles in the Bay Area.
  • Chris K.
    Chris KedNovember 28, 2013
    Phi is great but summer rolls are out of this world. You have to to have it. No excuse.
  • LaShea R.
    LaShea RoweJuly 28, 2013
    They only take cash. Great prices. Try the beef stewed in wine sauce with rice.
  • Ekkapong T.
    Ekkapong T.March 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    THIS PLACE IS CLOSE! They are going to move to the new building (the next three building on the right). And it's still under construction. I guess we have to wait until it's open again in summer 2013
  • Turtle Tower S.
    Turtle Tower SfApril 17, 2012
    Hi Everyone! Come and check out our new loyalty program, SpotOn! What is SpotOn? Click the link below to hear more. -check in 10x and receive a free small bowl of Pho Ga! Read more
  • Amy K.
    Amy KyoFebruary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    the Stir-fried Beef with Celery, Carrot, Onion, and Leek Pan-fried Noodle Soup is amazing!
  • Dicky Subagyo P.
    Dicky Subagyo PutroJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Personally, I like #12 better than Pho Ga, but #9 (Pho Ga) is also quite delicious :)
  • Heather C.
    Heather CallawayAugust 12, 2013
    I dislike seafood. I understand that pho has a small amount of fish sauce, but this was crazy. Pho tai was so fishy I had to stop half way into the bowl. Beware, pho here is for seafood lovers only...
  • Teresa Y.
    Teresa YaoJune 19, 2015
    Northern Vietnam style. Get the pho ga. Or chicken soup if you're sick. Soul warming :)
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's rare beef noodle soup is served in chicken broth! How interesting! :P
  • Henry W.
    Henry WuAugust 9, 2014
    Well made chicken pho here. Light and refreshing alternative to beef pho.
  • Heather C.
    Heather CallawayAugust 12, 2013
    Though the flat noodles were preferable to regular ones, Pho 2000's pho tai is world's better in my opinion.
  • Quirks B.
    Quirks B.May 11, 2012
    Grilled pork sandwich- dodge the pate and chillis. The imperial rolls are also decent.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LongJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I wish people would quit whining about it not being real pho. It's just the less common Hanoi style. Pho ga is best hangover cure known to man.
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterAugust 20, 2013
    Pho like you've never had before. Warning: cash only & closed Thursday.
  • Turtle Tower S.
    Turtle Tower SfApril 18, 2012
    10 spots = 1 FREE small Pho Ga. Start earning spots by clicking the “SpotOn Rewards” button on our Facebook page or download the "SpotOn Mobile" app. Read more
  • Hana N.
    Hana NaJanuary 8, 2012
    Hung over? Who needs Advil when you have this spot :) Bookmark it here for amazing cure-all chicken pho. Seriously great.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HiltachkAugust 26, 2014
    I like turtles... But seriously, best pho in the TL.
  • Liz W.
    Liz WendelMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    chicken is bomb but the beef has good flavor too, crunchy eggrolls, fresh lemonade n ice coffee ...winning!
  • Turtle Tower S.
    Turtle Tower SfFebruary 12, 2013
    We are MOVING. We will close our door permanently at 631 Larkin Street on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 7:30pm. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter: turtletowersf for more info.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJuly 26, 2015
    Chicken pho is a must have if you've never been
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSOctober 17, 2015
    Try the Pho Ga #9 - Yum (via @Foodspotting)
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 1, 2011
    If you haven't had northern style pho before, this means flat broad noodles and a less spiced broth. Read more
  • Fabio R.
    Fabio ResendeApril 14, 2013
    Chicken Pho is on the list of 21 best noodle bowls by San Francisco Magazine
  • Jack C.
    Jack ChenJune 29, 2012
    Must try the most famous Pho Ga. Don't come here when it's dark. I was attacked by a homeless lady across the street, be careful!
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresSeptember 29, 2014
    #4 all beef Pho is legit.
  • Hilary S.
    Hilary StoneAugust 25, 2014
    Be careful--the restaurant closes at 5pm and they aren't open on Thursdays!
  • Ajay K.
    Ajay KumarMay 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pho Ga w/out skin, very out for that chicken hair though.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Northern style pho! I think I prefer it! Broth is to DIE for.
  • Breaking SF News
    Breaking SF NewsAugust 16, 2011
    Chicken pho or beef w/ vegetables pho are unique to Turtle Tower
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 24, 2012
    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the pho ga is delicious. Yum!
  • Jameel K.
    Jameel KhalfanJanuary 13, 2013
    The noodles are flat, there are no sprouts, limes, or hoisin sauce. Not the same as the pho you are used to. Not bad but probably won't come back
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AndresMarch 25, 2012
    Try the Pho Tai - Soup, noodles, Vietnamese
  • Lana
    LanaAugust 20, 2012
    Number 2 and number 9 (really does taste like chicken soup). Order extra lime if you are used to pho from ye south.
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