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Turtle Tower Restaurant

Turtle Tower Restaurant

Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
  • The folks at Eater and SFGate like this place. Would you agree?
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  • ╰⊰✿ *~Shira L.
    "Northern style pho, Try Pho Ga (Chicken) is amazing"(33 Tips)
    Breaking SF News
    "Chicken pho or beef w/ vegetables pho are unique to Turtle Tower"(19 Tips)
    James Y.
    "This is northern style pho, so it's clear broth and no frills."(4 Tips)
    Jeremy N.
    "Their pho tai (#1) is the best in the bay area!!"(7 Tips)
108 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.
  • Merih O.
    Love this place - go every time I'm in SF. The Bun Cha Hanoi is amazing!
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • Dave J.
    Dave JensenFebruary 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Try pho for breakfast. The restaurant is empty in the morning and it really hits the spot, especially on a cold morning.
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 7
    The TL location opens at 8 a.m., and its northern Vietnamese-style soups taste like you’re slurping up a steaming bowl on the streets of Hanoi. Read more
  • 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
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Chicken pho is the specialty, with a clear broth that is soothing with a deep chicken flavor. Read more
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Authentic Pho reminiscent of Pho made in Northern Vietnam. Order the Pho Ga (chicken Pho).
  • 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!
  • Chez S.
    Chez StockNovember 21, 2015
    Great broth. northern Style, so wide noodles and no sprouts or hoisin sauce available.
  • 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.
  • Ian C.
    Ian CheeMay 17, 2014
    Highly recommend the Pho Gá! Possibly serves the best rice noodles in the Bay Area.
  • 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.
  • LaShea R.
    LaShea RoweJuly 28, 2013
    They only take cash. Great prices. Try the beef stewed in wine sauce with rice.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's rare beef noodle soup is served in chicken broth! How interesting! :P
  • 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...
  • 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
    Though the flat noodles were preferable to regular ones, Pho 2000's pho tai is world's better in my opinion.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Teresa
    TeresaJune 19, 2015
    Northern Vietnam style. Get the pho ga. Or chicken soup if you're sick. Soul warming :)
  • Henry W.
    Henry WuAugust 9, 2014
    Well made chicken pho here. Light and refreshing alternative to beef pho.
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterAugust 20, 2013
    Pho like you've never had before. Warning: cash only & closed Thursday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HiltachkAugust 26, 2014
    I like turtles... But seriously, best pho in the TL.
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanDecember 19, 2016
    Don't forget to get some broth to go. It's the best for when you or your loved ones have a cold.
  • 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
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJuly 26, 2015
    Chicken pho is a must have if you've never been
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Northern style pho! I think I prefer it! Broth is to DIE for.
  • Ajay K.
    Ajay KumarMay 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pho Ga w/out skin, very out for that chicken hair though.
  • Fabio R.
    Fabio ResendeApril 14, 2013
    Chicken Pho is on the list of 21 best noodle bowls by San Francisco Magazine
  • Breaking SF News
    Breaking SF NewsAugust 16, 2011
    Chicken pho or beef w/ vegetables pho are unique to Turtle Tower
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 24, 2012
    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the pho ga is delicious. Yum!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSOctober 17, 2015
    Try the Pho Ga #9 - Yum (via @Foodspotting)
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresSeptember 29, 2014
    #4 all beef Pho is legit.
  • Luyao Z.
    Luyao ZhangSeptember 25
    Nice Place for its perfect chicken noddle soup.
  • 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
  • Hilary S.
    Hilary StoneAugust 25, 2014
    Be careful--the restaurant closes at 5pm and they aren't open on Thursdays!
  • Jeff A.
    Jeff AndresMarch 25, 2012
    Try the Pho Tai - Soup, noodles, Vietnamese
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Pho, ever. #2 pho tai and a fresh young coconut water.
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanSeptember 1
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken pho ga pho sho
  • James Y.
    James YuMarch 29, 2009
    Order the chicken pho, which is arguably the best chicken pho in the bay area. They have freshly made noodles. This is northern style pho, so it's clear broth and no frills.
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiSeptember 8, 2014
    Order the #4. Thai iced tea is too sweet
  • Turtle Tower S.
    Turtle Tower SfApril 7, 2015
    Little Saigon & Outer Richmond locations accepts credit card payments as of April 4, 2015.
  • Tatsuhiko M.
    Tatsuhiko MiyagawaApril 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    They now have a square register.
  • ╰⊰✿ *~Shira L.
    Northern style pho, Try Pho Ga (Chicken) is amazing
  • Rami H.
    Rami HabalJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Trying a baba with my pho ga and cafe sua da. Baba needed after a busy day.
  • Rami H.
    Rami HabalJanuary 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    White meat no skin is the way to go for pho ga. Also the cafe sua da for good iced coffee.
  • Y Y.
    Y YDecember 24, 2014
    Noodle soup with pan fried stuff is a little too greasy. Don't order if you want a clear broth.
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The napkin is infused with so much ink it smells like an ink cartilage!!! Is it even safe to use? #_@;...
  • Bona K.
    Bona KimOctober 6, 2014
    No 1 with only briskets. Extra broth.
  • Amanda Y.
    Amanda YangSeptember 11, 2014
    Get some fresh coconut juice: pure deliciousness.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 11, 2013
    Pho ga is on 7x7's Big Eat 2013.
  • Jason S.
    Jason StillwellJanuary 6, 2012
    I read this as "Turtle Power Restaurant"... do they have vegetarian Pho?
  • Constance N.
    Constance NicoleApril 24, 2012
    No hoisin sauce, it's northern Vietnam pho!
  • atom
    atomAugust 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the chicken and egg noodle soup, with extra giblets!
  • Tatsuhiko M.
    Tatsuhiko MiyagawaOctober 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    #9 is everything you need.
  • Laura S.
    Laura ShumNovember 9, 2015
    Thin noodles!
    DANGER TAMMarch 28, 2015
    On Thursdays, Laotian pop up is there
  • Sefi K.
    Sefi KeiniMarch 12, 2013
    meat pho is below average, try the chicken pho
  • Takeshi 🍜 O.
    Takeshi 🍜 OhishiJune 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    #9 FTW!!!!
  • Ramsey A.
    Ramsey AbouremelehApril 2, 2012
    Try the frog it very good!
  • Hin T.
    Hin TsangJanuary 16, 2016
    Chicken pho with beef!
  • Joel A.
    Joel AntipuestoJanuary 27, 2013
    7x7 says try the pho ga
  • Anna T.
    Anna TranDecember 23, 2011
    Only order Pho Ga (chicken pho)
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 4, 2011
    Try the Rare Beef and Brisket Pho
  • Mary K.
    Mary KDecember 12, 2013
    Don't ask for hoisin sauce.
  • Lily
    LilyNovember 18, 2010
    Pho Ga! This place is also cash only.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WongJanuary 2, 2014
    Delicious pho ga!
  • Peter H.
    Peter HoangJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Two words: Pho Ga
  • Jeremy N.
    Jeremy NusserJanuary 30, 2010
    Their pho tai (#1) is the best in the bay area!!
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WongFebruary 26, 2013
    best hangover cure. srsly.
  • codeparc llc
    codeparc llcFebruary 15, 2011
    Perfect beef noodles. - Enjoy! :-)
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainJuly 1, 2014
    Open early for breakfast.
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PaullMay 21, 2009
    41. Pho ga at Turtle Tower (from 7x7's 100 Things to Try Before You Die |
  • Stacey L.
    Stacey LeeDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Pho Tai & imperial rolls
  • Shawn N.
    Shawn NguyenSeptember 15, 2009
    try the bung thang, best by far!!!! better than the pho ga in my opinion.
  • Linna
    LinnaNovember 3, 2013
    Whoa. Hello, cleanest Asian bathroom ever. :o
  • shaBOinken (.
    shaBOinken (`_´)ゞFebruary 4, 2013
    day hi to mushu while your here
  • David P.
    David PascualJuly 13, 2012
    best pho in town
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica YuNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    i love turtle tower!! no. 2 and no. 13 ftw!! ;D
  • Jess Z.
    Jess ZhangSeptember 7, 2012
    No bean sprout /basil! Overrated beef pho..
  • Joel A.
    Joel AntipuestoNovember 10, 2011
    Pho Ga = delicious chicken soup!
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineJanuary 27, 2010
    We recommend the pho's #41 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010. Read more
  • Motohiro T.
    Motohiro TakayamaFebruary 18, 2013
    Chicken Pho
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel G.April 24, 2011
    No veggie options but they'll bring ya a pile of vegetables.
  • Mani K.
    Mani KDecember 30, 2011
    Pho ga, FTW.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 24, 2010
    Try the Pho Ga
  • Carlie
    CarlieAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken pho!
  • Jessica Y.
    Jessica YuAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
  • Y A.
    Y AxisApril 25, 2010
    Order coconut juice here
  • John C.
    John ChungSeptember 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    #6 for me.
  • BeefStew
    BeefStewOctober 26, 2013
    Cash only? wtf. Average food.
  • Tristan O.
    Tristan O'TierneyJuly 7, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    the rare beef noodle here is amazing
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