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501 Main St, Ste 5, East Hartford, CT 06118-1055
+1 860-569-3700
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun 08:00 - 01:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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Hartford, Connecticut
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49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is always a line at lunch but so worth the wait. Menu is simple and the beef Pho is served fast and delicious. Best place around, not fancy but the food is the best and the prices are excellent!! Best value and taste around!!

Thank QA_Geek
United States
Level Contributor
42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my daughter here today, she has never had Vietnamese food. She really enjoyed it. They do not have a menu here, they have a board on the wall behind the counter and it's the same food every week, just changes for different days. Today they had Pho steak or shrimp or both. We both has the steak. It comes... More 

Thank Cheryl D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I come here it is spot on. The sate is probably the best I've had as well. The staff is friendly and the food is delicious. They don't have a large menu, but what they do, they do it right.

Thank John S
Cromwell, Connecticut
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124 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

A friend of mine brought me here for the first time. He got the large Pho and I got the medium one. Believe me, the medium size was plenty big for me. I got the Beef Pho which was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for Vietnamese Pho.

Thank Little_PC
hartford, ct
Level Contributor
75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I stopped here on a cold rainy day for the perfect cure for this kind of weather. Shrimp pho with savoy hot broth, rice noodles. Srirachi sauce, bean sprouts, mint leaves and lime in the side to flavor to your own liking. Awesome delicious spring rolls are cool and refreshing with hearty peanut sauce.

Thank majik48
Level Contributor
198 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Went here during lunch and man were they busy. I was a bit confused about whether to just sit, or order at the counter... but a man came and told us to sit. I didn't see a menu, but turns out it's on the board up front because it's so limited. I ordered a chicken pho and was told no,... More 

Thank Timothy C
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We have been going to Pho 501 for at least twelve years. Their menu is simple: the classic Vietnamese Pho (soup), made with either beef, shrimp or vegetarian, and served with a dish of fresh basil, sprouts and lime which you add yourself. It is absolutely satisfying, and the best Pho we have had anywhere! On Sundays, they have an... More 

Thank vittoriogrove
Portland, Connecticut
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

While the pho has always been great, the Vietnamese spring rolls, or Gỏi cuốn, where awful, filled with two shrimp and lettuce. They looked as if a 5 year old rolled them and the lettuce used was turning brown. Much to my dismay, even the dipping sauce was also a big disappountment, watered down and lacking flavor. Normally, these rolls... More 

Thank Kayleigh K
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This family run restaurant is busy. It took us two hours just to get our seats and meals. I can't really complain because the food is authentic but the menu is very limited. Lee is a amazing waiter and has a great way with customers. The only downfall is the small space.

Thank Catharine N
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Found this tonight while on business using Trip Advisor. I really love good Pho and this place delivered. It is local and the menu is small and they serve Pho. Don;t go looking for a lot of options. They do Pho right and I made me happy with my food choice. Not a high end dinning area but I like... More 

Thank MikeGoodwin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Main St, Ste 5, East Hartford, CT 06118-1055
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  East Hartford
  • Phone Number: +1 860-569-3700

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?