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Turtle Tower Restaurant

Turtle Tower Restaurant

(Now Closed)
Vietnamese Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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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
    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.
  • 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
  • Chip M.heart icon on user image
    Chip MorelandMarch 7, 2018
    Raw beef pho (#2) with chicken broth and 1/2 the noodles is my jam. Best nourishing broth without all the MSG that is rampant in most vietnamese restaurants. Keep an open mind about the northern style
  • 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
  • Khanh N.
    Khanh NguyenDecember 30, 2017
    Amazing Pho! Both the broth and the noodles are astronomical. Good service too
  • Charlene N.
    Charlene NaughtonMarch 9, 2018
    I love vermicelli bowls but here you can only get them with egg rolls and a side of pork or vice versa. This ends up costing you $20! The pho looked better.
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Bianca L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Shirley L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Garry T.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Merih O.heart icon on user image
    Merih OcbazghiApril 14, 2017
    Love this place - go every time I'm in SF. The Bun Cha Hanoi is amazing!
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 7, 2017
    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
  • Matthew H.heart icon on user image
    Matthew HuieAugust 25, 2018
    Pretty decent bowl of pho near the downtown core. It's too bad they don't open late!
  • 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.
  • Jordan F.heart icon on user image
    Jordan FineMay 13, 2019
    pho ga makes a nice afternoon lunch on a chilly day. I went with the small and it was plenty food!
  • Nancy T.heart icon on user image
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    Authentic Pho reminiscent of Pho made in Northern Vietnam. Order the Pho Ga (chicken Pho).
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David 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!
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Chicken pho is the specialty, with a clear broth that is soothing with a deep chicken flavor. Read more
  • Dave J.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    It's Northern-style Pho. No sprouts, Thai basil, ect. On the side. And, the noodles are tricky to eat with chopsticks.
  • Ian C.heart icon on user image
    Ian CheeMay 17, 2014
    Highly recommend the Pho Gá! Possibly serves the best rice noodles in the Bay Area.
  • Christian F.heart icon on user image
    Christian FengNovember 9, 2018
    #9 Chicken Pho is the way to go! #10 if you enjoy the Giblets
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinDecember 1, 2018
    Love the chicken pho! Numba 9..Simply perfect
  • Chris K.heart icon on user image
    Chris KedNovember 28, 2013
    Phi is great but summer rolls are out of this world. You have to to have it. No excuse.
  • 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.
  • Lasagne Z.heart icon on user image
    Lasagne ZucchiniNovember 2, 2021
    Beef and chicken pho are both amazing!
  • Teresa
    TeresaJune 19, 2015
    Northern Vietnam style. Get the pho ga. Or chicken soup if you're sick. Soul warming :)
  • 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
  • LaShea R.
    LaShea RoweJuly 28, 2013
    They only take cash. Great prices. Try the beef stewed in wine sauce with rice.
  • Bkwm J.heart icon on user image
    Bkwm JJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's rare beef noodle soup is served in chicken broth! How interesting! :P
  • Heather C.heart icon on user image
    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...
  • Henry W.heart icon on user image
    Henry WuAugust 9, 2014
    Well made chicken pho here. Light and refreshing alternative to beef pho.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Northern style pho! I think I prefer it! Broth is to DIE for.
  • 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.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterAugust 20, 2013
    Pho like you've never had before. Warning: cash only & closed Thursday.
  • 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
  • Matt H.
    Matt HiltachkAugust 26, 2014
    I like turtles... But seriously, best pho in the TL.
  • 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
  • Luyao Z.heart icon on user image
    Luyao ZhangSeptember 25, 2017
    Nice Place for its perfect chicken noddle soup.
  • Sherry L.heart icon on user image
    Sherry LiJuly 26, 2015
    Chicken pho is a must have if you've never been
  • 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!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSOctober 17, 2015
    Try the Pho Ga #9 - Yum (via @Foodspotting)
  • 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.
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