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The Lunch Lady, Vancouver, BC
Award-winning

The Lunch Lady

4.6
4.6
579 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Vietnamese
Enjoy award-winning Vietnamese street food in the heart of Commercial Drive! Lunch Lady is not your average pho joint – dishes showcasing the PNW’s best ingredients, craft cocktails, and Michelin quality service makes us a crowd favourite with locals and international guests alike. Come and discover our modern and soulful dishes that are distinctly authentic to Vietnam. We look forward to serving you!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 50 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Vietnamese, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 559-5938
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Benedict Lim
  • Private party facilities
    management@thelunchlady.com
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Commercial Drive
  • Cross Street
    Commercial Drive & Napier St.
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 579 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

579 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Vietnamese restaurant I’ve been to. Everything was amazing.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    The wagyu beef noodle soup is extremely salty, not worth it at all.

    The Lunch LadyResponded 1 day ago

    Dear Valued Customer, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We sincerely apologize for the disappointing experience you had with us the other day. Our commitment is to deliver high-quality dishes and exceptional service, and we regret falling short of your expectations during your visit. To make things right, please contact us and we would appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns directly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Kindly, The Lunch Lady Management.

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  3. Stellap

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Two of us went for lunch after shopping at the Gourmet Warehouse Appetizer: Prawn fritters.... 1 order.shared between 2 of us...3 very big fritters. Nice crispy batter. If we'd known how big our lunch would be we would ahve skipped the appetizer :) Main: we both had Pork Skewers and vermicelli.. Took half of it home for DH's dinner. HUGE. Pork skewer had nice charcoal grill taste.. Pork spring rolls (2) were delicious. Could have used a bit more of the sauce (simply because there was so much vermicelli) Noise level was high but table was small so we could talk ok. We were both chilly as we were seated near the door to the outside service area. Definitely make a reservation as there was a 1 hour wait for walk ups though it did clear while we were there (came at 12:30) seated by 12:40. Will be going back to try duck salad and intend to save room for dessert.

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  4. NicholeL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing. Staff was so kind and polite, just a really great energy overall. Will definitely be back!

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  5. LexiM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, but music maybe had too much drake haha. Joking but it was a lot of drake.

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  6. Kayley

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservations Recommended. Great birthday dinner from start to finish. All staff was very attentive, and worked collaboratively to ensure drinks stayed filled, plates were removed, and food was served hot and fresh. Drinks were yummy but food was out of this world. So fresh, authentic, and flavourful. Totally worth the hype. Can't wait to go back.

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  7. LiamS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was excellent, not much else to say.

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  8. AMYN

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was quite delicious but wish all the hot food didn’t come at the same time. Our food got cold really quick

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My partner and I enjoyed an excellent set menu meal. Highly recommend

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  10. LK1986

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 cannot wait to go back! Prawn fritters are a must and the veggie Pho is delish!!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The spring rolls were good, my friend and I shared the chicken noodle pho with chicken balls. I thought the chicken was tough but the flavour of the broth was nice. Had panang dessert and was delicious

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  12. RebeccaC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    My husband and I tried the Family Style spread on Sunday night and there was so much food, even though we doubted when we first looked at the menu and was contemplating whether we needed to order an extra bowl of Pho. The family style variety was so worth it and we highly recommend their food! Every dish was prepared with such high quality, and the flavors and ingredients just go so well together, we couldn't stop talking about the food after. The highlight was the octopus skewers, and the pandan coconut sticky rice dessert; would come back 200% just for these items alone.

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  13. CrystalL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    phenomenal as always! Great food, huge portions, and very fair price point. We love it here every time. Service is always friendly and knowledgeable.

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  14. Hopingformore

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Been here before and loved it- this time seated with my back up against a pipe. The menu was complicated and our server was difficult to Understand in part due to the loud music and loud crowd. We might have partaken in the fixed menu or tried some other things but we felt like we didn’t get clear answers about the menu so we opted for what looked understandable and not too much food. The food was on the greasy side and mostly not that interesting. Not a Michelin nite- don’t need to go back.

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  15. LindaW

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The four dishes we had were very good, however we felt there were no other items on the menu that interested us. Consequently, we may not return. We found the food was a bit pricey as well. Both of us have been to Vietnam a few times and have never seen any of the dishes available, except the spring rolls. I find it hard to believe this is really Vietnamese street food. We were celebrating a birthday and we’re presented with a tiramisu and candle. Very impressed! The service was amazing.

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  16. NaomiB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is exceptional! Great service, great atmosphere. Cant get enough of the Vegan Pho. Prawn fritters are excellent

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  17. Kaitlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything I had was excellent. The guavarita was perfectly balanced and the spicy rim was lovely. The garlic noodles were delectable (it was hard not to scarf them down they were so tasty!). The vietnamese tiramisu was a dream! All the staff, host, bartender, and servers were friendly and professional. Truly a great place to enjoy a tasty meal out!

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  18. NatCanada

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Visit was decent. Was celebrating my cousin’s birthday which had been put in the comments/what we were celebrating. Just an acknowledgment or candle when we ordered dessert would have been nice. Also not a fan of the lunch exclusive soups only offered during lunch. Wish that was advertised more clearly on the website or on social media. Bone marrow amount was not proportional to the amount of crisps. Normally I’m asking for more crisps but this time I had nothing to put on the crisps because the amount of marrow was quite little. I’ve ordered this several times so that was a little disappointing. Prices go up and seems portion sizes are less.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great lunch today! The vegan noodle soup and the grill chicken on rice hit the spot. Thanks for the great service and food.

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  20. LauraG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, prawns are a must try! Fun restaurant, service was great. Book to avoid being disappointed.

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  21. Char

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the family style menu for four people and it was even better than the set for two people. The food was superb and flavorful. Great value for your money too. Drinks were also delicious and service was amazing!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    This is my sixth time dining at Lunch Lady. I brought 3 of my good friends since I think it was a great dining spot. I was sooo disappointed by the food quality which has deteriorated since my last visit 4 months ago. The crab meat fried rice was a disappointment. It used to be my favourite dish that it’s a must order at LL. The rice last night was so moist that it doesn’t qualify to be a fried rice (fried rice supposed to be dry and each single rice should be separated). The flavour was ok that the crunchy bits were still there. The bone marrow dish was a failure. All we can tasted was the hoisin sauce…there was barely any bone marrow to be scraped. Spring rolls were overly deep fried that was almost burnt. The pho Bo was mediocre. The only good dishes were the beef carpaccio and the garlic noodles, 2.5/6 ! The 1.5 hour dining limit was really rushed that we were literally being forced out of the restaurant because the next party was there. We obviously can’t even make it to the desserts! I understand that LL owner is trying to maximize their profits but there is a fine line between maximizing profits and rushing your customers out of the door. It has totally spoiled the dining experience! My humble opinion for LL is if they want to excel and continue to be on the Michelin Bid Gourmand list, they have to ensure their food quality, the taste and the consistency is key! Finally, having such a tight dining time limit will just turn people away because it really spoiled the dining experience. This is NOT a fast food chain at the end of the day.

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  23. JasonS

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Service was fantastic and attentive. I will be back!

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  24. Hann

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Hi, We dined at the Lunch Lady for a 9.30pm reservation on Friday (we would have come earlier but it was booked out.) We love the LL and always look forward to dinning here so were happy to take the later booking. We sat down and ordered all our food and two glasses of wine pretty promptly. The food was epic as always. At 10.20 our server came over to us and told us that the bar was doing a last call for the night. We were half way through our first dishes. I totally understand wanting to close but if you are going to accept late bookings my expectation was that we would be able to dine and drink comfortably. The restaurant was still full. We ordered another drink but the fact that we knew that we wouldn't be able to order anything else pretty much ruined our evening. Our mains came and we ate them quickly as we no longer felt welcome and tables were being folded down around us. We were not offered desert or coffee. We were celebrating a special occasion and were out to have a good time. Super disappointed as we were looking forward to it and had a really negative experience. Cheers

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  25. JorgeA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous ambiance and delicious food. Excellent service as well. Will definitely go back

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  26. JoanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing!!! We had the veggie crispy rolls, crispy prawns, lemon grass tofu and garlic prawns, all SO delicious. Our server was very sweet and super efficient. Our only complaint is that we felt a little rushed for our dinner; 1h30 for a table of 4 is a little short.

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  27. foodiefan

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food and service was excellent. Flavors for Family style menu was unique and flavorful and portions were very good. We loved the butterfly prawns, carpaccio and octopus skewers. Fried pandan dessert was amazing, the tiramisu also decent. Parking was minimal around the area so give yourself extra time especially since seating are reserved in 1.5 hr time slots.

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  28. Juanita

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food and service good but it felt rushed. We were in and out in 45 minutes and we ordered 5 dishes. While the food was good it is kind of expensive for the type of food.

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  29. NikkyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent overall I love this place. The bone marrow is so delicious and the staff are very accommodating for birthdays as well as allergies.

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  30. Cboogie

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious. Worth lining up for, except on a rainy day, unless you're getting a Pho dish.

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  31. yummers

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    I understand that there is a 90 minute turn around but it was mentioned 3 times. Kind of unclassy.

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  32. DavidT

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Still one my favourites- I think things could get better. The restroom is pretty nasty - it needs a renovation- shabby chick is good but not in the bathroom

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lunch Lady is always dependable and delicious. We have enjoyed their reliable offerings over the years like the Crispy Spring Rolls, Beef Pho and Steak Luc Lac. We love how they continue to be creative and add imaginative and wonderful dishes like Crispy Prawn Fritters and Crispy Soft Shell Crabs. With the continued creativity and expanding menu Lunch Lady will always be a destination for us on our travels.

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  34. CharlesL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience at the Lunch Lady, it was my 3rd time visiting the restaurant and the quality of the food has been consistent. Tastes great and certainly a place I would recommend to friends.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Usually have a great time here. But not this time.

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  36. HazelC

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Set menu was good value. Overall, beef and noodle dishes were a touch on the sweet side for my palate, but creative and flavourful. Pandan rice cake was a big hit!

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  37. Amw87

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ! Absolutely obsessed with the veggie spring rolls and bone marrow 😍 Our server Alex was super friendly, attentive and made our experience enjoyable. Thank you for your superb customer service, they are lucky to have you working there 👍

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  38. Leon

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a delicious place to eat! I’ve dined at Lunch Lady 3 times now, and will be back many more times, it’s that good!

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  39. Kitkat

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    My friend and I made reservation online, so it was great that we could be seated right away once arrived at the restaurant. It was our first time here. We ordered two dishes. The presentation and flavours of the food were great. Only the portion was a bit small. We usually eat more for dinner, but we felt full because of the oily food. The drink was in a smaller size as well. Service was average. Servers were polite. Once we seated, a server who told us the first thing was that we could only have 1.5 hrs for the meal. We totally understood the restaurant was busy and they wouldn't want customers to sit for a long time, so they could have more turnarounds and do more businesses. the restaurant was full of customers and noise. However, we were probably unlucky that we sat right next to four customers who talked and laughed extremely loudly and made weird noise. My friend and I could hardly chat because it was extremely noise. I would recommend this restaurant to others as it is Michelin recommended. Hopefully, if I go here again, I will have a better dining experience.

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  40. yvonnec

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service . Don’t miss out dining here .

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Lunch Lady using the Order Online button. The Lunch Lady also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Lunch Lady also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 559-5938.

The Lunch Lady is rated 4.6 stars by 579 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 50 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Lunch Lady

1046 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W9

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    Commercial Drive & Napier St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Commercial Drive
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Vietnamese, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Benedict Lim
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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