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The Lunch Lady, Vancouver, BC
Award-winning

The Lunch Lady

4.8
4.8
723 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 39 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–Thu 11:00 am–2:30 pm Fri–Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 559-5938
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Benedict Lim
  • Catering
    We are pleased to announce that we are now offering catering! <br />To browse our catering menu, visit our website at thelunchlady.com. For all catering requests, please email info@thelunchlady.com. <br />Please note, 48 hours advance notice is required for all catering orders.
  • Private party facilities
    For all private dining and buyout requests, please email management@thelunchlady.com.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Commercial Drive
  • Cross Street
    Commercial Drive &amp; 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 723 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

723 Reviews
  1. AmandaK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never ever had a bad meal here or bad service. Always exceeds my expectations.

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  2. Lovely

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good and will recommend to friends. Services were ok. There are rooms for improvements.

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  3. JenniferS

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My new favorite place. Everything was great and family menu was great value!

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  4. RachelC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been a few times and never disappoints! Best pho in Vancouver.

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  5. HenryW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the An Choi-Family Style for 2. Every dish was delicious, service was great! Highly recommend! Can’t wait to come back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First two courses of the family meal were excellent, the noddle dish was not very good. Dessert was excellent.

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  7. BradJ

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Maybe our expectations were way too high, but we found this restaurant really underwhelmed. In a city so rich with great restaurants of all cuisines and all levels of cuisine, we really found it puzzling how this restaurant received a Michelin Bib Gourmand. That designation should represent a standard level of quality, and it definitely did not in this case. We ordered 5 dishes for the 3 of us; none were great, 2 were fairly good, 2 were barely average (and overpriced for what they delievered), and 1 was inedible (the octopus was so chewy we couldn't finish it. Their chef needs to go to Europe to see how it's done properly). And our server might have been new to the world of waitering, because although she was polite and meant well, she was very inexperienced and provided a level of service I might expect at a casual greasy spoon...and even many of them are far better. Never asked us how our food was, and didn't take notice of the octupus left on the plate when clearing the dishes; basic waitering tips. Again, probably good intentions, but inexperienced execution. We're not hating on her; she just needs a lot of training, so that's the owners responsibility. I will say though that the food servers were quite good and they thoughtfully described each dish they were bringing, so thank you to them. Overall, food and service were sub-par, but the atmosphere and some of the flavours were good enough to give it a fair rating. But truthfully, save your money and go to any number of places that can easily out-do this place in every way.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely one of the best meals i’ve had in vancouver. The service was amazing and so was our server Luke

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  9. Tea0920

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and service for lunch on Wednesday. Soup of the day was definitely enough for two.

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  10. Ally

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredibly fun and delicious spot to go on a date or out with friends. The steak was outstanding - melts as soon as you cut into it. The reviews don’t do this place justice

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  11. Nina

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It is hard to make reservations as the place is always full, so I was interested to find out what the hype is all about. Finally, we got in on Easter Sunday, and we were sitting outside the heated patio for a family of three. I get the cafe-style ambiance, but the stools are too small and stainless steel, and the part of the patio we are in, the ground is a bit lopsided. It was hard to move to another table as they were fully booked. Oh fun! We had the crispy prawns and spring rolls to start. The food was okay, and I'm not jumping all over it. The crispy prawns were very crispy, as the menu name says, but it has no taste. The spring rolls were ok. My son ordered a Vietnamese iced coffee. I was expecting it to come with a coffee filter phin, but it was Starbucks-style iced coffee. That was disappointing. I would have expected a more authentic taste and dining style if they advertised it as a genuine Vietnamese street food style.

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  12. ChristopherC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent Nouveau Vietnamese restaurant that is Michelin listed

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  13. Audrey

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really tasty spot on Commercial Drive! We tried the pho, beef carpaccio and pork spring rolls. Everything was delicious - the beef carpaccio is my favorite in the city. I also got the egg coffee and it was nice and reminded me of the ones I had in Hanoi.

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  14. Oldschooltodd

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. Order the family menu and just let the night happen. You can’t go wrong here.

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  15. DinersRUs

    Vancouver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small restaurant with great flavors! Service was great and place was hopping.

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  16. GarlandM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Never disappoints. Food is spot ON always. If you’ve never been… go!

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  17. IvanE

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I wanted to share our wonderful experience at the Lunch Lady yesterday, where my wife and I celebrated her birthday. The food was exceptional, as always, and we were pleasantly surprised when the waiter went the extra mile by bringing us a dessert on the house. It was a delightful gesture that made our dining experience even more memorable. We highly recommend Lunch Lady for its delicious food and outstanding service!

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  18. Rona

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and wonderful service. Beef carpaccio and octopus skewers are 2 of the best things I've ever eaten, and I'm a huge foodie who has travelled to over 100 countries! Keep it up Lunch Lady!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely dinner + our server, Luke, was exceptional.

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  20. GregLam

    Acapulco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always a positive experience here. Daniel, Aaron and the team are A++++¥+

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  21. YVRshopper

    Vancouver

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the special of the day. On a Wednesday that’s BÚN RIÊU (GF) crab meatball, fish cake, prawns, puffed tofu, tomato, sliced pork, vermicelli, tomato crab broth! So good. The service was excellent and attentive. I enjoyed the patio on.cool day and sipped Jasmine tea to add to the experience.

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  22. GLAVATRON

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lunch lady on Commercial Drive truly offers an unforgettable dining experience that deserves nothing less than a 5-star review. From the moment you step in, you're greeted by the warm and inviting ambiance that makes you feel right at home. The real magic, however, lies in the food. Every dish is a testament to the culinary skills and passion for cooking. The flavors are bold, authentic, and perfectly balanced, showcasing a variety of dishes that cater to every palate. What sets this place apart isn't just the exceptional food; it's the seamless, no-nonsense service. The focus here is on enjoying your meal, not on unnecessary chit-chat. The lunch lady team ensure that your dining experience is smooth, with swift service that anticipates your needs without intruding on your meal. For those seeking a culinary adventure without the frills, this spot on Commercial Drive is a must-visit. Whether you're a local or just passing through, the lunch lady offers a memorable experience that will leave you planning your next visit before you've even left.

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  23. ladykwan

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, pork belly a little overdone but still yummy!

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  24. Nassima

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and service, nice restaurant, I can recommend this place to my friends

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. We made another reservation before even leaving the restaurant, which says something. Amazing flavors and fantastic service from the whole team.

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  26. LucyB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing restaurant, great friendly service, the menu is so simple but each dish is extremely tasty and special. The booking system worked really well, we requested a high chair for our baby and they had one set out ready for us when we arrived. Our table was in the corner of the outside area which was slightly cramped but didn't detract from the enjoyment of the meal. We did book quite late so that was probably why. The price is reasonable for how big the portions are (and how yummy the food is!), especially taking into account the great location.

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  27. NeelamF

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m OBSESSED!!! The vibe outstanding, music fire, food phenomenal, service (Jenny) fantastic!!!! I LOVE ❤️ LOVE ❤️ this place!!! I’m def going again!!!

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  28. debraf

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every item we ordered was delicious! This restaurant did not disappoint!

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  29. kk821

    Vancouver

    178 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    178 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was spectacular! We ordered the tasting menu for 2 even though we had 3 people, and we topped up with the bone marrow and the crispy prawns. Their food is perfectly seasoned and goes well with a cocktail! If you like coffee, definitely try their egg coffee too — brought us right back to Vietnam! We’ll definitely be back to try more! :)

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ll definitely recommend and I will for sure be back as well.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super nice staff and very efficiently ran overall. The decor is cool and the bar area is super inviting. Carpaccio was the best I’ve had and the loc lac was perfect. Pho was good also.

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  32. RachelM

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, great food, just a bit more time than I’d like in between courses

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hands down the best meal I've had in a very long time. We went with the set menu for two and all the dishes were outstanding.

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  34. HKA009

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We only wish we had a bottomless stomach to order more food. Our server was amazing and super friendly with our kids. Next time I want to try the sticky rice with pork belly, but the soft shell crab was definitely a winner still. Can’t wait to go back.

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  35. JamesR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great all around experience. What a wonderful time. Thanks to Ivy and the whole team for making a great experience. Will be back

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  36. FoodieGirl

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I recommend the soft shell crab fritters and duck salad

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  37. FoodieMax

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was out third visit to Lunch Lady and we have been impressed every time by the outstanding quality of the food. It is a bit pricey, but well worth a visit.

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  38. Coco

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beyond the expectations and totally satisfied. We got a surprise birthday cake, too.

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  39. Katherinav

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and great service! We were impressed when they added fresh greens to our spring rolls at no extra cost.

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  40. Cyit

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Will definitely have to come back again

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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 4.8 stars by 723 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 39 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 &amp; Napier St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Commercial Drive
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Thu 11:00 am–2:30 pm Fri–Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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
  • Phone number
    (604) 559-5938
  • Catering
    We are pleased to announce that we are now offering catering! <br />To browse our catering menu, visit our website at thelunchlady.com. For all catering requests, please email info@thelunchlady.com. <br />Please note, 48 hours advance notice is required for all catering orders.
  • Private party facilities
    For all private dining and buyout requests, please email management@thelunchlady.com.
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