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The Lunch Lady, Vancouver, BC
Award-winning

The Lunch Lady

4.7
4.7
692 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 36 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 5:00 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 692 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

692 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined today

    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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  2. HKA009

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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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  3. JamesR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  4. FoodieGirl

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  5. FoodieMax

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday dinner out. Everything was delicious. Even the cocktails!

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  10. LilianL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time going, we were 20 mins early to our reservation because we knew it would be busy but they were able to seat us immediately. Had the 2 person house meal, super delicious and great service. Went as a birthday celebration and also received an extra dessert we weren’t expecting. Amazing service, will definitely go again.

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  11. CurtC

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always extremely flavorful food and polite servers

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  12. Derrick

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As an avid connoisseur of Vietnamese food I found that the food was mediocre at best. I have had much better Vietnamese food that was more flavorful than that of Lunch Lady. While I believe that good ingredients were used to make their products there was little to be impressed by with flavor. Lunch Lady doesn’t even come close to Luc Lac in Portland or many places in SoCal including Brodard and OC & Lau when it comes to flavor and value.

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  13. FaithD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to the lunch lady many times and it has always been my favorite go to for any occasion. It was my husbands birthday and the service was rushed and sloppy. Not a usual for the restaurant. No matter how busy we have always had stellar service but our last visit was a bit of a disappointment. We went to order and both my husbands order and mine were unavailable. The waitress left and came back to get our new order, those were also unavailable and it became frustrating. It would have been nice to know right of the bat was unavailable. By the time we got our food, both the pho and the garlic noodles were cold. The steak was fine. Our server was not very attentive and I left with a bitterness that I may not be back to try lunch lady for a while

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  14. BebsM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food & service! We will definitely come back.

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  15. Charito

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, excellent service from the servers and nice little place.

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  16. LoraD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Both our mains were not good. The steak was mostly difficult to chew and fatty; the egg noodles with fish sauce, runny poached egg and Parmesan was not good. It was evident when the server came back to take our plates as he was surprised we hardly ate any of it. We didn’t complain and he never questioned us. We liked the Carpaccio and Taro chips and the Blueberry Cheese cake with small pieces of fried banana were delicious. Two out of the 4-5 pieces of Octopus were very chewy. We were in Vietnam last year and hoped this was going to be a knock-out based on reviews and a great looking Instagram page. I did enjoy the lively vibe and mural. Outdoor seating was warm and although the metal stools are charmingly Vietnamese, we’d have liked seats with backs like the indoor tables. Our servers were friendly and efficient to get us out before our time was up. Open Table asked how we liked our experience so I’ve answered ;-)

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  17. Foodfan

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, food came out nice and hot, which we love. We felt welcomed. Definitely recommend and will come again.

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  18. JennyL

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday celebration with delicious food and great service.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great experience, just make sure to check the for what the specials are on the menu for which day you go and you won’t be disappointed.

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  20. StephanieL

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One hour table booking was feasible with 3 shared dishes including the special. Excellent despite the rush.

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  21. Brian

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Not a good value for your money Tip was set for 18% which I thought was high

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  22. MarnieB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always!!! Everything was delicious! Service was great!

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  23. WennaD

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Loved the family set. On the pricier end but worth it - definitely worthy of a Bib Gourmand.

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  24. jilliani

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and flavourful food. Knowledgeable and professional staff. I recommend the set menu!

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  25. genab

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines

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  26. Monhanna

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food (lunch) was amazing; ambience and service were above average. We would definitely go back again, and I actually really want to go back and try their dinner menu.

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  27. StephenR

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the sampler. Definitely the best way to go. Tremendous value. If you are there for the first time like we were, definitely choose the sampler.

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  28. SharonV

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed trying a few new menu items and everything was delicious. I did miss the truffle chicken salad, though!

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  29. Shantanu

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience of the Vietnamese cuisine so true to its roots! Extremely good food with amazing flavours and aromas.

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  30. Rhys

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend, amazing food, amazing service and reasonably priced for the quality.

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  31. Aron

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience. I highly recommend it. Fun atmosphere with exceptional food.

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  32. ClaireK

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great restaurant! The food is consistently delicious and the service was amazing.

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  33. AileenP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It is better to have a reservation than walking in. Tried both and was easier having our table reserved, though we came early than the time we were supposed to come they still accommodated us. Just had to wait for a little bit than expected.

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  34. Trish

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend and I had a great lunch at the "Lunch Lady". It was a birthday celebration and we were both so surprised and pleased to be served a delicious birthday dessert, on the house! Well done, L.L.

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  35. Kellyshih

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVE the restaurant as always. We ordered a dinner for 4 for the 4 of us, it was SO MUCH food, amazing value. I really appreciate when each dish was served they told us what it is, how to eat it (try eating this with this herb, then try this sauce). We went with 2 people who has never been to Lunch Lady, and they are amazed with the service!

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  36. Kk03

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch lady was one of my favorite meals I’ve ever had in Vancouver! We had the 4 person family style shared dishes, every dish was unique and had incredible flavors. The service was outstanding as well. Highly recommend.

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  37. BrandonC

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the tasting menu. Amazing experience and value.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service, good portions good vibes.

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  39. JillyS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, quick service and friendly staff. Will be coming back for sure.

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  40. RiRi

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Claire our server was excellent. Food and drinks were delicious!

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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 4.7 stars by 692 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 36 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 5:00 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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