The Lunch Lady

4.6
64 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Vietnamese
Since 1995, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh, most famously known as the legendary lunch lady, has served rotating daily noodle soups to Saigon locals and world travellers. 

“It’s like discovering new neighbourhoods every few mouthfuls.”
- Anthony Bourdain on Mrs. Thanh’s soups, No Reservations

It has always been a dream of hers to share her food with the world. The moment she met Victoria it was an instant connection—two “lunch ladies” with the same passion. Now, Victoria’s Five Elements restaurant turns a new leaf, becoming the home of Lunch Lady in Vancouver. The humble and inspiring story of Lunch Lady takes its next steps in a city that champions culinary diversity in hopes of introducing the true flavours of Vietnam.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 64 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Megs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food, drinks and service were excellent. Celebrated a birthday and they brought us some shots. All the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant seemed quite bright for our late dinner, so if anything I would suggest lowering the lights in the evening. But even with that, it was a perfect evening. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Foods were excellent, authentic Vietnamese with a touch of creativity from the chefs. Luke, our server, was very friendly and attentive. We’ll definitely coming back. Highly recommended.

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dane
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

I was unimpressed with the food and value, particularly given the quality of the numerous authentic Viet restaurants in Vancouver.

The spring rolls were disappointing, as were the beef noodles. I'm wishing that I had ordered the daily soup special, as it looked quite good, but don't know that I'll be back to try it. A cocktail, appetizer, and entrée for two plus tip was over $100. At this price-point, I was expecting something more innovative and better executed. The ambience was good, but tables in the middle were very small and unpleasantly close together (made possible by plexi barriers and probably required to maintain physical distance with the tables on the other side).

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good but small portions

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time trying Lunch Lady, and it did not disappoint! Will be back again to try new food.

Amazing: crispy prawns and beef carpaccio
Very good: pork skewers and fried garlic noddles
Good: churros with coffee ice cream

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604techgal
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The pho is really delicious and the drinks were yummy. It's quite pricey for the size and value. I wasn't expecting our bill for two to be $150. We did order the snail and bone marrow which were quite expensive.

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vipChanel
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I would rate them overall at a 5. The only deduction for a star was that we had a reservation and were texted 10 minutes prior to the reservation to say that our table was ready. When we arrived exactly at our reservation time they said they were not ready for us that someone else would need to leave before we could be seated. We had to wait an additional 25 minutes outside in the cold because ‘our table was almost ready’.
Horrible start to a great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely restaurant, delicious food! Definitely going back to try more items on the menu!!

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Naomi
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The staff was soo helpful and have great recommendations! Cocktails were amazing!

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and excellent drinks! Service was friendly, will be going back for sure.

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vipMC22
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. The must try dishes are the bone marrow, beef luc lac steak and the clams. A sleeper dish that was also bomb was the garlic stir fry noodles.

Great spot for a different twist to traditional Vietnamese food. Awesome spot for a date night or a night out with friends.

Highly reconmended

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such tasty food paired with the best service. We will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

The cod dish was great but their pho was too sweet and lukewarm.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service here is always amazing! I love both their lunch and dinner menu. Garlic noodles are a must order for dinner!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Foods were amazing but portions r a bit small. Service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our whole family loves this place! The flavours are amazing!
Staff are great! We will be back!

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PatrickW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What an amazing dining experience! Would give it more stars if I could!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience overall, food came periodically one after the other so we didn’t really have to wait. Our server whom I forget her name, gave us exceptional service & you knew by the way she explained each dish that she was well versed. Would definitely go back in the future!!

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CarlyJ
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch Lady 100% held up to expectations. Amazing authentic Vietnamese dishes combined with some incredibly delicious fusion creations AND amazing cocktails and service? 10/10 in my books. Highly recommend the beef carpaccio, lemongrass clams, and garlic noodles (adding the egg is a must). We'll be back for sure!

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Richard
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would go back again. Portions are generous considering it's fusion like/modernized version of vietnamese food. Very tasty

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CelinaL
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came for my anniversary & everything lived up to the hype!!
Must get: beef carpaccio, bone marrow & iberico pork

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RMee
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we had tasted amazing! I really liked the vibrant atmosphere too.

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GPLover
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service. Loved the positive vibes from everyone once you enter. We found the portions smaller then expected (not complaining) which actually made it easier to order more to share.

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Albacorelucy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Elevated street food with excellent quality ingredients. Worth the price & wait!

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Kellyshih
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE this restaurant, the food was to die for! Food was exceptional, service was great! lovely dividers between tables. Can't wait to go again!

Friend of mine is always hard to please... This is the 2nd restaurant we’ve been to that when I go “oh it’s SO good”, he replied with “it’s good”. (He usually said “it’s ok”)!

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IainG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal. Service & food both great, highly recommend.

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MeanTangerine
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic. Top to bottom a great experience. We had Luke as our server. Was fantastic. Cannot speak more highly if I tried.

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EdisonY
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. wish there was a bit more options to the noodle soups but everything else is great!

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vipJenjen0312
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Glad they are finally taking reservations. We tried four dishes, the fried prawns, garlic noodles, luc luc and the special whelk. I also had a cocktail and husband had beer. Our fav was the noodles and prawns. Prawns were really good. Husband said the luc luc was only ok, the flavor was good but the beef itself didn’t taste like quality meat.
I would go back and try some other items on the menu.

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BrittneyM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and unreal service!!! We had the chili prawns and pork spring rolls, beef carpaccio and garlic noodles, would recommend all!

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Munchie
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Really good food, nice venue. Recommend the clams and the guava cocktail!

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CandyB86
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You gotta try this! One of the best in town! If not THE BEST! 👏🙌👌

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RyanM
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was great! The servers explained the dishes well and the food was delicious. Recommend the Steak Luc Lac.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely service and delicious food. Very busy.

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DebbieR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If it was t covid it would of been perfect. I think it would of course changed the over all feel

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lunch lady does Vietnamese fusion right! The service was excellent and attentive and I would definitely return. The bill came to be around $33 per person for a table of 4 and I was quite full. My favourite dishes are the fried prawns, lemon grass clams, Luc Lac steak and garlic butter noodles.

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Thee
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food with friendly service. Will definitely make reservations again.

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vipEvaL
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was excellent. So happy they taking reso's now. The Thurs special pho was really good. Rare beef pho was same as other places. Prawns, tofu, bone marrow, carpaccio were all highlights. Cocktails were yummy! Service was great. Comped birthday dessert for my gf was really big and we just had tastes. A hit, will be back!!

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MarlieseT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been to the Lunch Lady three times now and they never disappoint! The food and service are always amazing! The drinks are delicious too! I love going here because the staff makes you feel so welcome and valued. The food is always delicious and full of amazing flavours! The drinks are original and tasty! I highly recommend this restaurant it never disappoints!

The Lunch Lady
Responded on November 14, 2020

Hi Marliese T, Three Times! Thank you so much, your support means so much to us. Our menu is always evolving, so stay tuned for more goodies! We look forward to your next visits Cheers, Jean

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Choe
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place ! I love to go there again but the dessert was too sweet for us

FAQs

The Lunch Lady does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

The Lunch Lady is rated 4.6 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.