The Lunch Lady
“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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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!
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.
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).
Good but small portions
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
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.
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.
Lovely restaurant, delicious food! Definitely going back to try more items on the menu!!
The staff was soo helpful and have great recommendations! Cocktails were amazing!
Amazing food and excellent drinks! Service was friendly, will be going back for sure.
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.
Such tasty food paired with the best service. We will be back again!
The cod dish was great but their pho was too sweet and lukewarm.
The food and service here is always amazing! I love both their lunch and dinner menu. Garlic noodles are a must order for dinner!!
Foods were amazing but portions r a bit small. Service was excellent
Our whole family loves this place! The flavours are amazing!
Staff are great! We will be back!
What an amazing dining experience! Would give it more stars if I could!
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!!
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!
Would go back again. Portions are generous considering it's fusion like/modernized version of vietnamese food. Very tasty
Came for my anniversary & everything lived up to the hype!!
Must get: beef carpaccio, bone marrow & iberico pork
Everything we had tasted amazing! I really liked the vibrant atmosphere too.
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.
Excellent service. Elevated street food with excellent quality ingredients. Worth the price & wait!
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”)!
Excellent meal. Service & food both great, highly recommend.
Fantastic. Top to bottom a great experience. We had Luke as our server. Was fantastic. Cannot speak more highly if I tried.
Amazing food and service. wish there was a bit more options to the noodle soups but everything else is great!
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.
Awesome food and unreal service!!! We had the chili prawns and pork spring rolls, beef carpaccio and garlic noodles, would recommend all!
Really good food, nice venue. Recommend the clams and the guava cocktail!
You gotta try this! One of the best in town! If not THE BEST! 👏🙌👌
Our meal was great! The servers explained the dishes well and the food was delicious. Recommend the Steak Luc Lac.
Lovely service and delicious food. Very busy.
If it was t covid it would of been perfect. I think it would of course changed the over all feel
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.
Great food with friendly service. Will definitely make reservations again.
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!!
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!
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
Awesome place ! I love to go there again but the dessert was too sweet for us
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.