The Lunch Lady

4.6
118 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 118 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSunny
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Saturday noodle didn't taste good but Ban mi was good. We will try Po next time

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Marco
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

The pho and stair fried Vegetables were great the prawns and steak were so so

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Sarah
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch Lady is a quaint restaurant with tasty food and a hard-working staff. It has great ambience and is a fun place to dine at.

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vipErinT
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Casual. Elevated Vietnamese fusion. Not a place to go to for just your typical Pho noodles!

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AmuC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was great! Highly recommend this resto!

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Sprkrn
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, amazing food. 10/10 would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Must try in Vancouver! Incredible

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CarlaDeleon
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server was so nice. She even recommended combinations when eating our luc lac steak with our garlic noodles. Thanks for making my birthday/Mother’s Day dinner special.

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JenT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good! Patio seating outside due to covid restrictions luckily it was a nice day! There were heaters next to the tables.

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DanK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

overall very good, the steak was a bit tough all other food was great

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vipBillyT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Im just trying to show my support, I dont like writing reviews. 50 characters is pretty wack. But the food is amazing, unique to our culture. We got so many viet spots throughout the city. This one is Definitely one of the gems. To more success.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was good, atmosphere was great. Server had quite a bit of attitude but was attentive.
Not sure if I’d choose lunch lady over some of the cheaper while in the wall Vietnamese restaurants.

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SherriN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Table was ready at exact reservation time. The food was very tasty and the service was outstanding.

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BernieA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good vegan phó and deep fried tofu 🥰 Always my go-to place

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RobynF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is just incredible - get the bone marrow!

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JayH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere, staff, and energy were amazing! The food was very delicious but the portion-size wasn’t super filling. Some dishes felt a little overpriced for the portion size you get but other than that I’d highly recommend giving this place a shot!

Will be going back again 😊

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AnthonyJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal. Ordered the pho marrow, pork belly skewers, game hen, and luc lak. Everything was delicious. Great service. Want to go back and try other items.

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Justis
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible. A truly authentic Vietnamese experience. Service was amazing too.

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Itzzmency
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Super flavourful! Pho marrow was on point and the garlic noodles was amazing!!! We did 2 orders of the noodles cause it was so good!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelievable experience!!

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Arch
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Everything was great!. The food and service was excellent!.

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Gigi
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing, we already booked our next table. The hot pot is out of this world.

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DavidV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Carpaccio, veg spring rolls, garlic noodles - all great

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HillaryM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing and the service was incredible as well. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and cannot wait to come back!

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KanaM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything we ordered so good as always!

JB
JosB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious and the service was really good

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MicheleG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Food is delicious and cool ambience. It’s a shame our server was not on par with the rest of the experience. However definitely recommend and will be back!

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Susan
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The store was amazing, the food came out really fast!

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vipGunjanK
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Food and service was amazing. The bone marrow was delicious. Most places you don’t get a lot of marrow but the 2 pieces had a lot!

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MishiLS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and ideal for sharing! I would definitely recommend sharing so you can try more of the menu. Three starters, one main, and a dessert was perfect for two people. The ambience was on point with the theme of the restaurant, allowing us to enjoy the food even more. Our server was very attentive, anticipating all our needs; we didn't have to call on her once. They were also great with team service; every staff member, including the hostess, walking past our table checked for and cleared empty plates promptly. 100% would recommend and return in the future :)

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BenitaW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Decent food, they try to upsell you, adding Chinese donut to my beef pho was an extra $4! And it's not even the full donut, be warned. Jasmine tea is also an extra charge. It's a bit ridiculous. I'll stick to my mom and pop hole in the wall but good food for good value places, wanted to try this place for the hype, now I've tried and won't be going back.

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vipLindaW
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Parking was easy within a block away in the neighbourhood. Really liked the vibe when we approached the mural on the side of the restaurant. Service was friendly and efficient and the server explained everything. She was even mindful of how we were cooking with the hot pot. We tried as many of the dishes that a friend earlier recommended and that the server did. Our favourite were the garlic noodles, the steak and the to die for mochi dessert. My husband and I will be back for sure to try more dishes and the churros dessert! PS My only small complaint is that we sat at the back and the back door was used frequently which caused a cold draft.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambience! Best to make reservations to avoid the lines.

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Lala
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tried the lunch and dinner menu and every single thing we ordered was delicious. My favourite was the pho marrow. So so so good. Service was amazing too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food is great,but not too surprise. Overall I rate 4 star. Good place to try something new.

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PeterT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding. It also came fast and the servers were so accommodating!

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Brian
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, atmosphere. COVID rules are enforced strongly. Drink menu is phenomenal. Highly recommend

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Jess
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great food. The first place in Vancouver that genuinely has authentic Vietnamese flavours.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

The bartender was incredibly slow. We ordered our drinks... then ordered our food. All our food came and we finished it before our drinks arrived.

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Brooklynlovee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and fresh I loved the experience! Really enjoyed how the servers told you how to eat the dishes! Can’t wait to return.

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 is rated 4.6 stars by 118 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.