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
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Saturday noodle didn't taste good but Ban mi was good. We will try Po next time
The pho and stair fried Vegetables were great the prawns and steak were so so
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.
Casual. Elevated Vietnamese fusion. Not a place to go to for just your typical Pho noodles!
Food was amazing! Service was great! Highly recommend this resto!
Amazing service, amazing food. 10/10 would recommend
Must try in Vancouver! Incredible
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.
Food was good! Patio seating outside due to covid restrictions luckily it was a nice day! There were heaters next to the tables.
overall very good, the steak was a bit tough all other food was great
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.
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.
Table was ready at exact reservation time. The food was very tasty and the service was outstanding.
Really good vegan phó and deep fried tofu 🥰 Always my go-to place
This place is just incredible - get the bone marrow!
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 😊
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.
Food was incredible. A truly authentic Vietnamese experience. Service was amazing too.
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!
Everything was great!. The food and service was excellent!.
Amazing, we already booked our next table. The hot pot is out of this world.
Carpaccio, veg spring rolls, garlic noodles - all great
The food was absolutely amazing and the service was incredible as well. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and cannot wait to come back!
Everything we ordered so good as always!
Food and drinks were delicious and the service was really good
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!
The store was amazing, the food came out really fast!
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
Great food and ambience! Best to make reservations to avoid the lines.
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.
Food is great，but not too surprise. Overall I rate 4 star. Good place to try something new.
The food was outstanding. It also came fast and the servers were so accommodating!
Amazing food, atmosphere. COVID rules are enforced strongly. Drink menu is phenomenal. Highly recommend
Really great food. The first place in Vancouver that genuinely has authentic Vietnamese flavours.
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.
Delicious and fresh I loved the experience! Really enjoyed how the servers told you how to eat the dishes! Can’t wait to return.
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.