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Reviewed 8 November 2021

After watching several Chinese dramas in Youtube where actors/actresses were eating Noodles Soups, I began to yearn for Noodle Soups/phos. We stopped and dined here on a cold day. Service was friendly and quick. We had our Phos ( #13 and #18) within 5-7 minutes...of ordering. We also ordered Spring Egg rolls ( 2 Fried ones). We enjoyed our hot, tasty phos, especially when mixed with fresh Basil Leaves. Pieces of Chicken and other meats served in the phos were plenty. Total cost of our phos and egg rolls ($11.00 each for the phos and $5.00 for the Spring rolls) was $27.00 plus tip. We concluded that their phos are more delicious than those of the other Vietnamese restaurants we had dined in around the Gaithersburg/Germantown areas. Service was friendly and fast. Will dine here again!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 31 January 2020

Love the Pho and other dishes I've had here with my wife, usually for dinner. The surroundings are nothing to rave about, but the food is and the service is friendly and helpful. We usually just pop in without reservations and have never had to...wait but most diners we see appear to be of Asian descent, which tells me the food is authentic and great quality.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 18 January 2020

Instead of ordering my favorite dishes here, I ordered their Vegan Fried Rice that has Rice, Carrots, Broccoli and Peas. We had it for our dinner and my friend and I both concluded that it was NOT good! It lacked flavor and was bland. For...the price of almost $10.00, we could have ordered real Vegan Dish or Salads somewhere else. Lesson learned = eat our Vegan dishes at places that actually serve Vegan Dishes.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 December 2019

Nothing better on a cold day than Pho. I can't count the number of times I have been to Pho 81, I can only say that I am never disappointed. Not only is the pho great, so is the summer rolls and vermicelli lemongrass beef.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 19 June 2019

Feeling hungry, I decided to stop here again and have lunch. Unlike my first visit, it was less crowded here and there were adequate vacant tables to choose from. I ordered Dish # 25 that included Grilled Pork, Rice and 1 Fried Spring Rolls. A...bowl of Free delicious broth or soup was also served. Price of this dish was $9.50. The wait was short and I readily ate and finished my delicious, tender slices of grilled pork ,spring rolls and broth. For takeout, I ordered Shrimp Fried Rice and 2 more Fried Spring rolls. Cost of the Fried Rice was also $9.50 and $3.75 for the Spring Rolls. I'll definitely eat here again! Foods are delicious, prices are reasonable, service was fast and friendly! Next time, I'll try their Pho Dishes!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 6 June 2019

I love Pho so this really hit the spot. It is in a small strip mall with other Asian cuisines. The only thing I did not like was the wet rag smell. That can turn a patron off in a second. Lemon can work wonders.--That...is my only complaint. I hope on my next visit that everything is perfect. You always need a favorite go to spot and this can be it.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 16 May 2019

There are a few factors that make me rank this the best Pho in Montgomery county. The Food: Get a #12. The broth is always very hearty and never feels too watered down. They add just enough salt. They give you a better quantity of...meat than youll get anywhere else. The noodles are always perfect. The Service: The Service is always very friendly and fast. Youll walk in and get a pick of anywhere you want to sit. Within seconds, you will be greeted. Your menus and drinks will come just as fast. And you will receive your food very quickly after ordering. The Price: Including a tip, you can have dinner for two for under 25$. Very well worth it. My Wife and I have made this a weekly visit.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 5 May 2019 via mobile

The rainy days of spring has made my family want some pho. We were recommended Pho 81. I wasn’t going in with much expectation since I’ve had a lot of Pho in the states, Korea, and Vietnam. The service was great and friendly which always...enhances your eating experience. I decided to get the house special which has tons of meat! I took a picture of the menu so please have a look and see what they offer. We started of with some spring rolls. They were average. I recommend dipping them in the provided fish sauce. They tasted better like that. We all received our dishes really fast which was great. I did notice oof the bat that there wasn’t much cilantro however they did give us a plate full of fresh sprouts, peppers, and Thai basil. I did add the basil and it gave a good bold flavor to mix in with the broth. The broth tasted very hearted, but a bit on the salty side. The broth didn’t come out steaming hot to what I’m used to but was sufficient. If you add sprouts, I’d expect your broth to cool down quite fast. The meat quality on the house special was good and plentiful. The Vietnamese sausage was a good twist to the bowl but I don’t think I’ll get them next time. Overall, it’s a decent place to get pho. It isn’t my number one choice if I’m looking for the best pho, but it’ll do just fine. The prices, as you can see, are pretty reasonable and I see myself coming back to enjoy a bowl, but I’m in no hurry.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 February 2019

Before shopping at the Asian Grocery Store near it, I decided to stop at this restaurant for lunch. I was surprised to find it with lots of customers, mostly enjoying their pho or soup dishes. The space is small, measuring about 12x15 feet with tables...arranged very closed to each other. I ordered Fried Rice with shrimps and chicken and combination of Fried and Fresh Spring Rolls ($3.50/$3.95 each for 2 pieces per order). Thanked Tommy , theManager/Owner for allowing me to order one of each type of Spring Rolls. Service was fast. I was still eating my Spring Rolls when my Fried Rice was served to me. There were lots of shrimps and pieces of chicken in my very tasty Fried Rice. Two types of sauces were given to me for my 2 types of Spring Rolls. Concluded that I preferred more the Fried Spring Rolls than the Fresh Spring Rolls. Total of the above foods plus tip is about $16. Took home my leftover Fried Rice and got a copy of their menu to be used as reference for my future dining there. Highly recommended, will definitely eat here again and try their Pho dishes.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

Order pho with steak. Loved the deep flavor of their beef stock. Very friendly service. Not a fancy restaurant, just a neighborhood restaurant, but very worth visiting and readonable prices.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 January 2019

I was a wimp and didn't get the Pho since they had authentic variations with beef, tripe, and tendons. I almost got the noodle soup with white meat chicken. I got the Summer Roll which came with a nice peanut sauce with peanuts on top....The shrimp inside were a nice size. I also got the Egg Roll with Grilled Pork with Noodles. You could have gotten it with rice instead. The fish sauce on the side had some shredded carrots and was not too fishy. It was pleasant. The egg roll was a bit small but crispy and good. The pork had a good marinade. The lettuce was fresh and crunchy and there plenty of noodles. There was a good crowd with all the seats taken. I was served quickly and water came quickly but the waiter forgot my Thai ice tea (You can get it with or without bubbles), and never came back to check on my meal, so I couldn't tell him. Various people brought out the food quickly.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

I ordered pho with brisket and steak, made from beef stock. Best pho I've had. Waiter was friendly and most helpful with his response to questions and volunteering information so we would enjoy what we were ordering for dinner. Left a 25% tip as thanks...and loved the food. I ordered the large size and I was full when done. Price was quite reasonable and we plan to return next time my wife says she doesn't feel like cooking, which should be in a few days.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Delicious pho, fantastic spring rolls, we tried several pho's and different dishes all perfect! Even when we carry out, quality still the same.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped by for A quick lunch. Not crowded and pretty fast service. I had s pork noodle salad and fresh spring rolls. Spring rolls were good and the pork noodle salad was ok. My son had the crispy cha gio and said it was excellent....The seafood soup had s nice broth and was a large serving. The server was nice and helpful.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

Great value and awesome depth of flavor. All of the beef broths are authentic and the chicken-based soups are equally delicious.

Date of visit: April 2017
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5