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Co Nam
Co Nam

Co Nam Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.CONAMSF.COM
  • Phone: (415) 292-6161
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday: 11:30am-10:30pm
    Saturday: 10:00am-10:30pm
    Sunday: 10:00am-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: Vy Lieou
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Clay & Sacramento
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Several parking garages are available on Sacramento & Clay
A word from Co Nam
I love food, and everything that goes into preparing a meal to be shared with family, relatives, and friends. Enjoying a meal with a glass of wine brings back those dearest memories of my childhood spent moving and traveling through Vietnam, Laos & Thailand.

Co Nam, brings comfort Vietnamese food and the occasional twists to a set that are the bits and pieces of my childhood memories. Cá Kho Tộ (Caramelized Basa Fish Clay-pot), and Thịt Kho (Braised Pork Belly) are a couple of dishes that I often cook with my mother over an open hearth; but in retrospect, I enjoyed eating a lot more.

On behalf of my staff, we look forward to seeing you and your family. We hope you enjoy the food, drinks, and atmosphere as much as we enjoyed putting them together.

Sincerely,
Trung D. Nguyen
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and drinks were excellent as well as the excellent service made Co Nam a wonderful dinning experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Four of us shared several dishes and all were excellent. Spring rolls, filet mignon, clay pot medley, vermicelli with pork, salad, allfresh and flavorful. Terrific, friendly wait staff who did not rush us, so we had a nice leisurely meal. Good selection of beers and cocktails. We saw a couple of people happily eating solo at the bar. We definitely will return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Good food but the service was something awful. Please stoprestaurant terrible to people that choose your restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I've walked by Co Nam countless times over the past few months after moving to the Russian Hill/Polk Gulch area. I planned dinner for a girls night with two friends and figured we'd try somewhere new. Food: - Roll Sampler - Garlic Noodles - Lemongrass Chicken with rice three items were plenty for the three of us ladies to share, in the future I would encourage my group to pick two or three most intrigueing rolls instead of doing the sampler Service: Well paced, was not rushed through our selection but the waittress checked in every few minutes to see if we had come to a decision or not yet Ambiance: Deep rather than wide space, really cool moss wall in the back, whimsical elements like a rice terrace sink in the restroom."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Nice for a quiet dinner. Not very crowded. The Basa fish claypot was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Delicious rolls, shaken beef and green bean salad with shrimp!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Husband had pork chops (tender and delicious) and I had the Combination Hot Pot. Both were delicious. The Hot Pot was loaded with vegetables and chicken. Service, excellent. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went to celebrate our Yoga teacher's birthday. Our table was waiting for us (15 people). Service was quick and efficient. Food was delicious. Able to accommodate our different palates, vegan, vegetarians and carnivores. Thank you"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We went here with a few friends before the theater. We were welcomed by a friendly waiter. He answered all our questions and made some recommendations. The food was prepared quickly and deliciously. Every dish was great. we had the Sheken Beef, The Pork Chops and the 5 Spice Chicken. The service was excellent. We would definitely recommend it and return. Parking was difficult. Leave at least an hour for a leisurely dinner."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Amazing gourmet Vietnamese food. Great service. Fun, energetic ambiance. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had a group of 8 for New Years dinner here. Despite late seating due to slow turnover the staff did nicely to help us enjoy our wait at the bar. Food was nicely executed for such a busy night. Everything came in a reasonable pace and most dishes had good flavor. The noodle dish could use something extra; it's not bad but just a little bit on the dry and plain side. Filet Mignon dish and clay pot dishes were flavorful fresh and unique."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "What a surprising find! Post Grace Cathedral holiday service, had interesting, delightful meal. From the unusual martini (made with rice wine and vermouth and mysterious flavors) to the appetizers (rice wraps, veg and pork, both outstanding) to the shaken beef (heavenly, tender) and my rice noodle beef lemongrass salad (perfect blend of cooked and fresh) to the mango sticky rice and coffees, we were in food heaven. And it was QUIET ! I can't stand noisy restaurants and this was near perfect. Bartender (perhaps the owner?) was informative and solicitous. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Attentive service, good cocktails, interesting wine list, and, above all, unusual and very well-prepared Vietnamese dishes. Some classic Vietnamese dishes plus some highly unusual ones--e.g. the daily street food special."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We had a great meal here. The service was slow because they had just let one of the servers go that day and were under staffed. But the other servers picked up the slack and even though they didn't visit our table often, once we placed our order the food came quickly. Definitely should try this place."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "yummy shaken beef and good beers ; lots of other good tastes as well."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The street food plates make interesting and conversation-generating shared appetizers. The basa fish clay pot got high marks, as did the noodles dishes (best for hearty eaters.) The service was skillful but not pretentious--just the right amount of attention. Perfect for a casual evening out, but up to more special occasions as well."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "The restaurant is a modern interpretation of Vietnamese food. Unfortunately the specialty drinks were weak.Amongst the appetizers, the squab was exellent. The Claypot( basa fish and chicken medley were also outstanding. The basil chicken was ok . The dessert were good except for the rice cake with mango which was lacking in flavor and was quite dry. Overall the service was attentive. prices were moderate for a vietnamese cuisine striving to be Slanted door"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Tasty food, interesting menu (food & drink), friendly & efficient service, contemporary feel & energized environment; all made for a great meal. We will be back (a lot)"
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Don't the stylish atmosphere fool you. The food here is bold and authentic. Beer list is unsuspectingly good."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "My wife and I had such a good time last Friday (8/2/2013) that we went back the following night. Food is beyond great, service and ambiance really set the mood (it was our Anniversary). The owner (Trung Nguyen) was delightful and took the time to chat with us about his new restaurant. We tried the Spicy Devil Wings for appetirzers...WOW, I sure wish they delivered to So. Cal. For dinner we had the Grilled-Five-Spice Chicken and Basa Fish Claypot and the Braised Chicken Claypot and Shaken Beef the second...words can not describe the favors, AND, the presentation made each dish special. We are definately going back the next time we are in SF....I recommend this to ANYONE that enjoys GREAT food and a wonderful atmosphere to dine."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Spring rolls were good but the pork was over cooked. The lettuce was tougher than expected and the sauce was great. Co Nam clay pot tasted very good, was very hot(temperature), it was a healthy portion, but the rice in the bottom was a bit oily. The steak cubes were excellent. This dish was quite warm, done just right and beautiful. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "I was out here on a Tuesday at 7pm for a date. Not the most ideal time for a restaurant, but this is Polk Street in SF. Everything is always packed. From 7pm - 8pm, there were two other parties seated, and one of them was one woman who may have been asleep(?). The decor and the ambiance, in theory, was modern and swanky. My stir-fry was a very average stir-fry, but the drink menu was solid. Again, it's an earlier dinner on a Tuesday, but after leaving, every surrounding place on Polk was packed except for Co Nam. Strange."
    Dined on 7/30/2013
  • "Small, unpretentious, Vietnamese restaurant. Decor is comfortable. Service can be spotty, but is generally very friendly. Food is outstanding! Highly recommend the Omely Wrap appetizer... and, yes, the chili bird peppers are hot but don't shy away from them. The Basa Fish Clapot is as good as I've eaten. Can not say enough good things about the food!"
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "Our experience at Co Nam was excellent. We were able to get a cute little table in the back, the ambience is nice and the servers friendly. We ordered a bunch of small plates. From the soup, to the shrimp paste on sugar cane, to the quail, and the lettuce wraps it was tip top. We didn't particularly enjoy the jicama / apple salad, but we'd gladly go back again to try 5 more dishes."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "Belgium beer and great modern Vietnamese food, absolutely excellent."
    Dined on 6/18/2013
  • "Narrow little restaurant with cool "living " back wall. Great mix of traditional and updated Vietnamese dishes. Wonderful beer selection on tap. Reasonable prices."
    Dined on 4/4/2013
  • "Outstanding, authentic Vietnamese food. We particularly loved the spring rolls and the green bean salad. Awesome place with very friendly and attentive staff."
    Dined on 3/23/2013
  • "Went in for the Valentine's Day prix fixe menu and was impressed. The sweet and sour soup was a notable appetizer - huge (more than enough for an entree for two), big chunks of fresh white fish, great fresh pineapple flavor. We both got vermicelli bowls (one pork, one chicken) and those were great as well. Certainly a step up from the $7.50 corner Vietnamese vermicelli, but not overly fancy and portions were still huge. Free glasses of champagne made the night even better. Only knock is that service was particularly slow (we were there for almost 2 hours) but it is a new restaurant and they were completely filled; the server was very nice and informative."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "This restaurant has a lot of potential. The ambience is great and the food is good. However, I would suggest that they work on hiring more experienced wait staff. Our experience was less than optimal from that perspective. Our waiter lacked the experience and skills to appropriately serve a large party. He struggled to communicate effectively with the group and was slow to respond to drink requests. We also had several food items that were late and he did not proactively communicate about those issues either. One person got her appetizer well after her entree was delivered and a few others got their entrees well after most of the table was finished eating. In addition, he did not bus the table efficiently."
    Dined on 1/26/2013
  • "The food was great and cool ambiance, kinda small/awkward layout but great and friendly service."
    Dined on 1/25/2013
  • "Tasty food overall but feel that the price could definitely be cheaper."
    Dined on 1/20/2013
  • "A welcome addition to the neighborhood. Food has gotten more authentic and tasty since the opening when I thought the food was rather conservative. Best wishes for continued success!"
    Dined on 1/18/2013
  • "What a surprising gem of a restaurant. Small and intimate with some of the best Vietnamese food in the city. Incredibly fresh and creative ingredients, friendly and attentive service, reasonable prices. No pretensions, no attitude. We really loved CoNam."
    Dined on 1/11/2013
  • "Wonderful fresh Vietnamese food. Not your average fare. Very authentic."
    Dined on 1/8/2013
  • "eureka a good viet restaurant!!!! all is perfect,food, design!!!"
    Dined on 1/3/2013
  • "Co Nam was a bit of a surprise. Last minute OpenTable Vietnamese choice. No expectations or reputation to which to live up. My group throught it was excellent - the starters, summer rolls, ahi and others were great. Server was helpful and present just the right amount. Wine list was affordable and good, could go up a notch on the ladder once the place is better known. Mains were excellent, hot, fresh, and vibrant. We will go back again, and have done so once already."
    Dined on 12/30/2012
  • "Amazing Vietnamese food, beautiful decor and fabulous ambiance--perfect for friends or a date. New find on Polk, will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 12/21/2012
  • "This was my third visit to Co Nam - two dinners and one lunch. We sat at the bar the first time and met the bartender/owner who was very helpful and enthusiastic about his food, making recommendations, etc. The food is excellent and there are always specials in addition to the menu. I had one lunch and another dinner at the table. These were all excellent - food, service, ambience and drinks! I will definitely go back as we live in the neighborhood. This part of Polk Street desperately needed something of this caliber with a hip and friendly vibd. I hope it is here to stay. It is friendly, well thought-out, inventive and extremely delicious."
    Dined on 11/15/2012
  • "This restaurant has a nice, upscale feel--this neighborhood could use a few more restaurants like this. However, I thought our server was a little obtrusive. The food was okay and a little over priced for what you get. The place just opened it seems like they're still ironing out some problems (ie. big plates and small tables, serving whole bok choy and only providing chopsticks, etc). I wouldn't go out of your way to stop by here, but if you're in the neighborhood it's definitely a pleasant, mid-priced Vietnamese restaurant. Btw, the "Vietnamese yogurt" dessert is totally just vanilla yogurt. Asked our server what was Vietnamese about it and he couldn't really answer."
    Dined on 10/9/2012