Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Fullerton
Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Fullerton

Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Fullerton

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.phans55.com/
  • Phone: 7144410714
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
    Sunday: Closed

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: Francois Lu
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater to both corporate, office private parties as well as parties at home.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can block out certain section of the restaurant that can accommodate private parties as small as 8 people and as large as 24 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Ryan 7144410714
  • Entertainment: HD TV"s. Live music on Saturdays. Local Fullerton band plays nostalgic Jazz on sax and piano.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bastanchury & Laguna across from St Jude Hospital
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have private parking lot with about 200 parking spaces. Parking is free and validated when dining at the restaurant.
A word from Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Fullerton
Phans55 started out as a family of foodies who traveled and enjoyed all the different types of cuisines all over the world. We wanted to bring something unique and beautiful that we knew represented our Vietnamese culture and food passion.The idea was to take traditional Vietnamese
cuisine and give it a little bit of a modern flare. This in turn was the beginning of Phans55 whose goal is to offer home-cooked Vietnamese comfort food. We set out to create a new kind of Vietnamese restaurant. Phans55 breaks all traditions - no processed meat entrees,and no heavy heart-clogging sauces. What you"ll find on our menu is innovatively grilled, steamed, or wokked plates over high heat.
We use premium quality natural ingredients, organic when possible, and always fresh every day. We work hard and make our dishes from scratch to ensure our quality. No short cuts. We believe it's just better this way.
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Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Fullerton reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (9)neighborhood gem (9)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Great Service and Tasty Food
    FusionFiendVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Really enjoyed my visit to this restaurant although it was tucked away in a small mini-mall. Very, very nice and friendly service. Fun and entertainng staff who patiently walked through the menu. The food was abundant and delicious! Would definitely recommend this place. There is some outdoor dining, but it was a tad too hot to eat outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friday night fun night
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Another great night for a Friday, good friends and great food. Had the special, braised Boneless Short ribs, tasted great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • woooVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Stopped by for lunch over the weekend and was not disappointed. Tasty Pho and a good portion and value
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Make it a Friday Night
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our Friday night dinner and drinks. Jose is a great bartender and will make your evening for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Gary W
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Had another great night here. Arrived about 5:45 and Bar was already having fun. Had a great meal, ask for Ahi Pizza, it's not on the menu. Jose was the bartender and was very busy. The bar ended up being full and most of the tables were also. Lot's of fun for a local spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Fullerton reviews archive.
  • the staff seemed to be overwhelmed
    RiveraVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    the staff seemed to be overwhelmed - I had made a reservation but no one greeted me when I got there - they just said sit where ever you want - they were running all over the place and I had to remind them several times to check me in on opentable for my points - overall the food was good and service was ok
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Ok. Strip mall Pho better
    Howard
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I wanted to step up from the strip mall Pho place we usually go to for something better with a chef. It was fine but the salmon was dry and the sea bass greasy. It's a nice little place but not worth paying triple just for nice atmosphere. Howard
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  • Pleasantly surprised!
    Epicurious
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were two out-of-town couples, and we shared this dinner on Valentine's Day*: *We did not order from the prix fixe dinner menu offered that evening. Everything was a la carte. First course: calamari seared ahi tuna spring rolls Second Course: Chilean seabass claypot royal fried rice shaken beef rib-eye steamed rice steamed vegetables All the dishes were seasoned correctly, and the meat and seafood were not overcooked. We especially loved the Chilean seabass claypot. (Make sure you order a side of steamed rice and a side of steamed vegetables, so you can enjoy the flavors of the sauce that much more.) We may have to return each time we visit the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Pho.
    Nena2828
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    In search of delicious Pho and I found it at Phans 55. Love it so much I returned with a group of 6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good
    Nena2828
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    My son and I were craving Pho on a cold Saturday evening. So happy I picked this place. The chicken Pho was fabulous. The broth was flavored perfectly for my picky taste buds. It was so good I ate the regular size bowl all to my self. My son ordered the Lemon Grass seafood soup and it was out of this world. We are definitely going back. Pho-sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back and back
    zellchuckVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We keep coming back to this nice restaurant. Great wine and food at a great price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phantastic Find!
    Jfee
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    We just discovered Phans55, but it will be out new gathering place for food and drinks. The food was fantastic and the Happy Hour enabled us to drink/eat more than we would have otherwise. If you new to Vietnamese food, this is a good place to start because there seem to be a number of "Americanized" dishes on the menu. This is a help for any less adventurous eaters in your party. The "meal for 2" is an economical way to eat here as well. The food was fresh and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phan-tastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Found this restaurant through yelp and it was a pleasant surprise. Phan 55 is a modern twist on the traditional Vietnamese food. We tried the ahi tuna springs rolls (delicious), tofu & eggplant (delicious), and the filet beef (beef was a little bit tough but marinade was delicious). This was our first time and we are definitely going to go back to explore their menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here. Had the seafood
    PointhoarderVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    First time here. Had the seafood claypot. Wasn't bad. Also had a chicken sanwich. The bread wasn't that fresh but I still liked the sandwich. The soup it was served with was good with a strong ginger flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice neighbor eatery
    LaReina
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Normally like to order the Pho' here, it is delicious. We tried some other dishes recommended by host and were also pleased. They have a pretty good happy hour and the staff is always friendly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at this place is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    The food at this place is phenomenal... The bar is kind of slow and the bartender has an unwarranted attitude. For a place this size, there is no reason one should have to stand at the bar waiting to order for 10+ minutes without the bartender even making eye contact.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's been a while since I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    It's been a while since I've been back to Phans 55. The food is really good, but the service was a little slow. Nice people, but just disorganized. As an example, we ordered the prefix menu and it came with wine or beer, which did not come until after we asked about it again. Then my wife's appetizer came out, then her entree, then my entree, and then my appetizer. Like I said a little disorganized. I would still recommend the place because the food is good, but just be prepared for a longer than usual dinner.
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  • Great time, Good food and
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Great time, Good food and lots of fun at the bar we went on Friday night around 6pm. Jose was working the bar and Thai was helping We had great service and the food was outstanding. We had chicken meat ball Pho, ( not on the menu) and. Rainbow roll, also not on the Menu. Our friends had different kinds of Pho, and they also loved it. Ryan is the mgr. he checked n us to make sure all was going well We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 8 of us went and all 4 couples
    Karen
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    8 of us went and all 4 couples chose the prix fix dinner. There was something for the vegetarian and meat lovers so everyone was happy and the price value was great at $20/person. We'd go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the Trip
    Guido
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    Some standard fare but some gems. The ahi tuna pizza was amazing. The Normady Fish Stew was delightful. Went with a group of 7 and everyone was very pleased with their dish. Everything except for the tofu appetizer disappeared. Good job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My only complaint would be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    My only complaint would be that a table was not reserved for us and the tables were all full and we sat at the bar. We made friends with everyone around us and it was fun. So this week we are going again and I called them direct for a reservation. We will see if they reserve a table for us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We tried pho, ahi roll, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    We tried pho, ahi roll, and chicken curry. Pho is excellent but the other two are mediocre. The curry was overwhelmed with cumin while its chicken is overcooked. Moreover, it does not reflect how Vietnamese interpret curry, which is distinctively from Japanese, Thai, and Asian Indian cuisine. Probably it's a good place for lunch but not for dinner.
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    great for lunch
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  • The thing we noticed immediately
    ICemanVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    The thing we noticed immediately was the different taste and quality of their broth in the pho. They use higher quality meats therefore the broth is not as oily as you expect. This give the pho a very welcomed different taste than the traditional broth.
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    great for lunch
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  • Really enjoyed our experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Really enjoyed our experience. Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty, well prepared dishes.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Tasty, well prepared dishes. Sea Bass excellent--though somewhat pricey. Preparations an flavors very reminiscent of Viet Nam.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The staff was attentive and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2012
    The staff was attentive and friendly. I had a coupon that was actually not valid, but they honored it anyway. The chicken fried rice I had was light, fluffy, and deliciously different from anything else I've ever had. I highly recommend the lemonade soda!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Pho Ever
    Amazing
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Best Pho we have ever had, the mixer of herbs explodes in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phans 55 always serves up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2012
    Phans 55 always serves up quality food accompanied by very attentive and hospitable service! Has been one of my favorite restaurants ever since the first week they opened... Greg Walker
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phans 55 "Pho"nominally Delicious!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    Delicious, creative, memorable, and perfect! Presentation phenomenal, Vietnamese food prepared the way French chefs endeavor to do...each bite, an adventure in taste! I will not be satisfied until I try every item on the menu. AND yes! There is a "secret" menu with items like an unbelievable seared Ahi Pizza! Hello! How's that for different? It will be the 1st item I order upon my return visit this week!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food is very good;especially
    zellchuckVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    Food is very good;especially their specials. Parking is in the lot; so very easy. Very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ingredients were very fresh,
    DavidandroseVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    Ingredients were very fresh, service was quick and friendly. My $13 Shaken Chicken was seasoned well and a comfortably-sized portion. This place strikes me as being a very solid value, and an enjoyable place where we'll return in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Spot, Thuesday nights
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    Great Spot, Thuesday nights are for Locals after 7pm, great specials.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's our local area resturant,
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    It's our local area resturant, we love it. Happy hour is from 5to7, On Thursday's they have special local menu's. Friday's are great if you arrive by 5:30.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We took friends from France
    MalbecVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    We took friends from France to Phans 55 the other night and they loved it as much as we do.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • over priced for what it is.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/25/2011
    over priced for what it is. almost embarrassing and insulting for how they jack up the prices.
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  • Service Can Be Better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2011
    Waited a little too long before we got water and our glass of wine (we had to ask for it). Our appetizer was served before we had any water or glass of wine. For my second glass of wine, the waiter took my glass when there was still some wine in it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food taste and price are fine,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/22/2011
    Food taste and price are fine, but nothing special. Table was not ready even if i made a reservation through opentable.com.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband, myself and our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    My husband, myself and our friends are always looking for restaurants that are close to where we both live (Whittier & Claremont) and that are good and reasonably priced. We all were pleasantly surprised because we were able to get both. Also because we all had never had Vietnamese food before. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i had reserved a table for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/21/2011
    i had reserved a table for a big group, but the table was not ready when we arrived. parking is limited, and the location of the restaurant is hidden behind the hospital which was a little difficult to find. food was fine and the lady who served us provided friendly service. however, the other waitors were not as nice.
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  • we eat out 23/7
    Knot2L8
    Dined on 4/4/2011
    Had reservations, sat us by front door. Small, snug, contemporary decorated. Food was good, well presented. Not all menu items were available. Very accommodating with needs, (I didn't want to sit by front door), request (can I have the rice that comes with the spinach thrown into the fried rice ordered) and service (more water, etc.)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate