Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Irvine
Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Irvine

Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Irvine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.phans55.com/
  • Phone: 9497241236
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: Susie Phan and Francois
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, 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 30 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Susie 9497241236
  • Entertainment: 16 feet wall to wall HD projector, multiple HD TV"s.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jamboree and Dupont
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have private parking structure with over 300 parking spaces. Parking is free and validated when dining at the restaurant.
A word from Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Irvine
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. Our ambiance is one of a friendly modern bistro will full bar and extensive wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Irvine reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (8)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    great choice - yet again; the second time to a restaurant is always a bit intimidating, especially when it was delish the first time....well, the food did NOT Disappoint; it was FABULOUS - tasty, varied & fresh! This restaurant provides a great opportunity to try different things and enjoy a casual, comfortable foodie dinner. Just a real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Place for a Ladies' Lunch
    JeanneKnowsWhereToGoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My girlfriends meet here for lunch - all 10 of us - at a few times a year - the food is great, fresh and healthy. The service is wonderful. The restaurant goes out of their way to make it a great experience for us. Prices are reasonable for the quality we are getting. The only thing I don't like is the parking situation, but get there a few minutes early to get your parking space figured out and you will be fine. All of the parking is basically in a garage behind the restaurant that is a short walk to the front door. There are a few spaces out front, but they fill up very quickly at lunch time. Seating is comfortable at the tables and the bathrooms are clean & modern (my pet peeve!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hardbrick
    OliverS
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great little gem hidden in a young urban neighborhood of Irvine. Surprisingly the food tastes really authentic for being modern, eclectic Vietnamese. Be adventurous when ordering and you won't be disappointed. Of possible let one of the staff help you order. They know the food well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Service were outstanding!!
    Thomas
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was our first time eating at this restaurant. We were very pleased that we found it. The menu, the presentation and the food were all outstanding . Our server made a few recommendations which were excellent choices. Will definitely return and recommend Phans 55 to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and delicious
    LunchloverVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Spring rolls and chicken clay pot were excellent. Shared with my friend and it was just right for lunch! The ingredients are always fresh and they don't mind special requests.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nut-free Asian Cuisine
    OCDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The owner of the restaurant was extraordinarily helpful. One member of our group had a nut allergy, and the owner of the restaurant let us know that her menu was nut-free with the sole exception of the peanut sauce for the chicken satay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it is the FOOD!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    while this is not a fancy restaurant, you receive fancy food; kind of reminds you of a corner neighborhood restaurant from years ago, where a family really wants to share their great food with you (but with a modern flair); everything we had was just delicious and there was the feeling that the staff wanted us to have a great experience - WE DID!! each item has its own distinct flavor - and the claypot sea bass was something exceptional - but so too were all of the entrees --- and the appetizers were YUMMY (did try their signature San Francisco Cosmo which was just lovely) and, yes, it is on the first floor of a condo complex .... just like a "city" restaurant, but with really easy parking in the garage right there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Howard
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This place is a hidden gem. The food is fresh and so tasty. Let them take care of you for the best meal ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • going home again...
    merlelee
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    consistently fresh and delicious!! time after time i know i can count on the quality and flavor! thank you for making it easy to come back, time after time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unlikely location, very good food!
    SuzyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Somewhat hidden in an apartment complex just off Jamboree, Phan's 55 is a pretty restaurant with a flexible and interesting menu of consistently well-prepared dishes. We had a large party (ranging from kids under 10 to adults over 70, with a wide range of dietary preferences/restrictions) and everybody loved this place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nice find on internet search. Love being able to see kitchen and fresh ingredients for cooking. Service is excellent and the food very tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 95 reviews are from the Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Irvine reviews archive.
  • Reliably delicious!
    LunchloverVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Phan's 55 always has the freshest ingredients! Love the chicken clay pot, the calamari appetizer and all of the spring rolls they offer. Will continue to be a repeat customer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Howard
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Food is super fresh. Staff is attentive and friendly. Great lunch deals and such wonderful taste with incredible freshness.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for out of town guests
    LunchloverVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Tucked away in an apartment complex shopping center, Phan's 55 might be hard to find for some, but it's worth it! I love taking visitors here and sharing the delicious food offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Tricia
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We have been here several times and never been disappointed with the food- it's so tasty. The flavors are clean and the food fresh. The Tofu and Eggplant was amazing, as was the salmon. We did not leave hungry. With just the right desserts to tempt, a lovely evening was had by all. (The only thing I would change was the delivery of the food- the main course arrived before we had finished our appetizers, which made us feel a little rushed.)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Local Place
    DLOKI
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Must try the Sea Bass in the Clay Pot and Calamari... the Pho is very good...The Service was over the top outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    2diners9
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday here, tt's a favorite of ours. Brought our adult children whe enjoyed it thoroughly. They made a big fuss over us and made it a special evening. The food was delicious as usul
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vietnamese Food at Its Best
    AHBob
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    It's a pleasure to go to Phans 55 Vietnamese restaurant, either the Irvine or Fullerton locations. A few of my favorite menu items are the Pho Ga, the salmon, and the wonderful clay pot dishes. Phans 55 also carries beers from the Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, allowing me to enjoy a local brew.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vietnamese outside of Garden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great place!!! Good Vietnamese food served in a modern stylish atmosphere. The owner can come across as a little brash but it's just her style. Try the Shaken Beef, the Pork Spring rolls, the cool noodles. All great!! And great quality of product, sourced from local farmers, all organic. Love it!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent
    merlelee
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    just love this restaurant.....and bar non....the best PHO i have ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Americanize Vietnamese Food
    MissAudreyVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This was a quick bite around the corner. The Traditional Spring Rolls was decent. The pork was a little too dry. The Seafood Wonton Noodle Soup was light and not too much flavoring like the normal Vietnamese soup. The wontons wasn't as fresh, you can taste it was starting to go bad. We also had the Shaken Beef Filet was also decent, the sauce was a little too runny. It wasn't like a wow, like Brodard. Plus it was really expensive for Vietnamese food that was just ok. I would like to pay more for closer, nicer atmosphere, and really good food. This wasn't the case.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sea Bass in Clay Pot
    BirdieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    They have a unique dish that is SeaBass cooked in spices and a sauce in a clay pot served with jasmine rice that is unforgettable. Everyone is friendly and family run so they truly care about every dish they serve is the absolute best it can be. Best spring rolls and calamari appetizers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good organic Vietnamese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Love the shaking beef!!! Vietnamese spring rolls and pho is also great. Must try the cool noodles. Finally good Vietnamese food in a nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden But Worth The Search
    AgentSmithVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Phans is tucked away in an apartment complex, but parking is easy and was free when we visited for lunch. The clay pot lunches (we had chicken and seafood) are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant is tops!
    Boiler13VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    love this restaurant and the owner takes special care of the guests. Super nice and fresh food. We go there more than once a month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome as usual except
    SueriVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    excellent food, great service, specially when the owner goes around to greet customers and provide wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably fresh and delicious!!
    LunchloverVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    I am always amazed at the fresh, delicious food here! The chicken clay pot is the BEST. Every one of their spring rolls should be sampled - the ahi tuna one remains one of my regular orders. The calamari is light and crispy with a hint of spiciness as it is fried with jalaphenos. I've never had a bad meal here!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    Boiler13VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    The third time I have eaten here in two weeks. Fresh, fresh & fresh! Traditional spring rolls are yummy and a must. love the location! Wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. Great sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    Keating7
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    We decided to go here and try something new. We loved it and will be back!!! : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!
    LunchloverVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Every time I dine at Phan's 55, I come away with great feelings of having eaten FRESH, well-cooked food. The spring rolls (EVERY flavor) are delicious; the chicken rice clay pot is always a hit, and the calamari is perfectly cooked and seasoned (love the jalapenos!). The owner makes you feel very welcome and the wait staff often recommends great food items if you are trying to decide what to get. DEINITELY will be going back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in an interesting
    BruinVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Great food in an interesting location! The owners were very a nice and we're looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Phans 55 in Irvine.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    We are big fans of the ahi roll, pho broth Chef's Special and French macaroons. On this visit, one of our guests, who is a second generation Vietnamese woman in her mid-20s and whose family was in the restaurant business throughout her childhood. She gave Phans 55 high marks. We love Susie, the owner, and bartenders Duke and Angie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy..Time Your Visit for Ambience
    gigiinirvine
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    I love this little restaurant. The food is wonderful and the servers are attentive. If you are trying to catch up with an old friend, don't come at peak times because this comtemporarily decorated restaurant echos. It was difficult to hear my lunch companion at first, but once the place cleared out, it was quite lovely. I recommend this restaurant for its wonderful food. There are vegetarian options that are delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is very good and
    AmyKVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    The food is very good and fresh. The spring rolls are tasty but the portions are small. The steamed chicken salad was good and the large size is enough to share between two people. All in all the food is good, quality is good but a little pricey for what you get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service does not match the food
    Jordan
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    The food is in the upper end of the Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County. The waiters are trying but they were inexperienced and did not know enough about the food. The bus boys were too anxious to pick up our plates and we had to tell them more than once that we were not finished eating. The interior is very nicely decorated. This could be a romantic place, but the service needs to be upgraded.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Vietnamese food!
    DedeeVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    Excellent Vietnamese food! Reasonable prices. There is a great happy hour from 5-7 that attracts a lot of young professionals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh and delicious!
    LunchloverVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Fresh and delicious are the first two words that come to mind when I eat ANYTHING that I order at Phan's 55. Today was no different. The shrimp egg rolls were delightful, and the chicken rice claypot was the best meal ever. Keep up the great menu options and the clean cooking!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is fresh and a delight
    Boiler13VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    Delicious food and gracious host! Great for lunch, a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Vietnamese food at upscale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Good Vietnamese food at upscale prices but great service unlike other Vietnamese restaurants.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I especially appreciated the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    I especially appreciated the warm hospitality of the staff!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate