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Bodega Bistro

20 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bodega Bistro is located in the heart of the San Francisco Tenderloin District offering Vietnamese cuisine. The name comes from three Vietnamese words for beef, lamb and chicken, “bo, de and ga.” The menu is also influenced by Chinese and French flavors.

The Bodega Bistro lunch menu includes such choices as chicken or seafood curry, lemongrass pork chop, five spice chicken, rare filet mignon noodle soup and papaya salad. The dinner menu is similarly creative with Chilean sea bass, jumbo prawns coated with egg yolk, stuffed Vietnamese crepe and Vietnamese egg rolls. For lunch or dinner Bodega Bistro is a must for Asian food lovers.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Vietnamese, Chinese, French
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:15pm
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Phone number
(415) 921-1218
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Billy Ho
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Private party facilities
We have a maximum capacity of 90 guests. One side of the restaurant may be reserved with prior notice for private dining experiences. Menus may also be constructed to fit the guest’s needs based on favorite dishes and specific allergens.
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Private party contact
Matthew Ho: (415) 921-1218
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Bodega Bistro does catering for offices and parties. Please come into the restaurant to discuss more about how we may individually shape your perfect menu.
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Cross street
Eddy Street
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Parking details
Street and lot parking are available for Bodega Bistro guests. The Cova Hotel across the street has a parking lot easily accessible for guest.
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Public transit
Bodega Bistro is easily accessible through Muni and Bart. We are located three blocks away from the Civic Center Station and walking distances from bus lines such as: 31 Balboa, 19 Polk, 16X Noriega, and 38 Geary.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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5.0Dined on September 8, 2015

Great place to eat before an opera or symphony. Fresh tasty Vietnamese food, good service, good price. Try dishes from the Hanoi Street Cuisine part of the menu.

5.0Dined on August 26, 2015

We went for an early supper before going the Orpheum to see Phantom of the Opera.. The place was much nicer looking than I'd expected; white table cloths even. The service was a little slow considering we were one of three tables but I attribute that to young/new servers. It was a Wednesday so they probably didn't have their A staff on. They wouldn't sell us any wine b/c they were in the process of rewriting their wine list? Even tho we could see bottles in a rack in the middle of the restaurant? Fine, my companions had beer instead. No draft, just bottles but they didn't seem to mind too much. My Thai iced tea was good. The food was delicious and came out quickly (remember, 6pm on a Wednesday). French Vietnamese. The fresh oysters were an unexpected treat! We ordered a second dozen to share b/c they were so good! I would definitely come here again. Finding good food around the Orpheum is always hit and miss but this was delicious even if a bit quirky in the staff.

5.0Dined on July 3, 2015

This neighborhood gem is better than Slanted Door at a fraction the price!

5.0Dined on June 19, 2015

Needed to find table near Civic Center and am so glad this was mentioned....excellent taste...the interior is not all that great but the food more than makes up for it.

4.0Dined on June 12, 2015

Good food, friendly service, and efficient. My husband and I enjoyed a curry and the bass both nicely presented and perfectly cooked. The people who waited on us were friendly and checked on our drinks. The only thing we noticed was we weren't asked if we were interested in dessert, but that was ok since we were ready to leave for a show. Perhaps there wasn't a dessert menu. Would come again next time we're in the city for a performance.

4.0Dined on May 9, 2015

A short walk from City Hall/Civic Center. Excellent Vietnamese food, well presented. We were in a rush, and the waiter got us in and out quickly, but not before sitting down to one of the best Vietnamese meals I've had in a long time. The ambiance is very nice too. I'd highly recommend.

3.0Dined on April 13, 2015

I reserved a table for 8 for lunch and it was fairly empty and we sat down immediately. We had 3 different servers attend our table throughout our meal and I must say that all of them were the nicest. If I was having lunch here alone, I would've probably left. We waited a reasonable time for our food after ordering and it was very good, just wish that the service was on par with the food.

4.0Dined on March 29, 2015

The food is amaizing and the service is good. The food is on your table quicky. The neighborhood is not nice, but was very nice to find somewhere with such good food there.

4.0Dined on March 15, 2015

First of all, the food at the Bedega Bistro is rather delicious. Whether it's the Hanoi street food or normal appetizer, or the entree (we get the filee minion, of course cooked Vietnamese style), they are all well seasoned, and presented with plenty of greens and herbs. Cilantro lovers can further rejoice.

In addition, I really think this is one of the best place to book before going to a concert/opera. The restaurant is roomy so one doesn't feel crowded, and it's very close to the concert hall. If one is in a hurry, order the pho or some rice dish, if you do have some time to spare, one can try the more unusual items on the menu. It's so versatile I think everyone will find something they like (provided one in general enjoy south-east asian food).

Overall, a great experience.

4.0Dined on March 7, 2015

This restaurant doesn't look like much and it is not located in a great neighborhood but the food is great and excellent value. If you don't mind the Chinese canteen style, give it a go!

4.0Dined on February 28, 2015

We went to Bodega before the ballet. It is only about 6 blocks from the Opera house. It is on Larkin 3 blocks up from the Asian museum.
The Bodega serves Viet Namese food and it is the best I have had in years. Everything was great but the Pancake with salad and chicken was a new taste treat. All with a French flare and wonderful. It is a 5 of 5 on the taste scale, fresh and tasty. Curry was great as well as the soup.

5.0Dined on February 26, 2015

Do find Bodega Bistro. Don't be mislead by the name or the sketchy neighborhood. Walk right on by the Tenderloin bars and hangouts until you enter the Bodega's front door - your entrance to some of the best Vietnamese food you'll ever enjoy. The atmosphere is simple, warm and welcoming. The Syrah by the glass was yummy. The service was humored, attentive and encouraging! I had the salted prawns and did try to chew the whole thing, shell and all as my server urged. We arrived for an early dinner before 8:00 Symphony and, within an hour, the restaurant filled. An easy 6 blocks or so to the Davies, passing City Hall (always pretty at night), you can park near your entertainment and enjoy this "urban" walk to and from Bodega Bistro.

5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

I almost didn't make it through the door to the place, it looked so tacky. The ONLY reason I went in and sat down was the strong endorsement of all the open table reviews, and even then, after I surveyed the abysmal wine list, I opened the Opentable app to see where else might have an open table nearby. Fortunately nothing was available which saved me from a BIG mistake. The food is incredibly good. And original! And very well presented and served. The Chilean sea bass wrapped and cooked in Spanish bacon was incredible. The Calamari appetizer is outstanding, and prepared differently, and served at precisely the right temperature. The service was incredibly good on top of everything else.

4.0Dined on January 17, 2015

Neighborhood used to be more appealing but this place makes up for the location. We tried several dishes and all were excellent. Perfect for Pre-Theatre dining. We were there early but by the time we were finished the place was filling up so our experience is based on that, but would still go for the food even if it were crowded.

3.0Dined on December 23, 2014

Seriously my expectations were much higher after the reviews. First of all their signage on front of store was not lit at dark which made it difficult to locate. The Uber-X driver wasn't much help either as we drove around the block looking for it while my wife is telling me I don't know what I am doing. Took the family and ordered the PHO which was just like the places in San Diego where the same PHO is $5. I thought with a name like Bistro this would be a hip and swank place but really it is worn down and looks as tired as a set of Michelin tires with 60k mikes on them. There wasn't much energy in the place either. The staff was nice and polite though. My daughter ordered the fried rice and usually that is a hit but she should have just ordered the plain rice because there wasn't mich difference in texture and taste. It wasn't overpriced though. A family of 5 for a relatively mediocre dining experience was $62. I would have paid more though to have a better experience for our visit to San Francisco. Was looking for something more.

4.0Dined on December 20, 2014

Our party of 6 chose Bodega Bistro for an early meal before going to the theater. We were all very pleaseantly surprised. From Pho to Sea Bass to Rack of Lamb, all the food was delicious. The service was also excellent. Only negative was the rest room...yuck.

4.0Dined on December 20, 2014

Everything we ordered was very good. Pay attention to their "specialties" menu: the beef brochettes were very flavorful, as was the yellow curry--some of the best I've eaten in the US. The fresh crab cooked w/ salt & pepper was good, but very messy--I'd skip it for something else next time. When we got there at 5:30, there were only two other tables, and we were nervous. By the time we left, the place was packed and vibrant. It seemed everyone was enjoying.

3.0Dined on December 7, 2014

Although this place is really trying hard not to be just another Vietnamese restaurant in Little Saigon, they need to become a little more professional. I made a reservation through Open Table and when I got to the restaurant, I mentioned that I had a reservation. I got home to find that while I was eating, the restaurant had cancelled my reservation! That being said, the food was good. The green papaya salad was very good; we also had pad thai and 5-spice chicken which were good. I think they just need to get a little more organized but they are trying.

4.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Excellent food in a casual setting. Went with a group of 12. No issues with large group and very affordable. Service excelent. Walked from Moscone and would not recommend as the neighborhood left everyone feeling a bit uncomfortable

1.0Dined on August 20, 2014

The restaurant was entirely empty with the exception of one other table. The food was just OK. I have had better Vietnamese elsewhere in the city. The floor was sticky, the menu was laminated in old plastic that was falling apart, and the service was not good despite our being close to the only patrons. We had to flag down the staff a number of times. They did consistently refill our water glasses, though. The light switch in the bathroom only worked when jimmied into the right position, and the light went out regardless while I washed my hands. From their website, the chef sounded competent and it looked good, but I do not understand how this restaurant is on OpenTable. I will not be returning.