Co Nam - San Francisco

4.1
57 Reviews
$30 and under
Vietnamese
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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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmartil
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We liked our dishes very much. Unfortunately, the service was nothing special. But overall we really liked it.

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vipAlex
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience3

vVery nice authentic Vietnamese food: loved the bun bo hue and bo la lot.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience3

On our visit to San Francisco. Food was fresh and delicious. I was sorry we didn't have time to go back a 2nd time.

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Abby
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I tried this out with my husband on a Friday night. The food was very unique and delicious, however, the service was just mediocre. A table of two that was sat after us was greeted and served before us. The waiter also kept forgetting whether he had taken our order or cleared our plates. It was weird.

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vipvananhofficial
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite here. The bun bo hue is fabulous.

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vipTFH1
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2014
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was a Tuesday night and they were overwhelmed. Our dinner took an hour to arrive. By that time we had to go home and barely were able to enjoy our food.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific with the menu featuring some unique traditional vietnamese dishes with some modern twists as well as some more recognizable asian dishes. Dishes were served hot to the table, the small kitchen really cranks out some volume as there was a line out the door of people waiting for a table for most of the night. Drinks were very good as well, the menu featuring a wide variety of beers, cocktails, and wines. I would highly recommend visiting Co Nam if you get the chance, you wont regret it.

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Mancinipeppers
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2014
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Everything we ordered was fantastic - would definitely recommend the pork buns and the shaken beef. Service was great the first time we stopped by for a late lunch - attentive, but not too much. Busy dinner service was another story - waited almost 20 minutes before someone even took our drinks order. The food was delicious but think next time we'll stick to off times when it's not quite so busy. All in all, would definitely recommend but a little patience is necessary

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Did not expect this to turn out that well as we changed plans last minute. Co Nam was amazing, with a really new and exotic twist on the dishes. Definitely worth a try!

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vipHoward
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is delicious authentic Vietnamese cuisine. The menu features a variety of small plates, as well as a nice selection of entrees. We had vegetarian spring rolls, spicy devil wings, wicked buns, and shaken beef--all outstanding. There is also an impressive selection of both beers and wines. Everything was outstanding, including the service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The chicken dishes were outstanding. The boneless thighs that accompanied the rice bowl were plump, almost silken beneath a mildly charred exterior. Reminiscent of the grilled chicken satays from my hometown in Southeast Asia. The fiery, candied coating on the spicy devil wings delighted us with its unique combination of flavor and crunch. The wicked buns were a little dry for my taste, relying on the strip of pork belly fat that isn't distributed evenly throughout the bun. Would have preferred a sauce within to add juiciness. The mango sticky rice was rather bland. But overall, the ambiance, excellent service and finger-lickin chicken make for a good date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

love this neighborhood gem with good vietnamese food and delicious drinks. can get a bit loud which impedes a nice conversation. overall, good though.

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alyssabasinboy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience4

maybe the best I've ever had. Medley claypot was good, but not outstanding. Great service. Was empty at 6:45, but filled up and got lively while we were eating. Very pretty restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were excellent as well as the excellent service made Co Nam a wonderful dinning experience.

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jennjack
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2014
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Good food but the service was something awful. Please stoprestaurant terrible to people that choose your restaurant!

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vipMiaMarSF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice for a quiet dinner. Not very crowded. The Basa fish claypot was delicious!

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vipmristeff
Denver
251 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious rolls, shaken beef and green bean salad with shrimp!

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vipFoodess
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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vipDottie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2014
Overall5food4service3ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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AmyinSF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing gourmet Vietnamese food. Great service. Fun, energetic ambiance. Can't wait to come back!

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Harry
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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Shays
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipmlk01
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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KristenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food, Delicious Drinks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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vipeedeebee
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

yummy shaken beef and good beers ; lots of other good tastes as well.

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wellSeasonedFoodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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viplauror
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2013
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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)

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vipstevo
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2013
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Don't the stylish atmosphere fool you. The food here is bold and authentic. Beer list is unsuspectingly good.

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RichardL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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koel106
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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GingerbreadMan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2013
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2013
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2013
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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Sepo
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belgium beer and great modern Vietnamese food, absolutely excellent.

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vipSmmphd
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Narrow little restaurant with cool "living " back wall. Great mix of traditional and updated Vietnamese dishes. Wonderful beer selection on tap. Reasonable prices.

FAQs

Co Nam - San Francisco does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Co Nam - San Francisco also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 292-6161.

Co Nam - San Francisco is rated 4.1 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

Co Nam - San Francisco does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.conamrestaurants.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.