Hai Yen - Argyle

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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
Hai Yen Restaurant welcomes you to experience the essence of Vietnam in Chicago. From our famous Bo La Lot (marinated ground beef wrapped in a Hawaiian leaf then grilled), to the very traditional beef noodle soup (Pho), or exotic salads such as the Lotus Root Salad, to our fresh fruit smoothies with tapioca, we have everything to please any one's palate.

Vietnamese food consists of regional flavors with an infusion of French and Chinese cuisine. Our cuisine is incredibly healthy and is known as the cuisine of the dipping sauces. We use a lot of fresh vegetables and herbs, mainly for wrapping with different types of meat in a very thin, delicate rice paper with a dipping sauce on the side. At our restaurant, we allow you to join in on the fun of cooking Vietnamese food by letting you cook the food right at your own table with a fondue pot, soup pot or a grill. So stop by and create your own experience of Vietnam with us!
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D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great home cooking. The best Vietnamese food hands down on argyle.
The owner and daughter are always hospitable and accommodating and so friendly! They make us feel right at home.
Highly recommend to everyone.
Please try their bo la lot, specialty beef tools and wraps that no one else can make. They are the best and i have relatives who visit and always want to make a trip to Hai Yen!

CT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good experience! Food was delicious and well-portioned. Highly recommend the spring rolls :)

DP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

An extensive menu of classic Vietnamese cuisine, especially many varieties of delicious pho (in huge bowls, so need to ask for extra noodles!), all inexpensive (our group of four had appetizers, entrees, and drinks for $100). Prompt, friendly, and courteous service in a simple, diner-like ambiance.

s
Chicago
210 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent authentic Vietnamese food. Service today was excellent. The portions are generous and the prices are just right. Enjoy.

CA
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All the standards were very good and the restaurant excels at different and interesting specialties.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hai Yen is a wonderful, family owned Vietnamese cuisine restaurant and is awesome.

s
Chicago
210 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is an excellent authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Service was excellent and the food was also very tasty. Bun bo hue and bao la lot are exceptional. My very picky Vietnamese wife can vouch for the authenticity.


Enjoy.

W
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

best vietnamese food we have found in Chicago
Apparently the native Vietnamese agree judging by who was eating at hai yen

be sure to order the bo a lot and the moon-shaped pancake

G
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I starting going to Hai Yen ten years ago after a trip to Vietnam where I took a cooking class. This is my go-to place for Vietnamese food in Chicago. It is always consistent and good. I love the green papaya salad and the shrimp spring rolls.

ER
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each and every dish was delicious, all from fresh, fresh ingredients, you could tell. Authentic.

C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really nice staff, great food.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Louis was great!

O
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite vietnamese place. I always love to come back.

SC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy it here. The food is great and affordable.

C
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food like the Hawaiian rolls, the Tamarind soup and the green papaya salad keep us coming back to Hai Yen. The best Vietnamese restaurant on Argyle street and in Chicago. Love it,

E
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood casual restaurant. Have eaten here numerous times throughout many years. The food is consistently great. Always extremely fresh. Favorites are spring rolls, Bo La Lat either as an appetizer or a noodle dish or as a wrap. Pad Thai also excellent as is the Pho. Whatever you order, you really cannot go wrong. Sometimes a little short staffed but the food is worth the wait.

LG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A friend and I went here because we were looking for someplace new, and this wasn't too far a drive for us. The parking - even on a Saturday night - was easy. Everyone in the restaurant was eager to please. I ordered an asparagus and crab soup - and while it isn't clear that this is what was delivered - I enjoyed it very much. My main course of caramelized shrimp was also very good. This is clearly a favored neighborhood spot, as along with a full dining room, there was a tremendous amount of takeout and delivery going on. The staff was pleasant throughout, but one of the nicest things about Hai Yen - apart from the food - was the fact that we could actually sit and have a conversation - and hear each other - without having to shout. Clearly, the room has great acoustics, because even filled with diners - and with some very pleasant music playing in the background - we found ourselves chatting away without difficulty. I would go back to try some more adventurous selections. All in all, a peaceful - and gentle - experience.

JA
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was fresh, but overly sweet without the vietnamese spicing I expected. The dishes we ordered all had a similar flavor leaning toward sweet. Not interesting enough for me to recommend.

T
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food is always great but the service can be a bit slow.

HP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, fantastic value! I have dined here over 10 times and love their food and ambiance. Service can be a bit slow but it’s worth the wait. You can bring a bottle, they will charge you a $6 corkage fee. Love this place!

WW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had been meaning to hit more places on Argyle and this was the one that we chose first because of the amount of effort that they have put into updating the look to match the newly renovated sidewalks and streets out front. You can tell that they care about their business and it shows in the food and the service. Will for sure go back again. The food was fairly priced and was very good! Thanks

S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a favorite spot for Vietnamese cuisine—one of the world’ s great cuisines. While it’s a
neighborhood “joint,” it suits us perfectly. The food is fresh, well seasoned and tasty. Wait staff is knowledgeable and efficient. Recommend shrimp on sugar cane stick, and the chicken pho.

RP
London
28 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad. Bad food and worse service. May I have some water? May I have a napkin? Can we get silverware? My wide rice noodles with chicken was tasteless. Dungeons crab dry and tasted previously frozen. Service was non existent.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and the value was unbeatable! The bubble teas were exceptional and for only $4 you even fruit on top!

k
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mom and I went to Hai Yen for lunch on Tuesday the 3rd. We both had phở and it was delicious. The broth was rich and the vegetables were very fresh and tasty. I will definitely be back!

c
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the sour shrimp soup, with tomatoes, bean sprouts, squash, pineapple, and okra, which is always terrific and the excellent grilled lemongrass beef over vermicelli rice noodles with veggies and peanuts. Our server was friendly and efficient and there was no language barrier whatever.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Vietnamese foods. We have been to restaurants in California, and this place is better than most restaurants there.

HK
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall5food5service2ambience2

The food was amazing . One must know about this type of ethnic food because the staff is of no help. The food was delicious once we figured out what to order.

s
Chicago
210 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here for early lunch. Had shrimp on sugar cane sticks. They were great with the salt provided. The beef spring roll was great. Had grilled chicken with rice. Also a nice dish

For those wanting a more authentic unique Vietnamese dish, try the mien xao cua. Crab meat and silver noodles.

Service is friendly and prompt. Price are reasonable.

NM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food, good prices. Nice pace for bringing out the food. Great flavors.

c
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

excellent sour shrimp soup, salad, grilled beef, and steamed fish.

E
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Authentic Vienamese food and very good. Bo la lot is a favorite as are the spring rolls. Great sauces. Food arrives sporadically so not everyone gets their order at the same time so best to order dishes to share

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is delicious and you can't beat the prices!

FB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Meals here are always good. Fresh ingredients, flavorful and carefully presented. The percentage of local Vietnamese people dining here is a good clue to the food in this neighborhood loaded with other options! I go back whenever I can.

c
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the shrimp soup, the crispy wide rice noodles with beef, shrimp, squid, and chicken, and the grilled beef over vermicelli.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food! I've been several times and I'm never disappointed. The service can be a little slow bit they are all so nice and kind!

KL
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It's one of those hole in the wall, ubiquitous restaurants along the Argyle corridor. The menu is all the same.

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall2food1service2ambience2

For years Hai Yen was our go to place for upscale Vietnamese food. Based on this visit it has definitely lost its glory. The food was uniformly bad and the service mediocre. Fried fish that was so bad that we sent it back, dried out spring rolls and tasteless beef kabobs. We will not return.

RG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I took a visiting Colombian friend so that he could try Vietnamese food for the first time ever--especially the Best Soup in the World: can chua. It was perfect, except that for some odd reason the (big) bowl of can chua included no pineapple. Still tasted fabulous, as always.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant, very good food, friendly staff. will definitely go back to try some more dishes.