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Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro - Irvine

4.2
140 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
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About

Phans 55 Vietnamese Bistro and Bar specializes in taking traditional Vietnamese cuisine and combining it with a modern flare while keeping the earthy integrity. This restaurant uses only certified natural beef, pork and poultry. The greens used in the dishes come from only the freshest local sources and the fish are wild and caught fresh every day. Phans 55 serves appetizers, salads, pho, sizzling hot plates, fresh seafood, noodles, fried rice, wok and vegetarian dishes to help ensure that anyone can find something on the menu. Some of the popular dishes here include special pho, spring rolls and the calamari. To go along with your meal there is a full bar where you can take your pick of beer, wine or cocktails.

Phans 55 is the perfect place for the whole family, a group of coworkers or friends to get together. Reservations are available for those special date nights or for large groups.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 724-1236
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Susie Phan and Francois
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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.
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Private party contact
Susie: (949) 724-1236
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Catering
We cater to both corporate, office private parties as well as parties at home.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jamboree and Dupont
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Parking details
We have private parking structure with over 300 parking spaces. Parking is free and validated when dining at the restaurant.
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Entertainment
16 feet wall to wall HD projector, multiple HD TV"s.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
5.0
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ALBW (Little Rock)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2015

This was my second trip. I enjoyed this so much the first time, that the next time I was in town, I made reservations for a party of 8. Food was just a wonderful the second time!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

Never disappoints

The food is beautifully presented and deliously flavorful. Each item has its own distinct flavor, so repeated visits allow one to savor various items...and we do visit repeatedly! Can't wait to return.

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ALBW (Little Rock)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2015

The Vietnamese crepe was wonderful; after having it as an app with with a group, I had it as my entree because it was so great. The waiter was fabulos; he offered a tasting of wine before I made a bottle selection, which was very helpful.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

Better than Anqi, since the Vietnamese food here has more remnants of the Asian dishes than the fusions.

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vipTigre (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on August 27, 2015

We eat here frequently and look forward to our dining experience each time!
Excellent food, healthy, beautifully presented!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2015

Phans55 is our go-to when we want to be in a comfortable atmosphere, with awesome staff (most of whom are longtermers), and many choices of fabulous food. The flavors are all distinctive and different from one dish to the next. And the portion sizes are pleasing - not too much, not too little for one and yet appropriate to share. Yummy!

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vipRyan (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

Great food but the service is off the mark too often

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mauiboy (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on July 19, 2015

Food was very marginal fusion mish mash. Preparation was ameturish. Prices were extremely high for very average noodle dishes. Noise level very high. Service spotty.

No where near the quality of their other restaurant.

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vipFoodie (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on July 12, 2015

This restaurant boasts being nongmo as well as organic - which is great!!! The problem is their portion size is small, yet the cost per plate is more than expected. Perhaps they need to invest in creative ideas to make the dishes look larger than they really are to trick us with perceived food portions. Decent Vietnamese food at a premium, but much more convenient than driving into the heart of Westminster. I would be a regular if they beefed up the portion size for 20-30$ dishes.

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Carefree (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2015

Vietnamese restaurant, some very nice dishes (seabass soup and cool noodles with bbq pork were lovely), but some things just OK. It is very noisy (loud people, loud and annoying music), the service was very slow and not very attentive, and it is very hard to find -- inside a complex of condos with an address that doesn't exist on GPS -- had to call to get directions, and even then, it is still hard to find. Price is reasonable. Seating sort of basic, not a place for a special event.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on May 19, 2015

Yum! Highly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed. Great location, food and staff. I'll go again soon!

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Gunta70 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

It is a challenge to find really tasty vegetarian fare in Orange County. I drive by the Phan 55 sign almost every day on Jamboree and have never tried it. (It's tucked away behind the condo towers on Jamboree at Campus so is not visible from either main road.) I read the reviews on Open Table and Yelp and decided to give them a chance. I'm very happy to report that it was a terrific experience. We made a very early reservation at 6:15pm on a Saturday night thinking the restaurant would be empty, but we were wrong! Nearly all the tables were reserved or occupied and the staff was very busy. That didn't stop them from being friendly, attentive and effective. I asked for our server's recommendation for a vegetarian dish and he suggested the eggplant and tofu dish. It was very tasty. The only issue with my order was that I took the brown rice option, but they served me white rice. I didn't complain...it was delicious anyway! We will definitely come back as I feel like we've found a neighborhood secret.

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Datenightjohnny (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2015

Went with my wife and had a wonderful meal. The service was great with all the service people keeping an eye on the tables. We asked out waiter for recommendations and he provided some great choices while providing us detailed descriptions. The Hanoi Fish was the hit of the night. perfectly cooked and delicious although all our selections were very good. the food quality is high and the preparation clean and competent. Great flavors. Would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2015

This is not a bad restaurant, just not very good. I suggest you drive the few extra miles and go to Little Saigon in Westminster for really good Vietnamese food.

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Gregory (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on March 7, 2015

Our server, Pierce, was outstanding as usual! He took great care of us and made a nice wine recommendation.

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DiningOutDelightsMe (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2015

There were few diners (Monday night), but the noise level was high. The layout is long and narrow with high ceiling and nothing to deaden sound.
That will keep us from eating there again. It's a shame because the food was excellent and served very quickly. This might not bother the young crowd, but it's not good for a quiet meal.

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barman (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

We very much enjoyed our meal. Started with the Ahi tuna spring roll served with a very tasty dipping sauce. For mains the two of us shared the Shaking Filet and the Seafood Claypot, both highly recommended. Happy hour is served from 5-7 only in the bar. Happy hour prices do not apply in the restaurant proper. The owner/manager was very helpful.

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vipBoiler13 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2015

Alecia made the meal extra special for our out of town guests. She is a wonderful server and provides excellent service and friendliness! The food was outstanding as usual. Clay pot is always a favorite and the shaken chicken was a big hit! Great work!

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vipRAM0 (Orange County)
1.0  Dined on January 3, 2015

I had eaten at this restaurant a few times before. This time, we were a party of 5. First appetizer came in about 10 minutes with one person's dinner order. Three other people's food was served just before our second appetizer dish, after about fifteen minutes. Last person's food came in about ten minutes after that.
We were there to enjoy having a dinner as a group, but ended up watching each other eat. At last, without being asked if we wanted desert (not that they have a great desert menu), we were handed our check with 18% tip automatically added.
The food quality was ok, not great. While everyone working there is very nice and works hard, the overall dining experience was poor and disappointing, basically due to poor service.
This was my last visit to this restaurant, though I hope they improve the way they run the place for their own good.

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vip2diners9 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2014

love this place and it's close to our favorite movie theaters, great for dinner a heated discussion. Also terrific for lunch

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Vietme (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2014

Delicious food! A bit over-priced but worth it. Amazing flavors. Traditional Viet food with culinary twists. Fish & clay pots are not to be missed. Owner is very accommodating. Lunch time was very busy & one person was training so service was a bit slow. Be sure to order your food immediately after you arrive for prompt service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 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.

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vipJeanneKnowsWhereToGo (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 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!).

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vipOliverS (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on August 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.

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vipmelomaniac (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2014

Best kept secret in Irvine

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vipThomas (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 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.

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vipLunchlover (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 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.

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vipOCDiner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on July 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on June 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.

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Howard (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on June 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!

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