Temple Club

4.4
47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese

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About

The Temple Club is a space that celebrates Vietnamese culture and food. from the decor to the food you will not see another Vietnamese restaurant like us. Geoffrey has lived in Viet Nam for the last 16 years cooking and opening restaurants all over the country. With over 30 years cooking Vietnamese food both here and in Viet Nam his goal is to prepare the every day food that Vietnamese people in Viet Nam for his guests at The Temple Club. Having just won on the Food Network cooks vs cons Geoffrey"s bold, and authentic taste is not often seen in America. Geoffrey and his team are excited to bring more unique Vietnamese dishes to the Bay Area.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Vietnamese
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Saturday 5:00pm till 10:00pm
Saturday Lunch from 12:00pm till 3:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 479-3680
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Geoffrey Deetz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
23rd
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Parking details
Be smart and keep valuables out of sight in your car.
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Public transit
Bus stop in front of restaurant.
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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic excellent delicious food served by kind people.
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EB
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still one of my favorite places to go with friends. The food is amazing and different. Adventure is the key word here to try different dishes. Definitely still on my "go to" list.

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MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the 3rd time we’ve eaten here. The menu has so many choices that it’s hard to decide which one to order— we’ve enjoyed every single dish we’ve tried

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vibrant and delicious food - gets better each time we eat here! So many delicious vegetarian and gluten free options. Warm and friendly service too.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Authentic Vietnamese food that you can't find on a typical menu. Portions were large and well worth the price. Highly recommend the Goi Sua (jellyfish salad)!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, friendly service, excellent food.

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JH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food once and very thoughtful, helpful staff.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about the place. Such wonderful food and such a great experience.

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OT
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had crispy prawns, mi quang and Pho. Food was good but on the oily side. Service was great. Definitely will be back to try other dishes.

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SA
San Francisco
134 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great food in fun artistic setting easy to find location good friendly service

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good. Unfortunately the service was so appalling and disappointing that it completely ruined my entire dining experience. I have been wanting to try this place for a while, and finally brought my husband for what I was hoping to be an enjoyable dinner. Instead, we were ignored, had to constantly go up to wait staff to ask for literally everything (to order, get glasses for water, check on our food, etc.) Not once did someone come over to our table for any of these things. When we got our entrees, one was missing. Since no one bothered to check up on us at any point, I had to go downstairs to the kitchen to get the status. After I was told that it was likely delivered to the wrong table (without an apology), I asked them to take it off my bill, paid, and left as I could not take it anymore. Also worth noting that there were 4 waiters this night and quarter of the place was empty. With plenty of options in Oakland and the Bay Area, there is no reason to patronize establishments that put zero effort in the most basic customer service. Will not be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

New Fresh flavors in a fun and we'll appointed setting. I'd get there early with reservations as the line gets big.

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BG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I gave in to the buzz and booked a table to celebrate payday—always a special occasion, right? Temple Club is located in a renovated old building on International—think lots of exposed brick. Decor is funky and Asian/travel inspired—I liked it. The downside is that the old building doesn’t seem to have functioning heat, and it was uncomfortably chilly—this was during he recent cold spell. The menu had nothing on it that I recognized. Exciting! Sweetie and I ordered three things: a bright green shrimp starter that tasted like shrimp rolled in rice crispies (a very good thing—I could have eaten two servings), the roast chicken, which was sizzlingly crisp on the outside and perfectly juicy inside, and a pork stew that very much reminded me of Chile verde, but Asian style. The crowning glory of all the dishes were the Sauces—savory or spicy or sweet—you choose. Service was enthusiastic and friendly, but not so organized. And the total came to $44, which is totally affordable Bay Area standards. We’ll definitely be back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly helpful staff. Excellent food chef helpful.

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EB
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food and culinary delight. Service was a bit slow but if you’ve the time, it’s worth the wait.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative and hip take on SE Asian Cuisine. I eat a lot and this place is at the top of my list for cool, hip new places in Oakland.

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

overall very tasty interesting vietnamese food. they made accomodations for our vegan friends. bit of a wait with only 2 people in the kitchen.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Funky and fun dining spot with exceptional service.
Luckily the delicious food and service made up for it!
If given a choice definitely request a table downstairs. You feel a little too far removed dining upstairs.
No alcohol served yet but you can go down the street to purchase and bring back to the restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was very good, but we had to wait a very long time to get our entrees. Then they did not come out together. Looked like the staff was overwhelmed and were not able to churn out the complex (but delicious) dishes quickly enough. Understand that they just opened, hope things improve as it was very delicious.

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. We are going back in two days. Unlike any Vietnamese food we ever had. Fantastic!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious Vietnamese food we are so lucky find here in the US!!! Chef Geoffrey Deetz is remarkably hardworking and oh so creative to bring us this topnotch authentic food. His love and passion for elevated Vietnamese flavors is so apparent in the food His wife is as lovely as thw whole staff. Bravo!!!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The kitchen looks understaffed. We had a 7p.m. reservation, were seated by 8, the Maitre D blame it on Open Table for booking too many tables at the same time. We sat without food for another 30 min. The food is decent.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fun. Good was adventurous and relish. Great add in sauces. Service slow but friendly.

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O
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed Temple Club and found the people super friendly. We've been to Vietnam so were intrigued by reviews saying this would be like real Vietnamese food. We appreciated the use of traditional herbs like Shisu. We thought some of the dishes could be adjusted a bit - as flavors were more muddled than we would expect in Vietnam, where fresh ingredients always shine. The curry we had had veggies that were so overcooked we couldn't distinguish them as they broke down into the sauce, except for the pumpkin but it was near to falling apart. The fresh noodles with beef contained all the components you'd expect including some homemade fish sauce that was really good. The noodles didn't really absorb the sauce though so it was hard to get all the flavors together. The specialty of the chef had a great flavor of broth, nice and beefy.
With some time, perhaps they will be able to fine tune some of the dishes.

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MB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

After the great write ups, perhaps my expectations were too high. But I went with two friends, both of whom have eaten a lot of Vietnamese food, and neither of them liked it either. Food was bland and uninteresting, the place was cold and noisy and while the people were pleasant, the service was lax. Not cheap either. Would not go back or recommend. There were a lot of people there though so I guess others like it.

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SW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food with authentic flavors and creative combinations. Chef Geoffrey knows what is truly delicious. Wonderful!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, despite the restaurant's web page showing that it was open for Thursday lunch, and OpenTable taking a reservation for Thursday lunch, in fact the restaurant was CLOSED. Dinners only this winter!

The owner was apologetic and invited us back with special consideration. We will take him up on it!

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RF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had our second meal at The Temple Club. It's unique cuisine. Mostly big flavors and textures - kind of lusty and a bit messy (especially the pork ribs with a sweet and vinegary and very thick glaze.) I have to say, not everything is to my liking (i was kind of meh on the pumpkin curry) but the overall value and creativity is really good. Get the pork ribs, breaded shrimp and the roast chicken.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and great service! Chef Deetz is amazing in proving authentic Vietnamese food in Oakland.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had read about this restaurant from local newspapers and I was curious to try it. I was not disappointed. The food was very good, the ingredient super fresh and the whole experience was unlike any Vietnamese restaurant I had tried before.
There are options for everyone, from shy to adventurous (frog legs and pig ears in my case).
Service was very friendly and so were the prices.
I'll be back

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M
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Casual place with nice vibes. Our large group tried a lot of dishes, the most memorable ones were the beef soup noodles, the pastrami pho, and the veggie curry. Good spring rolls as well. Only dish that no one liked was the mi quang noodles, as said noodles were super al dente and almost crunchy. Service was friendly, but our table lacked the proper number of place settings for our group, not enough utensils, etc. These were small issues that didn’t detract from our experience. Also, on the mezzanine level there is a big chimney looking vent that was directly over our table, it blew cold air during the entire meal and that made some of our party feel chilly. The restaurant is also in a sketch area of Oakland, but lock your car, put away your valuables, and say hi to the working girls on your way to this yummy place.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Bland and twice the cost of the better, authentic Vietnamese spots right around there

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U
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous food in a cool little spot in an edgy part of town. Popular place.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really unique, great tasting food from. Chef/owner who really takes pride in his work.

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CE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great spot. great service, byob, food was amazing, highly reccomend

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SW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is such an incredible new addition to the Oakland dining scene. Chef Geoffrey Deetz has created a warm, inviting environment and some of the most delicious flavors I've had in my life. He does magic in the kitchen but he's very approachable and amicable. He wants you to understand and appreciate his authentic Vietnamese food and it's evident that he pours so much love into preparing it. I intend to regularly visit this place which is now a favorite.

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I'm part of a study group that occasionally tries out spots where we can get food off the beaten path. Temple Club is our latest, and now favorite spot for noshing tourism.

A couple of us have lived in SE Asia & missed Vietnamese tastes. Some others have been and wanted a refresh. And one or two just wondered what it was all about. We were all happy. This is NOT your everyday Phở place; many tastes & preparations outside of our range. Just some tastes that people will recognize: shark, tamarind, squid, basil, mint, crab, durian. Every dish has a couple of unique tastes. Come as a group so you can sample many dishes!

We were a bit overwhelmed with the choices & asked Geoff to make a meal fit for 8 of us & we were all very happy.

Patronage was mixed between English- and Vietnamese-speakers. Spirits were high all around. This is not a white-tablecloth place—come for the food & fun, not to show off how much money you can throw around.

I'm writing this less than 90 days after it opened. There's no beer license yet — BYOB. Service got overwhelmed by people on 2 occasions. The paper napkins are flimsy. He's an experienced chef both in Oakland and Vietnam—ask to hear his story!—and I'm glad he's put his energy so far into the food & hope the service follows. We'll keep coming back regardless.

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KV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food - expected flavors but executed so perfectly that it’s really quite exceptional. Will definitely be coming back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with this hidden gem. We needed to find a restaurant close to oracle and Yelp definitely hooked us up with this one. The food is amazing, I mean it’s been 48 hours and I’m still thinking about that curry bowl with eggplant. Not to meantion I’m vegetarian and some plates have a Vegan option! I already love you. Restaurant ambiance is awesome, I love the artwork on the walls and the entrance door with the theatre vibe. Can’t wait to be back :)

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful about our dinner at the Temple Club: the novel and delicious food, the incredibly warm and personalized service, the lively and welcoming decor. Also so many gluten-free offerings! We had a great time and will be back.

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