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The Lunch Lady, Vancouver, BC

The Lunch Lady

4.6
4.6
342 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Vietnamese
Enjoy award-winning Vietnamese street food in the heart of Commercial Drive! Lunch Lady is not your average pho joint – dishes showcasing the PNW’s best ingredients, craft cocktails, and Michelin quality service makes us a crowd favourite with locals and international guests alike. Come and discover our modern and soulful dishes that are distinctly authentic to Vietnam. We look forward to serving you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vietnamese, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 559-5938

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Email - thelunchladyyvr@gmail.com

  • Private party facilities

    Email - thelunchladyyvr@gmail.com

  • Neighborhood

    Commercial Drive

  • Cross street

    Commercial Drive & Napier St.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 342 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. VixP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great dinner. We ordered about 10 dishes for table of 4. Every dish was flavourful. Service was exceptional as well. We were capped at 1.5 hr dinner but we ordered so much food we left at 2 hrs which they seemed fine with.
  2. ChristineL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Time limit at night is 1.5 hour.
  3. Anne

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Beef Carpaccio was exceptional. The rest of the meal was definitely good, but I feel other places offer as good Vietnamese food (based on what we ordered - ie: beef pho etc). Since Commercial Drive is not exactly close for us, I’ll be going to other very good Vietnamese restaurants
  4. CarloT

    Vancouver

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!
  5. GregM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Alex and Megan are great. I'll be back!
  6. AnthonyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Lunch Lady was a fantastic experience for us. We were celebrating our son's birthday and we were looking for something out of the ordinary. The Lunch Lady certainly filled the bill. We ordered three apples and three entrees, all of which were superb. Worthy of special mention were the carpaccio, the deep-fried tiger prawns, the Dungeness crab fried rice and the lobster hot pot. We are definitely looking forward to our next visit.
  7. BR549

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! I will be dreaming of the mouth party for some time to come!
  8. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good is good but venue is a little bit noisy
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant always delivers fabulous food and service Love this spot !highly recommend
  10. MikeC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Best value in Vancouver! Thanks!!
  11. Mela

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food is delicious. I would come back for the delicious pho. Customer service needs a bit of improvement. Hostess appears rather disorganized and frazzled. It took awhile for us to get the bill when we asked for it. If they improved there customer service it would make the dining experience more enjoyable
  12. SamanthaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Starting off with the beef carpaccio is an absolute must!
  13. Janice

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So yummy ! We had the family style menu and the steak, garlic noodles and carpaccio was so good! Would recommend and come back again
  14. ChristineC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My girlfriend and I went to the Lunch lady for the first time and we ordered the family style for 2, it was $50 per person, comes with 6 courses. Portions were perfect, everything was tasty. Services was great. Highly recommend this place if you haven't try it!
  15. Chrissy

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the servers/chefs were friendly! 10/10 would recommend!
  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I loved everything about The Lunch Lady - casual dining with great quality of food, drinks, and great 90’s music! The food are amazing. I tried almost everything on the menu, and they all were phenomenal. The beef carpaccio, garlic noodle, Wagyu Pho, octopus skewer, tiger prawns, and three layer dessert are incredible and must try! I also love both the cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks they have. Lastly, the service is incredible. All the staffs are very friendly and kind. I have been there twice and will definitely go back again very soon!
  17. AnneC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The garlic noodles were tasty and the clams were cooked perfectly.
  18. idwing

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Definitely once of the best vietnamese restauants in Vancouver. The noodle of the pho was ok, but the broth was really good. The buc lac is a must have.
  19. Irish1

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Great seating and prompt service
  20. JustinG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Had a reservation for 6:30 but had to wait an additional 10 minutes for our table to actually be ready since "people were still eating at it" when we arrived. Service was average and nothing speical and they forgot the egg my girlfriend ordered with her beef noodle soup. I ordered the garlic noodles which were tasty and a lager which tasted like any cheap lager you get at a bar/restaurant. Again nothing special. The worst thing about this place was the seating. Cheap plastic,uncomfortable chairs and fold out tables with hardly any leg room. Very at odds with the otherwise modern decor. Overall a pretty run of the mill experience. Don't set expectations too high.
  21. Willy

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was very friendly and gave great recommendations. We don’t feel rushed. We ordered pho Bo (love the meat, noodles and soup, don’t feel thirst after drinking the soup), beef carpaccio (my husband loves the fragrance from the basil, marinade was very tasty), bone marrow and banh mi toast (we both enjoyed - the twist was with the added hoisin sauce), garlic fried noodles with poached egg on top and shredded cheese (kid-friendly, just take out the jalapeño), pork belly skewers (not dry, not super fatty, delicious). Thanks for a great dinner! We can’t wait to come again!
  22. WoojA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome value and great Vietnamese food. Friendly staff and fun interior design. Hard to make a reservation though.
  23. AnnaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food. Great value. We had a lovely time at this well thought out space.
  24. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and food was excellent, but the restaurant was noisy.
  25. Nobody

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Thanks for making my mom's birthday dinner so lovely! I had only been there once before and then also tried the taster for 2, so my only complaint would be that the steak was more crispy on the outside the first time, which I preferred. That didn't hinder our meals though, as we were still more than satisfied by those delicious dishes.
  26. MargaretG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch Lady is a gem on Commercial Drive. Food is amazing! I have been there at least 5 times and never tire of their crab fried rice, crispy prawns, garlic noodles etc. Special shout out to Aaron Concepcion. He took such good care of me and my friends. I will definitely recommend Lunch Lady anytime!
  27. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was good… tasty, I wouldn’t say outstanding, but definitely will come back to try the other dishes. The service was outstanding… friendly and knowledgeable staff, attentive but not obtrusive
  28. ElGpa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and service, but the entrance and exit (same door) is challenging. Owners need to design a more funtional, less clogged entry and exit point. A restaurant this busy should prioritize the ease of entry and exit of guests.
  29. Sussi

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic! Loved everything we ate, food is amazing! We tried 4 different things, good drinks, staff is great. Can’t wait to go back!
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing !
  31. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Absolutely delicious food, restaurant was kinda cold temp had to keep my coat on, noise level was a bit loud & hard to hear the servers. Elderflower cocktail was fabulous! Definitely going back!
  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great though very pricey and smaller portions. It was delicious and flavourful. The wait staff was very kind and diligent in checking in on us
  33. FoodieM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Try their tasting menu - excellent variety, incredibly tasty and great value! Service was lovely - even received a phone call that they were running late to seat us which was impressive. Good explanations of each dish as it was served.
  34. LaurenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a hidden gem!!! We had a reservation and good thing, because people were lined up. The food was delicious! The prawns and the xoa noodles were superb and they treated us to free dessert for my birthday. Can't wait to go back!
  35. Alyson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Not as good the second time around. Was amazing the first time but I don’t think I’ll come back for a while. We did try some different menu items, and maybe should only stick to popular dishes. I was surprised - how could fried rice ever be cooked poorly?! Well… it’s clearly possible!
  36. WallyK

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    My wife and I are retired, so the ambience was a bit exhausting. The soup and fried rice were excellent, but the bone marrow bahn mi was expensive for the small serving. The mango and cranberry juices were refreshing and a good price.
  37. Leanne

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here with my boyfriend after hearing such good reviews from peers. Made a 5pm reservation. Food arrived quite quickly, with food that was as high quality as anticipated. Worth coming to again!
  38. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just terrific, the flavour combinations were amazing. So fresh. We had the pleasure of eating at the first Vietnamese restaurant in Toronto started by our friend Peter Tran back in 1980. My husband was honoured with the Order of Canada for his work starting the 1979 sponsorship programme for the Vietnamese Boat people called “Operation Lifeline”. The intake of Vietnamese peoples to Canada has made such an amazing contribution on so many levels…..their cuisine being one. We shall return. Nancy & Howard Adelman
  39. SussanY

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious quality food! We tried the Family plates for 2 and tried different dishes that didn't stop surprising us with more rich yet delicate flavours
  40. VanGirl

    Vancouver

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Overall great food, but the cha goi spring rolls were so disappointing, dense and boring. From photos I thought they did the rice wrapper version. The bone marrow was great, ling cod yum, and fried rice is also delicious. The staff was lovely!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Lunch Lady using the Order Online button. The Lunch Lady also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Lunch Lady also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 559-5938.

The Lunch Lady is rated 4.6 stars by 342 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 52 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for The Lunch Lady

1046 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W9

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Commercial Drive & Napier St.

  • Neighborhood

    Commercial Drive

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Vietnamese, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (604) 559-5938

  • Catering

    Email - thelunchladyyvr@gmail.com

  • Private party facilities

    Email - thelunchladyyvr@gmail.com

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