Vietnam Cafe

3800 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines
(515) 252-8713

Recent Reviews

Natalie Hamlin

Quality hasn't changed since I was a kid. So glad they're still around. The shrimp Pho is my all time favorite. One of the best places in DSM

Melissa Brewton

This food is too good for mall food court! You get SO much more Pho, it’s better tasting, and cheaper than the competition in Des Moines! Hidden gem, check it out if you love Pho and authentic Vietnamese. 10/10 Chef Kisses! Mwah!

Jeff Steele

The food is delicious and the customer service is awesome! My favorite place to eat in Des Moines.

Tommy Pickles

Brenda, I love her and the feeling I get everytime I go there.

Christina W.

Oh no no no no no. I will be the odd Yelper to say this is definitely NOT good Vietnamese food. I've heard positive reviews from different people and platforms but my experience was not close to what was talked about. If a place that's SO good, REALLY IS good, things should be consistent. My family and I ordered vegan pho, beef pho, fried rice, egg rolls. It was busy when we visited and we waited in line. 15 min wait to order, 20 min wait for food. We spent $60.XX total. Fried rice was not really fried rice. It was brown rice with bits of egg and a couple peas. No flavor or salt! Egg rolls were bland. Absolutely no flavor! My kids ate half each but wouldn't eat the rest because it tasted boring. Beef pho looked promising. But again, my family said it was boring in flavor. The noodles were not fully cooked all the way. Vegan pho was gross to me too. Bland and too strong of cinnamon. Veggies were piled at the bottom of the bowl and had less amount of noodles than veggies. I gave a second chance by packing up our food for home to eat the next day, added some seasonings to the broth. DOUBLE the gross. I've never wasted food and money like that before! The owner was there and served us. She was cold in attitude. But she served us. Overall I HIGHLY DONT recommend this cafe. There are other Vietnamese restaurants that are worth your patronage.

Ryan Vos

One of our favorites. The food is great, and service is top notch. I haven't checked out monthly buffet since covid, but we really enjoyed them.

Renee Cataldo

We LOVE Vietnam Cafe!!!

Douglas Goodwin

Vegan Pho is amazing. Best I’m town

Teresa Burbank

I should have taken more photos, but I couldn’t wait to dig in. Ordered the #1 chicken and #1 beef pho? ! Wow so good, I got it to go and another customer told me to make sure I heated the broth back up to make sure it was very hot before adding ingredients. Great advice! They included the limes to add, the spice and sauce, so happy I ordered it, I got a medium and it will be 2 meals.Yum. Definitely try them!

Erin Dobelis

The egg rolls are amazing. The pho and spicy noodle soups are sooo worth the trip.

Melissa Truong

Seriously the BEST Vietnamese food in town and the owner?? She is fantastic

Michael Kazma

Wonderful experience. Wasn’t sure if i’d like it but it was really good! The owner is very pleasant, not only does she have a true knack for her cooking and her business but she seems to love putting good food and tastes out to her customers. I got the chicken pho, not a big meat person but the pho was very good. Will definitely come back soon!

653cliffk

The Vietnamese Cafe has a long positive history and will not disappoint if you have an interest in authentic Asian food. It is in a mall court but that does not mean it's not good. I love the entire concept of what is happening with this food court with some better small family-owned businesses having restaurants there. this eclectic mix has been good there's some good independent barbecue independent Vietnamese independent Mediterranean independent Italian and really the only chain is a Maid Right. You have really accessible parking right next to Kohl's and if you take a little later lunch you'll have no problem parking going in and either sitting in a safe distance at your own table or getting something to go. My friends and I usually go to lunch after 1:00 and each sit at their own table and wear masks and go for a little walk when we're done eating. The ceilings are very high on the air circulation is good so there is risk but it seems to be minimized. The staff and all the restaurants wear masks gloves in the mall has people sanitizing the tables in between each use and putting a table poster indicating that the table has been sanitized. The lady, who runs the place is very polite and accommodating and goes out of her way to make sure everything is clean, fresh, and flavorful. I had the Pork and Shrimp Noodle Soup (hu tieu), and it was outstanding it was a clear flavorful broth that just was so good. The noodles were not overdone and a medium was more than enough for me for lunch. They have some Sriracha there if you want to spice it up a little. it's a well-kept secret and a nice gem in Des Moines to get some multiple to-go orders from different businesses and satisfy everybody's taste cravings or to sit with social distance and have choices.

Cliff K.

The Vietnamese Cafe has a long positive history and will not disappoint if you have an interest in authentic Asian food. It is in a mall court but that does not mean it's not good. I love the entire concept of what is happening with this food court with some better small family-owned businesses having restaurants there. this eclectic mix has been good there's some good independent barbecue independent Vietnamese independent Mediterranean independent Italian and really the only chain is a Maid Right. You have really accessible parking right next to Kohl's and if you take a little later lunch you'll have no problem parking going in and either sitting in a safe distance at your own table or getting something to go. My friends and I usually go to lunch after 1:00 and each sit at their own table and wear masks and go for a little walk when we're done eating. The ceilings are very high on the air circulation is good so there is risk but it seems to be minimized. The staff and all the restaurants wear masks gloves in the mall has people sanitizing the tables in between each use and putting a table poster indicating that the table has been sanitized.
The lady, who runs the place is very polite and accommodating and goes out of her way to make sure everything is clean, fresh, and flavorful.
I had the Pork and Shrimp Noodle Soup (hu tieu), and it was outstanding it was a clear flavorful broth that just was so good. The noodles were not overdone and a medium was more than enough for me for lunch. They have some Sriracha there if you want to spice it up a little. it's a well-kept secret and a nice gem in Des Moines to get some multiple to-go orders from different businesses and satisfy everybody's taste cravings or to sit with social distance and have choices.

Robert M.

Wow, what a great experience! I travel to Vietnam 4-5 times a year, I have eaten at the best restaurants in Vietnam.  I am kind of an expert on Vietnamese food.  The spring rolls were perfectly made and fresh with excellent sauce and flavor.  The Pho was hot and extremely flavorful, the ingredient mix was wonderful which created bursts of flavor with every bite, and to make matters even better, the owner of the shop was polite, curteous, and treated me like family.  If you like authentic Vietnamese food, this is an excellent choice compared to the other spots in Des Moines.

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