The 5 Vietnamese Restaurants You Should Eat at in Orange County

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

Whenever I take a trip down to Southern California, I usually stop in to eat at one or more of these truly awesome Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County, California. Read on to learn what my favorites are.

Since I live in the Bay Area, taking a trip down to Southern California is very convenient. You can either drive 7 hours or fly a little over one hour. Either way it's easy to take a weekend trip. I like to take a few trips a year down south and whenever my wife and I do, we usually stop in to eat Vietnamese food in Little Saigon. We will both admit that Orange County has the best Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam. These are my favorite places to eat.

These snail dishes are both delicious. (Photos by Digital Nomad Foodie)

#5 - Oc & Lau

Oc & Lau is the place to reminisce of being in Saigon eating bountiful amounts of snails. You see, "oc" means snails in Vietnamese and "lau" means hotpot. The name also fits in perfectly because this place is in O.C. aka Orange County. If you love escargot, you'll want to stop in at this restaurant. They have many varieties of snails and it's the closest thing you'll get to eating this delicacy in some alley in Vietnam.


10130 Garden Grove Boulevard

Garden Grove, CA 92843

The "Best Vietnamese Soup in Town" is the motto for Pho 79. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

#4 - Pho 79

Pho 79 is a legit pho spot in O.C.'s Little Saigon. They get their name from many Vietnamese immigrants arriving to the United States in 1979, hence the "79". Our uncle, Bac Kym who resides in the area and is now in his late 80's introduced us to this dependable pho restaurant. It's now part of our rotation every time we want to eat pho in Orange County.


9941 Hazard Avenue

Garden Grove, CA 92843

Brodard is world-famous for their nem nuong rolls. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

#3 - Brodard Restaurant

Brodard Restaurant is one of two restaurants that owner Diane Dang runs in Orange County. This restaurant is world-famous for it's nem nuong, which is a grilled pork roll with a crispy egg roll skin tucked inside that gives it a nice crunch. The accompanying sweet shrimp sauce is the secret to the nem nuong, which makes it a great snack or meal. This location is almost always packed, they will take pick-up orders, but expect to wait in line. Also, if you choose to dine here, you'll notice many people looking fashionable, but there really isn't a dress code. It's not a bad place to check out, trust me.


16105 Brookhurst Street

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

The lobster at Newport Seafood Restaurant is supremely succulent as you can see. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)

#2 - Newport Seafood Restaurant (San Gabriel)

If I decide to drive down to Southern California, I sometimes stop at this Newport Seafood Restaurant in San Gabriel (they have two other restaurants in Rowland Heights and Beverly Hills) for a very satisfying lobster meal. If you saw my post of "My Top 10 Vietnamese Restaurants in San Jose", you'll read that my number 10 pick refers to driving to Southern California for some "Vietnamese style lobster". This happens to be one of the two places...


518 West Las Tunas Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91776

Clockwise from top left lobster on garlic noodles, red snapper, clams with black bean sauce, fish maw soup, shaken beef and fried tofu at Tan Cang Newport Seafood Restaurant. (Photos by Digital Nomad Foodie)

1# - Tan Cang Newport Seafood Restaurant

The second of the two lobster restaurants that I always stop in for lobster is Tan Cang Newport Seafood. I am not kidding when I say that thousands of people from the Bay Area make the trip down to Tan Cang (which in Vietnamese translates to "new" and "port") for their lobster each year. If you decide to eat here, expect a crowd. The food here will blow your taste buds away!


4411 West 1st Street

Santa Ana, CA 92703

When you visit Orange County for Vietnamese food, what are your favorites? Please share so I can try them out.

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