Denver's ten best spots for pho

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Mark Manger
Pho Lee in Greenwood Village: so pho, so good.
Vietnamese soup is good food any time of the year, and always fun to accessorize with fresh vegetables and spicy sauces -- but on a cold day like today, a great bowl of pho is enough to bowl you over. Fortunately, in Denver our cup runneth over with pho spots.

Here, in no particular order (until the end), are our ten favorite spots for pho.

See also:
- Best Pho 2013: Pho Duy
- Pho Lee: So pho, so good for this Greenwood Village restaurant
- Vietnam Grill services up a surprising culinary lesson on Vietnamese cuisine

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Lori Midson

10. Pho Lee, 6860 South Clinton Street Greenwood Village
Dung Anh Le opened Pho Lee late last year with his wife, Phuong Nguyen; he's the brother of Aaron Le, who owns Pho 95, a local pho temple, and worked there for years. Overseeing this kitchen is Dung's mother-in-law, Quyen Nguyen, who spent nearly two decades at Pho Fusion and T-Wa Inn. The pedigree shows in every taste of the pho, yours to tweak with 23 protein combinations and an array of fresh, spicy and crunchy toppings.

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Vietnam Grill Facebook page

9. Vietnam Grill, 1015 South Federal Boulevard
A meal at Vietnam Grill is a culinary education. The menu is long but well-organized; even so, navigating a list like this can seem like learning a second language. Alongside far less familiar items are the rice noodle dishes and pho, always a safe -- and delicious -- option.

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8. Pho Le, 1195 South Federal Boulevard
The pho at this Federal Boulevard spot is rich, complex and filling -- perfect for a cold, wet day. And the broth for the seafood pho is particularly nice: distinct and delicate.

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7. Pho 79, 781 South Federal Boulevard
Pho 79 never skimps on the meats in its soups, and generally offers a wider selection of fresh herbs than its competitors.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Pho Lee

6860 S. Clinton St., Greenwood Village, CO

Category: Restaurant

Vietnam Grill - CLOSED

1015 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho Le

1195 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho Duy

945 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho 79

781 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho 95

1401 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho Saigon

8101 S. Quebec St., Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho 96

2990 W. Mississippi Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pho-Natic

229 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Dong Khanh Restaurant

333 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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37 comments
dano323
dano323

If you think this is good food, you are not looking hard enough...This is all garbage with little imagination or soul....Crap in a Bowl....F Viet Nam and the whole PHO nation...Pho You.

funkymonkey1111
funkymonkey1111

Pho 53 in Aurora (Havana near Mississippi) is a great one.  Don't get me wrong--it's a hole in the wall, but man is it good. 

bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece topcommenter

I've only ever had Pho-natic's do bien and it wasn't good at all. Admittedly do bien is a tough one, but that's what I have to judge.

grr8deziner
grr8deziner

Phonatic may have been the WORST I have ever had!

Rich Allen
Rich Allen

Pho Duy is the only pho place in town that offers pho that is vegetarian All the other have beef broth

Mike Hoang
Mike Hoang

Love this article. Pho is my favorite

Marcus Andrew
Marcus Andrew

Eric Koder & Half Aspen suck balls and have no sense of taste. :) pho 95's dank fa sho

JefFoF
JefFoF

Pho Ta is worth a visit. Broths on the lighter side, but pretty good. It also has a modern, pleasant decor for those who complain the places on Federal are "holes-in-the-walls". Their Bun Moc is pretty tasty too.


a94buff
a94buff

Phonatic is awful and 6th is pretty poor too. Which kills me to say since I live in Cap Hill. 96, Duy (broomfield more so than Fed), Ta and 95 far and away the best IMO

Joe Beauprez
Joe Beauprez

Leaving Pho Ta off this list is ridiculous.

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

I don't want to eat that. No. Whatever that noodle soup is, I want none of. I'm not trying to be rude and I mean no disrespect but...really? You'd eat that?

John Pinegar
John Pinegar

Out of 79, 96, and 95, Pho 95 is the best. Their new location on Federal has a bar. They also have a super friendly staff.

Sue Ryan
Sue Ryan

Just 4. Pho Duy and 95 most often. I never get the pho at Dong Khanh Saigon Bowl because their other food is SO INSANELY GOOD, especially for the price.

picaresque.james
picaresque.james

New Saigon has amazing pho, Duy used to be my spot until I tried New Saigon's .  They only have one variety, Ta bo vien....but dammmmm is it goooood!

StefaniT
StefaniT

Sad to see that a great is missing...Pho 888.  I would definitely rate it higher than Pho-Natic

Clay Patrick Mingues
Clay Patrick Mingues

The best Vietnamese food in town is Vietnamese Cuisine on Peoria - 4701 Peoria St Denver, CO 80239. Their Beef Stew Soup might just be the best soup that has ever been created.

djhamel23
djhamel23

Pho Ta needs to be added to this list. I have decided to frequent this place, and abandon all the others. It's that GREAT!!!

Candy Hood
Candy Hood

#7 pho 79 was that first pho resturant i had been to and my hubby took me there. i love it

al-x
al-x

Agreed. Either the picture is wrong or the address is wrong...I'm hoping that it's the address, as the Pho Saigon on Arapahoe is awesome.

Quality Mitsubishi
Quality Mitsubishi

4, including the #1 spot, which is my all-time favorite as well.

TheJeff
TheJeff

Great list.  Good to see the wonderful Pho Lee get some love.


Your picture of Pho Saigon is of the one on Arapahoe and Boston, which is completely unrelated to the shop of the same name on Quebec that you mention.  I actually think the one on Arapahoe is much better, for what it's worth.

alex.springer
alex.springer

lol. This is a cuisine we never should have gotten involved in!!

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

@Rich Allen  

Pho 95 also serves vegetarian pho in vegetarian broth.

rorys4613
rorys4613

@Half Aspen Why even comment dumbass.  As eyeroll said go eat your chicken nuggets, bean and cheese burritos.  

eyeroll
eyeroll

@Half Aspen You're a moron.  Go back to your chicken nuggets and grilled cheese sandwiches (which is probably an insult to a good grilled cheese.  You're still an idiot.)

rorys4613
rorys4613

@John Pinegar You mean at the Southglenn location right?  

bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece topcommenter

@Sue Ryan Haha I feel the same way. I am always surprised at people around me ordering pho at Dong Khanh because of how good their non-pho food is.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator topcommentereditor

@al-x it was the address, and we've fixed it. thanks.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@rorys4613 Good news - the Federal location added a liquor license when they moved a few blocks south. They do have a small bar and should be pouring drinks by now.


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