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Sunflower Authentic Vietnamese - 12 Reviews - 506 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 626-5022

Sunflower Authentic Vietnamese

506 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-5022
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Shaken beef and the imperial rolls are all I need to make me happy here. Great place to get a delicious and inexpensive bite to eat. Parking can be a bit of an issue, but there'...


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Inexpensive and delicious!! 10/7/2008

Shaken beef and the imperial rolls are all I need to make me happy here. Great place to get a delicious and inexpensive bite to eat. Parking can be a bit of an issue, but there's enough public transportation to solve that issue. more

Just ok 6/6/2007

I can't believe they don't put pork in their spring rolls! Who doesn't put pork in spring rolls?! Pros: my 2(!) prawns were good Cons: where's the pork? more

Love this restaurant! 5/12/2006

I just recently discovered this restaurant and it is my new favorite for Vietnamese food. The food is very good and inexpensive and service is great. My only disappointment is that they don't deliver. Pros: Excellent food, inexpensive , Good service Cons: Don't deliver, parking difficult more

User review by kbmurpy 3/10/2006

my wife, who was born and raised in Vietnam, says this is the real thing - great food and reasonable prices - especially at lunch. more

Reasonable and authenticish food at a great price 1/7/2006

Two of us ate here for $28 including appetizers. The food is good and mostly authentic seeming. The vegetarian entree selection is weak, but the one entree tofu dish is good. Also, there is a huge selection of vegetarian appetizers, which seem to be good. Their take on hot & sour soup and pot stickers is worth trying. Pros: Value, Authentic, Tasty Cons: Vegetarian entrees, No Parking more

Best inexpensive Vietnamese place yet! 10/15/2005

I was shown this place by a friend a while ago and was really impressed! I find my self going back anytime I am craving Vietnamese cuisine. I have been to it many times and the food is always good. The price is definitely right! Vietnamese rolls are good, go for the meat ones over the veggie ones. The dish where you make your own rolls is great as well. Great variety of things to put in your rolls. Service is pretty good. Better than you would expect for how little they charge for food. I also recommend their garlic noodles, better than I have had at much more expensive places. If you can, sit at the Valencia street entrance, as it is much nicer than the 16th street one. This place is definitely under rated, give it a try, it is a keeper! Pros: food, prices, selection Cons: parking more

Delicious and Affordable 8/12/2005

This little treasure tucked away in the always busy Valencia Street is great place to try delicious and traditional Vietnamese dishes for a great price. Try the crispy Vietnamese crepe with layers of shrimp inside. The imperial rolls are to die for as the outside layer has the perfect level of crispiness while the innards are chock full of flavorful ingredients. In addition, the soup stocks have a refreshingly natural taste as they are made from hours and hours of grinding the meat. For dessert, order the fried ice cream for an interesting conclusion to your meal. P.S: Don't miss out on the Vietnamese coffee that features a creaminess that other cofees can only dream of. The beans are imported from France and cannot be found here. Pros: Coffee, Good Food, Inexpensive Cons: Difficult Parking, Crowded more

So Damn Good! 3/11/2005

I don't know how this place hasn't become a huge hit citywide. All of my friends love it. I have never had a bad experience. The food is simply awesome, and almost everything on the menu is under $10. I love the shaken beef, but everything is delicious. The service is also great, but that's almost to be expected in a smaller restaurant. It's the high-end food at low-end prices that's amazing. Don't expect high-end decor, but the Valencia location is above average for the Mission. The 16th location is a quicker diner-type locale. But the food comes out of the same kitchen, so you can't go wrong with either. Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Great Prices Cons: There are only two! more

Neighborhood Favorite 1/29/2004

When this place first opened they were directly competing with Slanted Door (same menu - better price). I'm happy they have won out! There are two entrances and I prefer seating on the Valencia side. I always get the Shaken Beef (nothing but cubed tasty beef) and the green beans. They have a great lunch special too. Service is friendly. House wine by the carafe is good. I often skip going to new restaurants in the neighborhood (they come and go so quick) in order to be sure I'm satisfied with my meal. Pros: Food, Location, Walk In more

Not memorable 11/7/2002

The food is fine but nothing remarkable. Standard take on vietnamese dishes, especially if you are used to Vietnamese places in Tenderloin, Richmond, Sunset, Chinatown, Oakland. For the type of food the prices are a bit higher than they should be. Being an Oakland native, I have eaten a lot of Vietnamese food over the years and this place ain't all that. Pros: decent, friendly service Cons: mediocre food more

Simply Awesome! 9/1/2002

This place is a wonderful retaurant. I can't say enough good things about it. I've been there four times and have had a great experience each time. The food is always very flavorful but isn't too heavy and the service is always friendly and impeccable. I've ordered something different from the menu each time and have never been disappointed. I frequent Vietnamese restaurants, and this is easily the best value in the area, and perhaps even the best food. The prices are generally less than $10 per entree. I've had a great time there with large groups and on dates. Neither location (around the corner from each other) is what I'd call ""fancy"", but the Valencia location is noticeably fancier. To park, there's a hidden $2/hour parking garage on the parallel alley west of Valencia right across from the restaurant. Pros: Great Food, Inexpensive, Perfect Service Cons: Only one location ;) more

All toghether wonderful 7/1/2002

If you like very inexpensive, delicious, authentic Vietnamese food, you'll find it at Sunflower. I could eat their vegitarian hot and sour soup every day. With hot chilis, tomato, pineapple and fresh lemongrass it always hits the spot. Better for you than your Mom's chicken soup when it comes to fighting a cold. So good I dream about it. Pros: Inexpensive, very friendly, helpful with menu more
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  • In Short
    At this trusty Mission standby, diners work through appetizers like the deep-fried Imperial Rolls and chicken and shrimp crepes before settling on mains like the ever-popular...

  • 7/13/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Payments:

    Diner's Club, Master Card, American Express, Visa, Cash, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Mission Dolores, Central, Mission Dolores (Hub, Mid-Market)