420 Judah St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412237.762288 -122.466567
A great Valentine's Day date – My husband took me to Dragonfly on Valentine's Day this year. It was quite a treat! The wait staff is amazing; very quick on orders. The food was very tasty; we ordered the golden shrimp, the treasure rolls, the coconut chicken, and the garlic noodles with prawns. The portions were just right for the two of us. And to put us over the top, we received a complimentary dessert to celebrate Valentine's Day. It was a wonderful experience. I can't wait to go again.
Tasty food – Finally had a chance to try this restaurant only because KOO, my other favorite place in the neighborhood, had no tables. On a whim, we walked into Dragonfly & were seated promptly. The rooms are nicely decorated with Vietnamese hats or paintings and tables draped with white table cloths and covered with glass. The wait staff was very nice and kept filling our tea kettle and water glasses. Pre-meal you're served French bread with a dollop of pate in a tiny glass serving dish with lid. We had to have seconds of the pate & bread. The papaya salad was very tasty and yes, as stated by a previous reviewer, the beef was jerky-like but we didn't mind. The Look Luk beef dish was very good and served with a citrusy dipping sauce. The 5-spice chicken wasn't bad but I didn't like the sweet sauce (commonly served with Imperial rolls) for that came with it. Tried both the ginger steamed rice and coconut rice (both came wrapped in leaves and served in bamboo containers) and found the beef dish didn't blend well with the sweeter coconut rice, which would've probably tasted better with seafood dishes. The ginger rice was especially good with the beef dish as well as the chicken. Except for the rush job by the busboy to clear our table, one accidental slip and the dishes would've been on my lap, the meal was very good. We ended with a fried banana served with ice cream and drizzled with honey and chopped nuts on the side. The customers next to us had the crab with garlic noodles and it looked very good. Would definitely try this place again.
Tasty food and excellent service – So glad we tried it. The food is good. We had the crab entre and the oxtail soup. Very nicely done.
Parking is generally hard in the area but they do have some spots available in the lot directly across the street if you get there early enough.
The waiter we had was nice and checked in on us a couple of times to make sure everything was ok.
Two thumbs up, I would definitely go back.
Awesome Service and Food!! – Went here with some friends visiting from out of town, one of whom had been to vietnam (and I've travelled Southeast Asia extensively as well). It's a great little neighborhood place and we were blown away by the attentive service (never ONCE wanting for anything!) and the FANTASTIC food....especially for being here in the states...it made us feel like we were there all over again (in Asia that is!). We ordered pretty much everything on the menu (can't list them all here)...especially liked the tableside cooking show :) We will definately be regulars at this place...much better atmosphere than the cafeteria-like Slanted Door where you have to wait a gazillion hours to get a table! Try it..you won't be disappointed!!!
Great vietnamese food & customer service – Sure, Slanted Door is great but it's located in downtown and always so hard to get a table! There's finally another nice vietnamese restaurant where we can get a variety of dishes when you want to try something other than pho. We tried a beef dish that they cook tableside - they light the fire around a glass bowl & the beef inside the bowl cooks! Then you wrap the beef, veggies & fish sauce in a rice wrap and eat it like a springroll. yummy. The salmon with okra is cooked perfectly and the vietnamese sweet & sour soup is tasty as well. the price is fair for the type of food & service that you get. definitely will return.
Great Neighborhood Place! – I almost hesitate to write a good review because this is a neighborhood gem and I'd LOVE to keep it that way! But, alas, its a family business and I like to support the local places.
We really enjoyed this place! We ordered some rolls, the shaking beef and eggplant. Everything was light and really tasty! The service was great and the portions were large also.
Its so great to have local places to walk to and we'll totally be back to Dragonfly! I read some of the negative reviews and was actually surprized to see them - we had a great meal and a nice experience.
Based on another review, I'm considering having my birthday dinner there.
Way over-rated – We had high expectation when we visited. Nothing was good. The sauce on the prawns were way over-fermented. The rice had been microwaved. The Vietnamese crepe was greasy and the asparagus soup had no taste. The papaya salad was decent. The servers were definitely nice and accommodating.
Delicious! – Went here for Mother's Day for lunch and wow the food was delicious. Because of the great reviews, we had to try this place and its true about what they say "food taste good and great value." Our waitor was very friendly/nice. My family and I was very satisfied with the food. Try the fried calamari....yum yum very delicious! I would love to come back and eat here again!
This place is great! – Very tasty, very authentic Vietnamese food at very resonable prices. Nice atmosphere. Large portions. Very friendly and helpful service. All-around great experience.
Good Service, Good Food, Good Price – I brought a large party of 20+ friends to Dragonfly for my birthday dinner the other night and we were very impressed. The food was delicious, especially the garlic noodles and crab, and the eggplant with pork. The service was courteous, professional and friendly, and they catered to our special requests and needs. When the bill came we were suprised at how great a bargain it came out to be. The decor and lighting were a plus as well. My dinner was a success, and I'd definitely return!
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