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Asian, Vietnamese
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Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Table Service
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Reviewed February 29, 2020

Did take out, a chicken vermicelli dish and a beef broccoli dish. Chicken was a hit, had a small deep fried roll and was tasty but they forgot the fish sauce? Beef was less of a treat, beef was tough and the noodles clumpy, broccoli...was nice with the sauce. Had better and for take out expected better.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020

Visiting the knee surgeon I asked the nurse where to find a quick meal close she recommended the oriental Phoenix as a tasty place. Good thing we were early as the place fills up real fast at lunch. The meal came very fast and was...excellent with I enjoying a lemon grass chicken and the wife had a very fine pork and noodlesMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 3, 2019

My mum and I had a date here a few weeks ago. We used to go often when I was a kid, so I was excited to be back. The food was delicious and very high quality. We both ordered rice vermicelli with shrimp, chicken...and beef. It was VERY flavourful, but a bit on the spicy side for me. If you like spicy food, it will probably be mild for you. The chicken and beef were AMAZING. The shrimp was just okay. Service was a bit slow at the busy lunch hour, but the service staff were all very nice and helpful.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed June 28, 2018

We were the only table in the restaurant and there were only three of us at the table. We weren’t drinking alcohol and didn’t have appetizers. When the male server brought our food to the table, he couldn’t remember who ordered what. The male server...didn’t inquire how our food was and We had to look for him to refill our water. The atmosphere is beautiful, but not worth paying the extra money for bad service.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed November 29, 2017 via mobile

I have been to the Oriental Phoenix many times over many years of working in Calgary. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and caters to the businesses downtown. Today is the last time I will ever try to have lunch here. My party...of four arrived at the restaurant at 11:45 AM. At 12:15 AM, the waiter finally came to the table and collected our orders. The waiter again came to the table about 10 minutes later and asked us what we ordered, in which we re-submitted our food order. Our appetizers arrived, followed by two of our four dishes. About 5-10 minutes later, a third dish arrived. A few minutes after that, the waiter again comes to the table and asked what everyone had ordered, including myself whose food had yet to arrive. At 1:00PM, I was late for my meeting and asked our waiter to cancel my food. We asked to talk to a manager, in which our waiter informed us was him. We expressed our concerns in which we all we got was “I’m sorry”. Excuses from there were problems in the kitchen to the restaurant was busy were provided (I have seen this restaurant much busier). In the end, the “manager” would not make any adjustments to the bill for the poor customer service or the wait, other than removing the cancelled dish. I will note that my guest enjoyed their meals, however, I will never go back and would recommend you look elsewhere for lunch options.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

I ordered a beef satay soup, and it was 14$ and didn't even taste like any satay beef soup I've ever tasted and I've tried a lot of pho, it was very salty and I can't believe I paid 14$ for soup that wasn't even...good. I have ordered the same soup from their south location and it does not taste like this nor is it this expensive. On their menu it says this is 12$, so they advertise a cheaper menu, but once you get there they charge more.... will not be going backMore

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

Went for a business lunch service was good, food even better, love the variety of the menu. Quick to get our meals and delicious and we all tried different meals. Will go back next trip.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

I go to the Oriental Phoenix every few months, and am never disappointed. Grilled chicken vermicelli is my regular choice but the shrimp rolls are a great starter too. Always quick service and because the place has a lot of seating, usually not a problem...to get in for lunch.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed April 15, 2017

This is a great place if you are downtown to stop in for lunch, I order something different every time I go and have not been disappointed. The service is very good, the prices are very reasonable and the food is great.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

We met some relatives for a early dinner. The waitress was very kind! The food was amazing. This was the first place I tried Vietnamese noodle bowl and fell in love 10yrs ago and it's been about that long since iv had a chance to...go back now that I live out of town but it was exactly the way I remember! It had different vietnamese and noone can top this restaurant!!! Now I'm craving it again as we I write this!More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed January 11, 2017

One of my pet peeves where food is concerned, is westernized Vietnamese food. Oriental Phoenix has been an icon in the Vietnamese restaurant business in Calgary for many many years. Their food was good and authentic - 24 years ago. I recently went to the...downtown location in Gulf Canada Square after many years, with my last visit being a disappointment as to how westernized the food had become. This visit confirmed to me that I will not return again. I had the Pho Satay (Beef). It was flavourful, as Vietnamese food should be, but it was more of a lemongrass broth than a peanut satay/sate broth. It came with a plate of bean sprouts and a lemon wedge. It SHOULD have come with bean sprouts, LIME wedge, basil and a chili pepper. THAT is traditional pho condiments. When I asked if they had basil, I was told they did not. Vietnamese restaurants that serve pho should have basil and limes. My coworker had one of the vermicelli bowls with spring rolls and either pork or chicken. His bowl looked pretty sad for a vermicelli bowl as it was very bland looking. No lettuce, no basil. It had noodles, spring rolls, meat, some bean sprouts and some slivers of carrots. I was ashamed that this was being called Vietnamese food. The food has been so diluted from traditional Vietnamese, it's shameful. It's shameful because this restaurant franchise was once good. I get it that sometimes you have to cater to your clientele's tastes, but this is Calgary. People in Calgary have a palate and appetite for GOOD authentic Vietnamese food. It boggles my mind that this place was so packed at lunch time. Kudos to them for continuing to sell this kind of food and pass it off as Vietnamese and making a profit, but it's a disservice to my culture as this results in non-Vietnamese people walking away thinking that what they just had was good Vietnamese food. As for the pricing, it is a cheaper alternative to the trendier and more expensive restaurants so relatively, $12 for a bowl of Pho Satay, it's okay in the downtown area. But in general, $12 for mediocre pho is expensive. There are many many better Vietnamese restaurants out there in this city. Don't waste your time and money here.More

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed December 16, 2016

For a number of years a group of us have been meeting (here) a friend/past co-worker visiting from Holland for lunch at this time (Christmas) of year. The staff is very friendly and accommodating - our table is always ready & waiting for us -...the service is quick & the food is delicious. Pricing is also reasonable.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

My wife and I had their spring rolls and fresh rolls to begin. They were served quickly and both were delicious! For our main course we had Stir Fried Sate Chicken. It was simply delectable. Very tasty, just the right amount of spice with crispy...vegetables. The service was very pleasant and quick! I would be a repeat customer if I lived in CalgaryMore

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed July 10, 2016

About twice a year we have supper here and usually around 5:30. The place is always empty at that time but the food is great. Lunch time is a different story, always packed. My favorite is the rice vermicelli dish with grilled pork and spring...rolls. Price is very reasonable. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Try #23! It's amazing. Good but curt service. Patio nice. Have been here before and am happy to return. Walking distance to Chinook Centre Mall.

Date of visit: June 2016
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ORIENTAL PHOENIX RESTAURANT, Calgary - 401 9 Ave SW, Downtown - Restaurant Reviews & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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Oriental Phoenix Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4