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235 W McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219-1238
+1 513-281-1732
10:30 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

My daughter was craving pho for her birthday lunch and the wait was too long at our first choice so we searched Clifton and found this. Very reasonably priced with large portions. I tried sate rather than pho and was glad I selected the veggie and rice noodle option. Could have been saltier so added hoisin sauce. Good service!

Thank Gwen W
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I've been to Cilantro several times and never been disappointed. This trip I carried out pho - rich tasting yet lean beef broth. I chose the rare strips of beef for the protein and thin vermicelli rice noodles. The pho comes with nice dressings of fresh bean sprouts, basil,cilantro,lime and the hottest jalapeño pepper I have ever had. Put it... More 

Thank Karen N
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We were passing by Cincinnati and wanted to try some local Vietnamese food. The food is bland and not your typical authentic Vietnamese food. We were so disappointed that trip advisor had good reviews for this place. Will never come back and will never recommend to anyone.

Thank Mai Lee V
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

I always get the Tofu Stir Fry Bowl with the Sate. Excellent tofu with broc, carrots, onions.. Good spring rolls. Nice waitresses.

Thank jonnybgoode2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

If you need a hearty soup to warm you up, a spring role to fill you up, or a bowl full of noodles to cheer you up, this is the place.

Thank Napalmcheng
Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

After coming back from an overseas trip where we had had some great Pho we were looking for some in Cincinnati, we did some searching and found some right in the heart of Clifton. Cilantro has a great interior with plenty of tables and a bar with a TV. They have a great Happy Hour ($1 off Beer and $2... More 

Thank WaywardWander9
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258 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

The special "Sate" chicken stock as well as "Owner's special" are terrific variants of the Pho beef soup. The "shrimp cake" appetizer was different than expected. Service is always very friendly.

Thank Jabrd
Wailea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

We love this place, despite the fact we find ourselves usually 30 years older than the average patron. We have always found the service extremely friendly and efficient. The soft rolls are fresh and the fried rolls crispy. We like the pho, but our two favorite dishes are the vermicelli noodle bowl and the salad. We eat here at least... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

The atmosphere in Cilantro is wonderful--it's airy and open. The food was served quickly and the server was very nice. Unfortunately, the pho came only warm, instead of steaming hot, like it's supposed to and that was disappointing. It was good, but definitely adjusted to meet a more Americanized palette. Additionally, they seem to give a lot of broth, but... More 

Thank Kat C
Beijing, China
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275 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

a few years ago this was one of your only options in town, but now there are others like Pho Lang Thang and Pho Kimmy that are better for pho. The bun here is really good among the options taht they have. Location makes it a winner

Thank Jon1796

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 W McMillan St, Cincinnati, OH 45219-1238
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: +1 513-281-1732

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?