Celebrate Lunar New Year at these top Vietnamese restaurants in Cincinnati

On Feb. 5, families around the world take part in the celebrations for Tết, the first day of the Lunar New Year — and spring — for Vietnamese families. To kick off the celebration, families gather at home or at a favorite restaurant on New Year’s Day for a reunion meal, featuring specialties that include dưa hành (pickled spring onions), bánh chưng (sticky rice with meat or beans wrapped in leaves) and boiled whole chicken.

If you’re looking for a feast to celebrate the Year of the Pig with friends and family, Hoodline has crunched the numbers to find the top Vietnamese restaurants in Cincinnati, based on Yelp ratings and our own methodology. Happy Lunar New Year!

1. Pho Lang Thang


Topping the list is Pho Lang Thang. Located at 114 W. Elder St. in Over-The-Rhine, the Vietnamese, vegan and vegetarian spot is the highest rated Vietnamese restaurant in Cincinnati, boasting four stars out of 518 reviews on Yelp.

2. Le's Pho and Sandwiches


Next up is Le's Pho and Sandwiches, situated downtown at 3 E. Court St. With 4.5 stars out of 139 reviews on Yelp, the cafe and Vietnamese spot, serving sandwiches and more, has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro

Photo: CORAL W./Yelp

CUF's Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, located at 235 W. McMillan Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Vietnamese spot four stars out of 237 reviews.

4. Song Long


Finally, over in Roselawn, check out Song Long, which has earned four stars out of 113 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Vietnamese eatery at 1737 Section Road.