Pho Pasteur is a Boston Chinatown gem serving up some of the best Vietnamese food in town. The main draw here is the namesake—pho—which is a Southeast Asian rice noodle soup with a vibrant broth brought to life with green onions, Thai basil, cilantro, and if it’s your taste, hoisin and chili sauces. In addition to soup, this beloved restaurant also serves a number of noodle and rice dishes.


Pho Pasteur is located in the heart of Chinatown, just a two-minute walk to Downtown Boston, the Common and the Theatre District. Stop by here for dinner before catching a show, or for lunch before a long day walking through the park and to the shops lining Newbury Street and Copley Square.

What to Try

The most popular appetizer at Pho Pasteur is the fresh spring rolls stuffed with shrimp, lettuce, basil and vermicelli. Be sure to dip it in the peanut hoisin sauce it comes with for the ultimate experience.

Moving to the main course, as mentioned before, you need to order a bowl of pho—it’s one of the best pho restaurants in Boston. The most popular category is the beef noodle soups, all of which come with slices of rare steak, flank, brisket, tendon and tripe. Every bowl is also served with a side of bean sprouts, basil, limes, hoisin and Sriracha sauce for you to adjust the broth to your desires. Pho Pasteur also serves seafood and chicken version of the soup.

Those who are not fans of noodles or soup can delight in one of the chowfoon options, which come with a choice of beef, pork, shrimp, or fish with noodles, broccoli, baby corn, straw mushrooms stir-fried with flat rice noodles.

Wrap up your meal at Pho Pasteur with a sweet Vietnamese iced coffee and an order of the Che Ba Mau, which is a colorful dish comprised of beans, jelly, syrup, coconut milk, ice and ground peanut.