Pho 88 is a family owned restaurant that offers a vast selection of authentic Vietnamese dishes. Our popular and delectable pho (beef noodle soup) is a must try! We also serve other appetizing dishes such as rice, stir-fried, rice vermicelli, egg and clear noodles, and vegetarian dishes. We offer a variety of drinks to quench your thirst from our most popular Vietnamese ice coffee with condensed milk to import beers and wine. Pho 88 is a great place to come in for lunch and/or dinner, and has a spacious dining area to host big events. We also offer catering services for special occasions.
Pho 88 has been featured in reviews from the Orlando Weekly, Gayot.com, Trip Advisor, Orlando Sentinel (2001), Orlando Chow and was awarded the Foodie Award in 2001 and 2002 for Best Vietnamese by the Florida Magazine.
Do not expect good service, but do expect some pretty darn good pho. We had to flag down a waitstaff after sitting for 15 minutes, and even after doing that, he came to our table and just stood with a pad in hand, eyes averted to elsewhere, or no greetings of any kind. My companions have informed me this is very common in this restaurant. Hmm..We ordered a pho dac biet (pho special). The wait was unbelievably long (okay, it was 10 minutes, but trust me, this really is unbelievably long for pho). Surprisingly, it was pretty tasty. Good, flavourful, clear broth. Yum.Atmosphere is nothing special. Not homey, but not cookie cutter either. Clean. The tables around us were bussed quickly. Service pretty much sucked, but I was pre-warned by my hosts not to expect much. There was a table behind me that have never been to a pho restaurant, had asked the same server we had for suggestions. He did walk off away from them after a few questions (rude), but the owner (or manager) did come by and answers all of their questions, even chatted with them in a friendly manner for several minutes, welcoming them to Orlando. Wish we had him to serve us.Pho was delicious. We had more meat than noodles in our bowls. The broth was clean and clear. I do wish I had more tripe and tendon in my bowl though.The price was much higher than a typical pho restaurant. A large bowl was $11, quite unheard of. Darn you, Pho 88, for being so delicious, despite your high prices and atrocious service.
This was the first time I had pho and it turns out I'm not the biggest fan. Everything was really fresh but I couldn't help but feel like I wanted more, and different, vegetables in the broth. The broth was super flavorful but also a bit more oily than I like. I ordered the vegetarian option and maybe that was the problem because it seems like meat is the staple of this dish. Per the suggestion of my friend I tried the iced coffee, that I cannot remember the name of, and that was delicious. The staff was also very friendly and accommodating.
I had a chance trying out this Vietnamese restaurant after visiting Universal. Although it was bit of drive from where we were the food definitely made the trip worthwhile. Upon arrival the parking lot was already pretty packed but luckily they have an additional lot connected in the back given the popularity of this place. Inside the restaurant is bigger than I expected easily can seat up 15-20 tables. The decorations and furnishings are quite minimal much like a typical Vietnamese restaurants I visited. As others have mentioned the prices are very attractive here and portion is pretty standard. I regretted not getting a pho with everything in it rather just had steaks. Pho is definitely pretty solid good amount of steaks and broth is not too salty or sweet. I also got to try a grilled pork rice plate. The pork portion could definitely be more but I liked the other assortments of eggs and veggies that comes with it. Although the pork skins were a bit bitter I thought. Summer rolls were pretty standard but the peanut sauce is certainly very well made. I remember the server came to check up on us multiple times to make sure we got everything we need so definitely weren't neglected. Overall I thought it was a solid 4 star experience just wished we had more time to visit again to try their other menu options. But if they were definitely up to par with the many awesome Vietnamese restaurants I've visited within US
This was my first time to have Pho and it was quite good. I was surprised to taste cloves in the Tai Bo Vien pho, and it was the perfect amount...not too overpowering. We also ordered Mi Xao Don Thap Cam which satisfies the crunch. All food items seem to come super sized! We couldn't even finish off half of... More