Le Soleil / San Francisco

133 Clement St San Francisco 94118
Opening Hours
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 11:30 - 22:00
average 791 votes
Tips from the Net @ Le Soleil
JK Fang en
Special salad I never see I other place! GooglePlace - October 2017
Garrett Hayashida en
Good food but this restaurant could use some refreshing. GooglePlace - May 2017
Dawon Lee en
Place - Easy to find. Many tables are inside. Great asian style interior. Love the sit next to window. Taste - love garlic noddle. It was simple but great garlic flavor. It is good to eat other plate. I ordered the beef plate to eat with garlic noddle. It was a great combination. Beef plate was also good. It was little salty so good to eat with rice or noddle. It tasted like korean beef, galbi. Service and Price - Service was nice and price was little expensive but it worth to pay. GooglePlace - May 2017
Baby Ng en
Had the Lanka? (Sp) Soup spicy but good and Spring rolls delicious GooglePlace - April 2017
Food Shutterbug en
No MSG Vietnamese cuisine!!!!!

Le Soleil doesn't resort to using MSG, but the kitchen gently coaxes out maximum flavor instead by using fresh premium ingredients, and classic cooking techniques.  This is the only place I'll have Vietnamese noodle pho soup -- they only offer one kind of Beef Pho, but the broth is MSG-free which is pretty much a rarity.  Le Soleil's able to get a rich, deep and tasty broth by cooking beef bones for 10 hours (no instant beef broth cubes or canned chicken broth here).

Dennis Wong, the executive chef, is very personable, relaxed, yet impeccable in how he runs the kitchen and its execution of dishes.  He's been an "executive chef" for the last few decades (has other restos including one in Hong Kong), but Le Soleil is his home base.  Don't let his title intimidate you, Dennis is so down-to-earth he was helping to bus my table (I came in 15 minutes before the lunch service ended) and graciously answered my questions about Le Soleil and warmly invited me back.

I've been there for Lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner -- everything is delish!  What I've had so far:  Spring rolls;  Vegetarian rolls; Imperial rolls; Spicy chicken coconut soup; Lemongrass beef over Rice Vermicelli noodles; Traditional Beef Pho; and Turmeric Crepe (aka "Banh Xeo" -- a rice flour Vietnamese crepe made with no eggs).

I also really enjoyed the Garlic Roasted Dungeness crab with noodles — this is the only place I’ve come across in SF where they truly don’t use any MSG. 
Many items are also gluten-free, but be sure to specify with your server if that's a health concern. The only items I didn't care for were the desserts. GooglePlace - March 2017