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Star Anise

Downtown Halifax
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1571 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z7, Canada
+1 902-422-2602
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Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The soup and the ingredients were good, however the pho is very different from what we are accustomed to in Asia.

Thank victoriasygreen
Pouch Cove, Canada
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Was here for early supper, enjoyed the pho. Staff very friendly and great atmosphere. Would come again.

Thank robtiz
Hong Kong, China
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213 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

My love ordered the infused Chinese wine chicken for himself, as for a no-chicken person like me, i tried one tiny bite and ended up two pieces. Friendly family owned restaurant, especially the mom, she was surprised to hear we came from HK.

Thank JoNavigates
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Halifax don't have real Vietnamese food but this is the closest one. I ordered noodle soup was just OK. The restaurant looks way too old fashion and dark inside.

1 Thank Sue36912
Richmond, BC
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

This is the worst Vietnamese Restaurant. Do not waste your time or money. None of their "grilled" meats are actually grilled?!?! Upon questioning their server, I was told pan cooking was the same thing as grilling. Food recieved was completly uneddible - a bland, tasteless mess.

Thank WinnipegJetsFan
Port Hawkesbury, Canada
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

My wife and I ate at the Star Anise last Friday night, and we ordered a dinner for 2 special A! It was incredible. It was a 3 course meal, started with fresh Vietnamese spring rolls with chicken which were awesome! Then a rare beef soup which was amazing and the best was the main course! Cocunut Chicken and Noodles... More 

Thank JasonDSensation
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

I stopped in for a quick lunch, and the service was very good. I was seated, and had my order taken quickly. I ordered one of the lunch specials, which was alright, but the consensus in the dining room seemed to be that pho was the thing to order, so I will definitely be going back to try that.

Thank Victoria B
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

Had a good meal here, not the best Vietnamese we have had but it was tasty. The service was also good.

Thank Isla D
Moncton, Canada
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126 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

Good service, good soup, but only fair vermicelli. We were also a little disappointed with what we received for the money we paid.

Thank MrsDetail
Jacksonville, Florida
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184 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

Walked past this noodle shop on Barrington. It was a good thing I retraced my steps. The menu was in English with Chinese subtitles. Strange, no Vietnamese descriptions. I used the alphanumerical language and ordered the A27. It was the steamed bun appetizer ($5.50). It came piping hot on a bamboo steamer. The center contained ground pork, Chinese sausage and... More 

Thank Lapster2011

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1571 Barrington St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax>  > Downtown Halifax
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-422-2602

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