Meet the owner

Oversized photographs hang along the wall inside Yaletown's House Special Vietnamese Restaurant; the brightly coloured images vividly capture the life and times of three generations of family life. As chef and co-owner Patrick Do gives a tour of his sleek Vietnamese eatery, he chuckles at the image of himself as a young boy of four sitting on a Molson Canadian box. “This photo was taken at my parents first Vancouver restaurant...I guess I found ways to amuse myself,” he recalls with a grin. “My sister and I spent a lot of time at both our parents’ restaurants: Green Lemongrass and Broken Rice.”

Today, Patrick's sister Victoria Do serves as House Special's co-owner and general manager, and she has her own childhood memories from those early years in her parents' restaurants. “My earliest recollections are from when I was six years old," she says of the family-owned eateries. "Apparently, there are even photos of us strapped to our uncle Hing while he washed dishes.”

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November 2, 2017

Amazing! Loved it Will definitely be back

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 22, 2017

Excellent Vietnamese food, keep it up

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2017

We had a great family dinner, and the service, food and price were great. It was my first time there and I'll be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2017

Nice place. Friendly accommodating staff. Was expecting larger menu. Overall good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 4, 2017

I have been here twice and wished both times I could have ordered everything on the menu. The food is fresh, the dishes are straightforward but with all the complexities of flavour you would hope for with South or Southeast Asian food. Service was friendly and knowledgeable and the cocktails were delicious and every bit as flavourful as the food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 21, 2017

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Yaletown. The food and service is consistently good. I like it that the restaurant has a contemporary decor and the music is not too loud, it allows one to have a conversation with other people while you are having a meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2017

Great service, friendly staff & phenomenal food! Will definitely be back :)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 30, 2017

Tried to order a number of dishes and they had "run out" of several of them. Their menu is very small so it's very limiting if they've run out of so many dishes. Service was also super slow.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 16, 2017

First visit to the restaurant, made reservations for my fiance's birthday. We were standing at the empty host stand for a long time with servers just walking past us without any acknowledgment. They looked busy so we wanted to give them a little time. After 7 minutes, we flagged down one server who finally asked us if we had reservations. Table wasn't ready so we had to wait (we arrived right on time) while they cleaned the table. Ordered papaya salad, coconut shrimp cakes, duck breast and chicken wings. Only the coconut cakes were good. Papaya salad was too sweet and tasted overwhelmingly of jalapeno. The duck breast was tasty but had waaaaay too much unrendered fat (1 - 2cm). The chicken wings were drenched in some sweet and sour sauce that just tasted like food court sweet and sour. Definitely not a great first experience. I wish I chose a different restaurant.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

May 21, 2017

Odd encounter with this restaurant. We were looking for a veitnamese place around our hotel for a 9.30pm dinner after a sunset cruise, and found their place through google maps. Their webpage recommended reservations and linked to booeknda's reservation service, which we used. However, they didn't receive the reservation and when we got there the kitchen had closed, even though the website advertises 11pm as closing. Don't know who dropped the ball here, but were left shortchanged. No idea about the food.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

May 9, 2017

Very noisy, but excellent food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 29, 2017

Really great! They were able to accommodate a last minute reservation for 8 people. Food was delicious and service was great!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 27, 2017

This is an awesome place to have a gathering with a big group of friends as well as a casual dining experience for smaller groups! I recently celebrated my birthday here with a large group of around 29 people and we were all really amazed at how well the staff handled our party.The service was really quick and the servers were attentive. Even though my friends would be hopping tables, they were able to take note of who ordered what and were able to split the bills accurately. Great job! The food was also PHOnomenal! My friends really enjoyed the beef luc lac, the house special pho and the vegan pho. The beef luc lac was so tasty! The dinner portions may have been small but they were filling and delicious. I recommend sharing plates with your friends so that you can try more dishes without having to spend exorbitant amounts of money. We split a lot of the mains and also go some pho to share between two people, and it was a good amount. The mango salad and the chicken wings were also great choices! My friends also had a great time choosing drinks from the cocktail list, as each cocktail had a really fun twist and unique name. In terms of the venue and ambience, it is quite classy but not formal. It is a more upscale casual dining experience. The space and decor was also really great! It is really a wonderful place. We loved the fairy lights outside! Great place to take some nice pictures as well. Overall, we would rate this place quite high. It is a rare find in yaletown where everything seems to be too expensive. Great location, food, service and ambience! Many of my friends said they would definitely go back on their own. plus points again on handling such a big group so professionally! Highly recommend this place, and I hope to see more people raving about this awesome find!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 4, 2017

We regularly hold our business lunches and some dinners here as the food is amazing. Some of our staff come here all the way from the suburbs to dine here on the weekends...that good!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 31, 2017

Amazing place to host a group. Service was prompt and friendly and dinner was fantastic and served in a timely manner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2017

Love this place! Great atmosphere (no blaring music), great food and friendly service. Brought my family when they were visiting and they thoroughly enjoyed their meal and remarked how much it reminded them of their travels to Vietnam.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 22, 2017

Excellent service and good food. Ideal place for family get togethers.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2017

Hands down our favourite lunch spot! Our office is across the street so we are at House Special A LOT. More than we should admit. We have seen many restaurants come and go on this block but House Special is killing it! The food is delicious, well-portioned and totally affordable prices. Really friendly staff and wine menu keeps getting better and better too :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2017

Our server was wonderful--very personable and attentive--and the food was fabulous.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 25, 2017

Lovely! Great place to get share plates with some friends or an intimate meal with a date.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2017

Great atmosphere super nice staff. Food was made super fresh. The only con is a bit pricey. However it is definitely a nice restaurant

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2017

This was our first time dining at House. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 3, 2017

Me and my sister came here for dine out Vancouver 2017. I picked this restaurant out of many due to the unique take on Vietnamese cuisine I saw on the menu. The plates were beautiful to look at and tasted even better! The service was excellent and I highly recommend coming back! Much love 🙏❤️

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2017

The food was good but my friend and I both felt that it was overpriced for dine out. There was one appetizer, one main dish and dessert. Each plate had small portions. Had the portions been bigger or there was an additional tapas/appetizer to pick from prior to the main dish then $40 would have been justifiable but if it remains the same, it's not worth it. I went to another tapas style restaurant for dine out and paid $30 and had 4 dishes (one dessert) and it was bigger portions and amazing food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

January 27, 2017

Great take on Modern Vietnamese

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2017

I was turned off totally by the restaurant's choice of name for one of their cocktails, Ho Chi Minhhattan. If you had to risk your life to escape the Vietnamese communist regime, you would understand why seeing the name Ho Chi Minh on a menu left a bad taste in my mouth.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

January 27, 2017

Upon arrival, the restaurant was empty, with only one other table (who had finished their meals already). Despite this, the food arrived slowly.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

January 22, 2017

Went there for dine out. The beef Wellington was splendid! Ordered some regular menu items was pretty good except for the duck though. The duck was disappointing. Other than that everything else was excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 22, 2017

Service was very good. The hostess opened the door for us, which was a nice touch. We ordered from the dineout menu. The food was very good and unique. I liked the beef wellington roll. The beef was tender and the roll was crispy. In short, I enjoyed my dinner at House Special very much. I would recommend it to others without hesitation.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2016

Our group of seven had an amazing time. Food was great, so fresh and flavourful. We ordered a number of dishes and shared everything family-style. The specialty cocktails were amazing and made with such flare. Someone if obviously, and justifiable so, proud of their creations. Service was great; atmosphere was open and casual; loved the floors and bathroom wallpaper. So fitting. We'll be back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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