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Sao Mai

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Nollendorfstr. 8 | Ecke Maaßenstr., 10777 Berlin, Germany
12:30 - 22:30
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Sun 12:30 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We were going to a bar nearby so wanted to see what restaurants came up and this was near the top Berlin has LOADS of Vietnamese restaurants so I wasn't overly excited but thought I would give it a go You walk through a covered outdoor heating area which had many Vietnamese natives and so this got my hopes up... More 

Thank Xcloose
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Very new flavours! Small but cozy place and delicious food. Our first meal in Berlim and totally worth.

Thank Jeferson T
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I could visit this place again in the future because they offer Vietnamese food in cheap prices and the service is also very good. Unpretentious atmosphere, big portions and average to good quality food.

Thank Colsweart A
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We ordered fried pork dish. We have waited more than 30 mins then they brought different dish. I explained this isn't my order but they force me to eat. I didn't eat and return it. They said different name of the food and suddenly changed food name to what I ordered. They don't speak English at all. Really bad service... More 

Thank let b
Berlin, Germany
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Sao Mai is one of the many small Vietnamese restaurants in Berlin. I go there for lunch on a Sunday. The waitress seems to speak neither German nor English and it is a hassle to get the order in. I get 4 Spring Rolls (€5), which are like classic nem, crunchy and filled with beef and vegetables. Quite tasty. I... More 

Thank cm67travel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

The service was a bit slow but ok. You get big portions of food and it is ok but not more. But for the price you pay it is great.

Thank JoannaMallis
Eilat, Israel
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Big portions and decent price but thats about it. Staff seemed uninterested. The food was average. Wasn't bad but far from good. The place looks run down and basically if it wasn't in that location it would've probably close years ago.

Thank Guy K
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Stopped for dinner as it was convenient for our hotel. The food was OK although the decor a bit basic. Good for a quick fill up , but not the place to spend an evening. The waitress who took our order was not very friendly, however the food was fairly good quality for the price.

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Bochum, Germany
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189 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

We stopped here for dinner. It looks a bit like an “Imbiss” (fast food place), but the food is good quality for the prices, which was on the cheaper end of things for a sit-down place in Berlin. I had a big bowl of rice noodle soup with chicken and my husband had the hot and sour soup and the... More 

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New Jersey
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

Sit outside and people watch in Nollendorfplaz while enjoying tasty Vietnamese food. Menu is inexpensive when compared to similar restaurants in NYC. Portions are satisfying, and food is fresh and flavorful. I enjoyed the ginger tea (with real ginger floating in it), as well as the duck curry. The soup beef and noodles is also quite good. If you are... More 

Thank Scott S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nollendorfstr. 8 | Ecke Maaßenstr., 10777 Berlin, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Schoneberg
  • Neighbourhood: Schoneberg

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

Staying in Schoneberg

Neighbourhood Profile
In 1963, Schöneberg was the centre of the political west, inspiring John F. Kennedy to choose this area to famously announce, "Ich bin ein Berliner." Times may have changed, but modern-day Schöneberg still pays tribute to its historical legacies. Once the richest city outside of Berlin proper, the area's affluent past is still visible in ornate housing facades dating back to the Gründerzeit of the 19th century, while residents in fur coats walking their dogs or shopping in high-end KaDeWe continue the tradition with a modern flair. Schöneberg was also once the centre of the decadent and burlesque nightlife of the 1920s. It was here that Marlene Dietrich partied with Christopher Isherwood and the first gay bar in Germany was founded. Today, the gay community still revolves around Nollendorfplatz. The overground Ubahn station is even illuminated in rainbow colors, paying tribute to Schöneberg's progressive past.
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