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Au Petit Cafe

4851 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3R9
Tel: (604) 873-3328
Neighbourhood: East Side
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Au Petit is a family restaurant with friendly table service. Speciallizing in Vietnamese sandwiches, but also serving rice and pho dishes.

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great sandwiches and meatballs
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 2:02am [Dine in]

Had lunch here a few weekends ago. Had the meatball with bread, as well as shared a standard ham sandwich, as well as one with meatballs. The meatballs were quite good. Also had the Vietnamese beef stew.. which was good, but seemed to lack flavor a little.

Also had noodle soup with grilled chicken on top, I don't know the exact name as I did not order. But the soup was good, and the chicken tasty.

Service was efficient and courteous, also had a quality check during the meal. Food was reasonably priced there. its pretty cramped in there and lots of people waiting, so be prepared to wait

Would probably be back for the great food.

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Mmmmm yummy
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for lunch and this little place was just packed. Waited about 10 minutes for a table.

I ordered the grilled lemon grass chicken with veg and noodles, while my friend ordered the beef stew with rice. Both were very good indeed.

Service was pretty good given how busy the place was.

Room is clean and functional (and a bit cramped), but given that this is value dining place, ambiance is not a biggy.

I need to come back to try the pho.

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WOW! Their sandwiches sure are popular...
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

Food: Not much selection for pho, but it seems most ppl are interested in their sandwiches! I swear when i was there, every table had atleast 1 sandwich and they were constantly taking orders over the phone! I have to agree that the sandwiches are tastier than most places. The pho was average.

Service: Cant expect much from this small cafe. Easy enough to get someone's attention. Nothing that stood out.

Ambiance: Busy. Busy. Busy. Dont be surprised if you have to wait. Dont be surprised if you sit really close to the next table.

Overall: Def worth returning.

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One of the best!
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

Vietnamese sandwiches - amazing. Get the house special with hot peppers, it's crunchy, crispy, tasty, all in one, can't get enough, can't beat $4 price tag well.
Pho - so so, not the best Pho. Good curry noodles and beef brisket, served with rice or French baguette or noodles, your choice. Awesome. I've been there may 8-10 times and have yet to be disappointed. They get busy really early so get there before noon or you're in line. But so worth the wait I promise you.

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Delicious viet sandwiches/subs.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

It truly is juicy and delicious. And so they end up selling out daily around noon to early afternoon. Though after a while, it feels a little anemic. Just isn't enough content! Need more more more! Can't just say I'll eat a 2nd sub... that's just way too much bread in my belly at that point. As for the noodles, it isn't great. Isn't even *cough* any *cough* good.

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I don't get it
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

This place is good but not outstanding.
I heard that this place has some awesome viet subs. And my partner likes their noodle soup but I still don't get it.
Their food taste average to me. I was disappointed when I tried their sub and noodle soup. I've had better.
They are closed on certain days so make sure you call them before you go.

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Nothing Oustanding about the Subs
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

Went with a friend to try their famous subs. We ordered the #1 sub which tasted fine, but there really was nothing special about it. The curry chicken vermicelli was only mediocre, not enough complexity in the gravy. As for subs, I've had better ones for less. Asia Market on Hastings@ Gore has a little sandwich store in the back and it's a juicy, creamy, aromatic and crispy steal of a deal at $2.25 per sub!

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Great Food
By chefdave of Downtown (58 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

This is a great place for subs. They probably make the best vietnamese subs in Vancouver. The place is not in the best location and definately not the greatest place for ambience. The tables are too close together and probably only 1000 sq feet for the whole restaurant but one thing for sure is, this place serves Great vietnamese food ! Service is decent at best, perhaps its the language barrier ?

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Fantastic Baguette
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 9, 2006 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

I was there with family and a friend. I had the curry with baguette, kid had a Hainanese Chicken Rice, wife had dry Pho and friend had a Soup Pho.

The curry was too sweet but the baguette was fantastic (crusty outside and soft inside), wife and friend said the Pho is one of the better ones around while my kid says the chicken rice taste nothing like chicken rice!

While eating, noticed a lot of the other diners had a sub in addition to their Pho, so we decided to order one to share. Waitress recommended the house special that has some cold cut and meatballs. Not bad, but again, the baguette was fantastic.

Decided to buy some baguette home, but was told they are sold out!! That was about 3.30 pm. So, go early if you want to try the baguette.

Would have given 4 stars for food, except that all of us felt extremely thirsty for the rest of the day. Too much msg I suppose. Will return for the baguette.

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Sandwich is all that you should be expecting.
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

I have been going here for years. I love the sandwiches here. I haven't found anything better yet.

Other than that, nothing else should be expected. The service there is quite sad. Life I said, I have been there many times. The owner's son is quite moody. I've ordered take out from there. I asked for sandwiches before, and he had asked me if I wanted hot peppers. When I said "no". He rudely told me that next time I should tell him right off the bat. People that he knows would come in, he wouldn't charge them tax. I buy 6 sandwiches at a time, but because he didn't know me, I had to pay tax. How fair is that?

I have tried other stuff. They are good too, but not outstanding.

I find that this place is more expensive than most, but they are GOOOD!!!!

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I like the sandwiches....
By Bobeater of East Vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 5, 2006 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

I didn't even know this place existed until a friend introduced me here. I couldn't find this place until now. I have to say the food is really good.

Food: So far, their french breads is the best I ever had. I really enjoyed the bbq pork bun. The special is not bad too.

Service: Friendly and Fast.

Ambiance: Small and Pink. This restaurant is quite small, but it has that just like home feeling. It's not loud and busy like other french bread places.

I will always return here.

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Petite Viet Pho and Sandwich Joint with Grand Taste
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

A humble spot / hole in the wall Vietnamese eatery near the corner of 33rd avenue and Main. Don't be fooled by its modest exterior...its the type of restaurant that is full of surprises...fresh and tasty surprises. With a small but focused menu, Au Petite offers Vietnamese Sub Sandwiches in addition to your standard Pho - of the many Vietnamese restaurants that serve Pho in Vancouver- Au petite is one of the few that serve these savoury subs. Have one with a Iced coffee and you'll be wired and delighted!

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Fine Vietnamese Subs!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:36pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

Heard about this place for years...some of my friends say its the best Banh Mi around town. Since I was getting my car fixed...decided on a little walk to this place. Its about near noon...line up outside..good omen and packed inside ....mind you... a small restaurant....stepped in....looked at the menu....ordered a No.1 Banh Mi Dac Biet ( ham, meatball, pickled veggies,cilantro and hot peps) and a No.2 Banh Mi Thit Nguoi ( ham, pate, pv, cil and hp's) for later. No cash...had to step out to get some cash at a little corner store on 33rd.

Got back in 5 minutes..I mean fast...made and ready to go!! Verdict...awesome!!! Wolfed down the No.1 and part of the second sandwich as well. Best?? Pretty close. I might have to come back to this place for pho and other goodies. Highly recommended Banh Mi s!!

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Go for the subs
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 12:08am [Dine in]

Context: lunch only and usually take-out.

Food: I've sampled the subs, pho, spring rolls, and meatball dish on different occasions. The only reason I frequent this place is for their delectable subs. Crispy and warm on the outside, and soft chewy center...and that's just the bread. The deli meats fare quite good too, although it's probably sourced from the same supplier that sells to the numerous sandwich shops around town. What sets them apart is the flavouring that they create by melting the pate and butter into a spreadable sauce used in their subs. Their pho is so-so and their spring rolls are good when fresh.

Service: quick and efficient. The friendliness factor can be a hit and miss, depending on how busy they are. And they are...so don't expect the "how y'all doing today" banter.

Value: Vietnamese food is generally cheap to begin with so this would be a 5 compared to high end places, but not exceptional when compared to its peers. Pho is not massively sized. Subs are about 75 cents more than its competitors (but really, do you miss 75 cents??). So all in all, I give them solid value for the great subs they put out. I would gladly pay the additional 75 cents.

Ambiance: seats about 40 patrons in cramped quarters. They've added some nice prints to their wall decor and reconfigured their seating. Super busy during lunch hour so I recommend ordering ahead for take-out to avoid the hassle with limited seating.

Enjoy! Oh yeah, recommended for sub lovers.

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Can't go wrong under $7
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 23, 2006 - 12:10am [Dine in]

Had a lovely bowl of pho, as their sandwhiches were again sold out. Must remember to reserve them in future. The pho can seem quite plain at first, but now it has become part of my routine. The broth is clear, noodles are just right, and the meats are fresh. I only wish that they offered basil. Be prepared to wait with the rest of the crowds outside. Remember to go up to the counter & put your name down first

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Tres Formidable!
By HointheWall of Main St. (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 14, 2005 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

Au petit has the best vietnamese sandwiches in town. They're always freshly made, still warm from their toasting, and they come stuffed with yummy ingredients: sweet garlic meatballs, marinated chicken....they're own ham (a bit of a mystery meat situation but hey, so is lyoner ham). Consider these facts: 1) the sandwich bread is usually sold out by 1pm everyday 2) Their authenticity has been verified by a tough looking vietnamese dude chainsmoking in the line up outside 3) I have the store number programmed into my cel in order to reserve a sandwich lickety split. The place is always filled with a good mix of people from vietnamese & chinese families to the main street locals who are smart enough to ditch hawker's delight for this joint. And most importantly, on the saturdays that i make it out there, they've got a nice strong brew of iced vietnamese coffee to bring me back to life. It's a place where you'll get fixated on a particular item and can't stop yourself from ordering it even though you should try other things. Some people can't resist their chicken or beef brisket curry with vermicelli. I've seen a whole table of people order the same dish, house meatball with french bread. Now that's weird for asians. They like to order everything on the menu and share.

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Good value, great food
By Little Ferret of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2012 - 10:56am [Dine in]

I went here for the first time with my sister and mother. There was a wait to get in as we went during the peak of lunch but things moved quickly. The servers were quite friendly for a chinese owned restaurant. They were were quite attentive. We had two different subs along with some pho and spring rolls. The pho was average, the spring rolls were great, but the subs were exceptional! The bread was very tasty that we couldn't help but purchase some extra to take home with us. The Vietnamese subs/sandwiches seem to be quite popular with this place so I would definitely like to try more the next time I go by. It is a very casual place with not only the old but young enjoying the food here. It was great bang for the buck!

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My favorite Vietnamese restaurant for subs
By theschuay86 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 10:58am [Dine in]

They serve the best Vietnamese subs in Vancouver. The rest of the menu is small, not many options other than subs. However everything we had here the 3 times we gone is better quality and better cooked than any other Vietnamese restaurants. Less variety, better quality at this place.

And worth the line-ups on the weekends.

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Great place for subs.
By piccolomaster of Vancouver Cambie area (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 5:37pm [Take-out]

This quaint little restaurant makes the best subs in town.
I always order the meatball sub and chicken sub with peppers
that add a special, flavourful kick. The bread they use is crisp, light
and quite amazing.
The prices for these subs can't be beat. Definitely worth every
penny.
When I order take out, sometimes there is a
short wait in preparing the subs due to its popularity and this
restaurant is always busy with customers lining up outside!!!

I recommend this restaurant to all who want great, affordable take out subs.

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Never Again!
By vanguest of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 3:26pm [Dine in]

We've been to this restaurant many times, but just to order sandwiches and never took note of anything else. So we decided to sit in and try out other dishes, and as we came in and sat down to a table the owner's son wave us to another table. The table he wanted us to sit at was a table that he was recently using ( the restaurant was kinda empty at the time ). He insisted that we sat in that table in the corner not the empty one. We thought it was kinda rude and weird. We decided not to eat there and just wait for our sandwiches and go. During that time we saw the owner's son who was serving everyone wiped his nose and picked his teeth while handing everyone their dishes. Thank God our sandwiches were already in bags!!!

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