I come to Pho House nearly every week. It's one of those places that you just sort of get a hankering for.
I have been a big fan of Vietnamese food since the mid 80s when we visited a little Vietnamese lunch counter in Boston's Chinatown. Since then it's been one of my favorite food regions.
Pho House opened up in the the old Tamarind House location in the fall of 2014. The restaurant is calm, the waitstaff is friendly but not sit down with you friendly. I've never come away feeling like I didn't have a really good meal. Every once in a while the seasonings vary, usually the level of saltiness, but there are condiments on the table so you can adjust to your taste.
I have mostly had the Vietnamese offerings, my favorites being the Chicken Pho, The Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe), The Pork Bánh mì (Vietnamese Sandwich) and Bun (Vermicelli). The Seaweed Soup and the Larb salad are also really good. I've had a few of the Thai dishes as well, but you can get Thai food everywhere. It's the Vietnamese food here that calls my name.
I have found the quality of the ingredients to be very fresh and very good. It has been pointed out in other reviews that they do not use mint in many of the dishes, and this might be a nice addition, (I imagine you could ask for it. I may next time, if I think of it) In truth, I don't really miss it. The flavorings are usually well balanced and not over done. It may be that mint is not used in every dish everywhere in all regions of Vietnam which, like any country has regions. I have found the Vietnamese food in San Francisco to be quite different than what you find here on the east coast.
For me Pho House is a perfect place to share a meal with friends, it's not loud so it's easy to talk. The prices are very reasonable. The lighting is soft but not dark so it's also a great place to relax for a long late lunch. Even small kids seem to relax and enjoy their small bowls of noodles. They stay open throughout the day so you can go at any time. I personally like the music they play, which is usually some interesting Jazz. I imagine some of the young waitstaff are probably music students nearby.
Oh, and this is the only place on this side of the River to get Bánh mì. I found the "regular" (tofu) to be too salty the time I tried it but the Pork is incredible. This is exactly the dort of place I look for when I'm traveling. A great place to recharge. Enjoy!