CôBa

4.6
62 reviews
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£25 and under
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Vietnamese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
We specialise in Vietnamese BBQ, soup noodles, and some amazing cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Barbecue
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm-3:00pm (call for reservation)
Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
07495 963336
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
We have a private area with sharing tables for 16 guests. Alternatively, you can book out the entire restaurant for private functions.
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Private Party Contact
Damon Bui: 07584 321298
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Cross Street
Brandon Rd
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Parking Details
There is limited street parking in the evenings near the restaurant.
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Public Transit
10 Minutes walk from Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Overground station
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 62 People Are Saying
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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and just round the corner from us! Good value for money as well.

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JM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

A few hits mixed with some near-misses in a very noisy place make this a great place for a quick bite but don't hang around. It was a 1 in 3 place. 1 cocktail great, 1 so-so and 1 a waste of calories. Food was better at 1 great, 2 ok and 2 so-so dishes while the staff was lovely but a bit random in their attentiveness.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YUM!! Fabulous hidden gem this one. Super fresh and delicious food, lovely staff and cool venue. The starters are amazing.

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JR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, and amazing cocktails. We will definitely be back!

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DE
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic cocktails, delicious authentic food and superb service - will definitely be returning

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n
London
41 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Great restaurant. Good food. Good cocktails. Friendly servers.
All let down by a location, which is pretty remote by London standards - 15 minutes walk from Kings Cross and very limited parking.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always incredible food and lovely staff. Every time we go to this restaurant we have special times. Lots of wonderful memories!!

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect place to have a pre-theatre meal before heading to the Pleasance Theatre around the corner. Flavoursome, fresh-tasting food from a well chosen menu in a hip setting - if industrial filament-bulb lighting, stripped wood and earthenware crockery are your thing, you will love CoBa! Highlights were the summer rolls and the BBQ Beef in Betel leaf. Cocktails were also good quality, nicely presented and not too sugary (which is my usual gripe). Good, friendly service too. A winner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super lecker :) Nettes Personal ;) Einziges Manko waren die unbequemen Bänke.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The place has fantastic lighting which makes the ambience really enjoyable. The food is also good but not exceptional. There is only one option for wine by the glass but it’s a pretty good one. The service is friendly and quick. I would definitely go back, it was a good night out.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Best Pho outside Vietnam! Fresh flavours, great menu, cool interior, friendly staff and well priced!

Ranks among my favourite restaurants in London!

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SZ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quite enjoyed the food and cocktails. It's casual, quite a small menu and the restaurant is in a bit of an odd spot near Kings Cross / Islington - not much else around.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Vietnamese in London. Summer rolls are a must. Actually all the starters are a must. This place does EXCELLENT food.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delightful and excellent food. 5 of us eating and sampled a lot of items. Great value.

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ST
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A slim menu but fantastic-tasting food. Service was efficient and friendly. Decor is industrial-chic - not exactly cosy but the young clientele will have liked that. And it's beside the point - the Australian-Vietnamese food is what you come for and the food is completely delicious.

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d
London
23 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. Walk-in seats available, which is always good to see. Short menu but everything we tried was delicious. Wines reasonable price and very good cocktails!

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JH
Aberdeen
14 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at CoBa many times starting with when it first opened. Although the geographical location is rather out of the way, it is most certainly worth making the journey to get to it. The food is outstanding as is the service. Delicious cocktails too. Increasingly, one needs to reserve a table way ahead of time as It is only a small space.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasty food in a cool setting. Good value for money as well!

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SI
London
54 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food in CoBa was very good, especially the starters we had - crab and prawn spring rolls and lamb cutlets - but value (£8 for 2 small cutlets) was very questionable. Pho and ramen were good if not as great as the starters. Service was friendly, so even if prices could be a bit friendlier I'd definitely go again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was our 3rd time at Coba. We were very excited about discovering it (delicious food, a fresh take on Vietnamese food) but this time both the food and and service stopped being memorable. Will not come back.

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j
London
14 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious! The CoBa fling cocktails were moreish...will definitely be back!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

For the portion sizes, I think this restaurant is a little pricey. BUT, the food is ridiculously delicious. Mouthwatering, spicy, subtle, perfectly cooked. Honestly the most delicious Vietnamese I have had in the UK.

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L
London
58 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This is more of a neighbourhood joint than a destination restaurant. Food was a bit bland. Service was good. Ambience was nondescript. Overall disappointing

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JH
Aberdeen
14 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here many times before. The food is really delicious and the staff extremely friendly. Gorgeous cocktails too.

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P
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really yummy and quality Vietnamese!! Staff were lovely. Decor was trendy and modern. Get the lamb cutlets :) also a very rich broth in the vegetarian pho which was delicious !

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LA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great tasty food, attentive and friendly service, in a cool and laid back setting

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PC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really enjoyed it. Food particularly good, as were the cocktails. Cool place.

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E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without question this is the best Vietnamese in London!

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y
London
43 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Better than the typical Vietnamese -- food is just more flavoursome.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very tasty and service was great - very friendly staff. Better value than a lot of places in the granary square area and only a short walk.

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V
London
28 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went here on a saturday night, and it was okay. it wasnt bad, it was just okay.
The cocktails are very small, even though you pay £8 for them - so they're overpriced. Also the menu is very limited! You can only order 4 choices of salad or 3 choices of soup FOR MAINS! so not the best ones.

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CL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I had the special quail starter. It may not have been pretty to eat but it tasted amaIng

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AT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Always consistent food, warm service, the lighting has a lovely glow which feels relaxing as I am not one for loud places.

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v
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Damon and his team at Coba has definitely created a hit worth the 20 minutes hike (or 10m bus ride) from Kings Cross. I'm not the kind to travel out of my way for food (especially since Vietnamese is ubiquitous in Shoreditch) but as I said to Damon, he's ruined vietnamese food for me now since it makes me sad when I dine somewhere else. Yes, IT IS THAT GOOD.

You can share the starters, but why would you? They are all fantastic and you need to order at least one of everything. Last time I went, I had to miss out on his excellent pho and ordered 3 starters instead (problem of not having more than 2 people).

The cocktails are good, the starters are phenomenal, the pho is much better than anything we've tasted elsewhere in London. The staff and the place are amazing as well. I might not recommend it for a proper "date night" but otherwise Coba is great for all occasions.

If the only thing you can complain about is a little bracing walk to whet your appetite and to help you overcome overindulging on too many starters, it's a winner.

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E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Excellent food in a cool and casual venue. Flawless.
Highly recommend the cocktails and the prawn toast - oh and the summer rolls (everything really!)

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little place. Service is friendly and informal. Cocktails are great. And the food is second to none. Have the prawn toast and their BBQ hot wings. Just. So. Good.

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We haven't Vietnamese food this good since moving to London from Australia. We really enjoyed our night out.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so tasty here, great new addition to the area! Loved my meal and will definitely come back

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S
London
26 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The best summer and spring rolls! And delicious healthy BBQ bowls, including a nice veggie one

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NL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The fresh flavours and high quality ingredients in the authentic-tasting Vietnamese standards could not be faulted. It's a bit unreasonable to complain about slightly high prices when this kind of quality is being offered.

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