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17 Vibrant Vietnamese Restaurants in Seattle

Pho and banh mi are just the beginning

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Pho Bac Sup Shop’s noodles are some of the best in the city.
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The strong presence of Vietnamese food in Seattle is marked by the ubiquitous pho restaurants all around the city. But there are many types of Vietnamese soup noodles beyond that well-loved bowl, as well as banh mi sandwiches, dry noodle dishes, plates of rice, and, as Anthony Bourdain found years ago, even esoteric preparations of various beasts. Here are 17 Seattle restaurants serving the most excellent and varied dishes of Vietnam.

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1. Rise and Shine Bakery

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19920 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 629-4987

Rise and Shine is Mai Tran's unassuming bakery with treats like cakes and fresh taro buns. The banh mi features house-made bread and perhaps the most tender grilled pork in the area. But the best reason to make the trip to Shoreline is for the weekend special, which might be pho ga one week, beef stew the next, mi quang after that. You just need to time it right to be seated at one of the two small tables.

The banh mi at Rise and Shine Bakery in Shoreline. Jay Friedman for Eater

2. Monsoon

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615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 325-2111
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For Seattle’s (and Bellevue’s) original upscale Vietnamese experience, diners need look no further than Eric and Sophie Banh’s Monsoon, sibling to Ba Bar. Using finer ingredients sourced locally when possible, Monsoon blends traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Pacific Northwest innovation for food with fine-dining flair. Drunken chicken, catfish clay pot, and banana cake for dessert are among the popular dishes; there are sometimes special feasting opportunities to enjoy Dungeness crab, too.

3. Ba Bar

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550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2030
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With multiple locations throughout the city, this is the place to fork over a few extra dollars for the finest bowl of pho in town, but the menu goes well beyond beef noodle soup. There’s Vietnamese coffee with pastries in the morning (this was the home of one of Seattle’s first “cronuts,” after all), along with rotisserie meats and rice vermicelli or broken rice in the evening. Ba Bar’s got a casual-cool street-food feel all day long, extending to 2 a.m. nightly and 4 a.m. on weekends at its original Capitol Hill spot.

4. Dong Thap Noodles

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303 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 325-1122
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Named for a Vietnamese province known for rice production, Dong Thap turns rice into fresh noodles that form the foundation of the menu. Diners can order pho with a choice of two noodles — one is a wide, flat version that is quite traditional in pho but hard to find locally. The noodles are soft and slippery, yet slightly chewy, and diners can also buy them at the front counter to cook at home.

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5. Saigon Vietnam Deli

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1200 S Jackson St, #7
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 328-2357

The barbecue pork sandwich here is pretty solid, but perhaps the top reason to come is the “lunch box” of two entrees and a ton of rice for just a few bucks more. Beef stew, stuffed bitter melon, and coconut chicken are among the top picks. As with the other nearby delis, diners can also buy trays of fresh spring rolls, banh cuon (rice crepes), and other Vietnamese bites, including neon-colored sweets.

6. Vietnam House

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1038 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 325-0180
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Vietnam House shares the same parking lot as Tamarind Tree, though it attracts more of a Vietnamese clientele. This is a reliable spot for broken rice dishes, including one with a grilled pork chop, shrimp on sugar cane, deep-fried bean curd, and a fried egg. With more than 100 items, the menu may be a bit overwhelming. Note, though, that nearly every table orders bun mang vit (duck and bamboo vermicelli noodle soup). It's available one hour after opening, and typically sells out before the end of the day.

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7. Tamarind Tree

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1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 860-1404
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Once you navigate the challenging parking lot here, you'll find sanctuary inside a peaceful dining room (or even the oddly serene outdoor dining area) offering an extensive menu of Vietnamese food in a slightly upscale atmosphere. “Baby clams rice cracker” features a large portion of spicy little herb-seasoned clams served with a black sesame rice cracker and fresh pineapple anchovy sauce, while the steamed prawn coconut rice cake comes with daikon, jicama, and onion with mixed-herb fish sauce.

8. Pho Bac Sup Shop

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1240 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-0882
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Pho Bac Sup Shop shares a Little Saigon parking lot with venerable sibling restaurant Pho Bac (they’re both owned by the same family), but there’s a lot more on the menu than soup noodles. The pho tron ("dry pho") is outstanding, and there are many tasty bites like prawn ceviche, Viet sliders, and chicken wings with tamarind sauce. The service currently leaves a lot to be desired, but hopefully it will eventually catch up to the quality of the food.

9. Pho So 1

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1207 S Jackson St, Seattle
WA, 98144
(206) 860-2824
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In a city full of pho, Pho So 1 puts the word right in its name and succeeds in making the beef noodle soup shine. Eater recommends No. 20 on the menu for the widest variety of meat (rare beef, well-done flank, fatty flank, tendon, and tripe), with the option of adding meatballs for an extra dollar. The bun bo hue is also worth a try.

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10. Hue Ky Mi Gia

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1207 S Jackson St, Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-1268

At this 12th and Jackson strip mall gem, customers at Hue Ky Mi Gia gravitate toward the fried butter chicken wings; crusted with garlic, green onion, chili, and salt, they’re fantastic as is, or dipped in the tangy, sweet chile sauce that’s served on the side. The wings are the perfect appetizer ahead of one of the many noodle dishes on the menu, including egg or rice noodle soups (braised duck is especially popular), chow mein and chow fun options, and stir-fried vermicelli plates.

A plate of fried butter chicken wings at Hue Ky Mi Gia. Jenise Silva for Eater

11. Huong Binh Vietnamese Cuisine

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1207 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 720-4907

Another standout at 12th and Jackson hits the mark with its intersection of quality and value. The grilled pork, perfectly caramelized, is a specialty, particularly as part of banh hoi thit nuong, where pork skewers accompany intricate bundles of thin rice noodles garnished with ground shrimp and scallion. The intriguing menu expands on weekends, when specials include duck noodle soup as well as congee served with blood sausage, pork tongue, liver, and ear.

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12. Thanh Son Tofu

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1248 S King St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 320-1316

This is the place to go for some of the best tofu in town. Here you’ll find large blocks of firm tofu, containers of plain or sweet soy milk, and tofu pudding with ginger syrup. There’s a self-serve buffet bar with various flavors of fried tofu, including lemongrass-chili. And for those who can’t wait to eat, there are a variety of banh mi sandwiches — including, of course, tofu.

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13. Billiard Hoang

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3220 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2054

This Columbia City pool hall with a sports bar feel is a popular hangout for some in the Vietnamese community, and the quality of its kitchen justifies a visit — either for takeout or for a fun dine-in experience. Noteworthy items include banh mi, bun (dry noodle bowls), and soups like bun bo hue, bun rieu (crabmeat with tofu and rice noodles), and bo kho (beef stew with noodles or bread). Bun mang vit (duck noodle soup with bamboo shoots) is especially popular here.

The pho and banh mi at Billiard Hoang in South Seattle Jay Friedman for Eater

14. Tony's Bakery

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6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-8800

One of many good Vietnamese restaurants near Othello Station, this place offers prepared products, entrée-and-rice boxes, and more. Tony’s even bakes its own bread for banh mi. While the dac biet (house special) banh mi is popular, insiders order banh mi ca xa ot, with battered and fried basa fish (a type of catfish) and a smear of garlic-chive aioli. (Across the parking lot, Q Bakery also prepares delicious banh mi; its homemade bread is more crackly with a denser crumb.)

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15. Rainier BBQ and Restaurant

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6400 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 760-1090
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Ever since Anthony Bourdain made a stop here for an episode of “The Layover,” Rainier BBQ has been known for its safari-like suppers that include meats like cobra, deer, and frog. To find these, diners might have to specifically request the special menu. Those dishes are well worth exploring, but so is the regular menu's more “standard” fare. Recommendations include hu tieu nam vang (glass noodle soup that comes with ground pork, BBQ pork, shrimp, intestines, squid, fishcakes, quail eggs, herbs, and more) and ong choy beef salad.

16. Hoang Lan

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7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-3876
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At the south end of the Vietnamese “strip” along MLK, at the Othello Station light-rail stop, this humble hole-in-the-wall has a small number of tables waiting, a television typically blaring, and an owner likely whistling or singing. The sign outside says Bun Bo Hue, which is easily mistaken as the name of the restaurant — rather, it’s the signature dish and the one to order, with its gelatinous pork knuckle and earthy pork blood cakes.

17. Dalat Quan

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9988 15th Ave SW suite i
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 403-1620
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This White Center restaurant features Da Lat-style special noodle soups, including various versions of nam vang noodle soup and a Da Lat version of bun bo hue that contains beef brisket. Best might be the mi quang, a hearty bowl with turmeric noodles, pork spare ribs, prawns, quail eggs, and a sesame rice cracker. The banh xeo is unique: Diners put pieces of the Vietnamese pancake, herbs, and greens (including, in season, a mustard leaf called cai be xanh) inside rice paper to eat more neatly.

A bowl of mi quang, with turmeric noodles, pork spare ribs, prawns, and quail eggs. Jay Friedman for Eater

1. Rise and Shine Bakery

19920 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
The banh mi at Rise and Shine Bakery in Shoreline. Jay Friedman for Eater

Rise and Shine is Mai Tran's unassuming bakery with treats like cakes and fresh taro buns. The banh mi features house-made bread and perhaps the most tender grilled pork in the area. But the best reason to make the trip to Shoreline is for the weekend special, which might be pho ga one week, beef stew the next, mi quang after that. You just need to time it right to be seated at one of the two small tables.

19920 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133

2. Monsoon

615 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

For Seattle’s (and Bellevue’s) original upscale Vietnamese experience, diners need look no further than Eric and Sophie Banh’s Monsoon, sibling to Ba Bar. Using finer ingredients sourced locally when possible, Monsoon blends traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Pacific Northwest innovation for food with fine-dining flair. Drunken chicken, catfish clay pot, and banana cake for dessert are among the popular dishes; there are sometimes special feasting opportunities to enjoy Dungeness crab, too.

615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

3. Ba Bar

550 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

With multiple locations throughout the city, this is the place to fork over a few extra dollars for the finest bowl of pho in town, but the menu goes well beyond beef noodle soup. There’s Vietnamese coffee with pastries in the morning (this was the home of one of Seattle’s first “cronuts,” after all), along with rotisserie meats and rice vermicelli or broken rice in the evening. Ba Bar’s got a casual-cool street-food feel all day long, extending to 2 a.m. nightly and 4 a.m. on weekends at its original Capitol Hill spot.

550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

4. Dong Thap Noodles

303 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Jay Friedman for Eater

Named for a Vietnamese province known for rice production, Dong Thap turns rice into fresh noodles that form the foundation of the menu. Diners can order pho with a choice of two noodles — one is a wide, flat version that is quite traditional in pho but hard to find locally. The noodles are soft and slippery, yet slightly chewy, and diners can also buy them at the front counter to cook at home.

303 12th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

5. Saigon Vietnam Deli

1200 S Jackson St, #7, Seattle, WA 98144

The barbecue pork sandwich here is pretty solid, but perhaps the top reason to come is the “lunch box” of two entrees and a ton of rice for just a few bucks more. Beef stew, stuffed bitter melon, and coconut chicken are among the top picks. As with the other nearby delis, diners can also buy trays of fresh spring rolls, banh cuon (rice crepes), and other Vietnamese bites, including neon-colored sweets.

1200 S Jackson St, #7
Seattle, WA 98144

6. Vietnam House

1038 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Jay Friedman for Eater

Vietnam House shares the same parking lot as Tamarind Tree, though it attracts more of a Vietnamese clientele. This is a reliable spot for broken rice dishes, including one with a grilled pork chop, shrimp on sugar cane, deep-fried bean curd, and a fried egg. With more than 100 items, the menu may be a bit overwhelming. Note, though, that nearly every table orders bun mang vit (duck and bamboo vermicelli noodle soup). It's available one hour after opening, and typically sells out before the end of the day.

1038 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

7. Tamarind Tree

1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Once you navigate the challenging parking lot here, you'll find sanctuary inside a peaceful dining room (or even the oddly serene outdoor dining area) offering an extensive menu of Vietnamese food in a slightly upscale atmosphere. “Baby clams rice cracker” features a large portion of spicy little herb-seasoned clams served with a black sesame rice cracker and fresh pineapple anchovy sauce, while the steamed prawn coconut rice cake comes with daikon, jicama, and onion with mixed-herb fish sauce.

1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Pho Bac Sup Shop

1240 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

Pho Bac Sup Shop shares a Little Saigon parking lot with venerable sibling restaurant Pho Bac (they’re both owned by the same family), but there’s a lot more on the menu than soup noodles. The pho tron ("dry pho") is outstanding, and there are many tasty bites like prawn ceviche, Viet sliders, and chicken wings with tamarind sauce. The service currently leaves a lot to be desired, but hopefully it will eventually catch up to the quality of the food.

1240 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

9. Pho So 1

1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA, 98144
Jay Friedman for Eater

In a city full of pho, Pho So 1 puts the word right in its name and succeeds in making the beef noodle soup shine. Eater recommends No. 20 on the menu for the widest variety of meat (rare beef, well-done flank, fatty flank, tendon, and tripe), with the option of adding meatballs for an extra dollar. The bun bo hue is also worth a try.

1207 S Jackson St, Seattle
WA, 98144

10. Hue Ky Mi Gia

1207 S Jackson St, Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98144
A plate of fried butter chicken wings at Hue Ky Mi Gia. Jenise Silva for Eater

At this 12th and Jackson strip mall gem, customers at Hue Ky Mi Gia gravitate toward the fried butter chicken wings; crusted with garlic, green onion, chili, and salt, they’re fantastic as is, or dipped in the tangy, sweet chile sauce that’s served on the side. The wings are the perfect appetizer ahead of one of the many noodle dishes on the menu, including egg or rice noodle soups (braised duck is especially popular), chow mein and chow fun options, and stir-fried vermicelli plates.

1207 S Jackson St, Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98144

11. Huong Binh Vietnamese Cuisine

1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
Jay Friedman for Eater

Another standout at 12th and Jackson hits the mark with its intersection of quality and value. The grilled pork, perfectly caramelized, is a specialty, particularly as part of banh hoi thit nuong, where pork skewers accompany intricate bundles of thin rice noodles garnished with ground shrimp and scallion. The intriguing menu expands on weekends, when specials include duck noodle soup as well as congee served with blood sausage, pork tongue, liver, and ear.

1207 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

12. Thanh Son Tofu

1248 S King St, Seattle, WA 98144
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This is the place to go for some of the best tofu in town. Here you’ll find large blocks of firm tofu, containers of plain or sweet soy milk, and tofu pudding with ginger syrup. There’s a self-serve buffet bar with various flavors of fried tofu, including lemongrass-chili. And for those who can’t wait to eat, there are a variety of banh mi sandwiches — including, of course, tofu.

1248 S King St
Seattle, WA 98144

13. Billiard Hoang

3220 S Hudson St, Seattle, WA 98118
The pho and banh mi at Billiard Hoang in South Seattle Jay Friedman for Eater

This Columbia City pool hall with a sports bar feel is a popular hangout for some in the Vietnamese community, and the quality of its kitchen justifies a visit — either for takeout or for a fun dine-in experience. Noteworthy items include banh mi, bun (dry noodle bowls), and soups like bun bo hue, bun rieu (crabmeat with tofu and rice noodles), and bo kho (beef stew with noodles or bread). Bun mang vit (duck noodle soup with bamboo shoots) is especially popular here.

3220 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118

14. Tony's Bakery

6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
Jay Friedman for Eater

One of many good Vietnamese restaurants near Othello Station, this place offers prepared products, entrée-and-rice boxes, and more. Tony’s even bakes its own bread for banh mi. While the dac biet (house special) banh mi is popular, insiders order banh mi ca xa ot, with battered and fried basa fish (a type of catfish) and a smear of garlic-chive aioli. (Across the parking lot, Q Bakery also prepares delicious banh mi; its homemade bread is more crackly with a denser crumb.)

6020 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

15. Rainier BBQ and Restaurant

6400 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

Ever since Anthony Bourdain made a stop here for an episode of “The Layover,” Rainier BBQ has been known for its safari-like suppers that include meats like cobra, deer, and frog. To find these, diners might have to specifically request the special menu. Those dishes are well worth exploring, but so is the regular menu's more “standard” fare. Recommendations include hu tieu nam vang (glass noodle soup that comes with ground pork, BBQ pork, shrimp, intestines, squid, fishcakes, quail eggs, herbs, and more) and ong choy beef salad.

6400 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

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16. Hoang Lan

7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

At the south end of the Vietnamese “strip” along MLK, at the Othello Station light-rail stop, this humble hole-in-the-wall has a small number of tables waiting, a television typically blaring, and an owner likely whistling or singing. The sign outside says Bun Bo Hue, which is easily mistaken as the name of the restaurant — rather, it’s the signature dish and the one to order, with its gelatinous pork knuckle and earthy pork blood cakes.

7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

17. Dalat Quan

9988 15th Ave SW suite i, Seattle, WA 98106
A bowl of mi quang, with turmeric noodles, pork spare ribs, prawns, and quail eggs. Jay Friedman for Eater

This White Center restaurant features Da Lat-style special noodle soups, including various versions of nam vang noodle soup and a Da Lat version of bun bo hue that contains beef brisket. Best might be the mi quang, a hearty bowl with turmeric noodles, pork spare ribs, prawns, quail eggs, and a sesame rice cracker. The banh xeo is unique: Diners put pieces of the Vietnamese pancake, herbs, and greens (including, in season, a mustard leaf called cai be xanh) inside rice paper to eat more neatly.

9988 15th Ave SW suite i
Seattle, WA 98106

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