Seattle >Food & Dining > Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant
418 Eighth Ave S, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810447.598543 -122.322452
Neighborhoods: International District, Downtown
I must admit, I love this place even more now that they have a Belltown location. Great spot for lunch, dinner and late night food and drinks. Freshest of flavors deliver in this delicious Vietnamese restaurant!
I could eat here every week & we very happy! The spring rolls are the best in town. Tons of seating means there's hardly ever a wait. And the crepe is sooo addictive!
bland food – Went here since it got lot a good reviews. I love a good pho on a cool,chilly day. What a disappointment! My pho was very bland, my friend was not happy with his chicken dish that he said did not have much flavor also. My pho was also more $ than I have ever paid for. Service was prompt. Can't understand how it got so many good reviews, maybe we just tried the wrong dishes
What the Pho?! Get 2 helpings of the crepe! – It's cliche... but no one makes a Vietnamese crepe like my grandmother. Believe me I've pilgrimaged to the REAL Saigon as well as the OC's Little Saigon (and many places in between) in search of the best. No luck... until Green Leaf came into my life.
Across from House of Hong bustle in the ID, off of Jackson, this 2-story Vietnamese eatery delivers a strong menu and daring specials that no boring pho joint could compare. Think Monsoon but 1/4 the price. The best reason to go and return ... is HOME COOKING! Nothing pretentious here, just good old fashion Vietnamese food -- that is freshly made and great explosion of flavors. For me it's all about the crispy crunchiness of the hot crepe, mingled with the fresh coolness of the lettuce and herbs.
Forget about Pho friends... that's like getting only phad thai at your favorite Thai joint. It's a once in a while indulgence. Vietnamese crepes are forever!
PS - Try weekday dinners. Going on a weekend during weekend dim sum/brunch rush hours will be helter skleter -- beware. The House of Hong parking lot craziness will drive up your blood pressue.
Good Bun Bo Cuon La Lot (Grilled Beef with Lalot served with cold noodle) – Food is consistantly good, OK service. Best dishes I had: Bun Bo Cuon La Lot, Bun Ga Nuong, Bo 7 Mon (7 courses beef ).
Yum Yum – FYI foodluver238, besides pho, most Vietnamese food is not served hot. All dishes served with vermicelli noodles will be served at room temperature, like salad. One of the reasons why Vietnamese food is so light and refreshing!
Not so great – I have heard good things about this place, but it turned out horrible when I went there. The waitress was no help to my family and I. We had to get up and ask for help when they weren't so busy at that time. The food took forever to come and when it did it was cold. I do not recommend this place to anyone unless they want to have a bad time.
Wow! This Place Lives Up To The Hype. – The word about this place has been out for awhile now, being mentioned in publications like Bon Appetite, Food And Wine, Zagats and even The Food Network. Authentically prepared Vietnamese cuisine made with Love and the freshest ingredients possible. Generally healthy and also easy on your pocketbook, what's not to like? You will wait and it is cramped inside once you are seated, but you'll forget all of that once your food arrives. Standards such as vermicelli bowls, pho and egg noodle soups and a myriad of rolls are stellar. The combination plate with pork chop and sunny side up egg is an incredible value. The duck salad and papaya salad are refreshingly light and delicious. All sauces come on the side so you control the flavor meter.
Num Num! – Being that I am Vietnamese and love authentic home cooked Vietnamese food, Green Leaf hits the spot! There are your typical dishes, pho, rice dishes, chicken, and beef. However I highly recommend the Bahn Xeo (Bahn Sow). You can find it under the appetizer section of the menu. You can actually make a meal out of it
They describe it as a Vietnamese pancake, but crepe would be more accurate. It is a thin yellow crepe that has bean spouts and meat inside. You can get one or two! I suggest two if you are on the hungry side. It's not a heavy meal, however makes horrible leftovers. The crepe has a very faint coconut taste to it. It's not overpowering at all and even my bro in law (who hates coconut flavoring) loves this dish.
When they bring it out, they also provide other sides (mint leaves, cilantro, lettuce, and 2 dipping sauces). Some don't know how to eat this dish. It's simple. You wrap a piece of lettuce around some Bahn Xeo, add some mint and cilantro, then dip! It's a pretty messy dish, however very tasty. However, beware!! If you don't want bad breath, use the sweet, soy sauce, vinegar dip. The other one is garlic based. Both are very tasty!
When reading the other reviews, I realized that some were complaining about the service. I had wonderful service from the staff members. Pretty exceptional compared to other Vietnamese Restaurants that you find in the international district. But just an FYI, many authentic Asian restaurants in the International District aren't known for their service. It?s pretty much the case you come and go. Instant Gratification! So if you are looking for high class service, PF Changs downtown might be your cup of tea for disgusting Asian Food.
Pretty good food but lacking in service – After reading the great reviews and hearing from friends that this was the "best vietnamese in town," a few of us went last night and here's why this restaurant is only getting three stars:
*We were totally prepared to wait in line for awhile and did. However, the staff split a four-top in front of our eyes to let two parties of two skip in front of us while we waited another 20 or so minutes.
*the food was great, but they brought the wrong roll for one of our orders (I had the chicken/bok choy soup, which I would definitely recommend and the shredded beef roll--also great)
*we were finished with our meal for twenty minutes before we had to ask someone for our bill so we could leave.
Overall, this restaurant has great food but I expected the service to be a lot better, especially considering this restaurant is so small.
Best Vietnamese in town – I've eaten at a lot of Vietnamese places in Seattle and in California--it's my favorite cuisine--and this is hands down the best I've had. I've probably been here 30 times now. It's far and away fresher and more interesting than your average place. Definitely get the fresh shrimp spring rolls-they have a crunchy center that's out of this world. The vermicelli bowls, the mango and papaya salads, the duck salad, the bahn xeo (crepe) and the fried flour cakes are all outstanding. There's usually a line but sometimes the owner comes out with snacks, and he puts out a heat lamp in winter. Depending on who is working, service can be great or just okay (like so many places in the International District), but the place is so small that it's easy to get a servers attention if you need them. The prices are incredibly low for the quality of the food.
If you're with a group you can make a reservation and thus bypass the omnipresent line.
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