Cary >Food & Dining > Redbowl Asian Bistro
2020 Boulderstone Way, Cary, NC | Directions 2751935.791565 -78.848593
Mon. - Fri., Sun. 11am - 10pm;Sat. 11am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: Stone Creek Village
One of the best – I recently ate their for the first time. I'm not big on asian food but their chicken was the best I have ever come across. I would recommend going their for a great meal and I would definitely go back again!
One of the best in the Triangle! – Superb restaurant. Beautiful presentation. Wonderful staff. What’s not to like about Red Bowl? I honestly can not believe all the bad reviews on here. I absolutely love this place! They have an impressive selection of food items, all priced within an affordable range. A great family environment where I can bring my kids or have a romantic night with my husband. Either way my experiences at Red Bowl have been incredible. Some of my absolute favorite dishes are the Dragon and Phoenix and the Salt and Pepper Shrimp. Everything comes out tender and fresh! Plus it seems like now they have a new sushi special every night until the end of October. The courteous manager explained to me that all sushi rolls, yes I said “ALL SUSHI ROLLS” are half off after 8 pm every night. This is definitely a MUST try restaurant!!!
High on eating out list – Are you guys kidding? Worse restaurant? Wow. I am a regular and the service is always great..I would recommend it to anyone who wants really good Asian food. plus they have very good special everyday.
love love pacific fried roll+++++ great sushi!
Asian fusion fails again – Despite the bad reviews, I decided to give this place a try. Ouch...one time too many. They really need to replace their manager (the one with the raspy voice). The service was terrible, and the food was too mediocre to make up for it. The sushi was the worse that I've ever tasted, too.
Bland Food, HORRIBLE Service – The interior looks nice in a modern way. The circular booth seats were stylish, but horridly uncomfortable. Before even ordering drinks, we asked to change to a table.
Food was very bland. Sushi was dry and tasted stale and mass-produced. Eel sauce, which is usually my favorite with sushi, was thick and syrupy, while even lacking the unique "eel sauce" taste. It seemed to have been made of maple syrup mixed with soy sauce and French salad dressing. The fish was dry and almost crumbly, while the avocado had been sitting out for so long that it had turned completely brown. The meat dishes (we ordered two: one steak, one chicken) were dry and overcooked. I asked for my Asian Steak "medium," but it was cooked to "well-done" and then some. I think the sauce for the chicken dish was Thousand Island salad dressing. Overall, all the food tasted very "Americanized," reminiscent of frozen Lean Cuisine meals that you can find at the Harris Teeter down the street.
Much, much, worse, though, was the service. Our waiter hardly spoke any English at all (and would answer our questions with entirely irrelevant incoherent ramblings) and never once refilled our drinks (leaving us without beverages for half our meals). While serving our dishes, he half-dropped one of the plates, spilling some sauce on the table, which he promptly apologized for, but never did clean up. Also, after taking our orders and serving our dishes, we saw him maybe once or twice throughout the entire evening. I was given my steak without any knife, and I eventually had to ask a different waiter for one (once again, our waiter was out of sight for most of the evening...). Similarly, we had to ask that same waiter to hand us our check after 15 minutes of thumb-twiddling, waiting for our waiter to appear. When we noticed an error on our check, we had to speak with the manager who was shockingly condescending and belittling. It is quite an experience when a 20-year old manager, out of his own ignorance, acts that way towards you and your family. Even after realizing his mistake, he stubbornly refused to apologize at all.
With regrettable food and hopelessly bad service, I'll save money and order Chinese take-out the next time I want mass-produced chemically-flavored pseudo-Chinese food. There are plenty of fine Asian diners in the area, which leaves absolutely no reason to resort to such a place as Redbowl. Perhaps that explains why they were hardly half-filled on that pleasant Friday evening?
Terrible sushi – I had been eating at redbowl for close to 8 months, usually a couple of times a month and thought they had fairly decent sushi. Something has gone seriously wrong there. The last 3 times I've been I've had to throw my food away. The first time I thought it could have been an "off night", the second I thought uhoh, and the third I was downright angry. I've never had such unfresh tasting sushi in my life. Everything from their spicy tuna, to california, to dragon, to tsunami rolls, and everything else I've tried have been terrible. My most recent experience will definitely be my last, as I'm not going to waste any more money on inedible food that will just be thrown away. I'll take grocery store sushi over this anyday.
Looks can be deceiving... – This place looks great and is in a great location but the service is horrible, and the food is just so-so. Today, I stopped in just to order a few appetizers(soup and spring roll) and he forgot to bring out the spring roll at all, how do you mess up when there is only one table in the whole place!. Also the waiter did not talk at all, and was not friendly, he just simply put the food down forgot about us and came back with the check. I will never go here again.
TERRIBLE MANAGER!!!!!!!! Food was fine. – Okay, the food is decent. Not excellent but, good enough to go back. It was cooked correctly and I like the atmosphere however, I will probably never go back.
Upon arriving, I announced to the really nice waiter that I had a coupon. (Buy one entree get one 50% off) The waiter informed us that the manager likes to take care of it at the end after the bill check is dropped. So we proceed to order wine, the most expensive entree on the menu, and 2 sushi rolls. When the check arrives I place coupon inside along with my credit card. The waiter very apologetically and not seemingly surprised says that the manager has denied the coupon. No -it was not expired. He stated that a sushi roll was not an entree. The manager is fairly young and appears quite arrogant. Does not seem to genuinely care at all about restaurant or customer service. His body language and facial expressions are absurd for a customer service position. When I told a friend of my experience, he stated "I know exactly who you are talking about"! The manager turned to walk away from me as I approached him until I said excuse me... (after I paid the bill in full) to let him know that I felt he made a bad choice in his decision and how he handled it. He responded with "the waiter is new". I respond with... our waiter was great! I live one mile away and love asian food and will no longer support this restaurant. I worked in restaurants in the past as a hostess and server and can in no uncertain terms be classified as a high maintenance customer. I have the utmost respect for the business but not this one!
Great for Lunch – Well, I would say that this is one of my favs b/c its really close to my work. The staff there are courteous and efficient. I've brought my other friends and co workers to there and they all seem to like as well. I am Korean and I love Asian foods and most of my friends are Asian as well. My co workers are all White..hahaha and I point that out b/c everyone seems to like it.
Dinner is kinda expensive, but if you are lucky like me and work close to there, its a bargain.
The atomosphere is very nice so I would recommend them for dinner too.
if you are still reading this, this is what I like.
NC State Roll
Beef Chow Fun
and if you want something healthy, they even serve Healthy Brown rice...not as good as white, but
Just OK.... still searching for great Asian in the Triangle – We just returned from our first meal at Redbowl.
The atmosphere is nice and the service was quick, effective and with a nice smile.
The food, unfortunately was nothing special. We had our two boys with us and ordered Edema me, Steamed Dumplings, Spicy Mango Shrimp, House Lo Mein and Chicken Red Curry. I'm always weary of mixed Asian cuisine restaurants since the flavors of Thai, Japanese and Chinese are so different. The now closed Oieshi in Cary pulled this off with amazing grace, splendor and quality. Redbowl falls short.
While the dumpling skins were light and well cooked, the interior was lacking in flavor. The standard dumpling sauce also needed more flavor. I would suggest a little rice wine vinegar and ginger.
The Spicy Mango Shrimp was made with a kind of sweet and sour sauce and did not fit the dish. Overall it was too sweet and not at all spicy. The Red Curry Chicken was also lacking in spice and strong flavors. There was little coconut milk and no real Red Curry flavor to the dish. It was nice that they offered brown rice as an option. The house Lo Mein was the shining light in an otherwise unremarkable meal. The noodles were yummy with lots of fresh meat, shrimp and veggies. This is one dish I would recommend highly.
We will go back for the dollar sushi night and see if it's worth a return trip after that.
$72 including a glass of wine and tip for the four of us was way too steep for an average meal.
Look elsewhere for good Asian in the Triangle.
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