Raleigh >Food & Dining > Dalat Oriental Restaurant
2109 Avent Ferry Rd Ste 110, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760635.779655 -78.675647
Mon. - Sat. 11am - 3pm;Sun. CLOSED
Maybe more to that crunch? – An infestation would be putting it moderately. Several times I have first hand witnessed customers find an insect here or there in their meal. In the back inside the walls, they literally are crawling with invaders, in defense of the owner it is quite the undertaking, although she will never put out the money that is needed to properly sanitize and put the issue to rest. She has tried many times to use over the counter bombs but even in the midst of this attack of hers there were insects falling from the top of the hood fan over the cooking area into you know where.......Also stay away from the egg drop soup it may just be a bath for our antenae wearing friends. Another hint I could provide relates directly to tipping. Now an unknown fact is that her wait staff does not see the tip money customers leave them. She pays her staff 7 to 9 dollars an hr under the table and takes the money off the tables and into her purse. Finally her kitchen staff is entirely made up of illegal mexicans whom she exploits almost as much as her customer base. She sells low quality food at a high mark up while failing to properly upkeep and reinvest in her business. Notice how fast the bar concept died there. check out the wake county health inspection report.
reliable and affordable Vietnamese food – My girlfriend and I have been eating at Dalat for years and it has proven to be a safe bet on those nights when we just don't know where we want to eat. I can only speak to the vegetarian dishes, but their tofu is always good - even if the pieces are big enough to be unwieldy in chopsticks. There's enough variety on the menu to ensure that you don't always have to get the same thing - I've yet to get sick of any one dish. I've always found the staff to be aggreeable and the food generally arrives within minutes of our placing our order. I can recommend the vegetarian spring rolls and the tofu sub is exceptional. In actually thinking about it, I don't know why we don't eat there more often.
Best Vietnamese in the Triangle – We have eaten at Dalat as a family for over 10 years and it has the best vietnamese hands down in the triangle. While inexpensive this family run place has always delivered consistent excellent Vietnamese dishes; try their various rice vermicelli dishes, vegetarian tofu with tomato and lemongrass and their vietnamese coffee.
It is true some of wait staff is rather bland in service and friendliness but meet the owner and you will find a cheery person thankful for your business and with a penchant to please the customer.
The Triangle's own version of "soup nazi." – In Short
The staff at Dalat is rude, and the service can be excruciatingly slow. Surprisingly enough, however, Dalat's cold form of hospitality doesn't discourage people from patronizing the place--and people hit Dalat in droves. The Vietnamese food at Dalat is some of the best in town. Like Japanese Sushi, Dalat's Vietnamese food naturally falls within the bounds of the nation's quest for healthy food with punch.
Great Food – I've been going to Dalat since, sheesh, when did it open??
Not only is the food fantastic, but the staff always remembers me when I come in. Very friendly.
I lived out of state for 5 years and every time I came through town, I made sure to stop in. The owner always remembered me. Now that I'm back in town, I go at least a couple times a month. The food is as good as ever.
I don't know if it's great Vietnamese food, but I know it's fabulous!
I've been going to Dalat since 1995.
My choice selections are Pork Chop and Rice..they grill up some pork chops and put and semi cooked egg on top of rice... The Curry Chicken is good too.
MY FAVORITE ITEM is a REGULAR EGGROLL...it isnt the vege-cabbage eggroll. its meaty yummy eggroll...i suggest 2 eggrolls..
The food is good, the service isn't – Coming from southern California, I'm used to an extensive selection of Vietnamese restaurants. My boyfriend and I decided to try Dalat because we were in the mood for Vietnamese food and the place received good reviews. The food is authentic and the menu offers a varietyof dishes. However, a young lady who works there is clueless about customer service. The whole time we were there, we didn't get a single "please", "thank you", or smile from her! When we asked for the bill, she set it down on our table and instructed us to "pay at the front." It was a direct order rather than a request. She acted like she was doing us a favor! The owner of the restaurant was really nice, though. Because of the service we received, we're not going back, especially when I can go to my mother's house for good Vietnemese food.
Great Vietnamese food at a great price! – I've been going to Dalat for several years now and always enjoy it. I especially love the banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe). The noodle dishes are excellent, too. Many of my friends love the cold spring rolls; I don't care for them just because this dish isn't a favorite of mine at ANY Vietnamese restaurant (I don't like the mint), but my friends who do love them say the ones at Dalat are especially good. I've never had the rude service the CitySearch review suggests -- the servers are always pleasant and capable. The atmosphere is strip mall plain, but comfortable. A great restaurant!
Great eats – Great food i love eating here and taking friends here to this great resturant
OK, but... – Been going to dalat for > 10 yrs. IMHO, food quality has gone down since they moved from the little hole in the wall in the same shop center. Grilled chicken lemongrass used to be my fav meal in Raleigh, now it is variable. I guess its the price of expansion, now the #1 chef/owner is too busy opening new restaurant to cook!
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