Seattle >Food & Dining > Lemongrass
514 12th Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.606777 -122.316666
10 a.m. - 9p.m., daily.
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
Excellent Restaurant – This is an excellent restaurant. Their spring rolls are divine and I love their tofu stir fry with rice noodles. I eat here at least once or twice a month. The owner Nathan is very friendly and helpful. They have great vegetarian dishes.
Great tasting Vietnamese food – It's obvious they focus on catering to a Vietnamese clientelle, which is their right. Their english is very lacking. So if you don't mind coping with getting "coke" when you order "coconut" drink, and waiting a long time because they're really busy, then you will enjoy the food. It was first rate Vietnamese. I didn't give it 4 stars because they did make us wait a long time, and got a couple things wrong with the order. They also waited a good 15 minutes to come out and tell me they were out of what I ordered. Then I had to wait another 15 or 20 minutes for my alternate order to come. My kids got antsy waiting for their coconut drinks (20 minutes) and they didn't have saki, nor my alternate choice Redhook beer. I finally got my Tsingtao about 30 minutes after I initially ordered the saki.
You couldn't pay me to go back – I had been to the restaurant during lunch time with my co-worker and the food
was tasty so I brought my husband back with me for the second time. We went
yesterday (Monday night) and knowing their English wasn't great, we ordered
using numbers "16, 29, and 30." We also ordered "lemonade" which our waiter took
pains to repeat. A couple minutes later another waitress came back and asked us
(even though we had already told our waiter several times) what options we wanted
for the #16 (chicken and crispy noodles).
It all went downhill from the moment we got our drinks. "Lemonade" turned out to be lime juice with sour plum muddled in it, which my husband couldn't handle but we thought would be rude to send back. Then they brought out a large platter (#29) which is enough for 2 people at least, followed by "chicken pho". We asked the waiter why he gave us chicken pho and he replied "You ordered it, I asked twice" in very broken English.
Not wanting to argue we told him that we didn't but we would keep it anyway, thinking that he had misunderstood our options for #16 as another dish instead of #30.
But no. He then brought out another dish (#16) followed by #30. We got 4 huge dishes and enough food to feed 10 people. When we told him and the manager that it was impossible that we (2 average sized people) would intentionally order so much food, the manager waved us away and the waiter maintained that he had asked us twice, essentially blaming the customer for his obvious misunderstanding. Needless to say we lost our appetites.
In the end, we had 3 bites of food and paid $38 for what we didn't order.
The manager was rude, the waiter was rude and the food wasn't even good. OH, and there were flies buzzing around before we even got the first plate of food.
Tasty Vietnamese food. – My coworkers and I had an excellent lunch at Lemon Grass and already are planning our next visit. By arriving a bit before noon, we were able to enjoy quiet conversation before the lunch crowd. Several variations of chicken entrees were appetizing to my coworkers. I, always being the adventuresome diner, ordered the lotus root salad and was pleased with everything - the presentation, the freshness and crunchiness of the ingredients and the layering of flavors. Delicious.
one of many good places in Little Saigon – The servers are very friendly. One thing that stands out is that the customers in this restaurant are more diverse than the other Vietnamese restaurants on this plaza's floor. And yes, the food is great. I like the 'Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio' and 'Goi Cuon' (I hope I spelled those dishes right)...oh and their fried banana with milk for dessert (sorry, forgot the Vietnamese name)...that's bomb.
Nice New Place In Little Saigon – Well prepared, traditional Vietnamese dishes like catfish in claypot, rice vermicelli bowls, pho and spring rolls are featured in this new place at 12th and Jackson. The decor is particularly nice with soft greens, yellows and browns. Black and white photos of various life scenes in Vietnam grace the walls.
This place should have success as if offers good food at reasonable prices, with friendly service in comfortable and attractive surroundings.
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