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Monsoon Restaurant - 69 partner Reviews - 615 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 325-2111

Monsoon Restaurant

615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 325-2111
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Monsoon Restaurant - Seattle, WA
Monsoon Restaurant - Seattle, WA
Monsoon Restaurant - Seattle, WA
Monsoon Restaurant - Seattle, WA


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This small restaurant has amazing food and is wonderful place to spend an evening! Pros: Delicious, intimate, delightful


I read about the restaurant on its site and it sounded really exciting. I love Vietnamese food and I thought an upscale Vietnamese restaurant would be a great date spot for me an...

Seattle's Best Vietnamese Food 1/23/2010

This small restaurant has amazing food and is wonderful place to spend an evening! Pros: Delicious, intimate, delightful more

NOT Fast Food Vietnamese 10/4/2009

Okay, sorry for all the reviews about the bad service that has been written up. Personally, my husband and I have always received very professional and attentive care during our dining experience. Pros: Just darn good food more

Brunchtime Seattle! - Monsoon 2/16/2009

Monsoon, in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood has a very simple (almost zen-like) yet an upscale ambience. more

Great Food and Excellent Service 1/11/2009

We recently ate at the new Monsoon East location in Bellevue. The food was great and 4 dishes was enough for two people with most of the prices in the low teens. Overall a very good value and the food gives Wild Ginger a run for its money. Pros: Great Vietnamese Food with a Fancy Twist. Stellar Service. Cons: Hidden Location, Parking. more

Not worth the price 5/27/2008

I had brunch at Monsoon this past weekend and was excited by all the rave reviews it had gotten. The dim sum style dishes were good - we had the shrimp/chive wontons, daikon cakes, nem nuong, & sticky rice/pork. The fare was your standard dim sum -- good, but not any better than what you would get in the ID, and at Monsoon you pay twice as much. Service was poor. We were seated quickly, considering we had a party of 10, however, the food came out sporadically over a period of two hours -- needless to say, members of our party had finished their appetizer AND entree before others had even gotten any of their food! The entrees, while presented beautifully, were miniscule and some of our party were still hungry after the meal was over! I had the pork belly & french toast (great flavors) - other entrees ordered were the banh xeo (crispy and delicious), steak & eggs (tiny - do not order if you are hungry), lemongrass chicken vermicelli (really good, but miniscule), and congee (average). The food is good, but not $20 and entree good. For instance, if I want vermicelli in the future, I'm going to Huong Binh in the ID, where I'll pay $6, be satisfied, and have the best grilled pork in town. Monsoon just isn't worth the price for average Vietnamese food. For Vietnamese I'll still go to Green Leaf, where it is 100 times better or else home, for mom's homecooked Vietnamese meals. Pretty sure I won't be trying dinner at Monsoon. Pros: Location, ambience Cons: Vegetarian substitutes weren't available for brunch, service, average food for high $$, no reservations taken for brunch more

Below average vietnamese food 4/22/2008

I read about the restaurant on its site and it sounded really exciting. I love Vietnamese food and I thought an upscale Vietnamese restaurant would be a great date spot for me and my husband. After 10 minute wait we got seated and ordererd two appetizers: stuffed calamari and five-star pork ribs. The tastes weren't balanced, too sour, not enough spice or sweetness. Food texture was pleasing, I liked the combination of jicama with mushrooms in calmari, but overpowering vinegar ruined the experience. Pork ribs were just OK, again not enough spice and way too much vinegar. For our entree we ordered clay pott catfish, which was quite nice except it had a slight burnt taste to it. The chefs forgot that clay pott catfish should boast sweet and smooth caramel taste, not burt and a bit bitter aftertaste... Needless to say, we were paying a lot for a very average Vietnamese food. To tell you the truth small family owned restaurants in International discrit serve a lot more pleasing food for a fraction of the cost. I would not recommend the place. Pros: Service, ambience, wine list Cons: Food more


I was really excited to experience traditional vietnamese flavors transformed somewhat by western, upscale methods of cooking. I was expecting to taste something new and exciting but was disappointed as the previous reviewer was by its blandness. Now, I understand that a restaurant can have an off-day and would have given it another chance if it wasn't for the awful, terrible, rude service. The waitress made us feel like we were imposing simply by coming through the door. It took an awful long time for her to take our order and after she literally dropped the plates on the table, we didn't see her until she came with the check. I will never go to Monsoon again and will always suggest that people stay away from there. Pros: Food could have potential to be good. Cons: THE MOST TERRIBLE SERVICE I'VE EXPERIENCED! more

Bland food and snooty service 2/8/2008

I'd been looking forward to eating at Monsoon for quite a while but was disappointed by the experience. They had an impressive wine list and though the dishes my partner and I had (pan-seared scallops, wokked lamb) were nicely presented, they tasted very bland. Considering the high prices, we were expecting something exceptional but it was average at best. No strong or delicate or interesting flavors - not much flavor at all in fact. I think in terms of value and consistent tastiness, you'd be better off going to the Tamarind Tree and spending half as much. On top of this, the male server we had was rude and snobbish. I honestly wouldn't care if the food merited the attitude, but it really didn't. Bottom line: find yourself a nice Vietnamese restaurant in the International District, like the Tamarind Tree, and leave this place to people whose taste buds died silently many years ago. Pros: If you lived close, you could walk there Cons: Bland, overpriced, bad service more

Experience it for yourself. 11/11/2007

I recommend their brunch. Pros: good food Cons: parking, small space, semi-desent service more

Save the hassle for overpriced BAD service. 10/3/2007

My husband and I just moved into this Capitol Hill neighborhood a couple months ago. Such a beautiful neighborhood. Our first time at Monsoon was a very pleasant experience (mainly to the beautiful, sweet and attentive hostess, Ceylon). The food was delicious, especially the beef with chinese celery. We further enjoyed the extensive wine list very much. Since we're all moved in, we were really excited to return to our new favorite neigbhorhood restaurant, Monsoon. Twice this past month, we DID NOT have a good dinning experience and service was VERY BAD. The hostess (not Ceylon) looking tired and unwelcoming, our server very unorganized and seems as though he had better things to do ---chatting up a table of his friends, while we waited a long time for our food and drinks? Delicious food and good wine list is not going make us return due to bad service. Everyone enjoy the simple things in life...good food, wine and service while dinning out. We're just sorry to have recommended to our friends and same disagppointment. Recently we discovered Little Siagon District (12th/Jackson) near International District and go there regularly. The food is just as authentic or even better! Cheap and you save the hassle of paying too much for bad service. A little respect to service comes a long way. Pros: Food and Wine List Cons: Parking, SERVICE more

Stuck up 9/8/2007

I came in two weeks ago. I felt that the place did not have a warm welcome or I felt as if the service especially the men would snarl about you after waiting on you to the other waiters, it was very uncomfortable. The hostess girl with the black hair was very nice and sweet but the two waiters that are men weren't as friendly...Overall, the food was amazing, the cooks are very talented and would come back to taste some more of the great wine selection they have. more

Bad service, Good food 8/14/2007

Our party of 4 last Saturday night was promptly greeted and seated (we had reservations). Our waiter,... more

Bad service, Good food 8/14/2007

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Our party of 4 last Saturday night was promptly greeted and seated (we had reservations). Our waiter, Konstantin, greeted us and informed us of wha... more

Great Vietnamese! 5/21/2007

This is one of the best Vietnamese food i have ever had! I had the beef with asparagus and it couldn't be any better! The only drawback is that this is not really kid-friendly. Both of my daughters didn't finish their fried noodles. Overall, i recommend this place for those seeking elegant Vietnamese cuisine! Pros: Delicious Food Cons: Not Kid-Friendly more

great brunch, great dinner 3/29/2007

i love their brunch; this place is great for out-of-town guests. they offer some french things, some asian things and some yummy dimsum. it's all great. the dinners are nicely portioned, great service. monsoon is a great little neighborhood gem. more

Poor service DOES matter 3/28/2007

I'm not surprised to see other reviewers mention the poor service in recent months at Monsoon, and it does make a difference. Pros: Tasty fusion food Cons: Terrible service more

Great Food! 3/22/2007

One of the best Vietnamese food i have ever had so far! My favorite spot for dim sum with my family! more


Monsoon has high quality ingredients and innovative, yet authentic cuisine. I just love the pan seared diver scallops with tumeric, dill and coconut sticky rice! I think it?s great that they have such a great wine selection, because there should be more than beer, sake and soju served at Asian restaurants. When he?s there, the owner, Eric Banh, is a delight and a warm, genuine person to be around. I look forward to trying the weekend dim sum! Pros: Fine ingredients, great service, and nice neighborhood spot. more

Indugle and Savour 3/7/2007

Just after noon, I popped in with a friend to have brunch. The ambience is something I can't quite explain. It was quiet but with just a murmur of people talking, staff bustling, chef cooking....the perfect atmosphere to relax and chat. The food was really was the best Vietnamese food I've ever tasted! Not too much in anything. The flavors were savored in every bite. Make sure to try the Vietnamese sausage and the deserts. Wow...You have to try this Vietnamese beauty of a restaurant~ Pros: Duck soup, Sausages, sticky rice and all deserts more

Not worth it 3/7/2007

It should not be classified under Vietnamese cuisine. It is heavy Americanised Chinese food. Drunken Chicken is a Chinese dish which was salty and dumped with sugar. There is no delicate touch that is involved in Vietnamese food. Braised Short Rib with Noodle was tasteless. Green Beans were seasoned with store bought chili condiment that all Vietnamese restaurant has on the table with their soysauce. That dish was so strong that I lost all my appetite. Pros: Proximity Cons: Food more
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  • The Scene
    Saigon natives and siblings Sophie, Eric and Yen Banh are the gale force behind this minimal, elegant retaurant nestled on a quiet residential street. Yen is a gracious presence...

  • 6/13/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    5p.m.-10p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; brunch served 9a.m.-2:30p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Payments:

    Cash, American Express, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Stevens, Capitol Hill