Monsoon - Seattle

4.5
107 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
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High quality cuisine is on the menu at Monsoon in Seattle. Inspired by European and Asian cooking traditions, you'll find an assortment of unique, contemporary dishes sure to please and excite your palate.

The ocean bar at Monsoon offers a seasonal, rotating selection of fresh oysters. You can also enjoy crispy imperial rolls, Asian pear salad and barbecued Carlton farms pork spare ribs to start off a meal. Other favorites include market-fresh seafood like the sautéed peppercorn petrale sole and wild caught prawns. Monsoon also creates a variety of other entrées including the wokked Anderson Valley lamb and crispy Washington grown drunken chicken.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Vietnamese, Northwest, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3pm

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5pm - 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm - 11pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm

Happy Hour
3:30pm-5:30pm

Late Night Menu
10pm-12am
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Phone number
(206) 325-2111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
19th Ave E between Mercer & Roy
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've had the pleasure of eating at Monsoon several times. It was great as always! They really get flavor right here.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious Asian fusion! We loved everything we ate. Everything is shareable- small plate style! We would go back.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The noise level just got to be more and more throughout our dinner.
It would have been fine if I was under 35 years. At over 60 years old , I could not hear my dinner partners by the time we were served our main course.

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L
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have eaten there several times recently but never had the beef dish. Everything I have had was delicious but the beef dish is OUTSTANDING!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful meal. Monsoon is one of our favorite restaurants.

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H
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was very good and the service was adequate. The portion of my tofu was huge and I brought 1/2 home with me.

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c
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect. Tastes buds come alive all the time and great service.

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SC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

My husband and I decided to try Monsoon during Seattle Restaurant Week and were extremely disappointed. The table next to us ordered the same two appetizers we chose (bo la lot and papaya salad). While we enjoyed them, we noticed that the size of appetizer that our neighbors received were much larger. This was disappointing because the three course meal isn't actually a deal if the dishes that you receive are smaller. For main dishes, we ordered the catfish claypot and the drunken chicken. The catfish is supposed to be their signature, number one dish and it was so incredibly sweet, I could barely eat it. The drunken chicken was essentially sesame chicken from our neighborhood Chinese take-out joint. And, rice was not included with either dish. Dessert was a small slice of banana bread, nothing special. Overall, it was entirely a terrible dining experience and I'm surprised the place is still in business, I thought Capitol Hill was a pretty discerning neighborhood.

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SF
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and our server was helpful and most attentive.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent!

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j
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was very timely and very friendly and very knowledgeable of the items on the menu. My guest was truly impressed with the restaurant.

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CR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my fourth time at this restaurant, and I must say that it keeps getting better. We had a wonderful dinner, shared an appetizer and a vegetable. But the best thing of all was the banana cake for dessert. It sent us into a different dimension! ,

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is great and always has been. I brought visiting friends from Chicago. They did forget 2 of our dishes and the server's check backs were far between. One of the dishes came out once there was notification to the Server. The other one I am not sure it never arrived, but the server did take it off the bill once we notified him it was missing. He said the kitchen was hit or miss getting dishes out.
I would still go here any day of the week, the food is amazing.

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MN
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Long-time dinner patrons, this was our first time going for brunch. Among our party were people with different needs and all were happy, and satisfied, with the food and the amounts. Great eating, happy diners.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday dinner with my wife and 2 kids who are both over 21. We were able to sit in the bar which I liked a little better than the main dining area, although both seating areas are fine. The Saison beer I had was excellent, and my daughter enjoyed her IPA. We ordered 3 appetizers (ribs, peach salad, and veggie wrap - all very good). Main courses were the cod, crispy chicken, and the flank steak. All the food tasted great, arrived at our table served by a multitude of friendly wait staff, and although the meals were excellent, we felt everything was just a tad over priced. Overall, however, a very nice evening in a restaurant with a very nice ambiance - we'll be back.

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Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered several of the small plates and cocktails for dinner. Everything was delicious and we stayed for dessert too. Very friendly and helpful staff and good atmosphere.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service nice people wonderful

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HI
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend from Chimacum visited overnight and we walked over to Monsoon for brunch the following morning. The early crowd was light and we enjoyed three flavors of mimosas to start. We shared some very meaty shrimp dumplings with a hearty pepper sauce, then three entrees, including crab benedict, veggie hash and an omelet. Lots of food, but the omelet was fluffy and the benedict was served over light but tasty squares of thick toast. Monsoon never disappoints, and our guest, the hash eater, was delighted.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Seated right away. Food was awesome, drinks were on point.

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LS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was excellent. Our service was equally as good. Great overall dining experience.

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Denver
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Seattle, staying in Capitol Hill. We decided to stay local for dinners, and based on some recommendations, we visited Monsoon our second night, and very glad for having done so. The menu is inventive, fun, and delicious. There are dozens of Vietnamese restaurants in the Denver area (not including phô), but nothing like Seattle's Monsoon! New tastes, new experiences. Monsoon's website warns you that the menu may change by the time you visit, so our selections might not help your visit, but they are indicative of the inventiveness. (1) a shrimp and green papaya salad with other slices of other fruits and veggies, (2) a peach and tomato (no, not kidding) salad with some Asian spices that were out of this world, (3) steak wrapped in là lốt leaves with rice noodles, pickled carrots, and dipping sauce, (4) sea bass with green papaya and rice. Yum. Everything was exceptional.

The only problem is parking. Give yourself time.

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BD
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

As usual food was delicious and interesting. Thank goodness, because service was not good. I can't tell whether the kitchen was off or our waiter was having a bad night. We waited more than 15 minutes before seeing our server at all. Then, drinks came out slowly and only two at a time (for a table of 4). When our small plates came out, one was wrong. It was corrected, but way too slowly and without an authentic apology. The five dishes we ordered were amazing (surprisingly, the Tofu was everyone's favorite, bright and full of flavor and great texture), but one of the dishes lagged the other four by almost 20 minutes. Not good and, again, no concern by the waiter. We will try Monsoon again, because the food is great, but we will make sure to have low expectations for the service.

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N
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been going to Monsoon for many years, and have always enjoyed eating there. My favorite area is the bar, although the main dining room is fine. The bar feels more open and hip; the restaurant room is more staid. The food is always fabulous.

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RK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As an Asian restaurant owner+operator myself, I find our meal at Monsoon very very good. We especially enjoyed the papaya saladand the banana cake. The atmosphere is great, you can tell that they've spent a lot of time and effort to creat the ambiance and select good utensils (the chopsticks are great). Overall for the price I think it's a good deal. I will go back for more. Thank you Monsoon.

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H
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for brunch. Food was excellent and the drinks were tasty too. Parking was easy to find with a lot adjacent and ample street parking available. Had the omelet which was very rich and filling. GF had the pho which had a very rich flavorful broth.

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c
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Everything was awesome, service was a little off but I noticed that half the restaurant only had a single server. The hostess was doing certain jobs helping the server so was we checked in it took 10 minutes to get her attention before getting seated. It also took us 30-45 minutes to get our food which was a little bit of a bummer but it was so good that we scarfed it in seconds. So not the best service, but that might be an issue with management and food-wise...awesome.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We lived in Seattle for six years and Monsoon is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. We've never been to a restaurant where we thoroughly enjoyed every item on the menu. Whenever we return for a visit, dinner at Monsoon is always a must one evening.

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MT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

came here for brunch. the dim sum is worth a try, impressive daikon &taro cake. medium pan-fried. My friend got a velecheli grilled shrimp bowl which was nice too.

The waffle was overly cooked and looked like being fried?? not the soft fluffy waffle i expected. maybe it was their special style.

The place was overall nice, clean, hippy :D

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The food itself is somewhat authentic. Service is fast, but the waiters/waitresses have no knowledge. They don't know what their food tastes like, or what goes in it. I had to send back a dish because the waiter didn't know it had fish sauce in it (I asked him 3 times before ordering).

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here because we love Stateside and we'd seen a review comparing the two. We still love the other, but if you want Vietnamese cuisine that seems authentic, this is another great choice. Even on a Friday night with "full" reservations, it wasn't too noisy. Loved the ambiance and the music was soft and ambient which was wonderful. Great experience overall!

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were a party of four, and having read the reviews, had high expectations. We were not disappointed. The food was varied, tasty, and beautifully prepared. The dishes were not only delicious but they had a variety of flavors, textures and colors.

There was one hitch in the service. When we arrived, our table was ready for us but were not seated, despite several requests, because they did not have enough menus!!! More specifically, they had menus but not fancy bamboo boards behind the menus. Strange choice, to keep us standing 10 minutes or longer!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can hear your dining companion and the new bar/dining area is sublime. The bar stools are the most comfortable, the food is always perfectly seasoned.

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Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We felt welcomed by the hostess and our server(s) were friendly and attentive. The food was delicious but some dishes had too much salt. The pork ribs did not live up to my expectations and had too much salt. We shared a variety of appetizers and the drucken chicken. All were flavorful and interesting. Restaurant had a cool vibe. We will return.

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KC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently well-prepared food with a nod to seasonal availability. Service was attentive though not pesky or over-bearing. Wait staff was knowledgeable about menu and wine pairing. Delightful evening.

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LR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Ambiance remains nice but service was unusually poor. We've been coming to monsoon for 15 years and last night was disappointing. Inadequate staff, waitress was distracted - never submitted part of our order. She had too many tables to cover

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C
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of Seattle's best restaurants and there are many. Vietnamese but with several different options. Worth the drive to Capitol Hill. The bar has an open air part plus there is a roof deck which are lovely on a summer evening. Reservations are important.

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n
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

the enlarged dining area is well done. We shared plates and ordered some favorites of green papaya salad w/prawns, imperial rolls and the wokked beef tenderloin. All small plates were executed well as far as taste and visually stunningly plated. Warm night, the window were open to the outside, had a very urban feel.

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r
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, best dumplings/won tons in Seattle.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We came in with a reservation for a party of 8 on a Friday night around 7. We had reservations, and the place was pleasantly busy but not packed with lines out the door. The ambience of the restaurant is nice, and the food was good when we finally got it, but the service was, well, terrible. We waited for more than an hour for our food, and when we did get it, the meal we got was the wrong one. The waiter "hit the wrong button on the machine", and it would take another 20 minutes to get what we actually ordered. We couldn't get drink service without flagging down the waiter and I had to get up and ask him for our check after we all had our bags out ready to go for another 20 minutes. Not a good service experience and the server was lucky we were a party of 9 and the gratuity was added to the check.

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MT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time in less than two weeks as we were interested in trying out other menu choices. We were not disappointed and enjoyed sitting by one of the street-side windows which added to the enjoyment of the evening. We'll go back again shortly!

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