While Seattle is known for slapping a Starbucks down on almost every corner (and why not, the original coffee shop did open downtown), it's also home to a ton of great Vietnamese restaurants. Yep, thanks to the large Vietnamese community, there are plenty of places to satisfy our unwavering pho cravings – something that's pretty damn important as the rain here never seems to stop. Without further ado, check out this list of Seattle's most pho-nomenal restaurants (pun totally intended).
10414 Holman Rd NW, Seattle
Authentic Vietnamese eats and a super cozy environment is all part of the magic that Banh Town offers. Beyond pho, the vermicelli bowls and bahn mi sandwiches are really, really good. In fact, the restaurant itself is quite the hidden gem, nestled just inside the Greenwood 'hood. There's limited seating and parking, so be smart and try to avoid peak hours.
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle
Although the International District may seem a bit sketchy at night, this area is home to some of the most authentic Asian restaurants in Seattle. Tamarind Tree is tucked away in the Asian Plaza, towards the back of the parking lot, but has such a chilled ambiance it makes up for the somewhat random location. There's also a decent outdoor patio for summer, impressively quick service, and an unofficial obligation to salivate over the pho tai (rare beef pho).
Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant
418 8th Ave. South Seattle, 2800 1st Ave. Seattle
If you’re a night owl with insatiable pho cravings, you’re in luck. Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant, located in Belltown, is open until 2am every day of the week. Street parking is always convenient and the atmosphere inside is laid back, with occasional live performers in the bar area. You can’t go wrong with the combo pho, but if you want to try something new, the vermicelli bowl is defs a scrumptious choice.
Pho Viet Anh
372 Roy St, Seattle
Known for its fresh ingredients and satisfyingly large portions, Pho Viet Anh is only a 10-minute walk from the Space Needle in Lower Queen Anne. Many rave about the gluten free, no MSG broth (a rarity!), but it's also a popular spot for veggie pho lovers. But, if you're craving meat, the lemongrass chicken vermicelli is insane. The staff are super friendly too – what's not to love?
550 12th Ave, Seattle
Located in Capitol Hill, Ba Bar sets itself apart from the competition with its ultra modern vibes. It can get crowded during lunch hours, but they’re open until 4am on Friday and Saturdays, so we recommend a cheeky post-night out bowl instead. Make sure you wear stretchy pants when visiting, so you can gulp down the oxtail pho and chicken wings with no limitations.
Long Provincial Vietnamese
1901 2nd Ave, Seattle
If you wanna take a date out for a fancy bowl of pho, Long Provincial Vietnamese is the ideal spot. Just a few blocks away from downtown's iconic Pike Place, this restaurant has an upscale ambiance with a spiffy jellyfish tank to top it all off. The service is also genuinely great, and the duck curry or any of the tripe pho soups won't fail to leave you and bae impressed (and super full).
300 E Pike St, Seattle
Unlike traditional Vietnamese restaurants, Stateside adds a refreshing flair to both atmosphere and dishes. The interior design is actually so hip you feel like you're at a fancy brunch spot in Capitol Hill, while the menu itself focuses on just a few Vietnamese dishes. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to stray from your usual beef pho, Stateside’s chili cumin pork ribs or crispy duck rolls are mouth-watering options that pretty much define #foodporn.
Dong Thap Noodles
303 12th Ave S, Seattle
Okay, so this is a bit of a novelty entry as it's home to "the world's largest pho bowl", but we just had to include it. Dong Thap Noodles, based in Chinatown, is home to the Pho Super Bowl Challenge, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. If you finish a gigantic bowl of their pho (we're talking three liters of broth and four pounds of meat) within 90 minutes, you'll get it for free (as well as a pretty respectable $100 reward). This honestly isn't as hard as it sounds – the owner's family have been in the rice noodle business for four generations, and so everything is expertly crafted on-site.