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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
6.5
7.0
$40
Vietnamese, Sandwiches
Casual restaurant

Hours
Mon–Thu 11:30am–3:00pm
Mon–Thu 4:00pm–9:30pm
Fri 11:00am–3:00pm
Fri 4:00pm–10:00pm
Sat noon–3:00pm
Sat 4:00pm–10:00pm
Sun noon–3:00pm
Sun 4:00pm–9:30pm

Features Outdoor dining
Bar Beer, wine, liquor, BYO
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted

www.thoaseattle.com

Downtown
96 Union St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 344-8088
Thoa’s
Don’t let the burgers blind you—there’s some good Vietnamese food here

Thoa’s made a nearly seamless transition from an upscale Hawaiian restaurant to an upscale Vietnamese restaurant. (You can’t say that about many places.) It was almost a little too seamless, maybe, as many patrons have yet to wean themselves off the teriyaki burgers that are still offered at happy hour.

That’s a shame, because Thoa’s modern take on Vietnamese includes some lesser-known dishes and some great fusion dishes, like the Vietnamese version of steak frites, with steak, onions, bell peppers, and fries happily co-mingling.

If you can avoid Thoa’s experiments, like “summer rolls” laced with mango or chile-lime dipping sauce, you can find some more focused food here: lemongrass Penn Cove clams, very competent banh mi, green papaya salad, and pho, although even these things can sometimes sport unfamiliar herbs like flat chives or Vietnamese coriander (all helpfully defined in the menu’s glossary).

The restaurant still has a vague islander theme, sort of upscale tiki with a few Vietnamese cues thrown in. Too bad it just barely misses out on a great water view. It’s a pleasant place to dine, but be aware that the bar area, which fills up for happy hour, can feel a bit too young and raucous for an evening meal.

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