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Bambuza (Downtown)

820 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 219-5555

Categories: Restaurant

Restaurant Details

  • Modern Vietnamese in a modern room—the kitchen teeters on the edge of consistency, and service can be inexpert, so don't come in a hurry. Bambuza's weekday walk-up window (offering banh mi to go) is better for a quick lunch. UPDATE: The former Bambuza space is now 820 Pike Street Asian Cuisine.
  • Features: Bar/Happy Hour, Catering and To Go
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • Serving Hours: Lunch: Mon-Sat 11 am-3 pm; Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 5-10:30 pm
  • Price Range: $$

Average Rating:
  • 2.40000/5 Stars.
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Wished we had kept walking

While trying to catch a bite to eat before a movie, I made the mistake of choosing this restaurant, and could not have been more disappointed. Frozen Ahi Tuna arrived at my table first, not even seared. It was almost as if they forgot to cook it, and just sent it out. I had a curry with shrimp main course, and found it overcooked and rubbery, the curry itself was bland and tasteless.

I should have known better, the place was empty on a friday night. The only benefit of eating at such a horrid place was that it made the awful movie i saw after seem ok in comparison.

In a city filled with asian cuisine, you can do much much better.
Posted by SorryHeWent on January 12, 2009 at 3:50 PM · Report this

Kitchen Nighmare worthy

If you watch enough Gordon Ramsey you can easily spot the signs of a failing restaurant:

Practically deserted on a Friday night, dinner prices higher than usual for simple food, overly moody decor, one waiter on duty for the whole place ... We knew better, but were starving, so we ordered anyway.

1st came the Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer, encrusted in salt and actually FROZEN in the middle. We didn't see our waiter again until the entrees came out, so we stared at the tuna despondently and wondered how long it would take to thaw.

Drunken Crispy Chicken portion size was startlingly small for $12.50, and the sauce was outrageously salty. And I love salt, but it was too much even for me. Washed it down with much water.

Coconut Curry with Shrimp for $13.00 was unbelievably thin and watery. Like they were trying to stretch their last jar of curry paste to last the rest of the month. It had absolutely no flavor, and even the shrimp were just wet, had no curry taste, and were unsatisfying to eat.

Second round of Ahi Tuna came, but we were too sad about the meal so far to even eat the appetizer that we knew by now was not fresh and way too salty.

At the end of our meal our table was still laden with an entire Ahi Tuna appetizer and most of a crock of Curry. The Crispy Chicken was the only plate that we finished, and that was only because there wasn't much to begin with, and we were absolutely famished.

We asked for the check so we could leave as quickly as possible, and it wasn't until later that I looked carefully and saw that we had been charged TWICE for the appetizer that should have been comped.


It shows all the signs of a failing restaurant, and now I wish it would hurry up and go under so something better can move in.
Posted by j on January 12, 2009 at 3:35 PM · Report this

Substandard food, so-so service

We came for a light meal before a show and were pretty disappointed. The shrimp on the mango salad was rubbery and overcooked and the noise level made ordering a club soda impossible. ("Diet soda? You want a Coke? Vodka and soda?" I gave up.) Another negative: the host disappeared for about 10 minutes so we finally flagged down a server who helped us get a table. Plus side: affordable.
Posted by stillhungry on August 31, 2007 at 2:48 PM · Report this

Affordable food

This town is overrun with Vietnamese restaurants.....however Bambuza is the only one that is classy. Their food is affordable and the service is fast. Make a note, they actually serve Thai food as well.
Posted by NumberTwo on August 8, 2007 at 9:54 PM · Report this

Great happy hour if you can get it...

Had a great experience here once, cheap delish happy hour with mom. Problem is, the hours are SHORT, and no HH on Fridays. What gives???
Posted by nix_dee on July 19, 2007 at 3:39 PM · Report this

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