Taste of Saigon

★★★★☆
  • 394 S Lake Ave # 105

    Duluth, MN 55802

    Map & Directions
  • 218-727-1598

About Taste of Saigon

Hours
Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

Food

Food
More choices in Duluth:
Resultset_next

Saigon Cafe

7040 Jimmy Carter Blvd Norcross, GA

Resultset_next

Saigon Cafe

3675 Satellite Blvd Duluth, GA

4.4 10
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Taste of Saigon was?
Write a Review
.

I have been a friend of the owners family for a long time. Lon and Hip are hard core Vietnamese workers from what call the bloodiest war around. This kind of determination takes special people unlike what we have today. As far as the

3
★★★★★

I have been a friend of the owners family for a long time. Lon and Hip are hard core Vietnamese workers from what call the bloodiest war around. This kind of determination takes special people unlike what we have today. As far as the

.

This place does SOME things poorly but is the very best in the area at other things. Personally, I've grown up on Chinese buffets with all the sweet, thick, syrupy sauces.

As this is a Vietnamese restaurant, I do not recommend walking in under the assumption that they will do their food the way a Chinese buffet does it. As for service, this is a family-run business and over the ten or so times we've eaten there (usually in the evening), we've never had any complaints with our servers.

They do not have delivery, but we often call in an order for pickup and they have it ready within 30 minutes.

First time there, I tried my normal Chinese favorite of "Sweet and Sour Chicken" which was a huge mistake. The fried meat bits came out hard and chewy, and the sweet and sour sauce was thinner and less sweet than I'm used to.

After that, I took my brother's advice and started trying dishes with fresh vegetables and non-fried meats. I have to admit, this made a huge difference. Their vegetables are ALWAYS fresh and flavorful. One of the milder dishes is "Chicken With Vegetables," which I get when I'm in the mood for a light, pleasant meal. I originally thought it would be bland (due to Chinese dishes that look the same) but it came out with a surprisingly fresh flavor that satisfies even my oversweet-lovin' palate.
-----------------
Other favorites of my family are:
<3 "Spicy Beef Cashew" -- Get it MILD unless you like to burn your tongue off -- can you tell I don't eat much spicy food? -- yet even though spicy, this is AMAZING as leftovers reheated on white rice.
<3 "Fried Rice" -- You either love it or hate it. I'm not a fan, but everyone else in my family is.
<3 "Egg Rolls" -- They have a special sauce that goes with it which, again, my family adores while I always request their sweet and sour sauce for dipping. One order gets you 2 giant egg rolls. For a while, I was obsessed with these things. ^_^
<3 "Sesame Chicken" -- For those of us who love sticky sweet fried lumps of meat. I don't know why it's not tough like the "Sweet and Sour" dish, but it's always crisp on the outside and tender on the inside and just the right mix of sweet and savory.

5
★★★★★

This place does SOME things poorly but is the very best in the area at other things. Personally, I've grown up on Chinese buffets with all the sweet, thick, syrupy sauces.

As this is a Vietnamese restaurant, I do not recommend walking in under the assumption that they will do their food the way a Chinese buffet does it. As for service, this is a family-run business and over the ten or so times we've eaten there (usually in the evening), we've never had any complaints with our servers.

They do not have delivery, but we often call in an order for pickup and they have it ready within 30 minutes.

First time there, I tried my normal Chinese favorite of "Sweet and Sour Chicken" which was a huge mistake. The fried meat bits came out hard and chewy, and the sweet and sour sauce was thinner and less sweet than I'm used to.

After that, I took my brother's advice and started trying dishes with fresh vegetables and non-fried meats. I have to admit, this made a huge difference. Their vegetables are ALWAYS fresh and flavorful. One of the milder dishes is "Chicken With Vegetables," which I get when I'm in the mood for a light, pleasant meal. I originally thought it would be bland (due to Chinese dishes that look the same) but it came out with a surprisingly fresh flavor that satisfies even my oversweet-lovin' palate.
-----------------
Other favorites of my family are:
<3 "Spicy Beef Cashew" -- Get it MILD unless you like to burn your tongue off -- can you tell I don't eat much spicy food? -- yet even though spicy, this is AMAZING as leftovers reheated on white rice.
<3 "Fried Rice" -- You either love it or hate it. I'm not a fan, but everyone else in my family is.
<3 "Egg Rolls" -- They have a special sauce that goes with it which, again, my family adores while I always request their sweet and sour sauce for dipping. One order gets you 2 giant egg rolls. For a while, I was obsessed with these things. ^_^
<3 "Sesame Chicken" -- For those of us who love sticky sweet fried lumps of meat. I don't know why it's not tough like the "Sweet and Sour" dish, but it's always crisp on the outside and tender on the inside and just the right mix of sweet and savory.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

I've lived in Duluth for 34 years, and I can easily say that Taste of Saigon is my favorite Asian restaurant in the Twin Ports. This is based solely on one dish in particular: Spicy Beef (or Chicken) Cashew. I'd order something else but

3
★★★★★

I've lived in Duluth for 34 years, and I can easily say that Taste of Saigon is my favorite Asian restaurant in the Twin Ports. This is based solely on one dish in particular: Spicy Beef (or Chicken) Cashew. I'd order something else but

.

The absolute worst Asian food I have had anywhere. We ordered Cream cheese wontons, Beef Lo Mein, and Chicken in "Special Garlic Sauce". The wontons contained clumps of...something. It was white, it wasn't creamy, and it didn't taste good. The Beef Lo Mein came with mostly vegetables, and the beef was tasteless and a lot like leather. The chicken was the same as the Beef. Not much of a discernible difference in taste. The "Special Garlic Sauce" did not contain even a whiff of garlic. We ate two of the Wontons and told them to take them away. They cheerfully asked if we would like a box for the 75% of our meals that remained. I told them, "No. It is truly awful, and I just want to forget it". They said they were sorry. When the bill came, they had deducted two dollars off for the wontons. I've had better Chinese food (and no mistake, this IS Chinese food and nothing else) at the Mall and even in the frozen food section. There are much better Chinese food places in Duluth/Superior. Well...ANY of them! Don't waste your money. I truly regretted eating this food. I wish I could go back in time and have a Do-Over. Ick! This place may have been good in the past, but no more. Like the previous reviewer stated, "Mediocre Chinese food can be found anywhere". Food this bad can only be found here at "The Taste of Saigon".
P.S. I am required to submit a rating based on these yellow stars. Unfortunately, NO star is not an option.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The absolute worst Asian food I have had anywhere. We ordered Cream cheese wontons, Beef Lo Mein, and Chicken in "Special Garlic Sauce". The wontons contained clumps of...something. It was white, it wasn't creamy, and it didn't taste good. The Beef Lo Mein came with mostly vegetables, and the beef was tasteless and a lot like leather. The chicken was the same as the Beef. Not much of a discernible difference in taste. The "Special Garlic Sauce" did not contain even a whiff of garlic. We ate two of the Wontons and told them to take them away. They cheerfully asked if we would like a box for the 75% of our meals that remained. I told them, "No. It is truly awful, and I just want to forget it". They said they were sorry. When the bill came, they had deducted two dollars off for the wontons. I've had better Chinese food (and no mistake, this IS Chinese food and nothing else) at the Mall and even in the frozen food section. There are much better Chinese food places in Duluth/Superior. Well...ANY of them! Don't waste your money. I truly regretted eating this food. I wish I could go back in time and have a Do-Over. Ick! This place may have been good in the past, but no more. Like the previous reviewer stated, "Mediocre Chinese food can be found anywhere". Food this bad can only be found here at "The Taste of Saigon".
P.S. I am required to submit a rating based on these yellow stars. Unfortunately, NO star is not an option.

Pros: polite staff

Cons: The food and price

.

My husband and I were very disappointed after reading the other reviews (although come to think of it....only one was posted in the last 6 months). Vietnamese fare is renowned for its use of fresh vegetables and herbs (lemongrass, Thai basil, etc) and light, flavorful broths w/ noodles. This was heavy sauces and large vegetable chunks over gummy rice - much more like typical Chinese food. No spring rolls (my favorite and mentioned in a previous review) were available - only deep fried egg rolls. Maybe the place has changed hands and serves what it thinks people want, but mediocre chinese food is available anywhere. I'm still looking for real Vietnamese fare here in the Northland.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I were very disappointed after reading the other reviews (although come to think of it....only one was posted in the last 6 months). Vietnamese fare is renowned for its use of fresh vegetables and herbs (lemongrass, Thai basil, etc) and light, flavorful broths w/ noodles. This was heavy sauces and large vegetable chunks over gummy rice - much more like typical Chinese food. No spring rolls (my favorite and mentioned in a previous review) were available - only deep fried egg rolls. Maybe the place has changed hands and serves what it thinks people want, but mediocre chinese food is available anywhere. I'm still looking for real Vietnamese fare here in the Northland.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Not typical vietnamese fare

.

The staff is very kind and the food is really tasty not to mention affordable. Even though there isn't any delivery (to my knowledge) they offer carry out.

2
★★★★★

The staff is very kind and the food is really tasty not to mention affordable. Even though there isn't any delivery (to my knowledge) they offer carry out.

Pros: Friendly staff, delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere.

Cons: Finding a parking spot and I don't believe they deliver.

.

I was amazed by the freshness of the food. Not only did it taste marvelous, but it also tasted wholesome. They have a wonderful menu, a beautiful restaurant, and such friendly people. I also think the pricing on the cuisine is very reasonable, and the service has always been fast.

2
★★★★★

I was amazed by the freshness of the food. Not only did it taste marvelous, but it also tasted wholesome. They have a wonderful menu, a beautiful restaurant, and such friendly people. I also think the pricing on the cuisine is very reasonable, and the service has always been fast.

Cons: none that I could find.

.

This is a great Vienamese restaurant. In fact, it's a great restaurant period. The food is freshly prepared (the beef and chicken is real, not the mystery meat often found in Asian restaurants), the atmosphere is fun, and the founders still work the kitchen and the till. Try their spring rolls, their fried rice, and anything with pea pods. Make sure you order the pepper sauce on the side. No reservations, and lunch is pretty busy -- still, the service is quick, and the staff will chat you up. Finally, if the weather is good, get your food to go, and sit on the shore of Lake Superior and eat. Just watch out for the gulls!

How do I rate Taste of Saigon? What's better than Highly Recommended? Supremely Recommended?

2
★★★★★

This is a great Vienamese restaurant. In fact, it's a great restaurant period. The food is freshly prepared (the beef and chicken is real, not the mystery meat often found in Asian restaurants), the atmosphere is fun, and the founders still work the kitchen and the till. Try their spring rolls, their fried rice, and anything with pea pods. Make sure you order the pepper sauce on the side. No reservations, and lunch is pretty busy -- still, the service is quick, and the staff will chat you up. Finally, if the weather is good, get your food to go, and sit on the shore of Lake Superior and eat. Just watch out for the gulls!

How do I rate Taste of Saigon? What's better than Highly Recommended? Supremely Recommended?

Pros: Cool site, great food, friendly staff.

Cons: None I can think of.

.

This is the place to go if you want good chinese & a vegetarian option. Their food is fabulous, and has a healthy aspect to it. If you like spicy, try the lemon-grass chicken-you won't be disappointed!

PROS: Great food!
CONS: No delivery : (

5
★★★★★

This is the place to go if you want good chinese & a vegetarian option. Their food is fabulous, and has a healthy aspect to it. If you like spicy, try the lemon-grass chicken-you won't be disappointed!

PROS: Great food!
CONS: No delivery : (

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

The best Oriental food in the city--BY FAR. Excellent service, fair prices, and a nice atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

The best Oriental food in the city--BY FAR. Excellent service, fair prices, and a nice atmosphere.

More about Taste of Saigon

Conveniently located in the beautiful Canal Park area of downtown Duluth, The Taste Of Saigon Inc offers you a variety of healthy, great tasting Asian foods, just off the shores of Lake Superior. We have a complete menu with an extensive list of vegetarian items. Beer and wine is also available. We have been voted the best Asian restaurant in Duluth by the Duluth News Tribune and other local area publications for over 12 consecutive years!

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Taste of Saigon, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review