Rocking Wok

★★★☆☆
  • 4301 Interlake Ave N

    Seattle, WA 98103

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  • 206-545-4878

About Rocking Wok

Hours
11a.m.-10p.m. daily

Food

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I go here once a week for lunch. I like it because it's quiet and I can bring a book and no one bothers me.
I'm not a Chinese (or Taiwanese) food critic. I always get the kung pao chicken and I LOVE it. You get hot tea, rice, entree, egg roll and soup for $5.95.
I look forward to Rocking Wok day!

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★★★★★

I go here once a week for lunch. I like it because it's quiet and I can bring a book and no one bothers me.
I'm not a Chinese (or Taiwanese) food critic. I always get the kung pao chicken and I LOVE it. You get hot tea, rice, entree, egg roll and soup for $5.95.
I look forward to Rocking Wok day!

Pros: cheap food, quiet atmosphere

Cons: not sure how "authentic" the menu is

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Honestly say, after the previous owner sold this restaurant in 2007, their dishes are getting worse, and smaller. I will not going there anymore... furthermore, the current owner's not even a Tawainese. I'd rather go to China Town now.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Honestly say, after the previous owner sold this restaurant in 2007, their dishes are getting worse, and smaller. I will not going there anymore... furthermore, the current owner's not even a Tawainese. I'd rather go to China Town now.

Cons: No good after the previous owner left

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My boyfriend and I were excited to find a cute hole in the wall place in the Wallingford neighbord. We were soooo disappointed. We got the Taiwanese meatball, a noodle dish, the duck speciality, and a Taiwanese soda. I've never been so disappointed. We tried all of the dishes but didn't eat more than a couple of bites of everything. We kept a positive attitute and got the left-overs to go. After we left the restaurant, we both admitted we hated that place and threw the leftovers away.

Despite the bad service and tacky and dirty atmosphere, we left a decent tip. My boyfriend keeps all of his receipts and keeps track of the amount of the tip he leaves. He was shocked when he got the credit card bill and saw the waiter must have changed the tip line because his card was charged $5 more than it should have been. I will NEVER go back.

For a great Asian restaurant in Wallingford, try Jhanjay instead.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I were excited to find a cute hole in the wall place in the Wallingford neighbord. We were soooo disappointed. We got the Taiwanese meatball, a noodle dish, the duck speciality, and a Taiwanese soda. I've never been so disappointed. We tried all of the dishes but didn't eat more than a couple of bites of everything. We kept a positive attitute and got the left-overs to go. After we left the restaurant, we both admitted we hated that place and threw the leftovers away.

Despite the bad service and tacky and dirty atmosphere, we left a decent tip. My boyfriend keeps all of his receipts and keeps track of the amount of the tip he leaves. He was shocked when he got the credit card bill and saw the waiter must have changed the tip line because his card was charged $5 more than it should have been. I will NEVER go back.

For a great Asian restaurant in Wallingford, try Jhanjay instead.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Gross food, dirty atmosphere, bad service

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If you want authentic Taiwanese cuisine that is delicious, affordable and LOCAL - run, don't walk to the Rocking Wok! The thousand layer pancake is carb-heaven. Obsessed. My husband and I finished off the entire serving by ourselves! I know, I know - mongolian beef is everywhere, but again, I am obsessed. All the dishes we have ever ordered are great. They also do take-out and though we have moved out of the neighborhood, we will gladly drive over to pick up their food!

2
★★★★★

If you want authentic Taiwanese cuisine that is delicious, affordable and LOCAL - run, don't walk to the Rocking Wok! The thousand layer pancake is carb-heaven. Obsessed. My husband and I finished off the entire serving by ourselves! I know, I know - mongolian beef is everywhere, but again, I am obsessed. All the dishes we have ever ordered are great. They also do take-out and though we have moved out of the neighborhood, we will gladly drive over to pick up their food!

Pros: Always open, always parking

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My Brother-In-Law lived in Taiwan for two years, and wanted to visit a restaurant with Taiwanese cuisine while he was in Seattle. Rocking Wok was a delightful surprise! Apparently, it is totally authentic. My husband and I have been back numerous times since our first visit, and have never been disappointed.
It is a typical "hole-in-the-wall" (ie- the cleanliness of the place leaves a little to be desired); but the food MORE than makes up for it!
My husband could eat an entire serving of Ginger Beef himself; and I LOVE the Delightful Green Beans. When we have been there the dishes we ordered have been delivered to our table one at a time; but this is because they are being made fresh-to-order! This place is such a treat!

2
★★★★★

My Brother-In-Law lived in Taiwan for two years, and wanted to visit a restaurant with Taiwanese cuisine while he was in Seattle. Rocking Wok was a delightful surprise! Apparently, it is totally authentic. My husband and I have been back numerous times since our first visit, and have never been disappointed.
It is a typical "hole-in-the-wall" (ie- the cleanliness of the place leaves a little to be desired); but the food MORE than makes up for it!
My husband could eat an entire serving of Ginger Beef himself; and I LOVE the Delightful Green Beans. When we have been there the dishes we ordered have been delivered to our table one at a time; but this is because they are being made fresh-to-order! This place is such a treat!

Pros: Delicious Food, Ample Parking, Bargain Priced

Cons: Cleanliness

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it's my first time been there and it 's my last time as well.
a couple days ago...i went down there with my friend...
the food was kinda good.
oh my god..the floor in the kitchen messed up ..so nasty..they put the anything down the floor..i saw some meat...
the boss is so fake...i dont like his attitude..SO CONCEITED!!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

it's my first time been there and it 's my last time as well.
a couple days ago...i went down there with my friend...
the food was kinda good.
oh my god..the floor in the kitchen messed up ..so nasty..they put the anything down the floor..i saw some meat...
the boss is so fake...i dont like his attitude..SO CONCEITED!!!!!

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After everyone was full, I was forced to get another order of thousand-layer pancakes (more like crispy hash browns as bread, or something, but anyway). Scallion pancakes very good. Leek "pancakes" so-so in my opinion, and much more empanada than pancake.

Some scary looking Taiwanese dishes appear on the menu, but after being amazed at the quality of the less-scary dishes, a dining companion decided she just might be willing to trust the chef and get something like the "veggie w/ pork blud* cake & intestine soup" next time.

(*CitySearch auto-censor won't let me spell it correctly, so read it like it sounds. "We have detected the following inappropriate words:...")

I wish there were more vegetarian options tho - I don't think any of the house specialties were vegetarian, and it would be nice to have more options that weren't standard Chinese restaurant fare. But at least the quality was better than most Chinese restaurants. And I could drown my sorrows in the thousand-layer pancakes.

2
★★★★★

After everyone was full, I was forced to get another order of thousand-layer pancakes (more like crispy hash browns as bread, or something, but anyway). Scallion pancakes very good. Leek "pancakes" so-so in my opinion, and much more empanada than pancake.

Some scary looking Taiwanese dishes appear on the menu, but after being amazed at the quality of the less-scary dishes, a dining companion decided she just might be willing to trust the chef and get something like the "veggie w/ pork blud* cake & intestine soup" next time.

(*CitySearch auto-censor won't let me spell it correctly, so read it like it sounds. "We have detected the following inappropriate words:...")

I wish there were more vegetarian options tho - I don't think any of the house specialties were vegetarian, and it would be nice to have more options that weren't standard Chinese restaurant fare. But at least the quality was better than most Chinese restaurants. And I could drown my sorrows in the thousand-layer pancakes.

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Rocking Wok used to be one of my favorite Asian restaurants. I'm Taiwanese and even brought my parents there who liked it. Then they changed ownership and it's been hit-or-miss since. Sometimes it's great but mostly, it's now so-so.

1
★★★☆☆

Rocking Wok used to be one of my favorite Asian restaurants. I'm Taiwanese and even brought my parents there who liked it. Then they changed ownership and it's been hit-or-miss since. Sometimes it's great but mostly, it's now so-so.

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After reading the reviews I expected good food but poor service by a grumpy waiter. Instead we had good food and GREAT service! The steamed fish (non-menu item) was excellent. Dishes could use less oil.

The restaurant is slightly understaffed (12 mostly full tables/1 waiter), but the waiter was cheerful and made great suggestions! He even volunteered to bring the take-out boxes so we could take our food home - without us asking! Great experience! The tea was refilled several times.

2
★★★★★

After reading the reviews I expected good food but poor service by a grumpy waiter. Instead we had good food and GREAT service! The steamed fish (non-menu item) was excellent. Dishes could use less oil.

The restaurant is slightly understaffed (12 mostly full tables/1 waiter), but the waiter was cheerful and made great suggestions! He even volunteered to bring the take-out boxes so we could take our food home - without us asking! Great experience! The tea was refilled several times.

Pros: Great steamed fish

Cons: Could use less oil on dishes

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Authentic Taiwanese dishes, resonable price! The owner is nice and friendly. Try their fried rice and side dishes. Will go again!

2
★★★★★

Authentic Taiwanese dishes, resonable price! The owner is nice and friendly. Try their fried rice and side dishes. Will go again!

Pros: cheap, authentic

Cons: poor interior

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Take it from someone born in Taiwan and raised in Seattle - Rocking Wok has the best Chinese food in Seattle. I've been to virtually every Chinese restaurant in town, from Chinatown to the Northend to the Eastside, and Rocking Wok has the tastiest food as well as Taiwanese specialties that you won't find elsewhere.

Must try: Green onion pancakes, basil eggplant, delight green beans, hand shaved chow mein, stinky tofu, herbal chicken, Taiwanese root beer (sasparilla)

I'm vegetarian, and unlike many local Chinese restaurants, Rocking Wok is a great place for herbivores to go, as well as vegequarians. Some reviewers have mentioned that the owner is a bit brusque, which can be initially off-putting. However, if you are open to his unique sense of humor, you just might be rewarded with delicious dishes that are not on the menu.

Bottom lien: If you like your takeout bland and Westernized, go right ahead to Snappy Dragon or some other crappy local joint, but if you're looking for great food, authenticity, and good prices, head to Rocking Wok.

2
★★★★★

Take it from someone born in Taiwan and raised in Seattle - Rocking Wok has the best Chinese food in Seattle. I've been to virtually every Chinese restaurant in town, from Chinatown to the Northend to the Eastside, and Rocking Wok has the tastiest food as well as Taiwanese specialties that you won't find elsewhere.

Must try: Green onion pancakes, basil eggplant, delight green beans, hand shaved chow mein, stinky tofu, herbal chicken, Taiwanese root beer (sasparilla)

I'm vegetarian, and unlike many local Chinese restaurants, Rocking Wok is a great place for herbivores to go, as well as vegequarians. Some reviewers have mentioned that the owner is a bit brusque, which can be initially off-putting. However, if you are open to his unique sense of humor, you just might be rewarded with delicious dishes that are not on the menu.

Bottom lien: If you like your takeout bland and Westernized, go right ahead to Snappy Dragon or some other crappy local joint, but if you're looking for great food, authenticity, and good prices, head to Rocking Wok.

Pros: Best Chinese food in Seattle, ample parking, friendly owner

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I went with my Taiwanese parents and were impressed by the selection. The owner/server seemed grumpy at first but by the end of the meal i was surprised he was at our table so long chit chatting. Food was good altho I'd hold the sweet sauce on some of the rice appetizers (Pa said it was legit) and ask for more kick in the wonton in chili sauce. the owner seemed open to comments. My take is that he sacrifices service to keep prices low. He should cater to Wallingford. At least parking was a breeze.I'll return to sample more dishes.

2
★★★★☆

I went with my Taiwanese parents and were impressed by the selection. The owner/server seemed grumpy at first but by the end of the meal i was surprised he was at our table so long chit chatting. Food was good altho I'd hold the sweet sauce on some of the rice appetizers (Pa said it was legit) and ask for more kick in the wonton in chili sauce. the owner seemed open to comments. My take is that he sacrifices service to keep prices low. He should cater to Wallingford. At least parking was a breeze.I'll return to sample more dishes.

Pros: Parking, distinctive

Cons: Weak AC, understaffed

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The food is alright for its price. The service is the worst I have ever experience; it was more like no serivce. I agree with the previous review; take your money elsewhere. You would think someone who seems like they hate people wouldn't start a customer service based business. I won't go there again unless someone pays me to.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food is alright for its price. The service is the worst I have ever experience; it was more like no serivce. I agree with the previous review; take your money elsewhere. You would think someone who seems like they hate people wouldn't start a customer service based business. I won't go there again unless someone pays me to.

Pros: Price

Cons: Service, Owner, Small place

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I usually let the owner pick for the table and we've never been disappointed. The food here would be above average for Taiwanese food in LA, but it's hands down the best in Seattle, with a menu that includes dishes that I haven't found anywhere else in the region. Great prices too.

The owner is blunt in any language and culture. Personally, I think he's great, and you can get great service if you're willing to play by his rules. Well, maybe not great - this is a hole in the wall that serves good food at cheap prices - but definitely fun. Sometimes, I take matters into my own hands and fill up our tea kettle with hot water. No biggy, it feels like home. And if you can't deal with the service, then just go for the food.

2
★★★★★

I usually let the owner pick for the table and we've never been disappointed. The food here would be above average for Taiwanese food in LA, but it's hands down the best in Seattle, with a menu that includes dishes that I haven't found anywhere else in the region. Great prices too.

The owner is blunt in any language and culture. Personally, I think he's great, and you can get great service if you're willing to play by his rules. Well, maybe not great - this is a hole in the wall that serves good food at cheap prices - but definitely fun. Sometimes, I take matters into my own hands and fill up our tea kettle with hot water. No biggy, it feels like home. And if you can't deal with the service, then just go for the food.

Pros: Food, Owner, Service

Cons: Owner, Service, Ambiance

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The food at RW is excellent, love the scallion pancake and the country chicken dish especially. However, most of the time the service is grudging at best, sometimes worse than others. If I crave the food badly enough I go there, but often thinking of the service makes me choose another place instead.

2
★★★★☆

The food at RW is excellent, love the scallion pancake and the country chicken dish especially. However, most of the time the service is grudging at best, sometimes worse than others. If I crave the food badly enough I go there, but often thinking of the service makes me choose another place instead.

Pros: Food, food, food

Cons: Service

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Food is decent and is quite authentic Taiwanese food. Unfortunately the service was beyond ridiculous and the attitude I received basically told me to go take my money elsewhere. After tipping heavily, I was told that I would not be helped to a plastic bag and that the server "can't help you like this, you have got to help yourself". I was not even presented with a check and I walked to the server to pay my bill. It is not the only place with good food, I will take my money elsewhere and take my friends with me.

This kind of place needs to be shut down.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Food is decent and is quite authentic Taiwanese food. Unfortunately the service was beyond ridiculous and the attitude I received basically told me to go take my money elsewhere. After tipping heavily, I was told that I would not be helped to a plastic bag and that the server "can't help you like this, you have got to help yourself". I was not even presented with a check and I walked to the server to pay my bill. It is not the only place with good food, I will take my money elsewhere and take my friends with me.

This kind of place needs to be shut down.

Pros: Reasonable food

Cons: Extreme poor service

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I received terrible service, brought the 50%off total bill coupon from entertainment book, but owner did not honor it. He gave very terrible attitude. As a Taiwan student, I will not go there again and I will definitely not recommend it to anyone.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I received terrible service, brought the 50%off total bill coupon from entertainment book, but owner did not honor it. He gave very terrible attitude. As a Taiwan student, I will not go there again and I will definitely not recommend it to anyone.

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This restaurant serves very authentic Taiwan cuisine.
I highly recommend this restaurant if you want some great Taiwanese food.

I also loves the Taiwanese breakfast that they serve on the weekend. Price is very affordable.

The only thing is when you are there for dinner, make sure you DO NOT ORDER the seafood, especially the fish. The fish they have are frozen and it doesn't taste fresh at all. So avoid that.

Other than that, I will you will fall in love with the food there.

Also, it is a tiny place, so be there early to get your table.

2
★★★★☆

This restaurant serves very authentic Taiwan cuisine.
I highly recommend this restaurant if you want some great Taiwanese food.

I also loves the Taiwanese breakfast that they serve on the weekend. Price is very affordable.

The only thing is when you are there for dinner, make sure you DO NOT ORDER the seafood, especially the fish. The fish they have are frozen and it doesn't taste fresh at all. So avoid that.

Other than that, I will you will fall in love with the food there.

Also, it is a tiny place, so be there early to get your table.

Pros: authentic taiwanese, great price

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This is the best Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant in Seattle. This place is great. We had a honey melon fish dish and a veggie dish. These dishes had a lot of flavor and I did not get tired of eating the food at all. Sometime Chinese food tastes like it was been basting in a dish for hours but the food we ate had such fresh, subtle flavors.

2
★★★★★

This is the best Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant in Seattle. This place is great. We had a honey melon fish dish and a veggie dish. These dishes had a lot of flavor and I did not get tired of eating the food at all. Sometime Chinese food tastes like it was been basting in a dish for hours but the food we ate had such fresh, subtle flavors.

Pros: authentic, friendly staff, comfortable

Cons: , out of the way

 

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