Seattle, WA for Bol Pho Bistro

United States

This bright, modern bistro is a great addition to the already charming Ravenna/Roosevelt neighbourhood. Friendly service and a simple menu make this one of my favourite noodle restaurants in Seattle. They also have banh mi sandwiches, which they serve elegantly on white dishes with a side of pho broth, as well as a handful of interesting small plates. The walls are white, save for the large one on the left, which is covered by a chalkboard menu, and the back, which is full of cheeky little plants.

It’s small – I think the max occupancy is about 45. It can get *very* crowded. I went for lunch on a Sunday, and although I was able to seat myself quickly, the service was quite slow. Completely understandable, considering the bustle of the place and the low number of staff members.

The first slurp of soup made the wait seem like a distant memory. For one, the bowls are HUGE, and while the soup portion was generous, it wasn’t nearing overflow (as is the case with a lot of pho restaurants) – which meant I had plenty of room to add extra sprouts and basil! A great variety of super fresh veggies (snap peas, red bell pepper, onion, broccoli, etc.) really rounded out the experience. I’ll definitely be back for more.

Insider Tip

Bonus points for Bol: they have a full bar, and a pretty intriguing cocktail list!

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