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“The Best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay
1353 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703-3756
(608) 255-2868
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Ranked #56 of 770 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Thai, Vietnamese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“The Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Simply the best Asian restaurant in Madison. Because it's so yummy, it's a mob scene with long waits on Friday and Saturday nights. Be sure to grab a handful of guava candy at the end of your meal.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

plenty of selections. I went with recommended dished. Asparagus Crab soup was amazing. Also had a spring roll that was incredibly fresh and awesome. Pad Thai was a little sweet for my taste, but was very fresh. Young servers were very attentive. Highly recommended

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Consistent, amazing Thai/Vitenamese/Laotian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Ha Long Bay has earned our top marks with its flavorful curries, peanut-infused delights, and consistent high quality food and service. We target GLUTEN-FREE restaurants, and HLB is able to provide that in most of its dishes. The amount of heat is perfect and set to your personal liking. I especially like the spicy ginger tea served when you arrive.

Parking is pretty good on neighborhood streets in this Willy Street area; just keep a close watch on the time because weekdays it's a nearly-instant tow-away zone at 4PM sharp!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Calumet, Michigan
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“Mmmarvelous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Learning about Thai-Viet food so I can know what it supposedly tastes like when I cook it - this place is great! Had the squash curry (w shrimp)- fantastic- and also great Drunken noodles. Place is crowded on weekend nights - go early if you can, be prepared to wait, and organize your ordering (they have numbers) so that you don't take up precious service time. It was such a zoo (customer-wise) on Saturday night and I was amazed at the patience, professionalism, and speed of the staff. Spring rolls (A10 and A12) were also terrific. Healthy food, generous portions, and CLEAN place, even if busy. Going back to eat my way through the rest of the menu. The only thing I wish is that they had a bar for us to wait in (or a place twice as big).

Visited February 2013
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Madison, Wi
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Awesome food and and inviting atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I went to Ha Long Bay last night for the first time not knowing what to expect. I was dining with others who had been to this restaurant previously and raved about the food. I was so impressed with the food and atmosphere. The food was fresh and plentiful, and the atmosphere was comfortable and appeared very clean. I will go back soon.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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