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“Phe. Pha. Pho & Cash Only”
Review of Noodle Bar

Noodle Bar
Ranked #3 of 61 Restaurants in Marina
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

So when you eaten as much seafood and chowder as we did, it was a time for a change! Being in the Marina area, we had tried a few other "establishments", but we really wanted to eat a bowl of noodles. Okay, this is not fine dining, there are no tablecloths, about 5 booths, and about 5 tables and a bar to sit at. I can only say that our timing was perfect, no wait, we had a booth, and then the patrons started to back up at the front door! There seem to be a lot of local people who apparently had savored this great restaurant before, so either way, the movement of people in and out was almost entertaining. We decided that the combination PHO was going to be it, along with their Pork and Shrimp roll. The roll was good, but I think should have been wrapped more tightly so that we didn't lose the fillings when biting into it, the peanut sauce lacked a little more flavor, but still good to the point we were actually wiping it clean. Our Pho was very tasty, with pork and chicken slices, which could have been sliced smaller. Flavorful broth, not salty, but with adding the basil and bean sprouts, it was certainly an awesome bowl of noodles and goodies. I guess they are also known for their smoothies that several people either had their with their meal or as a take out. Out kind of restaurant to enjoy while on vacation just relaxing and you can't beat the price!!

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

This place was really good. Probably some of the best Asian food I've ever had. Each we order four different meals and each was great. Highly recommend the chow mein.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Everything, and i mean everything at Noodle bar is amazingly Delicious and you can't beat the price! since they have been open me and my family eat there religiously and we love the workers, highly recommend to anyone, and not to mention their sandwich bar. i am most def in Love with Noodle Bar, Great Food for a GREAT PRICE!

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is not a Monterey Tourist Experience restaurant. The Noodle Bar is strictly a locals only as I doubt any tourist would find the back side of a 40 year old budget strip mall/shopping center a point of interest on any vacation trek. But for locals it is worth the quick trip to Marina. Family run and it shows. The attention to quality, service and value is evident on every visit...and since discovering this hidden gem it's a weekly food stop. We've tried around 15 different items on their menu and haven't even scratched the surface. The fresh spring rolls (we prefer the non-fried type) are delicious and crunchy. 4 large ones for $5.50 is a perfect opener for two. And their pho is among the best I've had. And the stir fry dishes are a variety of fresh veggies cooked just right. And just get the regular sized plate for $5.50 (comes with fried rice of choice or steamed) as it is more than enough for anyone...but if you want some for take home just get the large platter for only $1 more and take home a carton of left overs. Fresh smoothies, bobba teas of many flavors, cheap beer..in fact this is the least expensive restaurant we patronize and it's among one of the best for freshness and quality. Go figure. Always friendly wait staff. Loud and small but still fine for conversation. Plenty of parking. There are other family members operating similar restaurants - the Noodle Bar in Seaside, Chopstix in Monterey - but this one is hands down our favorite. Give it a try when you're in the mood for fresh, healthy food.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Didn't want to tarnish the Noodle Bar's ratings as their food is decent with good prices. BUT their Banh Mi Bar across the way leaves a lot to be desired! The BBQ pork is bland and missing the usual five spice flavors and, even worse, their meatballs are NOT the usual Vietnamese meatballs but Italian meatballs - tomato sauce and all! Perhaps this is a Monterey Peninsula convention but a first for us (and a real downer!). I guess Chopsticks is still the place for local banh mi.

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