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“Nice little restaurant”

Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
Ranked #123 of 911 Restaurants in Saint Paul
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I've always had wonderful service here. The staff is very friendly and professional. I eat fish and vegetarian, and this place does have quite few options. I almost always get the pho, which is delicious! I recommend it. The spring rolls are very fresh, crispy and so good as well. One time I switched it up and ordered the scallops. I wasn't the most impressed with them. They were cold by the time they got to me and a bit a piece of grit. I was eating out on the patio though, the grit might have been kicked up from the wind. The flavor of them was ok ( I did eat them all but...) I thought the scallops were overpriced for what they were. The happy hour has cheap pho and cheap local brews. I love this place, I have been here many many times and will continue to go back.

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Thank Ellyce M
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Ngon opened within the past year or two. It has an excellent array of Vietnamese dishes. Pleasant atmosphere. Several times, my dining partners have ordered pho and greatly liked it. Spring rolls, egg rolls and lettuce wraps are all first rate appetizers. I could also recommend the bun and scallops.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

This is the real deal here - no msg, fillers, or other garbage trying to pass for food like at many other Vietnamese restaurants. I have been here a handful of times and tried several appetizers, but have not made it past the pho for my entree because it's so good. They use local grass-fed oxtail for the broth, andyou can taste the difference (and feel it! I don't get achey joints and a headache like i do from chemical-based broths.) The complex flavors and nourishing ingredients are a real treat. I am not joking when i say that Ngon's pho is a wonderful alternative to the flu shot.

I've always had decent service here, and it's a nice atmosphere - perfect for a date or night out with friends, a regular old lunch, or using food as medicine ifyou feel a cold or flu coming on (there is truth to the healing benefits of real bone broth! Just get it to-go if you are sick :)

If you appreciate delicious, high-quality food, do not miss out on Ngon!

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Thank tsr118
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

I ate dinner at Ngon during a (frequent) business trip to St. Paul. The restaurant has an open feel, with a high ceiling, bar along one side, paintings hanging here and there, and tables in various areas of the large room, which has dividers. Part of the kitchen is visible from the dining room, which adds a nice touch. The menu is French/Vietnamese, presumably a throwback to the French colonial era in Vietnam, but choices are distinctly either Vietnamese or classical French (pho vs. steak au poivre, for example). This is not the typical Twin Cities Vietnamese place--cheap, hearty fare in basic surroundings. The menu borders on upscale; entrees start at around $9-10. There's a decent wine selection but mostly by the bottle, and only three or four by-the-glass options (one of them Minnesotan--really?). Meanwhile, the ambiance is a little scene-sterish, with progressive rock gently playing in the background. Not one of the (relatively young) people tending bar, taking orders, filling water glasses, or welcoming people was Vietnamese. However, the service was very prompt and friendly, and the food came out promptly but in cooked-to-order time. I ordered the egg rolls with pork--they were just OK, and I disagree with other reviewers who praised them, unless you like fat, overstuffed egg rolls that can sometimes be greasy; my own bias is for the thin, tightly-wrapped Vietnamese egg rolls with vermicelli that seem to have disappeared from the Twin Cities since I lived here from 1984-99, and which basic places like the original Saigon Cafe on 38th and Nicollet served (how I miss them). I also had the bun (warm vermicelli salad) with pork (it comes with an option of chicken, steak, pork, shrimp, or vegetable). The pork pieces were excellent, with that nice, sweet Asian barbecue flavor, but the dish had too much lettuce at the bottom and not quite enough vermicelli. I ordered two glasses of French wine for $8.50 each, a little overpriced, frankly, for the carefully measured amounts. My meal came to $40 with tip, a little high for Twin Cities Vietnamese, though the wine accounted for a chunk of it. In all, I'd recommend Ngon with the caveat that it doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a typical Twin Cities Vietnamese place, which it's not (try one of the more downscale options within a few blocks, such as iPho), or a more upscale colonial-era French Vietnamese "bistro," which its menu suggests it is but its ambiance and quality doesn't; or a more hip place that happens to serve fairly good Vietnamese food, which it's not, entirely (hip, that is).

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

This place is well worth a monthly visit! Visit more if your time allows! This is one of the best Vietnamese Restaurants anywhere!

Thank Jim L
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