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Bistro Saigon

Ilkley Vietnamese £££ +100
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About Bistro Saigon

Dear diners, to reserve for groups of more than 8 people, please contact the restaurant directly. A reservation of this size will require a £10 deposit per head.

Using recipes passed down through the generations in chef Loc Bui’s family, Bistro Saigon offers diners an authentic Vietnamese experience. From its elegant location on Railway Road, Bistro Saigon serves up casual bistro-style cuisine, with lunch and dinner time options. The place to go for pho and other Vietnamese favourites this side of Leeds, to guarantee a table at this charming Ilkley eatery, making a reservation in advance is advised.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 15:00, 18:30 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 15:00, 18:30 - 22:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 15:00, 18:30 - 22:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Bistro Saigon, 1A Railway Rd, Ilkley, LS29 8HQ Leeds

Further Information

Headed by a chef who grew up in Vietnam, you know the food served up here is going to be the real deal, with the authentic cuisine paired with Bistro Saigon’s quaint decor, it’s easy to see why the people of Ilkley – and further afield in the Leeds area – keep coming back for more and more. Kick things off with the pork and vegetable dumplings or the beef and green papaya salad. Then sip on a bowl of piping hot pho, a classic Vietnamese soup made with a mixture of slow-cooked chunks of beef and strips of rare steak, served in a soup stock with vegetables, garlic oil and rice stick noodles.

Or, you could tuck into some Vietnamese pancake, spiced caramel pork, or some crispy mango chicken. Vegetarians will find plenty of choice too, while seafood lovers will be delighted with options like the mango and mooli seabass. Attracting foodies from all over the Leeds area, Bistro Saigon can get busy. Make a reservation and head on over to Railway Road for an authentic Vietnamese feed in Ilkley!

CHEF'S CHOICE

286 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 286 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 09:23

The restaurant had been recommended to us by friends. Food was excellent, service was very good and the staff great. We will definitely go again and recommend it to others.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 12:17

Exceeded our expectations. Great food and service. We are sure this will be one of our firm favourites. We ate early at 6.30pm as we were going to the cinema but the restaurant was almost full which is a sure sign of its popularity

1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 09:59

Excellent food and excellent service. We would recommend this restaurant to everyone. I personally would recommend the green curry with pork and the baked Alaska was as good as any cruise ship version!

2 reviews so far 6
13.06.2017 17:26

Tasty meal with good service. Will definitely visit again. Booking with Quandoo very simple and efficient. No problem with recommending this restaurant for Asian food.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 14:34

We arrived earlier than our booking time but this created no problem and we were shown to a table straight away. We were given our menus and offered drinks but requested that we give that order with our food order, no pressure was placed on us to choose drinks. We were able to make our choices at our own pace and any questions we raised were answered. Drinks were quickly brought after our order and we did not have long to wait before our starters were brought to us. We had ordered a platter and were clearly told which item was which. Requests for cutlery instead of chopsticks were answered without any fuss and we were able to enjoy the delicious food. Once we had finished our plates were removed and our waiter checked that everything was to our satisfaction. Our main courses arrived after not to long a wait and the food was well presented. Our waiter checked if we had had the choices before and proffered advice on the best way to eat a pancake that had been ordered, advice that was welcomed. The portions were very generous and, again, the food was delicious. We enjoyed our visit to Bistro Saigon from the point of view of service, cost and the meal itself which was of a very high standard. We would visit again in the future.

1 review so far 6
04.08.2016 22:27

We don't live in Ilkley but the south of England, we come a couple of times a year to visit my brother. We now always try to eat out once at bistro Saigon. The food is delicious very fresh and spicy you can taste all the different ingredients. I would recommend the starter selection platter where you select 5 different, I especially love the salt and pepper squid is so tender. I am gluten free, they are very helpful and there is lots of gf choices marked on the menu. As everything is cooked fresh they can leave ingredients out. It always seems to be busy so make sure you book. We prefer not to sit in the basement as a bit hot and noisy. Service as always was excellent.

3 reviews so far 6
09.10.2016 16:28

It is a fantastic place with wonderful meals - all freshly made and beautifully presented. We went to celebrate my son`s 50th Birthday with his wife and family, sister, partner and part of her family plus my hubby and me (Mum and Grandma). The staff always make us welcome, and are especially kind to me as I am disabled and they help me enter the restaurant in my wheelchair. There is plenty of choice - even for those who are vegetarian - from their extensive menu and all is delicious too. A must for those who are wanting something a `little bit different and exciting` for lunch or evening meal, when visiting ILKLEY. Good luck to this restaurant for a very bright future.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 19:50

Been to the Bistro Saigonseveral times. The food is beautiful. It's freshly cooked to order and is the best we've ever had. The staff are fabulous, friendly and personable and the atmosphere is always lovely and laid back. We enjoy every time we come and my recommendation is the Thai basil squid starter it's absolutely sublime!

2 reviews so far 6
26.10.2016 08:45

The whole experience was unhurried which made for a relaxing and easy evening. The restaurant was fairly busy and had a good atmosphere but there was plenty of room between tables. The food was fantastic, really flavoursome, and the portion sizes were very generous. to the point where, having admired the dessert menu earlier there was no chance of managing anything else after a starter and main course. The service was polite, friendly and with just the right level of attentiveness. We have tried for some weeks to get a table here. Now we can see why it is always so popular! And the prices are very reasonable too.

1 review so far 3
24.05.2016 07:46

Our party of 6 were celebrating a friend's birthday. She had recently returned from Vietnam and had loved the food. I had booked well in advance and therefore was disappointed that our table was in the cellar - who wants to sit underground on a lovely summer's evening? We asked to be moved but that wasn't possible as the Restaraunt was full. The wait staff were lovely- the highlight -and even though it was busy they were attentive, friendly and patient. They said they got to keep the tip, shared between all the staff, so let's hope that is true. The food was variable. Good ingredients and my papaya and beef salad starter v good. I chose the Vietnamese pancake as my main, as did the birthday girl- we both thought it disappointing. She didn't eat hers. It was greasy and felt too protein- rich for South Asia cuisine. Others enjoyed their mains though. I tasted a curry dish and found the flavour too intense for my palate. I personally wouldn't return. Tho it is a favourite Restaraunt for one couple in our group. If you book, my advice would be to make sure your table is not in the cellar room.

1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 08:03

We chose a busy night just before Christmas to make our visit. What an early Christmas present this turned out to be! Excellent friendly service from the moment we walked through the door. The restaurant has lovely warm decor, enhanced by great lighting. The food was superb. Delicious, fresh and beautifully balanced tastes and textures. It was a fabulous eating experience and all at very good prices. The staff were attentive but not fussy and smiley and engaged. All in all a great evening out and one we shall recommend to our friends. Hoping to return - very soon.

3 reviews so far 6
16.05.2017 17:28

As usual, our meal was really lovely and very tasty too. Ambience cannot be bettered. My Mum is disabled and uses a wheelchair - we coped very well with the ramp, and there is a disabled toilet too. When we booked we did ask for ground floor seating, and so it all worked out very well. Will visit again very soon, as all the family love the food - even the children when they are able to attend, of course. Do try this Vietnamese restaurant, it really is lovely.

1 review so far 5
16.03.2017 20:30

The online booking service worked well. The food was good, as usual. As two middle aged ladies we would have preferred not to sit inbetween two lovely families with babies enjoying their family time!! It was a bit cramped and thoughtless as the families were worried about our teapot and we couldn't really hear ourselves speak!! There seemed a reluctance to seat us away from the melee, although we didnt ask -it is a small space and we didn't want to appear rude in front of the families. A bit of thought from the front of house staff seating anybody is all that was needed.

2 reviews so far 5
09.03.2016 08:24

We were greeted as we entered the door and shown immediately to our table. We were advised on the beers available and left to make our choices from an excellent menu. When our order was taken we were going to order a veg dish but were advised that there would be veg with the main courses so it would not be necessary. The food was excellent. We had a choice of 5 starters which were to die for. We had crispy mango chicken and mango sea bass and all was full of flavour and plentiful. Would recommend to anyone as excellent service and food.

1 review so far 5
21.05.2016 07:35

Good quality, fresh, interesting food in a pleasant restaurant. The staff were particularly good at what they do in particular it was nice to see that of the four different people we asked, all had good knowledge of the food and were able to give us In depth advice. The restaurant was very busy showing it to be thriving and I would put that down to the food being very much above the average servings you tend to find in many other similar restaurants of this genre. We will certainly be going back to explore much more of the menu.

1 review so far 6
02.03.2016 21:34

Came here with my wife, our first impressions were good, the decor is modern and bright, and the ambiance seemed good too. We had the mixed starter platter which was excellent and good value too, for the mains we had the sea bass and the chili beef, both were very good, although one slight minus point was the mango that came with the sea bass was sparing and unripe, that aside we both enjoyed our meals very much, we would certainly visit again.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 20:50

Once again Bistro Saigon gave myself and wife a lovely welcome when we arrived and were shown to our table. Excellent service throughout the meal and conscientious staff attending our every need. Can't wait to go back again.

2 reviews so far 6
20.02.2017 08:10

As usual a great experience at Bistro Saigon: tasty, fresh and delicious food at vey competitive prices. Definitely a first choice for a night out. Highly recommended - although booking is a must which reflects its popularity.

1 review so far 6
04.06.2017 12:00

First time eating at Bistro Saigon, on a friend's recommendation. We were not disappointed. Friendly and helpful staff, good service, delicious food with excellent choice. We will definitely be eating here again when in Ilkley.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 08:13

Great food. Lovely staff. Definitely going back. Only disappointment was tried to increase table booking from 4 to 5 to be told it couldnt be done as fully booked and that they would let me know if it became possible however heard nothing and arrived to find that we were sat at a table for 6 and and restaurant was not packed. However wont stop me coming again

1 review so far 6
30.03.2016 08:00

Fabulous food. Efficient, friendly service and pleasant atmosphere. I have visited Bistro Saigon several time now and it never disappoints. There is a fantastic menu and a good, varied wine list. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2016 22:02

A most enjoyable evening. The food was delicious and there was plenty of choice. We espied the homemade desert menu so made sure we had room left to try one, and can say it was worth leaving space for. The staff are lovely and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. There was a nice buzz about the restaurant and we look forward to going again.

1 review so far 3
14.02.2016 15:01

We had been trying to get to Saigon for a while due to its good recommendations so had high hopes. We booked into Saigon for 6pm. We arrived about 10 minutes earlier but received a very poor welcome. We were flatly told they weren't open yet. The staff didn't ask if we would mind coming back or offer a drink at the bar while they finished the setup. It was very awkward as we had to backtrack out of the restaurant to find a drink elsewhere. Once we did get seated the starters and main course were very good. The staff were attentive. Unfortunately the Vietnamese coffee was a let down. On the whole the first impression of the restaurant really impacted on our overall experience. I won't be rushing back.

1 review so far 5
15.04.2016 14:50

As always, food excellent. However, last night we felt the service was not up to scratch. We were asked twice about ordering pre-dinner drinks, three waitresses attended the table at different times, we were left to our own devices after finishing our main course and when, after a considerable time, our sweet order had not been taken we had to catch a waitress to ask this to be done. This will not, though, stop us from returning!!

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 19:52

Bistro Saigon never fails to deliver great tasting meals, superb ambience and fantastic value for money. Been dozens of times and never been disappointed. Would recommend to anyone and frequently do.

2 reviews so far 5
21.07.2016 11:42

The food was excellent, service good and overall experience pleasant and relaxing. I would recommend the Bistro Saigon, though you need to ensure you book well in advance as it gets full pretty much all the time.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:45

Bistro Saigon is my all time, favourite restaurant. From the outstanding food, to the service and atmosphere, I cannot go without a month of visiting. This place is a must-go!!

1 review so far 5
26.06.2016 09:30

Food is just amazing as always ! It's fresh tasty and service is good and friendly. I love this place and will always come back! P.S. It's not the top marking this time just because of a minor thing which is air conditioning that was on and off and was blowing straight at us due to where we sat; so next time will just avoide this table not a big deal.

2 reviews so far 5
01.10.2016 12:08

Good, as always! Not much else to say but quando want me to keep typing rubbish until I get over the 25 word minimum etc etc, phew got there at last! Sorry Bistro Saigon.

1 review so far 5
30.10.2016 07:26

Lots of choice on the menu for dairy or gluten free and vegetarian meals. We ate starter and mains which were tasty and well presented. We can see why it is one of the more popular places to eat in Ilkley and booking is essential. There did seem to be a large number of staff (five) talking behind the bar whilst two others were busy waiting on tables.

1 review so far 6
30.08.2016 09:10

Our third visit to Bistro Saigon and certainly not our last. Freinds we take always say it's the best meal they ever had. Say no more. Highly recommended

1 review so far 6
07.03.2016 09:22

We had a wonderful lunch at Bistro Saigon. The food was, as always, outstanding. Friendly service. Would highly recommend to anyone wishing to try Vietnamese cuisine. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2016 00:07

Excellent food. We have always enjoyed great food at Bistro Saigon, from the starters, soups and mains. We particularly like the lemongrass chicken and the chilli beef.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2016 18:23

Have visited Bistro Saigon on three occasion's and tried something different each time , can't fault it. Great food, nice atmosphere looking forward to my next visit.

1 review so far 6
17.06.2016 19:12

We always enjoy eating at Bistro Saigon. The food is always delicious and the staff are very attentive. I would highly recommend eating in this lovely restaurant

2 reviews so far 5
16.09.2016 21:31

Our first time here. Lovely food, nice ambience and enerally good service. One waitress appeared to have a large love bite on her neck which was slightly off-putting. Our waiter forgot our dips/sauces that should've come with our starters and only brought them when we'd nearly finished them. Having said that it was a positive experience and I would happily eat there again.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2016 07:48

We love Bistro Saigon. No fuss, the food is fantastic and service just right. Try the spring rolls and the red curry for a brilliant meal!

2 reviews so far 6
11.03.2017 08:52

Excellent atmosphere and service as always, the restaurant is perhaps our favorite in Ilkley. The food was brilliant the 4 of us shared dishes and they also ensured my wife receive dishes without bell peppers as she is intolerant to them. Nothing was too much trouble and we will be back soon.

4 reviews so far 6
07.08.2016 14:54

Really Excellant food and great service. The wine list has a good selection too. I would highly recommend Bistro Saigon, we will definitely be returning soon!

1 review so far 6
12.02.2016 00:08

Excellent choice, particularly great vegetarian options and some of the best service we have ever experienced. We will be certainly be returning to Bistro Saigon soon.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 09:23

Fabulous food. Great atmosphere . The staff are very attentive and really helpful. Didn't have to wait too long either. The wine is a good price too. The salt and pepper squid melts in your mouth and the rice spring rolls served cold are a firm favourite. We will be back"

1 review so far 5
18.02.2016 21:31

We went on Valentine's Day and had the special offer of a 3 course meal and a bottle of Prosecco. Food as per usual was excellent and the team are really friendly. As it was a busy night, the service was much too slow which is very unlike the restaurant as we have had top service there on many previous occasions

1 review so far 5
05.10.2016 07:24

The food was lovely as ever. Just no one seemed to be particularly the person overseeing. No problems with the service. Got what we needed when we needed it. Just no connection with anyone waiter/was or manager. Oh and too bright!!!! The lights seriously needed dimming down. Created a cold not cozy intimate atmosphere that you want on an evening out.

1 review so far 6
12.11.2016 16:39

Excellent food , the yellow curry is mild for those who like that, the red is a bit fiery and very tasty. The chiili beef and the belly pork went down well. The house white was also well received. Attentive, but not overly so staff. We'll definitely be coming back.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 08:33

Bistro Saigon does the best food in Ilkley for sure, recommend the mixed platter of starters so you can try it all! Amazing service too!

1 review so far 6
12.04.2016 22:18

Yet another great meal at Saigon. Never let me down yet. There is a lot of competition in Ilkley with many good restaurants but I never really get to try them as I always opt for Saigon where the quality of the food can always be relied on . Lynn

1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 15:00

Authentic Asian food, a surprisingly good wine list, friendly and efficient staff - Bistro Saigon must be one of the best restaurants in the area.

3 reviews so far 4
02.10.2016 11:25

Good quality food and level of service. Tables felt a little cramped and it was difficult to tell who was managing the restaurant on the night Low ceilings at lower ground level made noisy customers and larger parties amplified- difficult to know how to resolve this Could smell toilet disinfectant on entering restaurant Quality of food made up for these minor disappointments- we will return but ask for a ground floor table next time around

2 reviews so far 5
01.04.2016 23:35

Great food, very good service, as always - spoilt in part by a very large family party with a 'nursery full' of noisy children and loud parents bellowing at each other on the next table. Toddlers and young children running up and down shouting at each other at 22.30 is not a great environment for a quiet night out.

1 review so far 5
16.10.2016 00:00

Bistro Saigon was recommended by a friend and she was quite right - we'd certainly come again.Interesting food, well cooked, excellent service and nice ambience - all very good