If you are looking for delicious Vietnamese food in the Tampa Bay area, Saigon Bay is a great place to start. Saigon Bay is conveniently located on Fowler Avenue, just minutes from USF and MOSI. It is a great place to stop for a quick lunch in between classes, or for dinner in the evening. Carry out is available as well.
From the outside Saigon Bay may not look like much, but the interior is clean and well decorated. The walls are decorated with murals of bamboo forests and there is always soothing music playing. All in all it is a very relaxing place to stop and eat.
The staff is always pleasant, helpful, and knowledgeable. You never feel rushed while eating at Saigon Bay, even though the service is prompt. This restaurant is never crowded (I’m not sure why, since the food and service are both good), so there is no need to worry about making a reservation or having to wait during your lunch break. The ambiance really is wonderful, not what you would expect for a Vietnamese restaurant tucked unassumingly into a strip mall.
It is affordable, too. Two people can easily have dinner at Saigon Bay for $30 or less, and they offer a “sushi happy hour” on certain weekday afternoons. During the happy hour, sushi is buy one, get one half off. They also offer lunch specials, many of which are under $7. If you are a USF student looking for a reasonably priced lunch that is both healthier and tastier than fast food, Saigon Bay is a great option.
Saigon Bay serves many traditional Vietnamese dishes, in addition to sushi, beer and wine. One of my personal favorites is Pho, a traditional Vietnamese rice noodle soup. The Pho is served in a huge bowl, and is really a meal all by itself. The broth is always delicious, and the vegetables and herbs that are served with the soup are very fresh. The menu also features plenty of vegetarian options as well. There are vegetarian soups, appetizers, stir fry, and curries available.
Overall, Saigon Bay is a great restaurant to visit if you want to try authentic Vietnamese food, or if you are a vegetarian looking for a restaurant with plenty of options. The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere, the staff is wonderful, and the food is delicious.