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  • 9646 Santa Monica Blvd. Map It
  • $$$$
  • Vietnamese

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

This head-turning venue is a surreal reproduction of colonial Vietnam. Exotic fish swim in a floor-to-ceiling aquarium and through a glass-topped "river" sunk into the marble floor, which meanders toward the bar. The French-influenced Southeast Asian menu includes lemongrass–scented bouillabaisse and filet mignon with a ponzu glaze. Colossal tiger prawns and whole Dungeness crab simmered in sake, Chardonnay, and Cognac parade out of the "secret kitchen" where only the

owner's family members are allowed, thereby protecting treasured recipes.

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Restaurant Information


9646 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California, 90210, USA

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch weekends
  • Reservations essential

Updated 04/14/2014


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By m

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Jan 10, 2006

the fish river is worth it

Overall good experience, the decor is very interesting - you walk right over the fish in the river. The food was generally very good, the colossal prawns were excellent, the signature noodles are very buttery- too much, you need to order some veg as well. the seafood dumplings are good for appetisers, but dungeness crab puffs were a bit oily. Very disorganised at front of the house.

By Shannon

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Apr 25, 2004

Worth It

Passing celebrities and walking over a fishbowl path might be enough for an out-of-towner to step into this establishment. But the appetizers are wonderful, and the crab is brilliant, especially when accompanied by their signature noodles. While the waiters are great, the people who run the front desk need more people skills and less attitude.

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