Hanoi Restaurants

From curbside feasts on Lilliputian plastic chairs to superb fine dining, Hanoi’s restaurant scene has something for everyone. Locals are fiercely proud of their street food culture and this is where the essence of Hanoi’s food scene can be discovered. Signature northern dishes include bun cha (vermicelli with minced pork burgers), banh cuon (steamed rice rolls stuffed with minced pork, mushrooms, and shallots), and the ubiquitous pho, Vietnam’s nominal national dish, which comes in chicken and beef varieties. These classics represent just a tantalizing taste of what is on offer in the city. And with a seemingly endless array of vendors slaving over hot grills, simmering alchemy in large pots, or doling out pillow-soft steamed buns from a ramshackle cart, opportunities to eat like a local are limitless. In the past, Hanoi’s restaurant sector has suffered in comparison to its Kingly Street dining scene. That has changed significantly over the past decade or so. There is now an eclectic selection of interesting (and often excellent) eating spots that run the gamut from simple French bistros and laid-back cafés to opulent venues for multicourse blowouts and cutting-edge options that would not be out of place in the world’s major gastronomic hubs.

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  • 1. Banh Cuon Gia Truyen

    $ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    Less a restaurant, more a hole-in-the-wall with a few tables and chairs strewn around, this venue compensates for its lack of sophistication...Read More

  • 2. Bun Bo Nam Bo

    $ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    This venue is spotlessly clean, and despite its popularity with tourists is still very much the real deal. Like all the best restaurants purveying...Read More

  • 3. Chim Sao

    $$ | Hai Ba Trung District | Vietnamese

    For an authentic Vietnamese dining experience in a classy, artsy setting this is a fine bet. On a quiet street, Chim Sao is a favorite with...Read More

  • 4. Cousins

    $$ | Tay Ho District | French

    The outdoor area of this French-influenced, lakeside venue is an ideal place for some very romantic dining and expat gatherings. The interior...Read More

  • 5. Cugini

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Italian

    The owner of Cousins ( cugini means cousins in Italian) partnered with Italian chef Nico Ceccomoro to create an authentic dining experience...Read More

  • 6. Dac Kim Bun Cha

    $ | Vietnamese

    Dining at this Old Quarter institution is an experience. The tiny first floor is used for food preparation, but staff members will lead you...Read More

  • 7. El Gaucho

    $$$$ | Tay Ho District | Steakhouse

    The West Lake branch of a chain of Argentinean steak houses with outlets in Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, El Gaucho Hanoi is modern and assured...Read More

  • 8. Hanoi Social Club

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Café

    The main draw here is the convivial, bohemian atmosphere. Housed in a stunning 1920s French-colonial villa in a quiet part of the Old Quarter...Read More

  • 9. Koto

    $$ | Ba Dinh District | Eclectic

    Located across from the Temple of Literature, this place can get packed, especially on the third floor dominated by tour groups. The flavors...Read More

  • 10. La Badiane

    $$$ | Hoan Kiem District | French

    Bringing fine French cuisine to the heart of Hanoi, chef Benjamin Rascalou, who trained at several prestigious restaurants in Paris, has created...Read More

  • 11. Maison de Tet Decor

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Eclectic

    This beautiful bohemian villa serves up excellent food and an impressive farm-to-table ethos. They own two farms, one in Sapa and one in Soc...Read More

  • 12. Namaste

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Indian

    At this authentic Indian restaurant, the owners import herbs and spices directly from India. Flatbreads like paratha and naan are cooked in...Read More

  • 13. Quan An Ngon

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | Vietnamese

    Known among Hanoi locals and expats for its lively atmosphere, this noted eatery has specialties from northern, central, and southern Vietnam...Read More

  • 14. The Moose and Roo Smokehouse

    $$ | Hoan Kiem District | American

    Set up in a giant courtyard full of wooden booths, deck furniture, and barrels, the Moose & Roo Smokehouse at the American Center is chock...Read More

  • 15. Vine Restaurant and Wine Bar

    $$$ | Tay Ho District | Wine Bar

    Well-prepared food and a well-chosen and reasonably priced selection of wine are the watchwords at this West Lake favorite. The menu bears strong...Read More

  • 16. Bun Cha 34

    $ | Ba Dinh District | Vietnamese

    Drawing crowds with a massive exotic and enticing wall mural, Bun Cha 34 does not fail to deliver high-quality bun cha for a mere 35,000d per...Read More

  • 17. Café des Arts Millenium

    $$$ | French

    Once homey in feel, a recent makeover has brought about a radical change with chic leather seats replacing the old wooden chairs and monochrome...Read More

  • 18. Chaouen Lounge

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Mediterranean

    Named after a charming town in Morocco known for its light-blue buildings, Chaouen Lounge has a wonderful selection of small plates like hummus...Read More

  • 19. Chops

    $$ | Tay Ho District | American

    With three always-full locations, Chops is becoming a staple in Hanoi’s foodie community. Their slogan, "Hops, Wheat, Meat," says it all. All...Read More

  • 20. Dieu's Cuisine

    $$ | Tay Ho District | Vietnamese

    Good wine, fresh Vietnamese cuisine, a romantic lakeside setting, and friendly service have helped Dieu's Cuisine build a loyal clientele since...Read More

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