Ho Chi Minh City Restaurants

Dining options in Ho Chi Minh City run the gamut from fine dining in secluded air-conditioned splendor to sidewalk eateries where the food is cooked in makeshift open-air kitchens. The dynamism and energy of the city is reflected in a dining scene bursting with international options and a host of fusion choices in between.

The city's middle classes love nothing more than descending on the latest dining craze, so do note locals' recommendations and follow the crowds to the latest hotspot. Despite the Saigonese's love for the flashy "new next big thing," there's also a somewhat reluctant loyalty to the French cuisine of their former colonial rulers. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many French restaurants, from casual Parisian-style bistros to the full starched linen and paired wine experience. Most of Ho Chi Minh City's international restaurants are in and around Districts 1 and 3, although there are several excellent options in the expat areas of Districts 2 and 7.

Despite the international offerings, it's the mouthwatering Vietnamese cuisine that remains one of Ho Chi Minh City’s major draws, whether eaten on the street or indoors in a tourist-friendly restaurant—the places with English menus are not always the most authentic, but can be the easiest when it comes to placing an order. But street food and no-frills, family-run restaurants offer incredible value, so after, say, a humble bowl of pho for breakfast and a host of southern specialties for lunch, you can easily justify a splurge for dinner.

Meals are serious business in Ho Chi Minh City, and between noon and 1 pm most office workers and public servants take a lunch break. Dinner is generally served any time after about 6 pm and eating (and drinking) can continue until 1 am or later.

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  • 1. 4P's Pizza

    $$ | District 1

    The centerpiece of this stylish, immensely popular Japanese-owned restaurant is not a sushi bar but a brick oven, and the focus here is Japanese-Italian fusion,...Read More

  • 2. Anan Saigon

    $$$$ | District 1

    Voted one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2021, Anan Saigon puts a whimsically modern twist on Vietnamese street food. Talented Vietnamese-American chef-owner Peter Cuong...Read More

  • 3. Banh Cuon Hai Nam

    $ | District 3

    Always packed with locals, this narrow eatery serves up Ho Chi Minh City's best banh cuon (steamed rice-flour crepes stuffed with minced/ground pork and wood-ear...Read More

  • 4. Fork Saigon

    $$ | District 1

    A classy little eatery serving up incredibly delicious tapas-inspired "grazing plates" and an eclectic list of daily specials, such as baked oysters with Marmite mayonnaise....Read More

  • 5. Hoa Tuc

    $$$ | District 1

    The name translates as opium poppy, and this chic little eatery is in a corner of the former La Manufacture d'Opium, the French-controlled opium refinery...Read More

  • 6. Hum Lounge and Restaurant

    $$ | District 1

    Classy surroundings, attentive staff, and amazing cocktails are good reasons to come here, but it's the mouthwatering pan-Asian food that's the highlight, regularly winning over...Read More

  • 7. Jane's Bistro

    $$$ | District 7

    Reservations are essential at this charming 20-seat modern American-Italian restaurant, where guests are treated like friends, not customers. Since Jane Nguyen, who supervises the front...Read More

  • 8. L'Usine

    $$ | District 1

    Industrial chic meets art house in a colonial villa at this café with a retail space—or fashion boutique and art gallery with a café area,...Read More

  • 9. La Villa

    $$$$ | District 2

    An experience rather than a meal, La Villa serves elegant but not pretentious fine French dining on a quiet street in District 2's Thao Dien...Read More

  • 10. Noir

    $$$$ | District 1

    The concept of dining in pitch blackness, served by vision-impaired waiters, has been a huge hit since Noir opened its doors in mid-2014. The theory...Read More

  • 11. Quan Ut Ut

    $$ | District 1

    This American barbecue joint is wildly popular among locals, who love the tasty ribs, the craft beer, the cheeky menu, and the laid-back vibe. It...Read More

  • 12. Racha Room

    $$$ | District 1

    One of the hippest eateries in town, the Racha Room serves up Thai fusion food as well as artisanal cocktails (prepared by a mixologist imported...Read More

  • 13. Secret House Vietnamese Restaurant and Cafe

    $$ | District 1

    With a thriving indoor kitchen garden in the center of the restaurant, Secret House evokes the feeling of olden days Vietnamese countryside living; the home-style...Read More

  • 14. Temple Club

    $$$ | District 1

    The charming and atmospheric Temple Club, which occupies a heritage building that was formerly the guest quarters for the Hindu temple across the street, has...Read More

  • 15. The Deck

    $$$$ | District 2

    A stylish lounge and restaurant on the banks of the slow-flowing Saigon River, The Deck is a place to spoil yourself with sublime seafood-focused pan-Asian...Read More

  • 16. Villa Royale

    $$ | District 2

    World-class tea, cakes, pastries, and Australian café-style comfort food is served among antiques, objets d'art, and other treasures collected by globe-trotting chef and hotelier David...Read More

  • 17. Villa Royale Downtown Antiques and Tea Room

    $$ | District 1

    If you'd care to take high tea surrounded by sumptuous European antiques, this place is for you. The decor is amazing—it's all for sale—and the...Read More

  • 18. Au Parc

    $$ | District 1

    Midway between the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame cathedral, overlooking the tall trees of April 30 Park, this is a great place to linger in...Read More

  • 19. Baba's Kitchen

    $$ | District 1

    Slap-bang in the heart of the backpacker district, this is a gem of an Indian restaurant, serving a great selection of curries, tandoori, tikka, vegetarian...Read More

  • 20. Banh Xeo 46A

    $$ | District 3

    A no-frills, family-run institution, Banh Xeo 46A is the go-to place for one of southern Vietnam's most cherished culinary creations: banh xeo (literally, "sizzling cake")—a...Read More

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