The 10 Best Restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi's wonderful Cha Ca
Hanoi's wonderful Cha Ca | © Alpha / Flickr
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Writer4 June 2018

Much of what you know as Vietnamese cuisine came from Hanoi. This city has a long history of making the most of fine ingredients, packing as much flavour as possible into their simple dishes. Add some amazing international cuisines into the mix and you have a recipe for some excellent dining experiences.

The Hanoi Social Club

Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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As the name would suggest, The Hanoi Social Club is a popular hangout among the hip and trendy socialites of Hanoi. They often have musicians in to perform, which makes for intimate shows in a relaxing atmosphere. The menu centres around Mediterranean cuisine, with many excellent options for vegetarians as well. Whether you’re looking for a spot for brunch or a place to spend the evening, this is a fine choice.

Red Bean Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Australian
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Located just a short walk from Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the Red Bean Restaurant features superb Vietnamese cuisine in a high-end setting. They have set menus for different tastes, as well as an à la carte menu with your local favourites – such as bún chả and phở – and a delicious variety of dishes from around the world. Aside from offering some of the best food in the city, their drinks menu also has all your favourite cocktails, wines and freshly made juices.

The Hung Snake Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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Snake whiskey for sale near Hanoi | © shankar s. / Flickr

Have you ever wondered what snake tastes like? Here’s the place for you to try this Vietnamese delicacy. They’re right in Lệ Mật, otherwise known as Snake Village – a popular day-trip destination in Hanoi. You can try snake cooked many different ways: sauteed, fried, steamed or even boiled in a porridge. And when you’re done, wash it all down with a glass of snake whiskey!

Chả Cá Thăng Long

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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The famous Chả Cá at Chả Cá Thăng Long in Hanoi | © Brian Harries / Flickr

The menu at Chả Cá Thăng Long might not include many options, but that’s because you don’t need too many when you eat here. They’ve mastered their few dishes, and have become famous for them. Tourists have been making pilgrimages to this restaurant for years to try their chả cá, which speaks volumes about their reputation. People from Hanoi have a long history of excellent cuisine, so come try a place that has stood the test of time.

Home Hanoi Restaurant

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Seafood, $$$
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With brick, wood and a deep, inviting yellow, this classic villa sets the perfect atmosphere for you to enjoy some of the finest seafood in the city – but that’s not all. Their menu is remarkably varied, with a delightful wine section and enough choices to keep you coming back again and again. It’s no wonder celebrities dine here, as Home Hanoi elevates the dining experience in this city.

Pizza 4P's Tràng Tiền

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Amazing pizza at Pizza 4P's in Vietnam | © Prince Roy / Flickr

The Pizza 4P’s brand in Vietnam is synonymous with fantastic pizza. Their restaurants are all among the best in their respective locations, and you can definitely count on them for consistency. Whenever possible, they source their ingredients locally, working with farmers to produce cheese and toppings for their mouth-watering pizzas. If you have a craving for pizza, don’t settle for just any place. Go to Pizza 4P’s for the best.

Kebab & Co

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
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Don’t get us wrong, we could eat Vietnamese food every day and be perfectly happy – but sometimes you just want a big kebab to really dig your teeth into. For that, look no further than Kebab & Co. They’ve made quite a name for themselves in the past couple of years, becoming one of the go-to restaurants in Hanoi. With great food at reasonable prices, it’s easy to see why.

Bun Cha Ta

Restaurant, Vietnamese
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The famous Bun Cha Ta restaurant in Hanoi | © Bill Rand / Flickr

If you’re looking to try some fantastic bún chả – which is grilled pork, vermicelli noodles, veggies and spring rolls – then here’s one of the best spots in the city. They have a long history of serving this famous dish, and they’re only a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, so you really have no excuse.

Duong's Restaurant & Cooking Class

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Vegetarian, $$$
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For top of the line Vietnamese cuisine, give Duong’s Restaurant a visit and let them pamper you with world-class service as you enjoy fantastic local dishes. This restaurant makes some of the best local food that you’ll ever taste. And if you want to take some of their skills home with you, be sure to sign up for one of their acclaimed cooking classes.

Essence Restaurant

Cafe, Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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When it comes to contemporary decor, the Essence Restaurant sets the standard in Hanoi. They’re located in the hotel by the same name, which is one of the best in the area and attracts many clients with finer tastes. Their menu features staple Vietnamese dishes, but made with the kind of quality and care that makes Essence Restaurant a must-visit for those looking to enjoy exquisite local cuisine in a classy setting.