Sometimes there’s nothing better than good old-fashioned barbeque. If you’re craving tender meats covered in smoky sauce, fresh char-grilled vegetables, or spicy grilled shrimp, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top 10 BBQ restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Xuân Xuân is a must visit for any BBQ aficionados seeking a true local experience. This tasty restaurant has relied on word-of-mouth for customers to hear about their delicious menu, and is regularly crammed with diners. It’s a true Vietnamese barbeque experience. You can choose from a selection of pork, chicken, beef or – if you’re more adventurous – goat udders, all of which are marinated and grilled right at the table. Xuân Xuân also offers a selection of fresh vegetables and all barbeque platters come with bánh mì. You can create your own sandwich and do as the locals do – place the sandwich on the grill to soak up the yummy leftover juices.
Bánh mì is the classic Vietnamese sandwich. Choices of meat, vegetables, chilis, and pate are piled onto a small, traditional French loaf and toasted to perfection. While bánh mì doesn’t necessarily scream BBQ, Bánh mì 25 is known to have the best barbequed pork in the city. Their smokey, tender pork pulls in customers from all over the city for a taste. The word has spread quickly about how fabulous the bánh mìs are at this small, quirky establishment so you’re likely to encounter a lineup. Hang tight, it’s worth the wait.
The Moose and Roo is a popular restaurant in Hanoi that is perfect for diners craving some tasty, authentic American food. Their relaxed atmosphere is ideal for kicking back with a beer and watching the game. When hunger strikes, opt for their Smokehouse menu. The Moose and Roo offers all the classics: tender pulled pork, juicy smoked chicken, flavour-packed beef brisket, and ribs slathered in savoury BBQ sauce. They’re rumored to also make the best burger in town! The Moose and Roo has two locations in Hanoi for you to get your BBQ on; the first is on Mã Mây street in the Old Quarter and the second is located at 19-21 Hai Bà Trưng.
Chops serves up juicy, grilled burgers using fine imported Australian beef and lamb, topped with local organic produce. Their unbeatable selection of burgers includes The Boss Hog, their famous slow-cooked pulled pork doused in hickory BBQ sauce and topped with homemade coleslaw, all served in a fresh, homemade bun. The smoked rib fingers appetizer is another crowd-pleaser, and for die-hard burger fans test your willpower (and stomach power) with Chop’s ’Juicy Lucy’ challenge. If you can finish this enormous burger, a small basket of fries and a beer within the 20-minute time limit, it’s on the house and you’ll be immortalized in their Hall of Fame. Chops now has three locations around Hanoi to satisfy your BBQ cravings. Make sure to wash it all down with one of their thick, creamy milkshakes or a local craft beer.
The Fat Pig is a tasty BBQ joint in Hanoi’s Tây Hồ district. The restaurant is situated on the second floor of the building and has a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake. Diners rave about the relaxed ambiance and smokey, savoury barbeque dishes filling the menu. Their tempting pulled pork is a customer favourite, as well as their tender rack of ribs coated in their flavour-packed sauce. The Fat Pig creates an amazing menu by providing customers with high-quality, locally sourced products. They also have an awesome happy hour every day from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m! For diners craving to sink their teeth into some awesome barbeque while looking out at a beautiful view, this is the place for you.
Linh’s Kitchen is a local Vietnamese barbeque restaurant in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Patrons can choose from a selection of fresh meats and vegetables to cook traditional-style on a barbeque at the table. The group grillmaster will be happy to serve quality, delicious meat grilled to everyone’s liking! Linh’s Kitchen is right in the heart of the Old Quarter and a favourite local haunt. The staff don’t speak much English, but smiles go a long way and they’ll be happy to assist you if you need it. If you’re not up for barbeque however, Linh’s Kitchen is also famous for serving some of the best ban xeo – Vietnamese fried pancake – in the city.
Bún chả Đắc Kim is the place in Hanoi to get your hands on a delightful serving of bún chả, a traditional Vietnamese dish of grilled pork served over noodles, accompanied by pickled vegetables, peanuts, fish sauce and side spices. Their barbequed pork is marinated and grilled to perfection then served to your table, where you scoop out a serving of every side into a bowl and mix it with the savoury meat. This is the dish Barack Obama fell in love with when he was featured on an episode of the late Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Bún chả Đắc Kim is featured in many guide books to Hanoi but the stall is always packed with locals, a testament to how good their staple dish really is.
Sumo BBQ is a Japanese buffet and à la carte restaurant with three locations throughout Hanoi. The venue provides a unique experience for diners by grilling meat on a mini barbeque at the table. What diners especially love at Sumo is their fresh, grilled prawns and assortment of seafood on the menu. While it is a bit pricier than other places, this delicious restaurant makes sure all meats, seafood, and vegetables are of the highest quality. If you’re looking for barbeque with a Japanese twist, definitely head to one of Sumo’s locations in the city.
This Vietnamese restaurant serves flavour-packed traditional dishes and smoky, grilled meats. It’s popular for lunch, so expect a queue or (at the very least a tight sitting space) to enjoy a meal with some friends. Their spicy grilled shrimp is an instant crowd-pleaser, as is their lemongrass grilled pork and traditional pork ribs. Nhà Hàng 123 features a great range of Vietnamese dishes; if the saying “do as the locals do” has any merit, then this busy restaurant should be at the top of your list. Check out this popular restaurant in Hanoi’s Hoàn Kiếm district.
For those seeking a classic Korean BBQ experience, head over to Yukssam in Hanoi’s Đống Đa district. This restaurant serves up choice cuts of marinated beef or pork to be char-grilled at your table along with a healthy assortment of banchan, bottomless Korean side dishes. Yukssam is the perfect place for big groups to enjoy a filling meal of grilled meat and a mouthwatering range of spicy, sweet, and savoury side dishes that come with it. For a true Korean experience, order a bottle (or three) of soju (Korean liquor) and spend a happy evening toasting with friends over some delicious barbeque.