The Best Vietnamese Food In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Photo of Jing Xuan Teng
29 October 2016

Vietnam’s biggest city is full of culinary delights from around the world, with everything from modern French cuisine to celebrity chef-owned restaurants. However, don’t miss out on the delicious traditional Vietnamese fare. Here are our favorite establishments that offer a winning combination of authentic flavor and great ambiance.

Steamed mussels. Vietnamese style | © Nha Le Hoan/Flickr

Nhà hàng Biển Dương

One of the best ways to find great food while traveling is to eat where the locals eat. Nhà hàng Biển Dương, a centrally located seafood restaurant, is always packed with local customers drawn by the huge variety of items on the menu. The specialty here is sea snail, steamed with chili and lemongrass. The seafood hotpot is also a favorite, as well as the selection of baked dishes and salads made with your choice of seafood items.

BLOOM Restaurant

BLOOM stands for “Because Love Overcomes One’s Misfortune”, and BLOOM is more than a restaurant; it also runs a training program for disadvantaged Vietnamese youth, who pick up important vocational skills while preparing traditional, strictly MSG-free delicacies. Housed in an old French colonial villa, the restaurant offers dishes like caramelized fish cooked in a clay pot, and heart of palm salad with pork and prawns. The great view from the roof terrace goes perfectly with a glass or two from the restaurant’s large wine selection.

Mon Chay/Vegetarian Dishes | Courtesy BLOOM Saigon Restaurant

Pho Lê

It’s impossible to talk about Vietnamese food in Ho Chi Minh City without mentioning this old favorite. Pho Lê is open late into the night, and the ideal place for people-watching over a comforting, large bowl of noodles and hot broth. Try the phở tái nầm, which comes with tender brisket and rare beef slices. Portions are generous, and a free flow of condiments (herbs, bean sprouts, chili sauce) comes with every order.

Luong Son Quan

Also known as “Bo Tong Xeo”, this centrally located barbecue joint is beloved for its exotic meats and friendly, alfresco ambiance. Dishes on offer include sauteed eel with fresh milk, marinated locally-farmed beef, and even stewed snake. Luong Son Quan also functions as a beer garden, and you can expect to see a more local crowd here, compared to more tourist-oriented restaurants.

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An oasis of elegance in the middle of bustling, noisy Saigon, Mandarine offers a uniquely Vietnamese fine dining experience. Expect personalized service, and treats like sauteed beef in bamboo, crab meat spring roll, and grilled pork ribs with cinnamon. The restaurant regularly updates its menu, with new set menus inspired by seasonal ingredients or traditional holidays.

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