Hanoi is having a moment. Almost everywhere you turn, word-class spas, hotels, boutiques, and clubs are springing up on a seemingly daily basis. Combine that with the age-old traditions, the French colonial architecture, and the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding area, and it’s not hard to see why this Vietnamese city is suddenly at the top of everyone’s ‘must-visit’ wish list. And then, of course, there’s the restaurants. Regardless of whether you’re looking for something traditional or contemporary, Western or Asian, you’ll find no shortage of places to fill your belly. If you’re heading to the city, don’t miss sampling the goods from at least one of these 10 Best Restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam.
1. Era Restaurant
Where: 48 Ma May Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam
If you want a truly authentic Vietnamese dining experience, you’ll find it hard to beat Era Restaurant. Serving up some of the finest and most creative modern Vietnamese dishes you’ll find in Hanoi (all of which are flawlessly executed and presented), it’s a stylish, elegant diner with a contemporary décor, vibrant ambience, and incredibly hospitable service.
2. The Hanoi Social Club
Where: 6 Hoi Vu Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 84 Vietnam
If you want to see where Hanoi’s hippest and most happening like to eat, head to The Hanoi Social Club. Tucked away up a quiet street in the heart of Hanoi, it’s one of the most popular hang-outs for the young and trendy crowd. With a relaxed, welcoming vibe, a gorgeous little terrace garden, frequent live music events, and an emphasis on light, fresh, authentic Vietnamese dishes, it’s a great place to eat, drink, and unwind. Oh, and for those in need of a caffeine fix, the coffee is among the best you’ll get anywhere in the city.
3. Essence Restaurant
Where: 22 Ta Hien Street Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam
If you don’t mind paying a little extra for a world-class meal, you might want to do as thousands of Trip Advisor reviewers have done before you and book yourself a table at Essence Restaurant. Judging from their feedback, it’s an experince not to be missed. Expect a menu of Vietnamese and Western classics, all faultlessly executed, supremely refreshing fresh fruit shakes, an outstanding wine menu, hospitable service, and elegant décor. For those on a special diet, there’s also a very good selection of gluten free and vegetarian dishes.
4. Sen Buffet
Where: Sen Tay Ho: 614 Lac Long Quan Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi; Sen Nam Thanh: 84B Nguyen Du Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi; Maison Sen: 61 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi; Sen Ly Thai To: 60 Ly Thai To Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
If you want to see how the Vietnamese do chains and enjoy a great meal to boot, book a seat at Sen Buffet. Launched in 2004, the chain has several restaurants scattered around the city, all promising delicious dishes, professional, friendly service, and affordable prices… no wonder bestpricetravel.com ranks it among the best restaurants in Hanoi.
5. Au O Vietnam Kitchen
Where: 15 Ly Thuong Kiet Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam
If you can push your way through the crowds of hungry locals that pack it to the rafters at lunch and dinner time, you won’t be disappointed by Au O Vietnam Kitchen. The vintage decoration and authentic décor is instantly appealing, while the menu of classic Vietnamese dishes is hard to beat. The menu is vast, with previous visitors recommending you order small plates to sample as much of it as possible.
6. Cousins To Ngoc Van
Where: 15 Lane 45 To Ngoc Van Tay Ho, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam
If you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant, you’ll struggle to find many better than m.justgola.com’s top pick, Cousins To Ngoc Van. Offering a menu full of French, European, Vietnamese and vegetarian friendly options, there’s something to please everyone. The emphasis on organic, sustainable ingredients is laudable, while the value for money, friendly, relaxed ambience, and comfortable décor are hard to fault.
7. Gia Ngu Restaurant
Where: 27-29, Gia Ngu St. Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000 Vietnam
Set in the vibrant Old Quarter, Gia Ngu Restaurant ticks all the boxes - fabulous food, hospitable service, and great prices. The special craft cocktails, meanwhile, are heaven in a glass.
8. Hoang Cuisine
Where: 2nd floor, 20 Bat Dan Street Hang Bo Ward, Hanoi 100000 Vietnam
If you want some traditional Vietnamese food at some of the best prices in Hanoi, don’t miss Hoang Cuisine. A belly-busting meal won’t cost you more than a few dollars, but the taste, presentation, and abundance of fresh local ingredients in each generously portioned dish suggests a much more expensive experience. The service is friendly to a fault, while the relaxed, casual ambience is wonderfully relaxing. While there’s plenty of meat on the menu, there’s also no shortage of vegetarian and vegan options for those who prefer to keep things meat free.
9. Xuân Xuân
Where: 47 Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm Hanoi, Vietnam
If you’re in the mood for barbeque while you’re in Hanoi, you’ll find no shortage of options. A good place to start is Xuân Xuân, a restaurant that’s a favorite among both locals and tourists thanks to its truly authentic Vietnamese barbeque experience. Just be warned this is a place strictly for carnivores. Pork, chicken, beef – it’s all on the menu, as is the slightly more unusual ‘goat udders.’ The meat is melt in the mouth tender, while whatever secret ingredients are going into the marinades are worth their weight in gold.
10. Uu Dam
Where: 34 Hang Bai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
If you prefer the carrot to the steak, Hanoi has plenty of fine vegetarian restaurants to tempt you. Chief among them is Uu Dam. Recommended highly by theculturetrip.com for its large, spacious layout. Stylish décor, pan-Asian cuisine, and all-vegetarian take on some of Vietnam’s most popular dishes, it’s a great place to indulge your taste buds without sacrificing your conscious. Expect to pay no more than around $10 per person.
Written by Dana Hanson
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