Restaurants in Hanoi

Food in Hanoi is a mixture of Vietnamese, Chinese and French traditions, with a plethora of regional variations. Rice or noodles usually provide the basis of a meal, fish is plentiful, and vegetables and fruits served are always fresh and seasonal.

Some of the most famous Vietnamese dishes, such as the broth pho, come from Hanoi. You’ll find no end of traditional restaurants and street food options, but there’s also an increasing range of high end choices available in the city hotels and beyond.

The Hanoi restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over US$35)
Moderate (US$15 to US$35)
Cheap (up to US$15)

These Hanoi restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one, including taxes but not drinks. Tipping is now customary, especially in tourist areas, and is much appreciated in a country where salaries are still low. Upscale restaurants and hotels may add a 5-10% service charge to the bill.

La Badiane

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: International

A calm spot in the midst of Hanoi’s busy Old Quarter, La Badiane offers Mediterranean food with an Asian twist in a colonial style house. Reflecting the city’s growing taste for gastronomy, it has an inventive new menu. Choose to sit outside in the pleasant courtyard and don’t miss the fish curry in a saffron-tinged coconut sauce.

Address: 10 Nam Ngu , Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 4 3942 4509.

Soft Water

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Vietnamese, International

Set on the banks of the tranquil Red River, with sumptuously decorated pavilions nestled between among immaculate gardens and fish-filled streams, Soft Water offers a fusion of Western and Asian food. If you really want to taste the wow factor, try the delicious fish which comes in a clay pot with caramel sauce.

Address: No 42, F361, Road 9, An Duong Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 4 2260 8968.

Press Club

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: International

If you’re searching for a bit of colonial Vietnam, the Press Club is the place to head with classically-trained chefs and attentive waiting staff. This elegant restaurant serves French cuisine devised by Michelin-starred chef Alain Dutournier and has an excellent open-air terrace with great views of the city. There's also a stylish all-day cafe/lounge with Vietnamese dishes, cocktails and live evening entertainment.

Address: 59A Ly Thai To, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 4 3934 0888.

Grill 63

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Grill/steakhouse

Grill 63 offers some of the finest cuts of steak in Hanoi, paired with a premium wine list. With modern aesthetic, Grill 63 is ideal for special occasions, or romantic dinners with the scenic Hanoi view on 63rd floor.

Address: 54 Lieu Giai Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 24 3333 1701.


Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Vietnamese

Housed in an old French villa, this Hanoi favourite produces beautifully presented Vietnamese food to the accompaniment of traditional music. Tucked down a quiet side street, the low-key restaurant is laid out on two floors, with a small courtyard. Staff wear customary costumes and there’s a huge menu of traditional dishes.

Address: 38 Thi Sach Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 4 3942 4097.

Brother’s Café

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Vietnamese

With delightful architecture that nods towards an ancient temple and live classical music in the garden, it’s easy to forget that you’re at Brother’s to eat. But once you start working your way through the excellent Vietnamese buffet, you won’t want to leave. The menu changes daily to ensure chefs only use the best ingredients, but expect everything from pho (noddle soup) to banh com (a rice and mung bean pudding) to be cooked in front of you.

Address: 29 Phan Boi Chau Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 51 0391 4150

Au Lac do Brazil

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Brazilian

Serious meat eaters with a hearty appetites should come with their bibs already tucked in at this an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue. Offering various different cuts of meat (beef, pork, chicken, sausage, shrimp), served at your table, the only way the waiting staff know you’re full is when you flip your token over to its red face.

Address: 25 Tran Binh Trong Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: (028) 38207157

JW Cafe

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Buffet

Located at the JW Marriot Hanoi, the JW Café offers a buffet experience with food from 5 different locations, all with distinct flavours. The cuisines include Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. There is also an extensive juice bar and free flowing Heineken in the summer.

Address: JW Marriott Hanoi, No 8 Do Duc Duc Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 24 3833 5588.

Pho 24

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Vietnamese

Serving hearty, delicious pho (traditional beef and chicken noodle broth), Pho 24 is a bright, smart choice for trying the region’s most famous dish. What the chain restaurant lacks in atmosphere, it more than makes up for by the choice of tasty meals, as the number of locals always packing it out prove.

Address: 61 Van Mieu, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 8 3512 7355

Al Fresco's

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: American

Good old-fashioned American fare (ribs, burgers, sizzling steaks, pizza, pasta, ice creams, freshly baked cakes and tropical fruits) served in relaxed, Aussie-style surroundings. Al Fresco’s is great for those who have a hearty appetite and miss Western food but don't want to break the bank. One of 12 branches across Hanoi.

Address: 23L Hai Ba Trung St, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 4 3826 7782.

KOTO on Van Mieu Restaurant

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Vietnamese

This is the perfect opportunity to have a delicious meal and do something good at the same time. KOTO stands for ‘Know One Teach One’ and is a not-for-profit restaurant where street children have the opportunity to learn a skill. The café is open all day, and there are also the Temple Bar and the Bamboo Terrace where you can just have a drink, Vietnamese or European snack, or a full meal.

Address: 59 Van Mieu, Hanoi, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 4 3747 0337.
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