Comparing to other parts of Vietnam, Hanoi seems to have the most typical cuisine with various dishes and tastes. It is like a heaven of street food in Vietnam. Everyone in Hanoi, from the elderly to the young, is likely to love gathering around a table in a restaurant to immerse themselves in the city’s street cuisine. The Hanoians love salty flavors more than the southern parts. If you are staying a few days in Hanoi, make sure you spend some time exploring the Vietnamese and also international culinary scene.
Here is an independent list of 15 best restaurants in Hanoi that will promisingly give you unforgettable dining experiences. Let’s check it out:
1. JW Café (Japanese, Cafe, Seafood)
JW Café is one of the top luxurious restaurants in Hanoi which offers a sumptuous buffet. You can expect to have international dishes, BBQ, fresh seafood and excellent sweet treats there. The restaurant satisfies customers with specialties from well-known cuisines such as Japan, China, Korea and the Mediterranean. There are some must-try dishes when visiting the restaurant like abalone, lobster, French oysters, and Foie Gras. At JW Café, you can enjoy the foods with high quality, be impressed by the variety of dishes and stunning lake view, and also the thoughtfulness of the staff.
Opening hours: 7 am to 10:30 pm
Price: VND 690.000 - VND 1.600.000
2. The Hung Snake Restaurant (Restaurant, Vietnamese)
Le Mat snake village is quite famous in Hanoi for a tradition of catching and breeding snakes for more than 1,000 years. In this village, The Hung Snake restaurant is one of the few restaurants keeping the oldest tradition. Coming here, you have a chance to enjoy many kinds of snakes such as Krait, Coluber and Cobras. Also, you can see these snakes, hold and play with them (if you are brave enough) and research more about the way villagers catch the snake. There are 11 traditional dishes with snakes and most of them should be enjoyed when it’s still hot. The family-restaurant model makes the visitors feel cozy and intimate.
Opening hours: 9 am to 11 pm
Price: VND 200.000++
3. Essence Restaurant (Restaurant, Cafe, Vietnamese)
Located right on the ground floor of Essence Hanoi Hotel, the restaurant is very convenient for those staying there. Essence Restaurant offers customers with authentic Vietnamese dishes in an elegant and refined setting. Its décor is quite exotic with cutting edge contemporary design and drawings on the aesthetics of both colonial Vietnam. You can enjoy the dishes from 3 regions of Vietnam with their distinctive characteristics. The main dishes are made with beef, chicken, fish, or pork.
Opening hours: 6:30 am to 10 am; 11:30 am to 10 pm
Price: VND 60.000 – VND 130.000
4. Poke Hanoi (Japanese, American)
Many locals love Poke Hanoi. It has a great location near Hoan Kiem Lake. Though it’s a little bit tricky to find Poke Hanoi restaurant, a small sign will help. The interior design is quite nice and if you are lucky, you can get a table on the terrace where you can overlook the lake. Even you are in Hanoi, you can still enjoy authentic taste of Japanese and American dishes. The food is fresh, healthy, delicious and colorful. The restaurant’s signature bowls include: The Charles, the Hawaiian, the Californian, the Vegetarian, the Hanoian, and the Savory. Especially, you can customize your own bowl based on your taste.
Opening hours: 11 am to 9 am (from Monday to Saturday)
Price: VND 140.000 – VND 200.000
5. Mâm Cơm Việt Restaurant (Asian, Vietnamese)
This restaurant seems to convey the meaningful messages of Vietnamese traditions, cultures and humanistic values in each family. There, you can enjoy lunch or dinner while experiencing the hustle and bustle of roads in the Old Quarter through large windows. With the goal of helping gourmets get closer to the traditional culinary of Vietnam, the restaurant serves many delicious typical Vietnamese dishes. Its menu is divided into different sets based on the season and holidays, namely the spring set, the autumn set, Tet holiday set, and Full moon set.
For those who are confused about choosing what to eat for the main course, some must-try dishes include Hanoi grilled pork (Bun cha Hanoi), Grilled beef in coconut (Bo nuong trai dua), and rice noodles with fried tofu and fried nuggets (Bun dau cha com).
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm
Price: VND 70.000 – VND 350.000
6. Era Restaurant (Vietnamese)
Nestled in the heart of the vibrant Old Quarter, Era Restaurant is a great choice for both Vietnamese and international travelers. Founded by a couple who have a lot of experience in the travel and hospitality industry, it surely brings satisfaction to most visitors. The dishes are mainly Vietnamese, but cooked in a more creative way. The food menu does not include too many options but the food taste is really outstanding. The restaurant highly recommend 2 dishes: Hanoi style “bun cha” and traditional grilled fish “La Vong’s style”.
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm
Price: VND 50.000 – VND 200.000
7. 3 Spoons (Italian, Chinese)
With amazing skyline views over Hanoi city center, 3 Spoons attracts a lot of diners to visit. It offers an extensive buffet, a choice of three cuisines: Italian, Chinese, Vietnam, and interactive open stations. Some Vietnamese-Chinese food you should try are two levels steamed seafood basket and steamed chicken feet dumplings. Japanese cuisine is famous for its Sushi and Sashimi, and to serve the food at its best taste, the restaurant import seafood from Japan. 3 Spoons also serves a variety of Italian Pizza, Antipasti, and Pastas. Especially, it also has the main setting of Edition Brunch – one of the most exclusive brunch experiences in town. While eating, you can also listen to live jazz and there is a corner for your kids to play.
Opening hours: 6:30 am – 10:30 am, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm; 6 pm – 10:30 pm.
Price: VND 300.000 – VND 1.000.000
8. Hoang’s Restaurant (Vietnamese, Healthy)
The restaurant is highly recommended by many foreigners. You can see the friendliness of the staff right from the moment you walk into the restaurant. They are always willing to suggest you the best dishes to choose, the places to go and things to do. There are some must-try dishes in Hoang’s Restaurant such as spring rolls, bun cha, green mango salad, stir fry chicken and the egg coffee. On top of that, the spring roll’s flavor is so excellent with the unique dipping sauce. You may miss this taste when you are back to your country.
Opening hours: 10 am – 10:30 pm
Price: VND 50.000 – VND 150.000
9. Home Moc Restaurant (Vietnamese)
Home Moc Restaurant is housed in French Villa which has been meticulously maintained for years. With a striking wooden design and furnishing, it is one of the best places for enjoying lunch or dinner with family or friends. They bring to you the best Vietnamese palates which specially focus on the most exquisite seafood. It is not just a meal, but also a journey through culture, history and the heritage of Vietnam. Home Moc’s signature dishes from the excellent chef are Hanoi grilled “cha ca” and aroma salsa (Cha ca Ha Thanh), Baked herbal chicken in a clay pot (Ga nuong mat mia), and deep fried crispy pork belly with “mam” sauce (Ba chi heo chien mam).
Opening hours: 11 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm
Price: VND 70.000 – VND 350.000
10. Sen Trang An Vietnam (Vietnamese)
If you have been to Hanoi, do not skip Sen Trang An Vietnam, of which the service is pretty good. The staff will greet you and quickly take your order and serve the meal. If you want to enjoy the authentic Vietnamese food or hot pot, go nowhere but this restaurant. The cozy atmosphere and reasonable price are huge pluses for the restaurant. There are 3 must-try dishes voted by the gourmets, which are fried duck with basil leaves, stir-fried Pho with Beef, and stir-fried Pho with Chicken.
Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm
Price: VND 120.000++
11. Cloud Nine Restaurant (Asian, Combination)
Cloud Nine Restaurant is located on the 9th floor within La Siesta Premium. Its name also shows its wonderful features with dazzling views and heavenly menu. The restaurant’s classical style reminds to an Indochina area with black, white, blue-grey and creams as the main colors. The mouthwatering menu features the best iconic dishes from the northern, central and southern areas: quintessential spring rolls, fragrant beef noodles, grilled beef in Bamboo, and Bun Cha - the most favorite of Hanoian. Dining at Cloud Nine on the rooftop with superior service and divine cuisine is surely an experience that is hard to beat.
Opening hours: 10:30 am to 10 pm
Price: VND 55.000 – VND 5.000.000
12. O' Lake View Restaurant (Asian, Vietnamese, Combination)
O’ Lake View Restaurant is a Vietnamese restaurant that has a luxurious, sophisticated design and sheer ambiance. As its name suggests, you can fully enjoy the beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake while having the charming flavors of traditional dishes. Serving almost all day, it can please whenever you want. O’ Lake View serves both Asian and Western dishes so you have more options to choose from. Some typical dishes include Steamed Seabass with Jambon and Mushroom, Oven Pork chop with green rice, crispy crusted green Mussel, and homemade Salmon carpaccio.
Opening hours: 6:30 am to 10:30 am; 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Price: VND 200.000 – VND 500.000
13. Tung's Kitchen (Vietnamese, Combination)
Quite near the Old Quarter, it is easy to find Tung’s Kitchen Vietnamese Cuisine and Cooking Class by looking out for the sign on the main street. It has a balcony for looking down onto the street. The restaurant is pretty clean and the food is freshly made. You should try Prawn Salad, Veggie Tofu with Chilli, and combination noodles here. It is recommended as one of the best restaurants in Hanoi thanks to its quality food, reasonable price and excellent service from professional staff. If you want to research more about Vietnamese culinary, do not hesitate to register for a cooking class here.
Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Price: VND 80.000 – VND 200.000
14. Garden House 2 Restaurant (European, Asian)
Garden House 2 is the combination of the Vietnamese cuisine and several Western-inspired dishes. Its wide range of meals can serve both vegetarian and vegan at an affordable price. The restaurant with the rural style creates a cozy atmosphere, in which diners can enjoy the meal under the lanterns and see the flowers on the table.
Opening hours: 10 am to 11 pm
Price: VND 50.000 – VND 500.000
15. Local Cuisine Restaurant (Asian, Vietnamese)
Featuring the Vietnamese cuisine, the restaurant is considered a hidden gem in the Old Quarter. To bring nature throughout the restaurant, it regularly uses fresh flowers for the tables and alcoves. You will be surprised to discover the restaurant ample space that can host many large parties. Featured with fresh and mouth watering- looking food, the Local Cuisine Restaurant is very famous for Hanoian dishes such as Hanoi dumpling cake, stir fried noodles with chicken, and Hanoi pan - fried fish.
Opening hours: 10 am to 11 pm
Price: VND 70.000 – VND 300.000
With this list of the best restaurants in Hanoi, hope that you can find the most suitable for you. Let’s choose and go for exploring Hanoi culinary.