Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, was remarked as the Pearl of the Far East. Now it has become the most developed and bustling city in Vietnam and one of the most active ones in Southeast Asia. There are many exciting things to discover here such as well-known historical destinations, noisy playing areas, hospitable people and especially local culinary style. To know what the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City are, just enjoy the following list of top 10 best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City!
1. Banana Mama Rooftop & Kitchen
Banana Mama Rooftop & Kitchen is one of the most well-known outdoor restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, which is well-liked by the youth and foreign tourists. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of WMC building, near Bui Vien walking street - the most bustling street in Saigon. The decor of the restaurant takes inspiration from summer vacation. There is a lot of yummy summer drinks and food served here especially Banana Mama, which makes name for this restaurant.
Banana Mama is a cocktail bringing the flavor of summer with a combination of dark rum, rum malibu coco, and fresh pineapple. It is wonderful to enjoy a cocktail in exciting music and see the city at night.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 05:00 pm - 02:00 am
Price: 60.000 VND to 220.000 VND per person
2. Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant & Tea House
Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant & Teahouse is considered as a do-not-missing restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City not only by vegetarians but also by tourists alike. Taking inspiration from a mysterious nation in Tibetan Buddhism, the founder of this restaurant wants to bring gourmets the opportunity to enjoy lightly relaxing moments with pure and tasty vegetarian dishes.
This restaurant is decorated with a unique combination of French architecture and large fresh green spaces from nature, divided into three zones: ground floor space, mezzanine space, and airy outdoor space which are ready to meet all guests needs.
Besides impressive spaces, Shamballa Vegetarian also attracts gourmets with various and attractive vegetarian menus which are all made from purely natural ingredients. With the price from about 200.000 to 300.000VND/a person, Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant & Tea House is ideally suitable for parties, meeting customers, friends, relatives or birthday parties.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Price: 200.000 VND - 300.000 VND per person
3. Signature Restaurant
Renowned for world-class cuisines from Vietnam and other countries presented by eminent chefs and the panoramic stunning view of the city at night from the 23rd floor of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Tower, Signature Restaurant is remarked as one of the most famous Ho Chi Minh restaurants.
Having dinner at the restaurant brings guests feelings as if they are enjoying dinner in a five-star western-style restaurant in luxurious atmosphere, with yummy cuisines from different countries served professionally. The restaurant is suitable for organizing parties, birthday parties, dates, meeting customers, friends, relatives,... and you will have wonderful culinary experience in the restaurant.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 06:00 am - 10:00 pm
Price: 500.000 VND - 1.000.000 VND per person
4. Li Bai Restaurant
Li Bai Restaurant is another famous restaurant in Saigon, located in Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Tower, too. Unlike Signature Restaurant mentioned earlier, Li Bai Restaurant specializes in China food, encompasses more than 50 tasty dishes, especially the very delicious dim sum.
Chinese culture is the main inspiration source of the restaurant’s decoration, which brings guests the feeling as they are enjoying meals in cozy ambiance in Chinese typical restaurants. Besides over 50 dishes served year-round, it is also well-known for moon cake which makes an impression on whoever tried it once. However, the cake is served in the Mid-Autumn Festival only. It is suitable for organizing parties, birthday parties, meeting business partners, friends, relatives,...
Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 02:40 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 02:30 pm
Monday - Sunday: 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
698.000 VND +++ per person (Adult)
600.000 VND +++ per person (Child)
5. Bun Bo Nam Bo - Ba Ba Restaurant
Bun Bo Nam Bo - Ba Ba is not a large luxuryrestaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, just a small one but very popular and typical for Vietnamese street food. From the beginning, Ba Ba’s concept is to reinvent Vietnamese street food: familial recipes, quality ingredients, affordable price but be served in a clean and modern space.
The restaurant attracts many tourists and locals because they can't taste the delicious attractive flavor of Vietnamese traditional dish here at any other restaurants. The flavor is a harmonizing combination of the sweet taste of bouillon, beef, the freshness of herbs, the spice of chili sauce, and the sourness of lemon. Moreover, the staff is nice and professional; all are as friendly as the hospitality character of Vietnamese people.
Opening hours: 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
Price: 60.000 VND per person
6. Poke Saigon
Poke is a colorful salad originally coming from Hawaii and it quickly becomes one of the hottest food trends in 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City because of its taste and benefits to human health.
Poke Saigon is the first poke restaurant in the city and until now, it has two branches, one at 42 Nguyen Hue Street and the other at Ly Tu Trong Street. From the beginning, the purpose of the founder is to change the eating habits of the youth and provide another healthier delicious and nutritious choice for the Vietnamese menu. There are some differences in the decoration in two branches. The first is a charming place to enjoy a bowl of poke, which is decorated with floral prints and an adorable garden while the second is open space boasting an outdoor seating area. Both these dining areas specialize in American style.
Branch 1: 2 Nguyen Hue Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Branch 2: 1st floor, 42 Bis Ly Tu Trong Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Branch 1: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm
Branch 2: Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Price: 150.000 VND per person
7. Lost Boy Hideout
Lost Boy Hideout, the best sports bar in the center of bustling district 7 is a worth-visiting dining area for tourists traveling to Ho Chi Minh City. Walking into the bar, tourists will get lost in an exciting ambiance where they can put the real world and stress behind, play many games such as darts, foosball, pool,... and enjoy signature food and drinks in DJ or bustling live music.
The most impressive choice here is Cajun food, which cannot be found at any other restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city. Moreover, there is also a baby playing area for someone going with their children. It is suitable for dates, birthday parties, parties with friends and relatives.
Monday – Thursday: 02:00 pm – 24:00 am
Friday: 04:00 pm – 02:00 am
Saturday: 11:00 am – 02:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am – 00:00 am
Price: 50.000 VND – 300.000 VND per person
8. La Villa French Restaurant
Those people looking for beautifully decorated restaurant in Saigon should not skip La Villa French Restaurant, which specializes in French cuisine. The restaurant is located inside an old villa having French architectural features with a romantic space next to the pool. A diversifying menu with five-star dishes and scrumptious wines, professional services and friendly staff all make the restaurant’s fame.
According to the comments of guests, they are really impressed by the art and beauty of culinary concentrated on each dish here. All are carefully crafted by a well-known French chef and he also always comes to each table to ask whether guests are satisfied with the meals.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday
Lunch: 11:45 am - 04:00 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm - 00:00 am
Price: 500.000 VND - 2.200.000 VND per person
9. Stellar Restaurant
Another Western restaurant among must-try Ho Chi Minh restaurants, Stellar Restaurant, specializing in European cuisine, is famous for its scene which inspires the guests a feeling as though they get lost in fairy tales. It is isolated from the hustle and bustle of an active Ho Chi Minh City and decorated with a nice garden, swimming pool on the center and luxurious terrace. That is why Stellar Restaurant is highly recommended for a fancy date. Besides, European cuisines and famed wines served here also make guests unforgettable.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Price: 1.000.000 VND - 2.000.000 VND per person
10. Hum Vegetarian, Lounge & Restaurant
Hum Vegetarian, Lounge & Restaurant makes a great impression on gourmets by its vegetarian dishes and simply but elegantly decorating style. The vegetarian food in the restaurant shows typical culinary features of Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia.
The main point in terms of decoration and style here is the focus on lotus motifs, some typical kinds of fruit trees in Vietnam, lotus ponds, old pottery, lotus patterns, buddha statues, etc. It is such a memorable experience for anyone coming here that the restaurant has become a very popular destination for not only vegetarian but also all people in Ho Chi Minh City.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Price: 100.000 VND - 500.000 VND per person