Needless to say, enjoying terrific particular cuisine in a faraway place is always one of the indispensable parts of a trip. Vietnamese cuisine is an art which makes your trip much more memorable by providing you with numberless great options showing off a perfect mixture of tastes and blend of cultures. An excellent restaurant should not only satisfy your hunger with delicious stuff, but also give a special style coming from ambiance and customer service. Top 7 out of best fine dining restaurants in Vietnam meeting those requirements are on the list below.
1. Madame Hien Hanoi
Highlights: Bracing the chaos of the roads, you will find yourself lost in a charming courtyard housed in a restored 19th-century French villa. Inside Madame Hien restaurant, customers may immediately feel a traditional cozy atmosphere created by the decoration of red lanterns and wooden luxury furniture.
This restaurant is exactly where you can treat yourself and your loved ones to an exquisitely satisfying dining experience because it is home to only Vietnamese authentic dishes such as Banh Cuon (steamed rice roll), Pho, Bun, Nem (fried spring rolls), Com Nieu or grilled piglets with banana-flower salad and upscale version of Hanoi street food. You will be surprised at how magically all the simple natural ingredients can become that flavorful and fantastic.
Who is it for: It is designed for anyone who is curiously seeking genuine taste of Vietnamese food, from the North to the North, served in Vietnamese way by the friendliest waiters and waitresses.
Location: 15 Chan Cam Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m – 10:00p.m
Tel: 024 3938 1588
2. Green Tangerine Restaurant
Highlights: Located in one of the most convenient spots in the Old Quarter, Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi seems to lead you to a quaint setting which is surrounded by a lush garden, built with bare brick walls and fitted with rustic décor. This is absolutely an ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi , to enjoy yourself to the best along with a gourmet meal.
Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi will blow your mind with artfully-presented and extraordinary dishes you possibly have never seen, such as duck breast carpaccio in red fruit dressing served with gizzard candied in ginger, sesame biscuits and mushroom roasted pigeon marinated in coffee, with mashed eggplants rolled in spinach leaves and broccoli and caramelized pork and stewed apples in Calvados, presented on a lotus seeds ‘mille-feuille’ cake made with mashed carrots, taro and cilantro. If you have a sweet tooth, it might be the best to have your desserts ordered with apple crumble with red fruits sauce and Calvados and crème brulee in lemongrass, both of which are served with a scoop of ice cream. Are you excited about this combination of Vietnamese and French style?
Who is it for: The price is comparatively a bit higher than average, but quality justifies the bill. For ones who are not so budget-conscious, this one is worth a shot.
Location: 48 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m
Tel: 043 825 1286
3. El Gaucho
Highlights : El Gaucho is absolutely a destination which any steak-lover should not ever miss. Although its menu is centered on steak, it also offers juicy meat dishes of all kinds, gluten-free options and vegetarian dishes. From the first sight, the professionalism in customer service and Western luxury-oriented décor work up an appetite. What makes El Gaucho chosen as the best steakhouse in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and listed in top best dining places in Vietnam is its highlight- beefsteak. Processed from premium quality beef, the dish keeps its original fresh taste while being perfectly soft, tender and mouth-watering. The cleverness and dedication of the chefs even show in each and every detail on the plate.
Who is it for: Though honestly the price is not cheap, the “star” of El Gaucho is completely worth it.
► 11 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
► 74/1 Hai Ba Trung, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 11 a.m- 12a.m
4. EON51 Restaurant and Lounge
Highlights : Who doesn’t love having dinner with partners and contemplating a panoramic view of a colorful busy city? EON51 Restaurant and Lounge, which is located on three consecutive levels 50-51-52 of Bitexco Financial Tower, the most iconic building in Ho Chi Minh City, will meet your desire. Not only is it organized in a stylish fancy way, the restaurant exudes lavish food and attentive service. Here, you will feel content with international cuisines though each portion is not big.
Who is it for: EON51 Restaurant and Lounge is delightful to welcome high-end consumers.
Location: 50/51/52 Floor, Bitexco Financial Tower, No. 2 Hai Trieu Street, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 8a.m – 11:45p.m
5. Cham Charm Gallery Cuisine
Highlights: As its name suggested, Cham Charm will bring about an irresistible charm deriving from mysterious Champa culture that exists nowhere else. Having the architecture of a luxurious castle, this extraordinary restaurant looks like heaven in ancient paintings, an imperial banquet with candle-lit dinner and statues beside as servants.
Especially, it is a train taking you to extremely attractive cultures at once through the delectable food. You will fall in love with fresh sashimi, teppanyaki and sushi from the country of sunrise, Spanish steak and seafood, Thai typically spicy beef curry and of course, Vietnamese unique various kinds of noodles, spring rolls and hot pot. All of them are incredibly tempting and well-decorated; while feeling the wonderful flavors, the overview of romantic Thay Tieu River and Anh Sao Bridge under starry sky outside the window is willing to make you miss a beat.
Who is it for : Experience – inclined who are fond of trying cuisine from all over the world.
Location: 2 Phan Van Chuong, Tan Phu, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 6p.m – 9p.m
6. Hoi An Sense Restaurant
Highlights : You might have heard of Hoi An, the peaceful enjoyable wonderland highlighted with colorful lanterns across stone paths. For the sake of featuring the culinary excellence of central Vietnam, Hoi An Sense restaurant, for the past 20 years, has successfully become an exquisite, one-of-a-kind space to showcase the pinnacle of Vietnamese cuisine and craftsmanship.
Hoi An Sense restaurant boasts its elegance and tradition by its architectural style with wooden furniture, vivid lanterns and a fish pond in an deluxe rooftop. Visitors will be will be captivated by breathtaking Vietnamese interior and lavish vibrant cuisine including homemade rice flour rolls and dumplings as well as Cao Lau, one of the signature dishes of Vietnam Central region. That explained why it had the honor to welcome a number of ministers and presidents from different countries in the world to drop by and enjoy their dinner in such a picturesque Vietnamese-based site.
Who is it for : Indeed, the cuisine at Hội An Sense is both refined enough for those with the most discerning palates as well as a delightful experience for any guest who loves excellent food.
Location: Rooftop, 12 Phan Ke Binh, Dakao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
► Lunch: 11:00 a.m – 2:30 p.m
► Dinner: 5:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m
Tel: 028 3823 7694
7. Nha Trang View Restaurant
Highlights: It would be no exaggeration to say that this is “The best sea-view restaurant in Nha Trang” and one of top fine dining restaurants in Vietnam. Nha Trang chills you out with sandy beaches, slight breeze and crystal clear water. There is nothing more relaxing than to dine out in such a stunning view. Nha Trang view restaurant offers an ideal location in the center of city, open-aired space with 3 sea-facing sides which is so spectacular and romantic to wait for sunrise or twilight, sipping a bit bitter black coffee with condensed milk.
The restaurant, which covers a huge area and can contain 400 diners, exhales both exquisite and lavish ambiance by offering a menu of thousands of fusion dishes focusing on seafood such as fish, lobsters, crabs, squids, snails and cockles. They are displayed outside with public price, so customers will opt for whatever they want. It has been proved that this dining place is serving the most fresh, carefully cooked and well-seasoned food made by professional chefs who specialized in combining Vietnamese ingredients with international recipes to diversify the selection with each kind of seafood.
Who is it for: This restaurant is highly recommended for anyone in love with beach and seafood.
Location: Lau Ong Tu, Tran Phu str, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
Opening hours: 6 a.m – 10 p.m
All in all, if you are wondering which place might be in your plan to boost the culinary experience in Vietnam to the best, these fancy restaurants are highly suggested for you. In any case, it will go far beyond your expectation of how a lunch or dinner can give, which is worth every penny of the cost. So, why not give it a try and tell us in the comment box below, how is your dining time going?