In a listing of 10 most favorite restaurants in Vietnam based on votes by Travel + Leisure readers, HCMC had six representatives, while Da Nang and Hanoi boasted two each.
Located on Ky Con Street in HCMC’s District 1, Quince Saigon restaurant that specializes in serving European-style dishes topped the list. The highlight of the restaurant is all dishes are grilled in wood fire ovens. Its signature dishes include smoked potato cream, tomato and jamon jam, cured salmon and scallop tonkotsu. “Ambience, food, staff… everything is great here,” a Travel + Leisure reader commented. “Consistently good. Has been a go-to for years,” another voter said.
La Maison 1888 inside InterContinental Sun Peninsula Resort in Da Nang was second on the list. It is Vietnam’s first restaurant to feature a Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. The restaurant serves foreign specialties like Wagyu Beef and Pate-croute with a touch of Vietnamese influence, using local flavors and ingredients.
Pizza 4P’s restaurant chain in HCMC came third on the list. Pizza 4P’s was founded in Vietnam by Japanese couple Yosuke Masuko and Sanae Takasugi. It has quickly expanded its presence in HCMC, Hanoi, Da Nang and Nha Trang. It now has 13 restaurants in HCMC, mainly serving spaghetti, salad and soup in addition to its signature pizza.
Nen restaurant in Da Nang was fourth on the list. Nestled in a quiet grassy neighborhood next to the Han River, the restaurant opened to tourists in 2018 and serves traditional Vietnamese dishes. However, the restaurant is now temporarily closed.
The Deck Saigon in HCMC’s District 2, home to a large expat community, stood in fifth. The venue on Nguyen U Di Street on the bank of the Saigon River is elegantly decorated with glass doors, warm lighting, and furnishings by top local designers as well as traditional wooden decks surrounded by bamboo trees. The Deck Saigon is open all-day and guests can enjoy a western-style breakfast menu of fruit smoothies, eggs benedict, homemade granola, and pancakes while brunch and lunch offerings range from pan-fried foie gras and Wagyu beef burger to bento sets and Phu Quoc prawn rolls. It also has a cocktail bar on the riverfront that was listed one of the world’s best by U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
Located on Ly Tu Trong Street in HCMC’s District 1, Sol Kitchen & Bar, which mainly serves Latin American-style dishes, secured sixth place on the list. Designed in Spanish style mixed with Mediterranean architecture with rattan ceiling lamps, the color theme of the restaurant is white and brown. It is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tung Dining Restaurant in Hanoi came in seventh. Located close to popular tourist destinations like St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the Sword Lake, the restaurant opened in 2018 and specializes in elaborate 18-course dinners prepared by chef Hoang Tung and his team. Last year, it was ranked one of Asia’s 100 best by William Reed Business Media, a British business magazine and digital media company.
Golden Jade Restaurant, which mainly serves Chinese cuisine, was eighth. The restaurant on the first floor of SC VivoCity shopping center in HCMC’s District 7 is famous for signature dishes like dim sum, roasted duck and dumplings.
Located on a small alley on Hang Gai Street in Hanoi, Moto-san Tam Thuong Restaurant with a touch of Japanese culture was ninth. Designed in architectural style like restaurants in Japan’s Kyoto with the dim light from ceiling lamps, the restaurant treats diners with Japanese dishes like salad, sake maki, Unagi Ura Maki, Komochi Nihen, Shoyu ramen or Vietnamese cuisine like chicken skewers, noodle soup and banh mi. It is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Mad House on Nguyen U Di Street in Thao Dien area, which is popular with the expat community, rounded out the list. The restaurant has outdoor space and is surrounded by green trees, making it an ideal place for hangout. It mainly serves French cuisine and Vietnamese treats like fresh burrata cheese, French snails, beef noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, and beef stew.
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