Unlike Saigon, Hanoi has four seasons: Spring – Summer – Autumn – Winter. So, the culinary experience in the capital land is also particularly rich. When the weather is cold, warm water dishes such as pho, vermicelli, vermicelli … are definitely the choices that make you soothed. And on summer days, the sweet, cool cups of tea help you to dispel the heat of the weather.
1. Hanoi Garden
Belonging to one of the fine-dining restaurants specializing in serving traditional Vietnamese dishes in the capital, Hanoi Garden has been a familiar name with Ha Thanh diners for more than 20 years. Re-opening at the place where the old town was Hanoi, experiencing the ‘transformation’ of the second generation, Hanoi Garden appeared with a new and more modern look.
Designed by renowned architect Ho Thieu Tri, one of those who participated in the remodeling of the Hanoi Opera House in 1994 – so somewhere at Hanoi Garden is a French landmark.
The dishes here, both in terms of presentation and taste, are bold in the beauty of the home. Surrounded by a relaxing atmosphere coming from a lush green garden, a small waterfall with a faint scent, under a gentle light, this place is definitely the ideal meeting place for warm meals.
Address: 36 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
2. HOME Hanoi
Hidden in a villa, in a residential area that used to be a French residence, at HOME Hanoi is splendor, filled with classic breath. At Truc Bach Street, this restaurant impresses diners around here because of its large space, but not ostentatious. On the contrary, when you come here, everyone may be surprised by the warm ‘magic’ atmosphere.
If you are a person who loves to enjoy the air, you should quickly book a table in advance. Because this place as well as this seating area has always been a favorite destination for many people.
In addition to the delicious lobster dishes, specialties to try at HOME Hanoi are Ho Tay snail cake and Hanoi noodle soup.
Location: 34 Chau Long, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
3. Uu Dam Chay
Those who have been to Uu Dam Chay, probably already know that the restaurant’s menu is not only focused on traditional Vietnamese vegetarian dishes. Besides, they serve Western delicacies as well as a variety of vegetarian dishes inspired by other Asian cuisines.
One of the dishes that most stimulate the taste of diners when coming here is fried lotus root and fried young tofu. In addition, durian pizza is also an enjoyable culinary experience that you probably won’t want to miss.
At night, Uu Dam Chay ‘puts on herself’ different luster. The restaurant always knows how to attract everyone’s attention because a ‘good-looking’ is extremely well invested. On the rooftop, the architecture inspired by the greenhouse design, filled with the aroma of tropical plants, Uu Dam Hanoi has become a magical place, giving birth to stunning Instagram photos.
Location: 34 Hang Bai, Hanoi.
4. Chusa Vietnamese Cuisine
Vietnamese cuisine is often accompanied by a shared dining experience by default. Large group meals are always a top priority at Vietnamese restaurants. Because of that normal situation, sometimes customers who go separately feel a little lonely and upset. Because they cannot enjoy all the delicious dishes at the restaurant.
To ensure the satisfaction of the experience needs of many audiences, the menu of Chusa Vietnamese Cuisine harmoniously combines the richness of the dish and the diverse elements in the diet.
If this is the first time you come here, do not forget to order fragrant fried rice, accompanied by some handmade beer glasses, and slowly admire the beauty from the scenery of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi.
Location: 22 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
5. Commercial Food and Beverage Shop No. 37
As the name implies, the historical mark is cherished by this place and expressed extremely deeply. From the visible elements are items from the 70s and 80s such as rice notebooks, radio, antique tv … decorated in the familiar ‘crammed’ style, to the popular taste of the North in Each dish has left diners an indelible impression.
If noon is usually the time when locals come here for a little nostalgia, the evening here becomes a culinary epicenter that attracts more tourists from all over the world.
37 Nam Trang, Truc Bach, Hanoi
158 Tran Vu, Truc Bach, Hanoi
6. Chim Sao
Here, everyone will enjoy the fresh taste of folk dishes prepared in the style of ‘home-grown’. The remarkable feature of Chim Sao is that they honor the beauty of ethnic minority cuisine. All of their ingredients are harvested seasonally by the farmers – from snails, grasshoppers, eel to buffalo meat. In addition to the dishes, Chim Sao proudly introduces to everyone the characteristic rich rice wine.
Many people come here and mistakenly think that they have just entered the contemporary art gallery by mistake because every detail on the display of Chim Sao is meticulously invested and can satisfy aesthetic needs. To fully experience this signature dining style, you can choose from upstairs floor-cushioned seats.
Location: 65 Lane Hue, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
7. Au O Vietnam Kitchen
‘Warm’, ‘close’, ‘familiar’ are probably the 3 adjectives that best describe this restaurant. This is truly the ideal culinary place for family reunions. However, not so much that the menu here makes people boring. Because Au O knows a way of reconciling modernity and traditional foundation. For streamlined and frugal palates, Au O is sure to not disappoint.
Space here is filled with tropical foliage. Diners can both enjoy delicious food while admiring the beauty of the capital’s scenery. If you need to enjoy a private dinner with your loved one, Au O has small, charming corners of the table. If you are traveling with family or meeting with friends, the staff here will take you to a larger and more comfortable dining area.
Location: 15 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
8. Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine
Cau Go promises to give anyone a walk around the landscape of Hanoi, from Hoan Kiem Lake, Huc Bridge to Ngoc Son Temple. Not stopping at ‘effects’, Vietnamese dishes here can completely satisfy the smell and taste of diners.
In addition to creating a sparkling space suitable for couples dating in the evening, Cau Go is also a great ‘lunch break’ place when possessing frugal but nutritious dishes.
9 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
73 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
1/3/5/7 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
8. French Grill
Under the JW Marriott Group, the high-class French Grill is famous for its French cultural dishes, along with fine wines. The menu here includes typical French dishes that are tailored to the local taste, mainly seafood and barbecue. Besides, when coming to French Grill, diners will probably be surprised with the largest open kitchen space in Hanoi, with wine storage surrounded by glass.
Address: 8 Do Duc Duc, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
9. T.U.N.G Dining
Located in the heart of Hanoi, T.U.N.G Dining has blown a fresh and unique breeze into the culinary scene in the capital with an 18-dish menu that is constantly renewed each season. This restaurant is also famous for its homemade craft beers and fresh juices to accompany the dishes. The name of the restaurant is not only the name of the chef but also represents the philosophy that the restaurant always pursues: Twisted, Unique, Natural, and Gastronomique (Gourmet). Just a few meters from St. Joseph’s Cathedral (or St. Joseph Cathedral), T.U.N.G Dining stands out with minimalist Nordic architecture. The restaurant space is both elegant and attractive with the main warm tones. The open kitchen is located at the front, becoming an attraction for visitors who accidentally passed by. If you need a private dining room for a special meet-up, you can book a private room with a capacity of about 6 guests.
Address: 2C Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.
10. Stellar Steakhouse
Located on the 62nd floor of InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, Stellar Steakhouse is known as one of the most famous steakhouse addresses in the capital. The restaurant promises to bring to experience the famous Japanese Teppanyaki cuisine (cooking on a cast iron or steel pan). At the same time, Stellar is also the first and only restaurant in Hanoi to dry-age beef on site. Dried beef is smoked by high heat to create its signature flavor.
Address: Kaengnam Hanoi Landmark72 Building, Area E6, Cau Giay New Urban Area, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.