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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Hanoi

Bobby Chinn

Presiding over Hanoi’s trendiest, most happening restaurant and lounge, chef/owner Bobby Chinn – who is half Chinese, half Egyptian – apprenticed under San Francisco’s Hubert Keller and Gary Danko. Chinn imbues his traditional Vietnamese dishes with a modern twist, filling his spring rolls, for instance, with filet mignon. The stylish, romantic restaurant and lounge – recently opened in a new, though less central location – are full of art, silk curtains, and candles. In the lounge, beautiful people make themselves comfortable on velvet banquettes covered in silk pillows. Live music and performing arts can sometimes be enjoyed here as well. For an extra two bucks, the staff will tell you that you’re beautiful – all night long.

77 Xuan Dieu St., 011-84-4-3719-2460, www.bobbychinn.com
Tags: romance | nightlife | expensive | smart splurge | trendy | asian fusion

Café des Arts

This hip, French-owned café is a great stop for Parisian standards like fois gras and steak tartar, but the real draw – in addition to the elegantly funky ambience – is the rotating artwork by Vietnamese artists. Don’t miss the view from the rooftop patio.

11B Bao Khanh, 011-84-4-3828-7207, www.cafedesarts.com (French only)
Tags: moderate | art | french

Green Tangerine

Thoughtfully presented French fare with Vietnamese accents is served in a charming 1928 villa in the Old Quarter, and can range from completely fabulous to mediocre without explanation. Its enduring popularity despite the prices is testimony that the food pleases more frequently than it disappoints. If you want a sure-fire win, opt for the prix fixe duck lunch menu. The restaurant’s romantic ambience, especially the outdoor seating in the lovely courtyard, will suit lovebirds.

48 Hang Be, 011-84-4-3825-1286
Tags: expensive | historic | french | vietnamese

KOTO

KOTO means “Know One Teach One” and it’s the brainchild of Australian-Vietnamese Jimmy Phan, who decided to help Vietnamese street kids by training them for work in the hospitality biz. This is the training kitchen, and it’s right across the street from the Temple of Literature, making it the perfect rest stop for a light meal or a coffee and pastry, and it’s for a great cause too!

59 Van Mieu St., 011-84-4-3747-0337, www.koto.com.au
Tags: budget | continental | vietnamese

Paris Deli

On the same drag as several fashionable boutiques, this reliable, delightful French cafe boasts delicious pastries and baguette sandwiches, plus good coffee and more sizeable French entrees at night.

13 Nha Tho St., 011-84-4-3928-6697
Tags: moderate | sandwiches

Quan An Ngon

This open-air courtyard surrounding a large, leafy tree has an array of “street stalls” offering the best of street food from across Vietnam. This is a great place to sample staples of rural Vietnamese cuisine without worrying about sanitary standards (although street food is usually quite safe in Hanoi).

18 Phan Boi Chau, 011-84-3942-8162
Tags: moderate | vietnamese | street food

Vine

This stylish, popular West Lake spot attracts expats and elite Vietnamese from the neighborhood, a super-wealthy enclave on the northwest side of town. The wine list here is one of the most extensive in Vietnam, and the fresh, seasonal western and fusion menu from Canadian chef Donald Berger is excellent. Also check out the Vine Annex around the corner.

1A Xuan Dieu, 011-84-4-3719-8000, www.vine-group.com
Tags: expensive | asian | continental

Wild Lotus

A villa restaurant with stylish décor, Wild Lotus has a Vietnamese and pan-Asian menu that traces the spice route. You can sample anything from Indian tikka to spicy papaya salad from northeast Thailand to fried Nha Trang sea bass. Enter via steps over a reflecting pool and a dramatic flight of stairs surrounded by greenery on either side. Inside, expect interesting art, Asian decorative accents, and the ambience of a modern, bustling brasserie. 

55 Nguyen Du St., 011-84-4-3943-9342, www.wildlotus.com.vn
Tags: moderate | great value | asian fusion

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