Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Nam Kha Restaurant
Nam Kha Restaurant is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s best-known designer restaurants, quite literally, as it is run by the Khai Silk group. Coming to Nam Kha Restaurant like you are walking into an oriental palace through the door with handles carved elaborately and exotically. A mysterious stairway, velvet curtains, silk rope which are just for quiet and fanciful palace make you look back on a "Dynasty" behind those curtains. The precious and exotic dishes at Nam Kha have different flavors. You will be served as the king and princes in the ancient palace.
Address: 46-48-50 Dong Khoi Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38238309
Set in a beautiful restored villa, the Mandarin restaurant is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, in a charming street in district 3, a spacious new traditional Vietnamese restaurant tucked down a quiet site road. The Mandarin is known as one of the best Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City specially designed to follow the beauty of Vietnamese wood handicraft, appreciated the exquisite Chinese screen paintings and art work on the two open plan doors of the restaurant. You can select a traditional Chinese meal and cook raw meat or seafood in a boiling soup at your table. You must have the fabulous spicy sautéed beef served in bamboo.
Address: 11A Ngo Van Nam Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.8229783
Hoi An Restaurant
With one of the most gorgeous and spacious dining room in the city, Hoi An Restaurant is a joy to be in for dining. It has a very wide frontage that creates an aura of the houses of Hoi An, which is a port in central Vietnam region. The decor of this restaurant has a very subdued elegance, something that strikes a chord with sophisticated diners. It has wooden floors, beamed ceilings, sofas and shaded attractive lamps create a very special look that combines elegance and chic. You will find that every evening there is music and choose some of the exotic delicacies like shark fin soup or other shark fin preparations, and do sample one of the Shrimp and Mustard Leaf Rolls and Hoi An Fish Salad. Dine in Hoi An Restaurant to get that fine dining experience.
Address: 11 Le Thanh Ton Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38237694
Another classy joint with excellent Vietnamese cuisine in luxurious surroundings.
Address: 178A Hai Ba Trung Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.3824 3877
Tucked away on a downtown shopping street in an outwardly unimpressive building, the Temple Club actually occupies a former Chinese temple. The place has a languorous 1930s ambience, with a classic old wooden bar. Everything here is for sale, from the antique throw rugs and Buddhist tapestries to the retro designer furniture. The menu is Vietnamese, with dishes such as shrimp in tamarind sauce and fried monkfish. Finish your meal by stopping in downstairs at Fanny's. The wonderful ice cream flavors include local favorites like durian as well as the usual suspects, such as chocolate and vanilla.
Address: 29–31 Ton That Thiep Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38299244
Without a doubt one of Ho Chi Minh City's finest restaurants serving fine Vietnamese dishes to the accompaniment of live traditional background music. Tucked away on a side street just a block from the Opera House and Lam Son Square, this 80-seat restaurant serves a mix of locals, expats, and tipped-off travelers. The cozy dining room—tile floors, wood wainscoting—is attractive, and success hasn't spoiled the experience: The southern Vietnamese fare remains fresh and affordable. Don't miss the grilled-beef salad with mango, or chicken sautéed with chile and lemongrass. The waitstaff is sometimes stymied by the narrow, three-story layout—second-floor seating will ensure the best service. Reservations are recommended for dinner, which is more of a local affair than lunch.
Address: 04 Nguyen Thiep Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38220496
In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam House is known to be one of the best restaurants specializing in both local Vietnamese and international cuisine. This restaurant is actually a restored French colonial house and renders a traditional ambience with its large French windows and traditionally attired waiters and somber genre of songs. Mostly the services are efficient and it’s a good place for a family to stay at night. You will get ample servings of dishes and mostly the air-conditioned environment is comfortable for guests and the interior decoration is nice and traditional with spaced out sitting arrangements.
Address: 93 - 95 Dong Khoi Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38291623
Maxim's Nam An
Maxim's is like nowhere else in Saigon, and maybe the country. Its French colonial influence can be seen in the tiles that pattern the floor, but the interior is a pastiche of Saigon images and history. The decor invokes every era between the 17th century and the 21st. There are several private rooms, all beautiful and unusual, but the heart of the restaurant is the enormous dining room. You could spend hours just poking around, exploring the maps and photos and the huge vases of lilies. As to the food, it retains a straightforward sensibility somewhat at odds with the crazy grandeur of the dining room. The cuisine here is classic Vietnamese and delicious. Try the 'four seasons' salad to start, or the deep-fried chicken wings in fish sauce, which look deceptively bland but are very tasty. The fried crab in tamarind sauce combines sweet and savoury nicely, and the grilled seabass with lemon leaves manages to be flavorsome and healthy at the same time.
Address: 13-15-17 Dong Khoi Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38296676
Sinking in light yellow lights, the green of tree gives the Indochine Restaurant a quietness and peace. Indochine appears as an old house in French domination time, somewhere still has ancestral altar with two good parallel sentences with the antique ornaments. It can be said that Indochine restaurant is really a perfect combination between the past and present. The dishes of Vietnam culture such as fried meat rolls, beef noodle soup, rolls, banana flower and beef salad... will bring foreign visitors closer to the lifestyle of the Vietnamese. Especially from 19h30 to 21h00 every Tuesday and Thursday night, five weekly, dinners will drop soul into the harmonious and serene melodies of the ethnic instruments such as monochord, 36 chord zither and flute… through the performance of skilled artisans.
Address: 26 Truong Dinh Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.39308421
Blue Ginger Restaurant
Blue Ginger has been established since 1995. It was chosen to open at 37, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia in April the 28th, the same year. And it has been stroghly standing for its professionalism in serving the Genuine Vietnamese Cuisine. As a matter of fact, with varieties in the menu, such as pan fried shrimp scallion raviolis and tomato soup with crab meat (chef’s special, and the gracious service, Blue Ginger has gained not only the locals but also the overseas market, and also this is the reason why it becomes popular in town.
Address: 37 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38298676
Kinh Bac Restaurant
The restaurant is situated in Dong Khoi street where there are many restaurants specializing in gastronomy business, but popular with dishes from 3 regions: South – Central – North in such a luxurious sights with space of the ancient North. Coming to Kinh Bac Restaurant, not just enjoy food processed by top professionals but also soft music and performances bring comfort to you.
Address: 30 Dong Khoi Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38291364
Ancient Town Restaurant
Located at 211, Dien Bien Phu street in district 3 of Ho Chi Minh City, the "Ancient Town" Restaurant is only 10 - minutes drive from downtown and airport.
Address: 211 Dien Bien Phu Str, Dist 3, HCMC. Tel: 08.38299625
Set on Tran Hung Dao just cater-cornered to the Binh Thanh Market, Pho 2000 is a Saigon institution and a beehive of activity day or night. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton even made a visit here, and if Bubba liked it, it must be good.
Address:1-3 D Phan Chu Trinh Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38222788
Ngoc Suong seafood restaurant
Situated on Le Quy Don street, Ngoc Suong is regarded as an ideal place for its profession in serving fresh, delicious and flavorful seafood.
Address: 19C Le Quy Don Str, Saigon, Vietnam. Tel: 08.39304209
Ngon Restaurant is one of the famed and well-established restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. The term Ngon literally means ‘delicious’ food and this restaurant is known to serve authentic Vietnamese local cuisine stylized like street food yet offering a hygienic ambience. You get to experience a comfortable seating arrangement with a regular table or a seating arrangement in either the balcony or the courtyard. Decoration wise the main building is having different cooking stations at different corners and each cooking station specializes in respective regional cuisines. Try spring rolls, bun cha (char-grilled meat and peanuts over rice noodles) and bun bo hue (spicy soup with seafood and pork). Ngon restaurant is a good place for local residents and tourists.
Address: 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38299449
Bach Dang Ice Cream
Sitting right at the cross junction of Le Pasteur & Le Loi, unmistakably one of few popular tourist streets, Bach Dang Ice cream serves up quite a variety of cool desserts and ice cream. It's been a household name since it moved to its current location in 1979. Its customers are mainly locals, some of whom have been coming since they were kids. And why the loyal customers? It all comes down to the delicious ice-cream (naturally made without artificial ingredients), a warm and friendly atmosphere and good service at less than US$5. We recommend trying Bach Dang's special exotic fruit flavours, but they also offer all the classics for those with more traditional cravings.
Address: 26-28 Lei Loi Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38292707
Wrap & Roll
Wrap & Roll is a place with the modern touch of Western sensibilities - until it comes to the food. The design is contemporary, with limegreen walls and unique architecture. The restaurant is bright, with comfortable seating and super-efficient service, all of which have made Wrap & Roll a popular lunch and dinner place for young, active Vietnamese executives as well as foreigners. The theme is that favourite of all three regions of Vietnam, the spring roll, and on offer are a delightful assortment of rolls and wraps, as well as some salads and soups. Many of the rolls come pre-wrapped, stuffed with an assortment of fresh meats, seafood, and vegetables. It is impossible to exaggerate the great design inherent in the presentation - lettuce leaves hold small stacks of shrimp, greens, and noodles, all tied together with thin strips of green onion and perfectly aligned on a rectangular plate. The freshness of the food, its dainty and attractive presentation, the cool green theme of the deùcor - all add up to a very refreshing stop in the middle of a hot, humid, busy Saigon. Reasonable prices and healthy food make Wrap & Roll a place that you shouldn’t miss.
Address: 97B Nguyen Trai Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.39253639
Au Manoir De Khai Restaurant
Au Manoir De Khai Restaurant shines a luxurious beauty. Au Manoir De Khai is a French villa which still can not be mistaken. You are greeted by a beautiful luxury building after the featured gate which seems to be never opened. With the first step, you seem to lose in a "Tropical Garden" ... and be dazzling with candlelight, flowers and grass. Attraction takes you to the waiting lounge of the restaurant designed in French style in late nineteenth century. Candle light spreading out makes the classic works of art alive, majestic tables covered with panther skin will make you amazed. After a moment sinking into that wonderful beauty, you will surprise with superior wines in the wine storage room. Coming to Au Manoir De Khai, you seem to be hypnotized by the menu in your hand. Seducements with French-featured goose liver pâté and grapes soaked with wine Aromagnac... You will be truly excited with France desserts and completely conquered by the unforgettable rich taste.
Address: 251 Dien Bien Phu Str, Saigon Tel: 08.39303394
After a 15-year downtown run, La Camargue moved one mile to the northwest, along the District 1–District 3 line, in early 2008. The longtime expat favorite didn't miss a beat. The villa-style ambience, with exposed rafters, roof tiles, and a greenhouse's worth of potted plants, echoes the original open-air space, though the address on a quiet lane is even more intimate. The loyal clientele fills the candlelit tables to dine on classic Continental fare like châteaubriand with foie gras or campanelle pasta with sliced pork in a creamy wild-mushroom sauce, as well as a few more inventive treats, such as duck confit samosas with a balsamic-vinegar-and-shallot dipping sauce. Service is attentive, yet unrushed. The new location is a bit out of the way for lunch, but perfect for dinner. Reservations are a must.
Address: 191 Hai Ba Trung Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.35204888
Amigo Steak House
Amigo Steak House is located centrally in Saigon . The place serves absolutely mouth-watering steaks in authentic American style and the moment you walk in, the big bar will draw your attention with the rustic decor by brick and wood makes you feel like being in an American city. The tables are of standard size allowing diners enough room to dine comfortable without elbows being at awkward angles. And the most important part of this whole place is the food. Beef is imported and of the finest quality, the steak definitely will not taste like leather in your mouth! Go for accompaniments like a Thousand Island Dressing salad or new boiled tiny potatoes. Especially, don’t miss to try some of the Champagne Brunch on Sundays.
Address: 55-57 Nguyen Hue Str, Saigon. Tel: 08.38291248
Al Fresco's Restaurant
Al Fresco's Restaurant has design in modern style; the restaurant’s space is very cozy. The restaurant is the address to patronize of Vietnamese and the foreign tourists. Famous for tender BBQ ribs, Italian and Australian food complemented with cold local & imported beers, wine, Al Fresco’s is the best choice for you and your family, friends to have the relaxed and friendly evening with delicious dishes.
Address: 27 Dong Du Str, Saigon Tel: 08.38227317
As an “outstanding restaurant of the world”, L’etoile restaurant is a big choice with a great atmosphere, classical elegant decor and great tradition French cuisine, created by the Five Star Chef. From the a la carte menu, the Beef Brochette in red wine sauce, chicken breast with goose liver in puff pastry and Grand Marnier Souffle, simply melt in the mouth. The vintage wine cellar is equally impressive. With mains at $8-18, and the four course "Gourmet" or "Family" set menus at $12-15, the highest quality is worth every cent.
Address: 180 Hai Ba Trung Str, Dist 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38297939
Hard Rock Café Saigon
Hard Rock Cafe Ho Chi Minh City is located at 39 Le Duan Avenue in the Kumho Asiana Plaza, a new upscale complex for shopping and entertainment, just minutes from historical landmarks, such as City Post, Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace.
The 542-square-meter cafe, includes seating for 205, a vibrant bar, live music area and a Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock’s rock n' roll inspired merchandise, including limited-edition pins and t-shirts, reflecting the spirit of the city. Memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorns the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Ho Chi Minh City, and includes items from many of the world’s most beloved and recognizable musicians, as well as contemporary artists with local ties.
Address: 39 Le Duan Str, Saigon Tel: 08. 62917595