Top 10 Hanoi Restaurants vote by Tripadvisor 2019–2020

Ha Le Van
Ha Le Van
Nov 11 · 9 min read

Tripadvisor recently updated the 10 best restaurants in Hanoi, voted by travellers. Here is a list for your reference.

1. JW Cafe

If you are looking for the best place to eat in Hanoi, you should definitely visit JW Cafe. As one of the top restaurants in Hanoi, JW Cafe offers a sumptuous buffet that serves Vietnamese food, international dishes, fresh seafood, bbq and excellent sweet treats. Your taste buds will be satisfied with specialties from well-known cuisines, such as China, Japan, Korean, and the Mediterranean. At Hanoi’s best buffet restaurant, you will be impressed not only by the quality of the foods, the variety of the dishes but also by the stunning lake view of the restaurant and the thoughtfulness of the staffs.

2. Duong Restaurants

My name is Hoang Duong, my food journey started when I was a young boy living in the village. My Vietnamese food passion was ingrained when I was a child and watched my father preparing my family meals. My father was a master in the kitchen and he instilled in me the importance of using fresh ingredients when cooking the family meals.

As I traveled down the road to where I am now, I kept building knowledge and authentic cuisine recipes learnt from my father previously. I had a belief that whilst freshness of ingredients was a core key, another key to deliver dishes with full of flavor was to use only the best local produce. My influence makes the seasonality of produce the most important aspect of the menu here at Duong’s Restaurants, this is the reason why the menu often continues to evolve in line with the availability of produce.

I am proud to launch Duong’s Restaurants & Hanoi Cooking Classese as my first solo venture and the first leg of my journey and vision. The 1st one is in Hanoi — Duong restaurant in Ngo Huyen street then the one in Ma May street marked as my 2nd Duong’s restaurants in Hanoi. Lately, the Restaurant in Saigon is proudly opening, this is 3rd Duong’s restaurant. I am honoured to share this journey with my family, friends and most importantly, with you — our beloved customers. I hope you will enjoy the journey that I am going to take you on where I’ll beautifully present you a mix of traditional Vietnamese dishes with Vietnamese / French fusion dishes.

3. Essence Restaurant

Located on the ground floor of Essence Hanoi Hotel, the Essence Restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese dishes in an elegant, refined setting. Featuring an exotic décor which draws on the aesthetics of both colonial Vietnam and cutting edge contemporary design, Essence Cafe & Restaurant is considered by many as one of the best restaurants in Hanoi.

4. Cloud Nine Restaurant

To be on Cloud Nine is to be in a blissful state of happiness. A number of conflicting theories abound as to the origins of this phrase. One of the most popular attributes it to the fluffy white cumulonimbus. This is the ninth cloud out of ten types first identified in the 1896 International Cloud Atlas which rises as high as a cloud can go, hence the sense of being ‘on top of the world’. Others attribute it to the mystical divine number nine or to Buddhism which says cloud 9 is a stage in the search for enlightenment.

We chose to call our new restaurant Cloud Nine because we are confident after dining here you will feel extremely happy and satisfied. Located on the 9th floor and encased in walls of floor to ceiling windows, with soft cream drapes, the 360 degree views across Hanoi’s rooftops, Hoan Kiem Lake and Red River are breathtaking and inspiring. Flooded with light and a feeling of openness the concept of seeing the outside world is just as important as what is within.

The restaurant and bar area are classically styled calling to mind an Indochina area. A color palette of black, white, creams and blue-greys partners with geometric shapes of striped furnishings and square patterned floor tiles.

The menu features the very best in authentic flavorful Vietnamese cuisine including dishes from all regions of the and an extensive selection of favorite international fare. Creatively presented and technically exquisite each dish takes the diner on a culinary journey through food.

While no one really knows how the term Cloud Nine came about, one thing we are certain about is that visiting Cloud Nine gives the feeling one is dining high in the clouds above Hanoi.

5. 3 Spoons

A lively restaurant with skyline views over Hanoi, 3 Spoons from InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 not only offers extensive breakfast buffet, but also a choice of three cuisines and interactive open stations, where guests can witness our chefs’ inspiring craftmanship.

Sample authentic dishes from Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines, savour fresh local and imported seafood from the Japanese kitchen, or enjoy fragrant Italian breads, pasta and stone-oven pizzas.

3 Spoons’ Chef de Cuisine Doan Trong Dat shared: “One of the values that 3 Spoons has upheld to is serving only fresh, high-quality organic ingredients sourced from mainly local farms right here in Vietnam. Everything is carefully selected and examined to make sure every dish we serve at 3 Spoons is InterContinental standard”.

6. Mâm Cơm Việt Restaurant

Mâm Cơm Việt is not only the symbolic meaning for Vietnamese culinary traditions, cultures but also humanistic values of spiritual, ritual and practical heritages in each family. Family values are expressed through a meal of two to three different generations living under one roof, through the way children respectfully invite grandparents, parents, the way we pay attention to care and pick up food for each other. Sitting together, talking about daily topic while eating is also the way each Vietnamese child has early life awareness which influences on shaping their worldview and thought.

We want to convey meaningful messages of Vietnamese spiritual and cultural values ​​to customers visiting our restaurant. Moreover, we want to bring you closer to the traditional culinary of Vietnam. We truly hope that Mâm Cơm Việt is not just a restaurant where we enjoy lunch and dinner, we would like to make it as a home away from home for customers where they can spend time gathering together, enjoying many delicious typical Vietnamese foods. Our desire is to bring peace, happiness, rusticity, honesty to our beloved customers so that they can experience the daily meals as millions Vietnamese. Hence, Mâm Cơm Việt is a special name and memorable impression; wonderful highlight of your adventure to our motherland.

Nothing could be fantastic than savoring tasty lunch or dinner whilst immersing yourselves in romantic atmosphere of our restaurant, enjoying hustle and bustle view of the Old Quarter through the large and wide windows. Above all, with enthusiastic, friendly team, we always thrive our best to listen and meet the of various customers all over the world from every single details.

7. Era Restaurant

Well-located in the very heart of the vibrant Old Quarter of Hanoi, also in the walking street Ma May, ERA Restaurant is one of the best choices for Traditional Vietnamese Food

At Era our vision is to become one of Vietnam’s leading restaurant brand serving modern Vietnamese cuisine with high quality and innovative ideas but never forgetting the roots and value off true and authentic Vietnamese cooking.

Let our menu take you on a culinary Vietnamese journey stimulating the senses and taste buds.Colors, flavors and fragarances off our famous and not so famous national and regional dishes are combined and exquisitely presented. Dine at Era and fall in love with Vietnam.

8. Blue Diamond Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

The 13th floor has taken on a new identity through some inspired design. A spiral staircase leads from the Gourmet Corner to the first of three overlapping levels of stylish skylight bar space. The three terraces are at angles crafted from glass, metal and wood complemented by a monochromatic color palette of black, granite grey and hints of cream. The first contains the bar, spacious open kitchen and seating areas. More chill out seating is on the second level while the top section is an exclusive space reserved for special occasions.

Welcome to the Diamond Sky Bar with sublime 360-degree panoramic views of Hanoi. Witness evocative Hoan Kiem Lake in its entirety and take in five bridges spanning the mighty Red River — Nhat Tan (the newest bridge), Long Bien (the most iconic), Chuong Duong, Vinh Tuy and a glimpse of Thanh Tri. On a clear day, the Ba Vi Mountain range (‘Lord of Mountains’) 70km west of Hanoi is clearly visible. In front of the Red River, spy sections of Hanoi’s 3.85km-long mosaic ceramic wall peeking out in between the buildings. This wall is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest pottery road in the world. It commemorates Hanoi’s 1,000th anniversary in 2010.

The bar will be one of the coolest places in Hanoi for watching at least three New Years’ Eve freworks displays (across Hoan Kiem Lake, from Gia Lam and Thong Nhat Park). A personal touch features in the second level design. It resembles the profile of a grand piano, which in part, pays tribute to EHG Chairman’s daughter. The meaning of her name embodies connotations of the word piano. This sparked the idea for its shape. In addition, a grand piano represents the concept of elegance and luxury to which EHG aspires.

9. Red Bean Cau Go Restaurant

The view from Red Bean Cau Go’s floor to ceiling windows and upper terrace leads your eyes across the treetops across the entire Hoan Kiem Lake making this Red Bean restaurant one of the most iconic. Situated on the 7th floor of La Siesta Premium Cau Go, the restaurant is classically styled in a fusion of Vietnamese and French elements. A color palette of black, white, creams and blue-greys, together, sophisticated furnishings, checkered floor tiles and latticed floor to ceiling windows with soft light drapes transports you back to an Indochina era.

At night twinkling city lights and multi-colored reflections across Hoan Kiem Lake create a romantic backdrop.

10. Home Moc Restaurant

With one foot in the past and one stepping boldly into the future, Hanoi is poised to become the next big thing on the cultural world map. Behind every door, every shop, every smile and every corner, there is an untold story waiting to be told. And behind one of those doors is HOME Mộc Hanoi, a classic French Villa that has been meticulously maintained through the years. Taking everything that makes Hanoi a magical place and concentrating it at one spot with a striking wooden design and furnishing, HOME Mộc will enthrall you at first sight and offer you memories that will be spoken of for many years to come.

At HOME Mộc we have dedicated ourselves to bringing you the very best of Vietnams rich and varied palate with a special focus on the most exquisite seafood available on the market. Each ingredient has been sourced from local vendors and handpicked with utmost care by our expert chef in order to give justice to our recipes that have been handed down through generations.
A meal at HOME Mộc is not just simply dinner; it is a journey through the culture, the history and the heritage of Vietnam through the senses of its people through time. Every last grain of rice presented on your table represents the indomitable will of the nation to bring you the very best and to make sure your soul is in complete equilibrium by the time you take your leave; joy is best when shared.

HOME Mộc seeks to mirror the national spirit of Vietnam; the relentless struggle for improvement and perfection, with one foot in the past and another boldly stepping into the future.

We believe it is important to anchor ourselves in our roots; Vietnamese cuisine needs to reflect local traditions and well-kept family secrets. We pride ourselves on offering the very best the nation has to offer and hope that you will come to share our passion for the food that we love and cherish.

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