7 of the Best and Most Affordable Nice Hanoi Restaurants
Fancy a little change from the traditional blue plastic stool, street food scene? Well my friends Hanoi has no shortage of absolutely gorgeous restaurants which are just as tasty as they are aesthetically pleasing. If you are like me and love a good meal, some well thought out interior design and a moderate price point then this is the list for you!
There is a breakdown of seven awesome Hanoi restaurants which are perfect for a night when you are feeling a like a small splurge. At all of these places you should expect to spend around $10.00 to $20.00 for your full meal!
Luk Lak Vietnamese Cuisine
First on my list here in Hanoi is Luk Lak! This super trendy Vietnamese restaurant has a menu full of classic favorites with a little bit of an upscale spin. From the moment you walk in you are immersed in a lush artsy hybrid of old school Vietnamese culture combined with contemporary styles.
The first floor of the building is a cafe and the second level is the restaurant. Here they serve the best of the nations dishes, hand picked to represent each of the regions. You can’t go wrong with what you choose here, everything is fresh and tasty!
Home Hanoi Restaurant
Down a back road in the sleepy neighborhood of Truc Bach is Home Hanoi. This restaurant, like many others is built in a gorgeous french colonial mansion. Set back off the road one might have missed it, if not for it’s bright yellow color!
Home’s philosophy is rooted first and foremost in embracing Vietnam’s traditional culture and cuisine, but all the while skillfully balancing the line between modern day trends and ancient customs. Here the atmosphere is sophisticated, and the food is amazing!
Nhà Hàng Ngon
One of my favorite budget friendly-ish restaurants in Hanoi is Nhà Hàng Ngon which literally translates to delicious restaurant. The large french colonial style mansion houses a few full kitchens and dining rooms. Along with the inside seating there are also outdoor tables in the courtyard. Twinkly fairy lights hanging from the trees, overgrown ferns and ornate lamps are just a few of the details which give this place such a special feel.
And then there is the food, with is absolutely delicious (just as the name suggests). Some of my favorites to get here are the traditional fresh spring rolls, the Banh Xeo which is a Vietnamese pancake, Bun Dau (fried tofu, herbs and vermicelli noodles) and the pineapple fried rice.
Maison De Tet Decor
Located on the beautiful West Lake in Tay Ho, Maison De Tet is a community meeting space for coffee lovers, and connoisseurs of beautiful food and spaces. The French Colonial mansion which has been renovated into a restaurant/art gallery houses intricate carvings and prints, gorgeous textiles and even a coffee roastery. The large windows and small balconies make this the perfect spot for a delicious brunch or charming tasty dinner.
With a strong social initiative Masion De Tet sources all art from local artisans in order to accurately represent minority groups in Vietnam and sources it’s food from their own organic farm.
Chả Cá Thăng Long
This classic dish has deep routes in Vietnam and Hanoi in particular. Typically a restaurant if they are serving up Cha Ca will only do that and they will do it well. Chả Cá Thăng Long is a prime example of just this. It’s a no nonsense fast paced, meal spot which is always very busy! Despite it’s speedy delivery this is a great spot to have a leisurely meal, and it’s cleaner than most other Cha Ca places giving it that going out to dinner vibe!
Cha Ca is made from white fish which is marinated in spices and turmeric then is pan fried on your table with lots of dill and spring onions. You then will make a small bowl of vermicelli noodles, peanuts, more herbs and fish sauce, to which you will add the fish to. It is absolutely delicious!
Located in the busy Old Quarter Blue Butterfly is a great place to stop after a long day of sightseeing or before a night out on the town. It’s traditionally styled interior matches the quaint ancient house which it is in. Serving up all the Vietnamese favorites and specialties you can either choose a la carte or from a set menu. If you would like to learn how to make some of their dishes you can even sign up for a cooking class!
Ưu Đàm Chay
Set behind large palms, and lush ferns is this Vegans dream. The modern interior feels as though you are somewhere in L.A. instead of Hanoi! They offer a very large selection of vegan eats which are tasty and innovative. Their food is a Vietnamese fusion, taking inspiration from other cuisines as well.
The price point is a little higher, and the portions are a little smaller but this is hands down the nicest vegan place in town!
I hope that you enjoyed this list! Let me know in the comments if you have any other favorite Hanoi Restaurants! 🙂