Hanoi's Top Spots for Upscale Dining
Collected by Duncan Forgan , AFAR Local Expert
In its dining options, Hanoi remains fairly down-to-earth. Although this means that truly top-end dining is in short supply, it also keeps prices at a very reasonable level—even at the city's highest-rolling restaurants. French cuisine dominates this sector, but other cuisines, including Vietnamese, are beginning to make their presence shine.
29 Xuân Diệu, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
After struggling at a former location closer to Hanoi's CBD, Halia has come into its own in the expatriate enclave of West Lake. Presenting a unique marriage of Asian and European flavors in dishes such as tamarind-spiced ribs and chili crab...
12 Lý Đạo Thành, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
I enjoyed visiting this club-like restaurant (even though it is not a club, and totally open to the public). Vietnamese food is solid, and they have some Western dishes for those in need of a burger-and-fries treatment. Wine list here is one of...
8 Đỗ Đức Dục, Mễ Trì, Từ Liêm, Nam Từ Liêm Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Although the new JW Marriott Hotel is slightly inconveniently located in a new business district a long way from the centre of Hanoi, it is is worth making the trip there for this fancy restaurant alone. As the name suggests, there's an emphasis...
10 Nam Ngư, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Số 4 Lê Phụng Hiểu, 4 Lê Phụng Hiểu, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
In many ways, the total number of fine Vietnamese dining options in Hanoi surpasses what's found in Ho Chi Minh City. This is yet another example of a solid restaurant in Hanoi. Excellent cuisine, wine list, service, and pinkly décor.
19 Ngô Văn Sở, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
French chef Didier Corlou is one of Hanoi's biggest food personalities and his signature restaurant showcases his undoubted talent. Fusing Gallic flair with Vietnamese ingredients and methods, his approach makes for a unique fine-dining...
15 Phố Ngô Quyền, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 010000, Vietnam
A 1901 landmark in Hanoi’s French Quarter, the colonial-style Sofitel Legend Metropole has long been a celebrity magnet, welcoming presidents, ambassadors, and literary and cinematic royalty into its marble lobby. Somerset Maugham...
16 Lane 27 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
For some of best views (and food) in Hanoi, try the top-floor verandah at this West Lake institution. The climb to the fourth floor can be an effort -- especially during the sweltering summer months -- but it is worth it worth the laid-back...
84 Trần Nhân Tông, Nguyễn Du, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Hanoi has a fairly substantial Japanese expatriate population and Benkay is one of their most popular haunts. It is certainly the most upscale of the many venues in the city with generous bentos and sumptuous sushi. The highlight of the experience...
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