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Hanoi's Top Spots for Upscale Dining

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.
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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...
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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...
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10 Nam Ngư, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Unsurprisingly given the nation's long presence in Vietnam, French influence still runs deep in Hanoi -- especially in its restaurant sector. This is arguably the best of the bunch. Chef Benjamin Rascalou, who trained at several top Paris...
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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...
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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...
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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...