These great restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City serve a combination of French, Chinese, and, of course, local Vietnamese cuisine. It is this confluence of food cultures that has made Vietnamese food famed around the world, and brings visitors flocking to sample Saigon’s many fabulous restaurants.

    While street food and snack stalls are also an inextricable part of a Vietnamese dining experience, sometimes you need a fabulous restaurant that combines expertly prepared dishes with a pleasant ambience, stunning views and diligent service. These best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City has them all to varying degrees so you can rest assured they will provide a dining experience to remember.

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    Quan An Ngon

    Traditional Vietnamese cuisine in Saigon

    Quan An Ngon features a beautiful design scheme like something out of an exotic fairytale and a range of cooking stations preparing specialties from all over Vietnam. This keeps the restaurant packed out every evening with foreigners and well-dressed locals. 

    This is the perfect place to try legendary Vietnamese dishes such as fresh spring rolls, Hue noodles and black pepper crab. Occupying a prime location next door to The Reunification Palace, this restaurant is situated inside a refurbished mansion where guests can dine amid intricately carved teak furniture, lotus ponds and serving staff in classic satin dresses.

    Location: 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)283 852 7179

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    The Deck Saigon

    A riverside restaurant in District 2

    The Deck Saigon sits beside the Saigon River in a delightful alfresco setting, just a 15 minutes taxi cab ride from downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The romance of this restaurant is unparalleled and the pan-Asian fusion type dishes are very well prepared. 

    Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant has excellent set lunch offerings. Come dinnertime, a la carte dishes run from soft shell crab tempura to char-grilled shrimp and rib-eye steak. Most of the meat is imported meaning it isn’t the cheapest but the quality is assured.

    Location: 38 Nguyen U Di, District 2, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 8 am to midnight

    Phone: +84 (0)283 744 6632

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    The Refinery Bar and Restaurant

    A fashionable bistro in Ho Chi Minh City

    The Refinery Bar and Restaurant brings a touch of French charm to downtown Ho Chi Minh with a menu of French bistro favorites such as steak frites and creative salads. This popular restaurant is enclosed in a fashionable courtyard next to the Park Hyatt Hotel on Hai Ba Trung Street.

    As a former opium factory, The Refinery is replete with genuine colonial fixtures and has a charming garden terrace that offers the perfect spot for soaking up the cosmopolitan ambience over a couple of wines.

    Location: 74 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)283 823 0509

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    Tram’s Cookery Restaurant & Bar

    Upscale dining by the Saigon River

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    Tram’s Cookery Restaurant & Bar is an upscale dining spot next to the Saigon River, where you can enjoy traditional Vietnamese and western cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. It's also a great spot just to have some beverages in tranquillity. 

    The restaurant is part of the beautiful An Lam Riverside Resort and a favorite of Saigon’s ‘elite’ community and expats living in Vietnam. Either by speedboat or taxi cab, it will respectively take roughly 20 or 35 minutes to get there from the city centre.

    Location: 21/4 Khu Pho Trung, Vinh Phu Ward, Thuan An District, Binh Duong, Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Phone: +84 (0)274 378 5555

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    Restaurant La Cuisine

    Fine French dining in Saigon

    Restaurant La Cuisine serves classic French cuisine in Saigon. Among its offerings are many traditional French dishes such as steak tartare, foie gras with Provence figs, and pan seared duck with Béarnaise sauce. Plating and execution is stylish and modern, just like the white-washed, bare brick walls, and chunky wooden tables. 

    The owner and head chef is French and has worked all over the world before settling in Ho Chi Minh to open La Cuisine. Look out for the set lunch menu which offers 2 or 3 courses for significantly reduced rates for a taste of something fancy at a great value price.

    Location: 48 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)282 229 8882

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    Nha Hang Ngon

    Authentic Vietnamese food in Ho Chi Minh

    Nha Hang Ngon is an endearingly popular restaurant serving a complete rundown of Vietnamese dishes in a restored colonial mansion. The menu is as big as a cookbook but all dishes are explained in English. 

    Some might feel the restaurant lacks authenticity, but this is a great option for large groups who want to sample a wide range of Vietnamese food in pleasant surrounds. While this isn’t fine dining, the prices are such good value it is accessible for almost everyone.

    Location: 160 Pasteur St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)283 827 7131

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    4Ps Pizza Saigon

    For pizza and pasta in Saigon

    4Ps Pizza Saigon is a Japanese owned and operated pizza and pasta restaurant that serves some of the best pizzas east of Napoli. It is an institution with Ho Chi Minh’s expatriate community, serving stone-baked pizzas with inventive toppings that run from flower petals to teriyaki chicken. 

    Despite the somewhat hard-to-find location down an alleyway behind The Sushi Bar on Le Thanh Ton Street, it gets packed on weekends and reservations are highly recommended. 

    Location: 8/15 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)283 622 0500

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