These great restaurants in Hue are must-visits for travelers looking to enjoy authentic Hue dishes that were once served exclusively to royalties of the Nguyen Dynasty. Many of these dining venues feature equally opulent interiors and exceptional service, as well as traditional music and dance performances.

    Catering to the growing numbers of foreign travelers, Hue is also teeming with trendy bistros and expat-owned cafes serving familiar European and western fare, paired with an extensive list of wines, beers and spirits. From frills-free local eateries to upscale international restaurants, read on to learn more about where to eat in Hue and what to try.

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    Le Parfum Restaurant

    Le Parfum Restaurant is an elegant dining venue within the Azerai La Residence hotel. It’s where affluent travelers can enjoy a 6-course degustation menu of French-Vietnamese dishes with premium European wines, as well as extensive a la carte offerings.

    Standout dishes include the roasted lamb rack, sesame-crusted seared tuna, and lemongrass-marinated chicken with smoked eggplant. Booking a table at the upstairs terrace section is highly recommended. It offers relaxing views of the hotel’s expansive herb garden and the Perfume River.

    Location: Azerai La Residence, Hue, 5 Le Loi, Vinh Ninh, Hue, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 10 pm

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    Ancient Hue Restaurant

    Ancient Hue Restaurant occupies a spacious 2-storey wooden house dating back to the 1800s. It's a great place to enjoy authentic royal cuisine, which made Hue a culinary hotspot of Vietnam. Set along Kim Long Street, the restaurant is surrounded by an impressive landscaped garden and lake. Its indoor dining sections are fitted with decorative items to resemble royal quarters of the Nguyen Dynasty, such as silk cushions and ceramic vases. 

    There’s also an art gallery that exhibits abstract paintings, traditional crafts, and ceramic works by local artists. Food-wise, regional dishes such as banana blossom salad and banh beo (steamed rice flour cakes) are served in vegetables carved in shapes like phoenix and koi.

    Location: 104/47 Kim Long Street, Hue, Vietnam

    Phone: +84 (0)234 359 0902

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    Les Jardins De La Carambole

    Les Jardins De La Carambole is set within a colonial-era villa along Dang Tran Con Street. Here, diners can enjoy authentic French, Italian, Vietnamese cuisine in a classy setting. The restaurant is especially popular with travelers, thanks to its proximity to the Complex of Hue Monuments.

    Les Jardins De La Carambole's upstairs dining section hosts live piano performances, while its expansive veranda overlooks the Perfume River and Hue City Center. Expect quality main dishes such as beef bourguignon, broiled chicken with chili and lemongrass, and broiled seabass with Mediterranean sauce.

    Location: 32 Dang Tran Con Street, Hue, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)234 354 8815

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    Tinh Gia Vien Restaurant Hue

    Tinh Gia Vien Restaurant Hue is renowned for its elegant setting and authentic presentation of Vietnamese imperial cuisine. Emulating a royal palace, the restaurant is surrounded by hundreds of paper lanterns, bonsai trees, plants and flowers, as well as a miniature pond and manmade waterfall.

    All dishes are made by descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty, with set menus inclusive of royal costume rentals, beverages and dessert. Tinh Gia Vien Restaurant Hue is set along Le Thanh Ton Street, around a 5-minute drive from Thien Mu Pagoda.

    Location: 7K/28 Le Thanh Ton Street, Hue, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)234 352 2243

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    Hanh Restaurant Hue

    Hanh Restaurant Hue specializes in nem lui, a regional dish that’s made of minced pork rolls wrapped in lemongrass, and served with rice paper, vegetables, and peanut sauce. Set along Pho Duc Chinh Street, this local restaurant is just a 10-minute drive from the Hue Imperial City via Truong Tien Bridge. 

    If you’re looking to some of Hue’s most popular dishes in a single sitting, its set menu comes highly recommended. This generously-portioned set comprises banh beo (steamed rice cake), nem luibanh koai (rice pancake), banh cuon thit nuoi (BBQ pork wrapped in rice paper), and nem ran (fried spring rolls).

    Location: 11 Pho Duc Chinh Street, Hue, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)358 306 650

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    Nina's Cafe Restaurant

    Nina's Cafe Restaurant is a family-owned venue that’s well-frequented for its authentic yet affordable Vietnamese dishes. Signature dishes here include squid cooked with lemongrass and chili peppers, banana flower salad, and steamed rice cakes. 

    Set menus are available, where diners can enjoy a choice of Hue specialties such as bun thit nuong (barbecued pork with rice noodles and greens), nem lui (pork wrapped in lemongrass) or mien xiao (fried noodles) as well as caramel pudding or ice cream for dessert. Aside from its extensive food and beverage offerings, Nina’s Cafe Restaurant also offers cooking classes and tours to iconic landmarks in Hue.

    Location: 16/34 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Hue, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 8.30 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +84 (0)234 383 8636

    Price: VND 40,000

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    Tropical Garden Restaurant Hue

    Tropical Garden Restaurant is a popular layover for tour buses in Hue. Here, you can enjoy a wide range of Vietnamese dishes and live music every night. Occupying a 2-storey Vietnamese house along Chu Van An Street, the restaurant has plenty of communal tables within its indoor dining section and several thatched huts within its tropical garden. 

    Standout dishes include nem lui (minced pork rolls wrapped in lemongrass, served with rice paper, fresh greens, and peanut sauce), banh beo (steamed rice cake), and fried crab. Tropical Garden Restaurant Hue is around a 20-minute walk from Dong Ba Market via Truong Tien Bridge.

    Location: 27 Chu Van An Street, Hue, Vietnam

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 10.30 pm

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    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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