Travel Guide to Vietnamese Restaurants
Vietnamese Restaurant Reviews
LITTLE FAIFO $$$
Little Faifo in atmospheric Hoi An Old Town invites you to step into the past and enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in syle with great food and exemplary customer service.
MANGO ROOMS $$$
Mango Rooms is a mainstay of Hoi An’s fusion eateries. The decor vibrant, the music chilled, the staff lovely and as for the food, it’s out of this world!
LA MAISON DELI $$-$$$
La maison Deli has a great outdoor setting with drinks a cut above usual cafes. Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and European cuisine options.
CAFE 41 $
Solid cheap meals come quickly and without ceremony at Cafe 41, fast food Vietnam style. Neighbour, Cafe 43, pulls more customers yet Cafe 41’s prices and quality are comparable, it’s seating more comfortable, and its staff friendlier. Perhaps the more sedate indoor feel is the deterrent but for us there’s not much between these two very cheap Vietnamese restaurants.
BABY MUSTARD $$
Baby Mustard sits idyllically by Tra Que’s market gardens in a backstreet off the road to An Bang Beach. It rates very highly on peer review sites and seems to have struck upon a menu and cooking style that brings Vietnamese food closer to Western palates. Above-average and mid-priced but look out for the mozzies!
HOI AN RIVERSIDE BAR AND RESTAURANT $$$
With over two million tourists crawling over Hoi An every year, it’s pretty hectic in the Old Town, especially early evening. Indeed, many locals have given it away as a comfortable destination. So, where are the fine-dining alternatives away from the common throng?
RESTAURANT & CAFE TUAN – ANOTHER TRIP ADVISOR MARVEL $
Yes, it’s a battle royal for top restaurant spot on Trip Advisor in Hoi An. For a couple of months now Restaurant & Cafe Tuan (Vietnamese/Western/Italian) has reigned supreme. At the time of writing, 91 per cent of 864 reviewers rated it excellent, the highest possible rating, while almost all others rated it very good. There is apparently no downside.
NHAN’S KITCHEN (BEP NHAN) $
Nhan’s Kitchen serves Italian-style food, sandwiches and burgers alongside Vietnamese standards very cheaply. Popular with first-class customer service.
HOME HOI AN RESTAURANT $$-$$$
Home Hoi An Restaurant has been developed by skillful managers who have a deep understanding of the preparation and presentation of traditional Vietnamese food and inherent good taste. While the prime clientele are overseas visitors, all diners leave not just with a great meal experience but also a much-expanded understanding of authentic Vietnamese cooking and style.
BA LE WELL RESTAURANT $
For an authentic Vietnamese dining experience in a relaxed garden setting, Hoi An’s Ba Le Well restaurant is not to be missed. You feel more like a family guest than a customer, and if you play your cards right, you might even get a big hug from Ba Le owner, Ms Be, as you leave.
ORIVY: A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO HOI AN’s SIGNATURE DISHES $$
At Orivy the tranquil, shaded garden skirted by calming ponds keeps me coming back more than anything. It’s a lush oasis amidst the concrete and brick of nearby neighbors; a portal that transports one away from stark urbanity.
Annen’s laidback style invites you to relax as you enjoy fresh, Vietnamese, vegetarian cuisine at some of the cheapest prices in Hoi An.
MINH HIEN 2
Leading vegetarian restaurant, Minh Hien 2, is a kissing cousin of the original Minh Hien on Tran Cao Van. Now, Minh Hien 3’s garden setting has been added to the Minh Hien success story proving good quality at good prices is a winning formula.
BANH MI PHUONG $
Famously, Anthony Bourdain celebrated Banh Mi Phuong on television and it hasn’t looked back since.
PHO 323 $
Packed every morning with locals and the odd expat in the know, Pho 323 serves one of the best phos (pronounced ‘fur’) in Hoi An.
VY’S MARKET RESTAURANT AND COOKING SCHOOL
Everything, Vietnamese food-wise, is available at Ms Vy’s Market Restaurant and Cooking School. Choose from a wide selection of authentic and modern food.
STREET FOOD GUIDE: HOI AN FOOD SAFARI
Hoi An Food Safari runs an exceptional, personalized food tour in Hoi An with a particular emphasis on street food.
MINH HIEN $
Hoi An’s Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant and its 2 sibling venues are some of the best value food venues going.
MAI FISH $$$
Mai Fish offers outstanding traditional Vietnamese cuisine in Hoi An. It’s a celebration of local home cooking in a verdant courtyard.