Updated July 2022
Our best international restaurants in Hoi An section features our top picks of non-Vietnamese eateries. A growing number of Hoi An restaurants are now reflecting different culinary traditions, often specializing in a particular national cuisine. Here you’ll find everything from UK greasy spoons and Australian burger joints to classy Mediterranean cuisine and sushi chefs.
Top chefs from around the world who were formerly confined to 5-star resorts are now establishing international restaurants in Hoi An, giving it an increasingly cosmopolitan feel. The explosion of specialist restaurants has been remarkable in just a few short years and it reflects the truly global make-up of the millions of visitors that come to the city.
Cheap International Restaurants
Many of the cheaper non-Vietnamese restaurants in Hoi An fall into the burger/short order category but very affordable Turkish and Lebanese options are also available. Thai Market restaurant is value for money and tapas-style menus at venues like Happy Buffalo also attract a keen following. For something hearty but still easy on the pocket you can’t go past English greasy spoon, Weavers with its full English breakfast, Sunday roasts, pies and chip and sausage butties.
Mid-range International Restaurants
Most restaurants fall into the mid-range category with options from all over the Mediterranean, India, France, Japan, Mexico and Thailand. Some, like Dingo Deli and Cargo Club, defy strict categorization with mixed menus from a variety of traditions. Mix Greek restaurant is a standout and 3 Dragons Sports Bar and Salt Pub offer solid pub grub and daily specials.
Top-end International Restaurants
Most of the restaurants in this category boast chefs with solid reputations who are innovators like Duc Tran (Mango Mango and Mango Rooms) and Hai Thanh Nguyen (Green Mango). They are exponents of ‘fusion’ cuisine where a Vietnamese foundation is mixed with many other traditions from the Caribbean to Europe and beyond.
Steakhouses are booming in Hoi An with Hoi An Steakhouse at the forefront. The Hoianian has an eclectic menu which includes Western and fusion offerings alongside extensive wine lists. Meanwhile, Good Morning Vietnam (Italy) sticks resolutely to its origins.
At GreenMango the ambiance is just as delicious as the food.
Chef Hai Nguyen was noted ‘One of Asia’s Finest’ by the Miele Guide. With 25 years’ experience, Hai’s food is inventive but refined, incorporating not only fresh ingredients but also high-quality and hard-to-find products. His menu marries French cooking techniques with Vietnamese cuisine.
The lounge-like vibe makes for a lovely evening out with friends or a luxurious lunch for two.
Loved by Hoi An expats Chips ‘n’ Fish ‘n’ Stuff is a value-for-money spot with a hit of battered fish, just like home, but better.
Open breakfast, lunch and dinner the service is exemplary and the beer’s icy cold. At Chips ‘n’ Fish it’s as if you’ve been invited as a friend, not as a customer. Unsurprisingly, fish, prawns, squid and crab head the menu with tried and true but expertly rendered recipes.
Most dishes at this family business run to around 115,000 VND (5 USD).
Home comfort food in a clean and relaxed atmosphere. Meatball subs, chicken & gravy rolls, pizzas, meat pies and meal size salads are just some of what’s on offer at Dingo Deli.
Its open kitchen and bakery aromas will tease your taste buds as soon as you arrive. The dining area is bright & airy with views of one of Hoi An’s only green spaces and home to a local water buffalo.
And yes, as the name implies, the deli has a large selection of imported cheeses, smallgoods, homemade dill pickles and a variety of condiments and many more tasty treats to take home.
Ms Vy‘s fully-fledged Western cafe, with a patisserie and bakery on site.
Cargo Club is a favored brunch spot for many expats with fresh croissants and classics such as Eggs Benedict. For lunch, customers can enjoy lighter cafe meals based on her freshly-baked breads (from baguettes to paninis and foccacias), homemade quiches, pies and burgers.
The dinner menu at Cargo offers a variety of Asiatic and European-inspired dishes. Think slow-cooked pork belly, red snapper, beef brisket and much more.
As for the cakes and pastries – simply divine at any time of day.
The cocktails are delicious, the beer is cold, the food is tasty, and the prices are reasonable – what’s not to like about the bright and breezy Happy Buffalo?
The Vietnamese-fusion-style tapas menu includes vegetarian options like potato croquettes, wasabi fresh spring rolls & spicy salad cups. Meanwhile, duck spring rolls, pork lemongrass kebabs, chicken wings and fish tacos are highly favored by omnivores.
With a whopping range of cocktails, wine and beer plus charming views across the rice paddies, set up camp here for the night and indulge.
The Hoianian is a Vietnamese restaurant that has one of the best wine lists in Hoi An. So, what’s it doing in Best International Restaurants in Hoi An? Well apart from the great wines on offer it also has an international section to its menu that has never failed to satisfy.
Dishes like Fillet Mignon, Iberian Pork Chop, Chicken Risotto and Steamed Cod Fish match any kitchen in town at very reasonable prices. The Hoianian promises a diverse eating experience with a great wine lists and thoroughly deserves its inclusion here.
PS If calling itself a Vietnamese restaurant helps keep the prices keen compared to its competitors who are we to argue? By the way, if you’re unused to Vietnamese cuisine, The Hoianian provides one of the best introductions to it going – it’s a great all-round kitchen.
Tip: Book ahead to get a table on the upstairs balcony with its great view of the river and passers-by below.
Hoi An Steak House
There sometimes comes a time when you just need to have a fix from home. Enter Hoi An Steakhouse, the first dedicated, genuine steakhouse in town.
Imported Australian beef is complemented by a fine array of side-dishes and sauces. They also have plenty of chicken and pork dishes, pastas and pizzas, seafood, salads and luncheon fare like steak sandwiches, fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches. Plenty of vegetarian options too.
Re-opened October 2022.
Mango Mango continues the tradition established by Mango Rooms – the tradition Chef Duc calls ‘modern Vietnamese cuisine’. Here, the key elements – the sour, the spicy, the sweet, the bitter and the salty are preserved in new ways that are genuinely original with unique combinations. In no other Hoi An Vietnamese Restaurant are you likely to see duck served with passionfruit and chocolate or stir-fried watermelon with chili and rosemary (accompanying tuna).
Self-described as a lounge bar/restaurant, Mango Mango is a larger space than Mango Rooms and a favorite place to congregate for half-price drinks, especially cocktails, early in the evening. Inside, the feel is festive with Caribbean-style paintings and drawings. But the best place to be is the front veranda that draws quite a crowd when the cut-price sundowners are on offer.
RE-OPENED LATE 2022.
MIX is perfect for intimate dining or for groups to share – from world famous Greek Salad, Mousaka, Souvlaki and Calamari to a variety of massive mixed platters – there is something for everyone.
Authenticity is prized at MIX with no compromise on quality ingredients and the Greek yoghurt and pita bread are homemade ensuring genuine Greek taste sensations. Meanwhile genial hosts Maria and Christos guide you through a marvelous Greek culinary adventure, an adventure not to be missed.
For quality Greek cuisine in Hoi An there is only one option – MIX Greek Restaurant.
Good Morning Vietnam Hoi An is a very authentic Italian dining experience. Arguably one of the best-run kitchens in the city, it has a reputation for the finest pizza in town.
For appetizers there’s bruschetta of course but also delectable steamed clams and delicate swordfish. A fabulous array of pasta sauces accompany standard pastas but there’s a homemade pasta and risottos as well. Amongst the mains you’ll have trouble choosing between meat and seafood classics. The steak served pre-sliced is very good indeed alongside the more familiar chicken, veal and seafood dishes.
There’s a home delivery service as well.
Luna d’Autunno (Italian)
Serving Italian dishes from all regions of Italy, Luna d’autunno offers some of the best wood-fired pizzas at An Bang Beach. But Luna is not just pizza. There’s a fine array of pastas, salads and meat and fish mains as well as tiramisu and panna cotta to finish things off.
A swish modern setting with comfortable lounge seating and a cutting edge internal design lifts Luna above the pack at An Bang. Open and airy, there is room for the entire family at Luna.
Enjoy their dishes at their superb beachside location at An Bang Beach or have your meal delivered to your front door anywhere in town.
Although not a large space, this cozy riverside venue not far from the Japanese Bridge is a cafe for some, a bar for others and a restaurant as well. Drawing from the fine culinary traditions of the south of France and showcasing an interesting wine list, Le Cabanon is the real deal. Think Chicken Cordon Bleu, steaks perfectly cooked to order, savory crepes and tantalizing salads.
For less formal dining Le Cabanon in Cafe mode has a great range of baguettes and burgers as well as great coffee. The two French owners are incredibly welcoming and will look after you superbly. Importantly they know their wines and make a mean cocktail to boot.
Speaking of cocktails, Le Cabanon is just far enough away from Old Town to let you soak up the splendid river views in relative peace.
The owner of Baba’s Kitchen is from South India and his menu offers numerous South Indian classics: South Indian Fish Curries, Uttapam and various types of Paratha bread, filled with potatoes or baked-in nuts. Also included is a huge selection of vegetarian dishes that are more exciting than the usual Vegetable Korma, liek Gobi Tandoori or Cashew Nut based curries with fruit and vegetables.
Meat lovers can also choose from a long list of mutton, chicken and fish dishes from South and North India. A favorite is the Hariyali Kebab which is marinated in a mix of cilantro, mint and green chilies, skewered and baked in the Tandoori oven.
Great venue for both vegetarians and omnivores.
If you’ve been in Hoi An for a while, if you like Indian food and if you haven’t yet been to Ganesh… shame on you! It’s somewhat of an institution among those who love a good thali set, a crispilicious naan bread or a flavourful curry. Even thinking about those steaming dishes is making me hungry again!
With an extensive vegetarian menu and dishes that can be adapted for vegans, plus the ability to choose your own spice level, Ganesh offers tasty options for everyone. A great choice for an affordable, filling meal in a fun place. The lassis, the salted sodas and the chai masala tea are all delicious, too – so come thirsty as well as hungry!
Take my advice: ‘Tikka’ chance on Ganesh and you won’t be disappointed.
Genial host, Genta Miyagawa, has an extensive Japanese menu but there’s no sushi. Why? Because Genta is not a sushi chef and it would be dishonorable to pretend otherwise.
But there’s much expertise elsewhere at Samurai Kitchen. Indeed, it’s a feast fit for a king with Gyoza, Edamame, Tuna Salad, Ginger Pork, Ramen, and Yakaotori among many options.
Don’t miss the vegetable tempura and the miso soup will transport you back to Japan (if you’ve ever been there). Authentic Japanese cuisine, just as Genta’s Mama made it.
When two glorious worlds combine – the worlds of perfectly smoked meats and melt-in-the-mouth sushi – you get Min’s Sushi and BBQ, Hoi An. An intimate Kyoto-style eatery on Tran Cao Van, with wonderful staff and a setting that’s simply a joy to drink in. (Speaking of drinking in joy, you must try the hot sake when you’re there!)
Try the sashimi, the gyoza, the nigiri, the BBQ skewers – try it all. You won’t be disappointed.
Run by a young, enthusiastic and passionate Vietnamese team, Min’s Sushi and BBQ deserves to top Hoi An’s best restaurants (according to reviewer Emma Sothern). Go there soon – before it becomes impossible to get a table!
Burgers, Pub Fare & Short Order
Circle makes some of the best burgers in Vietnam (several Trip Advisor reviewers claim they’re the best they’ve ever had!) The Juicy Lucy, (a Minneapolis invention stuffed with cheese before cooking) is a huge crowd-pleaser but chef, Anh, has a deft touch with all her creations: from BLTs, to chili cheese dogs to spicy corn and Vietnamese staples such as the therapeutic Hangover Noodles.
Meanwhile, Jeff keeps front-of-house running smoothly and customers are invariably smiling contentedly. Country Music star Alison Krauss may drift across the room transporting you to country town America but the oh so familiar Asian traffic hubbub outside will drag you back to earth eventually. Repeat customers are common.
From a smallish front bar, 3 Dragons Sports Bar & Restaurant stretches through lounge cubicles to a quiet, al fresco setting out the back by the river. Owners Chung Nguyen, Simon Burns and Levi Kessler work overtime to look after you and have a solid expat following as a result.
On the menu Aussie pub standards like bangers, pizzas, schnitzels, palmas and great burgers take center stage. There’s also a good pasta range and fab snacks perfect for sport watching. The kids menu is value-for-money too.
At 3 Dragons there’s no skimping on imported, quality ingredients and ample portions are a trademark. The bangers and rissoles with mash and gravy are standouts and Vegetable Napoleon appeals for non-meat eaters.
At Weavers – An Bang snags, bacon, eggs, baked beans, chips, mashed potato, lasagna and curry as well as an incredibly cheap Middle-Eastern style kebab, complete the food picture. Meanwhile, the beers are icy cold and a camaraderie quickly develops between visitors and expats. It’s a favorite with many locals for brunch and lunch, not just for the all-day English breakfast-style grub, but as a spot to catch up with mates and chew the fat.
Without airs and graces, Weavers is one of Hoi An’s best cheap eateries, especially if you hanker for an authentic British style fry-up with HP sauce and mustard to splash around and vinegar for the chips. There’s even London beer Fullers and Magners Irish Cider. And roast dinners can be had if you give a little notice!
Weavers – Hoi An
Newly opened in June 2022, this younger sibling of Weavers – An Bang brings a similar eclectic mix of kebabs, burgers and sandwiches within a couple of blocks of Old Town. Inspired by British staples, any mix of sausages, egg, chips, ham, bacon and beans with HP Sauce beckons, and salads and falafel kababs and burgers provide delicious vegetarian alternatives.
But at just 60,000VND, the scrumptious kebabs lead the way (pork, chicken falafel or egg and cheese). Fantastic value.
Nothing at Weavers – Hoi An is very pricey however, and for once the hype is on the money – ‘Great Western food at Vietnamese prices’. It’s also a great place to sit and watch the flow of Hai Ba Trung in and out of Old Town.
Bakers Central & Coffee
Sitting just on the fringe of Hoi An Old Town, Bakers Central & Coffee makes meat pies just like those in Australia for around 50,000 VND. It’s a marvel that’s soon explained when you discover that owner, Ms Vo Thi Binh, has bakeries in both Australia and Vietnam under the same banner. As one beaming Aussie exclaimed as he left, ‘You’ll love it mate, it’s just like being at the footy!’ The pie varieties match the traditional Australian range too: Pepper, Chili, Onion and Cheese Bacon and Egg to name a few. Naturally there’s sausage rolls, pasties and sweet treats too.
Banh Mi (bread roll) is also available with Western favorites like roast chicken, ham and egg, grilled pork and chicken schnitzel. A huge range of Vietnamese coffee options, along with yoghurt drinks and juices are on hand to wash it all down. For Australians, a real taste of home.
This relative newcomer to the Hoi An Burger scene has taken it by storm. Also styled as a sports bar, Burger Craft hits the spot with a wide selection of burgers, pizzas, local and craft beer and ice cream.
Easy to access near Old Town, innovations like the Nacho Libre burger complete with jalapenos and Doritos keep regulars coming back and Combo deals with fries and drinks present extra value.
Competitively priced, reviewers have applauded.