Updated October 2022
Whether you want to try local specialties or national favorites, Hoi An is peppered with fantastic Vietnamese restaurants. These places are frequented by foreigners and locals alike, so get in on the action and try some great food. And if your favorite Vietnamese restaurant hasn’t been included below, please let us know!
The recommendations in ‘Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Hoi An’ are divided by cost – Cheap, Mid-Range, High-End. While the full range of Vietnamese restaurants in Hoi An naturally includes some of the best vegetarian eateries see Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Hoi An for the full vegetarian range.
Best Vietnamese Restaurant Index
Cheap Vietnamese Restaurants
All the vegetarian options fall into the cheap category and they are joined by an ecclectic group – from banh mi and white rose specialists like Banh Mi Phuong and White Rose Restaurant to legendary Vietnamese seafood quan, A Roi. Pho Xua is our pick when it comes to traditional inexpensive Hoi An fare off the street while Ba Le Well is a great introduction to BBQ Vietnamese-style in a festive setting.
Mid-range Vietnamese Restaurants
In the Mid-range the Noodle House offers noodle dishes from all over Vietnam and famously Streets, staffed by disadvantaged youth, delivers dishes as good as any. Baby Mustard offers a different setting adjacent to the Tra Que herb and vegetable gardens and Morning Glory is a favorite for many in the heart of Old Town.
Top-end Vietnamese Restaurants
At the Top-end Home consistently sets a high standard in every way and Ms Vy’s Market Restaurant offers an incredible selection of authentic and modern Vietnamese foods that can be chosen from various counters.
Am Vegetarian & Hideaway
Roughly-hewn wooden furniture, lush greenery and ‘Om’ mantras conspire to soothe the soul at Am Vegetarian & Hideaway restaurant. This tranquil, off-the-beaten-track setting with swimming pool may be one of the most comfortable ‘cheap eats’ in Hoi An.
Mushrooms, tofu, salads, soups and hotpot dishes with ever-so-fresh ingredients are deftly-spiced, revealing intriguing combinations of flavor and texture. The Hoi An Now crew highly recommends the Thai Hotpot.
At Am Vegetarian & Hideaway mains are around 60,000 VND. If you’re on a budget you’ll probably want to move in.
It’s simple: if you want to know what good Vietnamese seafood is, eat here. A Roi, extremely popular with locals and discerning Asian tourists, has menus in several languages including English, Vietnamese and Chinese. The old adage, ‘eat where the locals go’, couldn’t be more apt than when applied to rough and tumble A Roi. An unpretentious space, with solid wooden tables and plastic chairs (the larger ones thankfully), half in and half outdoors, A Roi has hefty plastic containers littered across the floor housing the live seafood on offer. All manner of squid, scallops, fish, prawns and more are available at incredibly low prices. A Roi is the real deal amongst this collection of Vietnamese restaurants. Highly recommended if you want to mix it with the locals. So good and so cheap!
For an authentic Vietnamese restaurant dining experience in a relaxed garden setting, Hoi An’s Ba Le Well restaurant is not to be missed. Not long after you sit at your bench it will rapidly fill up with platters of fresh herbs, plates of skewered meats, pads of rice paper sheets and the incredibly delicious Ram Cuon (spring rolls) and bowls of peanut sauce. If you don’t know what to make of this, no problem. The Ba Le Well staff, who seem delighted to have you as their guests, show the way by making up delicious rice paper rolls right before your eyes. The food’s great, the beer’s chilled, the prices are good – what’s not to like?
Famously, Anthony Bourdain celebrated Banh Mi Phuong on television and it hasn’t looked back since. With cheap prices and a vast selection, tourists flock there, but so do locals early in the day. Throughout the fuss, Banh Mi Phuong has retained its fresh ingredients and home-made pates and sauces, consolidating it in Hoi An’s top rank. No-one else offers a selection as extensive as Banh Mi Phuong (by a long way) and don’t worry about language problems, there’s a large menu board prominently displayed with English and you can order by number (A No. 7 please!). Aside from the traditional pork style, you can have beef with eggs or cheese, tuna, cheese and onion, chicken and cheese or a hamburger to name a few.
Just out of the center, Cafe 43 is refreshingly cheap and offers great food topped off with great service. With an extensive menu offering Western and Vietnamese food, with vegetarian and meat options, there really is something for everyone. Cafe 43 has been a favorite of the budget-conscious for many years in Hoi An and many almost set up house there. Sometimes tables are hard to come by at peak dining hour but with fresh beer flowing at 3,000 VND a glass, this quirky cafe will have you coming back for more even if there is a short wait. One of the Vietnamese restaurants in Hoi An that specifically targets the budget-conscious traveler.
Nhan’s Kitchen serves Italian-style food, sandwiches and burgers alongside Vietnamese standards very, very cheaply. Locals eat here alongside tourists and expats. Everything is very fresh and within the cheap-eat genre it’s hard to beat this place. Nhan and Rebecca seem to have all the time in the world to discuss the food, suggest variations and come up with concepts not on the menu. And, while Nhan’s Kitchen is often bursting to capacity at peak times, its genial hosts take it all in their stride. Extremely well-rated on TripAdvisor’s Vietnamese Restaurants in Hoi An, go check out what the hype is about. And the inner sanctum now has aircon!
Phi Banh Mi
While the Anthony Bourdain hype surrounding Banh Mi Phuong has some merit, the really best banh mi for Westerners in Hoi An may well be found at Phi Banh Mi instead. Conveniently located on Thai Phien near plenty of budget accommodation not far from Old Town, Phi Banh Mi offers fish and vegetarian options as well as the standard pork with intriguing combinations like avocado and tofu to boot. The customer service is super-friendly, the ingredients very fresh and the prices are astonishingly cheap.
Pho Xua specializes in traditional local food like cao lau and it does so with aplomb. High quality but still inexpensive is the winning formula here that sees many tour groups come and queue (including food tours). The ingredients are very fresh and expertly prepared. Think spring rolls, papaya salad, white rose, fried wonton and pho bo all around the 40,000 VND mark. The aforementioned cao lau is highly recommended and a great introduction to this wonderful Hoi An dish.
The setting’s unassuming, the turnover of tables quick because of the ongoing demand but it’s still just about the best value for money in town and a genuine Vietnamese culinary experience.
Vegetarian restaurant Minh Hien is a nifty place to ogle passers-by on the always-bustling Tran Cao Van. The menu caters for all hours of the day, from breakfast specials, lunchtime snacks and main courses for dinner and you can order anything at any time. Favorites include vegetable curry, steamed tofu stuffed with cheese and the spicy bun noodle dish. Minh Hien’s place as one of Hoi An’s leading value-for-money restaurants is assured.
Sister Restaurant Minh Hien 2 can be found just a block or two from busy Ly Thuong Kiet. Same menu, quieter more chilled vibe.
Cooking classes are also available.
Another TripAdvisor champion that owes its success to great customer service, very cheap prices, hearty portions, and a menu that wanders through Western and Vietnamese staples in equal measure. Tuan’s Restaurant and Cafe is a clear market leader along with Nhan’s Kitchen at the head of Hoi An’s budget cafes and, like Nhan’s Kitchen, you can eat here all day, every day, almost as cheaply as you can at home. Pizza (own pizza oven) and pasta were flowing on our visit as were local staples like Pho, Cau Lau and Mango Salad with Steamed Seafood.
Owner Ms Hiep provides a wonderful personal touch.
White Rose Restaurant
Considering White Rose is an iconic entree featured in nearly every Hoi An-based Vietnamese menu it’s intriguing to learn that most white rose dumplings are supplied by just one Vietnamese restaurant in Hoi An to all the others. The story goes that the a local family has kept the recipe under wraps and that Tran Tuan Ngai at White Rose Restaurant is the third generation protector of this very tasty family secret. Steamed rice paper is wrapped around a specially seasoned shrimp and/or pork mix and a singular dipping sauce of shrimp broth, chillies, lime and sugar. It goes without saying that White Rose Restaurant has the freshest white rose in town.
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. It has a low-lit romantic setting at night and uses great fresh ingredients. Not the best value for money in town with servings a little on the small side but a great Vietnamese restaurant nonetheless. On our visit the baby mustard greens, lettuce and mint leaf served with beef was a highlight of sharp contrasts and the grilled chicken with lemongrass was tender, tasty and the kids’ favorite.
Open breakfast, lunch and dinner this no-nonsense craving cruncher delivers some seriously tasty fish and chips – no easy feat, considering how far we are from the country of its inception! Its relatively quiet location on An Hoi allows for people-watching; the service is fast, the food satisfying and the beer ice-cold.
So, while it’s famous for its English-style fish supper and Vietnamese seafood dishes, Chips ‘n’ Fish offers extensive traditional non-seafood options too. Think fresh spring rolls, steaming hotpots and noodle dishes as well as Hoi An specialties like Cao Lau and Banh Xeo. It’s perhaps the pick of the reasonably priced, all-purpose Vietnamese restaurants. Great, affordable set menus too!
Miss Ly Cafe
Long-established in Hoi An, Ms Ly Cafe is one of the busiest Vietnamese restaurants in town. Specializing in local cuisine favored by visitors, Ms Ly Cafe is a slick operation with oodles of well-trained staff who ensure it runs like a well-oiled machine. You won’t have to wait long to be served here but it’s not a place you feel comfortable taking your time either.
Many sing the praises of Ms Ly’s, some even claiming that it’s the best restaurant in town. Others lament the conveyor belt feel, nostalgic for the Miss Ly’s of old. Highlights include: green papaya salad, wontons, spring rolls, white rose and cao lau. What price success?
A constant buzz of activity radiates from Vietnamese restaurant, Morning Glory’s open-plan kitchen – four busy chefs, wonderful aromas, flambé flames and waiters laden with plates. Hoi An’s iconic Ms Vy has created a street food oriented menu with historical descriptions of each element and the crowds flock. Try sautéed prawns served in a whole coconut, fresh mackerel in banana leaf or the green mango salad among many options.
As there’s a constant flow of excited customers don’t expect 5* service as the staff are often run off their feet. If you are in Hoi An, visiting Morning Glory is an absolute must according to many reviewers.
The Noodle House
The Noodle House in Hoi An could be described as the ‘Home of Asian Soul Food’. Here is the best possible introduction you could have to Vietnamese noodle dishes in just about every configuration possible. Naturally pho and bun dishes are very prominent as are Hoi An’s own cau lau and mi quang. And there’s heaps more. You can have your noodle dishes the traditional way or go with seafood, duck and other more exotic combinations. The vibe is busy and bustling and it’s great for families, tour groups or romance with divine small-table riverside seating, large picnic tables and more. Not to be missed! See the Noodle House’s fabulous ‘Noodle Directory’ to get your head around all the options.
Firefly Restaurant & Bar
Firefly Restaurant & Bar had a special pull on punters before the Covid-19 lockdowns, often topping Trip Advisor ratings for months on end. It’s a great introduction to Vietnamese cuisine that keeps an eye on Western sensibilities without dumbing things down. Genial host, Cuong, makes you feel very welcome and many settle in for a few, ordering dishes now and then. The kitchen produces fine meals for the price (low to mid) ranging across Hoi An specialties, soups, rice and noodle fare, seafood, and grilled meat on skewers. The choice for vegetarians is also extensive. Twenty or so cocktails beckon and there’s a comprehensive range of spirits along with super cold beer. Wine drinkers should note that only Dalat wines are available.
Re-opened October 2022.
Chef Duc Tran’s authentic knowhow marks Mai Fish a standout for traditional cuisine in Hoi An. Just a stone’s throw from the centrally located Japanese Bridge, it’s a celebration of home cooking in a verdant courtyard. The menu features well-known Vietnamese standards that are solidly mid-priced but well worth it.
Set in a beautiful heritage building by the river the emphasis is on fresh, local and healthy ingredients like ginger, turmeric, Ly Son garlic and lemongrass. The result? Great presentation, great colors and great flavors. Add to that the heritage setting, the friendly staff and the damn-that’s-tasty cocktails, and you’ve got a winning combination. Top tip: this place also has big tables outside, industrial-sized fans and is pretty quiet during the afternoons. With delicious coffee ‘n’ coconut lassis, it’s a great picturesque spot any time of day.
Everything imaginable from Vietnamese restaurants is available at Ms Vy’s Market Restaurant and Cooking School. There’s an incredible selection of authentic and modern Vietnamese foods that can be chosen from various counters. Guests get an up close view of how ingredients are made and dishes assembled. It really is an extraordinary interactive experience and the first of its kind in Central Vietnam. The key purpose is to give customers a sensory food experience unlike any other.
Ms Vy has found inspiration from traditional markets by offering a wide choice of street foods and specialties to visitors but has placed this diverse fare in a comfortable, modern space to suit Western proclivities.
The Hoianian is a Vietnamese restaurant/wine bar that has one of the best wine lists in Hoi An. It also has a superb selection of Vietnamese, fusion and international dishes that never fail to satisfy.
Mains include Tiger Prawns with Tamarind Sauce, Duck with Cashew Nuts, Vietnamese Curry, Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf and twists on staples like Cao Lau and My Quang at very reasonable prices. The Hoianian promises a truly diverse eating experience.
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 secure a balcony table with a great view of the river and passers-by below.
Re-opened October 2022. Fusian style with both International and Vietnamese influences.
At Mango Mango 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.