8 restaurants that you cannot miss in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh city is home to some of the best upscale and mid range restaurants in the world. Serving both Vietnamese and International cuisines in modern and traditional ways, there are some restaurants that you cannot afford to miss while in Ho Chi Minh City. We walk to through some of the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.

1. Xu Restaurant Lounge

Address : 71 – 75 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Xu Restaurant Lounge serves modern as well as traditional Vietnamese food. The restaurant cooks modern Vietnamese food applying new techniques often simplifying complex dish to lay emphasis on a particular ingredient. Whether its dinner for two or with friends or a corporate event, Xu Restaurant Lounge is high on our top restaurants list in Ho Chi Minh City. If you want to escape the crowd, the restaurant offers a private room that can hold up to six people. Recommended dishes to try at this restaurant are Banh Bot Loc, Rice Cracker Banh He Beef & Vietnamese Cang Cua Salad and end it up with chocolate kumquat truffle.

Xu Restaurant Lounge, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Rice Cracker, Banh-He-Beef, Vietnamese Cang Cua Salad at Xu Restaurant Lounge

2. La Villa French Restaurant

Address : 14 Ngo Quang Huy St, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

This is a French restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City where you choose to dine either in the luxurious interiors or along the pool side which is located among various flower species. La Villa French Restaurant serves authentic French cuisine. Everyday the food is prepared with a new formula using fresh products from the market by their French Chef. A La Carte and set menus both are available for dinner. You also choose from a great collection of Red and White wine. The dish we recommend are Tomatoes, Eggplant and Mozarella Millefeuille Tomato Water like a Dressing with Fresh Herbs; Grilled Sea Bass Filet with Olive Oil Pappardelle and Artichokes in Barigoule Style, Beurre Blanc and finishing of with a dessert like Chocolate Moelleux or Apple Tart.

La Villa French Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City

La Villa French Restaurant

3. Restaurant Bobby Chinn (CLOSED)

Address : 39 Le Duan, Ben Nghe, Ho Chi Minh City

The flagship restaurant of renowned chef Bobby Chinn, this restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City has a global menu featuring signature recipes of Bobby Chinn. The layout of this restaurant is modular and it is a choice for all events. The unique combination of international flavors is so natural and would be a treat to your taste buds. Whatever you try, from tapas to Moroccan Bisteyya to Vietnamese Sticky Rice Dumplings, every bite of the food at this restaurant would be perfect. Do not forget to leave the restaurant without savoring the desserts.

Restaurant Bobby Chinn, Ho Chi Minh City

Restaurant Bobby Chinn

4. Hatvala Restaurant (CLOSED)

Address : 44 Nguyen Hue, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

The interiors of this restaurant was designed by an expat living in Ho Chi Minh City and combines local, natural materials such as oak furnishings and water hyacinth wall paneling with bistro style seating. The menu offers an excellent selection of starters, soups, salads and main courses with attention to detail being a top priority; from selection of fresh local ingredient to the preparation, cooking and presentation of each dish. vegetable options. Customer favorites include Grilled Mackerel in Banana Leaf, Salmon rolled Pork with Ginger sauce, Grilled Duck with a choice of three sauces and the tender Beef Steak in Green Peppercorn sauce. If it is lighter meal that you are after then choose from the selection of rice and noodle dishes including Seafood Rice in Coconut and Seafood skewer with rice served in Pineapple.

Hatvala Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City

Seafood skewer with rice served in Pineapple at Hatvala Restaurant

5. Temple Club

Address : 29-31 Ton That Thiep Street, Ho Chi Minh City

Temple Club is one of the downtown restaurants with an upscale experience. This restaurant is a blend of many cultures. The building in which the restaurant is located is Indian, the atmosphere is casual European, the decor has influences of Chinese and the menu is blend from around the world. On the whole the restaurant gives you a classic feel of Saigon. Try the pork and shrimp spring rolls. The restaurant has become famous since Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had dinner here.

Temple Club, Ho Chi Minh City

Temple Club

6. Ly Club

Address : 143 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

The design restaurant concept is apparent from the moment you set foot inside: white walls, wide elliptical arches, nouveau chic furnishings, ornate lighting, and fine art create a cultured, yet, relaxed atmosphere in the lounge and dining areas. The cuisine is Western – Vietnamese which is made by using classical French techniques using local spices and tropical ingredients. The menu is divided into two sets  – one offering traditional Vietnamese food presented in contemporary style and the other offering a combination of European dishes and flavors from exotic countries. Recommended dishes are pan seared scallops with crunchy black sticky rice, lobster with dragon fruit and tuna with wakame soy-sesame dressing, curry oil and sesame-rice cracker.

Ly Club, Ho Chi Minh City

Lounge at Ly Club

7. May Restaurant

Address : 3/5 Hoang Sa, W. Dakao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

A restaurant that makes you feel like home, May restaurant serves Vietnamese family dishes. The dishes are cooked in traditional Vietnamese techniques as if they were done in 1960’s. The French colonial building houses this restaurant. Although some of the staff is not fluent in English and a little bit shy, they make you feel like home. The pork belly stew in clay pot with eggs, as they represent Vietnamese festive dish which used to be served only during Tet  has now became a great classic. The home-made tofu fried with lemongrass is fresh and might be the freshest tofu you’ve ever tasted as it is daily made with extreme care. The Sunday’s fried spring rolls is also popular for its unique recipe is served all the week long and the name comes from the fact that the owners father used to make them on Sundays only.

May restaurnat, Ho Chi MInh City

Pork belly stew in clay pot with eggs at May Restaurant

8. The Deck Saigon

Address : 38 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, An Phu, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

If you love to travel to some of Asia’s hottest bars and restaurants like Banyan Tree’s Vertigo Bar in Bangkok, The Peninsula’s Felix Bar in Hong Kong or Ku Da Ta in Bali, you will love to add to your list The Deck restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. Situated right on the banks of the Saigon River you and your guests can dine in style and even arrive by boat from the city centre directly to dining room steps. With a modern design and elegant furniture hand crafted by some of the top designers in Vietnam, you’ll love the escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Saigon. Escape for a day and let the experienced service staff serve you “east meets west” cuisine prepared by International team of Chef’s. Try succulent Phu Quoc seafood dishes like Tomato Chili Mussels or Fennel Seabass. Or simply join to watch the sunset during happy hour with some of your favorite martini’s and cocktails or for those more adventurous try the bartenders signature drinks such as our Mango Chili Martini or Lemon Grass Ginger Martini.

The Deck Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

The Deck Saigon


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Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

Karthik Reddy has been traveling around the world since completing his M.B.A in 2012. He is passionate about photography, trying out new food, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and explore places solo.

12 Responses

  1. Tammy says:

    Informative article, just what I needed.

  2. Wow! the foods are looking very delicious!! actually I always like to eat food. ha ha ha. however, the post is very nice and informative.

  3. Iresha says:

    Thanks for the lovely Article!

    The Deck looks really lovely. Are we to get there by boat? and is it better to go there in the evening or morning?


  4. Martin says:

    Kindly upgrade your suggestions please to avoid wasting anyone else’ s time. Both the Hatvala and Bobby Chinns have closed.

  5. jacques says:

    deck restaurant
    do you have a lunch or diner buffet on sun 14 feb.
    how much is the cost per head.

  6. Bansal H says:

    Thanks for sharing this delicious information with us…as I am a foodie..this is very usful for me

  7. Sourav Pan says:

    A very informative and useful article for me.

  8. Mark says:

    Your articles are good.

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