Ho Chi Minh City, famous for its cuisine, has plenty of fantastic restaurants. Regardless of whether you’re looking for fine dining, street food, or anything in between, you’ll find it. But what are the best restaurants, and where are they? Continue reading for our list of the ten best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City cuisine is probably most famous for its incredible street food cuisines such as pho, banh mi, and banh xeo. And although those street food dishes are great, the city has so much more to offer, including fine-dining restaurants, steakhouses, international cuisine, and various Vietnamese inspired fusion restaurants.
- Location: 89 Ton That Dam, D1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)904 792 920
Anan is a modern Vietnamese street-food inspired restaurant with French culinary influence. The restaurant is in one of the city’s oldest wet markets, Cho Cu Ton That Da. This market has some of the highest quality herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables available in the city, which Anan chiefs take advantage of and implement into their dishes.
Anan restaurant, meaning Eat Eat in Vietnamese, has several different tasting menus, including a vegetarian option in addition to a delicious a la carte. Then you can even pre-request off-menu dishes such as the $100 Pho and $100 Banh Mi.
Anan has a good selection of drinks, including beer, wine, and cocktails. After dinner, you can enjoy a digestif drink or a glass of wine in their rooftop bar.
Cuc Gach Quan
- Location: 10 Dang Tat, D1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)838 480 144
Cuc Gach Quan is a famous restaurant in central of Ho Chi Minh City. Most notably, the restaurant is renowned for having hosted both Angelina Jolie and Barack Obama. The restaurant is in a charming French colonial house with exquisite but traditional decorations.
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Cuc Gach Quan has an extensive and tasty menu that includes many of Vietnam’s favorite dishes, such as lemongrass chicken, fried morning glory, and fresh spring rolls. Cuc Gach Quan offers great value-for-money with both food and drinks being reasonably priced.
- Location: 158 Pasteur, Ben Nghe, D1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)909 904 621
Secret Garden is one of the top choices in the city for home-cooked-style Vietnamese food. The restaurant is located in a narrow and hidden alley in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, near City Hall and the War Museum. It is called Secret Garden for a reason, as it can be quite hard to find the restaurant.
The restaurant is on a rooftop of a 5-story apartment building with no elevator. So, guests have to walk up the 5 flight of stairs to reach the restaurant. The walk up the stairs is enjoyable as you’ll pass the apartments of the tenants and get a glimpse into the life of the locals.
Secret Garden has charming wooden furniture, rustic plants, and even chicken roaming free around the rooftop, creating a great vibe. There is not a large menu, but every dish in it is fantastic.
- Location: 34 Mac Dinh Chi, Da Kao, D1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)942 456 708
Oc Ghe is the place young Saigonese go in the evening for food and drinks. You will see large crowds of locals, cheering, and enjoying numerous dishes of food. Most of the people will be cheering with ice and beer in their glass, but cold bottles are available upon request.
The restaurant is in the center of the city in a raw but beautifully decorated building. Oc Ghe has an extensive menu of traditional Vietnamese food but is most famous for its delicious snail dishes.
Oc Ghe is the most affordable restaurant on our list. A bottle of beer will cost you less than USD 1, and the average dish will cost less than USD 4. Waiters speak limited English but are very helpful and accommodating.
Quan Ut Ut
- Location: 168 Vo Van Kiet, D1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)283 914 4500
If you ever fancy a Western food during your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, we recommend you head to Quan Ut Ut, the best American barbecue in the city. Ut Ut has several outlets, but we recommend the one in District 1 by Saigon River.
At Ut Ut, you get traditional American BBQ such as sausages, steaks, burgers, and ribs along with a great selection of local craft beers. No one leaves Ut Ut hungry.
- Location: 21 Han Thuyen, Ben Nghe, D1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)283 822 9048
This Vietnamese Bistro is well recognized for its delicious spring rolls, noodle salads, and rice bowls. Located downtown in the central tourist district, Propaganda uses only Vietnamese ingredients in their dishes, most of them locally sourced.
This Vietnamese home-cooked restaurant has a la carte, set lunches, tasting menus, and an excellent selection of wine and cocktails in a trendy and hip setting with propaganda graffiti and slogans on the walls.
Ngon Villa Saigon
- Location: 193 Hai Ba Trung Street, D3, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0(283 939 3888
Ngon Villa Saigon has authentic Vietnamese cuisine and a unique and innovative menu. In addition to a la carte, they have an all-you-can-eat concept where they serve the food in small portions so that the guests can enjoy a wide variety of local dishes.
The restaurant is in District 3, the center of the business districts of Ho Chi Minh City, not far from District 1.
- Location: 74/1 Hai Ba Trung, Ben Nghe, D1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)283 827 2090
This modern steakhouse offers high quality imported beef. El Gaucho has several locations throughout Vietnam, including three outlets in Ho Chi Minh City. They have one right in the center of District 1, across from Park Hyatt Hotel.
El Gaucho started in Ho Chi Minh City but has now expanded to 16 locations in 6 countries.
El Gaucho has an extensive beef menu with different quality steaks and cuts at different price ranges. But expect to pay a premium price for premium steaks. El Gaucho also has an extensive wine menu.
Noir. Dining in the Dark
- Location: 180D Hai Ba Trung Street, D1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)286 263 2525
As the name suggests, you will be eating in the dark. The restaurant will be pitch-black while you enjoy the fine-dining quality food served by blind or visually impaired staff. The food at Noir is excellent, but what’s truly special about the restaurant is the experience of eating in the dark.
Guests have a choice of three different mystery set menus, Asian, Western, and vegetarian, with the option of a fantastic pairing of wine. Each set menu has several small dishes, so guests get to try a wide range of delicious food.
At the end of the experience, you’ll finally get to see what you ate.
Home Finest Saigon Restaurant
- Location: 252 Đien Bien Phu, D3, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: +84(0)283 932 2666
Home Finest Restaurant is in a beautiful art deco style villa in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City, not far from the Notre Dame Cathedral. The restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese food mixed with modern culinary techniques.
The chefs at Home Finest, only use organic ingredients and free-range meats whenever available. There is a choice of a la carte or set menu, which includes cuisine from all over Vietnam.
Although it only opened recently, it is already gaining a reputation as one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.