List Up The Best Saigon Vietnamese Restaurants

The vibrant Ho Chi Minh City challenges the powerhouses of Bangkok and Singapore as one of the most exciting cities in Southeast Asia. From pan-Asian fusion to the traditional Vietnamese Pho, we discover the top Saigon Vietnamese restaurant that this dynamic city has to offer.

1. Shri Restaurant & Lounge

Shri Restaurant & Lounge is set atop the Center Tower and with its ceiling to floor windows offers unparalleled panoramic views from nearly every table at the restaurant. This is one of the top Saigon Vietnamese restaurant. Frangipani trees, water features and the general open air feel make for a perfect place to unwind after a long day exploring the city.

The objective of Shri Restaurant & Lounge: Beautiful home-cooked European food in a relaxed and ambient setting

The objective of Shri Restaurant & Lounge: Beautiful home-cooked European food in a relaxed and ambient setting

The objective of Shri Restaurant & Lounge is simple: Beautiful home-cooked European food in a relaxed and ambient setting. The food proffers an exquisite taste of Europe in Asia, producing assured dishes orchestrated from local and imported flavors. A complete evening experience, there is also a spacious lounge and bar with intimate lighting and large picture windows mixing the best prepared cocktails in town.

Address: 72 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, 6, Dictrict 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 3827 9631

Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 10:30 am - 12:00 am & Sun:4:30 pm - 12:00 am

If you’re looking for an innovative and novel Saigon Vietnamese restaurant experience you must visit “Cơm Niêu Sài Gòn”. Anthony Bourdain named the Vietnamese Gastronomy Restaurant as ‘the one place visitors shouldn’t miss’ in Ho Chi Minh City because of its truly cultural experience.

2. Com Nieu Sai Gon

Com Nieu Sai Gon outside

Com Nieu Sai Gon outside

This restaurant is the perfect spot for those who wish to experience street food in exquisitely designed surroundings. Exceptional dishes include the com dap with its delicious combination of nuoc mam and sesame seeds over crispy rice, along with the seafood pan-fried noodles.

Address: 59, Ho Xuan Huong, Ward 6, Dictrict 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 3930 2888

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

3. La Villa French Restaurant

La Villa French Restaurant

La Villa French Restaurant

La Villa French Restaurant offers the chance to enjoy authentic and fine French cuisine in a colonial style villa. Located on a quiet side street off Thao Dien in District 2, guests can enjoy lunch or dinner in the serene courtyard or refined interior, both bolstered with experienced and personable staff. If you’re looking for an even more peaceful setting, this Saigon Vietnamese restaurant is the option to dine in the middle of a romantic garden with a swimming pool surrounded by exotic species of flowers. The lunch menu changes daily and is freshly prepared with the best local ingredients. Dinner offers both a la carte and set menus and for those with a preference for the flavour of French wines, the range on offer here is extensive.

Address14 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Đien, Dictrict 2, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 3898 2082

Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 11:45 am - 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

4. Cirrus Saigon

The sky-high Saigon Vietnamese restaurant - Cirrus Saigon

The sky-high Saigon Vietnamese restaurant - Cirrus Saigon

This sky-high Saigon Vietnamese restaurant takes fine dining to quite literally a new level with its location on the 51st floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower. The sleek dining tables balance on wooden mezzanines, ensuring every guest gets to take in the beautiful view. The open-theatre kitchen is run by executive chef Gabriel Boyer, meaning patrons can enjoy the spectacle involved in cooking their meals. Since the opening of Cirrus Saigon, it has been a roaring success with locals and tourists alike. Since its launch, they have been limiting their booking to a maximum of thirty guests per night in order to ensure the best experience. Critics have praised the restaurant and have predicted it will become one of Vietnam’s most celebrated culinary offerings.

Address: Ben Nghe 2, Hai Trieu, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 6291 8750

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 7:00 am - 2:00 am

5. Monsoon Restaurant & Bar Saigon

The Monsoon Restaurant & Bar

The Monsoon Restaurant & Bar

The Monsoon Restaurant & Bar serves a fabulous blend of regional favorites from Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The menu of this Saigon Vietnamese restaurant is divided by country, giving the customer a chance to select from a handful of signature appetizers, mains and desserts. The flavor of the delicacies are juxtaposed with the architecture of the building set in a French colonial villa with a pleasant courtyard. Be sure to try the spectacular Laos-style laab gai or mohinga, the national Burmese dish.

Address: Ho Hao Hon, Nguyen Cu Trinh, Dictrict 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 6290 8899

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

6. Dong Pho Restaurant

Dong Pho Restaurant dishes

Dong Pho Restaurant dishes

Dong Pho Restaurant is famous locally for ‘Pho’, the classic Vietnamese dish consisting of white noodles in a broth with either chicken or beef. This Saigon Vietnamese restaurant is especially popular with the locals for its affordable food options and quick, friendly service. Other mains worth trying include the crumbled shrimp, Hue beef noodle soup and steamed rice cakes with dried shallots. If you’ve got space afterwards, desserts include favorites such as Suzette pancakes and bananas in coconut milk.

Address: 57 Hồ Xuân Hương, Ward 6, Dictrict 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 3930 7665

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

7. The Deck Saigon

Situated on the banks of the Saigon River, The Deck Saigon is located 15 minutes from the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. True to its name, customers can enjoy breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner on the large outdoor wooden deck.

The Deck Saigon

The Deck Saigon

Together, chefs Cao Lam Gia and Adrian Scott have designed a menu based on contemporary pan-Asian fusion cuisine with an emphasis placed on simplicity. The best local and imported produce includes meat from New Zealand, seafood from Phu Quoc Island and vegetables from Da Lat.

Its location guarantees a romantic setting, and cruises along the neighboring river are available before or after dinner. It is also possible for this Saigon Vietnamese restaurant to bring you to your dinner table by boat, just ask in advance when you make your reservation.

Enjoy the service at The Deck Saigon

Address: 38 Nguyen U Di, Thao Đien, Dictrict 2, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 3744 6632

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

8. Ngan Dinh Restaurant

Dimsum at Ngan Dinh restaurant

Dimsum at Ngan Dinh restaurant

Ngan Dinh is undoubtedly the best Saigon Vietnamese restaurant to taste wonderful Chao Zhou, Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine at incredibly reasonable prices. The restaurant is spread across the fifth floor of the Windsor Plaza Hotel in Chinatown. Ngan Dinh’s connection to the local population ensures the authenticity of the food and flavors making it a truly unique dining experience. The entryway houses a beautiful collection of Chinese art and a curved wall home to twelve aquariums where diners can choose from a variety of fresh seafood. The dim sum menu is extensive and serves over sixty different kinds of bite-sized treats all day long. For entrees, don’t miss the steamed rice roll filled with beef and mushrooms or the warm, fluffy egg tart for dessert.

Address: 18 An Duong Vuong street, Dictrict 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 3833 6688

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

9. Skewers Restaurant

A long standing favourite of Ho Chi Minh locals, Skewers serves up Mediterranean food on skewers as the name suggests. In this Saigon Vietnamese restaurant, the barbecue entrees, especially the lamb kabobs are sensational. All the flame-bursting barbecuing is done in an open-air kitchen, which means guaranteed entertainment if the candlelit and cozy atmosphere doesn’t grab you.

The menu at Skewers Restaurant

The menu at Skewers Restaurant

The generous menu offers unpretentious food that truly reflects Mediterranean cooking encompassing earthy flavors of garlic, olive oil and lemon infused dishes. Age-old favourites such as moussaka and baked fish are present alongside some recipes such as the vodka-flamed beef or ribs dipped in honey. Salads are large and delicious, accompanied with dips like hummus and baba ghannouj. To top it off, they offer some of the finest cigars and whiskey in town.

Address: 9 Thai Van Lung, Ben Nghe, Dictrict 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Phone: +84 8 3822 4798

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm & 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

By Helen Brady – The Culture Trip

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