Top 11 Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, often referred to as Saigon by locals, has a diverse food scene. This list of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the city highlights those that serve delicious food with quality ingredients and overall memorable dining experience. These are the places we often return to, as well as bring visiting families and friends for dinners. We also include some of the best vegetarian restaurants in town for those with specific dietary preferences.

collage of 2 traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Being Vietnamese natives with experience in developing Vietnamese recipes on our food blog for several years, we put together this list of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. These establishments utilize quality ingredients, showcase skillful culinary techniques, and maintain good hygiene standards.

It’s worth mentioning that this list excludes small eateries that specialize in a limited range of dishes, even though we appreciate the convenience of a quick, hearty bowl of pho or a delectable banh mi at those places. Here’s my post with the list of the best pho in Ho Chi Minh City.

We will provide a brief overview and review of each place as well as our favorite dishes. These restaurants are listed in no particular order, meaning the ones listed first may not necessarily be better than the latter ones.

Ănăn Saigon

📍: 89 Ton That Dam, District 1

🌐: Google Maps, Facebook Page, Website

Located next to a long-standing wet market in District 1, Anan Saigon is known for its modern reinterpretation of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. It draws inspiration from Vietnam’s street food culture, elevating its dishes with better quality ingredients and presentations.

Some of our most favorite dishes at Anan are no longer on the menu sadly. Here are our favorites that are still on the menu: truffle pho, wagyu banh mi, duck banh mi, and wagyu fried rice. We aren’t really fans of their creative fusion dishes such as banh xeo tacos or Da Lat pizzas.

a bowl of truffle pho noodle soup at Anan Saigon restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city
Truffle pho noodle soup
a plate of banh xeo tacos at Anan Saigon, one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city
Banh xeo tacos

There are several things that we don’t like here. The restaurant is quite small, so the dining tables are tiny, making it uncomfortable to eat sometimes. The service is also spotty, so in general, don’t expect a fine dining experience.

In our opinion, Anan is a little overpriced for what is offered. However, the innovative approach to Vietnamese cuisine places it in a category of its own in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), which is why we think it’s worth checking out.

Vietnam House

📍: 93-95-97 Dong Khoi, District 1

🌐: Google Maps, Facebook Page, Website

Located on one of the most beautiful streets in the center of HCMC, Vietnam House offers a modern take on traditional Vietnamese dishes. The restaurant is housed in a beautifully restored French colonial building. However, it can get quite noisy sometimes because of the excessive use of glass decoration and hard surface.

Exterior of Vietnam House restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city
Exterior of Vietnam House restaurant

The foods are elevated mainly through the use of more premium ingredients, rather than trying to be super creative or innovative. Overall, we think they have a moderate balance of tradition and creativity. As someone who owns several cookbooks by Luke Nguyen, I personally expect a little more from the food at Vietnam House.

Again, some of our favorite dishes are no longer on the menu sadly. They used to make some lesser-known Vietnamese dishes (well-known to locals, but lesser-known to foreigners, actually), such as eel noodle soup (miến lươn). Our other favorites that are still on the menu are salmon vermicelli noodle soup and tamarind pineapple shrimp soup.

a bowl of salmon noodle soup at Vietnam House, one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city.
Salmon rice vermicelli noodle soup

Vietnam House has been adding a dress code lately while there was none originally. This may be a turn-off for some diners. I have to say we find ourselves visiting this place much less often.

Cuc Gach Quan

📍: 10 Dang Tat, District 1

🌐: Google Maps

Located in a charming house, Cuc Gach Quan has a rustic design with vintage furniture that reminds us of life in Vietnam many decades ago. The menu is filled with dishes that mirror traditional meals of Vietnamese families. If you want to taste authentic home-style Vietnamese cuisine, this is one of the best places to try. The culinary style of Cuc Gach is quite similar to Tam Vi, one of the must-try restaurants in Hanoi.

Interior of Cuc Gach Quan, one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city.
Interior of Cuc Gach Quan

The extensive menu of Cuc Gach Quan can be a bit overwhelming, especially for international visitors, as it lacks pictures. Our favorite dishes here are lemongrass chili tofu, fried soft-shelled crabs, and beef soup with Vietnamese coriander. Overall, everything we have tried is solid.

Another thing we like about Cuc Gach is we can tell the server we prefer Northern-style cooking which is less sweet and less salty than Southern-style, and the restaurant can adjust seasonings perfectly to our likings.

a plate of lemongrass chili tofu at Cuc Gach Quan restaurant in HCMC.
Lemongrass chili tofu
a bowl of Vietnamese caramelized fish at Cuc Gach Quan restaurant in Saigon.
Vietnamese caramelized fish

Man Moi (also known as Spice Bistro)

📍: District 3 location & District 2 location

🌐: Website, Facebook Page

With a deep appreciation for regional Vietnamese cuisines, Man Moi builds its menu with inspiration from traditional meals and regional dishes. The offerings range from eye pleasing appetizers to filling main dishes, followed by soothing soups to cleanse the palate, and delightful desserts to end the meal on a sweet note.

Interior of Man Moi (Spice Bistro) restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city
District 2 location of Spice Bistro

We often go to the location in District 2 which has traditional designs and an open-air playground. They recently opened a second location in District 3. District 3 location has tables with air-conditioning while District 2 does not.

Our favorite dishes at Man Moi are banh mi, sticky rice, pho rolls with grilled pork, and snakehead rice noodle soup (bánh canh cá). We’ve enjoyed almost every dish we’ve had here. The one dish we don’t recommend is com tam Saigon (broken rice with grilled pork).

a tray of banh mi xiu mai at Man Moi (Spice Bistro) in Saigon.
Banh mi xiu mai (pork meatballs)
a plate of veal salad at Man Moi restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city.
Veal salad
a bowl of Vietnamese sweet soup dessert at Man Moi restaurant in Saigon.
Vietnamese sweet soup dessert

East By Ngo Thanh Hoa

📍: 73 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3

🌐: Google Maps, Website

East Restaurant is a fusion restaurant with contemporary Vietnamese flavors in HCMC. You will not find traditional Vietnamese dishes at this establishment. Instead, Chef Ngo Thanh Hoa creatively incorporates Vietnamese herbs and seasonings to bring completely new ideas to diners. He is also very hands-on with both the kitchen and front-of-house operations. Guests sitting at the bar can even interact and get food recommendations directly from him.

We really like the fragrant fried rice with white basil leaves (lá é). It pairs perfectly with various main dishes, such as chicken thighs with mắc khén (a distinctive spice from the Northwestern mountainous area of Vietnam) and roasted fish in banana leaves with curry sauce.

Grilled chicken served with fried rice at East by Ngo Thanh Hoa.
Chicken thighs with mac khen and fried rice on the side
a plate of roasted fish in banana leaves at East by Ngo Thanh Hoa restaurant in HCMC.
Roasted fish in banana leaves

Some of the dishes on menu may use ingredients from other Asian cuisines, such as Japanese miso or Korean rice cakes. Overall, everything we’ve tried ranges from decent to very good.

Propaganda Vietnamese Bistro

📍: 21 Han Thuyen, District 1

🌐: Google Maps, Website

Propaganda is located right next to the Independence Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon. The quirky interior designs feature wall murals inspired by Vietnamese propaganda art. The menu offers a combination of traditional Vietnamese flavors and contemporary flair.

We like their selections of banh mi and fresh spring rolls. Their beef pho and bun bo Hue (Hue beef rice noodle soup) are also decent. The salad with homemade citrus-soy tofu, edamame and black rice is also our favorite.

a bowl of beef pho noodle soup at Propaganda restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city


📍: District 1 location & District 2 location

🌐: Website, Facebook Page

Laang is a modern Vietnamese restaurant with two locations in Saigon. It focuses on providing delicious and healthy food in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The extensive menu features many Vietnamese classics as well as some modern options. Their kitchen can also adjust the seasonings if we tell them we prefer Northern-style taste.

Our favorite dishes here are bun bo Hue and red rice noodle soup with crab and shrimp (bánh đa cua). The latter dish may not be well-known outside of Vietnam, but it is a signature of my hometown, Hai Phong, a seaside city in Northern Vietnam. We also like their mustard green soup with fish (a very traditional family dish), and squid with salted egg sauce.

a bowl of red rice noodle soup with crab and shrimp at Laang restaurant in HCMC
Red rice noodle soup with crab and shrimp
a plate of stuffed squid in salted egg sauce at Laang restaurant.
Stuffed squid in salted egg sauce
a bowl of Vietnamese mustard green soup with fish at Laang restaurant.
Vietnamese mustard green soup with fish

Quan Bui

📍: multiple locations in HCMC, including District 1, Binh Thanh District & District 2

🌐: Website, Facebook Page

Quan Bui restaurants serve traditional Vietnamese meals in a warm and rustic setting. The interior decor combines traditional Vietnamese elements with French colonial style. They are in the same restaurant group with Laang mentioned above, but the setting is more casual.

This group of Quan Bui restaurants aims to provide cozy and comforting traditional family meals that make guests feel at home. Our favorites here include crab rice noodle soup (bun rieu), opo squash with prawn soup, sour soup with pork ribs, fried rice and braised pork in fermented sauce.

a bowl of braised pork with fermented sauce at Quan Bui restaurant in Saigon
Braised pork with fermented sauce
a bowl of Vietnamese grilled pork noodle salad at Quan Bui restaurant in HCMC.
Vietnamese grilled pork noodle salad

Saigon Grill

📍: Rooftop 91 Pasteur, District 1

🌐: Google Maps, Website

This restaurant is quite different from the ones we recommend above. It is in a category of restaurants called “quán nhậu” in Vietnamese. Quán nhậu can be described as casual dining spots where friends and colleagues gather to enjoy food and drinks in a lively and noisy atmosphere. At this kind of venues, food usually serves as a medium for social connection. There is no equivalent English translation, and the closest one is probably “beer garden”.

We find that Saigon Grill is a nicer quán nhậu in HCMC with pretty good food (surprisingly good for this kind of places). Just don’t expect refined food or premium ingredients you might find in more upscale establishments such as some of the restaurants above. Some of the dishes we like here are glass noodle stir-fry with seafood, La Vong grilled fish, and Saigon grilled pork ribs.

a plate of glass noodle stir-fry with seafood at Saigon Grill restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.
Glass noodle stir-fry with seafood
a plate of La Vong grilled fish at Saigon Grill restaurant.
La Vong grilled fish

Located on a rooftop in the heart of the city, Saigon Grill offers open-air setting with views of Bitexco tower. Please note that all seats are open-air and there is no AC dining room at this rooftop restaurant.

It may not be an ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic dinner or families with small children, as the noisy atmosphere can be a bit overwhelming. However, it’s an excellent spot for a casual hangout or a group gathering. Some Vietnamese families also have gathering with kids here. If you want to experience the casual, sociable dining culture of Saigon, we think this restaurant is among the best options.

View from Saigon Grill rooftop restaurant late afternoon.
View from the rooftop in late afternoon
View from Saigon Grill rooftop restaurant at night.
View from the rooftop at night

Hum Vegetarian

📍: District 3 location & District 2 location

🌐: Website, Facebook Page

Hum is regarded as one of the best upscale Vietnamese vegetarian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city. The place has a tranquil atmosphere that lets diners temporarily escape from hectic city life.

At Hum, vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, and whole grains take center stage, transformed into a variety of delicious and satisfying dishes through meticulous preparation. Hum also provides a range of healthy drinks, such as herbal teas and fresh fruit juices.

Our favorite dishes at Hum are braised tofu and eggs in spiced sauce, mushroom fried spring rolls, Hum fried rice, and salt-roasted butternut squash salad. Their sweet and sour soup is also very flavorful, but it is pretty spicy. We think even those who are not vegetarian will enjoy the food at Hum.

a plate of fried mushroom spring rolls at Hum, the best vegetarian restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city
Mushroom fried spring rolls
a plate of roasted butternut squash salad at Hum vegetarian restaurant in Saigon
Roasted butternut squash salad

Pi Vegetarian Saigon

📍: 187/15 Dien Bien Phu, District 1

🌐: Google Maps, Website, Facebook Page

Pi is another Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant worth checking out in HCMC. This place serves vegetarian versions of some classic dishes as well as new ideas. All the dishes we have tried here are colorful, nutritionally balanced, and flavorful.

The menu is quite extensive, but the staff will be happy to give you recommendations. We particularly like their avocado and silken tofu with lemongrass ginger sauce, and fried spring rolls with tempeh and seaweed.

a plate of avocado and silken tofu with lemongrass ginger sauce at Pi vegetarian restaurant in Saigon
Avocado and silken tofu with lemongrass ginger sauce
a plate of spring rolls with tempeh and seaweed at Pi vegetarian in HCMC.
Spring rolls with tempeh and seaweed

Conclusion & Additional Suggestion

Saigon’s vibrant dining scene offers different culinary experiences that cater to a range of palates and preferences. Each place we’ve highlighted in this list of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city provides a unique interpretation of the cuisine. We hope this guide from a local’s perspective will lead you to some unforgettable meals in the city.

If those are not enough options for you, here are some additional Vietnamese restaurants we visit from time to time in Saigon:

  • Madame Lam in District 2: the food is pretty good and the staff are very kind. However, though they have been welcoming guests for a while now, the service is still not super smooth. I have a soft spot for their grilled abalones with scallion oil and braised sea eel with green banana, tofu, turmeric, and galangal. The latter dish is a delicious and rustic traditional Northern dish we grew up with. Among the dishes I have tried, I don’t like their fried soft shell crabs – there are definitely much better fried soft shell crabs in HCMC.
  • Tre restaurant in Saigon Pearl complex in Binh Thanh District: this casual restaurant is on a rooftop in a residential complex in HCMC. It is a popular spot for local families and office employees in the area during lunchtime. Please note they don’t open for dinner, and breakfast is served on the first floor, not the rooftop.

If you need help on where to stay in HCMC, check out my guide about the best districts and hotels for tourists and short-term visitors in Saigon.

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