10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

By Thy An   December 28, 2023 | 06:00 pm PT
Saigon's upscale restaurants showcase the city's rich cultural tapestry through meticulously crafted dishes.
10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Akuna Restaurant that overlooks the Saigon River offers a refined dining experience. The open kitchen enables guests to witness first-hand the artistry behind each dish.

Under the direction of Michelin Chef Sam Aisbett, Akuna's menus honor both tradition and innovation. Each dish exhibits Aisbett's imagination along with his meticulous culinary precision.

The restaurant is located on the 9th floor of Le Méridien Saigon, 3C Ton Duc Thang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 6 p.m.–10 p.m. The restaurant accepts last seating at 8:45 p.m. and last order at 9 p.m. The prices are between $160 and $285 per person. Photo courtesy of Akuna Restaurant

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Noir in Ho Chi Minh City has embraced a worldwide foodie trend, establishing itself as the only destination for fine dining in the dark. The concept behind this experience is that the sense of taste is enhanced when other senses are eliminated.

Diners indulge in a multi-course experience in complete darkness and receive service from blind or visually impaired staff. The menu features a combination of vegetarian, Eastern, and Western dishes.

Noir is located at 178–180D Hai Ba Trung, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Opening hours are from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday,with last order accepted at 9:30 p.m. Average price: $19.78-$47.39. Photo courtesy of Saigoneer

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Located at levels B1 and 1, at 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, and 57-69F Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Da Vittorio Saigon is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Vietnam, offering a luxurious space and a unique culinary style.

Da Vittorio Saigon features two floors, where the interior is adorned with a famous Italian furniture collection. The intricate mosaics were created by talented artisans in Milan.

The restaurant can accommodate up to 86 guests. The main lobby area can seat up to 35 guests, while there are four private spaces suitable for romantic dates and six private rooms for company parties or family gatherings. Opening hours are 5:30–10:30 p.m. except Sunday. Average price: $174–$350. Photo courtesy of The Reverie Saigon

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Ocean Palace Saigon stands out as a premier destination for Chinese dining in Saigon, with round tables that make it perfect for socializing with friends, family gatherings, and small parties.

This restaurant offers a wide variety of Chinese dishes, including dumplings, Chinese meatballs, chicken, seafood, noodles, and more, all prepared with fresh ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free options are always available on the menu.

Ocean Palace's dining area is spotless and bright, so dinners can be assured about the quality of the food, dining space, and top-notch service. It's located at 1–2 Le Duan Street, District 1. Open hours are 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4:45–10.30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Located right at the Bach Dang Water Bus Station, 10B Ton Duc Thang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, ROS Yacht Club opens Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Offering a mesmerizing view of the Saigon River, the restaurant offers Pan-Asian food and drinks.

ROS serves innovative drinks with local flavors prepared by mixologist Hideyuki Saito, using modern techniques like rotavapor distillation.

Nightly DJ performances extend late into the night. Average price: about $75 per person. Photo courtesy of ROS Yacht Club

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Truffle Restaurant stands at over 300 meters height on Landmark 81. The grand dining area, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, provides guests to have breathtaking views of Saigon while indulging in exquisite truffle specialties. With menus that change every two months, Truffle offers an inclusive culinary experience for all.

Truffle is ideal for birthdays, romantic dates, or business meetings.

The restaurant is located on the 73rd floor, Landmark 81, Binh Thanh District. Opening hours are 3–11:30 p.m. Average price: VND7.7–10.8 million per person. Photo courtesy of Truffle Restaurant

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Xu Restaurant is located at 71–75 Hai Ba Trung Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, and opens from 4 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

At Xu Restaurant, patrons can savor delightful Vietnamese and Asian dishes with a fresh and pleasing taste. Signature items include spring rolls, salads, and seafood, complemented by exquisite cocktails and wines.

Average price: $41 per person. Photo courtesy of Foody.vn

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Nen Light specializes in storytelling-style dishes, offering a unique experience of fine dining in Saigon. The chef focuses on using traditional ingredients to elevate Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant itself is small, with minimal decoration and dim lighting, creating an intimate setting suitable for dates.

When ordering from the tasting menu, diners can enjoy 7-9 dishes, including lobster choux, seaweed rolls, jackfruit-stewed beef tartlet, fresh black tiger shrimp soaked in garlic oil, cheese mousse with confetti salt, seafood dumplings, burnt cream, and laksa soup.

It is located at 122/2 Tran Dinh Xu Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, and opens from 6–11 p.m. Average price: approximately $100 per person. Photo by Tram Nguyen

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

Bambino is one of the go-to destinations in HCMC, either for intimate gatherings or grand celebrations.

Ideal for intimate dinners, private parties, and corporate events, Bambino offers specially crafted Italian banquet tables and menus. The venue ensures a personalized and memorable experience, immersing visitors in the lively rhythms of Italo Disco every Friday and Saturday for an added layer of vibrancy.

Babino is located on level 3, 29-31 Ton That Thiep Street, District 1. Open hours are 6 p.m. to midnight, except for Monday. Prices range from $74.15-$144.18. Photo courtesy of Bambino

10 must-try restaurants in Saigon

The award-winning Anan Saigon seamlessly blends progressive yet traditionally rooted dishes, offering a delightful blend of flavors. The culinary journey extends beyond food with a cocktail bar and rooftop dining, providing a feast for all the senses.

Anan Saigon presents two tasting menus for a perfect introduction to Chef Peter’s modern Vietnamese cuisine. The Saigon Tasting Menu features a modern take on classic dishes like Le Petite Banh Mi and Saigon Shaking Beef. For an elevated experience, Chef Peter’s Tasting Menu offers a culinary tour with regional delights from Foie Gras Spring Roll to Cha Ca Hanoi.

It is located on the ground floor at 89 Ton That Dam, District 1. Opening hours are 5 p.m. to midnight, from Tuesday to Sunday). Average price: VND185,000 per dish. Photo by Maika Elan

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