5 Best French Restaurants in Hanoi – Local Guide

Nguyen Mai Huong - October 31, 2018

The best restaurants in Hanoi French Quarter cater to a more international clientele, serving premium wines and cocktails as well as authentic French, European and American cuisine in classy settings. Located to the south and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, the French Quarter is where you can find the city’s government offices, embassies and elegantly restored villas with French architectural influences.

 

I. La Terrasse du Metropole

La Terrasse du Metropole

Parisian-style Sidewalk Cafe

La Terrasse Du Metropole at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi offers affluent travellers an extensive all-day menu which consists of traditional French cuisine and refreshing beverages. Featuring a simple yet elegant setting, this Parisian-style sidewalk café is fitted with a polished timber deck, iron-framed awning, vintage ceiling fans, and comfortable seating arrangements with views of Hanoi city centre.

The staff is friendly and professional

The staff is friendly and professional

FOOD & BEVERAGES

Food-wise, La Terrasse Du Metropole offers a wide range of soups, salads, and sandwiches throughout the day, while mains made with fresh seafood and premium imported meats are best enjoyed in the evenings. For a quick on-the-go meal, we highly recommend the club sandwich (VND 300,000), which comes with generous amounts of smoked bacon, chicken breast, egg, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise.

La Terrasse Du Metropole is usually packed in the evenings, where diners can enjoy a live performance by its resident saxophonist as well as standout French dishes such as:

  • The Australian veal ‘Milanese’ with mesclun, sautéed potatoes and mushroom sauce (VND 650,000)
  • Pan-seared sea bass with winter vegetables, lobster bisque reduction and parsley (VND 450,000), paired with premium French wines and potent cocktails.

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Delicious dishes make your mouth water

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Sweet and sour beef ribs

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A set of afternoon tea – roughly 500.000 vnd

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A bowl of chicken phở

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They also serve Japanese food there!

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Those wonderful cakes will sweeten up your day!

Basic information

  • Location: 15 Ngo Quyen street, Hoan Kiem District,
  • It is recommended to make a reservation especially during the weekends or national holidays.
  • Average price: 500.000 vnd/person
  • Cuisines: French, Vietnamese, European, International
  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Family with children
  • Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
  • Dress code: Smart Casual (no shorts or flip flops)
  • Open Daily 6:00 – 24:00
  • Tel: +84 43 826 6919

II. Green Tangerine

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Green Tangerine – where diners can enjoy authentic Vietnamese and French cuisine in a quaint setting

Green Tangerine, conveniently located in the Old Quarter, is a peaceful oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, The restaurant offers exquisite French cuisine with a Vietnamese twist, made from the freshest ingredients, and features service that is comparable to European and American standards

Since opening in July 2003, Green Tangerine has been the recipient of numorous awards, and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback not only for its food and excellent service but also for its friendly family atmosphere. The staff are very attentive and courteous.

Its predominantly foreign clientele of both expatriates and travellers often linger for hours appreciating the restaurant’s unique and enchanting atmosphere.

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It’s cold outside, come and have a glass of wine with delightful dishes in our cozy interior at Green Tangerine.

Best French Restaurants in Hanoi

A delicately folded tablecloth

FOOD & BEVERAGES

  1. Food

Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi is renowned for its artfully-presented dishes with the harmonious combination of French and Vietnamese cuisine

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Duck breast carpaccio in red fruit dressing served with gizzard candied in ginger, sesame biscuits and mushroom

Best French Restaurants in Hanoi

Roasted pigeon marinated in coffee served with mashed eggplants rolled in spinach leaves and broccolis tiny pellets

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Caramelized pork and stewed apples in Calvados presented on a lotus seeds “mille-feuille” cake decorated by mashed carrots and taro & ngo herb

 

During the day, diners can opt for the two-course (VND 295,000) or three-course (VND 380,000) lunch set, which comes with a starter, main, and dessert.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Green Tangerine Restaurant Hanoi’s homemade desserts such as “Mousse-cake”, Baba in Rhum and Black & white chocolate truffle fritters. They are pleasures that you don’t want to share!

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Baba in Rhum topped with a “che thap cam (Vietnamese candied fruis) ice cream

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“Mousse-cake”, chocolate & blackcurrant, shortbread biscuit

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Black & white chocolate truffle fritters perfumed with red pepper or matcha praline, red fruit flower sauce

2. Wine

Dining at Green Tangerine, you will be given the chance to immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of French and Vietnamese culinary art as well as experiencing firsthand the vivid stages of delightful sensation with numerous most admired and well-known wine brands in the world.

Being chosen carefully from countries that have long been renowned for its famous wine including France, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, Green Tangerine’s innovative wine menu will bring you an abundant diversity of choices.

70% of their wine menu is consisted of the most basic brands that are highly preferred by general wine lovers. The next 20% is followed by special wines, which were attentively selected by their Sommelier together with the cooperative support from their chef and cuisine experts. The remaining 10% is contained of high-quality bottles that have been searched for and collected by the restaurant over the years. For those wine connoisseurs who are looking for some unique highlights in each served dish, Green Tangerine is indeed an ideal stopover for you.

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2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Proudly owns the 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – one of the ten most expensive bottles of wine in the world, Green Tangerine will definitely give you unforgettable “on top of the taste” experiences

Basic information

  • Location:  48 Hang Be, Hoan Kiem district
  • It is recommended to make a reservation especially during the weekends or national holidays.
  • Average price: 500.000 vnd/person
  • Cuisines: French, Vietnamese, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Vegan Options
  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Family with children
  • Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
  • Dress code: Smart Casual (no shorts or flip flops)
  • Open Daily 11:00 – 23:00
  • Tel: (+84) 243.825.1286 – (+84) 243.828.9167
  • Email: contact@greentangerinehanoi.com

III. La Badiane

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La Badiane restaurant

Founded in December 2008, La Badiane -French for Star Anise spice- is heralding its claim to be one of the best restaurants in Vietnam, dedicated to fusion of flavors and international gastronomy.

As reference, La Badiane is rated top 500 Restaurants in Asia by The Miele Guide, has been recommended by The New York Times, and has received 5 consecutive Certificates of Excellence by Trip Advisor -since 2011. Indeed, with more than 300 upvotes as “EXCELLENT”, La Badiane knows a high rating deserved to top-end restaurants.

Yet, if most is about tastes, fusion of flavors and international gastronomy, great attention is also constantly paid to the quality of the service provided as well as to the overall atmosphere, so guests have a unique culinary experience by enjoying every aspect of their meal.

When coming in, one’s attention is instantly caught by the multitude of perfumes & aromas flowing out from the open front kitchen.

The entrance corridor planted with harmonious luxuriant vegetation leads you towards the heart of the restaurant, and its glass covered patio. Surrounded by carefully chosen leaf plants, walls predominantly white, and large B&W photo portraits, the place provides for a true feeling of calm and elegance.

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The place provides for a true feeling of calm and elegance

The combination of tablecloths, two-color curtains, and the green vegetation gathers all conditions to let guests’ visual and gustative senses fully express themselves. The attentive and discreet lightening in the evening makes it very romantic, and live classic music concerts every Wednesday evening levels-up La Badiane restaurant to turn it into a complete place.

On the upper floor, two rooms available provide for perfect intimate spaces, appropriate for guests either looking for privacy, or mid-size groups wishing to enjoy a private lunch or dinner on a special occasion.

As opposed to the ground floor and its B&W photos, the first floor presents large-size color portraits. A must-see.

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The room has a cozy ambiance

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A perfect intimate space for customers

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A 4 piece string band playing classical music and you have a night to saviour

FOOD & BEVERAGES

1. Food

La Badiane Hanoi’s signature dishes include:

  • The foie gras (served with figs and blackcurrant liquor, stewed apple in spices and roasted almonds)
  • Grilled eggplants and goat cheese rolled in Parma ham, pesto and balsamic sauce, and duck French rillettes, served with candied onions in cumin.

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The foie gras (served with figs and blackcurrant liquor, stewed apple in spices and roasted almonds)

Best French Restaurants in Hanoi

Grilled eggplants and goat cheese rolled in Parma ham, pesto and balsamic sauce, and duck French rillettes, served with candied onions in cumin.

Diners can also enjoy daily set lunches for VND 375,000, which come with a starter, choice of one main, salad or pasta, and dessert.

We highly recommend the beef carpaccio with parmesan cheese, lime dressing and French fries, grilled prawns with sesame, mashed sweet potatoes, red wine sauce, and seafood lasagne with vegetables.

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Grilled prawns with sesame

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Smoked salmon with ice cream, goat cheese and fruit jam

For dessert, La Badiane Hanoi’s Tiramisu comes highly recommended, consisting of chestnut cream in Amaretto liquor and crispy chocolate.

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Brulée ice cream, or toasted ice cream, is a must-try dessert at La Badiane Hanoi

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Yoghurt mousse with crispy rice, passion fruit coulis

2. Beverages

Available by the bottle, wine lovers will also be satisfied with the restaurant’s selection of wines from Australia, France, Argentina, and Italy.

Drink list:

  • House wines
  • Sparkling wines
  • Prestigious wines
  • White wines
  • Old World Red Wines
  • New World Red Wines
  • Alcohol
  • Non-alcohol

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The prestigious wines that La Badiane offers will fullfill the enjoyment of a dish

Basic information

  • Location: 10 Nam Ngư Street, Hoàn Kiếm street
  • It is recommended to make a reservation especially during the weekends or national holidays.
  • Average price: VND 500.000 – 600.000/person
  • Good for: Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
  • Cuisines: French, European, International, Fusion, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Accommodation: 80 people
  • 2 VIP rooms (10-20 customers/room)
  • 1 garage (Parking fee: free)
  • Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
  • Subsidise for beverages customers bring in: 12 USD/bottle (of any kind of wine)
  • Dress code: Smart Casual (no shorts or flip flops)
  • BOOKING DAYS
    Monday – Saturday
  • BOOKING LUNCH
    11:30 – 14:00
  • BOOKING DINNER
    18:00 – 22:00
  • BOOKING AREAS
    Ground floor or upstairs
  • Tel: +84 24 39 42 45 09
  • Email: labadiane.booking@gmail.com

IV. Maison Vie Restaurant

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Maison Vie Restaurant Hanoi

Based on 28 Tang Bat Ho Street, Maison Vie Restaurant is an familiar destination for French cuisine and French culture lovers in Hanoi. With 20 years of in-depth experience in French restaurant business, Maison Vie promises awesome dishes and services delivered by skillful chefs and dedicated staff.

With a capacity of over 350 seats in 3 floors, Maison Vie can welcome and serve hundreds of visitors each day.

In particular, the first floor with airy design includes a large room and an outdoor dining area next to the green liana truss will be ideal composure for nature lovers.

On the second floor, 4 VIP rooms with cosy brown interior will well fit intimate and private appointments.

And on the third floor, a ballroom with 180 seats, large stage and sound system can suit any event requirements.

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Beautiful interior design

FOOD & BEVERAGES

1. Food

Diners can choose from the ala carte menu or the three and five-course lunch and dinner menu, with the latter priced at VND 168,000 and VND 398,000 respectively.

For mains, we highly recommend the roasted seabass with crusted chorizo, rice paella and creamy shellfish sauce, roasted duck breast with olive sauce, and the fried duck leg served with calamansi sauce and fried potatoes.

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Roasted seabass with crusted chorizo

 

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Basa fillet in garden herbs crust, broccoli and and carrot flank

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Pasta with grogonzola sauce

Its dessert options consists of well-excecuted delicacies such as crepes Suzette flambéed with grand Marnier, profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce, and cheese platter served with walnut bread.

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Profiteroles with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce

2. Beverages

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Beverages list

Basic information

  • Location:  28 Tang Bat Ho Street, Hoan Kiem district
  • It is recommended to make a reservation especially during the weekends or national holidays.
  • Average price: 454.545 ₫ – 2.250.000 ₫
  • Cuisines: French, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Vegan Options
  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Family with children
  • Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
  • Dress code: Smart Casual (no shorts or flip flops)
  • Open Daily 8:00 – 22:00
  • Tel: +84 24-36330206
  • Hotline: 0904150383
  • Email: -info@maisonvie.vn

V. French Grill, JW Marriot Hanoi

Proud to be one of the best high-end French cuisine restaurants in Hanoi, French Grill features authentic and delightful French specialties, including but not limited to Seared  Foie Gras, Classic Caviar and Premium Steak.

You will be amazed with dishes crafted to perfection before your eyes in the largest open kitchen in town. Having a wide selection of wines to perfectly paired with your dishes, French Grill ensure that your gastronomy journey will be unique and uplifting.

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Luxurious interior design of French Grill

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Customers will be satisfied with the elegant setting of the restaurant

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Semi private dining room

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Setting up the table to perfection

The service of French Grill is considered excellent. The moment you set foot there, you are greeted with positive-looking staff. Also, during dinner, there are 2 professional staff who take care of your table and provide anything you demand.

They will give you explanations about the dishes and suggest the best way to enjoy each delicacy. Their attitude has never been criticized.

OPEN-KITCHEN

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Not many restaurants in Hanoi has open-kitchen

Having a cooking area visible from customers is a challenge for the chefs since only a mistake that results in an unpleasant smell can draw the attention of customers. That is why the chefs at French Grill have to be extra professional.

One of the interesting things about an open kitchen is that the chefs can stimulate all five senses of customers to the fullest. In addition to taste, texture, scent, and sight, sound is also an important part of the dining experience.

Imagine you are waiting for the food while listening to the sizzle of butter hitting the hot iron, creating an appealing scent and sound that filled the dining room as the order was brought out. The melodic kitchen sounds is, in fact, integral to the enjoyment of a dish.

FOOD & BEVERAGES

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Green asparagus salad

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Beetroot Carpaccio

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Sometimes there is a wine dinner

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Every November, on the third Thursday, a chorus rings out in wine bars around the world: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!

LE BRUNCH – A NEW TAILORED EXPERIENCE

A brand new concept of brunch at French Grill.

Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of city life; treat yourself to a delectable brunch buffet in an endlessly elegant setting of French Grill.

A brand new concept of brunch, so called “Le Brunch” where dinner will have an opportunity to enjoy our freshly baked croissants, signature homemade breads that you could possibly find nowhere else, charcuterie, tartars and seasonal seafood platter.

What’s new in our “Le Brunch” is the cheese trolley that will be introduced and served at your table. You can also pair it with wine of your choice or recommended by our experienced sommelier. Following with a choice of main, dessert.

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“Le Brunch” – A new tailored experience

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Sunday Brunch

• Every Sunday from 11.30am
• Starting from VND990,000++/adult
• Free flow of Mimosa at VND600,000++/adult and house wine at VND900,000++/adult

PROMOTIONS

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For the 5th booking of Sunday brunch “Le Brunch”, French Grill offers a two-way limousine to pick you up from your home.

Detail: https://www.facebook.com/frenchgrill/posts/974985322662208

Book in advance: 024 3833 5588, ext. 1142
* Apply for every booking before 5pm, every Saturday
* Limited to 8 persons, within 20km in Hanoi
* Include 01 demi bottle of Deutz

Basic information

  • Location : No 8, Đỗ Đức Dục street, Mễ Trì Ward, Nam Từ Liêm district
  • Open Daily
  • Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
  • Mosly packed at Friday night
  • Cuisines: French, Vietnamese, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Vegan Options, Seafood
  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Family with children
  • Accommodation: 82 seats, including one VIP room
  • Dishes you should order for the first time: Tuna tartar, beef tartar, house smoked salmon + caviar, egg 65 degree
  • Foie gras ravioli must be booked 2 hours in advance
  • Average price: 1,500.000 – 2.000.000+++/person
  • Dress code: Smart Casual (no shorts or flip flops)
  • Email : mhrs.hanjw.fg@marriotthotels.com
    Phone: +84 24 38335588 | Ext : 1142 

Although the location of French Grill is a bit disadvantageous as it is quite far from the Old Quarter, you can book a customized tour of AZ Local Trip. Our tour guides are more than happy to associate you!