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65 Ngo Hue (135 Pho Hue, turn right) | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam
(04) 976 0633
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  • 26
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  • 13
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  • 3
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice food but looses a star for veggie options

Chim Sao has a great atmosphere in a cool, old panelled town house, with good art on the walls, and where you can sit at tables downstairs or on cushions on the floor upstairs. It was busy with locals when we were there. Dishes were tasty, especially the dried pork, and there's a good selection of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
EllieandAlexis
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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254 reviews 254 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Chim Sao has a great atmosphere in a cool, old panelled town house, with good art on the walls, and where you can sit at tables downstairs or on cushions on the floor upstairs. It was busy with locals when we were there. Dishes were tasty, especially the dried pork, and there's a good selection of North Vietnamese specialities and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

When we arrived, we were seated upstairs, which at first appeared to be reserved for travellers. I'm glad we were, though: it's a nice, quiet setting for the delicious food on offer. Everything was great, but I'd reserve a special mention for the minced pigeon with prawn crackers. Oh, and unless you're experienced with strong wines, maybe avoid the young... More 

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North Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

We were recommended this place through the expat community and spent our New Years dinner here. It's a little off the beaten track but well worth the walk. Extensive menu and great service.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This was a short notice decision for dinner on Sunday night. Some of my family is in town and booked it as I assume they had been here before. Once we found the place I realised I had been to the french place next door for a work dinner. I've been overloaded on local food over the past few weeks... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

when i go to the entrance . we were impressed by decor . everything is very old . the food is delicious but the service is slow a bit .we will come back in the next time

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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500 reviews 500 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
367 helpful votes 367 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Went there with friends and had no real expectations, which is probably a good approach for this place. We had one of the downstairs tables and while the wood furniture looks pretty, it is very uncomfortable. The table has a weird wooden frame that prevents your knees from getting under the table. Service was neither good nor bad, food came... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We were recommended Chim Sao by a local expat. The ground floor was not busy at all while we could hear laughs and cheering at the second floor. We sat on mats and picked random dishes. Every one of them was very tasty (especially the egg plants). Soon, we were chatting with a group of students. They offered us to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We had dinner here last night and was so impressed. Ignore the comments others have made about rude service and expensive prices. I think if you make a little effort with speaking Vietnamese it makes all the difference. Our waitress and waiter were gentle and friendly. We ordered the minced pigeon (as so highly recommended!), papaya salad, sweet potato leaves... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Our friends from Singapore told us bout this place. As locals, we have never been to this restaurant cuz we normally recommend street food if you want to experience true Vietnamese cuisine. So we were pretty excited to try. first impression, we like the atmosphere..very cozy and very Vietnamese. However, the food wasnt even close to good and the price... More 

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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Booked this reataurant for 2 adults and a 4 year old child for the 7th of Feb, this year. Booked well in advance and recieved confirmation email. The owners have a wide repertoire od food/accommodation/travel interests in and around Hanoi. It is away from the Old Quarter where most tourists stay, so we had to take a taxi. When we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 65 Ngo Hue (135 Pho Hue, turn right) | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: (04) 976 0633

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