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Don's Bistro

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International, Asian, Bistro, Healthy, Oyster Bar
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No 16, Quang An Road, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3719 3719
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11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Drinks, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Awarded The Best Restaurant in Vietnam and number 47 of The 50 Best...
Awarded The Best Restaurant in Vietnam and number 47 of The 50 Best Restaurants in Asia by Diners Club and San Pellegrino, it is a Iconic dining and entertainment destination with a faithful local and international clientele so reservations are recommended. Prices range from mid to high but are great value for the exceptional level of quality. On West Lake (Tay Ho) with beautiful views, fresh breezes, don's Bistro is a comfortable and welcoming fusion of western and Asian décor and flavors featuring a classic yet contemporary International menu of comfort and fine dining dishes from jet fresh oysters to wood fired gourmet pizzas, prime wood grilled meats, Foie Gras, pasta & risottos, delicious Asian choices, vivacious cocktails & a passion for wines, Cuban cigars, and stunning art works. For reservation please advise if you prefer Al Fresco Terrace seating, Smoking or non smoking air con dining rooms or the roof top open air covered Oyster Bar with nightly live music (drinks only or dining ok).
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    Very good
  • 21
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  • 18
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good, but you pay more for the location than anything

This is a good restaurant with good service, menu, food and ambience and in a good location. Therein lies the rub, with some if the most ridiculously high property prices in the world around westlake, you pay for it dearly when eating here. If you're on a company expense account or a trust fund... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
JambianiNeil
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Africa
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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80 reviews 80 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a good restaurant with good service, menu, food and ambience and in a good location. Therein lies the rub, with some if the most ridiculously high property prices in the world around westlake, you pay for it dearly when eating here. If you're on a company expense account or a trust fund it's not going to bother you... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Don's food always delights. I live in Hanoi and get there every month or two. Vegetarian pizza superb but seafood dishes are the best. Rooftop bar spectacular. Try a dozen oysters up there!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We have been there with our family (my daughter, my husband and me) and our friend (one couple) for the dinner. The food is okay but pricey. It is more expensive that other restaurants in town. We had the bill about 9,5 millions VND with two white wines (650k for per bottle), smoked salmon and something else. Honestly, I was... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had read so much about the restaurants’ many awards, not least being ranked in the top 50 restaurants in Asia, that we just had to visit Don’s Bistro. We were welcomed personally by Don (what a treat!) and it was wonderful to chat with him, his love for his restaurant, his ingredients and wine and for Hanoi was contagious.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Happened on this lovely restaurant by chance and what a find! The menu is extensive but the staff member who served us was delightful she helped us choose a traditional Vietnamese meal and stopped us over ordering. Excellent food and a refreshing Sauvignon blanc made for a perfect meal. Our host Don came over and chatted to us about his... More 

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northampton
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We dined here one evening during our trip to Hanoi,we had an excellent meal accompanied by three lovely Vietnamese girls playing traditional Vietnamese music,this music created a lovely vibe and really made you feel like you are away from home.If you feel like eating something a little different from Vietnamese food in a lovely setting and a nice atmosphere,give this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

At first I was intimidated by the prices, but this place is the real deal. The service, the view, and the food are bar none. The cigar selection is in a league of its own. Don hit the nail on the head with this restaurant. The experience of smoking a cigar and enjoying a drink while basking in the views... More 

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14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

At first the extensive menu seems somewhat off putting and then you understand the concept and the passion behind the owner Don's thinking and it all makes sense - a diverse range of freshly prepared dishes to suit all palates. There are a mixture of smoking and non smoking floors and a semi-open roof terrace. We enjoyed a wonderful selection... More 

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Perth, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The fries here were not so crispy, and somehow I felt that there were something wrong with the oysters since the taste wasn't fresh. Asides from that, the rooftop provided very good lake view.

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donchef, Owner at Don's Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Guest, if the fries were not crispy enough we would have been happy to redo or take off the check. we have a 100% guest satisfaction policy. By the way our LIVE oysters are from carefully maintained Salt water Tanks in our walk in coolers, they are always absolutely live and fresh, as we do a thorough inventory every... More 

Greater Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Was there for our 40th wedding anniversary. What a truly magnificent meal. I have been to great restaurants in Australia, Asian and Europe but don's is simply the best. It is international cuisine perfectly prepared and served and supported by a great wine list. don was there to ensure everything was perfect, even the taxi to our hotel was somebody... More 

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Thank you very much for the kind review, your support and encouragement is genuinely appreciated and we hope to welcome you back! donald More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No 16, Quang An Road, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3719 3719

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
  • Cuisine: International, Asian, Bistro, Healthy, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic

Description

Awarded The Best Restaurant in Vietnam and number 47 of The 50 Best Restaurants in Asia by Diners Club and San Pellegrino, it is a Iconic dining and entertainment destination with a faithful local and international clientele so reservations are recommended. Prices range from mid to high but are great value for the exceptional level of quality. On West Lake (Tay Ho) with beautiful views, fresh breezes, don's Bistro is a comfortable and welcoming fusion of western and Asian décor and flavors featuring a classic yet contemporary International menu of comfort and fine dining dishes from jet fresh oysters to wood fired gourmet pizzas, prime wood grilled meats, Foie Gras, pasta & risottos, delicious Asian choices, vivacious cocktails & a passion for wines, Cuban cigars, and stunning art works. For reservation please advise if you prefer Al Fresco Terrace seating, Smoking or non smoking air con dining rooms or the roof top open air covered Oyster Bar with nightly live music (drinks only or dining ok).
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?