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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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 119
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Hands down... The best restaurant in Hanoi

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
BPfresh
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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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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Hong Kong, China
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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
8 helpful votes 8 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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donchef, Owner at Don's Bistro, responded to this review

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

Toronto, Ont
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We happened in to Don's for lunch and immediately met Don and were ushered to the well appointed dining room on the second level. The large picture windows overlooking West Lake give a tranquil ambiance to a very busy city. The chef and his staff are very proud of the restaurant, and deservedly so. We left our lunch suggestions to... More 

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Clear Lake, Wisconsin
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175 reviews 175 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We had dinner at Don's Bistro after reading the many great reviews. It was walking distance from the Intercontinental West Lake where we were staying. It's a cozy little place, with a rooftop patio, overlooking the lake. I ordered a nice Sauvignon Blanc, my husband ordered a beer, which came to the table promptly. I had the Peppardelle Primavera, which... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Don does some cracking pizza. The rooftop is good and the vibes are friendly. The price is the only reason I won't give it 5* but still great place.

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Gastro-surfing, Owner at Don's Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you kindly on the pizza comment, in fact pizza, which is normally a low food cost item, is really a high food cost item for us. Problem is I specify only fresh never frozen Mozzarella which has to be airflown from Europe costing almost double the cheese everyone else is using. Frozen cheese make the protein and water separate... More 

Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The oysters served here were good and fresh, but somehow the waiters here seemed to busy chatting or maybe they didn't care about our order at all (we had to repeat our order at least 3 times with the waitress who was quite good-looking with long black hair). Definitely doesn't want to come back here again.

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

Dear Karen, I am very sorry about your questionable service. We have a 100% guest satisfaction policy, so please contact me to make arrangements to offer you a different and correct experience. Normally our service is stellar, but what you describe is far from our standard. my number is 0913001359 chef don, best regards donald More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Hair in my food should expect better with those prices, waiters looked indifferent, will not recommend this place

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Gastro-surfing, Owner at Don's Bistro, responded to this review

My apologies, wish you would have let us know, we could have taken care of your incident. as stated on the front page of the menu we have 100% guest satisfaction policy. Judging from your reviews however, it seems you would deem us as expensive, and there are plenty of other options in the neighborhood now. We use the finest... More 

Hanoi, Vietnam
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We loved live music show( even though they could not sing the song we requested), but they were very friendly to give us another song.The View was amazing and comfortable. But the live music show and outdoor view are just roof top. Nothing is impression under floors. Drinks were not tasty (if not say Terrible!). They should change somethings!

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Gastro-surfing, Owner at Don's Bistro, responded to this review

sorry you did not like the sweetness level of your Sangria, we redid them and hope you enjoyed the less sweet one more. thank you for the kind comments on the rest of your experience. best regards and hope to welcome you back soon 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: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?