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Don's Bistro

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Asian, International, Healthy, Bistro, Oyster Bar
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No 16, Quang An Road, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3719 3719
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Takeout
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 116
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Simply the best ever

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
Mick D
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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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English first
Greater Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 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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Toronto, Ont
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
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 

Hanoi, Vietnam
Top Contributor
238 reviews 238 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

There were several part of my experience here for dinner that stood out, especially the excellent, gracious, discreet service. And the wine and meal were great. The oysters - both the fresh oysters as well as what seemed to be soft shell oysters - were very good. For the main course, I had the risotto, onto which Donald, himself, shaved... More 

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

Thank you kindly for the time to review and the encouragement that I am proud to share with our team. We look forward to welcoming you back! More 

Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This has got to be one of the classiest joints in town. I went for a solo Christmas dinner, since I'm away from family, and was not disappointed. There was a special Christmas dinner menu which could have saved me combing through the menu for appropriate options, but the 900,000+ VND price tag was a touch above what I wanted... More 

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

thank you for the kind review, and even if the Christmas menu was a bit higher than you preferred I am thrilled that our Prime USDA Washington State Beef Burger hit the spot. best regards and happy new years! More 

Singapore, Singapore
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Not only was the food amazing - they were very considerate about making modifications as needed for food allergies - but the staff was fantastic. So warm and friendly (not something you see as much in Hanoi). We were staying in the Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake and the concierge called for a table - the staff rushed up and down the... More 

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

Thank you kindly for the sweet comments and it was our pleasure taking care of you. 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: Asian, International, Healthy, Bistro, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?