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Don's Bistro

No 16, Alley 27 Xuan Dieu, Quang An, Tay Ho, Ha Noi | Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3719 3719
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Ranked #101 of 834 restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Asian, International, Healthy, Bistro, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
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 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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174 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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Malmo, Sweden
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A wonderful place!!! The food and service is fantastic. Every evening you can listen to live music both jazz and vietnamese while you are looking at the beautiful view over West lake. If you ever go to Hanoi go to Don's!

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Hanoi, Vietnam
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Don's is an upmarket restaurant / bar / music venue. On several levels including a semi outdoor (protected from the weather) rooftop with live music every night. The staff are very friendly and attentive and the food selection is great. The chicken burger comes with fries, salad and a nice touch of a pickle on top. The basket of various... More

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

Thank you for the great description and genuine recommendation. Your praise is like food for our souls. Much appreciated, and one thing although I can speak French (barely passably BTW) I am Canadian, but that wasn't my fault hahaha. cheers donald More

Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Unbelievable huge menu from local to international foods and great wine list. Fantastic location. Great staff - 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 desert 4 glasses of champers $52 USD and worth every cent. Lovely walk around lake afterwards to help with the full tummy. Also had live music most nights.

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

thank you kindly for your sweet and considerate review. the time you take for this means a great deal to my team and I, we really appreciate it. As you can imagine, we cant please everybody all the time, but when we pleased you, we are thrilled. Hope your travels are continued delicious. best regards and thanks!! Donald More

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This restaurant is great ! A vast choice is offered to the customers, of dishes reflecting savors from all over the world, including vietnamese of course, but not only. The Chef has apparently travelled a lot and his cuisine reflects some of his travels. The location is great: the view on the Westlake is fantastic from this place. Do not... More

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

Thank you so very much for the great comment. We have some guests whom say the menu is too big, but they cannot appreciate why, how and for whom we have such a varied selection. The fact that you can appreciate it is wonderful. First of all I am an internationally trained Chef and the menu reflects my travels in... More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Menu difficult to fathom. Asian foods seem to consist of soup, salad, spring rolls or wraps, with the more expensive western options dominating the menu. My wife and I very disappointed with the lamb shanks we both ordered. Quality of food not living up to its description or price. Staff very surly.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Good food both local and western. Decent prices. Excellent wines and knowledgable staff. Nice views of the lake.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

I was visiting my parents in Hanoi and they had been many times before and is there favorite restaurant in Hanoi. It is very easy to see why as the food was magnificent, atmosphere was electric and service, well I've traveled the world and it was 2nd to none. A must for all people the enjoy the finer things in... More

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

Thank you and your parents for coming to and appreciating our restaurant. Your patronage and kindness bring our team enormous satisfaction for your recognition of the great care we take of our guests. best regards and hope to see you back soon. donald More

Madrid, Spain
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I have just had dinner at Don's together with my husband. As a summary location is fine with normal views (nothing similar to Hong Kong bay or so) and dirty windows(that I understand it is because of thr rainy days here in Hanoi). In terms of the menu, I have never been in such a high ranking restaurant with such... More

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Ha Noi, Vietnam
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Yes, I used to eat dog meat quite often and haven't eaten again for the past few years. I visited Don's on Jan 15th, and I ordered lamb thigh, I don't remember the exact name but it was a steamed dish. I was surprised how it tasted exactly like dog meat. I love it. Not because I loved dog meat,... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by Don's bistro. It has excellent location by the lake and very pleasant decor inside. Food was tasty - good choice of salad and main dishes. The only drawback is that it's rather pricey place for Hanoi. We got a chance to meet the owner who's Canadian and seems to be very nice and welcoming person.... More

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

Dear Gabit, thank you for the kind review and comments. Although I use more foreign ingredients than many other places due to quality and safety issues and these can be much more expensive than other restaurants here. But we have many locally sources items on our menus that are very reasonably priced ie pizza, Vietnamese dishes, Meat Loaf, Salad, pastas... More

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