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Don's Bistro

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French, International, Asian, Bistro, Healthy
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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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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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Delivery, 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
  • 22
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  • 19
    Poor
  • 7
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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 food but a few let downs

Nice restaurant inside and a very extensive menu. Service was good. Food was great - but expensive. Wine list was one of the best I have seen in Hanoi....but once again = expensive. It would be hard to manage a wine list like that here, so I take my hat off to the effort. But your prices currently... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Crisper1
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Nice restaurant inside and a very extensive menu. Service was good. Food was great - but expensive. Wine list was one of the best I have seen in Hanoi....but once again = expensive. It would be hard to manage a wine list like that here, so I take my hat off to the effort. But your prices currently sit at... More 

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

Dear Crisper, thank you for your kind comments on the food and wine, and my apologies on the lack of dessert menu presented on finishing. unexcusable! please let me know when you are next back and allow us to offer complimentary desserts, as we are very proud of them and get great comments back. cheers and best regards Donald 0913001359 More 

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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Went for the rooftop experience, but were blown away by the range and quality of the food and drinks. We started with cocktails, and moved onto a bottle of wine, and was all excellent. We enjoyed one of their wide selection of pizzas and a risotto off the specialty summer truffle menu, which was amazing. But it was really the... More 

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

we really appreciate your kind comments and recommendation and are so pleased you appreciated our Oyster Bar setting food, cocktails and wine. Please say hello next time I have some great unique to don's cocktails to share with you! cheers and thanks again donald More 

Bayonne, New Jersey
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I live in Hanoi but hadn't been to Don's in a couple of months. I admit it has been and still is my favorite restaurant in Hanoi. A friend and I went there on a Sunday.The Sunday Brunch is definitely a steal, price rise, and the food is fantastic. I started out with the Bloody Mary (had two). I always... More 

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

Thank you kindly for the top rating and your descriptions! even my mouth watered! Thanks to my great team too! More 

Hanoi, Vietnam
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I had dinner and lunch at Don's sometime because I love the steak here. It mostly depends on the quality of the meat, meat here is very fresh and good quality. Also the time cooked on each side. Steak can be really easy to mess up, but if Don's get it just right, it's prefect. As a lover of good... More 

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

Thank you so much on behalf of my whole team for the kind words. Your encouragement goes a long way in keeping us thrilled to take great care of you! I will also share the words with our supplier who has the best chilled never frozen Prime US beef & lamb in Vietnam! More 

Tempe, Arizona
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69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We went walking through our hotel's neighborhood, and it started raining so we literally ducked in to get out of the rain. Had a glass of pretty good well priced Chilean wine, watched some music videos, very comfortable. So we decided to go back the next night and try the food. Wow! This is a five story building. Comfortable bar... More 

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

thank you kindly for your enthusiastic review and actual details to the writeup. It gives us real pleasure to know that we took great care of you! More 

Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is the kind of restaurant you take people to impress- but not to have good food. About as average as you can get without inspiration at all when it comes to the dishes and menu- especially for this kind of dining. The worst part was the ridiculous "over" service from the wait staff. Hovering over you constantly and of... More 

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

we are sorry to read your opinion about our menu. Thirty five years of travelling and working in the capitals of three continents went into the creation of what most people exclaim is amazing. It is a free world out here on the internet and everyone is entitled to express their opinions freely and anonymously Personally I welcome everyone, but... More 

Hanoi/vietnam
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150 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We visited this place after a business meeting. The waiter did not ask me for food, what kind of food and how i want to have my food, just weird ( even in vietnamese). I had to ask him for food, then he ran away, called him back and ask for beef, because he thought I wanted lamb, he ran... More 

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

Dear Machope, as usual I reply with an apology and to advise we have 100% guest satisfaction policy, my number is 0913001359. my staff have searched though our dockets over the last week starting from your posting however are unable to find a check matching your descriptions. The story told seems very questionable so if you can help advise me... More 

Tuy Hoa, Vietnam
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My wife and I ate here after looking around for a great hamburger. I have to say that it may well be one of the best burgers that we've had. It is located on the west lake in a beautiful part of town. The restaurant overlooks the lake and is down a quiet street. It was a bit pricey compared... More 

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

thank you for the great comments on our burger, we were recently awarded by Word magazine as best burger in Hanoi. Please do say hello next time you visit. donald More 

Africa
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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

thank you kindly for the visit and write up. while we are not the cheapest option there are many reasonably price items on the menu. Our steaks while expensive are top quality Hokkido Kobe and US prime never frozen beef. So the ingredients depend on the cost. I do appreciate you warning other people with budget constraints that we are... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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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 to 50
  • Cuisine: French, International, Asian, Bistro, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?