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don's a chef's bistro

16 Quang An | Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
00844 3719 3719
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Ranked #82 of 770 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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81% Recommend
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Madrid, Spain
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6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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12 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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 a chef'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

Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We popped in for desert and a nightcap on a quiet Monday night between Christmas and New Year. The waitress seemed shocked that both my partner and I wanted to order something and after taking her order spat the words "And you?" at me. We ordered liqueurs and deserts and were told that one of them had to be specially... More

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Gastro-surfing, Manager at don's a chef's bistro, responded to this review

Dear Kirkby, my sincere apologies for the underwhelming experience that Monday night. the internal communication was off and we let you down. I am really surprised to hear you comments though on the way waitress spoke to you and the lack of food on time. Ms Hoa is one of our senior Captains and a very very sweet lady at... More

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Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We booked this place in advance for a meal,on Xmas day and given an a la carte menu. We arrive on xmas day to find it is a set canadian christmas menu. The courses for progressively worse and the main was awful. A blob of soggy stuffing sitting under some ham which has turkey sitting on top of it. Boring... More

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Gastro-surfing, Owner at don's a chef's bistro, responded to this review

Dear Ms PoohTravel. we are sorry you did not enoy your meal, but question why you did not say anything on the night. we also had ala carte on offer, several other tables that night ordered from it. as far as your comments, the turkey stuffing recipe is my mother's I have been using for 30 years in professional kitchens... More

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10 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We had fresh oysters( nothing special, not big but fresh) We had the best cheese macaroni . We re order this dish after finished the first one. We order lobster balls. Nice presentation but the taste not very special. Very big portion indeed. N We also has goose liver ravioli . Good but not a wow wow wow dish. Lamb... More

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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

very expensive, average food. it's more about marketing than good food. This place wouldn't stay in business outside of Hanoi. Da Paolo's has better Italian food, Jacksons or El Gaucho have better steaks. Don't waste your time.

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I went to this restaurant for a special occasion with my family (party of 8) Let me start by saying that I am in the food business myself and that the food delivered here is not earth-shattering by ANY standard. In fact, that this establishment was voted into the top 50 in Asia is an absolute joke! I can point... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Restaurant on West Lake. We stayed nearby at the Sheraton and went over for lunch. Ate in the festive second floor no smoking rôôm. Shared a prix fixe lunch with a friend which included a glass ò wine and desert for approx $15. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the gnocchi Bolognese and a grilled veggie salad. The portions were... More

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