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14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Visit this street after a long day of sight-seeing for a traditional dish...
Visit this street after a long day of sight-seeing for a traditional dish of fish fried tableside with herbs, spices, onions, peanuts, and rice noodles.
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  • 117
    Excellent
  • 152
    Very good
  • 135
    Average
  • 97
    Poor
  • 113
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great restaurant with space to accommodate large parties

Great cha ca and the service was excellent. We had some trouble when the bill came out though- they tried to charge us for 4 sodas and 5 beers that we did not drink. I was part of a large party and we got a large case of beer but they said they would charge us by the number of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
AP_Globetrotter84
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Costa Mesa, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Costa Mesa, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Great cha ca and the service was excellent. We had some trouble when the bill came out though- they tried to charge us for 4 sodas and 5 beers that we did not drink. I was part of a large party and we got a large case of beer but they said they would charge us by the number of... More 

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Marcoussis
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75 reviews 75 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The only dish is the Fried Fish that comes along with vegetables, peanuts, some spices and rice; the fish (about 200g for 2 persons) is fried on your table in a pan and you add the vegetables, and then you mix it in a bowl and eat it with rice noodles. Quite a sound mixing, but unfortunately not enough for... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Finally tasted the famous dish that originated here in Hanoi. Indeed, it tastes wonderful and is worth every buck you spend.

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Singapore, Singapore
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256 reviews 256 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Cha Ca is an iconic, delicious dish which also happens to be the name of the restaurant in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. With an unassuming external appearance the shop would be easy to miss. There’s very little to appreciate in the dining area: it’s just a room with wooden tables and chairs, a large shrine on the wall and... More 

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Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It was a very very awful experience for dining in this tiny restaurant. We were a group of five and we ordered only 4 persons. The owner/staff was very angry at us for ordering less, showing us a very bad expression. Throughout the service, the expression didn't change when serving us. The portion was too little which was not enough... More 

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New South Wales, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

No menus, you get the one traditional fried fish dish, that is served on burner at the table, very authentic, but the food was wonderful. One of the few places where we wished we could have had a bit more to eat. Stairs not for the frail, steep, no lifts. All up with drinks for 3, was 600,000 VND, you... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We've heard about this place in almost every guidebook there is about Hanoi, so it was inevitable that my partner and I made a bee-line to the restaurant. There are plenty of "fake" restaurants selling the same dish on this particular street, so make sure you get to the right one at No.14. Ordering is a simple affair. Pick a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A MUST visit for all tourist to Hanoi. This lovely quaint restaurant is older than me (since 1871) and is a food institution for specialty grilled fish in Hanoi. The restaurant only serve one dish - yes, it's grilled fish! The only thing you need to order are your drinks. Once you sat down, the food arrived promptly and you... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The delicious taste of the grilled fish can not be described fully in words. All ingredients are mixed together in a bowl: catfish, fish sauce,lemon, and so on. However, the price is quite expensive.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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140 reviews 140 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Surly service, tiny portions, below average food, way over priced! Worst restaurant I've been to in S.E.Asia. The food is one thing but rude, hostile, utterly terrible service takes the cake. Travelers need to warned away from this place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10

Description

Visit this street after a long day of sight-seeing for a traditional dish of fish fried tableside with herbs, spices, onions, peanuts, and rice noodles.

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