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KOTO Van Mieu Training Restaurant

#28 of 1,383 Restaurants in Hanoi
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59 Van Mieu | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3 747 0337
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Description: KOTO stands for "Know one, teach one." KOTO is one of the most...
KOTO stands for "Know one, teach one." KOTO is one of the most unique experiences in Vietnam for travelers who can enjoy a meal at a real working vocational training restaurant operated by one of the leading non-profit social enterprises in Vietnam.

KOTO is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise that started in 1999 in Hanoi. The program targets at-risk and disadvantaged youth—aged 16 to 22—with a 24-month-long training program in vocational hospitality, life skills and English.

KOTO’s Vision
Positive permanent change for at-risk and disadvantaged youth through the transformative power of social enterprise.

KOTO’s Mission
We believe at-risk and disadvantaged youth should have access to a holistic program that provides career training and life skills in a nurturing environment, where each builds self confidence and exercises their right to live a life of dignity.
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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 of 5 stars
Great food, great prices, great location

Across the street from the Temple of Literature, which is sure to be one of your tourist stops in Hanoi, is this great restaurant that operates as a non-profit to teach young Vietnamese the restaurant business. The menu is in English, with pictures of the dishes, all of which were reasonably... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Across the street from the Temple of Literature, which is sure to be one of your tourist stops in Hanoi, is this great restaurant that operates as a non-profit to teach young Vietnamese the restaurant business. The menu is in English, with pictures of the dishes, all of which were reasonably priced and tasty. I had the calamari stuffed with... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great restaurant, amazing food & wonderful staff. Had the duck and my wife steak for mains. Spring rolls and mango salad are out of this world. Dont leave Hanoi till you try. Its a must!!

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Thank christopherU2874FO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Average food at best and expensive for Hanoi. Vietnam is known for the cuisine but if you are looking for a way to help young students then I guess it is worth it.

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Thank Paige B
Ashburn, Virginia
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197 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Since these folks were in training, their service was enthusiastic. The setting was a narrow city restaurant. The serving sizes were large and the flavor was above average.

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Thank Cliff R
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lonely planet seems to have recommended many westernised restaurants in Hanoi and KOTO is one of them. We both loved the whole philosophy of it in that it employs disadvantaged youths, however the menu seemed to lack substance. The vietnamese food seemed to be twisted with a western flavour and the western food itself was very bland. We had the... More 

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Thank Rob S
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone in our group of five loved this place. Not only famous as a charity but also for the food. One of the best vegetarian dishes I had in Hanoi. Friendly staff and very clean.

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Thank wundafulworld
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very friendly and polite staff. The service was great! The food was nicely presented and really tasty!

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Thank Heidi G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a guide for the day and he brought us here which we were not expecting. My only complaint really was that this was obviously a restaurant where the guides get a free meal for taking the tourists there. We therefore ending up eating and paying more than we would normally do for a mid day meal whereas we... More 

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Thank MommaDeels
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had great food, really good friendly service, real interaction with the young Vietnamese in training. Overall it was a memorable experience.

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Thank Mitchell57
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a group trip we had coffee at this place, which has a lovely menu with many nice and fresh options. The staff is adorable, trying really hard to be of good service and they did a great job. I did have to wait for a pretty long time for my juice, so all coffee drinkers were done before I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 59 Van Mieu | Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3 747 0337

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Australian, Asian, Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups

Description

KOTO stands for "Know one, teach one." KOTO is one of the most unique experiences in Vietnam for travelers who can enjoy a meal at a real working vocational training restaurant operated by one of the leading non-profit social enterprises in Vietnam.

KOTO is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise that started in 1999 in Hanoi. The program targets at-risk and disadvantaged youth—aged 16 to 22—with a 24-month-long training program in vocational hospitality, life skills and English.

KOTO’s Vision
Positive permanent change for at-risk and disadvantaged youth through the transformative power of social enterprise.

KOTO’s Mission
We believe at-risk and disadvantaged youth should have access to a holistic program that provides career training and life skills in a nurturing environment, where each builds self confidence and exercises their right to live a life of dignity.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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