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“Great meal , excellent service ..” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Don's Bistro

Don's Bistro
No 16, Quang An Road, Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3719 3719
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Ranked #126 of 1,024 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: International, Asian, Bistro, Healthy, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Doing business, Scenic view, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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).
Sydney, Australia
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“Great meal , excellent service ..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This restaurant has the largest international menu I have ever seen . Seriously if you can't find something that takes your fancy their is something wrong with you . Theirs burgers , seafood , chicken you name it they will have it . I decided I could eat a burger any old day so I was in the mood for some good old fashion Vietnamese .I wasn't disappointed in my choice . To start off with we tried the Chicken Quesadillas ..

Wood Grilled Free Range Chicken with Mango & Spicy Red chill with guacamole and sour cream .
Very tasty dish but watch out those chills have a bite to them .

For my main I had the Banh Xeo Shrimp & Pork In Crisp Egg Pancake with Rice Paper Wraps which was mouth watering .My husband ordered the Crispy Pork & Crab Nem On Pineapple Lantern which was another mouth watering experience . We didn't have room for sweets but man did they look good . The wine selection was amazing .Lovely view over Westlake with the locals coming and going after a evening swim .Loved the feel and vibe of this restaurant.
Beautiful meal , great service , great views , good Music all at a excellent price ..

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gastro-surfing, Owner at Don's Bistro, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Thank you Wood's family!
we were very pleased with your very good rating, but ecstatic with the excellent ratings for food service value etc and the well written review and recommendation to other trip advisors! your kindness goes along way to motivate us and helps our business!
with sincere gratitude and hope to welcome you again
don and team
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Malmo, Sweden
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“Fantastic”
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!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very classy place in a great location”
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 breads and butter is also a nice touch not seen very often in Hanoi.
Owned and run by a Frenchman (yes his name is Don), you would expect an extensive wine selection and you will not be disappointed. Yes wine is expensive in Vietnam but that is not the venue making huge margins, it involves taxes, duties etc.
A good place for couples to enjoy the romantic view over Westlake, singles wanting to meet people or groups out for a good time. Highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gastro-surfing, Manager at Don's Bistro, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
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
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Deserves nothing less than a WOW !!!”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Gastro-surfing, Owner at Don's Bistro, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
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
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“Excellent mix of flavors of the world”
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 hesitate to go up to the roof terrace after your meal and to enjoy the live music with the view on the lake. So a perfect address for a great night out !

Visited May 2014
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Gastro-surfing, Owner at Don's Bistro, responded to this review, May 31, 2014
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 Americas, Europe and Asia and dishes from some of the great masters I worked under. Second are clientele is very diverse, Hanoi being a capital with many nationalities and dietary requirements, as well we have many Vietnamese guests and guests of all ages. All of whom are very important to us. That you get this make my day!! Thank Thank Thank you!!!!
donald
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