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Chim Sao

#133 of 1,638 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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65 Ngo Hue (135 Pho Hue, turn right) | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food in Vietnam is renowned and Chim Sao was no different, it was delicious! The food is meant for sharing and was a great way of trying a number of different local dishes, it was also a different type of Vietnamese food than we had on our trip in general and was all very tasty! The upstairs tables are... More 

Thank Kathryn_macoy
London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is set in an old French style villa. Shoes off and sitting cross-legged on the floor. This restaurant specialises in Pigeon. We ate heartily on several types of house specialities including roast Pigeon and finished off the meal with pigeon lau, a soup which you cook at the table, adding various herbs and other ingredients. The stock was... More 

Thank AnilJethwa
Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A great typical place to enjoy good food in a quiet and laid back atmosphere. Definitely worth a small detour.

Thank LesSensac
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

What a great place. Fresh rurally sourced products all feel like hand picked with love for special Vietnamese cuisine. Eggplant - ethnic sausage - fresh spring rolls. We will come back again and again for this local authentic experience.

Thank Allan M
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Chim Sao serves very good food designed for sharing and is really quite ideal for large groups so you can order a larger variety of dishes to pick at. The restaurant is casual and its dining spaces upstairs and downstairs take different characters. You'll have to sit on cushions laid on the floor if you go upstairs. We dined above... More 

Thank yumfix
Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Had an amazing meal here with 2 friends. You sit on the floor and order a number of small dishes. My friend is vegetarian and they had fantastic options. The tofu in red sauce is to die for - we ordered a second serve. Also had the banana leaf salad, sticky rice and vegetarian spring rolls. Service is really good... More 

Thank Deanna C
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Perhaps it was my fault for picking the specific dishes, but I found my dishes to be tasting extremely bland. It appears that the chef of the restaurant likes to sinply deepfry ingredients. Furthermore, the service was cold. No goodbye or thank you and asking for help picking the dishes was simply ignored.

Thank Anthony G
Madrid, Spain
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

Chim Sao was one of the first restaurants I was introduced to when I arrived in Hanoi. I have now been here for 3 years and tried countless others, its still one of my favorites! They are used to having tourists but have somehow resisted becoming touristy. If you go, you must try the ethnic minority sausage and fried sticky... More 

Thank whitdeewhit
Orlando, Florida
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

I took a group of American students to this restaurant to experience the full range of Vietnamese cuisine. We ordered many dishes, including duck, water buffalo, and pigeon and they were all excellent. We sat on the floor, although there were tables for smaller groups. The restaurant's bar was limited with only a few liquor choices, no vodka, for example.

Thank Claire S
Hanoi, Vietnam
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is by far one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in Hanoi. The menu is pretty extensive and the feel of the restaurant isn't nearly as touristy as a lot of the highly ranked Viet restaurants on this site. It's not situated in a hotel in the Old Quarter, but instead in an old house across from a temple, fairly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Ngo Hue (135 Pho Hue, turn right) | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: 84439760633

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?