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Chim Sao

#134 of 1,787 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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65 Ngo Hue (135 Pho Hue, turn right) | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3976 0633
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good choice on a busy Valentines night. Full of locals and with a variety of unusual dishes. We didn't try the tortoise!

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Woking, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide book described this as boho-chic. Not really sure what that means but it sounded different and it was. Located in an old house that exuded fairly Spartan character, we sat downstairs at a table, although we did venture upstairs to find that the layout was entirely cushions with very low tables. The atmosphere downstairs was helped by a... More 

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Thank WeyTraveller
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant requires a short taxi ride from the old quarter but it is definitely worth it. We jad the fresh shrimp spring rolls as a starter and they were very good. We also order the Chim Bam Xuc Phong Tom minced pigeon with crispy prawn crackers and Trau Xao Rau Muong buffalo sauteed with morning glory. The buffalo wss... More 

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Thank TryEverthing
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

Worked in Hanoi for over 2 years. Would visit Chim Sao biweekly with friends for their delicious small plates so you can have a taste of several different things rather than just one gigantic meal. Good prices for the quality of the food. Easy 15 min walk from Hotel Metropole.

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budapest
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Perfect place to discover local food! It was really a place where l would send anyone. Though it need some cleaning in the room! Food is clean but the walls and the rest needs some maintenance. Otherwise l would give 5 rating. Service is very good! Go and discover! I prefered to sit on the 1st floor to be more... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

Upon arriving in Hanoi we were starving and took our chances heading out to Chim Sao, and thank goodness we did. The restaurant is off an ally (a good Vietnam sign), decorated beautifully, full of friendly staff, and serves up delicious food. The menu is small plate style, allowing you to try many different things; the way I like to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016

Beautiful small restaurant in a quiet side street. Food was both authentic and excellent. Service was also very good. Highly recommended.

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kieuphuong3377, Manager at Chim Sao, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment. we are happy that you love our food and our atmosphere Best Kieu More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

I just cannot find words to describe this secret treasure in Hanoi. Get upstairs in the first place. This was pure magic. You lay on the floor, jazz music playing along, old paintings swinging, and fine vietnamese cuisine for you to enjoy. I remember coming even though I was very ill, as I really needed to eat something and rest.... More 

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kieuphuong3377, Manager at Chim Sao, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment. we are happy that you love our food and our atmosphere Best Kieu More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

Such a lovely restaurant. Me and my girlfriend come here often. Menu is great and the staff are really nice. Upstairs you sit on the floor with a very low table or downstairs there are normal tables.

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kieuphuong3377, Manager at Chim Sao, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment. we are happy that you love our food. We will keep and develope it as our passion of country side food. Best Kieu More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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103 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Delicious! Definitely some of the best food we had in Vietnam. Particularly recommend the smoked pork and the minced pigeon for appetizers and then the caramel pork was particularly amazing. Really good rice wine too, and cheaper than some places. Overall it's an expensive meal by Vietnam standards but not by pretty much any other standard and it is worth... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Vietnamese
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Ngo Hue (135 Pho Hue, turn right) | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3976 0633

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