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Chim Sao

#131 of 1,507 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars 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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1 of 5 stars 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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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
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5 of 5 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

This was one of my favourite food experiences in Vietnam.. Sitting cross-legged feasting on minced pigeon, frogs legs & just some of the most interesting & delicious food! The rice wine was great too... The staff were attentive, friendly and went out of their way to make our night perfect. Even so far as to provide a 'modesty skirt' when... More 

Thank Rebecca C
Athens, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

We were looking forward to trying Chim Sao after having read the reviews and looking through some of the photos on tripadvisor The venue is really nice with interested decor (including pickles lemons and jars of lizard skeletons) We were the only ones in the restaurant when we ate there for lunch We ordered the pigeon laab, caramel pork and... More 

Thank Emmushki
Moss, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

Tonight, Thursday the 4th of February 2016 we visit this restaurant serving typical Vietnamese cuisine and were met of very nice staff which give us the best service. The food was excellent and I can recommend this cozy place for other western people which visit Hanoi. PS Keep up the good work and keep the nice smiles and you will... More 

Thank Dag E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Asian, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?