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Chim Sao

#134 of 1,681 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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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Thank Federica L
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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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Thank JoeyPBrenner
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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96 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Reading, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Our first night in Hanoi was free time. My world concierge agency recommended Chim Sao when I asked for a good Vietnamese restaurant to start the holiday. Real local food served very simply. 4 of us ordered lots of different dishes (served in small quantities) with local beer. The food was very good and the service friendly and quick. Ambience... More 

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fleurminh, Manager at Chim Sao, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing our restaurant for real tasting vietnamese food. More 

London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 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 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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

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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.

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Thank Allan M
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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56 reviews
38 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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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 

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, 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?