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Well-located in the vibrant Old Quarter of Hanoi, near Chương Dương bridge, also not far from Long Bien bridge - one of historical site of Hanoi built in French Colonial time, Downtown Cafe & Restaurant is one of the best choices for both locals and international travelers. Downtown Café & Restaurant is founded in 2017 by a group of well-experienced trip leaders who have been working in the travel and hospitality industry for many years. We find ourselves so fortunate to have traveled to many parts of the country and tasted a variety of food throughout different regions of Vietnam. We fall in love with our country’s food. Therefore, the team nourishes an aspiration to expose gourmets to a wide
PRICE RANGE
$3 - $19
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
European, Vietnamese, Asian, Healthy
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Digital Payments
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fantastic food, friendly service! The steamed and grilled fish is amazing! Chieu gave us some good suggestions for the rest of our stay too

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had the traditional Hanoi grill fish, was absolutely incredible! Wish I could have had even more, definitely get the duck rolls for an appetizer as well! Chieu was a great server!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Downtown was amazing and highly recommend all their food here. I got the the crispy pho noodles with chicken and it was great

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Brilliant food, highly recommend the crispy pho! Staff also speak very good English and are very attentive to their table service.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our server Tom was super helpful and lovely to speak with. Very kind and attentive! 5 Stars for Tom! The food was also delicious!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two of us came for dinner, they were just reopening so they gave us a 10% discount. The food was good, and the service was excellent! Lilly and Tom were friendly and happy to chat with us, we received a bunch of advice on what...to do in Vietnam and even tried some “happy water”. Definitely recommend going here if you want to feel comfortable and at home.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thought we would check this restaurant out after reading the good reviews on TripAdvisor and we were not disappointed. The staff were welcoming and friendly and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back when next in Hanoi. A special mention goes to...Tom our waiter who really is a credit to the restaurant. He was super friendly and helpful. Well done Tom and I really hope that this little restaurant thrives. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited downtown restaurant for dinner in November and were blown away by the service from Lily and Tom. They were so accommodating and gave us some fantastic advice for our trip. The food was delicious too! Would definitely recommend visiting this place.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a nice place to get a meal and found that place, the menu looked very good so we gave it a try. The place is very nice and the staff is very friendly, especially our waiter Chieu. The meal was excellent,...the beef was so tender and juicy and the plate looked well presented. A really good experience, would recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good greeting from Chieu and all the staff is really good. The food is also really great and traditional, special mention to the duck spring rolls.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food and a friendly staff! Tom was awesome! Thank you so much for everything! The drinks were delicious and food was full of flavor!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is definitely worth the visit. A bit off the beaten track, about 5-10 mins out of old town it’s quieter which is nice if you are getting a bit ruffled by the big city bru-ha-ha. The restaurant (including the toilets) is very clean....I had cha ca (fish on a hot plate with fresh spring roll wrappers that you roll yourself at table), plus duck spring rolls and green mango salad - all delicious. Our waiter, Dee, was incredibly friendly and speaks excellent English. He is very forthcoming with life in Vietnam if you are curious and ask him questions- recommended if you want to learn more about the culture. I will definitely come back next time I am in Hanoi.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for a dinner with three friends. The staff was very attentive to give great service. We ordered a selection of items to share and can only say that the flavors were excellent and the portion sizes were good. If you get a...chance you should stop in and enjoy a meal!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything u want in a restaurant. Number one on my list when I'm looking for a restaurant is to see how clean it is. This place is very clean. Sometimes it's a challenge to find that in Vietnam. The staff is well educated. They spoke...english well . This is the second time I've eaten in this restaurant and everything I had was delicious. The way they present the food and handle everything with care. This place should be used as a good example on how to properly open a restaurant. Even restaurants in Chicago should get tips on how to run a business from here. I loved it when they have little blocks to hold the spoon and folk so it doesn't touch the table for contamination . They even ask how's the temperature in the restaurant if we wanted them to put the air-conditioning on. The food is like eating in a four star restaurant without the four star price. There menu is limited at this time because of there soft opening. But everything thats available is very good. I know they were close down because of lockdown. I hope this review with help them in the future. I have to also mention the great server Tom and the woman hostess for giving us a wonderful experience in there restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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dragonO76, Owner at Downtown Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Carmelo from Chicago! How wonderful to read your comment about Downtown Cafe & Restaurant. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us, and most importantly, you had such a great time with us that you are coming back...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A recommendation from a friend, Downtown Cafe and Restaurant was quite the treat. From the excellent and attentive service from our server Tom to the fresh dishes, we enjoyed every bit of the experience. The Hanoi fried spring rolls were crisp, hot, and tasty. I...enjoyed the bun cha and my husband loved the crispy pho with chicken. Both dishes had the right blend of both flavor and experience. At the end of our meal Tom even helped us with our taxi- service that was above and beyond (and most appreciated)More

Date of visit: November 2022
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dragonO76, Owner at Downtown Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi eknezek, How wonderful it is to hear that your friend recommended Downtown Cafe & Restaurant in Hanoi, and moreover, you had a great time with our team. Thank you so much and have a great trip.

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Yes, Downtown Cafe & Restaurant offers takeout services.

Downtown Cafe & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5