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“Nice setting, okay food”

Nha Trang Xua Restaurant
Ranked #131 of 518 Restaurants in Nha Trang
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Chicago
Level 6 Contributor
295 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“Nice setting, okay food”
Reviewed September 6, 2011

I was hoping for great things from this restaurant based on previous reviews. I was looking for an off-the-beaten track, non-touristy place with great ambiance and fantastic local food. However, I was a little skeptical when the tour manager of our hotel mentioned that he brings his groups here as a lunch spot. Not that that is in itself so terrible, I was just hoping to have this great local "find" - someplace not frequented by tour groups. Still, undeterred, we headed out.

I will say that the ambiance was very nice - it is a ways from the city (about a 20 minute taxi ride) down some very quiet streets. And the restaurant itself is very quiet and nice, long picnic table style seating in one area, more traditional seats in the other, hand-written (extensive) menu, low lights. Service is very friendly (not everyone speaks English, but they brought over someone who did) and they called a taxi for us when it was time to leave. I just was hoping for more in terms of the food - more flavor, more spice, less oil, more memorable.

Anyway, it was inexpensive (under $20 for 2) and in all fairness, I do not thing Nha Trang is really a place for foodies. It just didn't live up to my great expectations.

  • Visited August 2011
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  • Danish first
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  • French first
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Nha Trang, Vietnam
Level 6 Contributor
30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good food but.....”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

This place is a nice restaraunt with a nice atmousphere and would have deserved 5 stars but......
Their English menu prices are much higher for the same items on the Vietnamese menu. ( A practice i dislike very much ) If your having a beer, be sure to point to the Vietnamese menue.... it is almost half the price.
Otherwise, it is a great place to eat.

  • Visited August 2011
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Travel back in time,alongside rice paddies and Lotus ponds”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

Travel back in time,eat alongside rice paddies and lotus ponds,ducks quacking and swimming.The menu written in Quill and ink is old world.The beer is bought out in old baskets served in clay mugs.We chose the Pork cooked slowly in bamboo,Bun Cha and Spring rolls.When you arrive dont be put of.Walk through the old gates,meander down the dirt path,past the lotus flowers, turn left into the authentic,very old(18th century) restaurant.Have plenty of time to spare,every thing is cooked the old way,you are in beautiful surrounds it feels like a hundred years ago.The menu is huge,we wish we had had more time to go again,the food is beautiful.We also wish we had someone to explain some of the dishes.The staff are lovely,all live near by and try hard with their english(their english is so much better than our Vietnamese)things do get lost in translation.There were Vietnamese family's celebrating special occasions,This place is spacial for them too.I think this is a must visit.Hope you enjoy this amazing experience.(many of the ingridients are grown or reared on site)

  • Visited June 2011
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Byron Bay, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great hidden restaurant”
Reviewed June 5, 2011

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel. It's abou a d$100 000 taxi drive from the city and is hidden out in the country. Really great authentic Vietnamese food, setting and atmosphere.

  • Visited May 2011
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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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64 reviews
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“Best local food in Nah Trang...for the semi-adventurous”
Reviewed May 21, 2011

Local's eyes light up with smiles when you mention this restaurant to them. It's their "Special Occasion" restaurant and one where they take out of town guests for an excellent meal.

It's the best local food I found in Nha Trang, after considerable searching of "local" spots.

It is located a 15-20 minute taxi ride west of town and sides to a rice paddy. The restaurant is constructed in traditional style, lots of wood and beams. Both traditional low tables and western tables & chairs are available. I think someome posted a video on youtube if you want to take a look.

There is little English spoken but there are English menus, handwritten in spidery script. No problem to order what you want.

I especially recommend any of the dishes prepared with frogs or river eels. Very fresh, top quality ingredients and flawlessly executed. Can not recommend enough.

  • Visited May 2011
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