Lemongrass Restaurant Saigon has been serving both locals and tourists since 1996, making it one of the oldest dining venues in Ho Chi Minh City. Nestled within District 1’s Nguyen Thiep Street (between the famous shopping street of Dong Khoi and the walking promenade of Nguyen Hue street), this restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine at surprisingly affordable prices. Occupying a three-storey French colonial building, the interior is set up like a French brasserie-style restaurant. Food-wise, Lemongrass Restaurant Saigon’s signature dishes include the baked prawns with garlic butter and almond (VND 189,000), grilled pork ribs with lemongrass (VND 159,000), and lemongrass-steamed clams (VND 119,000). For dessert, its homemade ice-cream (VND 79,000) and mixed tropical fruit platter (VND 89,000) come highly recommended.
3G Trois Gourmands Saigon is a French restaurant that has been impressing affluent locals and expats since its inception in 2004. Occupying a two-storey colonial villa in District 2, its minimalistic interiors and secluded location makes it an ideal venue for romantic dinners. The restaurant also has an outdoor dining section, with plenty of tables overlooking a tropical garden and swimming pool.
EON 51 Fine Dining Saigon is where you can savour international cuisine with stunning panoramic views of the city, thanks to its prime location on the 51st floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower & Skydeck. Seated 200 metres above sea level, diners can enjoy Ho Chi Minh City’s expansive landscape through the floor-to-ceiling windows, while an open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant lets you can see the chefs prepare your dishes. Next to it is an impressive wine cooler, housing premium wines from France, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Chili and the US.
A classy restaurant and bar in Ho Chi Minh City, The Deck Saigon is a top dining choice among affluent locals and travellers due to its romantic setting, scenic locale, and excellent pan-Asian cuisine. Set alongside Saigon River, the alfresco dining venue is fitted with glass doors, warm lighting, and elegant furnishings by top local designers, as well as an outdoor wooden deck that’s surrounded by bamboo trees and a small pond. The Deck Saigon is open all-day, so you can enjoy a western-style breakfast menu of fruit smoothies, eggs benedict, homemade granola, and pancakes while brunch and lunch offerings range from pan-fried foie gras and Wagyu beef burger to bento sets and phu quoc prawn rolls.
The Refinery Bar and Restaurant is currently one of the most popular establishments in Ho Chi Minh thanks to colonial fixtures, interesting cocktails and a bistro type menu of mostly French-style favourites. But the main reason for coming here is because it is such a pleasant space. It looks every inch as though you could catch a glimpse of The Seine from its twinklingly lit courtyard, and inside the French bistro theme is even more pronounced with floral floor tiles, high ceilings and rows of wine and liquor displayed behind the bar. The resemblance to French design is not some contrived gimmick but a result of the opium factory that used to operate in the courtyard, and it’s also how the bar inherited its name.
Rising in levels like a manor from a medieval fairytale, Quan An Ngon is one of the most popular restaurants in Ho Chi Minh, housed in a renovated Vietnamese mansion with a tree lined garden and staff waiting to greet guests wearing traditional silk outfits (complete with wooden shoes). Inside Quan An Ngon Restaurant, the expanse of teak, ornate Chinese inspired lattices and surrounding balcony have all the hallmarks of a classic kung-fu movie. Visitors are often delighted with the classically styled interior. If you are looking to try many casual Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls, black pepper crab, noodle soup – in a clean and friendly environment then this is an excellent option. Located opposite the Reunification Palace on Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Street, Quan An Ngon Restaurant is centrally located in District 1.