Top 15 Best Restaurants in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnamese food has long been among South Asians' best. Anywhere within the country, you can easily find some delicious dishes sold along the streets. In some city centers like District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, the cultural exchanges and diversity in population have made the pure cuisine of Vietnam richer and more interesting. Restaurants in District 1 have opened to serve the locals and visitors delicious modern dishes.
- 1. Secret Garden Restaurant
- 2. The Refinery Bar and Restaurant
- 3. Noir. Dining in the Dark
- 4. Propaganda Saigon Bistro Restaurant
- 5. Ngon Restaurant Saigon
- 6. Tandoor Indian Restaurant Ho Chi Minh
- 7. The Log Restaurant Saigon
- 8. Hoa Tuc Saigon
- 9. Moo Beef Steak Prime Restaurant
- 10. Le Jardin French Bistro
- 11. Carpaccio
- 12. El Gaucho Steakhouse
- 13. Quan Bui - Original
- 14. Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro
- 15. Shamballa Vegetarian, Restaurant & Tea House
1. Secret Garden Restaurant
- Address: 158 Pasteur St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
- Price range: US $7.00 - $15.00
Receiving a lot of excellent reviews on Tripadvisor, Secret Garden restaurant offers the authentic taste and experience of Asian and Vietnamese cuisine.
Lying on the rooftop of an old colonial-era building, the restaurant itself, traditionally decorated, will take you back in time to a Hoian ancient house of the 1600s. Lanterns are colorful, furniture is wholly made of wood, and the atmosphere is more lively than ever.
Settling yourself in somewhere that can overlook the whole district, you will be then served the most familiar dishes in a Vietnamese family’s dinner. The food here, in general, is well decorated and tastes well. Made 100% from Vietnamese ingredients, they, despite the simple look and name we call them, can give you delicious sophisticated tastes. For some foreigners, they can be pretty strange to try for the first time; yet, they are not hard to eat and good enough to impress you. Those recommended are stir-fried morning glory with beef and grilled beef in betel leaves.
In Secret Garden, it is good to come to eat with 1 to 2 friends of yours. As it is quite hard to find, you should go with a Vietnamese friend.
2. The Refinery Bar and Restaurant
- Address: 74/7C Hai Ba Trung St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 11.00 am - 11.00 pm
- Happy hours: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
- Price range: US $4.50 - $26.50
Among French restaurants in District 1, The Refinery boasts the most distinct style in space decoration and taste of dishes.
The restaurant, from the inside out, is designed simply and luxuriously in the Western style, which makes it exude the splendor of a truly European restaurant. On the outside, it is airy and overlooks the whole stunning district, while inside, the atmosphere is quiet and romantic. Both are suitable for couples' dinner nights.
Coming here, you will be served a diversity of French dishes. The taste is good and as they are made from Vietnamese ingredients, they can give you quite an interesting experience. Those recommended are beef fillet, mignon with red wine juices and potato galette roll, salad nicoise, salad black, and white sesame chicken.
The salad here can be considered an outstanding dish with ingredients made from fresh raw vegetables, combined with sauces and delicious fish. Besides French and Western dishes, vegetarian options are offered, you vegan don’t have to worry about not choosing a suitable dish to enjoy.
In The Refinery, as previously mentioned, you can come to eat with your other half, due to the romantic atmosphere and tasty food that it features. As it only serves Western food, the price can be quite high yet definitely worth it.
3. Noir. Dining in the Dark
- Address: 178 - 180D Hai Ba Trung St., Da Kao Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 11.30 am - 2.30 pm; 5.30 pm - 11.00 pm (last seating at 9.30 pm)
- Price range: US $13.00 - $31.00
Noir offers a great and off-the-beaten-track dining experience that is literally “in the dark”, as its name suggests.
The unique concept was developed by visually impaired people, who have their life shaped by senses but sight. So, to us whose five senses can function well when sight doesn’t dominate anymore, how can we feel our surrounding world by the others? The experience is definitely worth a try in such a restaurant in District 1.
Besides the great experience, the dishes here will not let you down. To be more detailed, they will be served in a multi-course meal. Each features a small portion, is well decorated, and tastes really good. If you are vegetarian or have any special requests about the food, confirm it with the staff so that they can serve you the best.
Another special thing about Noir. Dining in the Dark is that all staff are visually impaired people in Ho Chi Minh city.
On coming here for your meal, all you need to do is to be prepared to give up your sight for a short time, have your mind totally open to exploring the exciting sensory experience, and be willing to leave your phone and other light-emitting devices in the secure lockers.
4. Propaganda Saigon Bistro Restaurant
- Address: 21 Han Thuyen St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 7.30 am - 11.00 pm
- Price range: US $4.50 - $9.00
Propaganda Saigon Bistro is a Vietnamese restaurant in District 1, that provides familiar home-cooked dishes and an airy, comfortable dining place.
On entering the restaurant, you will be impressed by the colorful interior decoration, which was inspired by the Vietnamese propaganda slogans and mottos of the 1980s. As the inside space is quite airy and bright, you will quickly get comfortable during your meal.
Besides, the food here is pretty diverse, authentic Vietnamese, and 100% cooked from clean fresh ingredients. Therefore, it will never let you down. Some of those signatures include rice noodle salad, Pho, and pulled pork Banh mi. Vegetarian options are always available.
5. Ngon Restaurant Saigon
- Address: 160 Pasteur St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 7.30 am - 10.30 pm
- Price range: US $9.00 - $22.10
Unlike Secret Garden and Propaganda Saigon Bistro, Ngon Restaurant is a luxury Vietnamese restaurant that lies right in the center of District 1.
The restaurant itself is traditionally decorated with elaborate wooden frames, sliding doors, and comfortable armchairs with cushions, giving you the most elegant, spacious, and sophisticated interior to enjoy your meal. If you want to, you can choose to sit outside where there are a lot of trees and fresh air, great to chat with friends and relax.
In such a space, you will be served exquisite and heavenly Vietnamese dishes, some signature dishes of which are fried rice, Vietnamese pancake, and steamed fish. Vegan and Gluten-free options are offered so you don’t have to worry. You can come here to eat with your friend for lunch, dinner, and late-night meals.
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6. Tandoor Indian Restaurant Ho Chi Minh
- Address: 39A - B Ngo Duc Ke St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 10.30 am - 11.00 pm
- Happy hours: 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
- Price range: US $4.50 - $24.50
Tandoor is among the best Indian restaurants in district 1, which offers truly Indian cuisine in a cozy, Halal-styled interior space. The restaurant is highly recommended for those who are eager to try different foods and tastes in Ho Chi Minh city.
The dishes served here are mainly Indian and Halal, which sounds pretty strange for some Westerners; yet, they are not hard to eat and turn out delicious and healthy in some way. Menus are really diverse and feature some of the most signatures in Indian cuisine. You can choose to try Masala Dosa, pawn curry, and Kulfi (Indian ice cream). Besides, the restaurant is quite vegetarian friendly, so if you have any special diet, you can confirm it with the staff so that they can serve you the best.
7. The Log Restaurant Saigon
- Address: Rooftop, GEM Center, 8 Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1
- Open hours: 6.00 pm - 11.30 pm
- Price range: US $9.00 - $66.30
The Log is a 5-star restaurant in district 1 that offers seafood buffets. Dishes served here are diverse in ingredients and tastes. One of those highly recommended is lobster. Besides, you can try some sashimi, sushi, and Vietnamese dishes. All are pretty good and made from clean fresh ingredients.
The interior of the restaurant is mainly made of wood and decorated with many kinds of lights, and plants, making the inside space stunning and cozy. Especially at night, when all lights are on, this can be an ideal place for you to take some photos.
As the restaurant is open at 6 pm, you can come here for dinner. It is quite suitable for a family meal and small party.
8. Hoa Tuc Saigon
- Address: 74/7E Hai Ba Trung St., Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
- Price range: US $1.92 - $17.08
The founders' quest to discover new possibilities in Vietnamese cuisine led to the creation of Hoa Tuc, or "Poppy". Every chef in Vietnam produces the same dishes year after year, keeping the country's cuisine in a rigid "mold".
They employed a highly skilled chef, tested different recipes over the course of a year, and combined Vietnamese components in novel ways. We avoided "fusion," created a menu that delight the senses, and opened Saigon's first restaurant in District 1 serving contemporary Vietnamese cuisine in August 2008.
Hoa Tuc, Saigon's former opium refinery, was built, planned, and furnished locally with specially crafted wrought iron furniture, cast iron lighting, and pergolas, making excellent use of the historical setting. It features a lovely inside seating room with historic columns, a front terrace with a roof inspired by the Paris Metro, and a private outdoor dining area to its side with creepers and foliage all around. Enough to distract anyone from the chaos of the city when they are seated right in the middle of it.
9. Moo Beef Steak Prime Restaurant
- Address: 37 Ngo Duc Ke St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 10.00 am - 2.00 pm; 5.00 pm - 10.00 pm
- Price range: US $4.50 - $68.50
Ranked the 19th best restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, Moo Beef Steak Prime offers tasty Western-styled beef steak featuring aesthetic decoration and impressive taste. Coming here, you can choose different types of steak with different sauces. All are easy to eat and delicious. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are always available.
Besides, the dining space of the restaurant is quite large and cozy. Therefore, you can enjoy the meal here with your whole family. Lunch and dinner are served. The staff is pretty friendly and the service is professional.
10. Le Jardin French Bistro
- Address: 31 Thai Van Lung St, District 1
- Open hours: Breakfast 9.00 am – 12.30 pm (Last Order 12.15 pm) | Brunch 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm (Last Order 3.15 pm) | Dinner 5.30 pm – 9.00 pm (Last Order 8.30 pm)
- Price range: US $15.00 - $145.00
Le Jardin is unquestionably the place to go whether you're missing France or are simply seeking a fantastic bargain in Ho Chi Minh City. The location features a lovely garden setting and a welcoming attitude. The Steak Tartar is really delicious, and the Fillet Mignon is excellent. For $5, you may purchase a delicious goat cheese salad with a good amount of cheese for lunch.
Even though the restaurant does not provide foie gras, it is the ideal location for simple French cuisine. Le Jardin is surprisingly funded by the Institute of French Cultural Studies, which explains why the costs are affordable. It is also very popular and closes on Sundays, therefore reservations are strongly advised.
- Address: 79 Hai Ba Trung, District 1 & 5 Han Thuyen, District 1
- Open hours: 10.00 am - 10.00 pm
- Price range: $1.71 - $170.76
CARPACCIO is a pure Italian restaurant with a history of nearly 20 years in Ho Chi Minh City. The name CARPACCIO means a traditional and popular appetizer in Italy, the brand wants to bring pure Italian cuisine to Saigon diners and the Italian Community currently living and working in Saigon.
With nearly 20 years of experience in serving customers. Bringing Nordic-style architecture with design details with classic and rustic materials such as brick walls, neutral colors of the interior, etc., creates a very cozy overall space for CARPACCIO. CARPACCIO is a brand worth experiencing.
12. El Gaucho Steakhouse
- Address: 74/1 Hai Ba Trung St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 11.00 am - 10.00 pm
- Price range: US $22.00 - $66.00
El Gaucho Steakhouse offers tasty steak in a fancy and romantic dining space, suitable for couples’ date nights or small parties.
On spending your meal here, you will have a chance to choose types of steak, and then, they will be cooked immediately for you. Some of the most recommended steaks are Wagyu Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, and Fillet Steak. All are well-cooked and seasoned. Besides, there are hamburgers for those who like to eat starchy food.
The space of El Gaucho Steakhouse is, as previously mentioned, quite romantic. Therefore, it will be great if you come here with your lover.
13. Quan Bui - Original
- Address: 19 Ngo Van Nam, District 1
- Open hours: 10.00 am - 10.00 pm
- Price range: $1.92 - $59.77
Regardless of your budget, eating out in Saigon is simple and you won't likely go hungry there. Some Vietnamese eateries that serve the corporate community have a strong Western influence. Quan Bui doesn't have a tablecloth that is pure white if you insist on having one. But for those who like to eat where the Vietnamese do, avoid the tourist restaurants with their white tablecloths and exorbitant rates and instead dine where the Vietnamese do. You will undoubtedly get the finest experience if you visit Quan Bui.
Even though many people nowadays can afford to eat well in fancy restaurants, Vietnamese society has always placed a high value on family reunions. Despite this, many individuals still have an unconscious urge to consume foods that make them think of simple country life and warm family relationships. Quan Bui wants to spread the warmth and tastes they had during these memorable moments with their family and friends to all of their customers
14. Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro
- Address: 38 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- Open hours: 10.00 am - 10.30 pm
- Price range: US $4.40 - $13.20
If you are looking for something new to eat in district 1, you can try Thai cuisine at Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro. Here, there is plenty of different Thai food for you to try. Some highlights are Thai dumplings, fried fishcake with sweet and sour chili sauce, fiery spicy octopus, and grilled chicken.
The food, along with the cozy dining space of the restaurant, is very suitable for family meals and small parties. You can come here for lunch and dinner.
15. Shamballa Vegetarian, Restaurant & Tea House
- Address: 17-19 Trinh Van Can St., District 1 & 31 Ly Tu Trong St., District 1
- Open hours: 10.00 am - 10 pm
- Price range: $1.92 - $17.08 (excluding 5% service charge and 10% VAT)
Shamballa is a unique refuge encircled by enigma and magic. The word "Shamballa" has its origins in Sanskrit, where it denotes a place of tranquility, stillness, and delight. Shamballa is a secret kingdom tucked away north of Bodhi Gaya city, a hallowed location in Buddhism where the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath the Bodhi tree. It is based on the most revered texts of Tibet by Kanjur Tanjur.
Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant & Tea House adapts Buddhist balancing teachings, Buddhist art forms, and the idea of a mystery to Vietnamese society. A balance between urban and country life may be seen in the interior design of the French Colonial building with Vietnamese-Tibetan fusion. Tall glass windowpanes give an intimate setting a feeling of space. Shamballa is a haven of tranquillity amid a bustling metropolis.
To promote a healthy diet that equally appeals to taste, Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant & Tea House delivers delectable dishes expertly made with organic ingredients. A greener energy source has a smaller carbon impact and is a step in the direction of living sustainably. A fresh perspective on life results from a satisfying experience with vegetarian food.
Above are the 15 best restaurants in District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. If you have any questions, please contact us through our website. We are always available to help you with the best experience in Vietnam.
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Questions & Answers (11)
Do I have to make a reservation before having dinner in those restaurants? Do all of them get crowded all the time?
Hi Tom, we recommend you contact the restaurants in advance to get the best services. Moreover, dinner time is quite busy for restaurants in District 1.
Is there a wide selection of meals available at Ngon Restaurant? For instance, an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert.
Hi Iris, Ngon Restaurant offers a wide range of Vietnamese and Asian dishes which can be used as a main course, dessert, or appetizer.
I would love to visit a restaurant and enjoy a romantic night with my partner. Do any of the restaurants listed above have space on the rooftop? We'd love to have the fresh air and admire the street at the same time.
Hi! Secret Garden is the only option for rooftop restaurant on the list. You may consider more about rooftop bars which is the better option for a romantic night.
After midnight, I'll be on my way to Ho Chi Minh City. Since all the eateries on that list are closed between the hours of 22:00 and 23:00, could you suggest somewhere else to eat? Or can I make a reservation at that time?
Hi! At that time, only some small local vendors still open. You should consider to come to Bui Vien St., China Town in District 5, or just simply ask your hotel receptionist for nearby address. Also, in the city center, there are many 24/7 opening convenient store.
We are celebrating our anniversary this weekend, but we are going to something other than a fancy restaurant with Western food. Do you have any recommendations for authentic traditional Vietnamese cuisine with a romantic vibe?
Hi! Traditional Vietnamese cuisine usually doesn't link with romance. You may consider some options with polite vibe like Quan Bui - Original, Ngon Restaurant, or Secret Garden. Also, having a dinner cruise on Saigon River is quite lovely too.