As one of the oldest players in Hanoi, Cousins' diverse menu has conquered the love from gourmets, expats and even locals to French cuisine. The restaurants welcome guests in three locations: initially in To Ngoc Van, then in Dao Tan and Tran Quoc Toan. You'll be indulging in a friendly and luxurious atmosphere while enjoying impressive and savory dishes like smoked duck breast, one of their all-time favorites.
Address: 15 Lane 45 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho District. / 7 Lane 58 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, District 19 Doan Nhu Hai, Hoan Kiem District.
Open hours: 10:00 – 21:00
2. Il Grill
If you're interested in the traditional Italian way, Il Grill is the place. Cooked with simple ingredients yet with powerful technique, each dish here gives you the tranquility, wind, and endless sunny days of the Italian countryside. The setting of the restaurant is super cozy and rustic, especially suitable for a family evening.
Atmosphere: Normal family
Address: 116 Ba Trieu, Hoan Kiem.
Open hours: 12:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 23:00
3. KOTO Villa
For KOTO, eating isn't just about taste, it's about creating an unforgettable experience with social impact. This NGO has been admired for over 20 years in Vietnam through their influence in the F&B industry, as well as providing hospitality training to disadvantaged youth. All dishes are definitely made with skill and a lot of love.
Address: 22G, Lane 35 Dang Thai Mai, Tay Ho District.
Open hours: 08:00 – 21:00
Proven by Chef Olivier Genique, former chef at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, the dining experience is definitely more refined at Fabrik. You will be amazed by the quality cuisine five-star hotel on the second floor of the restaurant, with romantic views towards Truc Bach Lake. And if you are looking for something a little casual, the first-floor atmosphere catered with finger food options will be the perfect choice for a group of friends.
Address: 16 Tran Vu, Ba Dinh District.
Open hours: 17:00 – 00:00
5. T.U.N.G. Dining
"Twist - Uniqueness - Nature - Cuisine" are the core values that T.U.N.G Dining has set from the beginning. This restaurant has breathed fresh air into Hanoi's culinary scene by serving Nordic dishes with a seasonal menu. Every meal at T.U.N.G. is a complete experience as each dish is a work of art full of creativity, color and confidence. It takes time to enjoy your dinner at T.U.N.G., but it's totally worth it!
Address: 2C Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem.
Open hours: 18:00 – 22:30 (Closed on Mondays)
A little humble and mysterious from the outside, but waiting for it. Etesia is all about wowing guests with the perfect menu and exotic atmosphere. There are layers peeled off here, and the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover" holds true for Etesia. Chef Benjamin Morelle with his valuable experience at a Michelin-star restaurant in Paris is full of surprises, and it's no surprise that you'll keep coming back for more.
Type: French, Italian
Address: 14B Lo Su, Hoan Kiem.
Open hours: 17:00 – 00:00
7. Pincho Tapas
As a pioneer in tapas in Hanoi, Pincho is always a good idea to hang out and immerse yourself in delicious food. The first floor of the restaurant offers plenty of private space in a classic European style with large windows and mesmerizing views towards the beautiful old town. The second floor is more open and ideal for hosting a small party of 10-15 people with a variety of delicious tapas and à la carte options.
Atmosphere: Cozy, classic
Address: 34C Cao Ba Quat, Hoan Kiem District.
Open hours: 11:00 – 14:00 & 17:30 – 23:00
8. 88 Lounges
Dining can be summed up at 88 classroom lounges. The menu is well thought out and suggests guests pair food with wine. If you come here with an open mind, 88 Lounge will enlighten you with its unique cuisine, 'je ne sais quoi'. Its varied wine selection is another bonus. A truly impressive wine and dinner experience.
Address: 88 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho.
Open hours: 11:00 – 01:00
Every bite at Quinza is known for its subtlety. Located in Long Bien district, the restaurant is a bit out of place compared to other restaurants on this list, and guess what – a hidden gem is always very rewarding! Quinza's signatures are their innovative crepes, which promise to leave you hungry for more. The open rustic space with poetic views towards the Red River is another highlight to look forward to.
Type: French Consolidation
Address: 15A Ngoc Thuy, Long Bien District.
Open hours: 11:30 – 23:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Introducing German flavors in Hanoi town, The Kneipe is cool little matter with a friendly vibe and a fun selection of homemade sausages. This place is a go to for a fun Friday night, and also has live music to spice it up!
Address: 52 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho District.
Open hours: 17:00 – 01:00