Hue’s Most Popular Restaurants
The best restaurants in Hue are must-visits for travellers looking to enjoy authentic Hue dishes that were once served exclusively to royalties of Nguyen Dynasty. Set within close proximity to Hue’s iconic landmarks, most of these dining venues also feature equally opulent interiors and exceptional service as well as traditional music and dance performances.
Catering to the growing numbers of foreign travellers, the city is also teeming with trendy bistros and expat-owned cafes serving familiar European and western fare such as pastas, pizzas and grilled meats, paired with an extensive list of wines, beers and spirits. From frills-free local eateries to upscale international restaurants, read on to discover our list of Hue’s most popular restaurants to find one that best suits your budget and preference.
1 – Le Parfum Restaurant at La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa
Le Parfum Restaurant is an elegant dining venue within La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa, where affluent travellers can enjoy a six-course degustation menu of French-Vietnamese dishes with premium European wines as well as extensive a la carte offerings. Standout dishes include the roasted lamb rack (VND 695,000), sesame-crusted seared tuna (VND 310,000), and lemongrass-marinated chicken with smoked eggplant (VND 350,000). Set within a colonial-style building, booking a table at the upstairs terrace section is highly recommended as it offers relaxing views of the hotel’s expansive herb garden and Perfume River behind.
Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 10:30 & 11:30 – 23:00
Address: La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa, Hue
Tel: +84 54 383 7475
2 – Ancient Hue Restaurant
Ancient Hue Restaurant occupies a spacious two-storey wooden house dating back to the 1800s, offering authentic royal cuisine which made Hue a culinary hotspot of Vietnam, along with local artwork, and traditional dance performances. Set along Kim Long Street, the restaurant is surrounded by an impressive landscaped garden and lake while its indoor dining sections are fitted with decorative items to resemble royal quarters of the Nguyen Dynasty, such as silk cushions, ceramic vases. There’s also an art gallery within the restaurant, which exhibits abstract paintings, traditional crafts, and ceramic works by local artists. Food-wise, regional dishes such as banana blossom salad and banh beo (steamed rice flour cakes) are served in vegetables carved in shapes like phoenix and koi.
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00
Address: 104/47 Kim Long Street, Hue
Tel: +84 54 359 0902
3 – Les Jardins De La Carambole
Les Jardins De La Carambole is set within a colonial-era villa, where diners can enjoy authentic French, Italian, Vietnamese cuisine in a classy setting. Set along Dang Tran Con Street, it’s especially popular amongst travellers thanks to its close proximity to the Complex of Hue Monuments. The upstairs dining section also hosts live piano performances while its expansive veranda overlook Perfume River and Hue City Centre. Priced at VND 120,000 upwards, expect quality main dishes such as beef bourguignon, grilled chicken with chilli and lemongrass, and grilled sea bass fish with Mediterranean sauce.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:00
Address: 32 Dang Tran Con Street, Hue
Tel: +84 54 354 8815
4 – Elegant Restaurant Hue
Elegant Restaurant Hue’s extensive menu of local delicacies and potent cocktails attracts travellers looking to enjoy an affordable yet satisfying meal in Hue. A 10-minute walk from Hue’s ancient bridge of Truong Tien, standout dishes at this cosy dining venue include BBQ shrimp on sugar cane (VND 129,000), caramelized pork with sesame (VND 89,000), and noodles with shredded chicken (VND 75,000). If you’re in the mood for some comfort food, English breakfasts, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas are available for VND 65,000 upwards. Elegant Restaurant Hue also serves a wide range of beers, liquors, cocktails, and imported wines by glass and bottle.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 23:00
Address: 29 Vo Thi Sau Street, Hue
Tel: +84 91 100 88 22
5 – Mandarin Cafe
Mandarin Café is a legendary establishment in Hue, where travellers can relax and enjoy cheap Vietnamese and western fare as well as refreshing fruit shakes and local coffee. Founded in 1990 by Mr. Cu, a local photographer, this restaurant is fitted with numerous portraits of the local lifestyle and iconic attractions, all of which are for sale. Food-wise, we highly recommend its signature fried noodle (with beef, pork, shrimp or vegetables) banh khoai with seafood (Vietnamese crepe), and banana pancake. Mandarin Café also has a tour booking desk, where you can arrange for city tours, boat trips, and car or motorcycle rental.
Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 22:00
Address: 24 Tran Cao Van Street, Hue
Tel: +84 54 382 1281
6 – Tinh Gia Vien Restaurant Hue
Tinh Gia Vien Restaurant Hue is renowned for its elegant setting and authentic presentation of Vietnamese imperial cuisine. Emulating a royal palace, the restaurant is surrounded by hundreds of paper lanterns, bonsai trees, plants and flowers, as well as a miniature pond and waterfall. All dishes are made by descendants of the Nguyen Dynasty, with set menus (inclusive of royal costume rentals, drinks and dessert) priced between USD10 and USD17 per person. Set along Le Thanh Ton Street, Tinh Gia Vien Restaurant Hue is a five-minute drive from Thien Mu Pagoda.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:30
Address: 7K/28 Le Thanh Ton Street, Hue
Tel: +84 91 421 5033
7 – Hanh Restaurant Hue
Hanh Restaurant Hue specialises in nem lui, a regional dish that’s made of minced pork rolls wrapped in lemongrass, and served with rice paper, vegetables, and peanut sauce. Set along Pho Duc Chinh Street, this local establishment is a 10-minute drive from Hue Imperial City via Truong Tien Bridge. If you’re looking to some of Hue’s most popular dishes in a single sitting, its set menu comes highly recommended. Priced at VND 110,000, this generously-portioned set comprises banh beo (steamed rice cake), nem lui, banh koai (rice pancake), banh cuon thit nuoi (BBQ pork wrapped in rice paper), and nem ran (fried spring rolls).
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 21:00
Address: 11 Pho Duc Chinh Street, Hue
Tel: +84 90 552 0512
8 – Nina’s Café
Nina’s Café is a family-owned establishment that’s well frequented for its authentic yet affordable Vietnamese dishes. Signature dishes here include squid cooked with lemongrass and chili peppers (VND 85,000), banana flower salad (VND 70,000), and steamed rice cakes (VND 40,000). Set menus are available for VND 150,000, where diners can enjoy a choice of Hue specialities such as bun thit nuong (barbecued pork with rice noodles and greens), nem lui (pork wrapped in lemongrass) or mien xiao (fried noodles) as well as caramel pudding or ice-cream for dessert. Aside from its extensive food and beverage offerings, Nina’s Café also offers cooking classes and tours to iconic landmarks in Hue.
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 22:30
Address: 16/34 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Hue
Tel: +84 54 383 8636
Price Range: VND 40,000
9 – Risotto Hue
Risotto Hue is a good option for when you’re craving comfort food during your holiday in Hue. Located on Nguyen Cong Tru Street, this two-storey restaurant features colourful lanterns and wall murals while its upstairs dining section offers relaxing views of Perfume River. As the name suggests, Risotto Hue specialises in Italian cuisine at relatively affordable prices, such as seafood risotto (VND 85,000), homemade spinach and ricotta gnocchi (VND 85,000), and pizza Margherita (VND 100,000). Between 17:00 and 22:00, diners can enjoy complementary bruschetta, fruits, and a glass of local beer or wine with every purchase of a large pizza.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
Address: 14 Nguyen Cong Tru Street, Hue
Tel: +84 54 394 9684
10 – Tropical Garden Restaurant Hue
Tropical Garden Restaurant is a popular stopover for tour buses in Hue, where travellers can enjoy a wide range of Vietnamese dishes and live music every night. Occupying a two-storey Vietnamese house along Chu Van An Street, the restaurant has plenty of communal tables within its indoor dining section and several thatched huts within its tropical garden. Standout dishes include nem lui (minced pork rolls wrapped in lemongrass, served with rice paper, fresh greens, and peanut sauce), banh beo (steamed rice cake), and fried crab. Tropical Garden Restaurant Hue is a 20-minute walk from Dong Ba Market via Truong Tien Bridge.
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 22:00
Address: 27 Chu Van An Street, Hue
Tel: +84 54 384 7143
Source: Vietnam Guide by Penny Wong