Hue Travel Guide
Best Restaurants in Hue
The Best Restaurants in Hue for travelers and local to try the most authentic Hue Food (Hue Local Food - Hue Street Food), from frills-free local eateries to upscale international standard restaurants, read on to discover our list of Hue’s most popular & must try restaurants to find one that best suits your budget and preference:
Best Hue's Street Food Restaurants for Cheap Eats
Newbies to Hue specialities should start at this busy restaurant. Order the five-dish set menu (120,000d) for a speedy lesson of banh khoai (savoury prawn pancakes), banh beo (steamed rice cakes topped with shrimp and spring onions), and divine nem lui (grilled pork on lemongrass skewers) wrapped in rice paper and herbs. Ask the patient staff how to devour everything.
A top, unfussy spot to try Hue's dizzying menu of royal rice cakes. Serving portions are pretty big, so rustle up a few friends to try the different variations. Our favourite is the banh beo, perfect little mouthfuls topped with spring onions and dried shrimp.
No-nonsense Viet vegetarian restaurant renowned for filling food at bargain prices. Fresh banh beo, noodle dishes, crispy fried jackfruit and aubergine with ginger all deliver. The menu has very rough English translations to help you order (staff speak little or no English).
Excellent spot for a hearty bowl of bun bo Hue, the city's signature noodle dish combining tender beef, rice noodle, chilly and lemongrass. Next door at number 17, Ly Thuong Kiet is equally good serving from early morning. Both sell out by early afternoon.
Served in a bowl of rice (com hen) or noodles (bun hen) combining fresh herbs, vegetable and tasty local clams from a nearby island in the middle of the Song Huong - Perfume River. Servings are fairly small, so maybe have a bowl of each.
Best Mid-ranged Restaurants in Hue Vietnam
Name of this restaurant sound fancy, but this is actually mid-ranged restaurant serving beautiful decorated and flavourful Hue Local Food, Vietnamese Food and some Western choices. Located at number 29 Vo Thi Sau Street in Hue Tourist Center so it is convenient for tourist to have Lunch and Dinner.
A memorable dining experience, this classy French restaurant occupies a gorgeous colonial-style building in the Citadel quarter. The menu majors in Gallic classics and a Vietnamese set menu popular with groups. Add a lengthy wine list and informed service, and it's just the place for a romantic meal – arrive by cyclo and it's easy to roll back the years to Indochine times.
3. 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.
4. Risotto Hue:
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.
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.