An independent selection of the best eateries from fine dining to street food in Ho Chi Minh City, from Rusty Compass. No paid endorsements.

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Mad Cow Wine and Grill, Saigon

Casual, cool steak and wine space with great views over the city. Well priced for the quality. Australian chef Danny Grimshaw is... Read more

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Mad Cow Wine and Grill, Saigon
Pullman Saigon Hotel, Level 30, 148 Tran Hung Dao Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+842838388686

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L'Usine Cafe, Saigon

L'Usine has had a big impact on the Saigon boutique and cafe scene since opening in 2010. So big that there are now 3 outlets... Read more

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L'Usine Cafe, Saigon
151/5 Dong Khoi (1st floor), Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84-8) 6674 3565

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Tandoor Restaurant, Saigon

Tandoor is one of Saigon's longest standing Indian restaurants. It's a popular and consistent downtown eatery. Read more

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Tandoor Restaurant, Saigon
39A - 39B Ngo Duc Ke street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 28 39304839

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Journeys Sandwich Bistro, Saigon

Popular travel themed sandwich joint right by Ben Thanh Market. These guys do a good range of international sandwiches, as well... Read more

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Journeys Sandwich Bistro, Saigon
Upstairs on the first floor at 34-36 Phan Boi Chau St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - right by Ben Thanh Market

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Poke Saigon

The poke craze swept through Saigon in 2018. Poke Saigon seems to have made the biggest impact, though there have been a number... Read more

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Poke Saigon
Level 2, 42 Nguyen Hue St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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District 2 - a guide to eating in Saigon's expat enclave

Some of Saigon’s best restaurants and cafes are now located across the Saigon River in District 2 - aka. D2 or Thao Dien.  What... Read more

4P's Pizza, Saigon

4P's is a pizza place with a difference - it's Japanese. It's a roaring success in Saigon - so much so that in 2016, they've... Read more

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4P's Pizza, Saigon
8/15 Lê Thánh Tôn Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84-120-789-4444

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Atelier Des Reves Restaurant, Saigon

It’s a bit of a hike from downtown Saigon, but Atelier Des Reves is well worth the effort. A young Vietnamese couple, fresh back... Read more

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Atelier Des Reves Restaurant, Saigon
20/5 Kỳ Đồng St, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3526 1518

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Au Parc Cafe, Saigon

A popular shophouse-style Mediterranean cafe in a great location, overlooking a colonial era green space. It’s close by the... Read more

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Au Parc Cafe, Saigon
23 Han Thuyen St, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 3829 2772

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Ciao Bella Restaurant, Saigon

Ciao Bella is a popular Italian restaurant in downtown Saigon. It's relaxed, cosy and well priced. Read more

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Ciao Bella Restaurant, Saigon
11 Dong Du Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3822 3329

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El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, Saigon

Serving up steak and more steak, El Gaucho is in the happy place of being one of Saigon’s most expensive and most successful... Read more

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El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, Saigon
74/1 Hai Ba Trung St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 38272090

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Le Bordeaux Restaurant, Saigon

Le Bordeaux is a Saigon survivor - 20 years of serving quality French cuisine in a formal European style space, around 15... Read more

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Le Bordeaux Restaurant, Saigon
72-D2 Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84) 838 999 831

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Le Corto restaurant, Saigon

French cuisine in a fancy downtown location. Dressed-up, but not stuffy. French President Francoise Hollande popped in for a... Read more

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Le Corto restaurant, Saigon
5D Nguyễn Siêu, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
+84 8 3822 0671

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Lu Bu Mediterranean Restaurant, Saigon

Lu Bu is a modern, Mediterranean style restaurant in District 2, run by Saigon culinary veteran Jim Cawood. Read more

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Lu Bu Mediterranean Restaurant, Saigon
97B Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 8 62818371

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Mad House restaurant, Saigon

Clean Nordic flavours and a serene garden setting make Mad House another reason for adding Saigon’s District 2 to your culinary... Read more

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Mad House restaurant, Saigon
6/1/2 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3519 4009

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Mekong Merchant, Saigon

A popular open-air chilled cafe in Saigon's expat ghetto, District 2, serving a mix of pastas, salads, pizzas and burgers. Not a... Read more

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Mekong Merchant, Saigon
23 Thao Dien St, An Phu, District 2, Saigon
+848 66739109

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Pendolasco Italian restaurant, Saigon

PENDOLASCO HAS CLOSED IN SAIGON'S DISTRICT 1. IT IS NOW ONLY LOCATED IN DISTRICT 2. WE'LL CHECK OUT THE D2 LOCATION SOON. Read more

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Pendolasco Italian restaurant, Saigon
36 Tống Hữu Định, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

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Quan Ut Ut, Saigon

Quan Ut Ut is an American BBQ in a down-to-earth local Vietnamese style space. Read more

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Quan Ut Ut, Saigon
168 Vo Van Kiet St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City - 5 mins by taxi from downtown

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Recent restaurant and cafe openings in Saigon - our picks

Here are our picks of Saigon's best new restaurants. This has long been a great city for foodies. And it keeps getting better.... Read more

Refinery, Saigon

One of the nicest spaces in town in an old French era opium refinery, The Refinery is tucked away in a small square that's... Read more

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Refinery, Saigon
74 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+8483823 0509

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Saffron Mediterranean Bistro, Saigon

Saffron is a second downtown Saigon eatery from veteran restaurateur Tony Fox - this time with a Mediterranean spin. Read more

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Saffron Mediterranean Bistro, Saigon
51 Hai Ba Trung St, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+84 8) 3824 8358

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San Fu Lou Cantonese Kitchen, Saigon

San Fu Lou is a buzzing, stylish Cantonese restaurant in downtown Saigon. Open till 3AM. Read more

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San Fu Lou Cantonese Kitchen, Saigon
Ground Floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
(+848) 38239513

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Skewers Restaurant, Saigon

A longstanding favourite with Saigon’s expat community, Skewers has been serving up simple tasty, well priced Mediterranean... Read more

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Skewers Restaurant, Saigon
9A Thai Van Lung Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84(8) 3822 4798

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Sorae Saigon

Sorae is probably Saigon’s most memorable Japanese dining experience - with delicious, quality food served in a spectacular... Read more

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Sorae Saigon
24th - 25th Floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St.,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 838 272 372

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Stoker Wood Fired Grill, Saigon

A popular grill-house in downtown Saigon for those craving a festival of meat. Also popular for cocktails. Read more

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Stoker Wood Fired Grill, Saigon
44 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+ 84 8 3824 8691

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Takashimaya department store Saigon - eating options

The massive Takashimaya Japanese department store in the heart of Saigon offers a plethora of eating options for travellers... Read more

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Takashimaya department store Saigon - eating options
Saigon Centre, Cnr Le Loi and Pasteur St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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The Deck, Saigon

A perfect riverside escape from the intensity of downtown Saigon for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Late afternoon cocktails as the... Read more

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The Deck, Saigon
38 Nguyen U Di, Dist. 2, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3744 6632

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The Racha Room, Saigon

The Racha Room's formula - modern Thai cuisine and quality cocktails - has been a hit since it opened its doors in 2014. The... Read more

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The Racha Room, Saigon
12 - 14 Mac Thi Buoi St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
+84090 879 14 12

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Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro, Saigon

Tuk Tuk serves up good Thai cuisine in a bustling, funky downtown Saigon space. Read more

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Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro, Saigon
17/11 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+(848) 3521 8513

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Urban Kitchen Restaurant and Bar, Saigon

Urban Kitchen is probably the closest thing Saigon has to a  gastropub - serious pub food in a cool, vintage, bar space. Read more

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Urban Kitchen Restaurant and Bar, Saigon
18 Ngo Van Nam St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 6250 6363

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