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5 Best High-End Restaurants in Hanoi to Spruce up Your Rendezvous

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As the capital and culture hub of Vietnam, Hanoi has a dynamic and lively scene when it comes to dining and nightlife. Beyond doubt, many couple travelers have chosen Hanoi as their favorite stop in Vietnam to spend a few days and unwind after a hard-working year.

Let’s take advantage of your vacation to Hanoi this time and throw the best date night with your significant other in Southeast Asia! To help you come up with the best date spots in Hanoi, here are my favorite upscale restaurants in Vietnam’s capital to spruce up your rendezvous.

Red Bean Central Restaurant

Ranked first on the list of the most romantic restaurants for a perfect date night in Hanoi is Red Bean Central. Located on the 7th floor of Hanoi La Siesta Central Hotel, Red Bean Central is a true charmer when it comes to elegance and luxury. Your dining experience is taken to a whole new level in a cozy and glittering ambiance where the mix of black and white truly complements the appearance of indigo furnishings.

Red Bean Central is facing the mirror-like Sword Lake smack dab in the heart of the city, giving you a dazzling view over Hanoi’s cityscape when the sun beams down. Almost every single corner of the restaurant can turn into a photo-perfect background.

Speaking of what to eat at Red Bean Central Restaurant, get ready to jump into a hearty selection of Northern Vietnamese cuisines as well as a curated list of Western delicacies. Some of the best-sellers by Red Bean Restaurant are Wild Mushroom Soup with Beef Ball Dumplings, Green Mango, Dried Shrimp Salad with Ceviche Prawns, and Braised Duck Leg with Shitake Mushrooms. A vegan-friendly menu is also available whenever you need!

Address: 1 Cau Go Street, Hoan Kie, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Salmonoid Restaurant

The second name to be called if you’re hunting the best restaurant for a date night in Hanoi is Salmonoid. For those who are architecture lovers and history buff, then Salmonoid is the right place to spend your night! Salmonoid represents the old French villas that appeared widely in Vietnam during the early 20th century with its splendid terrace overlooking a greenish garden below.

Therefore, this spot is a game-changer in the restaurant scene in Hanoi where you can take a seat at any corner around the garden and call it a night! Simple, elegant and cozy are the best characters you will find at Salmonoid. If you’re about to give him or her the best surprise of their life, come over Salmonoid and you won’t be disappointed!

Speaking of what to eat at Salmonoid, my favorite order would be salmon which is also the signature dish of the restaurant. You can have it sauté, served with avocado, or get them deep-fried. And get ready for an absolute rendezvous because Salmonoid will keep you excited by gifting you a bottle of red wine on a national holiday!

Address: 32C Cao Ba Quat, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Skyline Hanoi Restaurant

No need to travel further afield because Skyline Hanoi Restaurant is located right in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, where you can instantly drop over after a sightseeing trip. Skyline Hanoi Restaurant sits on the 11th floor giving a panoramic vista over the Old Quarter. The best time to dine out at Skyline Hanoi is after dusk when the sun gradually disappears on the horizon and casts glittering rays on the surface of the Sword Lake.

Other than just a Western restaurant, Skyline Hanoi is also home to a bar and café where you can find an extensive range of cocktails and take a sip amid a cozy and delicate ambiance. This is exactly the bonus point for travelers who are short on time because you don’t need to put extra effort into finding a proper watering hole after the meal!

My favorite spot to enjoy a drink is by the pool. But otherwise, feel free to take a seat in the Europe-influenced lounge or unwind in the airy, open-space garden!

Address: 38 Gia Ngu Street, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Rooftop Bar and Restaurant

Speaking of the best date spots with a view in Hanoi, no other places can beat my favorite The Rooftop Restaurant. Is there anything better than indulging in some good talks with your lover while admiring the dazzling skyline from the 19th floor?

The Rooftop Restaurant is part of the Pacific Place building which offers a stunning view up above the sky. Specialized in classic Western cuisines, wines, and cocktails, The Rooftop Restaurant calls for a true high-end date night if you’re not on a budget.

One more thing that I love about The Rooftop is the diversity and creative style they put in decoration, menu selection, and music performances every now and then. It means that no matter when you come in the year, there’s always something new that makes you jump for joy! If you two are all about a pleasant and romantic date with jazz night by the candlelight, then I highly recommend it!

Address: 19th floor Pacific Place Building, 83B Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Cua Nam, Hoan Kiem , Hanoi, Vietnam.

Uu Dam Chay Restaurant

The last name to be called in the list of the best fine-dining restaurants in Hanoi for a romantic date night is Uu Dam Chay Restaurant. Specifically catered to vegan eaters, Uu Dam is the best vegetarian restaurant in town to spruce up your rendezvous with a healthy, low-carb dinner. Unlike other regular restaurants, Uu Dam Chay brings you a modern and airy dining setting with a traditional touch of Vietnamese housing architecture.

The chefs at Uu Dam Chay focus on the use of plain flour, fresh veggies, beans, nuts, and mushrooms as the primary ingredients for gastronomy. Fake-meat and substitutes are something you never find at the restaurant! Instead, get ready to spice up your dinner with light, healthy and well-decorated dishes!

My go-to orders every time I come by Uu Dam Chay are hot pot, spring rolls, steamed rice in lotus leaf, and longan sweet dessert. If you’re seeking an authentic Vietnamese meal to live up your rendezvous, claim a seat at Uu Dam Chay and you never return disappointed!

Address: 34 Hang Bai Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam.

It’s so hard for me to pick my favorite place from the list above! What is yours? Don’t forget to make a reservation in advance to claim the best seating in the restaurant for your date!

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