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Interesting Dining Experiences in Saigon, Vietnam

In recent years Vietnam has become a popular tourist and business destination. Its largest city, Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City, population estimated at 9 million including surrounding areas), is becoming a dynamic and colorful city. Its dining scene is diverse and alluring.

Many people have asked us what are some great dining experiences. While we are not experts in this area, the following are some interesting dining experiences in Saigon.

The Deck Saigon

The Deck is perfect for romantic dinners or for brunch with family and friends. Its location is unique as it is the only restaurant of its kind to sit on the banks of the Saigon River. 

It is 15 minutes away from downtown Saigon, and can be reached by land or by boat (the restaurant can organize for a boat to come and pick up guests from the city center). Visitors can dine on the elegant and cozy outdoor wooden deck.

The Deck has been praised and awarded as one of Asia’s finest restaurants.


The Chefs have designed a menu featuring contemporary pan-Asian fusion cuisine with an emphasis on simplicity. The best local and imported produce is sourced, including meat from New Zealand, seafood flown in from Phu Quoc Island and vegetables from Da Lat.

The staff and executives were very friendly and gracious. They supported our photoshoot at their location. The photos turned out beautifully.

Info: The Deck, 38 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, An Phu, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   +84 8 3 744 6632

Cuc Gach Quan

Cuc Gach Quan is a unique dining experience – good ambience, authentic and comprehensive Vietnamese food, and friendly. It is located in a historical building, approximately ten minutes from the city center.

Cuc Gach is well known for its home-made, family style culinary tradition, with unique flavors and sauces.

Info: Cuc Gach Quan, 9, 10 Dang Tat, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, + 84 838480144

Monsoon Restaurant & Bar Saigon

Monsoon is interesting as it serves five authentic regional cuisines – Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Laos and Myanmar.

Owned by a Thai national, who has lived and traveled extensively in the five countries, Monsoon started from a passion to bring to the aromas and flavors of each unique tradition to Vietnam.

The menu is divided by country. It includes an affordable set lunch option, and recently a Thai buffet has become available on Sundays.

Monsoon is more than just a restaurant. It hosts art exhibitions featuring emerging and established Thai artists, with the desire to create a platform for creative minds from both countries to meet and exchange ideas.

Thai cooking classes will also be available in the near future. The restaurant is set in a French colonial villa  with a charming courtyard, where food, history and art blend.

Info: Monsoon Restaurant & Bar Saigon, No.1, Cao Ba Nha, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, + 84 8 6290 8899

Air 360 Skybar

Air 360 Skybar is one of the coolest rooftop bars in Saigon with 360 degree views of the city, a lovely party atmosphere, a large swimming pool to cool off in and good drinks. The terrace has both dining and seating in the bar.

If you like magnificent views, good party and modern atmosphere, then this will probably be a great experience for coffee, drink, events etc.

Info: 136, 138 Le Thi Hong Gam, Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1, Saigon, Vietnam+84 974 587788

Chill Skybar

Saigon Chill Skybar offers both a high energy club experience in an open air skybar and a chill out lounge areas and world class cocktail bars. They are recognized internationally via London International Property Award – in 2013 they were awarded with three separate accolades for Best Leisure Interior in Vietnam, Asia Pacific and International.

The 27 Grill restaurant that is located one floor above and includes an open kitchen, VIP room with private balcony, glass enclosed wine cellar and a completely open air dining area on the rooftop of the building. Chill’s employees include award winning Danish Chefs as well as Vietnam’s best bartender for 2013 and 2014 in the Diageo World Class Reserve Competition.

Chill has stunning view of Ho Chi Minh City mixed with stylish red tables and vibrant feature lighting scattered throughout. Chill hosts some of the biggest events in the country and claims to be the place to be for models, celebrities, local elites, international luxury travelers and businessmen. It has hosted a variety of events for brands such as Mercedes, Porsche, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Christian Louboutin.

So if you want fun, prestige and stunning views, Chill may the place to go. However, the prices may be on the higher side. A cocktail costs close to US$20, although there is an excellent happy hour from 17:30 to 20:00 when all cocktails, long drinks and beers, and some wines and snacks are half price. There appears to be a cocktail dress code.

Info: 76A Le Lai Rooftop of AB Tower, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam +84 838 272 372

Do you have great dining experiences in Saigon, Vietnam to share with us? What are your favorite Vietnamese dishes?

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  1. August 7, 2017    

    Vietnam is actually one of my bucket list of places to visit, thanks for sharing!
    I love vietnamese food it’s so yummy and different!

  2. Afroz Afroz
    August 7, 2017    

    Vietnam is foodie paradise for sure, would definitely love visit some day and even would love to take up some thai cooking classes. Love all your clicks.. food looks amazing!!

  3. August 7, 2017    

    I’ve never been to the Far East, and I would love to visit both VietNam and Thailand some day. Monsoon and the SkyBar sound right up my alley. All of your food pix were incredible. Now I’m starved. I need to make some spring rolls!

  4. August 7, 2017    

    This looks like a cool city to visit! That food looks heavenly!!

  5. August 7, 2017    

    All of these foods look so colorful! I am not a fan of seafood but if I could substitute for other items (meat, veggies) I’m sure I would enjoy them.

  6. August 7, 2017    

    Your post came at a perfect time because my daughter and friends are planning a backpacking trip to Vietnam. Having this post is a great introduction to the food they will be experiencing.

  7. jin jin
    August 7, 2017    

    I’ve been to Saigon before but never did a dining experience like this there! Looks fun and yummy and a little fancy, so a splurge seems worth it!

  8. August 7, 2017    

    Saigon looks incredible for the food selection. The Deck would be ideal for a date night with me and hubby. Now I just need to get him on a plane! Yum!

  9. August 7, 2017    

    Everything looks delicious!! Every year on the summer I travel somewhere new and Vietnam is on my list for summer 2019! I can’t wait to experience what all this place has to offer.

  10. August 7, 2017    

    Vietnam is on my travel list and looks like a food paradise. Love all your pictures. The food sure looks tempting.


  11. August 7, 2017    

    OMG, the food is exquisite!! I am already in love with Vietnamese food, so these dishes all look fantastic to me. I’d love to visit one day!

  12. August 7, 2017    

    I’m such a picky eater, that I’m not sure what I’d eat if I were to travel to somewhere like Vietnam. The shrimp looks delicious! The Deck sounds like a really nice place. It’s really cool that Monsoon has art exhibitions.

  13. August 7, 2017    

    cool city to visit, nice content.

  14. August 8, 2017    

    All these places sound great I particularly like the idea of the Skybar! The food looks amazing…I would love to visit Vietnam!

  15. August 8, 2017    

    Its seems a fantabulous place. All the dishes looks awesome and delicious. Vietnam is really a nice place.

  16. August 8, 2017    

    I would love to go one day. That looks like an amazing place to explore and experience these foods!

  17. Joanna Joanna
    August 8, 2017    

    This is such a useful post! I am planning to return to Vietnam hopefully next year and I am definitely looking for good restaurants in Saigon. I will definitely have to pass by the Deck.

  18. Jess C Jess C
    August 8, 2017    

    I am a HUGE foodie – I am salivating! Have to visit Saigon ASAP! Yummy!

  19. August 8, 2017    

    I cannot wait to visit Saigon and try that food and see all those amazing restaurants.

  20. August 8, 2017    

    I have never been to Vietnam let alone Saigon but I’d book a flight just to experience one of these restaurant. The food really looks good

  21. August 8, 2017    

    There used to be a Vietnamese restaurant near us that I absolutely loved but it has since been closed down. I miss the food!

  22. August 8, 2017    

    Everything looks amazing! I’d love to visit.

  23. August 8, 2017    

    These looks so delicious! I lenjoy Vietnamien food. I hope to visit Saigon someday. Bookmarked this!

  24. August 8, 2017    

    I had no idea there was so much great food in Siagon! If my husband and I are ever lucky enough to visit, I know we’d love to eat Cambodian at Monsoon (for him) and take in the views at the Air 360 Skybar (for her)

  25. August 9, 2017    

    Thanks for sharing!!
    x finja |

  26. August 9, 2017    

    Whatttt?! That bar area is sooooooo gorg! I need to visit! It’s so beautiful!

  27. August 9, 2017    

    Siagon ;look like the place to be. Great food and great views.

  28. August 9, 2017    

    I love that Monsoon restaurant divides the menu up by country. That’s so creative! I’d love to be able to experience foods from different cultures in one setting.

  29. August 10, 2017    

    Such a beautiful restaurant… Beautiful so gorgeous…

  30. August 10, 2017    

    Have never been to Vietnam but all these restaurants look absolutely delicious! Will have to keep this list handy for when I visit one day!

  31. Elizabeth O Elizabeth O
    August 10, 2017    

    Amazing! This place and the foods are so refreshing and satisfying. Love them both.

  32. August 11, 2017    

    wow so many great food options not to mention sightseeing. I have heard so many great thing about Saigon actually Anthony Bourdain’s favorite spot to visit. I need to save and travel there looks amazing.

  33. August 11, 2017    

    We are planning a visit there early next year, I am so grateful for this list. Will help me allot with planning our stay with this informative list for dining in Vietnam.

  34. August 11, 2017    

    My family and I love trying new foods. I love the variety of the different dishes you’ve shared.

  35. August 11, 2017    

    I cannot wait to visit Asia next year. I see so many incredible photos from all around. Photos of food, history, the big city, fashion, and even the rural areas got me preparing big time! Awesome photos!

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  36. August 11, 2017    

    Oh, my goodness! My family is from Cambodia! I would love to visit this country and experience the culture and cuisine!
    xo Debbie |

  37. August 11, 2017    

    This looks awesome!!

  38. August 11, 2017    

    All of those pictures look amazing! This would definitely be a food focused trip for me 🙂

  39. August 11, 2017    

    Great article! A friend of mine parents went to Vietnam and they said they loved it there and the food.

  40. Nadia Nadia
    August 12, 2017    

    Thanks for these great dining suggestions in Saigon. I have been to Hanoi, Vietnam and I highly recommend you try the small restaurants in the streets to taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine at affordable prices. This post made me want to go back to Vietnam!

  41. August 12, 2017    

    Everything looks delish and makes me want to visit. Sounds like you have a great lineup of restaurants to choose from!!

  42. August 12, 2017    

    I’ve always wanted to visit Vietnam. I traveled all over Asia and Europe during my time in the military but never made it to Vietnam. Hopefully, I can get there one day though.

  43. Dee Dee
    August 13, 2017    

    I’m having a major craving after seeing those food pictures! I love the idea of those skybars – sounds like such a cool culinary experience!

  44. August 13, 2017    

    Great post!

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