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Eating in Ho Chi Minh City restaurants is cheap. Below we've listed ones that specialise in Vietnamese cuisine. Alternatively take a look at the French or International restaurants pages.

A Bit Pricey

11a Ngo Van Nam Tel: 824-6141, HCMC
Top notch Vietnamese restaurant serving up traditional dishes in elegant surroundings.

Hoi An
11 Le Thanh Ton, D1 Tel: 823 7694, HCMC
Run by the same people as the Mandarine this is another elegant restaurant specialising in cuisine from Hue.

Nam Phan
64 Le Thanh Ton, D1 Tel: 829 2757, HCMC
Superb restaurant in a peaceful setting with a magnificent selection of local dishes and extensive wine list.

An Vien
178a Hai Ba Trung, D1 Tel: 824 3877, HCMC
Another classy joint with excellent Vietnamese cuisine in luxurious surroundings.

Lemon Grass
4 Nguyen Thiep, Tel: 822 0496, HCMC
Without a doubt one of Ho Chi Minh City's finest restaurants serving fine Vietnamese dishes to the accompaniment of live traditional background music.

41/5 Pham Ngoc Thach, D3 Tel: 829 7437, HCMC
This café/restaurant is a popular hang out of HCMC's 'beautiful people'. Lovely open courtyard setting.

Mid-Range Restaurants

187 Hai Ba Trung, D1 Tel: 829 7242, HCMC
Very popular choice serving up typical dishes from Hue in beautiful surroundings. Personal recommendation!

Chi Nghia
53 Thu Khoa Huan, D1 Tel: 823 5563, HCMC
With a decor of Old Saigon this place serves up great quality local dishes at very reasonable prices.

Com Nieu Sai Gon
6b Tu Xuong, D3 Tel: , HCMC
Popular with locals and tourists alike with a sometimes raucous atmosphere.

121 Restaurant
121 Vo Van Tan, D3 Tel: , HCMC
Great selection of grilled and smoked meats at this lesser known gem of a restaurant.

Au Pagolac 1
19 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, D1 Tel: 910 4405, HCMC
Fantastic selection of beef dishes created in imaginative ways. Heaven for non-vegetarians!

Cay Gon
12 Ngo Van Nam, D1 Tel: , HCMC
Popular locals joint serving up typical Vietnamese food with plenty Saigon Beer to wash it down with.

Gio Restaurant
33 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, D2 Tel: , HCMC
Relaxing locale near the river offering mainly light dishes. Oysters and deer are two of the menu's novelties.

Hong Hai
54 Pham Ngoc Thach, D3 Tel: 829-2977, HCMC
Excellent seafood restaurant with dishes prepared in the style of Nha Trang such as coconut steamed prawns.

Lang Nuong
223 Nguyen Trong Tuyen, Phu Nhuan Tel: 844 1513, HCMC
Another great beef restaurant with the option of a seven course beef menu. Seafood and wild game are also very popular.

80 Dong Khoi, D1 Tel: 829 9820, HCMC
Well established city centre restaurant offering a fine array of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes.

Pho Ca
31 Nguyen Trai, D1 Tel: 914 0108, HCMC
Good choice for their flagship dish of fish noodle soup. Great steaks courtesy of imported Aussie beef.

Song Ngu
70 Suong Nguyet Anh Tel: 832 5017, HCMC
Lovely setting where you can enjoy excellent fish dishes whilst listening to traditional Vietnamese music.

Cheap Eats

Nam Giao
136/15 Le Thanh Ton, D1 Tel: 825 0261, HCMC
Great little place near Ben Thanh market which specialises in dishes from the Hue region.

Banh Cuon La
96 Ham Nghi, D1 Tel: 913 8033, HCMC
Great place to try wet rice paper rolls filled with your choice of meat and vegetable. Order 'banh cuon' from the menu.

Bun Cha Ha Noi
140 Vo Thi Sau, Q3 Tel: , HCMC
Here you're served pancakes then left to fill them as you please with a selection of pork, bacon, lettuce, herbs and spices. Popular for breakfast.

Luong Son
31 Ly Tu Trong, D1 Tel: , HCMC
Popular with foreigners keen on its wide range of cheap dishes including popular meat options such as bo tung xeo (marinated beef strips).

Mi Keo Soi Trung Hoa
82 Le Thanh Ton, D1 Tel: 827 4407, HCMC
A cheap and popular joint serving filling local dishes.

Pho 24
5 Nguyen Thiep, D1 Tel: , HCMC
This chain restaurant is a great choice for beef noodles and has air conditioned premises at various city locations.

Quan Thu Thuy
26 Cach Mang Thang Tham, D3 Tel: 930 4132, HCMC
Another Hue style menu where you can get top notch barbecued meat dishes with rice paper rolls (nem nuong) at bargain prices.

Wrap & Roll
62 Hai Ba Trung, D1 Tel: 823 4030, HCMC
Fabulous do it yourself filled pancake restaurant. Choose from a selection of beef, fish, pork and shrimp for your filling or get them to make it for you.

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