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Huong Lai

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38 Ly Tu Trong St. Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 8 3822 6814
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a must if you appreciate good standard cooking, nice and warm service, very good food at a reasonable price

Thank Claude L
Tallinn, Estonia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Huong Lai was one of the best restaurants we visited during our 3-week stay in Vietnam. The atmosphere was really nice, yet laid back; the service very professional and attentive; and all the food we tried tasted delicious. I would especially recommend rice prepared in a claypot and shrimps (unfortunately I don't remember the sauce). What did the final trick... More 

Thank Siim_Kumpas
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the atmosphere of this restaurant! It is a great place to eat Vietnamese food . Overall a very pleasant dining experience.Very popular with tourists. I would definitely go back...

Thank myriamnellati
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good good. The braised chicken was fantastic. Also very good service. It's å small restaurant, so its a good idea too book.

Thank Henrik M
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff in this hotel (cooks and waiters) are orphans or former street children who have been taken in and educated by those running this restaurant. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. It is best to reserve as tables get taken very quickly - the evening we went many customers could not get a table.

1 Thank Thomas G
Droxford, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky to get a table for two for dinner without a reservation, but clearly a reservation is normally advised. The space is attractive and seats around 16 tables on one floor of this two storey walk-up. The food was all freshly prepared and we ate a number of different dishes a la carte, including some excellent vegetarian dishes,... More 

Thank Ovvin
Greater London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice little restaurant with good basic food. The staff were sweet and it was good to feel you were supporting such a thoughtful cause. We met the owner, a Japanese gentleman, who was delightful and explained the set up. The restaurant was full and seems popular for a number of reasons, so book beforehand .

Thank judyschiff
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in Ho Chi Minh city and searched for this little place armed with a cutting from an English newspaper recommending it to visitors to Vietnam. Eventually found it. Climb a narrow staircase and you are in the small, intimate French style dining room. Welcoming staff found us a table quickly. It was quite early and packed. People were climbing... More 

Thank Winnieterrier
Montreal, Canada
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Run by a Japanese guy (I think), this place serves nice, homely Vietnamese cuisine. The fresh spring rolls were boring, but the pork ribs literally fell off the bones! The prawns were succulent and deveined. Excellent attention to detail here :)

Thank Kiku C
Stockholm, Sweden
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sweet place and atmo, great food and staff, some of them homeless youngsters that has been "adopted" by the restaurant to get a job and learn English. Truly a warm feeling here.

Thank Mach1an

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Asian, Vietnamese, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Ly Tu Trong St. Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 8 3822 6814

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?