15 Best Restaurants in Nha Trang: Where to Eat & Drink
As a coastal city in southern Vietnam, Nha Trang is one of the best places in the country to eat seafood. But that’s not all. Nha Trang’s beaches and year-round warm weather attract expats, so you’ll also find a number of international cuisines here.
Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a coffee, this list of 15 of the best restaurants in Nha Trang provides plenty of ideas. I’ve also included a map below with all of the places mentioned. Vietnamese and Asian food is marked in red, Western food is marked in blue, and cafés are in purple.
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Vietnamese and Asian food
Chuon Chuon Kim Restaurant
Chuon Chuon Kim Restaurant is a slightly more sophisticated restaurant that serves Vietnamese and other Asian dishes. I’m not sure why, but it’s particularly popular with Korean tourists. Despite the nice ambience and pretty plates of food, Chuon Chuon Kim is affordably priced. Some dishes are as low as 35,000 VND ($1.44 USD), while others cost more than 100,000 VND ($4.10 USD).
Meals are meant to be eaten family-style. You’ll get a large bowl of rice for the table, and the dishes are shared among everyone.
Bun Ca Nha Trang Hanh Nhien
Bún Cá Nha Trang Hạnh Nhiên is one of those places that only serves four things, but it does all those things well. In this case, it’s a few types of bún cá.
Bún cá sứa is a specialty dish that can only be found in Nha Trang, so you have to try it while you’re here. Although bún cá can be found throughout Vietnam, what makes bún cá sứa special is the jellyfish that’s in it. This noodle soup starts with vermicelli noodles. It’s topped with grilled fish and jellyfish, and then fish broth is poured over it. Bún cá sứa is served with fresh vegetables and herbs, lime, and an assortment of sauces.
If you’ve never had jellyfish, it’s crunchy and doesn’t really taste like anything. In this case, the jellyfish takes on the slightly sweet taste of the broth. Plus, whatever sauces you decide to add in.
At Bún Cá Nha Trang Hạnh Nhiên, you should either get the bún cá sứa or the bún cá đặc biệt. The latter comes with a whole variety of seafood toppings, including fish, seaweed, fish cakes, fish balls, and jellyfish.
Quán Mịn is another notable place to try bún cá sứa. It’s closer to the center of tourist activity than Bún Cá Nha Trang Hạnh Nhiên, so it’s a bit more convenient to get to. A bowl of bún cá only costs 40,000 – 50,000 VND ($1.64 – $2.05 USD), depending on what you get. With a few tables, the place can get filled quickly. Don’t let that deter you though. Turnover is fast, so you shouldn’t need to wait long for a seat.
Quan Hai San Thai Lai
Quán Hải Sản Thái Lai is a popular seafood restaurant with locals and tourists where you can eat all the seafood you could want. They have lobsters, prawns, clams, squid, crab, fish, and even snails. You pay based on the weight. A place like this is best tried with a group of people so that you can order a bunch of dishes and try each one. But if you’re traveling solo, you should still stop here for some fresh seafood and beer.
If you love duck like I do, head to 79 Dung Linh – BBQ Duck. Choose between grilled or boiled duck (I recommend going with grilled) and how much duck you want – a whole duck, half, or a quarter. Order salad and rice to pair with your duck, and dig in to one of the best meals you’ll have in Nha Trang!
Red Gate Bakery Cafe
Red Gate Bakery Cafe is an American-style bakery and café run by a friendly couple who used to live in New York. Although I wasn’t in Nha Trang for long when I visited, Red Gate became my go-to place for breakfast because of its delicious bagels and welcoming owners.
You’ll find New York-style bagels with a hard outer crust and chewy insides – something that I totally didn’t expect to see in Vietnam. You can choose from a variety of bagels and get cream cheese with it or create a breakfast sandwich with eggs, bacon, and cheese.
Although I loved Vietnam’s café culture, one of the things that I missed the most from the U.S. was having some sort of pastry with my coffee. I finally found what I was looking for at Red Gate, where they also make mouth-watering baked goods every day, like muffins, scones, cookies, and even cakes.
Everything looks and tastes amazing, so it’s difficult to choose just one or two things. That’s why I found myself coming back every day. Alternatively, you can enjoy a breakfast bagel here and take a pastry to go for later.
Greek Souvlaki Nha Trang
Greek Souvlaki Nha Trang is a small store with an attached seating area that’s perfect for a quick bite – either to go or to sit down. You’ll find the owner working the counter, and he’ll most likely be the one to take your order. Take your pick of Greek wraps, meal sets, salads, and pita with dips. Vegetarian options are available.
For a full meal, go with one of their meal boxes, which comes with your choice of meat, sauce, salad, fries, and pita. Although the wraps are good, one wrap is only enough for a snack or light meal. So if you’d like to get a wrap, order two or pair it with a salad, fries, or pita.
Alpaca Homestyle Cafe
This cozy, colorful, and fun restaurant has a wide-ranging menu with salads, pastas, burritos, and many other options. There’s something for everyone here. And make sure you don’t skip out on their cheesecake – it’s a favorite with diners. Alpaca Homestyle Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Aside from Koreans, Nha Trang also attracts a lot of Russians. Family Secret is a fusion spot that meets that market with Russian, European, and Asian creations, ranging from shurpa soup (a lamb and vegetable soup from Uzbekistan) to som tum salad (Thai green papaya salad). No matter what you order, everything is beautifully cooked and plated.
For those who are from the U.S. or England and looking for a taste of home, Cafe Culture is owned by a British guy and serves American and British-style breakfasts, burgers, and pizzas. While you should expect to pay much more than you would for local food, the food is high-quality and carefully presented.
Mix Greek Restaurant
Nha Trang has a surprising amount of Greek food. One of the most well-known Greek restaurants is Mix Greek Restaurant. While they have entrees and starters, their enormous platters are the standouts. They have mix dip platters, vegetarian platters, mixed meat platters, and seafood platters. A platter can serve one very, very hungry person or two or more people, depending on how much everyone can eat.
Even if you’re not ready to take down a platter, you shold still stop by Mix Greek Restaurant for the rest of their menu.
Ha Vu Coffee & Tea
Hạ Vũ Coffee & Tea is a bright, airy café with an extensive drink menu that serves everything from juice to milk tea. Salted coffee is a highlight here, so I recommend getting that, especially if you haven’t tried it yet. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, making it an ideal place to bring your laptop. It’s also conveniently located down the street from the Nha Trang Cathedral, so it’s easy to pop over here either before or after.
Chakokoro Matcha Specialty And Tea House
If you’re a matcha lover struggling in Vietnam’s country of coffee, run – don’t walk – to Chakokoro Matcha Specialty And Tea House. The tea house is a modern and serene place to try a wide range of Japanese matchas. They have hot and cold matcha drinks, plus a few sweet treats to munch on, like matcha croissants and panna cottas. It’s also an approachable place to learn about matcha, as the staff are happy to make recommendations and answer your questions.
Bean House Coffee
Bean House Coffee is a two-story café with a large open front that brings in the breeze and sunlight. Service is friendly, although can be a bit slow depending on if you come in at a busy time. There’s no rush though, as this is a place where locals come to caffeinate, chat, and smoke.
The café has wifi and several outlets, so it’s a great place to get some work done. Stay as long as you like – no one’s going to shoo you out here.
HenZo Cafe – Specialty Coffee
HenZo Cafe is a tiny café with bright yellow accents that’s close to Dam Market. With all of their coffee equipment, it’s clear that they take what they do seriously. Their drinks are carefully prepared, so plop yourself down on one of their low seats and don’t rush the process.
More resources for traveling Vietnam
- 10 Best Foods in Ninh Binh and Tam Coc You Have to Try
- 5 Complete Itineraries to See North Vietnam in 7 Days
- How to Solo Travel Vietnam
- 5 Best Hostels and Homestays I Stayed at in Vietnam