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Cha Ca La Vong

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14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Guess if you only serve item on the menu you better do it right. We were invited by two locals in Hanoi to join them at this restaurant. The place serves only one dish and it was great. The fish was cooked in a blend of spices and sauce that made the fish yellow (we had thought it was curry... More 

Thank alreadypacked001
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The first time I came here with my friends, I had respected this dish because it's very famous in VIetnam but the truth is vice versa. The tast of the fish is not special, the price is high and not compared with the quality. My friend can not eat the "mam tom" so we changed the sauce. We were disappointed... More 

Thank Hoa T
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Cha ca basically means cat fish. The half-cooked fish cutlets and intestines will be fried in a frying pan on your table, will lots of herbs and oil. The result is a yellowish dish thick in tumeric scent, to go with a few types of garnishes such as fish sauce, peanuts and some other herbs. Most of the diners just... More 

Thank ahgan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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72 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Definitely one of the tastiest places I ate at in Hanoi! Clean place, food well-cooked and delicious, friendly staff. What else could you ask for?

Thank rhonhagedorn
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

This place is way over priced at 170,000 VND per pax. When we sat down we already had a meal of Bun Cha and wanted to try the food here. So when the four of us ordered for two pax, the propriertress frowned and showed us an unhappy face with an emphatic 'No' before turning away. We got the message... More 

Thank DennisTanKW
New York City, New York
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

It's exactly what you came here for, delicious food. They don't care about service, but I wouldn't peg it as rude. The price has gone up given all of the press and business they have been enjoying, but don't let that stop you from experiencing a tasty meal. With just that expectation, Cha Ca La Vong is very good.

Thank themodman
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The restaurant serve only 1 dish --- grilled fish. Crowded seats, fragrant air, tasty food. What's not to like? Would recommend.

Thank ClumsyPotato
Singapore River, Singapore
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

I totally agreed with other reviews with one star rating. The dish is supposed to have lots of dill but they served us with lots of spring onions and just a few dill stems. There were about 10 or so small pieces of fish to share between 3 of us. For that, they charged us more than 500,000 VND (to... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We wanted to try the traditional grilled fish and were told to try this restaurant. The grilled fish is the only dish served at the restaurant. When we arrived a sign was placed on the table stating 170,000 VND per person. I have experienced grilled fish restaurants in Hanoi before where I've been served course after course of fish. This... More 

2 Thank Michael S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

There are two restaurants with this name, across the street from each other. The one on the ground floor has a large and varied menu with waiters outside yelling at you to come in and eat. Skip that one and go to the other one at 14 Cha Ca. It's upstairs on the first floor and it's a great experience.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Seafood, Asian, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
Visit this street after a long day of sight-seeing for a traditional dish of fish fried tableside with herbs, spices, onions, peanuts, and rice noodles.

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