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Cha Ca La Vong

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14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

The food was great, Cha Ca is essentially fish marinated in turmeric cooked tableside with fresh dill, and eaten with onions, chilis, and rice noodles. It is way too overpriced though, about $14/person. That is about 3 times the price of an average meal on the streets, and this location is definitely no better than that. We talked to our... More 

Thank Fatema K
Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

The fried fish at Cha Ca La Vong is definitely not worth the VND280,000 per pax or VND560,000 for 2 pax portion. The fish is just ok and nothing to rave about. I should have gone to the other restaurant Cha Ca Thang Long which I think is half of what they charge here based on the pricing stated in... More 

Thank Cyrusho
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72 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Fixed price meal with fish as the main entree is delicious. It seems a little more expensive than other Vietnamese restaurants in the area but it's still a good value.

Thank bobborn
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47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

I would recommend this if you are into unique cultural experiences. As other reviewers have noted this place is very simple. But it is a place the locals favor. This is a place not to go as a tourist looking for great food, but to go with your Vietnamese friends for a genuine Vietnamese experience. I would not put this... More 

Thank R8246RMrobertr
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Traveling in Hanoi, trying to find local food, typically Vietnam home style dishes, friend introduce this restaurant. But very disappoint - food taste is just ok, and service is poor, we only get one source, usually provided two sauce. And also charged chill, not extra! Really is not worth it's price! $20 USdollar, only having a few grilled curries fishes!... More 

Thank 19wendy
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

We ate here at the end of our month long stay in and around Hanoi and we loved it. It is clean and they offer one dish for 25 000 - a clear explanation for any foreigners who venture there. The fried fish sizzles in front of you and you add a choice of leaves from a basket in front... More 

Thank jacque1b1
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Turn up, sit down and get given a bowl of leaves with the local fish and enjoy. eat alongside the locals on the first floor.

Thank MartinJacqui
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170 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

One of the oldest Vietnamese restaurant , actually it fits more in the category of Street Food, Wooden benches and tables, forget about hygiene.... A sticker on the table , mentions that one Kind of food is only served!,,, In spite of all the negative points, the food is good, it is fish ,rice noodles and herbs coriander,basil and mint.The... More 

Thank Samia G
Quezon City, Philippines
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

I think what's most amazing is how a restaurant so dirty and serving only 1 item on the menu can survive this long for 5 generations! If you can look past the surroundings and ignore the occasional rodent and cockroach you see crawling by and get past the initial skepticism of how a fish so seemingly simply served then it... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

It's very touristy but it is good place to try Cha Ca. The portion sizes were small and the prices were high for Hanoi, but the spices and food was delicious. I think that you could get cheaper Cha Ca if you go elsewhere.

Thank NOke89

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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
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi 10000, 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?