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KOTO Van Mieu Training Restaurant

#40 of 1,751 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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59 Van Mieu | Dong Da District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3747 0337
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband saw this in the lonely planet book and we liked the concept so we went for it. There are two parts to the restaurant. One is ultra expensive that has a mix of Vietnamese and international dishes while next door is the more traditional Vietnamese dishes. We opted for the "cheaper one". We ordered the Hanoi fried spring... More 

Thank snowie_oz
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Busy, busy restaurant with non stop tourists during lunch but service was fast and efficient. Good selection of local and Western food with delightful dessert menu. Excellent food quality and presentation, very impressive for a training restaurant. Located just opposite the Temple of Literature which explains the bus loads of tourists during lunch. May be wise to make a reservation.

Thank andaluciababe
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went there for lunch as we were finishing our city tour and its in close proximity to the Temple of Literature.The grilled chicken ,chicken tortilla and chicken soup were all good.The asparagus and prawn soup came cold and in a chipped dish and when it was served again after being reheaten,it tasted bland and fishy.Not good at all.Barring this one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only was the food exceptional, but the service was extraordinary! Every staff member said hello, greeting us with a smile. They were prompt and polite. The food was amazing. KOTO was one of the best places I ate at during my Vietnamese journey.

Thank Higginsfamily4
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my friends advised me to visit this restaurant? Its a teaching project for streetkids. We ordered fried rice with chicken and the taste was great. Also got a very nice soup. The boys and girls who worked there were very nice and friendly and also one walked outside with us to show us where to go next, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, good concept, good service. We were happy to know the history of the restaurant. I tried Bun Cha which was really nice. I will go back when I visit Hanoi again.

Thank iamamm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is wonderful on several levels. First it employs and teaches culinary/front of house skills to poor and underprivileged youth. This provides a skill and future career for these individuals. They are provided housing if needed. They run the kitchen and front of the restaurant as well. Those individuals with whom we interacted were kind and insistent upon making... More 

Thank YBtravel
Hoi An, Vietnam
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group had New Years Eve at Koto and we all found the food delicious and staff very friendly. We were very happy to support this initiative.

Thank ourmanana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had been recommended this place near the temple of litreature. We were not disappointed lovely food. What a great idea too.

Thank 456DebbieSouthwell
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Koto was a good place to eat just in front of the literature museum. We had good food and the place is clean. Service is excellent. I would go back.

Thank TonyTiger19

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$15
American, Australian, Asian, Vietnamese, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 59 Van Mieu | Dong Da District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3747 0337
KOTO stands for "Know one, teach one." KOTO is one of the most unique experiences in Vietnam for travelers who can enjoy a meal at a real working vocational training restaurant operated by one of the leading non-profit social enterprises in Vietnam.

KOTO is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise that started in 1999 in Hanoi. The program targets at-risk and disadvantaged youth—aged 16 to 22—with a 24-month-long training program in vocational hospitality, life skills and English.

KOTO’s Vision
Positive permanent change for at-risk and disadvantaged youth through the transformative power of social enterprise.

KOTO’s Mission
We believe at-risk and disadvantaged youth should have access to a holistic program that provides career training and life skills in a nurturing environment, where each builds self confidence and exercises their right to live a life of dignity.

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