Ancient Hue Restaurant occupies a spacious two-storey wooden house dating back to the 1800s. It’s a popular dining venue in Hue to enjoy authentic royal cuisine in a traditional setting. The restaurant is surrounded by an impressive landscaped garden and lake. Its indoor dining sections are fitted with decorative items to resemble royal quarters of the Nguyen Dynasty, such as silk cushions and ceramic vases.
There’s also an art gallery within the restaurant, which exhibits abstract paintings, traditional crafts, and ceramic works by local artists. Food-wise, regional dishes such as banana blossom salad and banh beo (steamed rice flour cakes) are served in vegetables carved into shapes like the phoenix and koi. We highly recommend the Royal Court Dinner, a six-course dining experience accompanied with traditional music and dance performances.
Ancient Hue Restaurant Highlights
Diners get to dress in beautiful costumes to mimic the royal members of the Nguyen Dynasty, while enjoying a vibrant performance called Kinh Van An, which comprises martial arts and acrobatic feats. Service is genuine and friendly, making Ancient Hue Restaurant a must visit for first-time visitors to Hue.
The restaurant also offers private cooking classes for those looking to learn how to prepare authentic Vietnamese dishes. Priced at US$100 for two, the course starts with a boat trip to Dong Ba Market, where you shop for fresh seafood, herbs, and vegetables with the help of a local guide. After returning to the restaurant, the resident chef teaches you how to prepare dishes such as bun bo hue (Hue beef noodle soup) and banh it ram (fried sticky rice dumplings).
Ancient Hue Restaurant opens daily between 07:00 and 22:00. Set along Kim Long Street, it’s within a 5-minute drive of Hue Imperial City.
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Ancient Hue Restaurant
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 22:00
- Location: 104/47 Kim Long Street, Hue
- Tel: +84 54 359 0902