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PRICE RANGE
$2 - $8
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Vietnamese, Asian
FEATURES
Delivery, Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Serves Alcohol, Cash Only, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I expected the food here to be overrated because of Obama / Anthony Bourdain, but I think it was really good! The menu is limited, but I would recommend only going there for Bun Cha anyway. We went just before closing on a weeknight and...it wasn't busy at all. All around good experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It is overrated because of Obama being there to have lunch. You kind of forcing to eat what Obama ate before! Not many choices you can order even for the drinks. The Bun Cha: grilled pork, herbs with broth and fish sauces xx rather sweet...broth for me and is cold and not even hot. A no no for me as I enjoyed hot pho better! The fried crab roll is so so but the special bun Cha : combination of pork , crab and prawn that you need to dip in special fish sauce in order to taste good. You would likely sit at level 3 where there’s aircon provided and make comfortable. If you like pho style, don’t come here. Food is not bad but limited choice and just so so in my view bcos I don’t like sweet broth and lukewarm broth!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only reason this place is famous is because Obama had a meal there in 2016. And the reason he ate there is probably because the security setup is adequate (there is a spacious second floor). The food is good, but there are much better...bún chả eateries in Hanoi, and Anthony Bourdain knew that.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried this place one evening to see if it was worth the hype and it was not. The food is very average there is much better bun cha elsewhere in the city. The service is also average. A family who sat down 10 min...after we ordered received their food first and they forgot our drinks.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

OverRated - Located on Le Van Huu street, Bun cha Huong Lien, also known as Bun cha Obama & Anthony Bourdain - Menu indicated English so just point to the pic to order though English is limited. No issues at all. - Seated quickly, did...not wait long to order as well as the dishes served. - Ordered 1x Bun Cha & 1x The Bun Cha Special - Both order looks & taste exactly the same … not sure what’s the difference - This is my 1st time eating Bun Cha so I was taken aback when the broth served was neither cold or hot. Is this supposed to be like that? - But the grilled pork was good - Serving staff was ok. - The girl @ the cashier speaks good English Summary: As a foodie & picky eater, my personal opinion is: it does not have the “wow” factor & is overrate just b’cos Obama & Anthony Bourdain has eaten there beforeMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place because we heard of obama visiting for the bun cha, it was everything and more so tasty! Best vietnamese dish I had in Hanoi! 🤗

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 29 July 2022 via mobile

The food was delicious the service was great and the place is very clean. Some upgrades have been done since Anthony Bourdain and Obama visited here in 2016 but its still very similar and its still ran very well.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 21 July 2022 via mobile

Delicious Bun Cha. But BEWARE of SILVER TAXI SCAM in front of the shop! We visited the restaurant a couple times and the same driver was always there to target on tourists. This driver removed the dot on the fare meter. For travel distance of...2.5km, we were asked to pay 540,000 Dong instead of 54,000 Dong. Scam TAXI: Silver Toyota VIOS Driver about 175cm tall with slim appearance.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 19 July 2022

This place definitely lived up to the hype. It was busy (in a good way), the food came out quickly, and the Bun Cha was sooooo good. The spring rolls on the menu must be tried too. Don't understand why the reviews here aren't higher?

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 12 July 2022

Good food , first time i try bun cha in hanoi. they have obama combo with spring roll, bun cha and local beer. Well priced. I came here because i met a girl who told me that the best bun cha is in Hanoi. Highly...recommendedMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 9 July 2022 via mobile

I enjoyed watching Anthony Bourdain’s TV shows so that is what drew me to this bun cha restaurant. The lady at the door waived me in even though it was packed. There were at least four floors and each had a photo of President Obama...and Anthony Bourdain. The actual table they ate at has been enshrined in plexiglass for all to see on the second floor. It was so busy at lunch that I climbed up to the third floor where a seat opened up as I crested the landing. The menu, taped to the wall, was quite simple with the featured Combo Obama special (bunch cha, seafood roll and Tiger beer), individual bun chas, crab, seafood or vegetarian rolls and pork skewers. This made placing the order fast and easy. I guess I was hungry as I wolfed down my bun cha. Thin pork strips and pork rounds were slightly charred but tasty. The rice vermicelli and plate of lettuce, mint and other leafy veggies were good complements. The crab roll was small, fried without being oily, and overall good. When you’re finished the waiter hands you the order list and you pay downstairs at the front. I know this was a tourist trap but for roughly US$3 you get a nice meal and a little history.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 26 June 2022

As an Anthony Bourdain fan whose favorite country was Vietnam due to all the street food and small family restaurants, I tried my 1st order of Bun Cha. I really enjoyed the Bun Cha and would never had tried without Anthony Bourdain meeting Obama for...Bun Cha and a few beers.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 16 March 2021 via mobile

It’s a good place to start your culinary trip of bun cha. The bun cha itself is so so. How ever the nem Hai san is Devine. Nem Hai San means seafood and crab. Spring roll Anthony Bourdain put this shop On the map so...it’s priced a bit high for locals. Still it’s a good feed and a great place to start your bun cha addiction. Once you start. You can’t stop it’s soooo goodMore

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 12 January 2021

On New Year, my family visited Hanoi for three days. We were excited to try Bun Cha Huong Lien, which Obama had tried before. It turned out not good as we expected and 2 members in my family had stomachache later that night. Personally, I...think it is too popular for its own good. The food is fine, however, the soup goes with rice noodles was cold. I don't think there is any good point that I can mention here. They charge a bit higher than other cause the popularity. Not recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 28 September 2020

My family & dined at this restaurant in Feb 2020. Like most people, we had to try it after seeing the Anthony Bourdain episode where he dined there with Obama. The food was good, but I think fame has gotten the best of this place....It was very large with many levels (I think they’ve expanded since Obama visited). We knew it was a very busy place, so we arrived between lunch & dinner so we wouldn’t need to wait. Although there was no wait, all the workers were so rushed to get people in and out quickly that it didn’t feel like the nice relaxing meal we were looking for. Also, the popularity of the place allows them to charge a bit higher than other places, so they do. We had a much better experience at Bun Cha Ta restaurant, which we visited twice on our trip and is closer to Hoan Kiem Lake and most hotels as well, so we’d recommend there over Bun Cha Huang Lien.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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There is nothing vegan available at all. They serve a single dish of pork in fish sauce with a side available of pork and crab spring rolls.
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Response from LieuN19 | Reviewed this property |
They just have one dish and that dish is the "bun cha" which is a grilled pork dish w/ vegetables. Being in a foreign country, I would suggest you stay away from raw vegetables. If you are a vegetarian, this is not a place... More
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Bun Cha Huong Lien is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4.5