Do you know that Vietnamese people love to eat snail for dinner or evening snacks with beer? If you’re keen on trying this special Vietnamese version of escargot dishes, read on to see the top 5 snail restaurants in Hanoi in and around Old Quarter. The list consists of popular and famous places that are constantly featured in Vietnamese websites and social media.
Ốc means snail in Vietnamese and there are different types of snails the restaurants serve from ốc mỡ (common periwinkle) to ốc móng tay (razor shells). Methods of cooking and sauces vary allowing guests to enjoy a variety of flavours. It can be steamed, sauteed or stir-fried with different ingredients like butter, lemongrass, tamarind and more.
Snail eating is a very local experience as you’ll dine in a typical Vietnamese table and chair setting – low plastic table and chairs. Also, picking out the snail off the shell with a pointy stick will be a fun experience. If you can, order several dishes to try different flavours and don’t forget to order a nice bottle of beer to enjoy them with.
Ốc Hà Trang
Oc Ha Trang is located on Dinh Liet street, which is between beer street and Hoan Kiem lake. It is an outdoor street restaurant and you’ll be able to see the staff washing and preparing baskets of snails during the day before opening. The snail dishes here are famous for the well-preserved soft texture and fragrant and fresh ingredients such as lemongrass and ginger for the sauce.
Address: 1A Đinh Liệt, Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 15:00 – 22:30
Price range: 50,000 – 100,000VND per dish
Ốc Bà Câm
This restaurant is located on the Food Street Hanoi nearby the famous train street. It is a place acknowledged by many locals for the freshness of ingredients and unique flavoured dipping sauce prepared by the owner Mrs. Cam. Affordable price is another reason for attracting many young Vietnamese to come and enjoy an amazing meal.
Address: 5 Tống Duy Tân, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 16:00 – 22:00
Price range: 15,000 – 33,000VND per dish
Ốc Chị Lệ
This one is always on top of the list of local sources and their menu is extensive. So here, you can expect to have a proper full meal. There are many side dishes other than snails, which are delectable. It is highly recommended to try the butter fried clams and garlic bread along with snails.
Address: 88 Cửa Bắc, Quán Thánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 15:00 – 23:00
Price range: 15,000 – 80,000VND per dish
Hung Oc is located in a local neighbourhood outside of the Old Quarter. This street, Luong Dinh Cua is full of snail restaurants and I think you can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants here. In this street, it’s more about the snails with coconut sauce than one specific restaurant. I personally love snails with sauces than simply boiled or steamed and I really enjoyed both tamarind and coconut sauce dishes here.
Address: 7 Phố Lương Định Của, Kim Liên, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
Price range: 30,000 – 50,000VND per dish
Ốc Ông Thu
Ong Thu means Mr. or grandpa Thu and he’s the owner of this very typical and traditional Vietnamese street vendor. He’s been in business for over 20 years and he opens his little street pop-up restaurant in the evening. His menu is simple with only boiled snails accompanied with delicious dipping sauce. I think this option is the most down-to-earth and fun Vietnamese experience you can have.
Address: 56 Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:00
Price range: 25,000 – 50,000 VND