Soi 38

4.5
272 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Spicy
For years, owners Nat Ongsangkoon & Dia Khanthongthip have dreamed of bringing Thai market foods to DC, and are excited about the canvas Soi 38 presents. As natives of Bangkok, Thailand, they grew up relishing trips to the night market for some of the best food in Thailand, and are excited to bring this collection of street foods to Washington, DC.

Inspired by the underground eateries around Bangkok’s night markets, Soi 38 features creative Thai street foods, hearty Thai favorites and a bar program featuring draft and bottled cocktails to DC’s West End neighborhood.

The name Soi 38 is based on the iconic street food district and night market of the same name in Bangkok. As evening falls in Thailand, the Soi 38 night market transforms into a high energy, open-air food market crowded with stalls and rickety furniture where vendors dish out authentic Thai food favorites until the early-morning hours.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of Operation
Lunch & Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 558-9215
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
21st St NW
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Public Transit
Foggy bottom Metro Station

Metro Bus :
D1 , D3 , D6

DC Circulator :
Rosslyn- Dupont
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining , Take Away, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 272 People Are Saying
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4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 14 hours ago

First timer and it won't be my last. The staff was friendly, helpful and attentive. My meal was hot, flavorful and excellent portions.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great!! Food was amazing and place was beautiful.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Good: Menu goes beyond typical Thai restaurants; good service; reasonable price for downtown location; pretty good quality. Not so good: too much noise when place filled up (painted walls, hard floors, loud diners, etc. make it virtually impossible to talk); too much sugar in food even in curries and sauces thickened with so much sugar for American diners who grew up with chicken nugget dips; and still giving out straws unnecessarily.

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Thoroughly deserves the psitive reviews that I had read beforehand. Great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy some delicious Thai food.

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Incredibly delicious and flavorful dishes, friendly and helpful service, a long list of inventive cocktails, and the prices are fair to boot. Definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Great meal with excellent food. Papaya salad and sticky rice just hit the spot! I had crispy duck, and would recommend. The only part that wasn’t great was the drinks. The potted ones were a little gimmicky, and the mojito was too sweet.

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3.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Among the four of us, we had a table appetizer, two shrimp dishes and two other dishes. The appetizer was OK, but the shrimp in both the dishes were overcooked and the rice was dry. The service was very good and we appreciated the election of beverages, but the food could use some closer quality control before it left the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

The décor is very nice. The food is very good, and service was fast. Good spot for a lunch during a work day.

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

It was my husband’s birthday, and I took him there. We loved the food and ambiance. We are vegetarians, and they made the best vegetarian curries (red and green). I would highly recommend this place if you’re a thai lover like us :)

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Enjoyed the duck and pork necks. Staff was accommodating in moving us indoors after the DC Summer mosquitoes chased us away. But for the most part the service here is slow and inattentive.

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Excellent food. Loved the duck and my friend loved his pad thai.

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3.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Nice atmosphere. Not crowded. Good privacy at tables. Service was friendly but a bit slow and inattentive -- we had to go off in search of waiter to bring the check. Food inoffensive but unimaginative. Hard to get tasty food at a Thai restaurant if you don't want it also spicy.

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5.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Had a business lucheon - seated immediately, food was outstanding! Service is very attentive and professional. Soi 38 has become a favorite!

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2018

Really enjoyed the food. The amount of spice was spot on and generous portions.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The service the few times I've gone to Soi 38 has always been great and the food is awesome! There are so many things that look good I can't decide and my friend who is vegan was please with all the options available to her.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Excellent food in a stylish, yet casual environment. Friendly and helpful staff. We loved it.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Great food, good prices and drinks!

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3.0Dined on 30 June 2018

We've been to Soi several times, mostly for pre-theater (KC) dinners. We wanted a light meal at 5:00 PM, so we choose the Tum Yum Goong soup starters followed by the Thai style grilled catch of the day (Rock Fish)/ grilled and an Eggplant with Ginger side dish. The food was tasty, but really mild to our taste. Server was pleasant. Surprisingly, however, when the fish arrived (whole, as expected), he did not even offer to debone and serve it to the tow of us!!! Highly unusual in a high-end restaurant. I'd come back, but would not order the same dish again.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Out of draft Dogfish 60 IPA and Singha, unfortunately, but the draft Sapporo was fine. We had the minced basil chicken (really delicious) and the crispy duck (excellent). The satay was good but not great. Smallish drinks but the mojito was decent size and we loved it. Overall quite good. It's been a challenge finding good Thai in DC. Soi 38 fits the bill.

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5.0Dined on 25 June 2018

Out for a late bite w the kids... I The mood for Thai & found them through OT. Great food - some staples (done well) and several dishes that were new to us. Overall, good experience would definitely do again

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4.0Dined on 20 June 2018

The food was outstanding. We ordered the Thai style catch of the day as our main course. It was delicious. Cocktail drink selection is very creative. I ordered a Classic Singapore Sling and it was so so.

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4.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Authentic, tasty Thai street cuisine in an upscale setting.

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Good food and drinks. A bit spicy for little ones so be sure to specify the spice level.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

The place was very nice. Place was nice and easy to find. Server was very sweet. The food was very flavorable and came out fast and hot. Medium is HOT could not eat my meal because it was very spicy. Do not be fooled. Go with no spice!!! Even the one pepper was hot hot! Overall very good!

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4.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Old friend’s visit. We came early, hoping to avoid the noisier diners, but a large party came in a few minutes later. Still it was very nice. I especially appreciated them finding seats more comfortable for me (I’m disabled) and a place largely out of the way for my walker. Overall, we had a lovely dinner and visit.

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

The food was delicious and they were extremely nice about us having an extended reunion dinner. Thanks so much!

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4.0Dined on 11 June 2018

I love Soi 38. But on this particular occasion the portions seemed smaller and the food was lukewarm at best.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

The food and cocktails were amazing! I highly recommend the bottles cocktails!

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Good food. Excellent service. A notch up from the typical Thai Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Nice place for thai food. Fast service. Nice ambiance.

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4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Dined with 3 others and we all ordered different meals. The presentation of each was great and each diner said their food was delicious. Pricing was reasonable and the service was great. Will definitely dine their again (or do take out) soon.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Had a great time. Hidden gem. Good happy hour menu and priced-well. Will definitely be back for another lunch and happy hour.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Great service and even better food. Had the Kua Kling, and it was one of the best Thai dishes I have had in the US, coast-to-coast. Great spice, but also depth of flavors.

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3.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Restaurant had large noisy party, approximately 60 people. Host reluctantly seated us outdoors. Eventually, server took our order. Disappointed that this Thai restaurant had run out of Thai beer! Would not return.

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Unusual, and delicious Thai food... not the Americanized old standards. Fun craft cocktails, too!

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2.0Dined on 14 May 2018

A shrimp appetizer was good as was a duck appetizer, but main courses were terrible, probably because they were fried ( duck and chicken)z

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

The went there for a late lunch / early dinner. The service was great and timely. Server suggestions were all good and food was absolutely great and fresh. Certainly will go back and would recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

I’ve eaten at Soi 38 for lunch a few times but I had never taken the family before yesterday. I took the family here for Mother’s Day to try something different from the standard brunch fare. When I asked how everyone’s food was my 13 year old son replied, “this is some quality shrimp fried rice.” A ringing endorsement indeed.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Waitstaff was helpful and friendly and the food wonderful!

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Roommate anniversary!

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