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Soi 38

4.5
231 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
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 231 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Nice surroundings. Food isn’t quite up to the best we had in Thailand, but it’s pretty good. We went with a selection of small plates & all were good. Green papaya salad was very spicy. Larb was nicely seasoned, but would have been nicer with pork rather than chicken breast. Mango sticky rice for dessert was perfect.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great menu with many options. All the food was delicious. Very attentive service.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Host was not friendly but server was. Overpriced for mediocre food, small portion.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

i always love dining at Soi 38...it's a wonderful way to treat myself, colleagues, and/or friends. Great food, good service and value.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Terrific Thai food. I brought some colleagues who had never had Thai before and they loved it. Something for everyone.

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Unusual food, well executed, great service!

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5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Overall it was a good dining experience. The food was really good. The menu has a lot of options. There are several meat dishes that can be made vegetarian which was appreciated. The drinks were just okay. The mule we ordered was mostly ice. Our service could have been a little better. The server was also the bartender so we got a little neglected for a while. Overall I would say this is a decent place to grab a good meal.

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Lots of hard decisions - many of the traditional Thai favorites are on the menu, but so are several "street" dishes I've never seen elsewhere. Three happy campers at our table. My only regret is that the dish I ordered (ground pork with a dry curry) was somewhat monochromatic; it was delicious (and spicy!), but would be better ordered when sharing dishes to get some more diverse textures and tastes.

Very good drink list - cocktails lean toward sweet, and nice choices of craft beer and wine to accompany Thai food.

Service was attentive but not overbearing. Nice sidewalk seating, neither overcrowded nor too noisy and traffic-y for downtown DC.

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3.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Best things we ordered were crispy spring rolls and the side of a papaya salad. Shrimp shiitake dish with cellophane noodles was disappointing. Overall a good Thai restaurant but did not shine.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Vacation dinner. I think the food was very good and very well cooked. I got a delicious Thai tea, rice noodles, and grilled chicken. The only thing I would say is that there are not many options for kids. But over all I had a great experience and I think that if you go to Washington DC you should stop by.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Always pleasant, always prompt, always spicy and always full of flavor. It's one of our favorites in the neighborhood, and one of our favorite Thai restaurants anywhere!

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Very good Thai food with menu items not often found. Really enjoyed this spot!

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2.0Dined on 2 April 2018

The decor is attractive and the server was very friendly. The quality of the food was just OK. I don't like it when the stir-fry obviously uses only the stalks of the broccoli, because the actual broccoli is being sold separately as a side dish. Nobody wants to eat only the woody stalks. The pad thai sauce did not seem freshly made and was not very flavorful. Worst was the dessert, the ginger ice cream was a pudding-like gloppy mess that was inedible.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Yummy and the service was terrific. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Very good Italian restaurant. We are from France and it is difficult to find a good one here. The burrata is exquisite and the pasta are so tasty too.
We were waiting for some more Italian deserts to end the evening but they were good too. Service perfect very professional.

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

SOI 38 is consistently good - very flavorful and very reasonably priced. West End has mostly high-end restaurants, so it's nice to have an option that won't break the bank.

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4.0Dined on 20 March 2018

I saw here from Michelin guide and we visited there after. It was a good experience and all the dishes were not bad.

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4.0Dined on 14 March 2018

We were able to be seated quickly. Service was great and our food was food. There was a shrimp dish that was little salty but still good food.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

I am a frequent diner at Soi 38. It has never disappointed. The small plates and the roll/wraps are sublime, soup is superb and the specialty Thai dishes are authentic and delicious.

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Much better than expected. Server was very helpful.

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4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Good, but pricey for the quality of some, not all, the plates

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4.0Dined on 28 February 2018

I ate at a booth by the bar. It was easy to get reservations on a Tuesday night. The atmosphere is. I’ve dark rich colors. I had the Thai Iced tea, tom kha kai, and massamAn chicken curry. Curry was soupier than I’m used to but it was perfect when I added the rice.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Great service in an attractive business casual setting. Innovative menu with new and old favorites.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Excellent food and service.

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4.0Dined on 17 February 2018

A great thai place
But $40 for two small bowls of soup and shrimp padthai seems like a lot of $ even incl tx n tip !

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

We love this restaurant. Food always good

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Food was delicious. Split three things between 2 people and definitely enough without being way too much.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

I’ve been to Soi 38 several times, and it’s always a pleasure. The staff are friendly and helpful. The food is authentic, exactly the kind of food I’ve enjoyed in Thailand. They are also very helpful for people who need a gluten free diet - the menu is clearly marked and the staff are knowledgeable. It’s one of my favorite places.

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Nice deco and the food is good every time! Very attentive and friendly servers.

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5.0Dined on 11 February 2018

Finally a Thai restaurant that understands what "Thai Hot" means! Thank you foor delivering a spicy, hot, delicious meal!

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4.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Great food, a little expensive but I knew that going into it! Fun cocktail menu with lots of variety!

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Great dinner and the staff was very accommodating when waiting at the bar during happy hour for everyone to show for the table. Many Gluten free options

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5.0Dined on 7 February 2018

Good food, inexpensive, quality ingredients

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5.0Dined on 6 February 2018

The food was great, service was very good and the restaurant was very nice. I have no negative comments.

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4.0Dined on 1 February 2018

Very good Thai restaurant

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Incredibly good Thai food. Excellent service. Was looking for something before going to the Kennedy Center that could accommodate my sister with gluten and dairy free restrictions. This was perfect!
Cool presentation of an Old Fashioned as well.

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5.0Dined on 25 January 2018

I've been to Soi38 a few times. Food is consistently good. Some items offered on the lunch menu are a bit pricey. The food is consistently good.

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4.0Dined on 25 January 2018

I really like eating at Soi38, I often go here for lunch w colleagues. I love love the food. But I still do find that the food doesn't come out fast during lunch hours occasionally. I feel that its bit short staffed during busy hours.

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4.0Dined on 25 January 2018

Fast service during lunch hour. Thank you

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5.0Dined on 22 January 2018

The perfect dinner

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