Doi Moi

Doi Moi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.doimoidc.com/
  • Phone: 2027335131
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Public Lot
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Doi Moi, featuring Thai and Vietnamese street food, to open on 14th Street.
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Doi Moi reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (44)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (24)great for outdoor dining (20)special occasion (16)good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (10)notable wine list (9)romantic (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Food too hot, place too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first time at Doi Moi. The staff were great - especially notable since the owner had just died and the staff were in shock. But I am a pescaterian who doesn't like food to be spicy hot; well-spiced is okay, but not fiery.So there were few choices for me. My husband and our friend love hot and spicy, and they enjoyed their food. But all three of us found the noise level to be horribly high, making conversation almost impossible. We would rather eat down the street at Rice: same food quality, more choices for me, and quiet enough for us to talk.
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  • Really good Asian cuisine
    NorliVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Thai dishes are standouts, but you better like them spicy (I do) because they certainly are. Other than the spring rolls, which were marvelous, the Vietnamese dishes we tried were less exciting, and I would not again order either the sable fish or the beef. They weren't bad - just ho-hum.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Spicy, yummy food
    JAWNPSVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My friend is vegetarian and i enjoy family style eating so this review is focused on the vegetarian dishes. All of the dishes are spicy! We enjoyed all the dishes but particularly the butternut squash soup dish and the rice noodles.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food
    BigCheez
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This entire menu looked spectacular and the food backed it up. An impressive offering of foods but not overwhelmingly so. Even the simplest foods like the spiced pecans were wonderful. Highly recommend
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss
    Veronica
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was very excited to try Doi Moi. I am a huge fan of Asian flavors and passed by this restaurant on many occasions admiring the beautiful decor. The 'small plates' deal doesn't really work for what is considered Asian street food. To get a full meal you are suggested to order 3 plates (or so) so expect to pay a lot for a small amount of food. I loved the atmosphere and the service was great but I'd rather go to Little Serow for a better value meal and a full belly.
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  • fusion done well
    MutantAsianVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The number of Asian fusion restaurants has expanded dramatically in the past few years, often with poor result. Doi Moi gets it right--even the most Americanized palate will find something exotically appealing on Doi Moi's menu.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great Menu!
    LJoBean
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    There were so many options on the menu that my friend and I had a hard time choosing! Would definitely recommend the sausage on the starter menu. We ordered a few small plates and a curry dish to share, which was plenty of food. I can't wait to go back and try the other menu items, which i think also change from time to time. Also, next time i'll ditch the reservation idea and just show up. On a Tuesday it started filling up by 8pm, so if you get there before 8, you're pretty sure to snag a table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but watch for spice
    DinerNumber3
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I took my father here due to the variety of seafood and vegetarian fare. Captain VA's Highball was an interesting cocktail that I enjoyed, but probably wouldn't have many of. The El Diablo was refreshing and reminiscent of a margarita. We both love seafood and spice, so we started with raw scallops, stuffed squash blossoms, grilled squid, spicy tofu salad, steamed chive and mushroom dumplings and crispy radish cakes. Everything was great. Dark horse MVP was the dumplings. The only misstep was our shared main, the halibut and jungle curry. The fish was great and the curry tasted good, but "phet mak" apparently means spicy for spicy's sake. We finished the dish but it was the low point of the meal. I look forward to trying Doi Moi again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a phenom time out.
    Steph
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Dinner on Fridat might to kick off my birthday weekend. Had a great time out with my gal pals!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better on paper
    AhliAnggur
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The menu and wine list are quite attractive. In practice, the dishes are more muted and subtle than they sound on paper, but good. The wine list is full of exciting and unusual options... but I got the impression the wine buyer hadn't actually tasted everything before buying. Was the oxidized Jurançon just a bad bottle? Could be. Was the flabby Assyrtiko by the glass just open too long? Possibly. But I think a little more focus and selectivity might be a good thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Fun Food
    SparkyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu is rather large and includes a variety of interesting dishes. At our waiter's suggestion, we opted for the radish squares and the squash blossoms which were both just OK - nothing exceptional. For the main course we shared a whole fish (fried) which also was just OK along with a side of certain green leaves (?) which were mostly tough stems. Overall, the food was fine but nothing overwhelmed us or evoked a special response.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but awful service
    PauPauVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was really good but somehow not entirely satisfying. The service was bad. Our waiter was slow and disorganized. I will definitely be willing to try Doi Moi again and hopefully have a much better experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh but Sparse
    NewFanVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Everything we were served, from the appetizers to the entrees, was so fresh and light. It was almost filling. But the portions are relatively small which left us feeling that maybe we should have added a salad. The "Asian" Duck Confit was tender and flavorful and quite different from the Belgium/French version. The addition of extra sauce made it even more palatable. The kitchen may want to consider adding just a bit of additional sauce to the plate. I would have liked more selections on the dessert list but all in all it was a good dining experience and I will try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but...
    okn310
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    From some of the reviews, I had expected to find authentic Thai food. While it was very good, it seemed pretty Americanized in my opinion. It was an enjoyable meal and our server was super, but overall it didn't meat my expectation that I'd be served food like I ate in Thailand.
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  • Good service, good food, overpriced
    DCnewbie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Twist on Seattle's Ba Bar and any number of SF /LA Vietnamese upscale street food small plates, but twice as expensive. Fresh ingredients (except mushy halibut in the curry), evenly spiced. OK for before the theater; won't be rushing back for more.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grat food, service spotty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Some of it is quite spicy or hot, but generally outstanding and interesting food. Service has been hit or miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy!
    Zola
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It was my third time dining at doi moi and all three times have been delicious and fun! Love the marinated beef appetizer and the salt and pepper squid. The papaya and tofu salads are really tasty too. The crispy fish and roast chicken are awesome share dishes and the morning glory and string beans are must order veggie sides! We had a dry Riesling from Australia and it was the perfect complement! It was a little loud inside so recommend sitting outside if the weather is cooperating. Great place overall and definitely plan to return soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scorching hot, spicy food!
    Monstdotcom
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I'm Vietnamese and I'm not sure if the dishes are better than those found at less expensive Vietnamese restaurants. The dishes are extremely spicey for me. Overall, it was a good dining experience, but I wouldn't rush to go back.
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  • Avoid
    Foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Not worth overpriced Thai fusion food. Service rushed and notified friendly. With so many amazing Thai good options in the city and nearby, suggest skipping. Expensive and not tasty.
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    notable wine list
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  • Another great 14th st restaurant
    joyceVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    First time and was really pleased. Had helpful thoughtful waitstaff, they seem to have a team set up for the areas and worked very well. Interesting mix of starters and entrées, mix-and-match, reasonably priced and exceptionally well-prepared. Attractive decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    leadingtravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Came here with high expectations, as a lot of my work colleagues enjoyed Doi Moi. The experience was disappointing. While the food was decent, the service ruined the experience. My boyfriend was disappointed with his cocktail (recommended by server) and my Thai iced tea was more of a shaved ice drizzled with minimal Thai tea. The server was polite, but he brought out my entree first and then we had to wait 20 or so minutes before my boyfriend's dish came out. This is unacceptable- my dish was cold by the time his dish came out. That being said, the meat in both dishes was tender and tasted well. The server showed up rarely to check on the table, even though a large group of servers stood there talking the entire time.
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  • SamOVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was interesting, but there is nothing I would go back for (I don't live in the neighborhood, and there are lots of better places I would return to)
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  • Underwhelming
    Redreviewer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Upside: Nice atmosphere (though it's rumored that the ladies room wallpaper is quite offensive to families and to people from Viet Nam). Downside: The hostess seemed flustered. The Lambrusco was not quite chilled. The chive and mushroom dumplings were literally filled with chives. The tofu curry was all heat, no flavor; a serious chef would try to impress with the only vegetarian entree. The beef was meh. The music was inconsistent.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 102 reviews are from the Doi Moi reviews archive.
  • Doi Moi is Off the Charts!
    miloVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our second visit to Doi Moi, and it did not disappoint! The quality of the food remains outstanding, from the stir fried morning glory to the divine raw scallops to the yummy radish cakes. Dumpling starters were pleasantly filling, and paired splendidly with a crisp vinho verde. Having lived in Thailand for a year, I know authentic Thai food when I taste it. This place is the real deal. The only slight letdown was with our server, who did not check on us as often as he should have. The food comes out quickly here, and is eaten even more quickly! Servers should check back frequently, as diners at Doi Moi will undoubtedly want to order more! The menu is extensive, and we are already looking forward to our next visit. Aroi Mak Mak!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    DaniDines
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Nice atmosphere with good food. The Radish cakes were very flavorful and perfectly crispy and hot. The Beef appetizer was also delicious. Very flavorful and tender meat. The tofu salad was refreshing. The tofu itself was not so flavorful, and the texture was a little too spongy to warrant me ordering it again. However, the herbs and dressing were flavorful and spicy. We also ordered the crispy whole fish. It was very crispy, and flavorful. It was a bit messy and difficult to eat, trying to pick all of the meat off of the bone. I would return and try some different dishes and I would recommend that they really expand their beer menu to reflect the tastes of the craft beer movement.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another bright spot for 14th Street
    out2eat
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Doi Moi is a welcome addition to the 14th Street dining scene. Knowledgeable and helpful servers, excellent food, good menu choices and a nice mix of ages of the diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thailand memories enlivened
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Enjoyed delicious dishes including fried beef and Chang mai chicken! Go with several people so you can enjoy more options!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back.
    Dessert1st
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food at Doi Moi sparkles. Everything we order was a delight - not your run of the mill Asian cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Salty and Spicy
    MelanieFInDCVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, but everything was so spicy I couldn't even taste the food.
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  • Love this place!!
    Kathy
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Doi Moi is way off my beaten path - I live in Bethesda - but went with a friend a year or so ago and was hooked. The food is amazing - every little thing tastes delicious. Radish cakes - who would have thought those would be so delicious?
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • repeat custom
    shino
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    third visit best yet, can't wait for fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, (enough characters)
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Can't wait to go back!
    Tyler
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great experience hear sharing various plates with my family. Many of the dishes on the menu I had never tried before, but loved them all! Make sure you like spicy food before stepping inside :)
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Food but BAD Service
    Steven
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food was good but the service was lacking. We had to ask over and over for things. Our server was never around
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Second Try
    MOjo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    After a first bad experience (service was indifferent to our needs and the food came out cold), I tried it again because it seems popular. The same experience was repeated. I told the server I would have the same thing as my mom, she brought out one dish thinking we were sharing it. Wrong. My mom noticed her meat was pink, so she asked the server to have it cooked more. My mom never complains, but I told her that a restaurant can't fix a problem without knowing about it. The server said, that's how we cook it, but took it away anyway and brought it back with black edges. Only about six pieces of meat remained after cutting off the fat. Finally, neither my mom nor my friend could taste their meals because of the spice. Not a third time.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • our favorite restaurant in DC
    ABDTVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Doi Moi is the BEST restaurant in DC. The menu is fantastic. Our biggest dilemma is that we want to order one of everything on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Vietnamese savor left to be desired
    The4some
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We were a group of four who came out of curiosity. Because of the restaurant's Vietnamese name, we were really expecting more Vietnamese dishes. Instead we found the menu to be predominantly Thai. We selected 3 dishes : the pineapple salad, duck breast w/ red curry & Cha Ca La Vong. We loved the first two which were delicious, but were very disappointed with the favor less fish dish. For a dish listed in the "share" column, the fish was just a tiny morsel (not even enough for one person) propped on top of a mound of dill and mint and a bed of slippery rice noodles that were drowned in a terribly diluted & bland fish sauce, so totally Un-Vietnamese. To taste the authentic Hanoi style Cha Ca La Vong, go to MINH resto in Clarendon, Va.
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    Good for Groups
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  • Compelling, interesting
    PigsFly
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Wonderfully designed, conversation-friendly eating establishment with well-trained staff who know when to leave you alone and how much to explain. Everything reads as fascinating and created with a vision and distinct point-of-view, but you need not over-think it, either. You can order freely and feel safe knowing what you get will be perfectly balanced and edible. Even the desserts are well thought out. Great wine list.
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    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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  • Nice experience
    Geneva
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    With a name like Doi Moi, I thought this restaurant would focus on Vietnamese food, but there were quite a few Thai dishes too. I'm not complaining because I love both cuisines and Doi Moi's fusion style is nice. I highly recommend the delicious steamed chives dumpling, halibut red curry (very spicy!), and mussels in lemongrass. The restaurant space is beautiful - modern, spacious with great big windows. Service was efficient but not exactly friendly.
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    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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  • Spicy and delicious!!
    lmk4VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great atmosphere and great food. Be adventurous and order several dishes.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • raw scallop test...
    MutantAsianVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Want to order something risky on a menu? Order a raw scallop dish. Freshness is key. Having enjoyed everything on the Doi Moi menu, previously, it was time take the test.... It was refreshing and subtlely flavored. Passed with flying colors!
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    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.