Doi Moi

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447 reviews
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Southeast Asian
Doi Moi, featuring Southeast Asian food, located on 14th Street.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

So, I had high expectations for this place given that its sister store is estadio (and my all time favorite dining spot in DC), but doi moi significantly missed the mark on several occasions. First, some of the dishes (e.g., Chinese broccoli and samosa) were lacking flavor. Second, the spice point for the food—even without a spice point indicator on the menu—is extremely high! I had to stop eating both the green mango salad and basil fried rice (even after ordering it MILD) because of the spice levels. My dinner partner—who likes spicy foods—even commented on the spice point on both of these dishes. Dessert was also lackluster. We ordered the spice/coffee cake and a derivation of banana foster’s. Both desserts arrived at the table PIPING hot (temperature), and there was at least a 3 minute wait after the introductory bite for the both of them to cool down. The spice cake was flavorful, but VERY dry in texture; I suspect this is why it arrived hot—to attempt to create a moist cake with a very dry recipe. And lastly, the service was very mediocre. I rarely saw the server taking care of our table, and when I did, we were already finished with our food/water, and awaiting to order more food/refills. If you want Asian-inspired cuisine, I highly recommend that you seek out individual dining experiences that narrow their focus to present cuisine that is representative of an Asian country (i.e., Purple Patch). doi moi attempts to infuse many countries’ cuisine into one, but the menu crafters were overly ambitious in their endeavors and this leaves much to be desired. I’ll not return to doi moi for a dining experience.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food indeed!!! Especially the lime pie

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NG
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived just before closing, but we didn’t feel rushed. Food was excellent

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M
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Doi Moi is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. However, I was very disappointed when I dined there this weekend - I told my friends I specifically wanted to go there on my birthday to have my favorite dish: the brussels sprouts. When there, we learned they were out of this dish (in addition to quite a few others), and when I expressed my disappointment that I chose this place for my birthday for that dish, the waitress didn't seem to care which seemed really odd and off-putting to me. Other friends want me to go with them to DM next week, but honestly if there is this issue again, that will really change my perception of this place...

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Went early on a Sunday night. Started out with waiter telling us 5 or 6 dishes, including signature red snapper that my wife was counting on, and others we planned to order were not available. Left a limited selection. Disappointing. Seems to be slipping.

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EV
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, perfect drinks, great ambiance, attentive and caring service.

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NC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Its very loud and vibrant. Good variety and very tasty.

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GD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great menu. I appreciated the note next to each menu item with a place of origin it influence for that item.

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RA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes were great and recommended. There are enough vege dishes but the meat looked inviting, even to a vegetarian!

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a
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful staff as always!

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CI
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Too expensive! Food is delicious but not that special to be honest. It doesn’t match with the price

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was pretty rocky. When we arrived our table wasn’t ready, and so we were told to sit at the bar. The hostess never came to retrieve us and we had to track her down. The wines we had were not very good.

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l
New England
55 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find! Excellent Asian fusion food with an emphasis on Thai spices. Our table shared and enjoyed everything we ordered. Very helpful and warm staff. Open, airy dining room with simple, clean furnishings. The only drawback was that it gets a bit noisy from lots of spirited conversation and the kitchen being right there to watch.

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food (if you like spicy); urban cool ambience. Somewhat pricey, but still reasonable value. On the downside, there is a sense that the place is becoming strained by its own popularity: service seemed overwhelmed at time, and the noise level was very high.

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SM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Doi Moi by accident and was completely blown away. Now I bring everyone there so they can experience the incredible food, great service, and attention to detail you dont find in some of the fanciest restaurants in DC. Dont miss this experience - it's a must

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Slightly overpriced for what it is; some dishes lacked flavor; our busboy was super nice but our server seemed very rushed and not very friendly

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ZK
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the vegetarian selection. Brussels were great and the wide rice noodle dish was our favorite. A little louder than we like for four people to chat comfortably, but it was doable.

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LM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Extraordinary food but slow drink service and very loud atmosphere, which made it hard to hear the conversation at our table despite all being close to one another.

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best and most creative meals I've had in ages. Jackfruit curry was amazing and the tea-infused mango sticky rice dessert was next level. Also, phenomenal service. Best I've had in years. Will definitely be back.

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just came back from a trip to SE Asia and going to Doi Moi was like being back in Bangkok! Every dish we had was absolutely delicious and the service was prompt and friendly. We sat out on the patio on a warm spring evening and it was heavenly. Highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was exceptional. The service was less than stellar. It was a half empty restaurant on a week night and we had to repeatedly try to get the waiter’s attention.

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SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I live around this area and had been wanting to Doi Moi for a while! I love the concept of pan-Southeast Asian food. We sat outside on the patio, which was lovely and somewhat quieter than the inside dining room. We decided on the banana blossom salad, fish head curry, and duck khao soi. I was a bit confused because our server said everything was family style but then recommended an entre per person - which were huge! We would have been better off ordering just one entre, especially given the price. Food was generally quite good, though I think my favorite dish was the banana blossom salad (delicious and refreshing!), which is disappointing given the potential richness of both curries we ordered, which weren't particularly spicy or complex. I just wasn't blown away - and, rightly or wrongly, expected to be so given the price-tag. I love what they're trying to do, so definitely worth a visit, but perhaps just one!

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EK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent thai food in a nice space. I usually always like everything, but I didn't care for the skewered duck hearts. Go figure.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Asian menu! We were very pleased especially trying some menu items we had never experienced!

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FT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service is a little sniffy, rushed and arrogant like the place is cooler or better than it is.

Noise level is stupid loud, average ambient music is high for no reason. I had them lower it.

A number of the dishes are excessively spicy, they lack subtlety.

Nonetheless I still recommend a visit. It’s somewhat fun, interesting food options you don’t see everywhere.

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RD
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious unique food, smooth flavours, spicy but not overly spicy. Great service, lots of good recommendations.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Waiter was arrogant and inattentive. A shame because the food was great.

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m
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was good, but the service and noise-level were bad. I had to almost yell at the person sitting across the table from me because it is incredibly loud. Service was poor all around. We didn't see our server until 20 minutes after we were seated. We ordered samosas with a side of tamarind sauce. The tamarind came out about 15 minutes after the samosas, which had long been eaten by then. I had to ask twice for a water refill. Will not be returning.

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JF
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Asian food for the white palette in 2019. Would not return.

Made a reservation a week in advance and was told I had to be seated at the counter. I noticed at least one free table for my party's size during the whole meal.

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GS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Summary: Our dinner wasn't great, but I'd come back to try some other dishes.

The tofu steamed buns were ok on their own, but I'd definitely order a dipping sauce next time. Deviled potatoes were just slightly underdone and way, way too spicy, which was too bad, because the rest of the flavors would have been delicious on their own. The basil fried rice was the definition of basic. Not bad, but not worth dining out for - anyone could make it at home.

Great atmosphere and plenty of other vegetarian dishes to try...I won't write it off just yet.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

We had a 5:45 reservation. When we showed up we were told that we would have to sit outside, which is fine, but odd as most of the tables inside were empty.

We sat outside and were given water, and then nobody came back to our table for 20 minutes. So we got up, and left, without any staff member seeming to notice. Food across the street at El Centro was great!

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KP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent quality, beautifully prepared, and all around delicious. The service was also excellent, particularly notable on such a busy night.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely loved it! We got the Kee Mao rice noodles and the short rib jungle curry and it was delicious. I will be coming back again

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I told the waitress I couldn’t eat onions and I found onions in my fried rice. This was because the vegetables were pre-mixed and the kitchen tried to pick out all the small pieces of onion which obviously wouldn’t work... if they’d told me I wouldn’t have ordered the dish!

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KC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there very early before a 7:00 theatre curtain so that probably contributed to the lack of noise. The food was yummy and the spice level perfect thanks to help from out very able server. My only complaint was that she wiped the table w a sting smelling bleach while we were still at the table after eating.

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l
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food during past visits was much better. Somehow the food that used to make me want to return has lost its flare. It was good, but not memorable like before.

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NF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great and full of flavour. A little overpriced given some of the portion sizes.
Service wasn't good at all. Our server was at best curt, not attentive and forgot several items from our order (not surprising if you dont write it down).
Had to wait a very long time for drinks and kept reminding her.
I enjoyed the food though and I recommend based only on the taste of the food.

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

We visited this restaurant several years ago and remembered enjoying it. However, our visit last weekend was awful. The restaurant is a noise-chamber, with every sound echoing and bouncing around the white room--at one point, we simply gave up on conversation when the voices of our screeching neighbors became too much for us to compete with. Things went downhill from there. When we complained about our 25 minute wait for cocktails, we were informed that the bartender had cut his hand, was at the hospital getting stitches, and that the manager was running the bar. That explains our inexpertly made $15 cocktails. Later, when we complained that there was a 20-minute gap between the serving of our entrees, we were told that my husband's food wasn't sufficiently cooked, and that since the chef had only one wok, we'd need to wait a little longer. Eventually, a manager-type person came over to apologize for our experience and to offer us one bowl of ice cream as a consolation prize. Appreciated, but too little too late. We won't be back.

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RL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best take on southeast Asian cuisine in the middle of the city

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the freshness of the ingredients here. The flavors are not overwhelming but just right. We had the curried cod, brussel sprouts and sticky rice. It was the perfect quantity for a light late dinner.

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