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Soi 38, Washington, DC

Soi 38

4.5
4.5
419 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Thai

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 558-9215

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Foggy Bottom

  • Cross street

    21st St NW (The Entrance is on 21th Street)

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Foggy bottom Metro Station<br /><br />Metro Bus :<br />D1 , D3 , D6<br /><br />DC Circulator :<br />Rosslyn- Dupont

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 419 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. e

    elizabethmcdonough

    Washington DC

    97 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good spot for meal in this neighborhood, but was frankly expecting more.
  2. RO

    ROBERTP

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We waited close to an hour for our meal. Food was just okay. We were hoping for much better. I will go back again and try them one more time to see if we have a better experience.
  3. s

    sunny

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great! Excellent service and food!
  4. DI

    DIANEM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We were there on a Monday night. The location is easy to walk to from the metro but in a quiet neighborhood. It looks like they have an outdoor area for better evenings but it was raining that day. The food was delicious and the prices fair. We will most certainly go again.
  5. F

    Felix

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant with relatively inexpensive but good Thai food. Very recommendable!
  6. m

    mmmm

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    there was a hair in my club soda which was disgusting
  7. d

    duneat

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I bought a fish catch of day, rockfish. However, I thought $38 was for a skinny one was too much.
  8. JB

    JacquelineB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Happy hour was a very good deal (a bottle of wine for $25), but the calamari was overcooked. The food was okay, but not as good as I expected from such a celebrated restaurant. The restaurant itself was very comfortable and the service was very high quality. Would recommend as a good place to stop for happy hour, but maybe not a great place for dinner.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service at a reasonable price.
  10. A

    Alyssa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This was my first time dining at Soi 38 since their Michelin distinction, which was proudly advertised on the door. Unfortunately, the food was just alright, prices were steep (basic noodle entrees starting around $18) and the meal didn't compare to those at other Michelin guide restaurants in the city.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Pushy wait staff. Really mediocre food. It’s unbelievable they have any association with the Michelin Guide!
  12. PK

    PeterK

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We visited Soi 38 twice during our visit to Washington DC. The first time was for lunch during a weekend. We were very surprise by the quality and flavor of our meals. We decided right then that we will have to return for dinner. We did, the next day. The food, again, was very good and the flavor was spot on. The menu is a bit difficult to read as they use Thai names for all their dishes - may be a bit difficult to pronounce. I am Thai and it took me a little while to figure things out as they do not have the menu in Thai. :) Highly recommended.
  13. GW

    GreyWolf

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The chicken satay meat (some pieces) were hard and dry .... The Shrimp and Chicken fried rice was good, although next time I will pick a higher spice level. Service was good and prompt.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Colleague’s birthday
  15. SS

    SmartyS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Food came out quick and was delicious. Will revisit again!
  16. LL

    LeopoldL

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    It was meh. I asked my server for recommendations, and I got the roast pork belly appetizer and roast duck entree. These were unexceptional. I would have preferred if I had been steered toward items with more authentic Thai flavors. I wanted the mango sticky rice for dessert, but they were out, so I had green tea ice cream. It was fine store bought ice cream. As for service, my waitress seemed to treat me like an imposition rather than a customer. This would be an OK place for drinks after work, but won't be dining there again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coming back tonight!
  18. MA

    MeiACT

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff was extremely pleasant and very attentive The food was spectacular and well presented. We are just visiting DC but are sure to come back here when we do.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fabulous including service
  20. KN

    KhanhN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Thai food. We had the crispy duck special and pork belly special. Both were tasty. Sides of eggplants well prepared. Would definitely come back when in town again.
  21. R

    Reehanar

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food, as usually was very good. Service this time was not great.
  22. CK

    CarstenK

    Unspecified

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food is delicious and very well presented. We'd definitely go there again when around.
  23. DD

    DeeDow

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    I’ve been to Soi 38, four times and all 3 was spectacular. It was this last time, I almost got sick due to how the shrimp was poorly prepared. The drinks they made for my friend was not made well and when asked to switch they brought another bad drink. We ended up paying for the drink and food. Don’t visit Soi 38 during the busy lunch hour, everything seems rushed but somehow still takes forever to get to you.
  24. h

    hbsb

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent Thai street food + traditional Thai menu, lots of vegetarian options, pretty good drinks, friendly service, very chic decor, good (talkable) noise level for Saturday night.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious!
  26. J

    Janepaled

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very busy - needs more wait staff as they looked rushed. However, everyone was very nice. Food was good but nothing out of the ordinary for Thai food.
  27. SW

    ScottW

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous in every way!
  28. a

    aurorah

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Good food,great service. Would probably return to try out more dishes
  29. MK

    MaileK

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food here is amazing. Glad we made the trek from across the water. Would def come here again! Can’t go wrong with drinks or food. We basically are every spec of it
  30. NS

    NadlyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my hubby there for Father’s Day and we all enjoyed it. Don’t bring the kids though. We brought our kids and we felt bad as they were a little noisy for the neighbors. Nice staff , food and location
  31. J

    Jason

    Atlanta

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The ambience is lovely but when full the restaurant is VERY loud. We had to speak up to hear one another clearly. The food is delicious. The grilled squid appetizer was very nicely flavored. It almost didn’t need the spicy sauce on the side. Tom Kha kai did not disappoint and neither did the chicken massaman. The slow-roasted pork belly was super tender and delicious.
  32. LO

    LOVESUSHI

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and atmosphere!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, when I asked what I should order the waitress pointed to some food and it was amazing.
  34. JF

    JenF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our favorite dish was the dry curry (ground pork). The satay chicken was also good. The crispy duck was tasty but the breading could have been lighter. The chili shrimp was pretty good. House cocktails were good and had a nice southeast Asian twist on the classics. Friendly waitstaff and good service.
  35. DL

    DunnLoringdiner

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food tasted good, but serving sizes of the same dish were quite variable. Some looked much bigger than others or had significantly more meat or vegetable. Pad See Ew could include a but more noodle.
  36. d

    dottie

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Soi 38 was open on Sunday and that was a plus! The food is ok. It came too fast which led me to believe that everything was precooked. The food was ok but nothing special. The shrimp curry did have lots of shrimp in it and that was a plus.
  37. VO

    VisitorfromOxford

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Found this recommended on a site for gluten free diners for my wife; plenty of choice on the menu and all rated with a 1-3 chilli rating for spiciness The restaurant was fairly busy which created a good atmosphere- food was good and was offered a range of beers and cocktails to accompany. Finally, and unusually, a choice of desserts where 80% were GF
  38. R

    Rich

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, not rushed at all. Was there for dinner so not so crowded - imagine it is busy at lunch near K St. Nice room relatively quiet. Had chicken, pork, and shrimp dishes. All excellent. Chicken satay appetizer was excellent also.
  39. TS

    ThomasS

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was very good. Service was only fair at best. Never came back to refill our beverages and never came to check on our meal to see if everything was ok.
  40. DD

    DarcyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time and the food was wonderful and the price was reasonable. As soon as I returned to work, I raved about it to my co-workers and told them they need to go

FAQs

Soi 38 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 558-9215.

Soi 38 is rated 4.5 stars by 419 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    21st St NW (The Entrance is on 21th Street)

  • Neighborhood

    Foggy Bottom

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Thai

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Foggy bottom Metro StationMetro Bus :D1 , D3 , D6DC Circulator :Rosslyn- Dupont

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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