Soi 38

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418 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai

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About

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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st St NW (The Entrance is on 21th Street)
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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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

RO
Washington DC
2 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.

s
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great! Excellent service and food!

DI
Washington DC
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.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

there was a hair in my club soda which was disgusting

d
Washington DC
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.

JB
Cleveland
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.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service at a reasonable price.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

PK
Los Angeles
3 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.

GW
Calgary
8 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Colleague’s birthday

SS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

LL
Washington DC
21 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.

OT
Dubai
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming back tonight!

MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous including service

KN
1 review
Dined on August 1, 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.

R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

CK
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

DD
Washington DC
4 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.

h
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

J
San Francisco
55 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.

SW
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way!

a
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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

OT
San Diego
2 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

NS
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

J
Atlanta
35 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.

LO
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
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.

JF
Washington DC
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.

DL
Washington DC
38 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.

d
Washington DC
33 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.

VO
San Francisco
13 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

R
Washington DC
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.

TS
New England
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.

DD
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