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Thai Chef & Sushi Bar

4.0
65 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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About

Since Valentine's Day of 1990, the Thai Chef has been bringing healthy, fresh and tasty Thai food to the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Our main dining room and its mezzanine section offer an exciting and vibrant atmosphere. Our third floor dining room, with its warm and cozy ambiance, is often used for private parties, office meetings and large group reservations.In summer 2003; a dynamic sushi bar was introduced to the restaurant. Our valuable customers can now enjoy fresh seafood from the sushi bar, as well as delicious items from our original Thai cuisine menu. We hope that our fresh look, combined with exotic dishes served by our friendly and attentive staff, create a remarkable dining experience for you. Please come visit us often at Thai Chef.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Thai, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of operation
Mon 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Phone number
(202) 234-5698
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between S and R
Additional
Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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4.0  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
3.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Sharon (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

I wanted to like the place. The food was decent but nothing out of this world. We ask for a tonic with lime and they said they can't serve it though they do serve gin and tonics. Service was acceptable. When I received the check I was asked to pay cash. They said the machine runs slow when it rains. I didn't have the cash so gave a card. They came back pretty quickly so I don't know. Overall for thai/sushi I thought it ran on the expensive side. I'm from the NY area so I wasn't expecting it to be cheap but I was surprised. I would consider getting pad thai to go but not a sit down meal again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2017

Good sushi but not the best I've eaten in DC. Fresh

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arldc (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 4, 2017

The food was good and there was a nice variety. Everything tasted fresh and well prepared. Service was a bit inattentive except for keeping drinks topped off. The venue was a little noisy for such a small space. Overall, not a bad dining option; I'd return again sometime.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

Friendly service, great food and good happy hour deals on drinks and sushi.

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PRECIOUS (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

When I researched this place, the place seemed to be bigger in pictures but once I got there it definitely was small and you were right on top of the people/couple next to you. There really wasn't any real personal space for a date. I wouldn't recommend this place for a date night but more so friends hanging out.

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Chester (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

Bland food + rushed and inattentive service = no going back.
Good news is it was cheap

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GingerA (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

The service was very slow, but the food was pretty good all in all

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

Service is rather rude. Food is great though

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2016

Best spicy basil eggplant I've ever had. Good portion size- not too big, not too small. Excellent spice level. Would definitely go back.

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laportadiner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

Good selection of reasonably priced sushi, sushi rolls, and Thai standards. Generous portions, usually quick service and fast kitchen, consistent quality. Solid neighborhood standby.

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vipDCinDC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

We had friends in town who are vegetarians. Thai Chef had a great selection of classic Thai dishes and sushi. Prices were very reasonable and the portions were large. Service was great and fast.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

Delicious and lots of great choices. Waitress was very friendly and quick.

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kcs1228 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

Food was great.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Nice place. Great food. Quick service. Friendly environment.

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RichmondFoodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Nice informal restaurant with good food and friendly service

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vipjdrob (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Always love the food here.

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vipMatt (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2016

Sat the bar. Good sushi. I'm from California where good sushi flows like water so toe this was average. Good value though and in great little neighborhood.

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vipFormerFed (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

Sent to Thai Chef because I wanted a SE Asian dinner after a lecture on the area's art and kingship at the Smithsonian. Wasn't too hungry, so stayed with the appetizers and salads: Mee Krob, Beef Satay, and Papaya Salad. Finished as everyone should with Mango and Sticky Rice. Service was friendly and attentive, although I suspect that in the nearly empty restaurant I was seated at a table next to a lingering couple to encourage them to leave. Since I was listening to the Nats on my Walkman, I wasn't inconvenienced by their conversation.

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vipEsther (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

My kids and I love this place. Some of us always want sushi and some want thai, so it works out perfectly. The food is consistently quite good (my son is a pad thai connoisseur and thinks theirs is great and the Dragon Roll is AMAZING) and the service is friendly and attentive. Prices are reasonable. Noise level varies, but is manageable. The dining room isn't exactly romantic, but it's comfortable. We're regulars there.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

The fish was warm and mushy

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