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Lemongrass chicken soup at Pho Viet.
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13 Phenomenal Pho Restaurants Around D.C.

The classic Vietnamese soup is part of D.C.’s dining history

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Lemongrass chicken soup at Pho Viet.
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Ramen is all the rage right now in D.C. But locals’ love affair with pho has lasted for decades.

The Vietnamese soup is a year-round favorite for many reasons: savory broth; chewy rice noodles; assorted proteins including beef, chicken, and offal; crisp bean sprouts; mounds of fresh basil; and, of course, the loads of Sriracha. While many of the featured restaurants put their own stamp on the restorative standby, most offer diners the opportunity to trick out individual bowls with assorted ingredients.

Here are 13 pho restaurants sure to satisfy.

Don’t see a personal favorite on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pho Nom Nom (Multiple locations)

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842 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 610-0232
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This budding chain, which expanded from Rockville, Maryland to Fairfax, Virginia in late 2017, invites customers to stock each bowl of soup with offerings ranging from fatty brisket and shaved beef round to tripe and tendon. Dress things up with fragrant herbs, pickled vegetables, and chile oils.

Sliced beef, sprouts, and noodles coming together at Pho Nom Nom.
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2. Pho 14 (Multiple locations)

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4201 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 686-6275
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This local chain, which started in Adams Morgan, carries all the pho essentials — assorted cuts of beef, chicken, and vegetarian options (tofu, Fuji apple) — plus plenty of extras. The generously sized soups can be accompanied by green papaya salads, vermicelli dishes, bahn mi, avocado smoothies, and more.

Soup with thinly sliced raw beef at Pho 14.
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3. Pho 12

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3740 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 525-1447
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This quaint family-owned restaurant joined the Brookland dining scene in late 2016, bringing with it nearly two dozen different types of Vietnamese soups. All the featured pho includes choice of meat plus onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, lime and jalapeños. Feeling adventurous? Go all in with the house special (all the meats).

Pho with a side of Sriracha at Pho 12.
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4. Pho Viet

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3513 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 629-2839
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Although there is stiff competition in the neighborhood, this Columbia Heights mainstay fills up regularly for a reason. Be sure to try the spicy lemongrass pho — with adjustable heat levels —  for a blast of sinus-clearing goodness.

A meat-laden soup at Pho Viet.
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5. Sprig and Sprout

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2317 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-2569
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Unlike some of the more modest pho restaurants around, this Glover Park eatery boasts two floors, a cozy bar, and a DIY fixins station stocked with onions, basil, and hot peppers. The restaurant offers beef, vegetarian, and seafood pho bowls, as well as a sampler mixing meat and vegetables.

A meat and herb-filled bowl of pho at Sprig and Sprout.
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6. Simply Banh Mi

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1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-5726
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Self-proclaimed worst web designer ever Simply Banh Mi serves multiple versions of pho, including vegan, chicken, lemongrass beef, and beef brisket. The sibling-run shop prides itself on providing halal, vegan, and gluten-free fare, and also offers cups of pho for those more interested in on-the-go sustenance than sit-down meals.

Chicken pho at Simply Bahn Mi.
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7. Froggy Bottom Pub

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2021 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 338-3000
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A favorite of George Washington University students, this decades-old gathering place serves a variety of pho ranging from traditional beef and chicken to mixed vegetables. Said soups are also gluten-free.

Fresh noodle soup at Froggy Bottom Pub.
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8. Pho 88 (Multiple locations)

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608 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 735-5282
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This Chinatown eatery has ample seating, a variety of drinks (fruit-spiked green tea, assorted smoothies, bubble tea) and, of course, build-your-own bowls of pho. Core selections include choice of noodles (rice or egg), and mixed proteins (from beef meatballs and barbecue pork to fried tofu and shrimp).

Soup and hot tea at Pho 88.
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9. Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

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1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 525-7355
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This standard-bearer continues to serve its traditional soups the same way it always has: communal seating. Oversized bowls of steaming broth. Proteins ranging from tender flank steak and jiggly brisket to chewy tripe. And a cash-only operation.

Soup with steak and brisket at Pho 75.
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10. Pho Deluxe (Multiple locations)

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2300 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 551-2087
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This homegrown chain attracts large lunchtime crowds and morphs into a family favorite on weekends in part because of its generous portions. Orders of pho can be enhanced by beef meatballs, tofu, seafood, vegetables, or variety meats.

Bean sprouts and basil mingling at the top of a bowl at Pho Deluxe.
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11. Nam-Viet

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1127 N Hudson St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-7110
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A neighborhood fixture for over 30 years, Nam-Viet closed its Cleveland Park outpost in 2017. The Arlington location continues dishing out traditional pho layered with rice noodles, beef, chicken, and vegetables.

Vegetarian pho at Nam-Viet.
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12. Hai Duong

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6795 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-5289
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One of the star attractions at the restaurant-packed Eden Center, Hai Duong sates pho fans with a dozen takes on the iconic soup. Featured offerings include raw steak, brisket, beef meatballs, dark meat chicken, and combinations marrying together multiple meats.

The house special at Hai Duong.
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13. Four Sisters

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8190 Strawberry Ln #1
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 539-8566
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A wildly successful Eden Center alum that struck out on its own, fans of Vietnamese food continue crowding into the fashionable home Four Sisters carved out for itself in Merrifield. The family-run restaurant seasons its pho with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, and typically beefs things up with chicken, round steak, flank steak or meatballs

Basil-topped pho at Four Sisters.
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1. Pho Nom Nom (Multiple locations)

842 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Sliced beef, sprouts, and noodles coming together at Pho Nom Nom.
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This budding chain, which expanded from Rockville, Maryland to Fairfax, Virginia in late 2017, invites customers to stock each bowl of soup with offerings ranging from fatty brisket and shaved beef round to tripe and tendon. Dress things up with fragrant herbs, pickled vegetables, and chile oils.

842 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

2. Pho 14 (Multiple locations)

4201 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Soup with thinly sliced raw beef at Pho 14.
Kathleen T./Yelp

This local chain, which started in Adams Morgan, carries all the pho essentials — assorted cuts of beef, chicken, and vegetarian options (tofu, Fuji apple) — plus plenty of extras. The generously sized soups can be accompanied by green papaya salads, vermicelli dishes, bahn mi, avocado smoothies, and more.

4201 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

3. Pho 12

3740 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
Pho with a side of Sriracha at Pho 12.
David H./Yelp

This quaint family-owned restaurant joined the Brookland dining scene in late 2016, bringing with it nearly two dozen different types of Vietnamese soups. All the featured pho includes choice of meat plus onion, cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, lime and jalapeños. Feeling adventurous? Go all in with the house special (all the meats).

3740 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

4. Pho Viet

3513 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
A meat-laden soup at Pho Viet.
Kevin A./Yelp

Although there is stiff competition in the neighborhood, this Columbia Heights mainstay fills up regularly for a reason. Be sure to try the spicy lemongrass pho — with adjustable heat levels —  for a blast of sinus-clearing goodness.

3513 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

5. Sprig and Sprout

2317 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
A meat and herb-filled bowl of pho at Sprig and Sprout.
Sprig and Sprout/Facebook

Unlike some of the more modest pho restaurants around, this Glover Park eatery boasts two floors, a cozy bar, and a DIY fixins station stocked with onions, basil, and hot peppers. The restaurant offers beef, vegetarian, and seafood pho bowls, as well as a sampler mixing meat and vegetables.

2317 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. Simply Banh Mi

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Chicken pho at Simply Bahn Mi.
Diana T./Yelp

Self-proclaimed worst web designer ever Simply Banh Mi serves multiple versions of pho, including vegan, chicken, lemongrass beef, and beef brisket. The sibling-run shop prides itself on providing halal, vegan, and gluten-free fare, and also offers cups of pho for those more interested in on-the-go sustenance than sit-down meals.

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Froggy Bottom Pub

2021 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Fresh noodle soup at Froggy Bottom Pub.
Ted C./Yelp

A favorite of George Washington University students, this decades-old gathering place serves a variety of pho ranging from traditional beef and chicken to mixed vegetables. Said soups are also gluten-free.

2021 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

8. Pho 88 (Multiple locations)

608 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Soup and hot tea at Pho 88.
David H./Yelp

This Chinatown eatery has ample seating, a variety of drinks (fruit-spiked green tea, assorted smoothies, bubble tea) and, of course, build-your-own bowls of pho. Core selections include choice of noodles (rice or egg), and mixed proteins (from beef meatballs and barbecue pork to fried tofu and shrimp).

608 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

1721 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
Soup with steak and brisket at Pho 75.
Basia U./Yelp

This standard-bearer continues to serve its traditional soups the same way it always has: communal seating. Oversized bowls of steaming broth. Proteins ranging from tender flank steak and jiggly brisket to chewy tripe. And a cash-only operation.

1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

10. Pho Deluxe (Multiple locations)

2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Bean sprouts and basil mingling at the top of a bowl at Pho Deluxe.
Susannah E./Yelp

This homegrown chain attracts large lunchtime crowds and morphs into a family favorite on weekends in part because of its generous portions. Orders of pho can be enhanced by beef meatballs, tofu, seafood, vegetables, or variety meats.

2300 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Nam-Viet

1127 N Hudson St, Arlington, VA 22201
Vegetarian pho at Nam-Viet.
Krina P./Yelp

A neighborhood fixture for over 30 years, Nam-Viet closed its Cleveland Park outpost in 2017. The Arlington location continues dishing out traditional pho layered with rice noodles, beef, chicken, and vegetables.

1127 N Hudson St
Arlington, VA 22201

12. Hai Duong

6795 Wilson Blvd #7, Falls Church, VA 22044
The house special at Hai Duong.
Mikayla C./Yelp

One of the star attractions at the restaurant-packed Eden Center, Hai Duong sates pho fans with a dozen takes on the iconic soup. Featured offerings include raw steak, brisket, beef meatballs, dark meat chicken, and combinations marrying together multiple meats.

6795 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044

13. Four Sisters

8190 Strawberry Ln #1, Falls Church, VA 22042
Basil-topped pho at Four Sisters.
Gene W./Yelp

A wildly successful Eden Center alum that struck out on its own, fans of Vietnamese food continue crowding into the fashionable home Four Sisters carved out for itself in Merrifield. The family-run restaurant seasons its pho with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, and typically beefs things up with chicken, round steak, flank steak or meatballs

8190 Strawberry Ln #1
Falls Church, VA 22042

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