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Stir-fried glass noodles with chicken, shrimp, napa cabbage, and red bean curd sauce from Baan Siam
Stir-fried glass noodles with chicken, shrimp, napa cabbage, and red bean curd sauce from Baan Siam
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15 Standout Thai Restaurants Around D.C.

Where to eat pad see ew, larb, and more

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Stir-fried glass noodles with chicken, shrimp, napa cabbage, and red bean curd sauce from Baan Siam
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Whether reliable neighborhood places like Thai Square or destination tasting menus like Little Serow — currently in carryout, a la carte mode — the D.C. area boasts a diverse selection of Thai restaurants the show off the variety of dishes and traditions the Southeast Asian nation has to offer. While suburban neighborhoods like Falls Church and Wheaton have a particularly strong selection of top-tier Thai restaurants, D.C. proper has its own strong scene. Here is a local selection of standout Thai restaurants, whether you’re looking for delivery, takeout, patio service, or a dine-in meal.

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1. Tiki Thai

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12100 Sunset Hills Rd Suite 107
Reston, VA 20190
(571) 313-8055
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From the team behind Sense of Thai, Tiki Thai has a particular emphasis on festive tiki drinks, including cocktails (think standards like Three Dots and a Dash and riffs on zombies and mai Thais). The food menu keeps the party going with a Thai-influenced pu-pu platter and Thai tacos (half price for dinner on Tuesdays) like a coconut shrimp with tamarind garlic sauce, cilantro, cabbage, and lime crema. Besides a slate of appetizers, look for traditional dishes like yellow curry and drunken noodles, and even some Thai ramen soups. It’s open for for dining in a natural light-filled dining space with a large bar. Order online through the website.

Tiki Thai plans to open at half capacity indoors over its first few months
Inside Tiki Thai
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2. Elephant Jumps

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8110 Arlington Blvd, Entrance is on Gallows Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 942-6600
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This Merrifield favorite keeps spice levels high if a customer desires. Standout dishes include most soups, a Thai play on spaghetti, crab curry, and the sen yai ladd na moo mug, which marries marinated pork, rice noodles, pickled pepper, and Chinese broccoli. Dine-in service is available; takeout and delivery through the website.

3. Esaan

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1307 Old Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 288-3901
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This hidden gem in McLean specializes in Northeastern Thai fare. The kitchen has a flair for presentation, serving regional specialties like spicy rice noodles with street-style grilled Cornish game hen. The whimsical menu includes an appetizers section nicknamed “antithaipasto,” and a “somtom bar” section full of papaya salads and other smashed vegetable dishes. Look for Bangkok street food on the weekends. It’s open for indoor dining. Takeout and delivery are available through the website.

4. Padaek

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6395 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 533-9480
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This restaurant from chef Seng Luangrath used to be known as Bangkok Golden: Its name-change to Padaek signaled an increased emphasis on Lao cuisine. But there’s still an entire Thai menu available at the Falls Church restaurant near Seven Corners, featuring noodle dishes, curries, and rice dishes like the spicy khao paad ka pao. It’s open for dine-in (make a reservation by calling 703-533-9480), contactless pick-up and delivery (both available through the website).

An assortment of dishes from Padaek
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5. Kiin Imm Thai Restaurant (Multiple Locations)

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785 Rockville Pike Suite D
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 251-1888
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This Thai restaurant, with locations in Rockville and Vienna, keeps things interesting with options like a fried tofu larb; street food dishes like boat noodle soup; and monthly specials a jack fruit dip served with pork rinds and sticky rice and “night bazaar chili flounder” in chili garlic sauce. Dine in or get takeout or delivery through each location’s own website.

6. Duangrat's Thai Restaurant

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5878 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 820-5775
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This decades-old fixture, located off bustling Route 7 between Baileys Crossroads and Seven Corners, specializes in Thai street food and is one of the oldest in the area. There’s an extensive collection of appetizers and salads, and seafood aplenty, whether it be cod spiked with mango or an entire fried rockfish. Open for dine-in; call the restaurant for takeout or curbside pickup. Delivery available.

7. Thai Square

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3217 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 685-7189
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Consistency is one of the hallmarks of this Arlington Thai mainstay. Curries and chicken satay are popular orders, but the kitchen shakes things up with dishes like sweetened shredded fish and pig knuckle stew. Online ordering available here.

Pad see ew at Thai Square.
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8. Ruan Thai Restaurant

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11407 Amherst Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 942-0075
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Wheaton is one of the best neighborhoods around D.C. for Thai food, and Ruan Thai is one of the reasons. Here fried watercress appears alongside shrimp, squid, and cashews and spicy lime dressing. The restaurant has limited dine-in service (no reservations); takeout is available here.

9. Soi 38

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2101 L St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 558-9215
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Soi 38 came on the D.C. scene in 2014, with the goal of bringing Thai street food dishes to Foggy Bottom. Owners Nat Ongsangkoon and Dia Khanthongthip are natives of Bangkok, and part of the downtown restaurant’s charm is its vibrant design. Creative cocktails get matched with dishes like fried sun-dried beef, honey roasted duck, goong kratiem (crispy shrimp), and slow-roasted pork belly, a chef’s special. Make a reservation or order delivery.

10. Thai Chef Street Food

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1712 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-5698
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Inspired by bustling night markets in Bangkok, this modern Dupont Circle (and Rockville) restaurant comes from Bangkok native Pornnapa Pongpornprot and her eldest daughter, Chalisa Fitts. The splashy aquamarine-soaked restaurant is covered with ornate metal sculptures and neon-lit catch phrases. Best sellers on the menu include its Crying Tiger steak entree and beef noodle soup. After-school wontons and Thai chef dumplings are worthy options on the dumpling side of things. Open for dining in, takeout, and delivery. Order here.

Beef noodle soup from Thai Chef Street Food
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11. Little Serow

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1511 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Little Serow is one of D.C.’s best restaurants, period (the Mekhong whiskey-marinated pork ribs are among the city’s iconic dishes). Typically available only as a prix fixe tasting menu, chef Johnny Monis’s chile-packed Northern and Northeastern Thai restaurant is now operating exclusively as a carry-out restaurant, offering both set menus and a la carte options. A seven-course takeout tasting menu runs $110 for two; meanwhile, stellar items including catfish laap, crispy rice salad, and Thai-style fried chicken are available a la cart. Order takeout here.

Pork ribs from Little Serow
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12. Ammathar Thai Cuisine

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1326 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-1795
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Around since 2001, this Logan Circle pioneer (formerly Thai Tanic) continues to serve consistently good pad Thai and tom yum soup in a friendly, family-owned atmosphere. Other popular orders include a gloriously large portion of Thai fried rice and green curry marked with a “medium” spice tag. A months-old sibling spot upstairs called Takara 14 serves superb sushi and nigiri from a Nakazawa alum, with a lively Bangkok-inspired bar in the back accented with colorful string lights. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Dumplings at Ammathar Thai Cuisine.
Dumplings at Ammathar Thai Cuisine.
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13. Thai X-ing

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2020 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-4322
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Chef and owner Taw Vigsittaboot cooks up his family’s recipes at Thai X-ing is a special experience in D.C. Along with its best-selling pumpkin curry, the menu includes pad see ew, house specialties like five-spice duck, stewed chicken drumstick noodle soup, and more. Order online here.

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Pumpkin curry from Thai X-ing
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14. BKK Cookshop

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1700 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 791-0592
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Aschara Vigsittaboot and Ralph Brabham transformed the original location for their neighborhood restaurant Beau Thai into BKK back in 2015. Noodle bowls dominate the menu, but the restaurant also has generously portioned appetizers, whether it be Thai chicken wings, fried tofu, or pumpkin empanadas; plus larger format noodle dishes like the interesting suki noodle stir fry with sukiyaki sauce and glass noodles. Spicy basil rice lives up to its menu description. Offering both outdoor/indoor seating, with takeout and delivery through here.

15. Baan Siam

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425 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 588-5889
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Chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong relocated bustling Logan Circle standout Baan Thai to a much bigger home in Mount Vernon Triangle. Now called Baan Siam, diners can expect unapologetically spicy Northern Thai dishes. Khao soi, a yellow curry with crunchy egg noodles and chicken thighs, has enjoyed its own following since 2015. Other comeback hits include spicy green mango salad; tapioca skin dumplings with ground chicken, peanuts, and sweet fermented radish; and rice vermicelli in chile peanut sauce. Plus, an expanded lineup represents specialties from Northeast, Central, and Southern Thailand. Pickup and in-house delivery are through the website; reservations for dine-in are here.

Chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong is expanding her repertoire at Baan Siam
Chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong is expanding her repertoire at Baan Siam.
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1. Tiki Thai

12100 Sunset Hills Rd Suite 107, Reston, VA 20190
Tiki Thai plans to open at half capacity indoors over its first few months
Inside Tiki Thai
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

From the team behind Sense of Thai, Tiki Thai has a particular emphasis on festive tiki drinks, including cocktails (think standards like Three Dots and a Dash and riffs on zombies and mai Thais). The food menu keeps the party going with a Thai-influenced pu-pu platter and Thai tacos (half price for dinner on Tuesdays) like a coconut shrimp with tamarind garlic sauce, cilantro, cabbage, and lime crema. Besides a slate of appetizers, look for traditional dishes like yellow curry and drunken noodles, and even some Thai ramen soups. It’s open for for dining in a natural light-filled dining space with a large bar. Order online through the website.

12100 Sunset Hills Rd Suite 107
Reston, VA 20190

2. Elephant Jumps

8110 Arlington Blvd, Entrance is on Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042

This Merrifield favorite keeps spice levels high if a customer desires. Standout dishes include most soups, a Thai play on spaghetti, crab curry, and the sen yai ladd na moo mug, which marries marinated pork, rice noodles, pickled pepper, and Chinese broccoli. Dine-in service is available; takeout and delivery through the website.

8110 Arlington Blvd, Entrance is on Gallows Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22042

3. Esaan

1307 Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101

This hidden gem in McLean specializes in Northeastern Thai fare. The kitchen has a flair for presentation, serving regional specialties like spicy rice noodles with street-style grilled Cornish game hen. The whimsical menu includes an appetizers section nicknamed “antithaipasto,” and a “somtom bar” section full of papaya salads and other smashed vegetable dishes. Look for Bangkok street food on the weekends. It’s open for indoor dining. Takeout and delivery are available through the website.

1307 Old Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101

4. Padaek

6395 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA 22044
An assortment of dishes from Padaek
Padaek/Facebook

This restaurant from chef Seng Luangrath used to be known as Bangkok Golden: Its name-change to Padaek signaled an increased emphasis on Lao cuisine. But there’s still an entire Thai menu available at the Falls Church restaurant near Seven Corners, featuring noodle dishes, curries, and rice dishes like the spicy khao paad ka pao. It’s open for dine-in (make a reservation by calling 703-533-9480), contactless pick-up and delivery (both available through the website).

6395 Seven Corners Center
Falls Church, VA 22044

5. Kiin Imm Thai Restaurant (Multiple Locations)

785 Rockville Pike Suite D, Rockville, MD 20852

This Thai restaurant, with locations in Rockville and Vienna, keeps things interesting with options like a fried tofu larb; street food dishes like boat noodle soup; and monthly specials a jack fruit dip served with pork rinds and sticky rice and “night bazaar chili flounder” in chili garlic sauce. Dine in or get takeout or delivery through each location’s own website.

785 Rockville Pike Suite D
Rockville, MD 20852

6. Duangrat's Thai Restaurant

5878 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

This decades-old fixture, located off bustling Route 7 between Baileys Crossroads and Seven Corners, specializes in Thai street food and is one of the oldest in the area. There’s an extensive collection of appetizers and salads, and seafood aplenty, whether it be cod spiked with mango or an entire fried rockfish. Open for dine-in; call the restaurant for takeout or curbside pickup. Delivery available.

5878 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

7. Thai Square

3217 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Pad see ew at Thai Square.
Thai Square/official photo

Consistency is one of the hallmarks of this Arlington Thai mainstay. Curries and chicken satay are popular orders, but the kitchen shakes things up with dishes like sweetened shredded fish and pig knuckle stew. Online ordering available here.

3217 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

8. Ruan Thai Restaurant

11407 Amherst Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902

Wheaton is one of the best neighborhoods around D.C. for Thai food, and Ruan Thai is one of the reasons. Here fried watercress appears alongside shrimp, squid, and cashews and spicy lime dressing. The restaurant has limited dine-in service (no reservations); takeout is available here.

11407 Amherst Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902

9. Soi 38

2101 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Soi 38 came on the D.C. scene in 2014, with the goal of bringing Thai street food dishes to Foggy Bottom. Owners Nat Ongsangkoon and Dia Khanthongthip are natives of Bangkok, and part of the downtown restaurant’s charm is its vibrant design. Creative cocktails get matched with dishes like fried sun-dried beef, honey roasted duck, goong kratiem (crispy shrimp), and slow-roasted pork belly, a chef’s special. Make a reservation or order delivery.

2101 L St NW
Washington, DC 20037

10. Thai Chef Street Food

1712 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Beef noodle soup from Thai Chef Street Food
Thai Chef Street Food [official photo]

Inspired by bustling night markets in Bangkok, this modern Dupont Circle (and Rockville) restaurant comes from Bangkok native Pornnapa Pongpornprot and her eldest daughter, Chalisa Fitts. The splashy aquamarine-soaked restaurant is covered with ornate metal sculptures and neon-lit catch phrases. Best sellers on the menu include its Crying Tiger steak entree and beef noodle soup. After-school wontons and Thai chef dumplings are worthy options on the dumpling side of things. Open for dining in, takeout, and delivery. Order here.

1712 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

11. Little Serow

1511 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Pork ribs from Little Serow
Bill Addison/Eater

Little Serow is one of D.C.’s best restaurants, period (the Mekhong whiskey-marinated pork ribs are among the city’s iconic dishes). Typically available only as a prix fixe tasting menu, chef Johnny Monis’s chile-packed Northern and Northeastern Thai restaurant is now operating exclusively as a carry-out restaurant, offering both set menus and a la carte options. A seven-course takeout tasting menu runs $110 for two; meanwhile, stellar items including catfish laap, crispy rice salad, and Thai-style fried chicken are available a la cart. Order takeout here.

1511 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

12. Ammathar Thai Cuisine

1326 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Dumplings at Ammathar Thai Cuisine.
Dumplings at Ammathar Thai Cuisine.
Ammathar Thai Cuisine/official photo

Around since 2001, this Logan Circle pioneer (formerly Thai Tanic) continues to serve consistently good pad Thai and tom yum soup in a friendly, family-owned atmosphere. Other popular orders include a gloriously large portion of Thai fried rice and green curry marked with a “medium” spice tag. A months-old sibling spot upstairs called Takara 14 serves superb sushi and nigiri from a Nakazawa alum, with a lively Bangkok-inspired bar in the back accented with colorful string lights. Order online for takeout or delivery.

1326 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

13. Thai X-ing

2020 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Magazine dining column on Thai Xing
Pumpkin curry from Thai X-ing
Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post

Chef and owner Taw Vigsittaboot cooks up his family’s recipes at Thai X-ing is a special experience in D.C. Along with its best-selling pumpkin curry, the menu includes pad see ew, house specialties like five-spice duck, stewed chicken drumstick noodle soup, and more. Order online here.

2020 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. BKK Cookshop

1700 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Aschara Vigsittaboot and Ralph Brabham transformed the original location for their neighborhood restaurant Beau Thai into BKK back in 2015. Noodle bowls dominate the menu, but the restaurant also has generously portioned appetizers, whether it be Thai chicken wings, fried tofu, or pumpkin empanadas; plus larger format noodle dishes like the interesting suki noodle stir fry with sukiyaki sauce and glass noodles. Spicy basil rice lives up to its menu description. Offering both outdoor/indoor seating, with takeout and delivery through here.

1700 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

15. Baan Siam

425 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong is expanding her repertoire at Baan Siam
Chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong is expanding her repertoire at Baan Siam.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Chef Jeeraporn Poksupthong relocated bustling Logan Circle standout Baan Thai to a much bigger home in Mount Vernon Triangle. Now called Baan Siam, diners can expect unapologetically spicy Northern Thai dishes. Khao soi, a yellow curry with crunchy egg noodles and chicken thighs, has enjoyed its own following since 2015. Other comeback hits include spicy green mango salad; tapioca skin dumplings with ground chicken, peanuts, and sweet fermented radish; and rice vermicelli in chile peanut sauce. Plus, an expanded lineup represents specialties from Northeast, Central, and Southern Thailand. Pickup and in-house delivery are through the website; reservations for dine-in are here.

425 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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