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D.C.’s Essential Vietnamese Restaurants

Where to go for pho, banh mi, bun, and so much more

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Service at Huong Viet in Eden Center
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The D.C. area has a vibrant Vietnamese community that’s particularly concentrated in Falls Church, the Northern Virginia town that boasts its own Little Vietnam in the expansive Eden Center. But top-notch pho, banh mi, and vermicelli dishes are also available everywhere from Silver Spring to parts of D.C. proper. These are the destination Vietnamese restaurants around D.C.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mi La Cay

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2409 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 929-2822
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Maryland suburbanites visits this Vietnamese restaurant for marinated quail, bun bo hue (beef noodle soup,) and egg noodle dishes such as crispy Maryland chicken egg-noodle soup, which comes with a whole chicken on its own plate.

2. Bun DC

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2905 Sherman Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 412-6113
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This is the place to get vermicelli crab soup. One version is packed with squid and shrimp. Another features pork heart and pork blood. Sample an array of appetizers from the kitchen by ordering the banh hoi, a bed of fried vermicelli topped with spring rolls, grilled shrimp, and skewered balls of pork and shrimp.

Crab vermicelli soup with seafood at Bun DC
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3. Pho 14 (Multiple Locations)

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1769 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-2288
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Pho 14 keeps D.C. residents fueled with pho, while also serving up Vietnamese crepes, bun bo hue (spicy noodle soup) and more.

4. Simply Banh Mi

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1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-5726
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Not everyone can make it all the way out to Virginia for a banh mi sandwich. This Georgetown shop takes a build-an-entree approach to sandwiches, rice bowls, noodle bowls, and salad bowls. It also serves pho.

5. Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

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1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 525-7355
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The area’s most well-regarded pho shop is no-frills: don’t expect fawning service or even appetizers like spring rolls here. Just fill up on the expertly balanced soup, available with several different cuts of beef, and the strong Vietnamese coffee.

Pho from Pho 75
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6. Nam-Viet Restaurant

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1127 N Hudson St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-7110
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The family-run Vietnamese staple started as a small 15-seat eatery on Highland Street in 1986 and is still going strong in Arlington. Nam-Viet, which counts various politicos and Washington Capitals players as regulars, makes 10,000 crispy spring rolls a week. They come stuffed with deep-fried pork, chicken, crab meat, carrots, and onion. Other hit orders include deep-fried baby back ribs sautéed in its sweet fish sauce glaze, seasonal Saigon-style soft shell crabs, and a Pandan Express cocktail built with the vanilla-like herb from Southeast Asia. — Tierney Plumb

Spring rolls at Nam-Viet
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7. Nhu Lan Sandwich Shop

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6763 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 532-9009
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An Eden Center destination for banh mi sandwiches stuffed with Vietnamese meatballs, sour pork, pate, and so much more.

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Shredded pork banh mi from Nhu Lan.
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8. Nha Trang Restaurant

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6757 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 534-1657

Another Eden Center gem (hidden in the Saigon East section of the mall area), this restaurant’s specialities range from nem nuong cuon ninh hoa (barbecue pork rolls) to mi quang, a turmeric-spiked soup with pork and shrimp. Dishes like bun, rice paper rolls stuffed with fried scallion sticks, and congee shine at this homey restaurant, too.

Mi Quang from Nha Trang
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9. Rice Paper

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6775 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-3888
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Rice Paper’s prodigious menu has pages and pages of Vietnamese dishes. Make sure to save room for crispy lemongrass tofu or any of the broken rice dishes. Hot pot is a favorite of the crowds here.

10. Huong Viet Restaurant

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6785 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-7110

Huong Viet has been a standout restaurant in Falls Church’s Eden Center for decades. Here, dishes like crab fried rice, ban xeo (crepes) and grilled rice vermicelli are treated with care. The lemongrass pork chops are a highlight here. For something lighter, go with the sweet and sour pineapple and tamarind soup.

Crab fried rice from Huong Viet
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11. Thanh Son Tofu

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6793 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 534-1202
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It’s easy to walk by the long lines inside this Eden Center cafe and wonder what all the fuss is about. Customers are waiting in line for homemade tofu, including deep fried versions in flavors such as lemongrass. Desserts, bubble tea, and even tofu pudding are all served carryout buffet-style.

12. Hai Duong Restaurant Eden Center

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6795 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-5289
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A family-friendly Eden Center standout, Hai Duong excels at clay pot rice, shaky beef, and more.

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13. Four Sisters Restaurant

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8190 Strawberry Ln #1
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 539-8566
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Now located inside Merrifield’s Mosaic District development, Four Sisters was a pioneer in the city’s Vietnamese restaurant scene. The shrimp toast and crispy spring rolls are iconic. Rice and noodle dishes are plentiful, and there are even family-style tasting menus. A fast-casual version of the restaurant is located in Arlington, as well as a “snack bar” in Ashburn. Both serve limited versions of the menu.

Four Sisters
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14. Banh Mi DC Sandwich

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3103 Graham Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 205-9300

This takeout counter in a Falls Church strip mall sets the standard for banh mi sandwiches in the area, particularly on account of their homemade bread and comprehensive list of fillings.

Banh Mi DC Sandwich
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1. Mi La Cay

2409 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD 20902

Maryland suburbanites visits this Vietnamese restaurant for marinated quail, bun bo hue (beef noodle soup,) and egg noodle dishes such as crispy Maryland chicken egg-noodle soup, which comes with a whole chicken on its own plate.

2409 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902

2. Bun DC

2905 Sherman Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Crab vermicelli soup with seafood at Bun DC
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

This is the place to get vermicelli crab soup. One version is packed with squid and shrimp. Another features pork heart and pork blood. Sample an array of appetizers from the kitchen by ordering the banh hoi, a bed of fried vermicelli topped with spring rolls, grilled shrimp, and skewered balls of pork and shrimp.

2905 Sherman Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Pho 14 (Multiple Locations)

1769 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Pho 14 keeps D.C. residents fueled with pho, while also serving up Vietnamese crepes, bun bo hue (spicy noodle soup) and more.

1769 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Simply Banh Mi

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Not everyone can make it all the way out to Virginia for a banh mi sandwich. This Georgetown shop takes a build-an-entree approach to sandwiches, rice bowls, noodle bowls, and salad bowls. It also serves pho.

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

1721 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
Pho from Pho 75
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

The area’s most well-regarded pho shop is no-frills: don’t expect fawning service or even appetizers like spring rolls here. Just fill up on the expertly balanced soup, available with several different cuts of beef, and the strong Vietnamese coffee.

1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

6. Nam-Viet Restaurant

1127 N Hudson St, Arlington, VA 22201
Spring rolls at Nam-Viet
Nam-Viet [official photo]

The family-run Vietnamese staple started as a small 15-seat eatery on Highland Street in 1986 and is still going strong in Arlington. Nam-Viet, which counts various politicos and Washington Capitals players as regulars, makes 10,000 crispy spring rolls a week. They come stuffed with deep-fried pork, chicken, crab meat, carrots, and onion. Other hit orders include deep-fried baby back ribs sautéed in its sweet fish sauce glaze, seasonal Saigon-style soft shell crabs, and a Pandan Express cocktail built with the vanilla-like herb from Southeast Asia. — Tierney Plumb

1127 N Hudson St
Arlington, VA 22201

7. Nhu Lan Sandwich Shop

6763 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
Nhu Lan [official site]
Shredded pork banh mi from Nhu Lan.
Nhu Lan [official site]

An Eden Center destination for banh mi sandwiches stuffed with Vietnamese meatballs, sour pork, pate, and so much more.

6763 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

8. Nha Trang Restaurant

6757 Wilson Blvd #7, Falls Church, VA 22044
Mi Quang from Nha Trang
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Another Eden Center gem (hidden in the Saigon East section of the mall area), this restaurant’s specialities range from nem nuong cuon ninh hoa (barbecue pork rolls) to mi quang, a turmeric-spiked soup with pork and shrimp. Dishes like bun, rice paper rolls stuffed with fried scallion sticks, and congee shine at this homey restaurant, too.

6757 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044

9. Rice Paper

6775 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

Rice Paper’s prodigious menu has pages and pages of Vietnamese dishes. Make sure to save room for crispy lemongrass tofu or any of the broken rice dishes. Hot pot is a favorite of the crowds here.

6775 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

10. Huong Viet Restaurant

6785 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
Crab fried rice from Huong Viet
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

Huong Viet has been a standout restaurant in Falls Church’s Eden Center for decades. Here, dishes like crab fried rice, ban xeo (crepes) and grilled rice vermicelli are treated with care. The lemongrass pork chops are a highlight here. For something lighter, go with the sweet and sour pineapple and tamarind soup.

6785 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

11. Thanh Son Tofu

6793 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

It’s easy to walk by the long lines inside this Eden Center cafe and wonder what all the fuss is about. Customers are waiting in line for homemade tofu, including deep fried versions in flavors such as lemongrass. Desserts, bubble tea, and even tofu pudding are all served carryout buffet-style.

6793 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

12. Hai Duong Restaurant Eden Center

6795 Wilson Blvd #7, Falls Church, VA 22044
Food from Hai Duong
Hai Duong [official site]

A family-friendly Eden Center standout, Hai Duong excels at clay pot rice, shaky beef, and more.

6795 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044

13. Four Sisters Restaurant

8190 Strawberry Ln #1, Falls Church, VA 22042
Four Sisters
Four Sisters [official photo]

Now located inside Merrifield’s Mosaic District development, Four Sisters was a pioneer in the city’s Vietnamese restaurant scene. The shrimp toast and crispy spring rolls are iconic. Rice and noodle dishes are plentiful, and there are even family-style tasting menus. A fast-casual version of the restaurant is located in Arlington, as well as a “snack bar” in Ashburn. Both serve limited versions of the menu.

8190 Strawberry Ln #1
Falls Church, VA 22042

14. Banh Mi DC Sandwich

3103 Graham Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Banh Mi DC Sandwich
Missy Frederick/Eater DC

This takeout counter in a Falls Church strip mall sets the standard for banh mi sandwiches in the area, particularly on account of their homemade bread and comprehensive list of fillings.

3103 Graham Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042

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