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Service at Huong Viet in Eden Center.
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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 visit 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. Delivery available through GrubHub.

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. The restaurant is currently takeout-only; contact restaurant directly for orders.

A bowl of soup with seafood, greens, and a bright red broth.
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. Takeout and delivery info here.

4. 1914 by Kolben

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1914 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(301) 244-9795
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This newer addition to the scene is inspired by Hanoi’s buzzy “train street”, and literally has a model of a train in the upstairs of the restaurant. Banh mi, grilled pork noodles, pho ga, and a brief selection of small plates make up the menu. Online ordering here.

A train inside a restaurant with a vibrant printed carpet underneath
1914’s interior, which includes a fake train.
1941 by Kolben

5. Doi Moi

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 733-5131
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This trendy 14th street fixture has gone through a few iterations, but current chef Wade Hoo Fatt is really leaning into Vietnamese fare. That adds up to a bunch of street food (beef jerky, five spice frites), a riff on shaky beef, banh mi, banh bo buns, and more. Brunch brings a few more innovations like a pandan honeycomb cake and coconut beignets. Order online here; call the restaurant for hours, which have been somewhat limited during the most recent Covid surge.

6. 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. The restaurant no longer offers dine-in; takeout and delivery through the website.

7. 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. Call the restaurant directly for takeout.

Pho from Pho 75
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8. Moon Rabbit DC

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801 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 878-8566
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Kevin Tien’s exciting restaurant in the Wharf gives a contemporary spin to Vietnamese dishes, with some Cajun dishes. Don’t miss the boudin egg rolls, cumin lamb tartare, or crawfish and noodles. The fluffy turmeric-accented bread is another highlight. Dine-in only.

Quail with five spice glaze, Criolla onions, buttermilk drop biscuits, and fermented chile butter.
Fried quail from Moon Rabbit.
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9. 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.

A pork sandwich with a bunch of cilantro piled on top.
Shredded pork banh mi from Nhu Lan.
Nhu Lan

10. 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.

A bowl of soup with meats, scallions, shrimp, and peanuts.
Mi Quang from Nha Trang
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11. 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. Online ordering here.

12. 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.

A big pile of fried rice accented with grab meat and whole shrimp.
Crab fried rice from Huong Viet
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13. 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. Online ordering here.

The storefront, with red lettering and a red awning.
The outside storefront of Thanh Son Tofu.
Eden Center

14. 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, shaking beef, and more. Don’t skip the ban xeo crepes with shrimp. Contact the restaurant for takeout.

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15. Four Sisters Restaurant

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8190 Strawberry Ln #1
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 539-8566
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Currently located inside Merrifield’s Mosaic District development, Four Sisters was an early pioneer in the city’s Vietnamese restaurant scene. The crispy spring rolls are iconic. Rice and noodle dishes are plentiful, though the menu has been somewhat streamlined during the pandemic. Online ordering here.

A plate of grilled pork on top of rice.
Four Sisters
Four Sisters

16. 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. Online ordering here.

Banh Mi DC Sandwich
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1. Mi La Cay

2409 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD 20902

Maryland suburbanites visit 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. Delivery available through GrubHub.

2409 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902

2. Bun DC

2905 Sherman Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
A bowl of soup with seafood, greens, and a bright red broth.
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. The restaurant is currently takeout-only; contact restaurant directly for orders.

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. Takeout and delivery info here.

1769 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. 1914 by Kolben

1914 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
A train inside a restaurant with a vibrant printed carpet underneath
1914’s interior, which includes a fake train.
1941 by Kolben

This newer addition to the scene is inspired by Hanoi’s buzzy “train street”, and literally has a model of a train in the upstairs of the restaurant. Banh mi, grilled pork noodles, pho ga, and a brief selection of small plates make up the menu. Online ordering here.

1914 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Doi Moi

1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

This trendy 14th street fixture has gone through a few iterations, but current chef Wade Hoo Fatt is really leaning into Vietnamese fare. That adds up to a bunch of street food (beef jerky, five spice frites), a riff on shaky beef, banh mi, banh bo buns, and more. Brunch brings a few more innovations like a pandan honeycomb cake and coconut beignets. Order online here; call the restaurant for hours, which have been somewhat limited during the most recent Covid surge.

1800 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. 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. The restaurant no longer offers dine-in; takeout and delivery through the website.

1624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. 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. Call the restaurant directly for takeout.

1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

8. Moon Rabbit DC

801 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Quail with five spice glaze, Criolla onions, buttermilk drop biscuits, and fermented chile butter.
Fried quail from Moon Rabbit.
Rey Lopez/Eater

Kevin Tien’s exciting restaurant in the Wharf gives a contemporary spin to Vietnamese dishes, with some Cajun dishes. Don’t miss the boudin egg rolls, cumin lamb tartare, or crawfish and noodles. The fluffy turmeric-accented bread is another highlight. Dine-in only.

801 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024

9. Nhu Lan Sandwich Shop

6763 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
A pork sandwich with a bunch of cilantro piled on top.
Shredded pork banh mi from Nhu Lan.
Nhu Lan

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

10. Nha Trang Restaurant

6757 Wilson Blvd #7, Falls Church, VA 22044
A bowl of soup with meats, scallions, shrimp, and peanuts.
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

11. 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. Online ordering here.

6775 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

12. Huong Viet Restaurant

6785 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
A big pile of fried rice accented with grab meat and whole shrimp.
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

13. Thanh Son Tofu

6793 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
The storefront, with red lettering and a red awning.
The outside storefront of Thanh Son Tofu.
Eden Center

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. Online ordering here.

6793 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22044

14. 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, shaking beef, and more. Don’t skip the ban xeo crepes with shrimp. Contact the restaurant for takeout.

6795 Wilson Blvd #7
Falls Church, VA 22044

15. Four Sisters Restaurant

8190 Strawberry Ln #1, Falls Church, VA 22042
A plate of grilled pork on top of rice.
Four Sisters
Four Sisters

Currently located inside Merrifield’s Mosaic District development, Four Sisters was an early pioneer in the city’s Vietnamese restaurant scene. The crispy spring rolls are iconic. Rice and noodle dishes are plentiful, though the menu has been somewhat streamlined during the pandemic. Online ordering here.

8190 Strawberry Ln #1
Falls Church, VA 22042

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16. 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. Online ordering here.

3103 Graham Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042

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