Vietnamese cuisine is complex, and it’s not always easy to find a decent meal from this Southeast Asian country in Washington, D.C. To make the search easier for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to enjoy Vietnamese food in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
As the name suggests, Pho (beef and rice-noodle soup) is the way to go at this Vietnamese restaurant. The Saigon-style broth is rich and full of warming spices. Tinker around with the toppings and the hot sauce till you reach your ideal taste level, and dive in. Sometimes, there is nothing more comforting than a bowl of Pho. There are three locations around D.C.
One of the most popular restaurants in the incredible Eden Center (full of Vietnamese restaurants and storefronts) is Huong Viet, serving Vietnamese delicacies and home-style cuisine. Whether you stop by for a snack and glass of Vietnamese iced coffee or are after a full-fledged meal, Huong Viet is a great option.
A huge menu of traditional Vietnamese classics await at this popular Adams Morgan spot. The lotus root salad is a favorite, as is their signature “Banh Canh Tom Cua”, a thick and flavorful noodle soup with crab-meat and shrimp.
This no-frills restaurant run by a brother-sister duo brings their family’s recipes of delicious banh mi sandwiches, Pho, rice, noodles and salad bowls to the capital. They also have vegan, gluten free and halal options on the menu, so it’s a good spot for anyone with dietary restrictions.
Saigon Kitchen is a new addition to the Vietnamese dining scene in D.C. Their fresh, homemade-style food served in a modern dining room has something on the menu for everyone. Some early stars here are the caramelized fish and the filet mignon Pho.
This modest storefront in Arlington is one of the best places for the traditional Vietnamese Pho. The portions are huge, the variety of toppings is extensive, and the noodles and broth are on point. Note that it is cash only, so be prepared.
This is a casual spot in the Maryland suburb of Silver Spring, and is extremely popular for its Bun Bo Hue. The broth in this dish is spicy, sweet, salty, and very good, served with rice vermicelli, beef, and added garnishes. Another fan favorite is the crispy Maryland chicken — Viet style fried chicken over tomato flavored rice.