2500 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201


Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Clarendon/Courthouse

Cuisines: Vietnamese

Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11, Sunday 11 to 10.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Clarendon, Court House

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Pork vermicelli, both northern (saltier) and southern (sweeter); banh xeo; fried shrimp-and-yam patties; dill-laced catfish, to be broken into hunks and folded into giant leaves of lettuce; a clay pot of sweet/peppery caramel sauce and bits of catfish; ch

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

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This Vietnamese restaurant in Clarendon is an antidote to the unimaginative renditions of Asian food that proliferate and to the comfort food that has become a default setting at many restaurants. A meal here is a chance to recalibrate and restore the senses.

Minh's is nicer and comfier than many of the holes-in-the-wall in Falls Church's Eden Center, the area's de facto Little Vietnam. But that's just a bonus. Our enthusiasm is for the intensity of flavors coming from Anh Nguyen's kitchen. You shouldn't have to shell out a small fortune for a restaurant to provide a memory to hold onto.

What to get: Shrimp-and-yam patties; bun cha, charred pork meatballs in spicy fish sauce; Hanoi-style sizzling catfish with dill and mint; clay pots of pork or catfish; lemongrass-marinated short ribs; Vietnamese coffee; tempura-fried bananas.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.