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Little Serow
Thai Restaurant$$$
Today 5:30 – 10:30 pm
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1511 17th St NW Washington, DC 20036, United States
1511 17th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20036
$$$Thai RestaurantToday 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 10:30 pmSaturday 5:30 – 10:30 pmSunday Closed
Little Serow (rhymes with arrow) serves an Isaan-style family meal for $45 per person. Each week’s menu will be posted online at the beginning of the week.
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Intimate & dark, this cavelike spot serves an innovative set menu of Northern-Thailand specialties.- Google
"Innovative Northern Thai restaurant with changing menu."
"Get the rice milk for a perfect balance to the spicy dishes."
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Dennis Alex
4 months ago
First off, there is no sign for this place. It's an unmarked door... We came late and put our names in at around 7pm... they told us we could have a table around 10:30... we took it. The food was amazing. Best Thai food I've ever had. Naturally delicious without gimmicks. Can't say enough about how great it was. VERY VERY spicy... just be ready for it. Get the rice milk it cuts the heat quite a bit. Place had very cool 50s decor. Didn't seem like it would be found in a Thai place but it worked really well. Dimly lit, attentive service, and a tasting menu for 2 for under $130 out the door.
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Evan Carlson
6 months ago
This review is for the line outside Little Serow, because on three attempts, that is as close as I have gotten to eating there. The line can stretch all the way down to the CVS on the corner of 17th and P NW and offers great people watching and interactivity as curious passers by ask what is going on. If you're less interested in the line and more interested in the food, plan on getting there before the restaurant opens at 5:30pm, and I mean early. On the other hand, if you want to really enjoy the line waiting to get a table at this extremely popular thai restaurant, you should plan to arrive anywhere between 5 minutes after it opens to 45 minutes before it opens. That's worked for me in my experience. The best days to enjoy the line are Fridays and Saturdays, BUT if you want more of an amuse-bouche line experience at Little Serow, try the middle of the week. Hang in there though, I have heard universally that it's affordable, delicious and it's totally worth the wait.
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Brittany Gerig Campbell
8 months ago
Get the rice milk for a perfect balance to the spicy dishes. Skip this spot altogether if you are picky or have food allergies. Line up early or plan to spend a few hours in the area getting drinks before your table is ready. Amazing experience for the adventurous.
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Katie Keegin
6 months ago
100% worth the hassle of trying to get a table. Only caveat: you have to be adventurous and enjoy spicy food. Great value.
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Jaspreet Singh
6 months ago
Innovative Northern Thai restaurant with changing menu. Only downside, you need lots of time - you have to stand in line to get name on list to get in for the evening, then they will let you know when you can come back for dinner. It took us 2.5 hours from the time we got in line to when we were finally seated. Meal itself was excellent - all the rave reviews are justified. This is an excellent meal - worth going through the hoops of standing in line - at least once.
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Matthias Hess
6 months ago
This is the best Thai food I've had in the U.S. It is incredibly fresh and flavorful and very spicy. I like the concept (set menu, intimate space) but the booking process is incredibly inconvenient (they do not accept normal reservations). You (or a member of your party) must line up before they open to get on the list -- if you show up after 7 you will likely not get a table (at least not before 10pm). They text you when your table is ready and you have 10mins to show up. After several failed attempts we finally got an 8:30 table one Friday but they texted at 8pm and because my train was late I did not make it until 8:30. Fortunately they were incredibly nice about letting my wife hold the table until I arrived, but the experience was much too stressful (even considering the amazing food). Just be forewarned. I give the food and service 5+ stars but the booking process 1 star.
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Alice Wang
8 months ago
Most unfortunately, this was the most disappointing meal I've had in DC to date. I've been wanting to try Little Serow for months now and finally got a chance to go last night. We got there by 4:30, waited until 5:30 when the restaurant opened up to put our names down. We were told to come back at 8:30, so we decided to eat some appetizers at Sushi Taro first and then come back. Eventually we came back and were seated and served. Everything was ridiculously salty. We couldn't finish any of the plates because the food was so salty and watered down. No bold flavors. No spiciness. The worst part was that Johnny Monis was at the restaurant, bringing plates to his customers. Did he taste the food before it was brought out? How can he serve that to his customers? The people next to us thought it was really salty too and there were no bold flavors, so it wasn't just us. We couldn't finish any of the food. The wine was also flat and overpriced. It was the most disappointing over $100 meal I've ever paid and eaten. It's hard to believe this is a 28/30 rating on Zagat. It was just like eating salt and greens. I will say that the service is very good. All the servers were very friendly and accommodating and the food was brought out quickly. At least Sushi Taro was good... only upside to the night. I don't know what happened but maybe they were having an off night, but then reading the recent reviews, someone else mentioned they had a bad experience too and they thought every dish was salty as well, so maybe it's been an off week? Hope so, because this place is highly rated and everyone says it's really good. May have to come back in the future and hope for a better meal.
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Alyx Mark
8 months ago
Bring something (or someone) to help you pass the time while you wait for a table at this great little spot. I've never gone on a weekend, but if you go during the week it is pretty easy to get the first seating if you're out waiting around 4:45. A little pretentious to not have a phone, but whatever. The food is delicious and reasonably priced (I think) for what it is.