Ban Thai
Ban Thai

Ban Thai

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://banthaiedmonton.com/
  • Phone: (780) 444-9345
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Executive Chef: Supanee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, BYO Liquor, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will prepare take out orders for mutually agreed on pick-up times. These may be outside of our normal hours.
  • Private Party Facilities: Exclusive use of our entire dining room is available Tuesday thru Sunday from 12:00 noon unti l 3:00 pm. Please reserve at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Private Party Contact: Al Barnett 7804449345

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 158 Avenue
  • Public Transit: Edmonton Transit Jasper Place Terminal is located two blocks north of our restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is shared with other businesses in this strip mall. We are often the only business open evenings.
A word from Ban Thai
Ethnic Thai cuisine since 1991 prepared by owner chef "Supanee". Consumer choice award winner.
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Ban Thai reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food4.2
    Service2.7
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (5)neighborhood gem (5)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great food
    hapi2dine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Taking my Mom is stressful--she has issues about new food and service (as she is almost 89) but she loved the Thai food and very pleased about the price! The service was slow--not enough staff, but everyone there was very friendly...
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    myThai
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We went with a group of 5 to celebrate a birthday. We had the seafood soup (they left out the squid at our request) which was really tasty with a bit of heat to it. The pad thai was excellent, the coconut rice was awesome, but my favourite dish was the beef panang. What we enjoyed was that each dish was made with fresh ingredients, and although I am admittedly inexperienced in Thai food, seemed to be very authentic. The pace was not rushed, and our waiter, who was also the restaurant owner, explained each dish as he brought them out. All in all, it was a very tasty meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • I'm not even kidding about slow
    Christine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After reading the reviews from other customers, I went with an open mind about the pokey service. You have to be kidding me. Who runs a restaurant like this. Food to the wrong tables...forget about another glass of water...and a bill that never arrives. Kinda overshadowed the fact that the food was pretty good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Foody
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times and the food is always good. The service is slow but the food is worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food - if it cam all at once. Worst service ever in a restaurant. Waited 1.5 hours for the last dish to arrive with rice :(
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    fit for foodies
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  • Won't be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a very bad experience at Ban Thai. Service was horrible, very slow. We were there for almost two hours and all we received were our drinks and one appetizer. Waitress thought we had received all if our food. We ended up leaving without receiving the rest if our order. We definitely will not be back and would not recommend anyone else to visit there.
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  • first time
    PopskiVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Small operation, very good food, prompt, reasonably attentive but not highly professional
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Thai food
    Giri
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food is really good, but service is poor, I had to ask three times before water was provided. I'll definitely go back again for the food or order in.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 99 reviews are from the Ban Thai reviews archive.
  • Good food!
    YEG1
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had a great dining experience! This time I tried the green curry and it went well with the coconut rice!
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    good for groups
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  • Good food, wait forever
    tonyg
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food here has always been excellent. Curries that are very aromatic and seem to be made from scratch, since it took 30 minutes to get drinks, and another hour to see our appetizers. Go if you have all night for dinner, or you may be unhappy with the long wait.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I've never been disappointed coming here, the food is always delicious and the host makes you feel welecome from the time you walk in the door. My daughter took me here because it's food was authentic Thai food that reminded her of her trip to Thailand. We go back often to try a different dish every time the menu is great!!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thai food worth waiting for!
    Traveller
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Ban Thai consistently offers among the best of Thai food available in the city. Sometimes service can be a bit slow but the dishes are well worth a wait. Service is friendly and the ambience is Thai-homey and quiet. The menu offers a wide selection of classic Thai dishes. Ingredients are fresh and very tasty too.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food, if you have the time
    ImpatientAndHungry
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We ordered several dishes from Ban Thai and each of them was fresh and delicious. The only drawback was it took a very long time. We ordered the combination for 4 with additional appetizers for the 6 of us (which was the perfect amount of food). However, each dish came separately about 15 minutes apart. As a result, we were in the restaurant for almost 3 hours. We went Saturday evening and it didn't get too full. Our waiter seemed very nervous and timid but he was more than happy to answer questions or fill in requests, which also seemed to take a little longer than it should in a smaller restaurant. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant... for take out.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good but slow
    snoopydogdog
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Needed one more server instead of just the husband. Took too long to get water and our order. Good food but too too slow.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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  • Visit of March 21
    TimandSandi
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My friend and I spent the whole evening, slowly enjoying dinner and a bottle of wine. No pressure to leave, yet attentive to our every desire. Food was fantastic, my girl friend took home the leftovers, and said it was even better the next day. But the food was plate lickable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food, Molasses SLOW service
    HungryFamily
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Waited 40 min after arrival before server took drink order. We ordered 4 beer's, none in stock; alternative offered was just as great. 1 server (slow & old) for the whole place which is alright since there is only about 10 tables 4 of which were being used We ordered a group meal which consisted of about 5 items each came about 20-25 minutes apart Separate food coming is quite typical for Thai but 20 minutes that is a LONG Time especially when you have a hungry 5 yr old & 2 men However once the food came the anger you had from the awful service and length between plates, disappeared because the food was THAT GOOD, Ordering a 2nd round of drinks, took another 20 minutes for the server to let us know they were out, again of this beer.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Thai food and I have
    Dawn
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The best Thai food and I have frequented more than a few Thai restaurants! This will be my new go to Thai restaurant even though its across the city from us
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out!
    luvyummy
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    W went to Ban Thai last week for the first time. Our greeting was warm and welcoming! Very delicious meal! The service was quite slow and we were told the kitchen was backed up (which was weird because there were only 3-4 couple in the restaurant - maybe take out orders???). Regardless, some complimentary spring rolls were brought to our table because we had been waiting so long. They were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the food...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Don't plan on eating here if you have plans afterwards. Expect a 2.5 hr dinner service with breaks between courses. We keep going back for the amazing flavours of Thailand!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The good and bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    1. Great food at good prices, nice ambience 2. The restaurant couldn't find our online reservation - do they use you? 3. Waitress was not very good (temp staff - student) 4. Music background played over... and over.. and over...and over - irritating
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    What a great little find! We enjoy good quality authentic food at a reasonable price. The salad rolls were very fresh and plenty to share. The red curry was just the right amount of spice. The Pad Thai was delicious! Our first impression was a little turned off by the musty smell to this older location, but once the food arrived, we were no longer distracted by the smell. We will be bringing friends here.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The food was delicious and our server was so gracious. We were there late during the week and enjoyed great Thai food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • avcell
    avcell
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The best Pad Thai I ever ate. The service was warm and friendly. The price is right.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walked out due to no service
    noservice
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We have eaten at Ban Thai before and the food is great. Unfortunately the last time we were there the service was terrible. We were seated, not provided menus and then completely ignored for 15 minutes. There appeared to be only one server that evening and by the comments overheard from surrounding tables it was clear everyone had waited too long to get their food. We made the decision to walk out and go somewhere else.
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  • Excellent food but slow service
    dynahthirst
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    The food at Ban Thai is some of the best Thai food in Edmonton, I think. However, the service is exceptionally slow. The entire time we were there, about 3 hours, there was a couple just leaving when we got there, another table of three people, and my co-diner and I at another table. When we tried to order the fresh spring rolls, we were told the cook didn't have time to make them and would the deep-fried spring rolls be okay instead. The entire three hours we were there, we saw only two people come in for take out, so I'm not sure what the cook was being overwhelmed with. The food, however, will keep me going back to Ban Thai, particularly the custard and sticky rice dessert. Just know that you can't be in a hurry when you eat at Ban Thai.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, inexperienced staff
    redphoenix
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We wanted a quick bite before heading to a concert later on, and this was in the neighborhood. The young man appeared to be a teenager, and the only waiter on staff at the time for the entire restaurant. Our soup course arrived without extra bowls or spoons. Our dinner course arrived without plates. An order of spring rolls was presented, which we said didn't belong to us. The food was very good, but the experience was marred by this inexperienced waiter. He tried hard, but when it came time for us to leave to attend the show on time, we had to take our plate to the front desk to get it packed up and pay our bill. Don't let this put you off - the food is very good. Just be prepared to be patient.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great but we
    YummyinmytummyVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    The food was great but we would have ordered differently if we would have understood the concept. The intention is to share the dishes at the table. Next time I would choose a set menu from the back of list that offer multiple courses.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Cuisine is amazing. Decor...not
    WolchanVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    This restaurant desperately needs updating. It's tables are adorned with fake flowers and seat cushions are common. Then food however is to die for. Genuinely authentic thai cuisine.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent
    European
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    The quality of food has been very good, the service was great: the waiter was attentive and well -disposed but not obtrusive. The wne list was rather weak, though they had a good white, which fits well with Thai food. An excellent place for those who like Oriental food.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PAINFULLY SLOW SERVICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    We got there on a Sunday at 6:00pm and only ordered 1 appetizer and 2 main dishes. It took until 8:00 pm to receive the last dish. Everything comes out 1 DISH AT A TIME!! We could not believe it. I asked the server is this was the usual thing one dish at a time and she said "yes". " the people doing the cooking are old so it takes time". WOW. Could not imagine if we had ordered more. They turned down 4 people that wanted to be seated because it would make them too busy and there was only about 10 people seated at the time. The food had ok flavour but was lacking Our chicken dish had the smallest amount of chicken I had ever seen. It was very expensive as well. $55.00 for 1 appy, 2 dishes , 1 cokes and 1 tea. We will never go back.
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  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Food was ok, not great. Place needs a bit of a cleaning. One dish we ordered never arrived, when I asked about it the server returned to the kitchen and had it made. By the time the mising dish was brought to us the dishes we already had were cold, these things happen, but an apology would have been nice.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Thai food ever!
    Funnybunny
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    This is a great little restaurant for families or couples. The chicken satay appetizer is my favourite, but all of the dishes are good. Some a little spicy but not so much that you have to drink gallons of water. Tastefully spicy. The owners/servers are friendly and gentle spoken. The appetizers come one at a time so you have time to enjoy one dish before the next one arrives. The main dishes did come closer together. Everything is well worth waiting for. The atmosphere is very appealing. The room is dimly lit and there is quiet music in the background, so it's easy to carry on a conversation. I have been there 4 times now over the past year and I'm definitely going back again.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Perfect for our event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    Had a friend visiting from Ont. We wanted something on the west-end. Decent food and not too pricey. At first thought server was a little too quiet and layed back but came to appreciate him more as evening progressed. Gave us our space and let us visit until we wanted to order. Place has been around for a time so could you some updating but clean and comfortable. There on a Wednesday night so it was slow. We were last to leave but felt no pressure to hurry. Being able to bring wine and pay corkage was also a nice feature. Decent wine at a good price! Dinner for 3 including corkage and tip $109 plus cost of wine. We plan to return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and pleasant staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    This little place is nicely decorated and reasonably priced. It was nearly full when we were there so the service was a bit slow but we were not in a hurry. Additionally the dishes were all served individually with breaks in between so they were hot and we could experience each of the flavours independently. The staff were very nice and the food was delicious! The menu states that the house speciality is the Pad Thai and I would definitely recommend that, it was amazing.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing, some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The food was amazing, some of the best Thai we've had. The service was slow however.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent!!
    YEG1
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    We had another excellent dinner and experience at Ban Thai. This time, we spiced up our orders and decided to try the appetizer and soup along with our regular order of Pad Thai and Chicken Panang. It was very delicious!! Thank you.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Excellent Thai Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Ban Thai was awesome as usual. We can't wait to dine there again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The food here is always exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    The food here is always exceptionally flavourful. It's truly one of the best Thai restaurants in the city.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Being a former resident in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Being a former resident in Thailand, I do apprciate REAL Thai food and I know from previous visits that Ban Thai delivers on that promise. This is probably one reason that it has survived since 1991. It also helps that the owner and his wife, who is Thai, are the Manager and Head Cook respectively, and keep a very short line on everything.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Much LESS than poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    The food was good but the service was less than poor. We ordered rice, green curry chicken, Pad Thai, and cashew chicken. To start it took almost 20 minutes to get our drinks, then another 20 or 30 min to get the rice and curry, then another 20 or 30 min to get the Pad Thai, then another 20 or 30 min to get the cashew chicken. We had a 5:15 reservation and didn't walk out of there until 7:30 - paid cash so we didn't have to wait another hour to pay!! It wasn't the time so much it was the disjointed service - part of the beauty of Thai food is mixing all the different flavours on your plate (for me anyway) and I couldn't do this as each dish ended up being a course on to its own - so I won't go back.
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