Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar
Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar

Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://royalthaidc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 842-1405
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm



    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm

    Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

    Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm


    Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th St. NW
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station (Green, Red, Yellow)

    Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red)

    Archives Metro Station (Green, Yellow)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar
Royal Thai opened in Chinatown in May 2009.
We are the best choice for Thai food enthusiasts, so we hope all our customers will enjoy our foods!
All of our menu selections offer nothing but the most authentic traditional Thai cooking. Every dish is prepared fresh from the best ingredients, for a rich and flavorful serving.

Our goal is to be the best cuisine in town with most authentic traditional Thai, while encorporating modern riffs using local fresh ingredients and Thai sensibilities. We also offer a seasonal selection that we create monthly. Besides delighting the discerning palate, our kitchen takes pride in sophisticated presentation.

Lastly, our staff is eager to make your time with us a wonderful experience.
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Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (4)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Love this place for lunch!
    Sheney89VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Been here several times for business lunches, and the food and service is always fast and great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and food
    HeleneFoodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a great dinner with 5 kids and we all loved the food and the cozy atmosphere. Sophisticated Asian feeling and the drinks were excellent as well as all the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service but delicous food
    LS202
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The service was a little slow but the food was, as always, delicious. Take advantage of their happy hour deals and the Massamun Curry is delish! I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Thai food and great service...
    officelunch
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A small group of us from our office reserved a table for a co-workers going away luncheon. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar reviews archive.
  • Not that memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Being tourists, this was a shot in the dark. The restaurant is small (some would say intimate), and one of the seats for our table was a cushioned seat with the wall for a back. Was kind of uncomfortable. It is so small that you hear other table's conversations. For appetizer we ordered vegetable spring rolls and roast duck rolls. Both were good. The dipping sauces were good. Despite wanting to be adventuresome, I ordered my typical Pad Thai (my comparison dish to other restaurants) with chicken and shrimp. It was pretty good, but the shrimp was undercooked. It was freshly cooked, and hot. The curries in the Chicken Panang and the Roast Duck Curry were delicious. We had no dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Air Conditioning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My first time at the restaurant and I was with a group. The food was great but it was hot in the restraurant. Not sure if the air conditioning was not working or if they had not turned it on. It really took the attention from the great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I do not like writing bad reviews but am compelled to do so here. Not only was the food and service mediocre at best, but both I and my dinner companion became very ill as a result of dining there - nausea, abdominal issues and more. The restaurant was not clean, the staff unfriendly and they clearly had AC issues that evening as well. I will stay clear of this establishment going forward.
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  • Not the best
    iOnlySpeakTheTruth
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This was a pretty OK place. I think the food was decent, but the service wasn't very great. I hate asking to have my water refilled all the time. I think that's table waiting 101.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious, huge portions
    Maggie
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    So far, the best papaya salad I've had in DC--not too sweet, plenty sour and spicy. I was almost taken aback when a GIANT plate of pad kee mow was placed in front of me--almost double what I get at most thai restaurants. My only real criticism is that both my and my boyfriend's dishes were lacking in caramelization. That would have knocked it out of the park. Great find though and I plan to come back.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad food
    Emdee
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Don't waste your time and money. Worst Thai food in DC.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so amazing
    andys
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My wife and I were looking for some amazing Thai food and boy did we hit the spot. The staff, amazingly nice; the food, fast and some of the best Thai we've had for a long while; the location, super easy to get to and right in the heart of Chinatown. All and all, I'd go here again and again and again if we lived in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint spot in Chinatown.
    PeachyQueenVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food is really good and tastes very fresh. Service is fast so be sure to let your server know to wait 10 minutes or so before putting in your main order so you will have time to finish your appetizer!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great lunch with co-workers.
    Tspenc
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Had a great lunch with co-workers. I was eager for Thai food and I was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was very fast, and
    Hungryhippo
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Service was very fast, and food was made exactly as requested and was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and affordable
    TDub
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This place is great for a late night dinner in DC. The service is good and food is consistently scrumptous.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Thai dishes
    Buddy
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Our dinners were well prepared, portions were large, and served quickly. Each in of group of six ordered something different and the "hotness" level on the menu matched the spicyness of the dishes. Other reviewers complained that the food was bland, we did not find this to be true.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    gustav
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We had heard so much about Royal Thai's service, but the service we received was slow and unconcerned: I was left holding a wet teabag, for starters. The lemongrass soup arrived lukewarm and was quite bland, as if they had not bothered to finish it. Unfortunately, the curries were just as lackluster: thin, watery and mediocre, at best. The little upstairs room was nicely decorated and had a warm, cozy feel. Unfortunately, it was quite noisy, between the television and the party of six; not a great place for a couple looking for quiet conversation. There are a lot of choices in Chinatown. If you're looking for a nice, quiet, tasty lunch for two, this isn't it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Good Food
    EddieVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Royal Thai has always had good food; however, I have to question the current quality or should I say cutbacks that I experienced. There seemed to be something missing in every dish; whether it was the red peppers in my chicken panang or the spice and vegetables in my spicy thai fried rice. With all that said, the food is still delicious, the prices are awesome for DC, and the service is always served with a friendly smile. Considering the tough economic times, the cutbacks are minor and the flavors are still wonderful. A good staple in the Chinatown community!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for a big group
    bdaygirl
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I made a reservation for 17 at 7pm on a Saturday night - hoping for the best. Royal Thai put us upstairs in a private room - which was fantastic. The service was great, the prices were eminently reasonable, and the food was delicious! Everyone kept saying what a good time they had and what a good restaurant pick it was. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food.
    Workerbee
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The service was very good and the food was good. It was very cold and drafty where we were sitting. Every time someone came in, we were in the direct draft. Our food got cold very quickly. Service was fast. Drinks were excellent. Everyone was friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • quick lunch
    opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    We stopped in for a quick late lunch. We thought we were taking a risk but we were very pleased over all. The decor was several steps above the normal cheezy Thai hangings and the place was clean. The food was good but the best part was the service. The waitress was so kind and welcoming we were instantly glad we took the risk.
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  • Excellent Thai Cuisine
    jayjay
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    In search of a Thai restaurant with great food and service since the Thai Kitchen closed a year ago, the Royal Thai has been our best find yet!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointment
    Robert
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    The food was poor and uninspiring. Will not go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet