Emporium Thai Cuisine

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We are Southern Thai Specialty Restaurant serving Los Angeles community since 2000. Awarded with Top 100 Best Thai Restaurant in USA. Indulge and experience our great cuisine, we proudly offer our guests an outstanding selection of Thai dishes, prepared with fresh natural ingredients, exotic native spices and fresh herbs for your dining pleasure.
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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food. Too loud.

WF
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I've been a patron of this restaurant for more than 10 years. I've watched it grow from a humble treasure to a grabby aspirational hot spot. The menu, food, servers, decor, and ambiance have changed. A few years back they started hiring attractive hostesses and servers. Attractive and competent aren't the same thing. The food used to be more flavorful and generous. There's less variety of ingredients within the dishes now and they are smaller. Prices have nearly doubled. The environment is no longer quaint, it's flashy and social media obsessed. All of this is tolerable when you have a good experience. This time, unfortunately, we had a round of sour milk in our Thai iced-teas. We sent them back and received fresh ones. However, that evening all five of us experienced varying degrees of digestive upset ranging from nausea to being unable to leave the bathroom for hours. It was not due to spicy food either, we ate a level 4, normally it's a level 6 for us. All in all, it's sad. We used to love the place.

GL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the UCLA curry dish! Generous servings, great flavors!

FB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Thai food in Los Angeles, hands down! The classic dishes are authentic and the service is exceptional.

ZH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I love their food. They prepare it as spicy as I like it!

K
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I had a reservation for two at 6:30. My girlfriend came in 5 minutes prior, I was 8 minutes late. There were maybe 5 tables occupied. The waitress avoided us for at least 10 minutes before bringing over menus and taking a drink order.she came back promptly to take our order. We ordered two dishes, pad Thai and curry. 30 minutes later we still don’t have food. We call her over to check on the food, she runs back to the kitchen and brings our dishes. We start tasting the food and it’s stone cold. We call her over again. She sticks her finger in the curry to check the temperature. Takes the plates back and emerges from the kitchen 5 minutes later with the same bowls she stuck her finger in. They were were microwaved to the point that the outside was crusty and dry. I was flabbergasted. I kindly explain to her that it’s not sanitary to do that. We get up to leave because at this point I’ve lost my appetite. She brings us the bill for our two iced teas and pretends like nothing is wrong. So no, I will not be going back.

ZH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only Thai place to serve me food as spicy as I like it! Sooo good. You really will need a reservation, usually there is a wait for a table, and with good reason. The owner is very nice and personable, it’s wonderful that he carries on his mother’s legacy

JW
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Made a reservation for 4 through Opentable, they claimed I didn’t have a reservation because I didn’t call. I showed them the confirmation email at which point the hostess said “I’ll check” and ignored us for 15 minutes. Got lucky that a table cleared before we left. Food was fine, but nothing amazing. Pretty small seating area, not good for groups over 4

F
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I dont know if I'd go back here again. the restaurant's wait staff are not that friendly except for the reception person. The food is nothing out of the ordinary. The Tom yum soup was pale and tasteless. The Pad Thai was way too sweet. I'll take my chance trying another Thai restaurant.

ML
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

AS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff are really nice, and knowledgeable of the menu if you have questions or want suggestions. They also have a low corkage fee, which was nice for group of 4. I'm particular about where I get Thai food when I'm nowhere near NoHo, and this was a good choice.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best family Thai Restaurant in Los Angeles!

g
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting from out of town and had wonderful Thai curry. Loved it

BB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant offers the best Thai food in town, meeting the owner alone and his sincere graciousness is worth the visit.

NM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Greeted by someone who assumed we were looking for the bathroom?!? Then when I pointed out that we had an Open Table reservation for four, she guided us to a table for two. Once we got that straightened out a server immediately came over and asked if we were ready to order? We had been sitting for less than one minute. We ordered a few minutes later and tow of our three apps came shortly after, dumplings and spring rolls which ok. The third app came, chicken in lettuce wrap, came ten minutes later after reminding the server. After a while two of our mains came. After a fairly long wait and reminders, one other main came. After another five or ten minutes, the final main came. Needless to say I would suggest you avoid.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

very disappointing.Service was great, Food was very disappointing.Dumplngs were still cold and perhaps a bit frozen. nothing great or special.

EG
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We don’t get an opportunity to eat Thai very often and since we were enjoying the day in LA, we figured we would give it a try given most of the reviews we good. We enjoyed the food and the great service and hope to in the near future enjoy it again. I recommend this restaurant.

AP
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Emporium Thai rocks! Thai food at its best, sometimes a bit inconsistent (pad thai) but outstanding overall dishes (Tom Kha, Pad Woo Sen, Panang and asst'd curries). We enjoy the range and diverse offerings; flavors are authentic and servers are awesome, even if they get a little behind. Friendly, gracious, inviting hosts. . . .really like this place.

GS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Every time we're there, we're happy. I'd rather order carryout from here and drive to get it than get delivery from a closer restaurant.

WB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A group of us traveled to Emporium Thai Cuisine and enjoyed the Dine out LA menu along with other options. The rating scale for spicy/hot is from 1-8. I was the only one who ordered a 4 all other were a 3 or 1. The 4 was hot, and I greatly enjoy hot, but this was a bit too hot, next time I would order a 3 so that I could taste everything! Great wine list too!

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Despite being full they only had one waitress on staff for part of the night. She also had to manage the phone for take-out orders. Everything was delicious, but the service was rather slow.

c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations on OpenTable and drove across town on a rainy night. When I got there was told that they don't honor open table reservations. So no table and my group was forced to find something else last minute. The staff clearly knows this is an ongoing issue and didn't care. You'd think someone would bother to cancel their account. Horrible experience. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best Thai Restaurants I have visited. staff was delightful and food was very good.

BH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been looking for a good, spicy Thai restaurant on the Westside and I've found it! It is operated by the same family that runs Jitlada, an exceptionally spicy, crowded Thai restaurant in Hollywood. The food here is also very flavorful and spicy and the service was very helpful in explaining the restaurant's specialties and the degree of spice that one should order (it is on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of heat). I will definitely go there again!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Great value for money. Would definitely recommend.

JV
London
61 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Comfortable ambiance. Food was good with fresh ingredients but not especially inspired. Service was friendly if a bit slipshod - typical of restaurants in the area that use UCLA students. Overall, it's a good value and one of the few places in the area without deafening music and noise, so I'll be back.

g
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with a group of four ladies, one of whom fears spiciness, so we ordered everything "medium". Taking into consideration that, therefore, everything needed to be spiced up, the food was excellent. We ordered four entrees, all of which were tasty and large. Nothing extraordinary, but definitely worth repeating. We also ordered two desserts, which everyone but me enjoyed - Thai doughnuts and mango sticky rice. Atmosphere is pleasant and only slightly too noisy; service was reasonably attentive and speedy. Parking was a bit of a problem, but we lucked out and found street spots.

l
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously really great Thai food here. The service is great and efficent. Would definitely recommend to friends looking for some delicious and affordable Thai food.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Recommend reserving on weekends.

WS
Detroit
165 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Very casual but friendly staff and excellent food. Was there over the holidays with family

RI
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was FANTASTIC!!!!

FD
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Emporium Thai Cuisine is probably my favorite Thai restaurant in this area because you can tell they use high-quality ingredients and all their dishes have such great, bold flavors. This is the second time we've been there and we love it. It's a small intimate place that is big on flavor. The Thai Iced Tea is really good but the Thai Basil Chicken Pad Kra Pow was great. Everything is made-to-order and fresh and they aren't stingy with the amount of meat and veggies they add to dishes!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a wonderful little family-run restaurant. The food is excellent, much better than the standard student fare that you find in Westwood. Can't wait to return to experience more of the menu.

OT
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thai Emporium is one of those restaurants where everything looks so good that you feel like you want to come back the next night and try another bunch of dishes. It is excellent Thai food. When we ordered the waitress made sure to let us know that space he was Thai spicy so we ordered everything on the mild side. I think next time we'll ask for it a bit spicier. We started with the green papaya salad which was awesome. For our main course we had the special curry chicken which is a recipe that has bee started with the green papaya salad which was awesome. For our main course we had the special curry chicken which is a recipe that has been in their family for many years. It was a coconut-based sauce that was extremely delicious. We also had green mussel soup which was delicious. The broth was unbelievably tasty and the mussels were good size and perfectly cooked. The only slightly disappointing dish, ironically, was the Pad Thai. I found the noodles to be a little bit mushy – maybe slightly overcooked. Very tasty though. I can't wait to go back and try some of their other dishes.

g
Cleveland
187 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Rated as one of the top 100 Thai restaurants in the nation and the best Thai in Westwood. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to the reputation. It was good but when you are expecting more, it is disappointing. The restaurant is small so you feel a bit cramped although the tables are far enough apart that you do not feel like you are right up beside your neighbor. The service was friendly and good.

A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Our main dish a whole fish (sea bass maybe) was very dry and overcooked.

FD
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is one of those places that you see, but it takes a while to stop in. I'm glad we did. The food was really good and the service was friendly and attentive. We'll be going back.

f
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

excellent Thai cuisine.
Friendly service.
large menu.

c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2014
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Service is ok, but taste is bad. We ordered three items recommended from the menu, all tasted poorly. I wonder what the rest of the menu will taste like. The salad is not vegetable, it is deep fried leaves. The chicken in the curry has no taste. The beef was overcooked.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I came in with two friends. We got here about 20 minutes before the kitchen closed. We were able to order before they closed the kitchen. The food was still great! I would consider returning. They were slightly pushy during our experience, so try to arrive about an hour before they close to avoid that.

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