About Lemon Grass - Syracuse

The Lemon Grass has been committed to bringing innovative, fresh, and delectable Pacific Rim Thai food to our dedicated clientele since 1989. Our award-winning wine list, savory dishes, and knowledgeable wait staff consistently create an exquisite dining experience for every customer who walks past our doors.

238 West Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Thai, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Franklin Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(315) 475-1111

Website:
http://www.lemongrasscny.com/

Entertainment:
Every Friday and Saturday evenings enjoy live jazz from 7:00 to 10:00 at our bar in Bistro Elephant.

Executive Chef:
Max Chutinthranond

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact us at 315-475-1111 to inquire about our private dining rooms and catering functions.

Private Party Contact:
Alyssa Fleck: (315) 475-1111

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lemon Grass - Syracuse Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Special Occasion (21)
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Good for a Date (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Spicy (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Business Meals (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Authentic (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Fun (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Live Music (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Cozy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Casual (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The setting was lovely. The menu, a little confusing (Thai and French/steakhouse). But the food was excellent. The only disappointment was a very snooty waiter who acted like he had better things to do than answer questions and make recommendations. We had an enjoyable evening in spite of him, but it left a negative impression of this otherwise very fine restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious food spectacular desserts. Pricey

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great Asian fusion with a large menu (including fresh seafood and steak-Snake River Kobe continental style is the bomb) as well as more traditional Thai food and sushi as well. I would be difficult for someone to not find something they like on the menu. Very well thought out wine list with moderate as well as high end bottles (if that's your thing). Reluctant to share the good news but my son is graduating this year and they deserve the props.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have enjoyed the food here several times, but it is always a very rushed experience. We were done in 1 hour on Saturday night. I realize they want/need to turn the table, but there is no lingering here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Outstanding!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I brought my daughter here for her 20th birthday. I chose this restaurant, as it was very close to the theater. Very clean restaurant with great food. Our waiter was very pleasant but seemed very rushed as he talked very fast and was rushing around . My daughter ordered an entree and asked for no noodles and when it arrived as she had not ordered, the waiter said it was busy and she was getting the noodles. I expected more from an upscale restaurant. I would still recommend this place for fine dining.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great Service and food. They accommodate our large party with no trouble. Many options whether you like it spicy or not. Noise level was very quiet so we could talk from one end of our 9 person table to the other. We had the best waitress.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was fabulous. Tables a bit closer together than I'd like, creating some problems for the server. Overall, a great dinner.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic food and ambiance in the Bistro Elephant area of the restaurant. Great food presentation and wine list. I recommend the duck tamarind and the lamb chops with the red curry sauce. Both were perfectly cooked, and full of flavor.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The mixologists were professional, knowledgeable and personable. They are an asset to the establishment, particularly the female mixologist. Unfortunately, we do not recall her name.

Our server was pleasant and professional.

The food was good. I had a whole lobster and filet, and the filet was prepared properly and my wife had rack of lamb, which was also good. The lobster was overcooked, dry and bland.

Th restaurant seemed a bit dingy and had stained carpeting and stained seat cushions in the bar. The ambiance was lacking and it was too bright, not a welcoming atmosphere.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Overall experience was not very good at all. The waiter was not friendly, seemed rushed and bothered. Food was generally inconsistent and nothing to write home about. We felt somewhat ill after dinner. We joked that we should have gone to the cheesecake factory at the mall instead and would have probably gotten better food and better service. We would not recommend, nor will we return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Two out-of-town classmates getting together for dinner during a reunion weekend at the University. I knew this place for years and had been here during previous visits to Syracuse. For me, the bistro section was new and we took advantage of that, but not before we first enjoyed a magnificent appetizer special that was yellowtail sushi but, most unusually, was very thinly sliced and rolled with a combination of Japanese spices. Wonderful! The bistro meats were terrific as well. Rack of lamb (available with or without red curry sauce - I skipped the sauce), as good as any I have had anywhere. Very ample portion, fair price. Interesting “can can” dessert with cookie garnish baked in the shapes of dancers’ legs.

Enjoyed our palaver with our server, who was earnest and gracious on his second day after having been promoted from a buzzer. All in all a very satisfying experience. As expected.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Parents Weekend at SU. What a find. Can’t wait to get back up there and try other items on menu!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Disappointing experience. The service was slow and our waiter was not pleasant. The food was good but way over priced. It would also help to have a few basic items on the menus that younger members of our group would like. Y

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding, if expensive, cuisine. Service very knowledgeable but quite slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I had heard good things about this restaurant and it was exactly as promised. My wife and I both agree, best meals we’ve had in quite some time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Absolutely great food and great service at this wonderful restaurant. Lots of Thai and non Thai offerings. A wonderful dining experience!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We visit every time we are in Syracuse! The menu has something for everyone. Our service was exceptional this last visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great dining gen
Fabulous carpaccio
Great steak
Fine waiter

Tags: Spicy, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The staff at the bar was terrific. Engaging, fun and helpful. Wine selection was very great. Varied menu. Even though the restaurant was not busy when we, the waiter seemed hurried. He was not engaging . That spoiled the experience for us.

Tags: Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 24, 2017

My meal was stunning. I wanted to pick up the pot the mussels were served in and drink the liquid. The entire meal was so good and served with a small amount of heat that made everything so delicious. Seafood, perfectly cooked. Steak, the same. Really a wonderful meal. And the desserts were works of art. I love this place!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was terrific as always
Our waiter Robert was right on point with recommended sauces and drinks to compliment our choices

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Absolutely wonderful!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The appetizers including the special calamari were delicious. Every one liked their entrees. Most of us had something Thai. My Panang steak was a little spicey and delicious. The desserts were amazing. Artistic works of art and delicious to eat. My favorite looked like a high heel shoe. The guests we brought loved it all. Thanks Lemon Grass.

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 (London)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Visiting my son at school

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Never disappointed when we come here. Josh, our waiter, was great and made some delicious recommendations. The apps, entrees and dessert were all amazing. Unfortunately 3 of us shared one dessert because we were so full...next time leaving room for my own, they're some of the delicious and creative desserts in town!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent Restaurant with great food and wine choices. Intimate atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Vegan
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Outstanding birthday dinner - great service, terrific entrees, delicious and fun desserts!!
Thank you!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

I live in Armory Square and always have dinner with visitors., relatives and close friends at Lemongrass. Food quality superb and the ambience unique. Great place for Special Occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great service and amazing food!

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

I hate to leave bad reviews, but I had high expectations for this place. The waiter was rude, while my boyfriend and I were in a conversation, he walked over and started speaking over us, telling us the specials. What happened to a simple excuse me? We went straight to ordering dinner, and our food came out a half hour later barely even warm. Very disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Food was excellent!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great vibe in the restaurant and great food, as always!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Fourth visit, go to place for us in Syracuse NY, but this time the experience not as good. My order got screwed up, as I ordered the shrimp crock pot, and it came with chicken. Also, as the bowl was fresh and well prepared, it was extremely bland. However, my daughter had the tofu red curry, and she loved it! Still would come back, but now with some hesitation

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Nicole was our server & she was as sensational as the food.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

food and service was great definitely will go back

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

First time at Lemon Grass. It was highly recommended by friends. It did not disappoint. Service was notable. Food was great. We love Thai and their unique expression was excellent. Nice balance of spice and flavor. We will return. (It is about an hour away for us.)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Its our go to restaurant whenever we are in Syracuse. Definitely pricey, however, great ambiance, terrific food and typically great service. Service was sub par during our last visit but it's a rarity so we will go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Service was a bit slow at first and then improved. Food was excellent! Ignore the menu on the website. No sushi as listed on line. This is a much more elegant restaurant and a higher quality menu than the online version suggests. The options are more refined and you can taste that several dishes have been cooking for a long period, e.g. curries, and thus substitutions are not accommodated. We don't live in the area but definitely will pass along the recommendation and visit again if ever in Syracuse! Worth a try!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The on-line menu offers choices which were not actually on the menu. This is an issue when you choose a restaurant based upon allergies and other food restrictions. The people at the next table left befire ordering for that reason. We were dissapointed that certain gluten free and vegetarian options were not on the menu as advertised. The service waa slow and my food came out a good seven minutes after the food for my companions.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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