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

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Romantic (17)
Business Meals (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Spicy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Authentic (7)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Cozy (5)
Live Music (5)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Seasonal (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

An amazing dining experience with the absolute best Thai cuisine I’ve ever enjoyed. Definitely a must-eat while in Syracuse. If you have the means to go, you will not regret.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was great, very flavorful! Service was good

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife loves Thai cuisine and so I thought I'd surprise her for Valentine's Day and take her to this restaurant. I have never been to Lemon Grass before. We sat in the Main Room. I understand it was special day and expect it to be busy. The room is nice but the tables were lined in rows close together. Almost looked like a cafeteria seating in school! It was relatively noisy as expected with the large amount of people in the room. Plus the having 2 of the walls being floor to ceiling glass did not help to deaden the sound. Hard to have a conversation.

We opted for the special 5 course meal and we purchased a bottle of wine rather than the individual pairings priced at $30. First, I want to say that our waitress was wonderful. She was cheerful and did check on us from time to time.
Most of the servings were very good. My only "beef" was with the Imported Kobe Grade AA6 steak I chose as the main course. While it was tasty, it was cold -- room temperature -- as were the potatoes. I asked the waitress if that was the way it is supposed to be served -- she did not know. I am just used to having steak served hot.

The time between our course servings was very long. Our waitress did bring us a glass of wine on the house. But it was over 3 hours before we were finished -- too long.

I'll go back again in the future --- but not on a holiday -- and see if experience is any better.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything went well

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. My wife and I have never had a less than stellar experience here.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Spicy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Billy is the best. 10/10 service

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Although one of our favorite restaurants in Syracuse, the taste has been compromised. The red curry chicken used to be much better before they precooked the chicken. Last visit the chicken was leathery rather then the usual tenderness we are used to.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I've been 3x now and certain this is the best restaurant in all of Syracuse.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Spicy, Scenic View, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Restaurant was closed when I arrived for my reservation. I was not notified that the restaurant was closed as was strayed in the snow. Went to a brunch place near by

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our first time to Lemon Grass, and it was quite the meal. We chose the Prix Fixe New Years menu and was satisfied with the creativity and flavors of each course. It was a bit chilly inside but considering it was like 5 degrees out I guess the chill can't be completely gone. Our server was attentive and courteous, it was a very positive first experience at Lemon Grass.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

As always so good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I’m a huge fan of wine and Thai food. They had both and a variety of other bistro options if you prefer. The service was very good. The wine was really good and reasonably priced in comparison to other restaurants. The service was very friendly and the server knew the menu and wine list very well when it came to recommendations. It was my girlfriend’s birthday and we went all out on food and wine and I was not disappointed at all at paying that much money at the end of the night because everything was very good. Would definitely go back but probably order less expensive items, including a bottle of wine, of which there were plenty options. If you love really good Thai food and wine definitely go there.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was great - Billy. Food was excellent. Consistent stop whenever we are in Syracuse for visit. Highly recommend

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Lemongrass is the best restaurant in Central New York. It’s as close as many people will get to the quality and creativity of Michelin starred restaurant in the Syracuse area

Tags: Spicy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Had the Prig Pow it was outstanding. Service awesome as it always is. Helpful and knowledgeable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food wasn't bad but for the price I expected much more. I felt like I could have had a better meal for half the price at another Thai restaurant such as Erawans on Erie Blvd.

The Pad Thai reminded me a lot of the Pad Thai I get frozen at the grocery store (Amys). Except I paid 5 times as much for it. I had high hopes for Lemon Grass but left feeling disappointed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Restaurant wasn't that busy, but we were sat in the middle of dining room with people moving all around us, instead of the open seats around the edges. Lights were oddly bright inside for dinnertime. Dinner was served so quickly it must have been pre-cooked. Food and service were mediocre at best.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very impressed with the dinner, it had a very authentic taste.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (Key West)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Outstanding!

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 (San Francisco)·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 24, 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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 (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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 (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!

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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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