Permanently Closed - Pok Pok LA

4.3
169 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
This restaurant is permanently closed. Pok Pok LA features dishes that are found in the streets, homes, and restaurants of Southeast Asia, with the majority of the food coming from Thailand, and specifically from the North and Northeast of Thailand.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So sad to see Chef Ricker go back to Portland! Thank to him for stopping by our table and taking pictures. And thanks for the desserts! I loved Pok Pok very much! The food and the staff were great. I'll miss it...

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LynW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic Thai food! Sad that Pok Pok LA is closing (also sad that Pok Pok Phat Thai closed too). Loved being able to eat great Thai food that wasn't the typical mainstream Thai dishes. Everything was yummy, not a bad dish in the bunch. Hopefully, Andy Ricker will find a new home for Pok Pok in LA. But until then, we will cook from the Pok Pok cookbook, which is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad to see Pok Pok close in LA, but more of an excuse to go back to Portland! The food was amazing, but we ordered too much (not a bad thing!) and the gin apple drinking vinegar beverage was really delicious.

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vipdrdon
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Too bad it is closing. They might have succeeded in another neighborhood.

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vipCowboy
Los Angeles
158 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food!!
Very nice wait staff who explained what we were getting and what kind of "spice level" we wanted to have.
Unique selections and very nicely prepared and presented. We will definitely go again.... liked it so well we might reorder the same items!
Only small complaint is: the restaurant is rather dimly lit to read menu so be prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service fun drinks
Great food great service fun drinks
Great food great service fun drinks
Great food great service fun drinks

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SandyG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We ordered the chicken wings, brussel sprouts, crepe and papaya salad. The wings were great and had complex flavors. Sweet, spicy, slightly sour and sticky. The brussel sprouts were perfectly cooked and had a slight crunch. I had the crepe, which had mussels in it. I would never have expected it, but it wasn't awful. It definitely needed the siracha though. Was a tad bland. Finally the disappointment was the papaya salad. It tasted as if it weren't freshly made. Possibly made earlier in the day and sat in the sauce. Also he sauce lacked the zippiness I've had at other places.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really appreciated the knowledgeable and friendly staff. Our server was super friendly and could tell us about items on the menu we weren't familiar with. Liked some dishes more than others but overall a good experience. Good hand crafted cocktails. Will return to try some other dishes I didn't try this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
131 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Thai unavailable outside of the country. Meticulous adherence to ingredients and traditional preparation. I know, as I've spend a fair bit of time in country. Ask Bryce to provide. No better Thai food in LA.

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Bill
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Located at the Northern side of Chinatown, not fancy inside & very noisy, but great food. We walked back to the Omni Hotel at 9:30 pm on Saturday. No problem. We'll be back!

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vipme22
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone had an enjoyable evening. Fine place to get together with friends

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They ran out of everything and they forgot a lot of items

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Vivi
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Excellent food and service but items are a bit pricey. It was also a bit too dark making it difficult to look at menu with ease, especially with the wordy menu. Had to whip out the cell phone for additional light to see what was available and I wasn't the only one in the restaurant to do so either. The music was also a bit too loud making it hard to hear the conversation with my friend who was seated right next to me.

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vipClynton
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was amazing, but the service was AWFUL. My friends and I ordered about seven dishes total and they literally forgot to bring three of them because they were either delivered to the wrong table or they just forgot entirely. It was kind of crazy. We also had expediters try to deliver the wrong food to our table at least three times and I heard them do the same thing to other tables too. Our waitress told us that they have only been open for a year and they're still working things out. One year seems like a long time to be working things out.

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vipGenevieve
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pok Pok Thai is big, boisterous, and colorful.

The service is solicitous (but see later note) without being cloying and the portions are generous.

Hits were the warm cashews with green onions and red hot chiles, and the khao soi which is vegetarian but had an amazing, multi-flavored broth. The fried bananas were also good.

Misses were the Chiang Mai sausages, which were run of the mill and not particularly spiced. Also, the sides they served us also didn't match what was listed on the menu (sticky rice, crudite, and pork rind)--instead they served us boiled cabbage with no spices or sauce and two small slices of plain squash. The "ice cream" sandwich with coconut and jack fruit ice cream was also a flop. The "sweet bun" was dry and they again did not serve us the sticky rice it was supposed to come with.

Other cons are that tables are small and you are sitting cheek by jowl with folks right next door and that it is hard to have a conversation over the Thai pop music, some of which reminds me of listening to really bad karaoke.

Worth trying? Probably.
All that it's cracked up to be? No.

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kingblind
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic!! As good as the ones in the Pdx !! I come here every time I'm in LA

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vipIsobelL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious! Although a bit higher priced than most Thai-inspired restaurants, the quality of the cooking makes it worth it. Interesting vinegar drinks are worth a try.

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AnsleyW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome first experience at pok pok la! The wings are not to be missed... salty and sweet with mild heat and pickled veggies on the side make a really good balance. The pumpkin fries were so good too. Usually I think of tempura pumpkin as more Japanese but it was great! The noodles are great too. Be warned...the papaya salad has some super intense spice! Must go.

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vipsensiblediner
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The chicken wings were great. The half chicken (the reason why the restaurant exists) was ok. Overall experience, ok.

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viplovetoeat
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience5

After hearing so much about Pok Pok both in Portland and now LA we really wanted to give it a try. I had been to the noodle shop down the street and really like the food.
My husband and I were not impressed. First of all the music is too loud and my husband ordered a beer, which the server said she thought it was the best in the world....really, which world, not this one.
Our other server said they're known for the chicken, so we tried it, a bit dry and not great flavor unless you added the chili sauce or tamarind they brought, which was no different from store bought.
The noodle soup was flavorful, but I wish it had more broth. The fried pumpkin, similar to fries, were delicious especially dipped in the chile peanut sauce. Now that was a sauce I would love to have at home.
The worse dish was dessert I'm sorry to say, because it's always my favorite part of the meal...yes, I have a big sweet tooth. We had the jackfruit-coconut ice cream sandwich... where do I begin, I can't believe they would serve this..... does someone actually like and finish that bun? The bun, dry and flavorless- the ice cream, very little flavor and a bit more icy than creamy.
Wanted to like Pok Pok, but I guess I have to move on....

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Gfoody
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is my 2nd time here and just like the last, enjoyed the most amazing food and lively but relaxed scene. Go for the chicken wings at the very least! They're incredible. The staff was accommodating to our large group and although drinks came out slow because of understaffing at the bar, they were still very good.

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TSLA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty authentic but very drink-oriented. FYI Drinking Food menu section is mostly snacks/greasy/fried food to be consumed while drinking, not to be confused with food that you drink (ie Soup)

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T2017
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I'm sad to say that although the first two courses were pretty good, the dessert came out with cold banana fritters and melted ice cream due to the server keeping the food waiting before serving us. But most importantly, he was rude the entire time to us, and although we were nice and STILL left a cash tip, he took the liberty of charging my card - UNAUTHORIZED - an extra amount to give himself a bigger tip. The manager said he would refund the tip to my card, but it left such a bad taste in my mouth that this person still works there, and will probably do this again to numerous customers. Due to this disappointing experience, I will not be back and sadly do not recommend Pok Pok despite a couple decent (yet pricey) items. It's not worth the risk of credit card fraud, unfortunately.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I came here with my husband because we love the Portland locations and had neglected the LA location. Our meal got off to an ok start, but each additional dish took progressively longer and longer until at the end we waited 30 mins for our fried banana dessert. Our waiter was rude, stressed and lots of tables were asking to speak to the manager. It was a poor experience compared to the stellar experience we get when in Portland. I will definitely not return to the LA location in the future. Service was horrific and food came no where close to the Portland experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was painfully slow. We ate here for DineLA and the kitchen mis-timed our meal throughout. My husband's and my food came out about 10 minutes after my kids had FINISHED eating. Dessert took so long (we were still waiting 15-20 minutes after ordering it for a second time...even though we told our server what we wanted at the beginning of the meal), we asked for the check before it arrived. We got to the restaurant at opening and dinner still took 2 hours. My family refuses to ever come here again. The chicken wings are good, but not good enough to tolerate the ungracious and molasses-slow service.

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RichardN
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Pok Pok is unlike any Thai restaurant I'd been to previously. The food is fresh, full of flavor and charm. I look forward to dining often.

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munchinyuhmanz
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never had Thai food this spicy before but I can imagine that this would be the spice level you would expect if you ate at at a restaurant somewhere in Thailand.

We ordered the Fish Sauce Wings it was perfect start to the meal.

Also had the Kao Soi which was one of the best things I've eaten for a while.

Will definitely be coming here again soon thank you for a great meal.

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vipSONOHLO
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to the Music Center, taking in a play; then try Pok Pok in Chinatown, just minutes from the Music Center. Get "The Wings" and more...easy parking too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great Non Traditional Thai, we loved the Chicken
Thai lemonade
The pork belly n the wings!

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DavidM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for post-theater/pre-New Years dinner. Wonderful. Recommend the chicken wings with fish sauce, the eggplant salad, the cashews, and of course the roast chicken and green papaya salad.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was really disappointed in my trip to Pok Pok. There were some decent dishes -- Angel wings , and grilled chicken -- but the rest were lazily composed and the flavors weren't that compelling. Plus, the value for the dollar is appallingly bad. I love Asian food, but I'd much rather go to my standard Thai or Chinese stands-bys than come here for over-priced fare that fails to deliver anything special for the incremental costs.

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vipSolo57
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have reviewed POK POK on other occasions. The food is always outstanding! Amazing authentic Thai cuisine! The chicken wings are from heaven. In fact, all the food is from another world. This is one of the only restaurants in Chinatown and well worth the trip to the area. The service is also great. Our server knew all the ingredients and made great recommendations. I will be back for more wings!

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vipBirthdaydinnerhost
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Pok Pok, and we will be back!! Excellent service, large and diverse menu, authentic ingredients. Very creative and tasty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really delicious food. Fun atmosphere. Attentive, hipster waitstaff. Unusual and good cocktails.

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Californian
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Following Jonathan Gold's recommendation, we had the two Vietnamese dishes -- catfish and chicken wings. Both very tasty. The draft beer was so-so. The wait staff are trendy, the customers not so much. Quite noisy. Underground parking is $5, about a 100 yards north of the restaurant. Overall, we liked it a lot.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is incredible! I visited Pok Pok LA the week before and loved it so much that I had to bring my family as soon as possible. Pok Pok has definitely become an instant favorite fire my family and I.

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Phil
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It's my second time and this time the food wasn't goodat all...it was served cold
The service was poor as well because the servant gave us major attitude... a pity because the first time the reseption was nice.
The heating of the restaurant seemed out of order so we both kept our jackets on

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Waitress was great, but otherwise the service staff was terrible beyond belief. Not sure I've ever had a worse dining experience from an operations management perspective.

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SD0627
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pok Pok LA offers great authentic thai dishes. You can't get your classic pad thai or pad see ew. Their dishes are unique and delicious. We tried the Pok Pok in Portland, OR a week ago and we found that Pok Pok was in LA and had to go. Their papaya salad was excellent. Not as spicy hot like in Portland, so it was just right in the spicy area enough to enjoy the rest of our dinner. The coconut rice was so good too. Now to the main dish - the cat fish was excellent. So good it melts in your mouth. Our server (forgot her name) was fun to talk too, attentive, and helpful. It's a little pricey for thai food, but I would definitely come back here again.

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KMGforfood
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pok Pok is the real deal. Do not understand how anyone could be critical. This is a wonderful place with very authentic and creative food. Highly recommended. Chicken wings are fantastic and whole fish is terrific.

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