Pakpao Thai - Design District

4.3
131 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Casual
Invite your senses to an irresistible journey through the authentic and robust flavors of Thailand. The Pakpao experience combines distinctive, challenging, and unique dishes with classic favorites. Primarily influenced by Bangkok’s streets, our food is inspired by diverse regions of the country and all of our dishes are prepared with fresh and traditional ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai, Asian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(214) 749-7002
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
35N
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 131 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
service
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4.1
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time to visit. It was restaurant week and we were looking for something new. The wings and spring rolls were tasty and the portions were large.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Love this place! First of all, the staff is super friendly and very attentive. The menu is really fun and the cocktails are so unique! It’s nice to find a neighborhood Thai place that sets itself about the rest by doing something a little different. Definitely don’t miss out on trying the coconut rice, the spring rolls and their drink menu. We look forward to putting this in our regular rotation.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Good portions. Clean restaurant

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

I have always enjoyed PakPao. My last visit was unfortunately unimpressive. I found the Drunken Noodles to be flavorless and the chicken way too plentiful and significantly over cooked.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

My favorite Thai restaurant in Dallas. Dumpling and fried cashews are great. Food ranges from spicy to sweet but they can adjust almost all dishes to your palate. Holy Basil is the spiciest and my favorite. Salmon with Green curry sauce is great. The pad Thai is a bit unusual but very good. I tried a new dish — shrimp with red curry. It was outstanding

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Great Experience

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

To be honest, this isn’t my favorite Thai place; the food is just okay, and the entrées are overpriced. But, the service is great, and it has a nice ambiance. If you’re in the downtown/uptown area, there aren’t a ton of options, so I’d recommend checking this place out. Otherwise, maybe check out other options.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We and our three kids really enjoyed it. Nice ambiance, great Thai food, reasonably priced.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

When I heard it was owned by the same group at Oak - I had high expectations
The Chicken Benedict was chewy - the scone on the bottom was hard
The Lychee Mimosa was like a Lychee Slurpee
The coconut pancakes were sparse - the pineapples sauce tasted canned
The crab Omelet lacked originality.
The French toast was not fluffy - and slightly dry . Could not taste the tea flavoring - maybe the condensed milk over powered it

Every item lacked that Thai touch I was hoping to enjoy. I was looking for a unique brunch experience.
We were still hungry after we left

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Not bad, but not great either. The menu has changed for some old faves remain (tamarind duck!!) while others do not (Budda's Gold). The service was fair, which was upsetting because there were only four other parties in the space. It still has the potential to be a shining star but some of the changes the restaurant has made are disappointing. Give Thai Lotus a try on Cedar Springs- also very good food and service for a bit less money.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Quality and service have unfortunately gone down. Pakpao was once out go-to for Thai food.... but no longer.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

I live in Montana and visit PakPao when I am in town. The Green Curry Salmon is AMAZING!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Really good food. It was pretty quiet for a Saturday night so the atmosphere was a little bland. Service was very friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Everything we tried was amazing. I only had one complaint. I ordered my drunken noodles spicy, and the spice was almost unbearable. It was still delicious and flavorful, but my mouth was on fire, and later both my husband and my stomachs were burning. The waitress didn’t offer different levels of spiciness. I love spicy food, but this was too much. Otherwise, the food was delicious and amazing, and I’m still giving 5 stars because it was that good. Definitely loved their specialty frozen margaritas too.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Relatively small menu but great food, great ambiance, great location.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Pad Thai was a tad weak on the sauce. Pad See Ew was better.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This is the best Thai food in Dallas. I felt like I was back in Thailand. So many good choices we had to order a few extras to take home. We can’t wait to go back!

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Food was ok at best. Over priced. Won't be back as better value and food elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had the crawfish boil. I can honestly say they were the best crawfish I’ve ever had. The seasoning was delicious, with just the right amount of spice. I’ll definitely go back for more!

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Worst yellow curry ever

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Incredible waitstaff! It’s one of our favorite go-to restaurants!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our server wasn’t very attentive, horrible service but the food was good

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food is quite good. Ordered Pad Thai, which is always my measure the first time I eat at a Thai restaurant. The portions are significantly smaller than most Thai restaurants. It was fine for me as I normally can't eat all of my food at Thai restaurants. I did eat all of this and was comfortably full.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was excellent. It felt like we were back in Bangkok.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were the only table and the service was terrible. There was 6 of us and all of our meals came out at different times. One of the meals came out 15 before every one else's.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Pakpao is a FANTASTIC Thai restaurant. Having been to Thailand, it was truly amazing - flavorful, quality ingredients in thoughtful, worldly recipes. We cannot wait to be back.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

They were understaffed and the waitress was so unfriendly. Bar drinks came out with appetizers and entrees at the same time. Had to flag down another sever to refill water, bring spices and the server only came by the table well into our meal. My advice to management, Invest in people with a hospitality gene that want to serve and be more aware of long times for bar drinks. Food and drinks were good, focus on service.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We had an early dinner (7 of us all women) and were seated directly in front of the door in an almost empty restaurant. The service was very disjointed. Drinks came out one at a time, very slowly. We had to call someone over to take food orders. One of our parties order came out almost ten minutes after everyone else (salmon - how long does that take to cook?). Food was okay and drinks were good. Really liked the appetizer cashews. Maybe because we were a party of women? I'm not that picky about this sort of thing but for dinner with a mostly empty restaurant, it took work to have such slow and inconsistent service. I'd give it another try - maybe someone was having an off day. But it won't be top on my list.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food was perfect and the service was very fast.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Food and service were terrible. I will never go back there. So many other good places to eat Thai food inDFW.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Our server was fantastic! Hats off to her.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a great dinner on Friday night.
I had a chulavista to drink that was delicious!
We ordered dumplings,soup and pad kee mow.
All were very good at a reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Absolutely LOVED Pakpao. Tied in my book for first place Thai food in Dallas! The menu is remarkable, there are so many excellent options. And the ambiance is beautiful -- not too quiet, not too loud, soft lighting, indoor and outdoor seating... absolutely fantastic thai food :)

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentines with my boyfriend and we were both super impressed! Great food, great drinks, and our waitress was the bomb. Definitely will be revisiting on a Monday for their $8 pad thai special!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our appetizers came to the table before our drinks from the bar which we ordered our drinks first. There was no sense of urgency it was more we will get to you when we get to you. Also the person that was coordinating the food coming from the kitchen was observed eating from someone’s order. Not sure that is considered quality control

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2.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Pakpao can be hit or miss at times, today was not a good day for food or service.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Our food was great. Service was Great. The food came out rather quickly as well. We played it safe and ordered the Fried Rice, one steak and one shrimp. We were more than satisfied. The ambiance/overall vibe of the restaurant was great. Trendy, yet warm. Inviting and vibrant. We will definitely visit this place again in the near future.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic experience! Very personable, great drinks, great company, and great food! 5 stars!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Their Thai cocktail was delightful- lemongrass infused tequila. Pad Thai was great and so was tom kha Gai soup. Loved the larb gai as well Small restaurant but nice atmosphere. They have an enclosed outside area that would be great in the spring. Will definitely be back again.

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