Pakpao Thai - Design District

4.1
287 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
Influenced by Bangkok’s streets, our food is inspired by diverse regions of Thailand and all of our dishes are prepared with fresh and traditional ingredients. It's authentic Thai cuisine at your fingertips. Make sure to ask about our vegetarian and vegan options.

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  • Valentine's 2022

    Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2022

    Enjoy our Full Menu and Special Valentine's Day Prix Fixe ($65/pp), February 11th-14th | Pakpao Thai | Gratuity & Tax not Included | $25/pp Cancelation Fee | Credit Card Required to Book
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viptravelfoodie
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful little Thai restaurant tucked off the beaten path of Oak Lawn Avenue in the Design District. Pakpao is casual and comforting to enjoy your edamame, toasted cashews and Pad Thai. Always a friendly place with good food. Consistent and consistent is a good trait.

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vipUNCDallas
Dallas
81 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The quality of food is consistently very good. Portions are plentiful. Loud music makes it difficult to have conversation

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notfromdallas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Energetic atmosphere, delicious drinks, appetizers were phenomenal, everything was served piping hot which was much appreciated!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Disengaged waitstaff, cold/lukewarm food, not authentic and manager didn’t even attempt service recovery. Reused and unclean condiments in a global pandemic (see photo). Won’t be returning. Clearly a poorly managed establishment.

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vipMenderella
Austria
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place serves good summer rolls (the non-fried) which are hard to find on menus. Pad Thai was excellent. Non-alcoholic drinks superb.

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CaKe
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great simple Thai menu. Excellent chicken wings with tamarind glaze. Enjoyed both the pad thai and the fried rice. Would definitely visit again if we are in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Came in on a weekday that was really slow… was not attended to till after 20 mins… wrong ordered given to me after asking waiting for over 30 mins when there was literally only two other customers. Worst experience ever!

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Kavi
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Made a reservation to celebrate my wife's birthday. When we arrived the hostess did not look at the reservation or acknowledge the occasion. A couple of items were unavailable which was a bummer. The soups were great as well as the kimchi fries. The fried rice had a minor burnt taste which was odd. Server could not enthusiastically explain any of the dishes or make solid recommendations.

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BSavage
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is always delicious. Service was slow last night. I will definitely go back. I LOVE the yellow curry.

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vipUNCDallas
Dallas
82 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is consistently very good. The service is attentive, allowing you to grab a very good lunch at reasonable prices and do so quickly without feeling rushed. Kudos to the kitchen staff.

The problem: the music is so loud that you have to shout to have a conversation with your lunch mate. Turn down the damn music!!

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vipUNCDallas
Dallas
82 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is very good. The service? Depends upon your server whether or not it’s attentive. The atmosphere is not energetic; it’s simply the music is so loud that you have to request it to be turned down in order to have a pleasant conversation without shouting. Turn the music down!!! Wait to see if anyone asks for it to be louder volume.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was terrible. Over priced sloppy kimchi fries. The orange chicken was more like an old McDonald’s chicken nugget in some old sauce. No draft beer, half the cocktails werent available. The bottled beer was warm. Biggest waste of money. Don’t bother. Makes Panda Express look Michelin star.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I’ve been coming here on and off for the past 5 years and I must say, the overall quality has gone down. Restaurant was practically empty on a day when they have an entree special and the staff still struggled to keep up with the few tables that were occupied. The waitress was very polite and did try her best. There was no bartender so our drink order were slow. A couple came in and indicated that they reservation and somehow they were left standing by the door for at least 10 minutes, unnecessarily. I use to bring visiting friends and family here, all the time but I’m not sure that I would, anymore; it’s nowhere near what it use to be, especially the service. Also, there was a flickering light situation in the ceiling, all night which we found to be distracting.

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Frenzisor
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good and interesting. It seems like it's Thai with Latin influences. The sauces were very good, but with ingredients you would not expect in Thai foods. This is not a problem, it's a fusion that in the end I believe is good. The main issue we had was the management. It seems like the restaurant has a ton of potential, but at the moment it's a bit lacking in vision.

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MichelleA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was friendly and fast!

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TENIQU
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

GREAT PLACE TO EAT AND AMBIANCE WAS GREAT DRINKS WERE OUTSTANDING

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vipSaraH
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Pakpao! We are vegan and had many delicious options! The service was excellent as well!

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JeffM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Thai food in Dallas! Moderately upscale. Appetizers, entrees and drink menu (esp. sake) are excellent and fresh and flavors are well balanced.

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WilM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great experience. The atmosphere was great.Although there were other tables the service was so great it felt like we were the only people in the room. Quiet, intimate and great for a date night.

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vipMelv
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had the chicken pad thai, wings, spicy garlic and everything was pretty tasty.. Glass of water we received was dirty with something green and sticky on the rim. The sparkling sake and lotus blossom were delicious.

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Kathy
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch on a Saturday. Service was great. Music inside was a little loud and not really dining appropriate. Started with sone appetizers. Had edamame - was very good. Crunch spring rolls were excellent and the roasted cashews were my favorite! I ordered the pineapple fried rice. It was very good. Served in a half of a pineapple. I had chicken with mine. Would def order again. My friend had Thai chicken. The flavor was good but the dish compared the the menu description was very different. Overall it was a very good meal and will definitely go back to try other dishes.

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vipNickG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The PLAYLIST is amazing!!! Great vibe, fantastic food.

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viplovelifeandfamily
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The waiter forgot about us since we were on the patio and then when he brought back our check my card wasn’t present. I had to go inside and find the waiter and then he had to “look” for my card. He went to the back and “found” it. Very poor service.

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vipChadV
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good option for Thai in the DD/Oak Lawn area. Fresh and flavorful with attentive service.

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Lois
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was the first time for my husband and I to go there. It took a minute to get our server over to our table. But, the food was great. We had the Pineapple Fried Rice, and it was excellent. I also like their "bread", when he brought out the sweet sauce to go with it. Overall, it was a nice dining experience.

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vipCharlesG
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food (pad Thai, pineapple fried rice, summer rolls) were just average and the martini I ordered only filled the glass half way. The server was nice though. We used to go here every time we went to Fair Park for a musical. We will definitely have to find a new place.

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Mari
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The combination Pad Thai was so flavorful. It was difficult not to scarf it down.
For a nonalcoholic treat I highly suggest the watermelon mint drink.
Great ambiance service and food

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CarolineC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small menu but everything on it is widely popular. Would definitely eat there again.

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vipCruella
Dallas
147 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Everything is always very fresh and flavorful.

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JoseG
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

It was very noisy and the tables are very close together.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had reservations but when we arrived we were told they were closing early. They didn’t bother to contact us to let us know they would not be honoring our reservation. They turned away several other parties as well. A simple phone call would have saved us the trip, allowed us to find another reservation in a timely manner, and would have preserved our impressions of the restaurant (which we typically enjoy).

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MaureenM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Worst food ever ! We ordered pork pot stickers which are traditionally steamed or pan sautéed. They arrived deep fried. I ordered Teriyaki vegetables with Tofu. The tofu had 2 grill marks, was mushy and cold. Sent it back for Drunken Noodles with chicken. The noodles ( which should be the star) were cut into 2 inch pieces and dry. To call this place Thai is a disgrace. Our waiter Alex was great and I felt sorry for him having to serve that nasty food.

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VenusO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Reservations required for an empty restaurant? Appetizers came out after entree? A little disappointed that most mocktails and half the bat items were unavailable (no beers on tap)…the restaurant felt under staffed.

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ScottC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was amazing, but they were out of half the menu. It was our server's first night and she left before we did, so we had pay our bill with the bartender.

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vipCurt
Dallas
47 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We had an 8:00 reservation but weren’t seated until 8:30. Nobody approached our table until 8:41….just before we were about to walk out of the restaurant. Once we ordered our food, it wasn’t served for 35 minutes. We won’t be rushing back anytime soon.

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Ariel
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We had an awful experience with server Jessica. There were hardly any patrons when we arrived but she was impatient with us. Her and the guy who served the dishes both told us that they no longer serve the pineapple fried rice inside half of a pineapple. The guy tried to say that they now put the pineapple inside of the fried rice instead of giving it inside of a pineapple, but even when they served the dish in a pineapple there was still pineapple in the fried rice - so that was not new. Then they contradicted themselves and said that they just did not have any more pineapples that evening. Less than 20 minutes later the table next to us ordered the same thing and received it inside of half of a pineapple 😑 On top of that, the portions were much smaller than pre-Covid times (understandable but still) and the cocktail was gross. It took at least 30 minutes from the time that she delivered our check for her to actually pick it up and then finally get it back to us through another person. She accused me of having an attitude with her and said that my friend did not have shoes on (what? - she was wearing sandals) I take it that she must've been in a sour mood before we arrived, but to take it out on customers was pretty ridiculous. I have always loved this place in the past and was excited to share it with a friend, but this experience has definitely put a sour taste in my mouth.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We live across the street and frequently eat dinner there and usually have no problem! We love their homemade lemonade, potstickers, calamari, and their food is usually top notch and great service.

For whatever reason last nights meal was a disaster. Our waiter was extremely inattentive. He didn’t come out to check on us after we placed our food orders. The bus boy, food runner, and other waiters filled our waters for us and ran our appetizers to our table. But the kicker was- our food took almost an hour to get to us after ordering. Our waiter didn’t return to our table once. And one of our orders was rang in completely wrong. By the time all of our food came we were extremely annoyed.

We did speak to the general manager, as he was the one on duty, and while he was helpful and apologetic it was clear that their ship was sinking quickly last night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food quality has really slipped. This started out as a restaurant I couldn’t believe served such fresh, authentic Thai food, right here Dallas. Sadly it’s settled into the mediocrity of any other strip center quick place.

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MeganH
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

While the food was tasty, the portion sizes were quite small for the price. I ordered the pumpkin curry and there was barely an inch cover the bottom of the dish. I expected double the amount for what we paid.

The outdoor ambience was OK. Service was was great.

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vipBarbara
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Played loud reggae music in a Thai restaurant? I think not!
Ordered chicken pad Thai and it tasted nothing like the dish I tasted in Thailand, very sparse on the chicken and heavily loaded with spice (not noted on the menu) and vegetables not usual to the dish.
The other dish ordered was Patsi Yu and it had no taste! Sorry but we will not return !

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Pakpao Thai - Design District is rated 4.1 stars by 287 OpenTable diners.

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