Pakpao Thai - Design District

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253 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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3.9
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCurt
Dallas
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
21 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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vipKP72
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around.

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DanG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We waited 45 minutes for the first dish. It was cold. The manager apologized and did not charge us for what was brought to that point, a couple of drinks and the cold dish. Others were served before us who arrived later. Disappointing.

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vipUNCDallas
Dallas
78 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

This has quickly become a go-to lunch spot. Excellent service and consistently high quality food.
Turn down the volume of music!! It's so loud that it makes it difficult to have a conversation with your lunch mate.

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vipCCCB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

It was a most unusual experience for Pak Pao as it has previously been a favorite! It took us over an hour to get our food at lunch. While the food was good when it finally arrived, we barely had time to eat it and get to our appointment. They were obviously short handed in the kitchen. The restaurant was no where near full. What bothered me most, and the reason for this review, is that they didn’t apologize for the ridiculously long wait.

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vipDavidC
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pork with Holy Basil was amazing, Drunk Noodles has a lot of the noodles stuck together which wasn't fun but still great taste. Now for the second time they are out of Papaya for the Papaya Salad and acted like "why would we ask". Still on the menu so will continue to try and order it! Just a great place and good food value.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great area and very fresh food

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

La atención de Jessie fue espectacular!!! La comida rica y el ambiente agradable, además está en una zona muy linda

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carolinec
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was exceptional. The only negative was the noise level. We sat outside on the patio and between the very loud music playing and other patrons, it was extremely difficult to have a conversation.

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VivianneN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

the pad thai noodles is too salty that one cant taste any other favors. The beef meats didnt taste good either bc it taste too soft.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Logan was awesome. He took very good care of us. Chef Alex’s food was amazing. We loved the drunken noodles. And we felt very taken care of when the manager Alejandro came by and checked on us. It was the first time for us but by far will not be the last time.

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vipJack
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Have not dined at Pakpao in a while, not sure if change of ownership, but service was horrible and food very mediocre. Sorry to see, as I used to really enjoy eating here. Also, there were only 3 tables occupied and had to ask to have disco music turned down to hear our conversation.

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vipJeffA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Staff did a good job following Covid protocols. However, I made my reservation for outside seating. Upon arrival there were heaters for the outside area but was informed they did not work. Seems like something that would be reasonable to expect that if they have heaters for outside seating they would make sure they are working for folks that are hesitant to dine indoors.

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vipem529
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pakpao is one of my favorites in dallas. They never miss on food quality and the service is usually outstanding and good on a bad day. I have tried many items on the menu and have never been disappointed.

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vipUNCDallas
Dallas
78 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service are consistently very good. Ditch the loud music at lunch! It's so unnecessary and my strong preference is to enjoy conversation while having my meal

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef Jerky trio was by far the table favorite!

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vipKelly
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

What happened Pakpao? My pad see eew was pale, lacking flavor, and wet for $18. The prawn dish was the same little shrimp as in the pad see eew for $34. It took 20 minutes to get drinks in an almost empty restaurant. All my favorite items on the menu are gone. Now you are just overpriced generic Thai. I am sorry to see it happen. I hope you get your mojo back and recover.

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vipJeff
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent food with scattered and disorganized service. Took 25 minutes to get our appetizers - it seemed the restaurant was putting priority on to-go orders. It's amazing to me that separate checks are so befuddling in today's age of technology, but all but one of our checks was incorrect.

As for the food, it was good, with good portions and authentic flavors. Everything came out piping hot and very tasty.

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vipluvnlife
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven did a great job and the food was excellent. We'll definitely be returning.

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vipTXFoodie
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service. Not your typical thai restaurant. Wine list is bit on to the pricey side.

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vipUNCDallas
Dallas
78 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Go for the Thursday lunch drunken noodles special. Highly recommend!

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vipUNCDallas
Dallas
78 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Remains a very good lunch spot. Portions are sizable and prices are a bit high. However, the Monday (pad thai) and Thursday (drunken noodles) specials are reasonably priced.

Food is fresh and served hot.

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PlanoFoodSnob
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've visited this restaurant before and it never disappoints. My sister came in town from Peoria and they don't have really varying foods to choose from so I brought her her with a couple of others. You can't go wrong with anything you order from the menu. The portions are plenty and flavorful. We shared 2 appetizers and entrees. I highly recommend if you've never been or just want to try something new!

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vipeater
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Not covid-friendly at all

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ChloeA
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

From the jump the service here was pretty bad. Took an hour and 15 minutes from time we ordered to receive our meals. A cup of soup ordered as an appetizer was brought out with the meals... we were told by our waiter and the manager that they soup would not be charged since it took so long but still showed up on our bill. The waiter from what I could tell was avoiding us because the soup was taking so long but then because of this was not attentive to refilling our drinks, etc. I love the food here but the service was truly bad enough to ruin the dinner.

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vipkris
Dallas
59 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Always great service and food. We sat on patio and would have been a little nicer if the heaters had worked. Was a bit cool, but the staff did all they could to get heaters working.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing was above and beyond minimum requirements. However, that could have been a result of a slow night (Tuesday).

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vipPhillyFoodie
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent presentation, high quality service, food was amazing!

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vipChristianS
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The service was great. Our server and staff were very attentive. The quality of the food was poor.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Called before arriving to my reservation to confirm that my table was ready and outside as I requested. They ensured me it was ready and reserved. When I arrived they had given away our table to a party that was over 45 min late to their reservation as we were on time. Extremely horrible service. Was incredibly rude to us. Didn’t accommodate or make any indication of apologizing or making it right. We ended up leaving after the incredibly rude service. The host was horrible. He flat out lied to us and then ignored us.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This place has a great patio, unique and delicious cocktails and apps. They offer your dish to be “Thai hot”, which I really appreciated since I love super spicy food, but unfortunately my chicken came out really dry. My friend ordered the same dish and didn’t have that problem, so I’m sure it was a one-off. The Pad Thai is really good, and try the Watermelon cocktail on the Skinnies menu; it’s made with fresh watermelon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My new "go-to" Thai restaurant. Attentive staff, nice vibe and decor, food was solid. Their old fashioned ranks up with the best in DFW.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and Service was awesome! My first time and our server Doug was amazing I loved it!!!!! Will be coming back food was good

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MusicMan
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome hot and sour soup and spectacular spring rolls—drunken noodles were delicious, too—service was extra nice

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with delicious food. An overall superior experience. Best Thai cuisine in Dallas.

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Pakpao Thai - Design District is rated 4 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

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