Pakpao Thai - Design District

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270 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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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Celebrate NYE with Pakpao’s special 3-course dinner. $50pp. Selected menu highlights: crisp crab & corn cakes, basil pork stuffed grilled calamari, grilled char siu rack of lamb & sweet tapioca. See “menu” tab from main OpenTable page for all menu options. Happy new year from our family to yours!

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JeffM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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viplovelifeandfamily
Dallas
4 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
143 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Everything is always very fresh and flavorful.

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JoseG
Dallas
2 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
7 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
4 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
46 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
22 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
5 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
33 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
25 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
5 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
8 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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You can order delivery directly from Pakpao Thai - Design District using the Order Online button. Pakpao Thai - Design District also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (214) 749-7002.

Pakpao Thai - Design District is rated 4 stars by 270 OpenTable diners.

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