Pakpao Thai - Design District

4.4
168 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
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.

Specials

Boozy Sunday Specials!

$3 mimosas, $4 Chularitas, $5 drafts – available all day

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 7, 2019

Ends: April 8, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:45AM-9:00PM

$8 Drunk(en) Thursdays

$8 Drunken Noodles and 1/2 off bottles of wine all day on Thursdays!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 6, 2019

Ends: April 7, 2118

Availability: Thu 11:00AM-9:00PM

Bar Bites & Libations $5 & $5

Come enjoy our rockin' $5X$5 Happy Hour!
Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm
Great selection of bar bites & drink specials! ALL for just $5.00!!
Make this your Happy Hour spot!!! :)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 10, 2018

Ends: December 11, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

Pad Thai & Chularita Monday's!

What is better that $8.00 Pad Thai & $4.00 Chularitas? We can't think of anything else! Make your reservation and we'll see you soon for delicious Pad Thai & Chularita Monday's!!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 3, 2018

Ends: December 4, 2117

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-9:45PM

What 168 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurant loud. Not energetic

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AM
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our waiter was new & didn’t know about a dish I was thinking about ordering so he said he would have the manager come answer my questions. The manager never came & I was told he was too busy bar tending & answering the phone. That’s very poor management in my eyes..... there was nobody at the bar & maybe 4-5 other tables of customers in the restaurant. I watched him after that & he never looked busy. Probably won’t go back for this reason. Food was good though.

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LB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service and one of my favorite upscale-Thai restaurants in Dallas. When I am craving Thai but also wanting to dress up and receive great service with drinks, this is my go-to spot.

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pakpao has great Thai food. My dining companion shared the dumpling appetizer and the Massamun beef curry and yellow shrimp curry. All were delicious especially the beef. Service was professional! Will return and recommend to others!

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JB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The music was a bit loud. The

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J
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Thai food and cocktails were great, and we’ve been to many other Thai restaurants around the area. It was nice that they had outdoor tables. Good service. Would definitely go back. The Design District certainly has some
flair and ambiance.

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TC
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic!

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OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best coconut rice in town, nice setting

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AC
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Frozen drink supposedly with a floater was very weak, but food was good and fresh with generous portions. The service was just ok as the waitress disappeared after we got our food and took quite a while to get the bill and it was an early dinner when it was not busy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, fast service and delicious fresh tasting food.

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SM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a go-to when we craving great Thai. The Tom Kha Gai was perfect for a cold rainy day.

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KD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delish......service friendly....will def return

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FO
Dallas
66 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

One of my favorites. Service was a little inattentive but they were busy.

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s
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great experience. Went with a girlfriend on Monday and had their Monday special: $8 pad thai and $4 margaritas. We also had the donut dessert and it was delicious. Very great value

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JK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We come here at least 3 times a year and the food is off the chats great. The bar runs out of ingredients every time.
The service is so so.

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BJ
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great time. The food is always tasty. It’s also very reasonably priced, and service is fast. This is my go to place in the design district.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Dining room was kind of cramped, but the food was very good. Service was ok but sporadic. We ordered an appetizer and the entree was brought out too quickly, we weren’t even halfway done with the appetizer. Then my water was never refilled at all (although I didn’t ask). By the time I wanted more water, we already had the check and were about done. Overall, the food was great and I will give them a try again.

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JA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was real good. We weren’t in a hurry at all but service was slow. Would go again without hesitatio

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MC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The chicken wings are amazing. I got the waterfall beef salad, which was good, but not phenomenal. Bangkok City is the place to go for beef salad in Dallas IMO. Others in the party had the duck, and pad sue and they really liked their dishes.

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B
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at Pakpao before a basketball game. Everything we ordered was exceptional and service was great.

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h
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

we go here often - the food is always good - had the special frozen margarita and it was really good - it was made with lemongrass.

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OT
Dallas
129 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First time here. We went for lunch and the experience was excellent. Our server was great. He listened to our needs and deliver perfect service. The food was great quality and the portions were the right size. The place is simple but comfy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great good, fast service and awesome drinks!

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PC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, the Short Ribs in Curry sauce were great. We sat at the bar and the bartender was attentive and very helpful when we asked questions. Definitely will be back.

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SR
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I loved the food here, I lived in Asia for 10 years, and this is pretty authentic. Service could be more attentive but it is casual, and all the staff are super nice, so very forgivable. I was dining with a friend I hadn't seen in a while and we were able to have a great meal and a great chat. This is a little corner of the Design District that is unpretentious and chill, perfect for a Thai beer and a bite, or for a delicious takeaway pick up on the way home, or for a substantial office lunch. I will be back. Possibly for all three....

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BH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was slow, food was cold. Management was unsympathetic. Will not eat there again

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FD
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

To satisfy a thai craving, you can't go wrong with Pakpao. The salmon with green curry was spicy but not too spicy. The shrimp spring rolls were a refreshing start. We enjoy the ambiance too although it was not crowded when we were there.

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F
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed this modern Thai so much that we returned the next evening to experience other dishes on their creative menu. Everything we tried on our two visits was so satisfyingly delicious and served in a warm and cordial manner. Do not even for one moment hesitate to savor the magic coming out of their open kitchen.

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a
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

very tight quarters. good food but you can barely hear the person across the table .

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L
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved this place. The food was awesome. The drinks were great. The staff was friendly. It looks like a little hole in the wall, but so worth it and the interior is much nicer than the exterior makes you think. The shrimp tempura appetizer was so so good - my biggest regret is coming here with friends and having to share the appetizer. :P

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CS
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Always love Pakpao - they serve delicious unique Thai food that you can't find in run-of-the-mill Thai spots. Service is okay - we waiting very long for our drinks (a glass of wine and a beer - so shouldn't have taken 10 minutes), and we ordered some appetizers and main dishes that all came out at once instead of appropriately spread out.

Overall, would recommend this spot to anyone who's interested in different Thai food. Be patient with the service.

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OD
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here with a work group that likes "adventure dining" and this did not disappoint. Everyone liked their food - Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, Tom Ka soup and crispy spinach salad. We say MANY servings of pineapple fried rice and the presentation is awesome. We want to come back and try it. Two from the group says the place is lovely for happy hour.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

My meal was cooked four times: 1. Meal came with onions and I asked for no onions, 2. Second meal came as a totally different entree, 3. Third time is a charm, right? Nope. Third time it came wrong, again. 4. Fourth time it came back and it was right. It took about 10 minutes before the drink order was taken. Two of our four starters came before our cocktails - which were sitting on the bar behind us, and which we finally had to ask our waiter to get. We were a party of five, and we were one of two tables that had people. The rest of the tables were empty. By the time the cocktails arrived, the place was getting more packed. The waiter was nice, but he seemed new. The manager took care of my dinner problem and also comped it. I’d definitely go back to give it another try, but only if it’s convenient for me. This Coloradan won’t go out of my way for it, though.

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KG
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Best Thai food ever! Great Monday specials and creative cocktail options.

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TP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food and drinks are always amazing here, however the service is sometimes lacking. My best friend and my boyfriend have received the wrong order multiple times. Usually the staff are quick to fix the problem though!

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K
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My dumplings were not fully cooked and I ate half of it. I was praying I did not get sick. The manager took them off the check. So just be careful if you get the dumplings, don’t eat them whole like my greedy husband, cut them in half first. Everything else was sooooo delicious!!

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BM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

No need to make reservations here... we made them but they weren't even aware that we had reservations and it would not have mattered anyway... that's not the way they do business here.
Waitress said they were out of wagyu beef but she said she would check. She brought the dish out but it was a low-grade beef.. definitely not Wagyu. She said the kitchen said it was and that's the meat they always used. We were still charged for beef they did not even mention that they did the bait and switch.. not a very honorable restaurant at all. I would never eat here again.

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OT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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EE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good portions. Clean restaurant

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