Sawasdee Thai Elevated

4.4
166 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai

Sawasdee (sah-wah-DEE) is one of the most common words in the Thai language, used both as a greeting and a farewell. Sawasdee Thai Elevated brings authentic Thai cuisine to Long Island in a setting that is warm, inviting and stylish. Join us for a tantalizing taste of Thailand and an unforgettable cultural experience.
Our founders started their journey in the heart of Thailand. Owner John Conrad met his wife Walailak in Thailand, where she was born and raised. John lived and worked in Thailand for five years and adored the experience, and looked for a way to bring an authentic Thai cultural experience back to America.
That’s how Sawasdee was born: as a restaurant that combines authentic Thai cuisine with modern dining. Thai food is all about marrying complexity with harmony, and Sawasdee aims to continue that tradition.
Our sauces are homemade and we proudly utilize fresh, quality ingredients like Niman Ranch Pork and Crescent Farms Duck.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Thai, Asian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon, Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(516) 261-9346
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Banyat Teeansawat
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Catering
Catering available. Please contact us to cater your next function.
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Cross street
Woodbury Rd
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Public transit
Conveniently reachable via LIRR Hicksville station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 166 People Are Saying
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SA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply best Thai food on the island

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NP
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A little disappointed this third visit. My braised short rib Massa man curry was tough. I’ve had this dish before and it was very good in the past. Our appetizer of ribs was also very tough. I hope that they are not cutting corners as far as I’m concerned I will try it again but two strikes and you’re out.

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service excellent, the decor beautiful! I will be returning.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was pretty good. I cant wait to go back. Only set back was the appetizer vegetable dumpling was a little soggy. Dinner was however awesome

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

Every time we go for dinner we find the portions of food going smaller. Especially drunken noodles. And fried rice.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice, chic ambiance, but it was very cold in there for a fall evening. Service was friendly but slow (took a while for them to come take our orders, drinks arrived after apps, entrees took a while to come out). It's a new restaurant so perhaps still learning timing and such. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. Felt a bit pricey for what it was. I really enjoyed the Thai Tea Martini though. Maybe they will work out some of the kinks over time. As of now I would only care to go back for the drinks.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service, friendly & engaging staff. This was the 2nd event dinner (12 people) we had here and I absolutely would come back for a 3rd. The Thai wanton's were amazing.

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SP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional Thai food and a lovely restaurant. Definitely a cut above other Thai restaurants onLong Island.

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SW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good but we were a party of eight people and the different courses did not come out for us together as a group.

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly service. Nice ambiance!

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G
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING THAI FOOD for the lovers of Thai! It's our second visit, and we will surely be returning! I want to try (almost) everything on the menu :) Thank you for providing such amazing food!

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AV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

This is a cute restaurant with a great ambiance. I just did not like the pushy waitress who forced us to buy an appetizer which was supposedly "a great hit" at the restaurant, which we personally did not like at all. Prices are a little higher than normal for a thai restaurant, and I don't think it was worth the price.

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a
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

very nice Thai food, Authentic, Priced well, friendly staff

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G
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love Thai food, this is Thai Food Elevated! It is surely an upgrade from the smaller Thai food restaurants in the area. Restaurant has wonderful decor for great ambiance for a date night. Also has great bar presence for cocktails.

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CE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and food transported us to Thailand. The service was superb and the food was delicious.

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Quite a bit more expensive than most Thai restaurants especially our favorite dish of whole snapper but the food, atmosphere and service are very good

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K
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was attentive and the food was terrific as always!!

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KA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, celebrated a birthday. Dessert (fried ice cream) was on the house so that was a nice gesture.
Ordered tom yum soup, wings and curry puff as appetizers
Was all delicious.
For entrees, we ordered Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, Jumbo Prawns, and green curry with chicken. I was hoping the serving size of the prawns was a bit bigger; only 3 pieces.
Green curry was spicy but lacking salt so made it hard for the flavors to come together.
Ambiance overall was very bright and welcoming and restaurant was clean.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was delicious.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for cocktails and spicy food. Lovely decor and great for a date night. Must go and try the thai iced tea!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to Sawasdee. We were two couples - two of us enjoyed our meals the other two - were a little disappointed. The portions were not as generous as in some other Thai restaurants, so there were no doggy bags. My shrimp drunken noodle dish was very good, my partner'spork pad thai had dry tough pork. We all enjoyed the mango salad and the dumplings. The servers were friendly and attentive and the restaurant was pretty. We would definitely give this restaurant another try.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a mai tai..which was a little tart for my taste and a coconut rum drink that was so refreshing, which the waitress suggested. It was an excellent suggestion. We both had pad that. The shrimp was delicious and I ate the entire plate. The decor is cool and fresh. If it was a little cooler our we would have eaten outside, which is cute. The waitress was very helpful, if not too attentive. We were chatting too much and i feel like we took too long to order.

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a beautiful setting served by a very friendly staff. Interesting menu and drinks. I definitely recommend.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my sister to this restaurant for her birthday. It was great experience from the food to the overall ambience. I ordered a traditional pad thai dish but others in my group ordered other dishes with salmon or chicken (heed those spicy warnings in the menu!). Also recommend the fried ice cream...just delish!

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GT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good thai food, but just as good as several other Thai places I have been to on Long Island, except this place is more expensive. However, the restaurant itself has a very cool, modern, lounge-y feel to it which was different and fun for a girls night out. The cocktail menu was awesome as well- the thai lemonade was excellent. Will definitely be going again for a date night.

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j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We originally made reservations for the main dining room but the bar looked very inviting so we decided to sit there for dinner. It worked out very well because we got to speak to John (the owner) who was bartending that night. We tried three appetizers, BBQ Pork, Steamed Dumplings and Thai Papaya Salad. All were delicious. We asked them to prepare the salad on the spicy side and it was just like you would expect from Thai restaurants in Woodside or Elmhurst (Queens, NY). I was thinking that the name “Thai Elevated” comes into play as some of the entrees are not your run-of-the-mill Long Island Thai restaurant offerings. Maybe more akin to something you might find in Manhattan or Brooklyn. So we ordered with that idea in mind and selected the Salmon Sawasdee and the Sauteed Black Angus Beef. Certainly not the cheapest dishes on the menu but worth it in our opinion. Both were thoughtfully prepared and delicious. We expect this place to be our go-to, sit-down, Thai restaurant in the future. And the specialty cocktails were very good as well. We might soon give their happy hour a try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant, food is excellent and always consistent. Staff and service are attentive but not intrusive and ambiance is lovely. Highly recommend.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but portions were very small. Service was ok but servers need better English.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This place is Not for special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the only restaurants whose ever read our requests in the comment section of our reservation. Surprisingly lovely place with excellent service and food.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They seated us immediately and the decor is beautiful. Little pricier than other Thai places I’ve been, but they definitely deliver an “elevated” experience.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend took me here this past weekend for my birthday and I must say I was very pleased. The restaurant was warm and welcoming. The staff was friendly. The restaurant was very clean. Food was delicious. Overall a very nice place.

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TN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

When we walked in we were greeted by a nice trendy ambiance and the smell of good food. However, that quickly faded when we were seated next to the kitchen and all we could smell every time the door opened was the smell of stinky feet. The drinks we ordered had zero alcohol in them, the wait for the food was extraordinarily long and the food was mediocre. Not a great experience.

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MR
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the better restaurants in the culinary wasteland of Long Island.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

What a disappointing meal! First, the typical Sate appetizer was flavorful and satisfying. The vegetables Drunken Noodles were similarly good. The salad and our grilled shrimp entre were vile. They were SOAKED in greasy fish oil and the shrimp tasted like it was first boiled in garden hose grade water.
The service was inattentive and the wait for food was beyond acceptable. This place advertises that it’s food is “Elevated”. The only thing elevated here was the bill. Frankly, this place is destined for more reviews like mine.

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Thai! Duck cooked perfect, beautiful Decore, super sweet staff. Ask for level 4 spice "no joke" to get the true taste of Thailand. This place is the real deal.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Sawasdee.
The most consistent good food and service that we’ve ever experienced.
Our go to place in Nassau County 👍🏻

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TB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like Thai food and found this restaurant on line. It was within 3 miles from the hotel. Great ambiance, service and food. I will go back again.

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SB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken pad Thai is amazing! I love it here!

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a party of six. We decided to try something different. We all loved the place. Food was very good. Never had steak that was like butter. Great flavor. We came from Smithtown and it was worth the drive

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