Thai Square South Kensington

4.1
347 Reviews
£26 to £40
Thai
One of the best Thai restaurants in London, our South Kensington location is an intimate and inviting space nestled amongst London’s finest museums. With authentic Thai food and a warm and relaxed ambiance, our South Kensington location is the perfect place to recharge after a day spent exploring the Natural History Museum, V&A, Science Museum, or Royal Albert Hall.

While visitors love our outdoor seating and Southeast Asian décor, which mixes traditional and modern elements, what they enjoy the most about the dining experience is the food itself. Our chefs use the freshest ingredients available to carefully prepare each menu item. Favourites include the Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry, but you’ll have to visit to find the dish you fancy the most. Be sure to stay up to date on our latest London restaurant deals as well.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 347 people are saying
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LesleyK
Essex
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very good and very prompt. Food was very tasty and plentiful. Restaurant very clean

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TrinaJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Our first time here so didn't have any expectations but was disappointed with the ambience of the restaurant. Very brightly lit, we were sat next to the reception desk/bar and the table connected to ours was used as an extension of the reception/bar... food to be taken to other diners was rested here, bags brought in by the constant flow of food delivery drivers were rested here, empty glasses for washing were left here. It was like eating in a corridor of commotion.
The manager and waiter were quite stressed and under pressure. They both did their best but mentioned they were stretched with the lack of staff.
The wine we ordered wasn't quite chilled and gave me heartburn.
The food was satisfactory but nothing exciting. The starters was presented with a dried out salad. Only 5 small prawns in our prawn dish. Just overall quite disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Very poor service. Food was adequate.

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Wouldgoagain
London
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food here is amazing. Full of flavour and definately worth trying at least once. The restaurant is quite petite however still has a lovely feel to it. I did however feel like my friend and I were in the way as the staff did not seem very happy. Hopefully it wasnt us and if we went again they'd be having a better day.

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yeebee
London
41 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Such a lovely restaurant. A great menu in a brilliant location. The staff are lovely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Pad Thai was too sweet

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vipCoop1571
London
53 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and they’ve adapted well to COVID.
I look forward to eating indoors!

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Zohchelsea
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The place was very congested and there was no proper ventilation

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were sat downstairs and it feels a little cramped but it was ok for a lunch date with hubby. The waitress insisted we check in via the nhs app in front of her which I think was very good. We were pleasantly surprised to find that they were still doing eat out to help out up to £10 each off the bill which was great. The non veg starters were delicious! My husband ordered pad Thai and I had the green curry which was a little too spicy for me. We also had a prawn dish which was very tasty. With drinks came to about £45ish which included the discount and service charge. Will definitely go back but bear in mind it’s very small space downstairs and you can hear everyone’s conversations etc. And toilet is up three flights of stairs so I didn’t bother using the loo.

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AndreaC
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I usually love visiting Thai Square restaurants, my favourites bring the Wig and Pen (currently closed) and Somerset House locations. This Kensington venue is sadly not to their usual high standards. The actual restaurant layout is good and was exceptionally clean. The staff attentive, polite and friendly.
The food badly let it down and I believe it was reheated and not cooked fresh. My children who usually devour the Pad Thai left alot and said thy bodies were soft and unpalatable. My Pad Ped Mamuang was lukewarm with overcooked onion and pepper. The steamed jasmine rice was dry. Such a shame as i lovethe food usually from this chain but I would not visit this particular branch again. Not good value for money on this occasion and I hope this was just an off day for Thai Square.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff and quick service !

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vipCoop1571
London
53 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice relaxing lunch day outside. The green curry was spicy today

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very welcoming staff, a little to over tentative because I felt as if I was watched through every bite and they just wanted to take my plate away.
But I am very happy love the food and service and quality was nice.
Thank you for having me. I will be back again.

Thai Square South Kensington
Responded on January 28, 2020

Hi, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your experience at Thai Square South Kensington. Your kind feedback is extremely valued and very much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed our food including the service and thank you for flagging us about the service. Hope to welcome you back soon. Sincerely, Nida Porter Guest Relations Manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good, as usual

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vipDorian
London
97 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

When we arrived the ground floor was busy and rather chaotic and there was no record of our booking. However we were soon seated on the second floor and ordered the set menu. The service was prompt and the food delicious. Would definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food was ok at best but lacked the freshness and flair of truly great Thai food. Service was functional but impersonal and rushed. Very expensive and not worth it

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vipAndyT
London
98 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Much smaller and with amore cosy ambience than other so the Thai Square group, the South Kensington branch has a similar menu and the night we were there the food was fine. There is also an upstairs room, with a similar small footprint to the downstairs, but not as cosy.

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LynneC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food is good at Thai Square but as in other branches of this restaurant chain the service is not up to the same standard. A very long wait between the starter and main course. For our party of four, three mains finally arrived, only luke warm , not helped by cold plates, but mine only arrived when everyone else had finished...Disappointing.

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AyJay
London
108 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were going to the Royal Albert Hall for a concert and so this was really convenient. Happily we enjoyed our food!

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Shadia19
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall1food4service5ambience1

I have been to this restaurant many times, and have always been happy with the experience. However, on this occasion, I was very disappointed and will not be returning.
I booked through OpenTable - the restaurant could not even find my reservation when we arrived there. They allocated us a table in a tight corner, which was hot and humid. There was only one AC in the room - far away from our table, near the main door. We asked to be moved upstairs, as we were feeling stuffy. The waiters refused, as they needed to "fill the tables downstairs first" , despite the fact we were sweating and I had a prior reservation (which they couldn't find).
We ordered our food - starters and main courses, and specified that the starters be served first (naturally). Our first choice of starter was not available. The waiter soon came and told me that all the mains had been prepared so they would serve everything together! I was truly annoyed by this point! Why should we have everything together? By then, we were melting in the heat! I insisted that we are given the starters first, which he reluctantly did.
We asked to be moved to another table when we saw other guests leave - by then, our enjoyment was completely ruined. Each time we put our cutlery on the plate, even though there was still so much food in front of us the waiters would ask if we had finished and try to take our plates away! I had to refuse every time, as we were still eating!
The food is always good at this restaurant, thus we went back again. But after our latest experience, we will not be returning. I really am unhappy with the service we received - wholly unacceptable. We went to a different restaurant for tea and dessert and had a very pleasant time there.

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Shivloss
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Decent food however, poor ambience/decor. No air-con which wasn't great with the recent heatwave! This isn't like the other Thai Squares I've been to

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vipNN30
London
45 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, and service. big menu and lots of appetising items.

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vipAsaM
London
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This is o e of the worst meals I have had in a long time!
Tasteless, horrible and it doesn’t feel fresh.
We were three people and ordered six different things and they were all horrible unfortunately!

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lovevalue
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A small but cosy restaraunt. If you have difficulty in walking/climbing stairs ask for a downstairs table. I mentioned when booking that it was my Sister's birthday and they gave us free of charge a lovely chocolate dessert- a lovely touch.

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jj51
Bedfordshire
97 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I thought our latest visit to Thai Square, South Kensington, was the least impressive of the times we have eaten there. The food was fresh and hot, but somewhat lacking in the usual flavour. It might have been due to our choice of dishes, but the spicing was not up to its normal level. Would still return for a pre-concert meal however.

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Hugo
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Booked for 16 people and the food and service was great!

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jj51
Bedfordshire
97 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Thai Square on Exhibition Road is our usual port of call before going to a Prom. It was even better this time as they have added wonderful soft shell crab to the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Poor food for too high price

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KiwiLondoner
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Staff were attentive. We have previously dined at Putney Thai Square which was fantastic, this is the reason we liked this brand. Unfortunately this time did not live up to expectations. Value for money it is not, extremely expensive for what you get. Starters are average, Main courses seem to be tasteless and not well executed. We won't be dining at any Thai Square restaurants again.

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shally
London
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2015
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Not good service with rude staff. Will not return to this branch.

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RichardW
London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cannot really review the restaurant as, despite booking through Openable and over the phone there was no table reserved for us on arrival. We went elsewhere.

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Lovelylocs
London
25 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good place to meet friends after work. Efficient service, good food. A regular place for me

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vipAD1000
London
96 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2015
Overall2food2service3ambience2

It's an ok place to go for convenience but the food is not that good. We were at the RGS for a talk and went here afterwards for dinner. Would not come here especially for a meal but might do so if we have to go to the RGS for another event or unless I can find something better nearby.

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jj51
Bedfordshire
97 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

always good quality Thai food at Thai Square on Exhibition Road. A great place for a pre-concert nosh.

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Gini
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We went for a late dinner after a lecture, the food is good and this location is perfect if you want to catch some food after the numerous exhibitions/museums in this area. However it is very small compared to the other Thai Square's and can feel a little cramped in but perfect for the location and a quick dinner with good food.

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SLHbaggirl
London
27 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went here before going to the Royal Albert Hall for a show. Quite a small restaurant set over two floors but still managed an ambience. The menu had a good selection of set menus as well as a la carte with all the normal thai dishes and some specials. The Duck in Tamarind sauce was lovely. Food orders were taken promptly and they turned around meals very quickly which suited us down to the ground. The food was well presented not the largest of portions but very tasty.

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AlisonL
London
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unfortunately we were crammed in upstairs, next to a very noisy group and right by the toilet, but we enjoyed our meal very much.

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RayT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2015
Overall2food3service3ambience1

One night in London, and I feel we wasted it on this place. We wanted a nice conventional restaurant, bit of atmosphere but ended up squeezed next to other diners in a place no bigger than Granny's larder.
In future I will only use this app to book places I know - lesson learned.

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Malaynut
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Great for bringing a group of friends and get some great food at decent price. Don't count too much on ambience. The decor has become dated, we were seated next to boxes of beers. Feels a bit like china town cheap eats. But if you just want good food and beer then this it for you!

MD
vipMayfieldDiner
London
32 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2015
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Was disappointed after reading some pretty positive reviews on Open Table. Staff were not warm and wecoming, food was very average eg. Pad Thai was very poor, tables much too small to accomodate dishes and crammed together too close, and all in all not value for money! I guess you are paying for location but won't do so again!

FAQs

Thai Square South Kensington does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Thai Square South Kensington also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7584 8359.

Thai Square South Kensington is rated 4.1 stars by 347 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.