About Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar

Royal Thai opened in Chinatown in May 2009.
We are the best choice for Thai food enthusiasts, so we hope all our customers will enjoy our foods!
All of our menu selections offer nothing but the most authentic traditional Thai cooking. Every dish is prepared fresh from the best ingredients, for a rich and flavorful serving.

Our goal is to be the best cuisine in town with most authentic traditional Thai, while encorporating modern riffs using local fresh ingredients and Thai sensibilities. We also offer a seasonal selection that we create monthly. Besides delighting the discerning palate, our kitchen takes pride in sophisticated presentation.

Lastly, our staff is eager to make your time with us a wonderful experience.

507 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Thai

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm



Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm

Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm


Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
5th St. NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 842-1405

Website:
http://royalthaidc.com/

Public Transit:
Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station (Green, Red, Yellow)

Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red)

Archives Metro Station (Green, Yellow)

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout

Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This is a great place for lunch. The food is excellent, the service is fabulous and did I mention the food is great? I frequently meet friends here for lunch. We can have a nice meal for two for $25 (including Thai iced tea) with excellent, unobtrusive service and a nice ambience. It's quiet enough to have a conversation without shouting and the staff are friendly. I especially like the Wonsoon noodles with chicken and the mango chicken, but they have a wide array of vegetarian meals as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Good food, good service but small tables, large plates.........................

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The food was excellent. We had the penang curry, and green curry pad thai.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This restaurant is like a hidden gem. The entrance looks small but they have a lot of space on the second floor. We got our own private room for a group of 20 and had a wonderful time. The staff are super friendly and very nice. Food is very good with reasonable prices. Highly recommend this place!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 13, 2017

My husband felt like Thai for a late night dinner when visiting Washington D.C. We found Royal Thai by the reviews but food didn't quite live up to the better reviews. Tom Kha soup had good flavor as did the Chicken Satay but the Spring Rolls and Pad Thai were very bland.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 25, 2017

This was our second visit to Royal Thai. We live an hour away from D.C. and our first visit came before a Caps' game. When we knew we were returning to D.C. this weekend, even though it would be out of the way and a time squeeze, we knew that we wanted to return. Our very favorable recollection of the deliciousness of the food was definitely confirmed. We enjoyed the veggie spring rolls, fried green beans, and other delicious dishes that I can't spell :). My husband and I agreed we'd probably drive to D.C. just to come here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Quick and yummy
Great price

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2017

The best Thai food I've tasted in a long time. I had the mixed vegetables with chicken: totally delicious and healthy! The Waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable. I can't wait to visit again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Royal Thai was able to accommodate our work happy hour very nicely! The flow of apps and drinks for our large party was great and we didn't have to pay upfront for a pre-fixed menu, etc.

Highly recommend the space upstairs for work type happy hour events of 15 ish people.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 15, 2017

They seem to be cutting corners. I felt like my lunch was left over from the day before. They need to step up their game and make things fresh.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Very kind
and delicious~^.^

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Good choice if you are in the Gallery Place area
Great food reasonable prices

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Nice lunch spot. Quick.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Loved it! Portions well worth it! Great atmosphere!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Very nice little place with excellent food. Service and ambiance are a little bit below averqge though.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Restaurant was a bit cold on the 2nd floor, even with a space heater on, but the food is fantastic.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Ambience is good. Food is above average . Tried the green chicken curry and it was really good.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Food was terrible. The broccoli looked and tasted old. My wife's pad Thai had a strange aroma to it. Food sizes are generous, but I wouldn't want to eat everything on the plate. Staff were rude and we're visibly unimpressed that we didn't order drinks. If you have ever eaten Thai food before you will be very underwhelmed by the food here.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2016

This was my first visit and Thai food is one of my favorite types so I was ready for a great meal since this is in DC's "Chinatown" area with a lot of different Asian restaurants. While it has a very diverse menu, my "go to" appetizer, the spicy beef salad (Nam Tok) was very disappointing here - dried out meat and barely any marinade. We left about a third of it. The Duck Rolls were great, though, like a Peking Duck burrito. The main courses were average but not very spicy at all and we were not asked how we wanted it, nor was an additional chili sauce made available. The broccoli in my lemongrass chicken was barely cooked and so hard to chew. The service was really why I downgraded this review. The waitress brought our main courses while we were only half-way through appetizers and we were on a small "two top" table, so there was really no room for everything. She ended up taking away our water just to have room for the plates. Then she gave no spoons to serve up the main courses or get any sauce. It was 15 minutes before I could get another server to bring spoons and by then the dishes were cold. I won't be back!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Dropped in after a lecture on Southeast Asian archeology at the Smithsonian. Was disappointed that my favorite appetizer -- Nham Sod (spicy minced pork) -- wasn't on the menu but enjoyed the papaya salad. Followed that with the pork version of the spicy rice. She got the spicy mango shrimp salad and Drunken Noodles. The latter had too much Thai basil in it, but otherwise everything was very tasty. We may return to Royal Thai for a late dinner.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 6, 2016

AMA ing food. Great device. Highly recommended.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2016

The table size is way too small for 2 people for dinner. Besides the table top surface was not at level. You have to ask for spoon or knife. They only give you fork. Hard to cut vegetable with fork. Good food. Excellent choice for vegetarians. My wife and I loved the food and the nice service. Noise level was way too high because of loud conversations in an adjacent table. Not much space between tables.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Enjoyed the food it was well seasoned

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2016

It was nice to walk in and see my reserved table ready and waiting. The food was good, good sized portions and helpful staff. Will be returning.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 8, 2016

Pretty solid food quality. Nice service, inexpensive, quick turn around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2016

I made a reservation for a large group, and I was able to call ahead and order the food. The food was really tasty, and the server was nice. However, our entrees took forever to arrive even though I had called ahead of time. I think the food may have been ready, but our server was confused. She was still very kind and polite, but perhaps confused or overwhelmed. The restaurant was very accommodating and understanding when our party was much larger than expected. Thank you to Royal Thai Cuisine for making our event great. I will definitely be back and would recommend this place for large groups.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2016

Excellent service and food. Would have liked the option of main floor dining over having the flight of stairs.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Great food and service. Amazing variety and selection on menu. Nice happy hour drink specials. Good location near Verizon Center - there before a show and not too crowded.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 18, 2016

We were down in D.C. for a Caps game. Had done online research for restaurants in the vicinity of the Verizon Center. Royal Thai had great reviews, and my husband and I love Thai food. The food was incredible! We loved everything we ordered appetizers and entrees - only problem is that we were so full that we just wanted to take a nap! Wish this restaurant was a little closer to our home in Towson, MD. Would definitely head back down to D.C. for another visit to this wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Absolutely love this place. Amazing food, huge selection of vegetarian options.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Excellent food and close to Verizon center. Service was great. Stopped in for dinner before a caps game and expected it to be jammed. I had a reservation so it was no problem.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 8, 2016

Love this place. Great food & amazing drinks.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2015

I love their spicy talapia! Nice sized portion, good heat, cooked perfectly!

Every time I go, there seems to be a REALLY noisy group downstairs where we're sitting. This time, there were 3 people at the bar who were screaming with laughter - very out of place in such an otherwise quiet restaurant. I wish the staff would have asked them to keep their noise level down, but I know that's a tough call. Last time, there was a group of 5-6 people sitting behind us watching YouTube videos at top volume!! So rude!

But I love the food & the staff is INCREDIBLY attentive (sometimes a bit over the top), so I'll continue to go back & just leave when the noise level gets out of hand.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2015

Royal Thai is a very solid choice for Thai food in the heart of Chinatown. Restaurant was fairly full, but it was notable how many people came in to pick up or place to go orders. I take that as a good sign.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2015

We were searching for a Thai restaurant with authentic and interesting dishes. We love massaman curry dishes and this one did not disappoint! The drinks were half off between 6-8pm with an entrée too! Crispy tilapia was delicious and would definitely come back!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2015

We needed a place to hold a party of 19 with little advance warning. The people at Royal Thai were able to give us a private room and served a great meal. All present were pleased with the service and the food. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to hold a meeting dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 1, 2015

We were rushed throughout the meal and would not recommend this restaurant. There are finer restaurants for you to experience Thai food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 14, 2015

Our food was mediocre at best. The waitress complained that we did not give her a large enough tip. We will not go back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 11, 2015

First they couldn't find our reservation, once seated they took our drink order right away but didn't bring them for another 20 minutes. They wanted to take our food order right away, seemed to hurry us. The appetizers came in 20 minutes, not bad, but by this time we had been sitting for about 40 minutes. The food finally came after we had been seated for an hour. The food was good taste wise but cold. No one came to check on us throughout the meal. Once we asked for the check, they were pronto in bringing it and getting us out of there. I think they were short of staff, seemed food sat in the kitchen for good 20 min. Overall, wont return

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 14, 2015

Our small (5) group had a great meal with happy hour cocktails and lots of laughs. A groovy casual ambiance and the food was wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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