Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar

4.2
116 reviews
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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.
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1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The food was too sweet and there was no flavored distinction between the dishes that we ordered. Will not eat there again nor recommend it. Actually told our family and friends NOT to eat there.

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Came with a large group- took a while to be seated, and order was wrong many times, some people didn't get their drink until we were done eating, some people didn't get their food until 30 minutes after others at the table. Wait staff did nothing to apologize or take anything off the bill even with all the errors. wouldn't recommend to a large group- maybe it is better for a smaller group of people.

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D
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and dinner has a happy hour every day. Can get a Singha beer for $2.50 at happy hour with an entree. Even on the weekends!

Will definitely be coming back. The location wasn’t ideal but it is in Chinatown.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Servers weren’t that attentive but the food was great. No one in my party of 8 complained and plates were clean!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Being made to wait 30 minutes for a table already reserved on open table was the beginning of the ordeal. The orders were never fully filled, the waiters spoke no English, the seating was cramped, and the food was so so. Never again.

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a
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They have many yummy vegan options and great curry. We also took advantage of their happy hour drink prices (1/2 off from 5-7 daily).

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Very slow service. The Pad Thai was not very authentic- no peanuts, no lime, no flavor. I asked for spicy- they gave it bland.

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'd recommend Royal Thai to anyone and everyone! Great food, a nice location, and a very friendly and helpful staff. I will be back!

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LD
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Royal Thai consistently provides a great, authentic meal, w a smile, and they make every effort to ensure that I have a positive experience. After many visits, I’ve never had a bad meal, or service.

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MC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food is not tasty and green curry was watered down, it didn't even taste flavorful or aromatic as it should be. The portions were also not that much compared to a traditional Thai place. However, the service and our waiter were nice and attentive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Flavors are a true reflection of Thailand. Authentic.

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The service was slow and the kitchen was backed up. They were clearly understaffed. The royal seafood soup has good flavor but not much seafood for $6.99. The spicy royal duck was not spicy and may not have been all duck.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic! Loved the setting in an old brownstone.

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s
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I ordered my favorite Thai dishes that I almost always get. The preparation here was sub par in flavor.

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j
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with a large group of people — they were able to accommodate us all, and still brought our food out fairly quickly! The food was wonderful.

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XF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Good food. Service was so-so

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow I had the Royal Noodle. Off the hook good. Great and friendly service with beautiful smiles

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j
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was typical Thai food and very good. Extremely noisy. Did not see access for people with mobility problems.

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SL
Baltimore
69 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall, it was a so-so experience. We enjoyed the food but I had the Pineapple fried rice that was supposedly shrimp and chicken but had 2 shrimp with tails still on so I had to dig the shrimp out of its tails - I hate that. Let’s talk about the hot tea... don’t order it, just stick with water only! The hot tea was a small cup of hot water with a tea bag sitting in it - $3! No refill. I asked for Lemon when I ordered it. No lemon came with it. I asked again. She brought me lime wedges. So, now I have a cup of barely flavored grocery store brand tea water, no lemon and they still charged me $3. I did something I never do - I took it out of the tip. Server should have checked on the lemon first and let me know that they didn’t have any - how a bar doesn’t have any Lemon is also a question for me. Doesn’t matter because there are plenty of other restaurants in the area. We won’t be back. Oh, and then they reported me as a “no show” to Open Table... sort wish I had been now!

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AR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and food was fresh tasted great

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JG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our meal was overall very good though the experience was slightly marred by our server's liability to describe contents of dishes when asked and the small pour of wine by the glass.

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BC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Polite and attentive staff greeted and served us throughout the experience! Excellent value at happy hour on 50% off drinks! Delicious Thai cuisine, presented well and in a timely manner... I'll be back!

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C
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent! Very authentic Thai food. The service was very attentive. The atmosphere is very cosy and perfect for dates or 1:1 dining.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, very friendly staff, delicious food

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f
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

a small, easily overlooked restaurant which serves good food in a friendly atmosphere. we chose it because we like Thai food, and is close to where we were going to see a play. other local places were booked up, so we took a choice and weren't disappointed. the restaurant isn't at all stylish, but good enough for ordinary dining.

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k
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favorite eatery in DC Chinatown! We have been to Royal Thai many times. Very consistently good food and staff. Their happy hour is a great value. Love the lemongrass martnini with an order of chive dumpling. Luscious curries, delicious seafood dishes. Carnivores will be happy too! Easy walk to Gallery place metro and Verizon center.

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KS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drink specials, ample food, and super friendly staff! We would absolutely go back next time we are in the area

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Washington Capitals pre playoff meal

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DR
Baltimore
279 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Royal Thai, and whenever we're in the area we make sure to visit. The food is delicious! We always have wonderful service...though we've never been there when it is super busy. Our party of four had the pad thai, drunken noodles, spicy rice, spring rolls and yummy tempura green beans. Love this place

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

While everything was ok, there was only 1 waiter at lunch!!!!

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y
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food presentation was lovely as was the service. Every dish ordered got high marks, from the chicken satay, green curry, sautéed eggplant, spicy beef salad, and more were ALL exceptionally executed. Will be back very soon!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The only criticism I have is that it took the waitress a while to get to our table... everything else was great!

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ZV
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was delicious. Their curries are amazing. I highly recommend this place.

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N
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time coming here. I got the crispy shrimp, which was delicious. I also got a passion fruit mai tai and Thai fried rice with chicken and beef. I was disappointed the cost was different from the last time I went, but I just altered my order. The food here is really good.

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Mexico City
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is really spicy , take care.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was a little slow during lunch. Took server 15 Minutes to take my order after being seated. Food was served quickly after ordering! Food was delicious!

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s
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best pad Thai in town! I frequently bring friends here and we’ve never had a bad experience. The service was excellent and it’s easier to have a conversation here than in most DC restaurants. Excellent all around.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love Royal Thai. We've always been albe to get in pretty quickly, even with a large group. The service has been great and the food is generally fantastic. My husband and I had the crispy shrimp appetizer, which was not bad. Was expecting a bit more flavor from the sauce. However, the green curry pad thai was out of this world good! And everyone in our group enjoyed their meals also. Definitely check this place out.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food

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