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Tara Thai

45 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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The word "tara," commonly found in Thai folk literature, means water. Thus, our restaurant offers a unique and relaxing atmosphere, featuring a variety of underwater art for your dining pleasure. Our menu consists of authentic Thai cooking, using family recipes that have been handed down for generations. Our friendly staff always strive to make your visit enjoyable and worthwhile.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 506-9788
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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We are happy to deliver a catered lunch or dinner to your home or office at the time you specify. Same day service orders are welcome.
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Cross street
Pimmit Dr
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Join us for an occasional wine dinners. We have put together an exclusive collection of wine from around the world. To us, wine is an integral part of dining experience at Tara Thai restaurant. We are always trying to promote wineries and personalities that share a passion and a commitment to making great wines. Many of these wines are offered in very small quantities and this may be your only chance to enjoy them.
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 45 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Rosita (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

Good food and traditional flavors. Service was ok but the place was a bit crowded. For the price, the portions were of decent size. Spicy as requested!!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 2, 2014

The food at Tara Thai is good, however the service has left a lot to be desired. If it wasn't for how good the food is for the price point I wouldn't keep coming back.

vipmariko (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 20, 2014

I never met an eggplant I didn't like - and the eggplant dish at Tara Thai was no exception - except that it was indeed exceptional. I would also recommend the lychee ice cream - this is the only restaurant where I've found it on the menu and recommend you try it - tastes just like lychee!!

vipFoodie2013 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

I've had times where I went to this restaurant and the Tom Ka didn't taste quite right or my noodle dish was a little cold. When bringing these things to their attention they are very courteous and take care of it, so I'm happy! This past weekend I decided to have a birthday dinner for my friends and made a 12 person reservation. Our waiter was great, the food was great, and everyone loved it. The only problem I had was when the food was brought out. There were 12 of us so I understand it takes some time to bring the dishes out but there was probably a 10 minute time span between the first noodle dish entree that was brought out to the last one. Not too big of a deal, and this has never happened. I would recommend this restaurant.

vipCreeker (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2014

Innovation on traditional Thai dishes is subtle, but evident. Service is casual, but attentive. Families, young singles, and older folks share good food and colorful decor. I'll go again.

vipKimberly (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2014

This was our first visit to Tara Thai and we were not disappointed. We had a group of six. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, especially the Siemese Steak. We would definitely return as there are many dishes that sound delicious.

vipLola2003 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2014

Service good. Temperature of restaurant was very cold. Tabletop cold causing plats brought out for our entrees to become cold. Food came hot but once moved to plates became cold quickly. Taste of food great as usual. Please get some heaters or insulation for the many windows in the restaurant.

vipLola2003 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2014

Overall a good experience. Only negatives were: we had ni silverware at the table where we were seated and the plates our entrees were put on were not kept on a warmer. Therefore the food became cold quickly.

vipMcLeanMom (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2014

I've been to Tara Thai several times and the food and service are consistently good. I went there with a friend from out of town and we enjoyed the food and even though we lingered after the meal, no one bothered us or tried to rush us. Great experience.

vipfooood (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 6, 2013

Everyone from the hostess to waiters and waitresses were so kind. We were hungry and as we waited for a table, they let us place the order so that when we sat the food was ready! Genius. The food and tea were tasty.

Bouldergal (Denver)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2013

Good food, large portions... Some items on the menu are not available which is annoying. You should take them off or mark them as seasonal.

vipAJMB (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2013

Really good, enjoyable Thai food, cheerfully served in simple surroundings

CharleyH (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

Food is good and it is not so noisy that you can't talk.

vipLeah (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on September 4, 2013

We came here because we were on a time crunch and it was late afternoon before the dinner rush yet service for four people still took over an hour. Food was OK with nothing really sticking out in our minds.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 17, 2013

We had two wonderful appetizers, a sushi roll and chick curry on sticks. But my wife's soft shelled crab was too greasy and fishy tasting and my duck was way over cooked, the vegetables (cabbage and what not) were cold and tasted like fish.

Disappointing - we were hoping to find a good Thai restaurant...