Nipa Thai

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372 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Thai
In the Royal Lancaster Hotel, the Nipa Thai restaurant has been named after the original Nipa Restaurant in the Landmark Hotel in Bangkok. Lots of teak panelling, traditional Thai furnishings and artefacts lend an authentic air. All the staff dressed in traditional Thai costume are from Thailand - even the lady chefs. This authentic Thai restaurant is one of the first 15 recipients of the 'Thai Select' award - this award has been described as being the first ever Michelin-style award for Thai restaurants proven to be performing to the highest standards of quality and cuisine, and is awarded by the Thai Government. We think this award sums up Nipa Thai rather nicely. What's cooking? Kai Haw Bai Toey - deep fried marinated chicken in pandanus leaves, Kaeng Kiew Warn Kai - chicken in green curry soup, also recommended the Nipa platter - a selection of the chef's special Thai starters.
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pelota
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely small restaurant inside a sleek London hotel. Very pricey unless you go for the Early Bird menu during the week. Delicious Thai food of very high quality.

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SerenaA
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's the best Thai restaurant in London. The food is sensational and the staff outstanding. Love it and will definitely keep going.

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Betsy
London
14 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely setting and very good food. Friendly wait staff who went out of their way to wish one of our party a happy birthday with a delicious dessert plate. They were out of Thai iced tea which was surprising and a disappointment.

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vipAntoniyaS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the all-time London favourites. The perfect place for a family dinner or a catch-up with a friend. The service is great, the food is fantastic and the ambiance is perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and drink was amazing - well worth the visit for my partners birthday meal. The only thing that let the evening down was the slow service. I think a last minute table of 4-6 suddenly meant all the waiters were rushing around us moving tables together, setting the table which meant that for over 30 minutes was wasted just waiting for the dessert menu and another 30 minutes for someone to come with a credit card machine so we could pay and leave. We lost over an hour of our evening due to this.

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vipbrudi
London
20 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not the restaurants fault but open table let me book this at a time it wasn’t open. Luckily, I was meeting a client who is very relaxed and we made other plans. Could have been very awkward.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow. One of my best ever Thai restaurant.

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Marianne
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! These people love the food they are making and are proud of it. Delicious food and the wine was really good paired.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent Thai restaurant with great food and service.

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PokP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very authentic Thai food served and prepared by Thai staff- very friendly and excellent food! Would come again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Thai restaurants I have been to in London.. Excellent.

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ShamimE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites, a really great experience.

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Reena
London
25 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great little find and the food was great! Very friend staff

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely flavours and good quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Booked table in the morning and upon arrival Noy the manager didn’t even know about our reservations. She kept telling me that I just booked. Also, mentioned anniversary on the booking but no acknowledgement and nothing offered. She speaks very loud and all people in the restaurant looking at us, which made it quite embarrassing as if it was our fault. She needs lots of customer service training. She took our payment and didn’t even ask, if we enjoyed our dinner.
Our special dinner / evening ruined by 1 person.

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OpenTable Diner
Puebla
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso!!!!!! Hermoso lugar

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Ramrod
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Excellent food, nice ambience, service variable and slightly taciturn

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vipChicagofan
New England
38 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have the good fortune of experiencing very good authentic Thai cuisine in the USA, so this experience, while lovely in some areas didn’t meet our expectations for flavor or unique dishes. We sampled 4 different things and all but one was too sweet.

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LaurenceB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, great location, friendly staff. Would highly recommend

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Bailer
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner at Nipa Thai. Great authentic Thai food along with very good service.

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Carselljackson
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great food. Enjoyed the ambiance and the people serving were very friendly!

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vipMarkP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious authentic Thai food. We had one of the set menus - excellent value and plenty of variety. The Green curry was exceptional and the Coconut ice cream was delicious. The service is friendly and professional - overall a fantastic experience. Can’t wait to go back.

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TomaszT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Really tricky to review. Evening of two parts. First part just perfect. Second part from hell, as they accommodated very large and joyful private function in the middle of the restaurant. I have seen other guest smoking places, leaving early etc. You just can't have somebody joyful private party not in the function room, but in the middle of 5 star restaurant. Just can't!

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Shash14
London
38 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and exceptional service. The ambience is relaxing which makes you want to just relax, and stay all evening!

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RobertL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and excellent food. Very generous portions! Cannot wait to visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

That was a great experience. We took one of the menu (6 courses) with wines matching.
That was spicy, tasty, yummy. We were really happy by the selection of the dishes and interested by the wines. A special mention to the red wine from Thailand, Monsoon Valley Shiraz.
We will come back for sure.

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bazhenks
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Very slow service!

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GerhardM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really appreciated the elegance. We had the tasing menu, and loved the soup.

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JebB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. Service took a bit too long. Staff was very friendly and professional.

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MTSDC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The venue is pleasant enough but the service is absolutely horrific. Not because the servers aren’t very pleasant - they are, and are clearly doing their best. But the restaurant is hugely understaffed and the kitchen is either too small or incompetent. The food is OK - slightly better than a Busaba or standard Thai place anywhere else in London, and absolutely not worth making an effort for. Don’t waste your time...literally.

I took my mother there for her 80th birthday dinner - having made a note of that on the booking. First we had to wait 15 minutes just for someone to come and seat us. Food orders took another 25 minutes. We arrived at 8:00 pm. The first food arrived at 9:00 pm. The waitress was very sweet and very apologetic but there was absolutely no consideration or care given. Keep in mind that the restaurant was half-empty at this point.

I mentioned to one of the two maitre’d-types that it was meant to be a special dinner as indicated on the reservation and that we’d like to get something extra for my mother (of course we’d pay for it) and we got absolutely nothing - not even an acknowledgment or an excuse. Instead we got slightly-above-average Thai food, fairly Westernised and served at an absolutely glacial pace. Would never go back. They ruined a special event and I’m amazed that any of the reviews below have had a positive experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, sometimes as a solo buisness traveler it feels awkward but this was great service and food.

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Peroni
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always! Limited menu but fantastic flavours.

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DavidB2959
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit as we love the place. The food is so fresh and tasty and never fails to deliver.
The staff are so welcoming, friendly and hard working, ensuring that your experience at Nipa Thai is exceptional and memorable.
Cheers again and see you on our next visit to London

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LucasK
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

9 years ago we celebrated our wedding anniversary at Nipa Thai. It was fantastic. We went again 2 day's later.
After 9 years we went back again for our anniversary. Same quality, same great taste.
Real Tai food. Fantastic!

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vipKPatel
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience here. The food was amazing. We had by far the best thai food here. The desert was spectacular as well. The service was amazing and they made my wife's birthday special. We will definitely visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cheshire
19 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Starters were poor, main course was sensational. Wine was nice and service couldn’t really fault.

Just skip the starter and go for mains

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vipJimZ
London
21 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was slow. Felt that waiters were not properly trained. Food bordered on Chinese. When asked about sticky rice and mango, was told it is not in season (mango is sold everywhere in supermarkets). Wanted to try a true Thai restaurant. I guess I made the wrong choice. That said, this is my personal opinion as I am very familiar with and fond of Thai food. Maybe their menu is adjusted to fit the English taste?

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