Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar

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126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
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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OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, location, and service were all excellent. The only thing that took a star from this otherwise amazing experience was that the cocktails we had didn't really wow, and neither did the food. Both were good, do not get me wrong, but nothing exceptional; both seemed to lack a little flavor (could barely taste the ginger advertised in the advertised cocktail, and the curry of the main dish seemed weak as well).

N
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This place was really great. They have 3 floors and any of the upper spaces are great to have a group dinner. The staff is very welcoming and everyone was so kind. We waiting for them to get the upstairs ready as we had a large group. After arriving, we were seated in about 5 minutes and the waiter came right away with water. He later returned to ask about drinks and then followed by the food. They have a large assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and virgin, and they all tasted great. The food menu was pretty diverse as well, and all their fried rice dishes tasted amazing. They had different spice levels and it was a great time.

BD
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very solid Thai food. Convenient location and good service. Would recommend!

DM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Sat for 15 minutes after being seated (I checked my phone) without even getting water on our table.
The food was unexceptional. Ambiance was fine and happy hour drinks run until 7. The catch is that our drinks were not served until AFTER appetizers and entrees arrived.

Need I say more? We won't be back.

B
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Been here before and recalled the good cocktails so decided to return. Happy to say they still do very good cocktails!!! Note: happy hour ends at 7pm. We went mid week - so after 7pm the place calms down and is not noisy especially upstairs. Food was very good and we had amazingly fast service... but remember this was mid week. Your mileage Friday and Saturday may vary.

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very average, "tourist quality" Thai Food.

Horrible service in all ways; food came sporadically.

Noise level in the upstairs dining room was deafening.

T
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Intimate. Service was great. Excellent food and fast cooks

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a lunch with friends on a Sunday. Easy to get a table.

AA
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In the heart of Chinatown, this gem is delicious and moderately priced. Real Thai, not Americanized. The staff was super friendly and hospitable. Coming from a small city with limited culinary options, this dining experience made me sing!

YS
1 review
Dined on 8 April 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.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 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.

D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 28 March 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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 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!

NR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 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.

a
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 23 February 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).

LH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 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.

RP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 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!

LD
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 8 February 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.

MC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 27 January 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.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 11 December 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.

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

Fantastic! Loved the setting in an old brownstone.

s
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 19 November 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.

j
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 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.

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

Good food. Service was so-so

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

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

j
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on 13 October 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.

SL
Baltimore
73 reviews
Dined on 22 September 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!

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

Delicious and food was fresh tasted great

JG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 28 July 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.

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

Excellent service.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 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!

C
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 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.

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

Lovely atmosphere, very friendly staff, delicious food

f
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 2 June 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.

k
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 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.

KS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 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

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

Washington Capitals pre playoff meal

DR
Baltimore
303 reviews
Dined on 19 May 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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