10 Best Thai Restaurants

We originally put this list together in honor of Thai New Year in April, but these awesome Thai restaurants are worthy of a visit any time of year. We polled our Citysearch Dictators for their favorite spots: the top 10 are below.

Updated: May 06, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Restaurants


Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant

700 NW Gilman Blvd Ste E104, Issaquah, WA 98027

Lorna Y. says: "My favorite Thai restaurant is Noodle Boat in Issaquah. Any restaurant that takes a 1 1/2 month working-vacation to Thailand each year just to make their Thai chile paste with the right type of chiles has got to take their food seriously! They make enough each year to ship back to the restaurant, so you can enjoy the fiery goodness year-round."


Thaiku

6705 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

Melissa L. says: "My favorite place is Thaiku in Ballard. The ambiance is like a movie set right out of 'The King and I' and it's the perfect place to fuel up before a night of bar-hopping on Ballard Ave."


Araya's Vegetarian Place

1121 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Heather J. says: "Thai vegan buffet is only $7.95 Mon-Sat, with delicious food. Who wouldn't love all-you-can-eat eggrolls? Always a bunch of people waiting outside at 11am when they open. The soup is so good, too."


Jai Thai

3423 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Paul B. says: "I vote Jai Thai (Fremont and Capitol Hill locations). The food is A+++, the takeout turnaround time is super-short and the dining areas are way more comfortable than those at some of the other mom-and-pop Thai places."


Thai Siam

8305 15TH Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Katherine M. says: "I love Thai Siam on 15th in Ballard. They converted me from a Thai unenthusiast to a twice-a-week worshiper. Their three-star dishes will make you sweat, literally. The staff is wonderful; they know you and your favorites after just a few visits. Love it, love it, love it."


Phuket

517 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Scott H. says: "I like Phuket in Queen Anne. Although the deep booths and triangle pillows take some getting used to, their food is always spot-on and (as far as I can tell, since I'm a white guy who was born in Connecticut) pretty authentic. Plus, dinner for two for less than $20? Yes, please!"


Buddha Ruksa

3520 SW Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98126

Jennifer J. says: "Buddha Ruksa is a warmly lit neighborhood spot with a kitchen that cranks out Thai comfort food. Locally, they're known for their insanely good crispy, garlic chicken aka "crack chicken"--worth a trek over the bridge even if you live outside of West Seattle."


Ayutthaya Thai Restaurant

727 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Pierce M. says: "According to a Thai exchange student, the most authentic Thai restaurant in Seattle, which means no goofy spicy rating system for pad thai. (I refuse to order pad thai that requires me to rate my spiciness level 1 through 5). The curries and the pad-see-ew are spot on."


Rom Mai Thai Restaurant

613 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Wesley M. says: "In addition to being conveniently located in one of the fastest growing areas for Seattle's nightlife, Rom Mai Thai offers traditional Thai cuisine with the care and attention to detail that would make any restaurant great: bigger won tons, creamier curry, and a generous use of spice...four stars truly are four stars, every dish provides a flavorful experience with every bite. The cashew chicken is particularly good."


Jamjuree

509 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Heather F. says: "Jamjuree is the underdog of the local Thai scene and wins every time. Family owned and operated, this intimate family restaurant fit the quaint 15th Ave E. community perfectly. The food is flavorful and authentic, the service is quick and polite, and the patrons always return. Try their Green Curry with Thai Iced Tea--so good!"


Honorable Mention


Viengthong

2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

Editor's choice: It may not be Thai specifically, but this killer restaurant does Lao food the way it's meant to be: seriously spicy, ultra flavorful and best eaten with your hands. Some dishes are the same as Thai--all are super authentic.