Thai Tom

(206) 548-9548 | View Website

4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA | Directions   98105

47.662554 -122.313108

Open Hours

Monday To Saturday From 11:30 AM To 09:00 PM Sunday From 01:00 PM To 08:00 PM

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More Tags: Local Favorite, Lunch Spot

Cuisine: Thai

Payment Methods: Cash

Neighborhoods: Northeast, University District, Northeast Seattle

Thai Tom
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Fried Rolls, Fresh Rolls, Deep Fried Tofu, Thai Tom Salad, House Special Salad, Tom Kah, Tom Yum Kung, Pad Thai, Spicy Noodle, Cashew Chicken... more

Reviews for Thai Tom

Thai Tom

The perfect dive on the Ave, a street packed with hole in the wall places. Grab a seat at the counter and order a mess of spicy noodles. Yowza! The only bummer is that there's no beer -- or any booze -- to put out the fire.

Thai Tom

Love.This.Place. Arrive early to avoid a wait and grab a seat at the counter since watching the cook work his magic over high flames is about 1000 times more interesting than most food reality shows. Great loud tuneage is a plus.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

way too sweet – I read the reviews as to how great this place was so I went cuz I am a HUGE fan of Thai food. The food is good but it would be way way way better without all the sugar the dump in it. Thai food does incorporate a little palm sugar in many recipes but too much ruins the athenticity and turns it into gringo friendly thai. I personally dont want gringo friendly thai, I want it the REAL way. Maybe Seattle folks just dont have the chops for authentic thai.

over a year ago

thai tyoms is bomb! – best thai food I have ever had the pud thai four stars gets 5 stars

over a year ago

Bring Tom back to cook!!! – This was my first Thai place back in 1999 and it was the best. As far as I know Tom doesn't cook any longer. Quality of food has also declined along with the service. I am to go there tomorrow and meet up with the friend who introduced me to Tom's. She hasn't been in 12 years and I hope she isn't too bummed out. I also hope we don't get sick. That sucks that they're so nasty and can't keep it clean. Tom needs to come in and kick some a$$ if this is what is representing him or perhaps one of you others should dot an eye or two. No good service...No tips!

over a year ago

Love it! – I absolutely love this place. I fell in love with it the first time I ever ate here. One time I ordered 5 Stars, and after placing 1 carrot shred in my mouth my eyes were watering!! But it was still so good!!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

I would really like to give more stars but.... – I am a huge fan of Thai food and I've been to dozens of Thai restaurants in the city. Thai Tom used to be my favorite but I had to give it up. The panang curry and phad thai were super good and I really wouldn't go above two stars unless you're a masochist. However, every time after I ate there, I would get stomach aches and wouldn't feel good at all. Then I read on the Seattle website that posts sanitary reviews of all restaurants that Thai Tom has almost been shut down several times for violations including food kept out for days, not washing hands and multiple insect sightings. This definitely will not ease my stomach.

Thai Tom I love you but I had to give you up.

over a year ago

Worth the wait? Maybe – I've been to Thai Tom twice, and it's great but when I ask myself how much I'd like it if it weren't for the long wait, I think it would be just slightly above average. People tend to follow the herd, whatever's popular, and if you inconvenience yourself to wait, you have to justify that to yourself if you don't want to feel like an idiot, so I think people over-estimate how good the food actually is.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

old favorite but sorry can't give you five stars – As an UW alumnus I've eaten at Thai Tom many times. For a student it was cheap and delicious food. I loved sitting at the counter wrapped around the cooking area and watching the cooks send up huge flames. Most of the times the food was fine. You go in, get seated, and get out within 30 minutes.

For those people/reviewers that said the wait is long...did you not see the restaurant only has enough seating for 20 something people?? It's not their fault you have to wait for a long time. They can't exactly kick out their seated customers to accommodate you. Unlike most restaurants at Thai Tom you can SEE exactly how many people are seated and estimate how long it would take.

Since college i've eaten Thai food at a few other countries including Thailand. The food at Thai Tom is not the BEST thai food. Any street vendor in Thailand will serve up a better tasting meal. Thai Tom tend to over spice and cook their food.

As for the service, I have to agree with most people that it sucks.There is really no excuse for it.


-call in for take out

-ask for 2 stars (out of 5) or less (otherwise your food will be too spicy and kills other flavors)

over a year ago

I got lucky, it seems. – Okay, I guess it was my lucky day when I went because: A. I didn't see one g**dam* crockroach. However I am vegan, and a crockroach wouldn't keep me from some fine vegan Thai food, since good, really good vegan food in restaurants if hard to come by.

B. I did not get the True Religion Jeans Server or the Pony Tail Stink-Eye Server. How many servers can this small place have. I only saw one, and she was awesome, smiled alot, helped me when I spilled ice water all over myself after someone buttknocked my table.

C. I only waited about 8 minutes. In retrospect, I would've easily waited 16 minutes. The heavy wooden WOODEN! menus were pretty awesome.

So, the food came in about 3.3456 minutes, since they took my order before I even was seated. I had Tofu in Green Curry. F*cking delicious. really delicious. Huge portion. I ate every last bit and if I wasn't with my friend I would've ordered another and sat there contentedly for half hour nibbling on it. Still no ro*ches ('case you didn't know, citysearch doesn't let you say r*aches. Though there was some questionable food substance in a white industrial bucket three inches from my knees. In fact, I want to go again right now.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Horrible Service, Cockroachs in bathroom, food is average – This is the morning after Thai Tom and our stomaches are in pain.....

First off, I never really write reviews but I feel compelled this time around...


There is this tall long pony-tail m0f0 that works there. Never have I ever wanted to physically h i t a waiter. Jesus Christ, this guy makes service at your typical Chinese Restaurant seem 5 star. He can't really speak english, he rolls your eyes at you when he doesnt understsand. All the other waiters and staff are okay.. it's just this m0f0.. When you visit, you will know whom I am talking about.... no one paying for food deserves to be treated this way... he needs a good a$$ wh00ping

They really need to fire him...


The food has gotten worst over the few years I've visited this place. It seems like they empty out entire bottles of Soya and Fish sauce in every dish. Even when we said 1-star, our tongues were buring (and I can take heat!).


Go into the bathroom and you shall find them...

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Oh my god ! – Before I write this review, I read all the reviews that people posted in the past. I slowly realized that there is a famous waiter at this restaurant who I met today.

When I first looked at him, I thought he was a good looking guy and I was expecting a great customer service from him. You know what? I was totally wrong. Yes, I was wrong at all.

I called him to order my dish, and he yelled at me,

"I KNOW !! ". How a waiter can say this in front of people? But I didn't say anything because I really wanted to try their food since so many people visit here.

To be really honest, the food was just average and I don't understand why people visit this tiny and dirty restaurant to eat that kind of foods. I don't get it.

I didn't give him tips since I received very very unpleasant service and one waitress loudly said


she was almost crying to get the tips!!

What does tips mean to them? I really want to ask.

I went to this restaurant on sunday and the guy who serve wore TRUE RELIGION JEAN. Yelling at customers to get the tips was really rude.

It was a nightmare.

Please do not go there. You will see this bad guy who wear the TRUE RELIGION JEAN today and tomorrow and day after tomorrow......

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