Seattle >Food & Dining > Racha Noodles
23 Mercer St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.624499 -122.355649
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Magnolia - Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne, Lower Queen Anne
Racha needs service improvements – I made a reservation under the name of KOCH on May 14th for Saturday, May 21. When I arrived, the reservation was not noted. I was a bit annoyed. Then my family arrived and we had to wait another 10 minutes to be seated.
We ordered 4 separate dishes, drinks and appetizers. The appetizers were served fairly quickly. Two main courses were served and halfway through, we noticed that two people still had not received their plates. We called the waitress who appologized and went to the kitchen to check on the order. She came back and reported that it would take another few minutes. By the time the two meals were served, two of us were almost finished. My first time at Racha, even though the wide noodle plate with seafood was excellent, the service needs some improvement. Granted, it was Saturday night and we were celebrating my birthday, but you may need more people on the job so that customers don't have to be kept waiting especially when the bill is around $100.
The best Thai food ever! – Racha is the best Thai food ever! My husband and I try to go there at least once a week. We love their Garlic Delight with seafood or prawns and their pad thai. The portions are pretty good. Also try their duck with this special glaze, it's so yummy! Not only do we get exceptional food but service is out of this world. Wipa, the manager, always comes by our table to greet us during our every visit. All their servers are great, the ones I remember are Thanet, Tung-Tai, Ann and Ploy. They're all so friendly, so attentive, so nice. We always feel like VIPs when we dine there. Thank you so much!!!
Not Great Thai Food – I have gone to Racha Thai twice in the past month and have been extremely disappointed. Both times I ordered a noodle dish at 3 stars. What was good, it was full of fresh veggies, what was bad it came in without spice. For the price they are charging ($12 per plate) compaired to other local places I expected more.
Great Beef Noodle Soup – I really like their decor and location, few blocks away from the opera, ballet and theaters. I had the beef noodle soup, and it was the first decent thai noodle soup I've ever had in Seattle (for some reason, all the noodle soups are really bad in Seattle area Thai restaurants). The broth was dark, rich and herb-y flavorful. I wish it was duck instead of beef, but perhaps I'll ask them to substitute next time-will definitely go back for it.
Racha = Raunchy – If you enjoy blowing chunks out of all orifices simultaneously (I couldn't use words such as vamit, krap, barfe, azz or food poy-sen), eat here.
Excellent THAi. – I LOVE THIS PLACE! I went here for a late dinner with my boyfriend last Saturday. We got back from a wedding in Tacoma and was hungry. I was happy to see the staff were very friendly and conversational. I would say, try the tower of appetizers. The calamari was tender and crispy and so were the chicken satay with the peanut sauce. The crispy crab wontons were great, but I did not care for the egg rolls too much (they were still good though). Everyone should try the Thai iced tea here. I want one right now! My boyfriend was very impressed with the presentation of our crab fried rice dish. Very different from what we were use to. I guess because it had real fresh crab!!! Also, it is also great for families with children.
Good Happy Hour – I stopped in for Happy Hour last week and they had this new beer called Pandan Ale. I haven't seen it anywhere else, but it's really really good!
great Thai food! – In the past year, I've visited Racha several times with different people, including those who are very familiar with Thai food and those who'd never had it before, and everybody liked it. Sure, it's somewhat more expensive than other Thai joints in the neighborhood, but it's definitely worth it, especially on those special occasions. The service is prompt, the decor is appealing, and the food is great! I enjoyed everything I've tasted at Racha, from appetizers to soups to pad thai to curries. It does get crowded, so if you're looking for quiet and privacy on a Friday or Saturday night during the peak dinner hours, this is probably not the place to go. However, every time we stopped by, including Friday and Saturday nights, we've had no problem getting a table for four; in fact, we had several to choose from as their dining room is pretty large. Definitely the best Thai in Lower Queen Anne, and possibly one of the best in the city!
Garlic Delight is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G – I've been to tons of thai restaurants, but have never had a craving for a dish like I have for this one. The Garlic Delight at Racha is THE best thai dish I've ever had. It comes served on a hot plate and they pour it onto the sizzling plate at your table along with a side of pickled ginger and broccoli crowns. Out of all the thai places in Seattle, this is the one I always take my out-of-town guests to, and they always love it! The atmosphere is very nice and unique as well, great place to take a date to.
Big YUM! – I've eaten here a few times in the past few months. The food is consistently very good, however when ordering for spiciness, order a higher number than you think you want. They don't run as hot as you may be expecting or hoping for. I highly recommend the red curry beef, golden cashew beef (incredible in a 4 star) and beef pud thai. If you're ordering drinks, stick to bottled beer. Last night I ordered a lemon drop, which in no way even slightly resembled one and tasted terrible. To make things worse, the glass contained about half the usual serving. That went back and I asked for a cosmopolitan. It was fairly tasty, again, not resembling a cosmo, and although the serving was a little more generous, was still not the typical size one would expect, yet they charged the same price.
Overall, I still highly recommend the restaurant. The service and food are consistently very good!
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