Seattle >Food & Dining > Phayathai Restaurant
8917 Lake City Way NE #4, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.693793 -122.306264
Monday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Maple Leaf, North, North Seattle
Great food, comfortable dining room – Three of us had dinner last night at Phayathai, based on many positive reviews. It is in a strange place and looks very plain from the outside. The inside, however, has nice decor and the coolest fish tank I've ever seen. The bathroom (women's) is clean. We ordered veg. spring rolls for apps. There were great. Crisp and delicate, with delicious filling. I got the red curry with chicken and it was great. My companions got yellow curry and Buddha's delight with chicken and cashews and both were happy. After dinner, they brought us tea and my group sat and talked for another hour. It was great. My only complaint was that we ran out of rice but no one came and checked on us. Otherwise, it was awesome and I will definitely return!
BEST THAI RESTAURANT in SEATTLE – I'm pretty picky about my thai food, considering I was born and raised there. Beside my mom's cooking at home, this is the best Thai food in Seattle, hands down. The food is super favorable and they have great som tom (papaya salad) that is hard to find here. Most of the time we have it delivery but once in a while we visit their clean, cute little shop with many food options. A Must Visit if you love Thai food!
Family-owned Thai Restaurant Serves Up Delectable Food with Outstanding Service – Phayathai serves up delicious thai food, with far superior service to all that I have experienced in Seattle. It is easy to miss along Lake City Way, located in the ground level floor of an apartment building. Don't let the sparce parking spaces deter you. There is ample parking nearby on residential streets and what you'll find at Phayathai is well worth the trip.
The owners clearly care about their guests being comfortable and happy at Phayathai. This is apparent upon stepping inside and viewing the appealing, welcoming interiors of the restaurant. It is a family-owned business, with parents, their daughter and son-in-law working together to create an amazing thai food experience.
My boyfriend, Jesse, and I have been to Phayathai well over a dozen times. Within a few visits, the owners of Phayathai showed they recognized us and were happy to see us returning. On one visit we ordered the Tom Ka soup and in an effort to bridge the gap between Jesse and my spice tolerances, I ordered a level two. The server could see the soup was a bit too warm for me. On a repeat visit, we were sharing one of the curry dishes and a noodle dish. This time we both requested a level one. The server smiled and asked Jesse if he'd like his hotter. When our food arrived, the server brought an array of hot sauces to ensure that we both had our food just as we wanted. It is this level of care and attention that makes Phayathai a cut above the rest.
I highly recommend Phayathai. We have tried their appetizers, soups, noodle dishes, curries, and desserts and have always left happy and excited for our next meal at Phayathai.
I love this place! – This restaurant, though in a strange location, makes GREAT Thai food! We have several Thai restaurants that are much closer to us, but if we have the time, we'll go here for takeout. The service is always pretty good, and the food is so flavorful! The wait staff are personable and friendly, treating you like a person, instead of a tip-dispenser. Their food is a little spicier than your normal over-Americanized Thai food, which adds a fun kick.
AWESOME !! :) – I have an affinity for thai food and blown away by Phayathai! I was, admittedly, skeptical when I first pulled into the parking lot (the restaurant appears very dark and is located in a funny spot at the bottom of a big apartment complex on lake city way). However, once you walk through the doors you are greeted by the most pleasant dining area, very tranquil. My boyfriend and I started out with the crab rangoon app. and Chang beers (recommended by our server) - wonderfully crisp!! The beer went perfectly with the crab rangoon (rich with cream cheese and crab) which were served with a delicately sweet plum sauce- YUM ! I ordered the Panang Chicken- perfectly spicy coconut-curry broth, large slices of bell pepper and chicken breast, served with piping hot fresh rice (that sauce is addictive! ;) My boyfriend had the chicken Pad Thai, he raved about the sauce- no ketchup! The service was delightful! We had such a great time, we'll be back for sure :)
no wonder why they got the best "Romantic Dining" reward... – Phayathai is my favorite Thai restaurant. Me and my wife will normally go there atlease once a week, but one nite was a really special night because there were one guy on the table next to me stood up and played guitar..We were surprised and didn't know why that customer play guitar for? and finally i found out because saddenly there were a guy from the other table accross the room were proposing a lady to marry.
really recommened!!! the way the decorated the restaurant is so unique plus the sound of the music that they play while the customers eat their food very helpful.... And the other best thing of this restaurant is that, if you have a chance to go there, you will see the owner of this restaurant name "Putter" age 18 months running around, but polite.. will come and say hi to every tables.
BEST THAI IN SEATTLE!!! – Best thai in seattle. seriously. the owner was there and was great about special requests (i am a vegan and can't eat wheat/gluten)....they whipped up some fresh spring rolls with tofu instead of crab and they were awesome!! The pad thai was excellent (no ketchup!!) and my boyfriend got some kind of beef/spinach/noodle dish with peanut sauce which he raved about (sorry, the name escapes me). Give 11 stars out of 10! p.s. went on friday night and wasn't crowded at all, great service, great food, nothing bad to say!
Great Food, Great Service! – I live in Maple Leaf neighborhood and was looking for a good restaurant in the area. One day I saw Phayathai's sign and tried their food with my husband. We both are very picky about food. We have been to Thailand a couple times and know what authentic Thai food tastes like. Since we tried Phayathai we cannot go any other Thai restaurants in Seattle. We love their food and also their great service. Try Phayathai and you won't regret it!
Three highlights: ingredients, presentation and service – My entire experience has been with their deliveries, about 5 orders. The highlight of their food is a combination of 3 strengths:
1. The ingredients are both exciting and fresh - I got one dish delivered in a coconut! Every item I've ordered tastes fresh, not overcooked, and reminds me of why I love this cuisine. My wife never orders anything but Shrimp Pad Thai, and swears this is the best she has had in Seattle. I caved in one night and got this classic with Chicken, and had to agree. But their salads, soups and curries are also craved.
2. Presentation - I simply have to dine in sometime and see some of these spectacular dishes. They refused to deliver an item I wanted because it was to be seen the way they wanted it to be seen. Everyone knows food is more than taste - it must be heard and seen as well. Integrity!
3. They care. You can eat anywhere. They make it known they appreciate having you choose them. Your opinion matters. They are eager to see you happy. Become a frequent patron, and you're like a special guest.
Like a I said, I've yet to sit down inside their location, as we're a busy household, but it's all about the food. Don't let their location confuse you. It's brand new construction closer to Ravenna, Maple Leaf and Wedgwood, not Lake City. We've enjoyed Thai One On, but this place is tastier.
Two pieces of advice to the owners - your menu is hard to read with all the clip art. It's too busy, and is frankly immature. It was a cute idea, but creates a little wrinkle of doubt: do these people have experience running a restaurant? Secondly, consider using a mixed green salad mix with Arugula and other exciting greens. I was dismayed to see iceberg or romaine lettuce wilted beneath an otherwise delicious stack of tasty ingredients.
And please don't make the same mistake Thai One On made - they made a big splash when they opened, but then settled into mediocrity and smaller portions after a year or so.
Keep up the great taste!
Great Authentic Thai Food w/ Good Service! – I'm 100% percent Thai, and I've been spoiled by my mother's incredible Thai cuisines. That being said, whenever I go to Thai restaurants I'm extremely critical of the authenticity of the food. I'm not easily impressed by the majority of the Thai restaurants that I've experienced... many aren't even Thai owned, which can make a huge difference. Quite honestly some of the Thai owned restaurants can be sadly disappointing.
Ok...so here's where the review really starts. My boyfriend and I walked in and were pleasantly surprised by the well thought out decor and warm atmosphere. Before we even received our food, the owner of the restaurant impressed us so much with the level of service he offered. For how inexpensive the menu is...the most expensive plate on the menu is under $13.00....that level of service is not expected at all. Bottom line, he went above and beyond in a genuine way and not a "I'm trying to kiss your butt to get a big tip" way. So we hoped and prayed that the food would be good enough for us to want to come back. IT WAS! We ordered the seafood duck and red curry with chicken...highly recommended; both dishes were delicious. I'm particularly critical of curry dishes because they are my mother's specialty; Phayathai passed the test with flying colors. I was curious to find out if the restaurant is Thai owned so I had to ask....yes it is! We talked with the owners for a bit, and by the end of the conversation, we wanted the restaurant to succeed not only for its great food but also for the mere fact that the owners are such nice, sincere people.
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