Chicago >Food & Dining > Thalia Spice
833 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064241.896181 -87.649125
Monday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday 3:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Goose Island, West Side
Great after Theater find on Green street and Chicago Ave – We had a great after theater dinner at Thalia. The services was very attentive and friendly. The selection was outstanding, so we ended up having a number of appetizers so we could all sample everything. A couple of the favorites were the Seared Tuna, Ya Ya Noodles and Satay. The ambience is contempory with a intimate coziness.
Wonderful! Mango Seared Scallops to die for.... – I really enjoyed Thalia. I heard about it from friends who said the food was terriffic, and there were right. There were so many great flavors. I loved everyone. We had the mango seared scallops -- the salsa was made of fresh mango and advocado. Everything was so fresh. Portions and prices are on the smaller side letting you try many things on the menu.
Service was very good; although servers are mostly asian. One of the owners even came by and gave us his suggestions. Glad we listened because everything he told us to get was fabulous. Only negative I would warn some about is that the tables are a little small and close together, but we loved the energy in the place. Really nice feel. We will most certainly make this a place to take friends. They're getting their liquor license soon, but they plan on still doing BYO Wine.
Thalia Spice was granted their Liquor License in June'08 and are not BYOB any longer. They have a wonderful drink menu with very reasonable wines starting at $19 per bottle. They have some lovely specialty drinks such as their unique "Siamtini" , "One Night in Bangkok" , and Thai-gria. Drink Specals: Wednesday $5 Wine by the Glass, Thursday $5 Martinis.
The most arrogant ownership ever - do not eat there!!! – The worst place to eat. Owners can easily ruin your dinner completely! You can be kicked out of your table because other people are waiting - with no apology whatsoever - horrible attitude towards customers treated strictly as a source of income, only!!!
No manners, no class, no style. Definitely overrated food and service. It was a huge disappointment and total social disaster ? my friends were devastated. It is a disgrace that owners like them are concentrating only on income with no respect towards customers. Never go there!!!
Thalia Surprise – I've heard and read alot about this place, and finally got my chance to go with a group of friends this weekend. They were packed (I had no idea how small a place it was), but we only had to wait about 10 minutes for our table for 8 It was this cool lounge area overlooking the dining room - felt like a real VIP up there. LOL. The staff did a good job, but they were certainly busy running around. The manager/owner kept coming around checking on us and filling in for the server. Nice touch.
Now for what is really important, the fabulous food. We had a great experience. We had Mango Scallops, Avocado Tuna, Steamed Mussels, and the Thai Roasted Duck to name a few. They were exceptional. The Pad Thai and Spring Rolls tasted like Pad Thai and Spring Rolls (maybe that's what the other reviewer had), but the signature dishes as mentioned were great surprises. There was a bit of wait for the food, but we were enjoying our wine too much to care. We ordered a few Maki's that took awhile, but the host did warn us that the sushi bar was backed up. I have to add, that the "white dragon" was really good (again a pleasant surprise that the sushi was very fresh). Their banana ice cream was good, but I preferred the Sticky Rice & Mango. Overall, this little place has legs. The prices are a steal and are sure to go up? it?s too cheap for the effort their making. Also it was BYOB, love that too. We'll go back... I'll probably get the exact same dishes.... they were that good.
The Best Thai Food in Town – I went there with my friends last weeks. We called and asked for reservation about an hour ahead. When we got there, the place was crowded. I thought we might have to wait for a while on the other hand we got the seats right away not only that but also it was the romantic private room. We got very lucky for that.
We ordered several different dishes and never had in other Thai restaurants around town: banana blossom salad, fish & apple salad, mango scallops, avocado tuna, lettuce wrap, volcano soup, Malaysian roti canai, curry mee and the Indian Chicken Curry. WOW.. All delicious.
Overall; For me good atmosphere through the whole space, Good Food, and highly recommended to go.
Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian flavors merge in this nature-themed BYOB in Wicker Park. – In Short
Taking its name from the Thai word for "ocean," this tucked away eatery keeps a nature-inspired theme throughout its U-shaped dining area. Vine-framed mirrors, tree-branch sconces and leaf-embroidered cloth lanterns crate an intimate atmosphere in back where an elevated lounge provides a more secluded dining experience. Favorites like Banana Blossom Salad, Thai Aroma Tilapia and an Indian Chicken Makhani served in a curry cream sauce round out the menu.
TERRIBLE - DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR $$$ – I went to Thalia Spice recently with a group of friends for dinner. Everyone in the group was extremely let down. Here's why:
- Our reservation was for 9:00 p.m., we actually were seated at 9:45 p.m.
- We were seated at a table that was 1/2 the size we needed. Two people had to share the space for 1, and 1 person was almost sitting in the server's station.
- The service was extremely slow
- The portions are small by any Tapas standard
- The food is avg. at best
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