St. Paul >Food & Dining > Ruam Mit Thai
475 St Peter St, St. Paul, MN | Directions 5510444.947882 -93.098445
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Northwestern Precinct
Worst restaurant experience EVER. Skip this place. Sullen service, blah food, descrimatory seating. If you're not a white guy in a suit, you might not be served decently.
Exceptional – We had to wait a little for our food, but it was well worth the wait. We found later that the food was cooked solely by the Owner and from scratch, plus the restaurant looked pretty busy. It was the best Thai we've ever had, if not a little spicy. I ordered mild on my vegan selection, the sauce was unbelievable, but the vegetables were a little too spicy for me. It's not often that you can find good vegan selections in a restaurant, but this proved to be the exception. Even the carnivore in our midst loved his selection. Be sure to try the vegetarian egg rolls -- they're the best! Love this place.
Ruam Mit Thai Cafe A+ – This is the Best Thai Resturaunt in the Twin Cities. I know it has had some difficulties over the last year. This is still the only reason I have to drive 40 miles in to St. Paul. The atmospere is wonderful. The service is not always great , but they aim to please.The Food is alway excellent! I've been going here for more than 7 years. Parking is alway available at the old science museum parking ramp at a great price, reguardless of game day or not. (North 1 block, east 1/2 block) Will continue to eat here forever.
Best Thai Food - SUPER SLOW Service – My husband and I had lunch at Ruam Mit Thai today. It was the 2nd time both of us had been there. We went early because we had received such poor service the last time we had been there for lunch (it was very busy), we wanted to give them the benefit of doubt. We were seated promptly because it was 11:10 and the only other people in the restaurant were 2 people ordering food to go and the staff. We waited almost 5 minutes to get a glass of water and another 5 to order. It was then at least 20 minutes before we got our food. Never once during that time did we see our server. When she brought our food, I asked right away for some to-go boxes and our bill. By the time we had finished our meal (about 15 minutes), our server finally brought the to-go containers and our bill. The server was rude and when we paid at the counter, she did not even say a word to us. I said thank you and the food was delicious and I received a scowl. If you have plenty of time and don't care wether or not your server is polite, this is the place to get Thai food. The food was fabulous. Next time, I'll call in my order to go.
Decent food with lousy service. – As Thai food goes, I'm ok with Ruam Mit's offerings. I did their pad thai and their chicken spinach dish at various times and I really can't complain. Their appetizers are fine, but not outstanding. However, because the food is not extraordinary, the bad service seems to outweigh the good food. You can read from other reviews of the downright lousy service. I have experienced that, as well. The Thai hostess served as cashier, waitress, busboy, to-go-order-taker and was way too busy to really take care of customers in any meaningful way. When I finally caught her attention after entering, she pointed towards a table indicating that we should be seated. It was quite a while before menus were offered and orders taken. When the food arrived, it was good, solid Thai food. It's unfortunate that such a great little restaurant does not make more investment in staffing. That could make the entire experience at least a bit more bearable.
Great Thai Restaurant in historic downtown St. Paul – This is, by far, one of the best Thai restaurants in the Twin Cities! Having moved from Portland, OR where I felt good Thai food was unparalell to any other place in the US - I am happy to say, because of Ruam Mit, the Twin Cities offers equally delicious cuisine. The food is phenomenal and for those truly familiar with Thai food, it is quite authentic. I've heard that it's history of ownership and quality have been a little tumultuous, but since it's reopening and with the management under the original award winning owner, it exceeds all of my expectations of a fabulous family-owned restaurant. The service is quite unique to that of any family-owned restaurant - very good, friendly and passionate to serve good food and hopefully bring back returning customers. But, as with any other family-owned restaurant, can easily be challenged due to an unpredictable sudden rush of customers or take out orders. I advise everyone dining here to be flexible, take your time and just enjoy the dining experience of a genuine family restaurant. It isn't, afterall, a high-end - commercially owned wine and dine elite five star restaurant. Finally, a note about parking - it's downtown St. Paul. What do you expect? Besides, there is a cheap parking lot right next door to the building. In the end, it is all worth it for the great food!!!
Not worth the trip and trying to find parking in Downtown St Paul. – I really wanted to like this place. But after ordering takeout a couple of days ago, I really felt I had to write a review about this place. While I do have to say that the Pad Thai flavors/spices were good, the meat we had in both dishes was downright horrible. The pork in the Pad Thai was chewy and hard to swallow. The chicken we had in the Pra Rham Long Song was tough and practically dried out. I wanted to like this place. But with the horrible food and the outrageous prices you have to pay for some Thai food here, I'm just going to stick with the local Chinese place that does delivery for the time being.
I can't wait for the St. Paul Sawatdee to reopen down the street. Hopefully I'll have better luck there.
Ruan Mit is back! – Raum Mit re-opened for business on 10/15/07
New Phone # (651) 222-7871
They re-opened with higher prices than before, but the food was fantastic. I am very picky about Thai restaurants, but I would say that based on today's experience, this is one of the best in the Twin-Cities right now. Hopefully they keep it up. The service was about average, but they've only been open for a week. We went for lunch. There was no lunch menu, and no lunch specials. The lunch buffet was not up and running yet, but is promised to come soon - possibly next week. I'll definitely go back for the buffet, but otherwise, for lunch this is still a bit too expensive. Example: Plain Pad Thai is $8.95, $9.25 w/ tofu, $10.50 w/ Chicken, $11.95 w/ Beef, $13.45 w/ shrimp.
Closed for good?? – Not so much a review, but we biked to Ruam Mit on 6/9/2007 and it looks like they have closed.
There was an eviction notice on their door. Shame shame....this was the best Thai food around.
Horrible service, way understaffed – We attempted to visit Ruam Mit on a Friday night at about 9:30 and were told when we arrived that they were closed. We thought that was quite odd considering the dining room was full and it was a weekend night. Not being deterred, the following night we called in an order at about 7:15. When we arrived to pick it up close to 8, there was no one manning the register and a number of other people milling around waiting for orders and to pay their bills. No wait staff were visible, either. Over the next hour, the desk was occassionally visited by one of two people working the front of the house. If/when we were able to get their attention and tell them that we were waiting for an order, they nodded and disappeared, never returning with food. In the one hour that we waited in the restaurant for our order of two basic entrees, we watched countless people walk out without being served and at least 5 or 6 other people being forced to wait an eternity for orders they too had called in. Tables went uncleared for the entire duration of the hour as well. By the time we got our food home to eat, we could have eaten the paper bag, too. That said, the food was passable, but not remarkable. Next time I'm feeling masochistic, I'll just stay home and eat glass to avoid the trouble of needing to find a parking spot in Saint Paul first.
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