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Sway Thai, West Lake Hills, TX

Sway Thai

4.5
4.5
511 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
Sway is an award-winning modern Thai restaurant serving dinner and happy hour, led by Executive Chef Charles Schlienger.

Named one of Bon Appétit’s “50 Best New Restaurants in America” in 2013, Sway was also most recently voted “Best Happy Hour in Austin” by readers of Austin Monthly as well as “2019 Best Thai Food” by the Austin-American Statesman.

Sway West Lake Hills' location boasts a rooftop bar with skyline views of downtown, courtyard and full bar.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 74 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Thai

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (512) 326-1999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Charles Schlienger

  • Catering

    Sway offers catering services to best fit your needs, including large pick-up orders, drop-off & full-service catering. Menus can accommodate dietary restrictions, including gluten-free & vegetarian options. To view catering menu & place your order, visit swaythai.com/catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Perched above Bee Cave Road, Sway West Lake Hills offers a private rooftop event space with comfortable seating, downtown views and A/V capabilities to fit a range of celebrations of all styles, in addition to partial and full buyout options.

  • Private party contact

    Events Manager: (512) 326-1999

  • Neighborhood

    West Austin / Westlake

  • Parking details

    Sway has a free dedicated + private lot for parking behind the restaurant. There are also dedicated curbside parking spots for picking up to-go orders.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 511 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I loved my experience. The flavors were mind blowing but can see how people who can’t handle SPICE ( because it is spicy) would feel differently. But seriously, it was awesome. The service was a bit behind but they were also very busy so no big deal. The seating was communal, so that was interesting but also made me feel like we were all sharing a cool experience (because it is). Reminded me of those days in the cafeteria sitting with all your friends surrounded by other people you might not know. It was cool.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The sharing the table is interesting. Great if you go with a group. But don’t let it stop you from going the food and service were great! Definitely going back.
  3. L

    Lubs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good along with the ambience, however it was a bit spicy! Still loved it though!
  4. T

    Tortuga

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lo e the ambiance and food!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo perfecto
  6. OC

    OscarC

    Monterrey

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious
  7. CH

    CandiceH

    Austin

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was good. But not everything was exceptional which I would have expected given the price. Unfortunately a few specials, drinks, and desserts were sold out. But the service was great, as was our main course, Brussels sprouts, and the drinks we did get. Would skip the octopus and dessert next time and stick with wine as it paired best with the food!
  8. LS

    LucyS

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sway Thai is amazing - such great food and friendly helpful staff. We were sat outside around 8pm and they have mister fans so it was a lovely temp in the shade. Highly recommend!!
  9. N

    Nicoles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so good!!!! From food to service and everything in between!
  10. BM

    BuddynMaggie

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food~ Whole Fish cooked perfectly Best Lotus Margarita!!!
  11. AZ

    AshlynZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    the food is overpriced and really not that good at all
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Disappointed with the food.
  13. m

    mars

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my wife’s birthday and she felt so special, they gave her a candle lit scoop of ice cream and were very kind. The food was amazing and the service was fast and very attentive. Highly recommend!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pad Thai and fried rice was amazing
  15. DH

    DebbieH

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food, but easy to order too much.
  16. f

    fooddealfinder

    Austin

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for happy hour which made the AWESOME drinks more affordable. We shared two small plates and a medium plate all of which were terrific!
  17. CH

    CharlesH

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was not nearly as good as it has previously been. Shared plates but no serving utensils put out. Wait staff unenthusiastic
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks. Favorite dish - ceviche. The dessert was fantastic. But the star of the evening was our server, Dreya. She gave great recs, was patient with us when we room forever to decide, and was overall super fun/pleasant.
  19. MB

    MollieB

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We were disappointed in the new menu and so sad to see the crab fried rice is no longer being served. It was one of the only dishes at sway that isn’t ridiculously spicy. Our server was fantastic.
  20. g

    gilberth

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Music is way too loud! We need to raised our voice to order.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and food
  22. h

    happytraveller

    Austin

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't miss the eggplant and the whole fish...Excellent!
  23. A

    Acosta

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It took a really long time for the food! Overall, the experience was fine but not sure the wait was worth it.
  24. AK

    AKthereal

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    An interesting vibe and experience overall.
  25. SI

    SuperItalianStallion

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was great. Did not realize you could not book the rooftop with OpenTable. You need to call for that. Inside the techno play list was a little annoying.
  26. P

    ePolly

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    I really enjoy Sway; I think this is a fantastic place to eat and drink, however it's way over priced. When you compare a place priced like Sway to other high end restaurants that cost similar... you might find yourself wondering, "If I am going to spend this much, I might have instead picked a fancier place." I don't feel that Sway prices (in my opinion are anniversary-expensive) reflect the type of atmosphere or food that you'd find at a place that owns that type of price point. I probably wont go here again, unfortunately. Good product but I'd rather pay this much elsewhere.
  27. JC

    JersainC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends birthday. Food was great. Excellent service.
  28. MS

    MiaS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Overall, the food was really great and full of flavors - however I would not consider them to be your traditional Thai flavors. As long as you go with that in mind and not expecting the dishes to taste like the traditional dishes they are named after, you will have a good experience. I would say portions are definitely on the smaller side, especially for the price. Services was neither great nor bad, our reservation was for 7:45 - they closed at 9. It was apparent that it was the end of the night and everyone was ready to go home.
  29. AM

    AlysM

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great as always......Bring back the wings please.
  30. RK

    RedKittyKat

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Panang short ribs were amazing and the perfect fall off the bone texture, and there are many different flavors that keep this dish quite interesting. The shrimp ceviche with avocado jam was so fresh tasting with all the spring greens. We will definitely be back! Due to having to share a large table with other patrons (up to 12 per table), this many not be this best restaurant for 1st dates or people that are hearing impaired.
  31. c

    csw8311

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience4
    Food was basic. i’ve been going to sway for over a decade. I’ve given it several chances recently This is not a good value and the food is not impressive.
  32. VV

    VaishaliV

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Need more vegetarian options. And never run out of food. It is an insult to the diner.
  33. RL

    RandyL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We were seated promptly for our reserved time on mother's day but when it came time to order, they were out of nearly everything on the menu we actually wanted to eat. The first 5 choices! Poor planning on managements part. Of the food we did eat, it was lackluster. The octopus was good, but the green curry and pad Thai felt underwhelming. And the spring rolls were a bit plain. The ambiance and view was great. I'd recommend coming here for drinks but not for the food or dining experience
  34. m

    mitch

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food - better staff. Definitely try the ginger soda!
  35. ES

    EwaS

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Red duck curry , not what I expected
  36. B

    Burjoes

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Ridiculously overpriced food that is very different than what you may expect. $18 for a standard cocktail? $26for a small piece of pork shoulder, and $24 for “pad Thai” that had noodles in a thin liquid sauce and a chunks of super fatty chicken. “Ceviche” was some very fragrant greens and a few small pieces of seafood. Even the Tom Kha coconut soup was $24! Two adults and two children, adults got one cocktail and kids drank water, two shared appetizers, soup and two entrees shared among the table and the bill was $200. Wow, is this Austin or LA? We went last year during happy hour and it was completely different. Amazing small dishes and affordable drinks. Same with many years going to the old location on South 1st. Sway’s chef needs to come back to reality and make dishes that at least approximate their namesake, and management needs to rethink the extremely high pricing. We won’t be back until something major changes.
  37. t

    tw57

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The seating arrangement at the large square tables with benches the main dining room is not a good arrangement for parties larger than two or three. Impossible for a group of 6 to converse there. We requested a move to the high top tables in the bar and this worked well. But, the menu was disappointing, as by 7:00 pm the kitchen had run out of spring rolls and the only fresh vegetable /salad dish on the menu—the two items I ordered. The waiter forgot to come back to the table to take my substitution request, not a huge deal, as there was nothing else I wanted. The plates are meant to share—I had small bites from the other 5 entrees.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed it, nice place but didn’t wow me. Maybe because of the price. But still had a lovely time & glad I finally went
  39. JR

    JohnR

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Small portions with just average flavor; group seating is not for me; won't be back for anything more than a cocktail on the roof.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The ambience seems great (although we opted for patio seating because the interior was so loud.) The menu looked great but the food, wine and service were all disappointing. I may try ordering delivery again, but I don't plan to go back to the restaurant unfortunately. It's not remarkably bad but for the price, I'll find a better dining experience.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sway Thai using the Order Online button. Sway Thai also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sway Thai also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 326-1999.

Sway Thai is rated 4.5 stars by 511 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 74 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Sway Thai

3437 Bee Caves Rd West Lake Hills, TX 78746

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    West Austin / Westlake

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Thai

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Sway has a free dedicated + private lot for parking behind the restaurant. There are also dedicated curbside parking spots for picking up to-go orders.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Charles Schlienger

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (512) 326-1999

  • Catering

    Sway offers catering services to best fit your needs, including large pick-up orders, drop-off & full-service catering. Menus can accommodate dietary restrictions, including gluten-free & vegetarian options. To view catering menu & place your order, visit swaythai.com/catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Perched above Bee Cave Road, Sway West Lake Hills offers a private rooftop event space with comfortable seating, downtown views and A/V capabilities to fit a range of celebrations of all styles, in addition to partial and full buyout options.

  • Private party contact

    Events Manager: (512) 326-1999

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