Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar

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$30 and under
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Royal Thai opened in Chinatown in May 2009.
We are the best choice for Thai food enthusiasts, so we hope all our customers will enjoy our foods!
All of our menu selections offer nothing but the most authentic traditional Thai cooking. Every dish is prepared fresh from the best ingredients, for a rich and flavorful serving.

Our goal is to be the best cuisine in town with most authentic traditional Thai, while encorporating modern riffs using local fresh ingredients and Thai sensibilities. We also offer a seasonal selection that we create monthly. Besides delighting the discerning palate, our kitchen takes pride in sophisticated presentation.

Lastly, our staff is eager to make your time with us a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 5 had a great time. Our servers were very knowledgeable and attentive to food restrictions and allergies in our group. Food was outstanding! Will be returning when back in the area!

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GregC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Simple but good Thai food near Capital One Arena, Shakespeare Theatre and 6th & I. $5 Thai beer.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is good, service was fast. I like the place, been my go to place for Thai food in DC

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Would definitely come back! They also have great drink specials!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant is a cozy little place (which means that the tables are tightly spaced) and very convenient to Chinatown / Gallery Place. Staff is very attentive, and service is both exceptional and quick. The food is good, though not fantastic, but overall a good experience for quick Thai food.

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Rudiger
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

A just okay place. Tables are too close together. It's loud. The food tasted fine but I wouldn't go again.

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AliciaD
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mixture of eat-in/carry out restaurant. The food and drinks were good and the servers were nice.

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vipJules
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We made this reservation to celebrate a birthday, but they didn't do anything special. We were seated right by the entrance/stairs, so we heard everyone as they came/went and especially when they would take the stairs, so it was distracting. Food-wise, we ordered the duck rolls, curry chicken puffs, golden bag, drunken noodle, spicy curry noodle, pad thai, kra pow, and the roasted duck. We liked the drunken noodle and spicy curry noodle the best. They had good flavor and the right amount of spice. The rest were just okay. The one that ordered the roasted duck said the duck tasted old. Service was good. Staff was attentive.

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LorenzoM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Thai food I ever had. Crisp clean & distinct flavor combinations and I hope to come again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a very nice casual experience. The food was good and the service was great. The sound level was very nice and it was not noisy at all even though there were several customers. Would glad to go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great good, prices, and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance, location, and service were all excellent. The only thing that took a star from this otherwise amazing experience was that the cocktails we had didn't really wow, and neither did the food. Both were good, do not get me wrong, but nothing exceptional; both seemed to lack a little flavor (could barely taste the ginger advertised in the advertised cocktail, and the curry of the main dish seemed weak as well).

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vipNana
New York Area
208 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place was really great. They have 3 floors and any of the upper spaces are great to have a group dinner. The staff is very welcoming and everyone was so kind. We waiting for them to get the upstairs ready as we had a large group. After arriving, we were seated in about 5 minutes and the waiter came right away with water. He later returned to ask about drinks and then followed by the food. They have a large assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and virgin, and they all tasted great. The food menu was pretty diverse as well, and all their fried rice dishes tasted amazing. They had different spice levels and it was a great time.

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BigDaddy
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very solid Thai food. Convenient location and good service. Would recommend!

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DMY5
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Sat for 15 minutes after being seated (I checked my phone) without even getting water on our table.
The food was unexceptional. Ambiance was fine and happy hour drinks run until 7. The catch is that our drinks were not served until AFTER appetizers and entrees arrived.

Need I say more? We won't be back.

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vipBeachboy
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Been here before and recalled the good cocktails so decided to return. Happy to say they still do very good cocktails!!! Note: happy hour ends at 7pm. We went mid week - so after 7pm the place calms down and is not noisy especially upstairs. Food was very good and we had amazingly fast service... but remember this was mid week. Your mileage Friday and Saturday may vary.

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DDMiller
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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Westender
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very average, "tourist quality" Thai Food.

Horrible service in all ways; food came sporadically.

Noise level in the upstairs dining room was deafening.

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sweetT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Intimate. Service was great. Excellent food and fast cooks

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Chris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a lunch with friends on a Sunday. Easy to get a table.

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AmyA
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In the heart of Chinatown, this gem is delicious and moderately priced. Real Thai, not Americanized. The staff was super friendly and hospitable. Coming from a small city with limited culinary options, this dining experience made me sing!

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YeeS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The food was too sweet and there was no flavored distinction between the dishes that we ordered. Will not eat there again nor recommend it. Actually told our family and friends NOT to eat there.

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LaurenC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Came with a large group- took a while to be seated, and order was wrong many times, some people didn't get their drink until we were done eating, some people didn't get their food until 30 minutes after others at the table. Wait staff did nothing to apologize or take anything off the bill even with all the errors. wouldn't recommend to a large group- maybe it is better for a smaller group of people.

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vipDave
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and dinner has a happy hour every day. Can get a Singha beer for $2.50 at happy hour with an entree. Even on the weekends!

Will definitely be coming back. The location wasn’t ideal but it is in Chinatown.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Servers weren’t that attentive but the food was great. No one in my party of 8 complained and plates were clean!

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NiranjanR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Being made to wait 30 minutes for a table already reserved on open table was the beginning of the ordeal. The orders were never fully filled, the waiters spoke no English, the seating was cramped, and the food was so so. Never again.

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atsrn
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They have many yummy vegan options and great curry. We also took advantage of their happy hour drink prices (1/2 off from 5-7 daily).

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Very slow service. The Pad Thai was not very authentic- no peanuts, no lime, no flavor. I asked for spicy- they gave it bland.

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I'd recommend Royal Thai to anyone and everyone! Great food, a nice location, and a very friendly and helpful staff. I will be back!

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vipLeoDC
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Royal Thai consistently provides a great, authentic meal, w a smile, and they make every effort to ensure that I have a positive experience. After many visits, I’ve never had a bad meal, or service.

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MelC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food is not tasty and green curry was watered down, it didn't even taste flavorful or aromatic as it should be. The portions were also not that much compared to a traditional Thai place. However, the service and our waiter were nice and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Flavors are a true reflection of Thailand. Authentic.

LT
vipLloydT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The service was slow and the kitchen was backed up. They were clearly understaffed. The royal seafood soup has good flavor but not much seafood for $6.99. The spicy royal duck was not spicy and may not have been all duck.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic! Loved the setting in an old brownstone.

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sharron
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I ordered my favorite Thai dishes that I almost always get. The preparation here was sub par in flavor.

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vipjk08
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a large group of people — they were able to accommodate us all, and still brought our food out fairly quickly! The food was wonderful.

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vipXFire
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Good food. Service was so-so

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow I had the Royal Noodle. Off the hook good. Great and friendly service with beautiful smiles

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vipjeh106
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was typical Thai food and very good. Extremely noisy. Did not see access for people with mobility problems.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It’s an amazing boutique place, food is of great quality. Been there few times and always came out happy.

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Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 842-1405.

Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

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