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A selection of dishes, including a whole fried fish and meat skewers, at Bangrak Market
Bangrak Market is a Belltown destination for Thai street food.
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Where to Get Some Terrific Thai Food in the Seattle Area

There’s plenty of variety around town, from fried fish to vegan avocado curry to boar collar

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Bangrak Market is a Belltown destination for Thai street food.
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The Seattle region has a wonderful Thai dining scene, which is still growing during the pandemic. It helps that many Thai dishes travel well for takeout, and the varieties of spicy soups and noodles are comforts during the colder months — plus, there are many options for vegetarians and diners eating gluten free. Here are some of the most notable spots around town, listed from north to south.

Though all the restaurants on the list offer takeout, a handful have resumed limited dine-in service as well. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the King County’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Noodle Hut

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8418 Bowdoin Way
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 423-7718
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The “house noodle soup” at this tiny spot is actually boat noodles, rich from blood in the broth. Among the other dishes are hits like old-fashioned tom yum, pink-colored yen ta fo, excellent pad kee mao, and delectable chicken with panang curry sauce. Prices may be relatively low, but spice levels are satisfyingly high. Available for takeout.

A closeup of grilled chicken with Panang curry sauce topped with basil and dill leaves
Grilled chicken with Panang curry sauce
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2. Pop Pop Thai Street Food

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13242 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 695-2858
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Those on the north side of Seattle know that this not-visible-from-the-street restaurant is serving up some special Thai food. Recommended: the brilliantly pink noodle soup known as yen ta fo (here called Red Sea Noodle Soup) along with the braised pork leg with mustard greens. Open for takeout with online preorders and delivery.

A view of a heaping serving of fried rice, stuffed into a hollowed out pineapple, served on a white plate.
Fried rice in a pineapple boat
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3. Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen

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170 Lake St
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 298-4429
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Right off of Kirkland’s main drag, this restaurant (with a sibling in Lynnwood) is the brainchild of a Thai couple who partnered with friends at popular local chain Bai Tong to bring more great Southern Thai cuisine to the area. Dishes like mushroom fritters and the excellent curry with crab and vermicelli are available for takeout with curbside pickup and delivery (there’s also some limited indoor dining).

4. Pestle Rock

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2305 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 466-6671
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This warm Ballard restaurant serves Isan-style food from northeastern Thailand. The menu items are markedly different from what’s served in other local Thai restaurants, featuring meats like boar collar, homemade Thai sausage, and frog legs. Quality preparations utilize ingredients such as Carleton Farms pork marinated in Thai whiskey. Open for takeout, delivery via Postmates, and limited dine-in service.

A closeup view of a bowl, with noodles, chopped vegetables, and green and red peppers sticking out prominently.
Pestle Rock serves food from northeastern Thailand.
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5. Wann Yen/Mark Thai Food Box

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1313 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 432-5902
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This U District counter service gem serves many popular dishes, from the mellow khao mun gai, with its poached chicken over ginger rice, to the fiery pad krapow gai kai dao, with its minced chicken, Thai basil, and chiles. The restaurant is open for both takeout and delivery, and there are pantry items available at Mark Thai Food Box, including some stellar curries.

A view of a dish with ground pork, served with a fried egg on top of white rice.
Ground pork with rice and fried egg
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6. Araya's Place

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2808 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 402-6634
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With two locations in Seattle (the other is in the U District) and one in Bellevue, Araya’s Place serves up vegan Thai food that satisfies. Recommended dishes include “Drunken Mushroom” — wide rice noodles with portobello, shiitake, and white mushrooms (with mushroom sauce standing in for fish sauce) — and avocado curry. All locations open for takeout and limited dine-in.

A view of the dining room at Araya’s Place, with a golden statue to the left and tables and chairs to the right.
Araya’s Place is an all-vegan restaurant.
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7. Bangrak Market

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2319 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 735-7352
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This is Belltown’s destination for Thai street food, including fried crab wontons, chicken satay, and an extensive selection of noodles and curries. Available for takeout with a convenient pickup window and delivery through orders on its official website.

A selection of dishes, including a whole fried fish and meat skewers, at Bangrak Market
Bangrak Market specializes in Thai street food.
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1400 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 556-4853
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The food at this industrial-chic spot features flavors from northern Thailand, with its Lao influence. Kor moo yahng (grilled pork collar), som tum (papaya salad with pickled crab and anchovies), excellent shrimp dishes, and rotisserie-cooked game hen dominate the menu here. It’s open for takeout and limited dine-in, while the newly added Kirkland outpost is temporarily closed.

A view of a fried rice plate, topped with shrimp.
Shrimp with fried rice
Soi [Official Photo]

9. Di Fiora

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1320 University St suite 1
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 325-5508
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At this Capitol Hill restaurant that mixes Thai, Malaysian, and European influences, chef Thidaphat “Chimme” Ariyahirantrakul brings creative flair to items such as “lava scallops” with curry sauce and coconut milk, a basil sticky rice burger with fried French green beans, and pad cha with squid ink, alongside some beautiful cocktails. Available for takeout and delivery via Grubhub, Caviar, and DoorDash.

10. Thai Curry Simple

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5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 485-7511
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This lunchtime favorite in the International District (from the owners of Wann Yen) had to close down in early 2019 due to a fire at the restaurant. But it’s finally up and running again, serving its popular noodles and curry dishes, along with juices and teas to wash it all down, all available for takeout.

Panang curry with spinach and winter melon on a white plate with a decorative trim
Panang curry with spinach and winter melon
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11. Viengthong

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2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 725-3884
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This unassuming restaurant in Mount Baker is a mainstay for wallet-friendly, excellent Thai and Laotian dishes. The pad thai contains dried shrimp (as it should) and the green papaya salad has serious heat, a perfect accompaniment to pa lad prig (fried tilapia) and a side of sticky rice. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

Pa lad prig (a fried whole tilapia, with chili peppers) on a white plate with garlic sauce
Pa lad prig (a fried whole tilapia, with chili peppers and garlic sauce)
Viengthong [Official Photo]

12. Buddha Ruksa

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3520 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 937-7676
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With an elegant yet inviting atmosphere, Buddha Ruksa has been a popular destination for dining in West Seattle for more than ten years. "Bags of Gold" are a great way to start; these fried dumplings of sorts are filled with shrimp, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, and water chestnuts. Open for takeout only via phone orders.

13. Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant

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700 NW Gilman Blvd, #E104
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-8096
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Pre-pandemic, Noodle Boat staff would often make a trek to Thailand annually, researching new dishes and making chili paste to bring back to Seattle. Playfully named dishes like Queen of Banana, King of Garlic, Hot Meat, and “Whatever You Called?” can bring on serious heat by request, and the hor mok (curried fish custard) is a must try. Available for takeout and delivery via Doordash, Uber Eats, and Caviar.

The exterior of Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant, with a patio and light blue umbrellas.
Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant is an Issaquah gem.
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14. Royal Orchid Restaurant

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104 Rainier Ave S
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 271-4219
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This unassuming restaurant right off Rainier Avenue South, just beyond the airport, serves expertly crafted fare by chef Buppha Booma (known best by her nickname “Chef Daeng”), a restaurant veteran with thirty plus years under her belt. There’s enticing lard prig, fresh papaya salads, and golden yellow curries, all available for takeout via phone orders and limited dine-in.

15. May Kitchen and Bar

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17614 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070
(206) 408-7196
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Vashon Island’s celebrated Thai restaurant is so good that many Seattleites have made the ferry ride over to sample it, pre-COVID. Though part of the appeal is the handsome dining room, the adjustments during the pandemic have been fairly smooth, and the demand is so high that there are time slots for to-go orders (delivery is also available). Totally worth it for items such as the terrific yum pla with mango salad.

A group of small metal bowls containing an array of colorful dishes and sauces.
May Kitchen and Bar is Vashon Island’s Thai destination.
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1. Noodle Hut

8418 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds, WA 98026
A closeup of grilled chicken with Panang curry sauce topped with basil and dill leaves
Grilled chicken with Panang curry sauce
Noodle Hut/Facebook

The “house noodle soup” at this tiny spot is actually boat noodles, rich from blood in the broth. Among the other dishes are hits like old-fashioned tom yum, pink-colored yen ta fo, excellent pad kee mao, and delectable chicken with panang curry sauce. Prices may be relatively low, but spice levels are satisfyingly high. Available for takeout.

8418 Bowdoin Way
Edmonds, WA 98026

2. Pop Pop Thai Street Food

13242 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
A view of a heaping serving of fried rice, stuffed into a hollowed out pineapple, served on a white plate.
Fried rice in a pineapple boat
Pop Pop [Official Photo]

Those on the north side of Seattle know that this not-visible-from-the-street restaurant is serving up some special Thai food. Recommended: the brilliantly pink noodle soup known as yen ta fo (here called Red Sea Noodle Soup) along with the braised pork leg with mustard greens. Open for takeout with online preorders and delivery.

13242 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

3. Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen

170 Lake St, Kirkland, WA 98033

Right off of Kirkland’s main drag, this restaurant (with a sibling in Lynnwood) is the brainchild of a Thai couple who partnered with friends at popular local chain Bai Tong to bring more great Southern Thai cuisine to the area. Dishes like mushroom fritters and the excellent curry with crab and vermicelli are available for takeout with curbside pickup and delivery (there’s also some limited indoor dining).

170 Lake St
Kirkland, WA 98033

4. Pestle Rock

2305 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
A closeup view of a bowl, with noodles, chopped vegetables, and green and red peppers sticking out prominently.
Pestle Rock serves food from northeastern Thailand.
Pestle Rock [Official Photo]

This warm Ballard restaurant serves Isan-style food from northeastern Thailand. The menu items are markedly different from what’s served in other local Thai restaurants, featuring meats like boar collar, homemade Thai sausage, and frog legs. Quality preparations utilize ingredients such as Carleton Farms pork marinated in Thai whiskey. Open for takeout, delivery via Postmates, and limited dine-in service.

2305 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Wann Yen/Mark Thai Food Box

1313 NE 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98105
A view of a dish with ground pork, served with a fried egg on top of white rice.
Ground pork with rice and fried egg
Jay Friedman

This U District counter service gem serves many popular dishes, from the mellow khao mun gai, with its poached chicken over ginger rice, to the fiery pad krapow gai kai dao, with its minced chicken, Thai basil, and chiles. The restaurant is open for both takeout and delivery, and there are pantry items available at Mark Thai Food Box, including some stellar curries.

1313 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105

6. Araya's Place

2808 E. Madison St., Seattle, WA 98112
A view of the dining room at Araya’s Place, with a golden statue to the left and tables and chairs to the right.
Araya’s Place is an all-vegan restaurant.
Araya’s/Facebook

With two locations in Seattle (the other is in the U District) and one in Bellevue, Araya’s Place serves up vegan Thai food that satisfies. Recommended dishes include “Drunken Mushroom” — wide rice noodles with portobello, shiitake, and white mushrooms (with mushroom sauce standing in for fish sauce) — and avocado curry. All locations open for takeout and limited dine-in.

2808 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112

7. Bangrak Market

2319 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
A selection of dishes, including a whole fried fish and meat skewers, at Bangrak Market
Bangrak Market specializes in Thai street food.
Bangrak Market [Official Photo]

This is Belltown’s destination for Thai street food, including fried crab wontons, chicken satay, and an extensive selection of noodles and curries. Available for takeout with a convenient pickup window and delivery through orders on its official website.

2319 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

8. Soi

1400 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A view of a fried rice plate, topped with shrimp.
Shrimp with fried rice
Soi [Official Photo]

The food at this industrial-chic spot features flavors from northern Thailand, with its Lao influence. Kor moo yahng (grilled pork collar), som tum (papaya salad with pickled crab and anchovies), excellent shrimp dishes, and rotisserie-cooked game hen dominate the menu here. It’s open for takeout and limited dine-in, while the newly added Kirkland outpost is temporarily closed.

1400 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Di Fiora

1320 University St suite 1, Seattle, WA 98101

At this Capitol Hill restaurant that mixes Thai, Malaysian, and European influences, chef Thidaphat “Chimme” Ariyahirantrakul brings creative flair to items such as “lava scallops” with curry sauce and coconut milk, a basil sticky rice burger with fried French green beans, and pad cha with squid ink, alongside some beautiful cocktails. Available for takeout and delivery via Grubhub, Caviar, and DoorDash.

1320 University St suite 1
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Thai Curry Simple

5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Panang curry with spinach and winter melon on a white plate with a decorative trim
Panang curry with spinach and winter melon
Thai Curry Simple [Official Photo]

This lunchtime favorite in the International District (from the owners of Wann Yen) had to close down in early 2019 due to a fire at the restaurant. But it’s finally up and running again, serving its popular noodles and curry dishes, along with juices and teas to wash it all down, all available for takeout.

5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Viengthong

2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144
Pa lad prig (a fried whole tilapia, with chili peppers) on a white plate with garlic sauce
Pa lad prig (a fried whole tilapia, with chili peppers and garlic sauce)
Viengthong [Official Photo]

This unassuming restaurant in Mount Baker is a mainstay for wallet-friendly, excellent Thai and Laotian dishes. The pad thai contains dried shrimp (as it should) and the green papaya salad has serious heat, a perfect accompaniment to pa lad prig (fried tilapia) and a side of sticky rice. Open for takeout and limited dine-in.

2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144

12. Buddha Ruksa

3520 SW Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98126

With an elegant yet inviting atmosphere, Buddha Ruksa has been a popular destination for dining in West Seattle for more than ten years. "Bags of Gold" are a great way to start; these fried dumplings of sorts are filled with shrimp, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, and water chestnuts. Open for takeout only via phone orders.

3520 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98126

13. Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant

700 NW Gilman Blvd, #E104, Issaquah, WA 98027
The exterior of Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant, with a patio and light blue umbrellas.
Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant is an Issaquah gem.
Noodle Boat/Facebook

Pre-pandemic, Noodle Boat staff would often make a trek to Thailand annually, researching new dishes and making chili paste to bring back to Seattle. Playfully named dishes like Queen of Banana, King of Garlic, Hot Meat, and “Whatever You Called?” can bring on serious heat by request, and the hor mok (curried fish custard) is a must try. Available for takeout and delivery via Doordash, Uber Eats, and Caviar.

700 NW Gilman Blvd, #E104
Issaquah, WA 98027

14. Royal Orchid Restaurant

104 Rainier Ave S, Renton, WA 98057

This unassuming restaurant right off Rainier Avenue South, just beyond the airport, serves expertly crafted fare by chef Buppha Booma (known best by her nickname “Chef Daeng”), a restaurant veteran with thirty plus years under her belt. There’s enticing lard prig, fresh papaya salads, and golden yellow curries, all available for takeout via phone orders and limited dine-in.

104 Rainier Ave S
Renton, WA 98057

15. May Kitchen and Bar

17614 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070
A group of small metal bowls containing an array of colorful dishes and sauces.
May Kitchen and Bar is Vashon Island’s Thai destination.
May Kitchen and Bar/Facebook

Vashon Island’s celebrated Thai restaurant is so good that many Seattleites have made the ferry ride over to sample it, pre-COVID. Though part of the appeal is the handsome dining room, the adjustments during the pandemic have been fairly smooth, and the demand is so high that there are time slots for to-go orders (delivery is also available). Totally worth it for items such as the terrific yum pla with mango salad.

17614 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070

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