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Where to Get Terrific Thai Food in the Seattle Area

With silky pad see ew, vegan avocado curry, grilled boar collar, and more

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The Seattle area has a wonderful Thai food scene, which has long offered fragrant curries and soups, silky rice-noodle stir fries, and grilled meats — with plenty of options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diners too. The scene has diversified in the last several years with the inclusion of restaurants focused on regional Thai cuisines, like the Isan-focused Pestle Rock restaurant in Ballard. Here are some favorites from the area.

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1. 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 make the trek over by ferry just to sample the food. Chef-owner May Chaleoy serves up entrees with bright flavors like fried whole fried trout alongside mango salad flecked with mint and cashews as well as satisfying appetizers like grilled pork skewers marinated in yellow curry. She also offers versions of ubiquitous Thai dishes with elegant twists, like pad thai served with turnips and banana blossom or tom yum soup with oyster mushrooms. For now, service is take-out only.

2. Sen Noodle Bar

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2307 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 735-7668
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This small Thai noodle spot, a sister restaurant to Pestle Rock next door, serves some of the best pad see ew in the city and a selection of noodle soups with locally sourced meat. Diners can build their own noodle bowls (the clear broth soup with a pork patty and thin rice noodles is a restorative option), or choose dishes like guay jab, rolled rice noodles with pork spare ribs, tofu, and a hard boiled egg in a five-spice broth fragrant with star anise. Open for dine-in and takeout.

3. Pestle Rock

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2305 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 466-6671
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This 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. Dishes use locally raised meat like Carleton Farms pork, which at Pestle Rock, is marinated in Thai whiskey. Open for dine-in and takeout.

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]

4. Buddha Ruksa

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3520 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 937-7676
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Buddha Ruksa has been a popular destination for dining in West Seattle for more than ten years. "Bags of Gold," fried dumplings filled with shrimp, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, and water chestnuts, are a good starter, while dishes like whole fried trout served lemongrass, lime juice, and fresh vegetables and the grilled marinated flank steak served with sticky rice dazzle as entrees. Open for dine-in and takeout.

5. Bahn Thai Restaurant

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409 Roy St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-0444
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Established in 1984, this Uptown (lower Queen Anne) spot claims to be Seattle’s oldest Thai restaurant. The drunken noodles are silky and well-balanced, and the Massaman curry is satisfying with big, soft chunks of potato, but the tom yum stands out for its unbridled flavors — sour, and spicy, with generous amounts of lime leaf. Open for takeout only.

6. 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 tom yum, pink-colored yen ta fo, excellent pad kee mao, and delectable chicken with panang curry sauce. Prices are elatively low, and the spice levels are satisfyingly high. Open for takeout only.

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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7. 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 restaurant, hidden from the street, serves up excellent 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 only.

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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8. 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 chilis. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery and also serves sealed bento boxes of popular dishes and pantry items like a house-made chili oil.

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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9. Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen

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2316 NE 65th St Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 913-2993
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This new restaurant in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood, with older locations in Kirkland and Lynnwood, is the brainchild of a Thai couple who partnered with friends at popular local chain Bai Tong to bring more Southern Thai cuisine to the area. Dishes include mushroom fritters and an excellent curry with crab and vermicelli. Open for dine-in and takeout.

10. 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 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. Open for dine-in and takeout.

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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11. Viengthong

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2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 725-3884
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This restaurant in Mount Baker is a mainstay for excellent Thai and Laotian dishes full of powerful flavors. 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. It’s currently open for takeout only, with the dining room set to open March 1.

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. 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 dishes by chef Buppha Booma (known best by her nickname “Chef Daeng”), a restaurant veteran with thirty plus years under her belt. Booma serves satisfying dishes like whole deep fried trout with chili sauce, bright fresh papaya salads, and golden, comforting, yellow curries. Open for dine-in and takeout.

13. Soi Kirkland

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425 Urban Plz Ste 285
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 202-7465
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The food at this industrial-chic spot features sour, funky, spicy, 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. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

14. 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 make the 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. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

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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1. May Kitchen and Bar

17614 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070

Vashon Island’s celebrated Thai restaurant is so good that many Seattleites make the trek over by ferry just to sample the food. Chef-owner May Chaleoy serves up entrees with bright flavors like fried whole fried trout alongside mango salad flecked with mint and cashews as well as satisfying appetizers like grilled pork skewers marinated in yellow curry. She also offers versions of ubiquitous Thai dishes with elegant twists, like pad thai served with turnips and banana blossom or tom yum soup with oyster mushrooms. For now, service is take-out only.

17614 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070

2. Sen Noodle Bar

2307 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

This small Thai noodle spot, a sister restaurant to Pestle Rock next door, serves some of the best pad see ew in the city and a selection of noodle soups with locally sourced meat. Diners can build their own noodle bowls (the clear broth soup with a pork patty and thin rice noodles is a restorative option), or choose dishes like guay jab, rolled rice noodles with pork spare ribs, tofu, and a hard boiled egg in a five-spice broth fragrant with star anise. Open for dine-in and takeout.

2307 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

3. 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 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. Dishes use locally raised meat like Carleton Farms pork, which at Pestle Rock, is marinated in Thai whiskey. Open for dine-in and takeout.

2305 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Buddha Ruksa

3520 SW Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98126

Buddha Ruksa has been a popular destination for dining in West Seattle for more than ten years. "Bags of Gold," fried dumplings filled with shrimp, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, and water chestnuts, are a good starter, while dishes like whole fried trout served lemongrass, lime juice, and fresh vegetables and the grilled marinated flank steak served with sticky rice dazzle as entrees. Open for dine-in and takeout.

3520 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98126

5. Bahn Thai Restaurant

409 Roy St, Seattle, WA 98109

Established in 1984, this Uptown (lower Queen Anne) spot claims to be Seattle’s oldest Thai restaurant. The drunken noodles are silky and well-balanced, and the Massaman curry is satisfying with big, soft chunks of potato, but the tom yum stands out for its unbridled flavors — sour, and spicy, with generous amounts of lime leaf. Open for takeout only.

409 Roy St
Seattle, WA 98109

6. 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 tom yum, pink-colored yen ta fo, excellent pad kee mao, and delectable chicken with panang curry sauce. Prices are elatively low, and the spice levels are satisfyingly high. Open for takeout only.

8418 Bowdoin Way
Edmonds, WA 98026

7. 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 restaurant, hidden from the street, serves up excellent 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 only.

13242 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

8. 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 chilis. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery and also serves sealed bento boxes of popular dishes and pantry items like a house-made chili oil.

1313 NE 43rd St
Seattle, WA 98105

9. Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen

2316 NE 65th St Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98115

This new restaurant in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood, with older locations in Kirkland and Lynnwood, is the brainchild of a Thai couple who partnered with friends at popular local chain Bai Tong to bring more Southern Thai cuisine to the area. Dishes include mushroom fritters and an excellent curry with crab and vermicelli. Open for dine-in and takeout.

2316 NE 65th St Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98115

10. 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 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. Open for dine-in and takeout.

2808 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112

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 restaurant in Mount Baker is a mainstay for excellent Thai and Laotian dishes full of powerful flavors. 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. It’s currently open for takeout only, with the dining room set to open March 1.

2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144

12. 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 dishes by chef Buppha Booma (known best by her nickname “Chef Daeng”), a restaurant veteran with thirty plus years under her belt. Booma serves satisfying dishes like whole deep fried trout with chili sauce, bright fresh papaya salads, and golden, comforting, yellow curries. Open for dine-in and takeout.

104 Rainier Ave S
Renton, WA 98057

13. Soi Kirkland

425 Urban Plz Ste 285, Kirkland, WA 98033

The food at this industrial-chic spot features sour, funky, spicy, 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. Open for indoor dining and takeout.

425 Urban Plz Ste 285
Kirkland, WA 98033

14. 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 make the 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. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

700 NW Gilman Blvd, #E104
Issaquah, WA 98027

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