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Absolute Thai

521 G Street N.W., Washington DC, DC (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #567 of 2,649 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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La Plata, Maryland
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167 reviews 167 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Wow. I ate lunch at Absolute Thai and was blown away by the quality of the food. I had panang chicken curry, which was delicious---spicy, complex flavors but not overly sweet. Just the way it is supposed to be! My friend had a spicy eggplant dish with minced chicken on top. To. Die. For. Our server was attentive, and it's... More

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Be careful when ordering - the restaurant cooks Thai food the traditional way: HOT! Just tell the cook to cool it, because the food (spicy or not) is absolutely to die for. Especially if you have a hankering for good food after being on the road for so long….

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NE US
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389 reviews 389 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We ate lunch here after leaving another place unsatisfied. We both had the $10 portion of chicken curries. I had panang and my wife had green curry. There were excellent and we ordered spicy and we GOT spicy. Singha had beers were just $5. This was a happy place for lunch.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My children and I were on a quick visit to DC and checked Tripadvisor for a good Thai restaurant. Honestly, we did an 'eenie meenie minee moe' job to pick one of the several that were listed, and what a pleasant surprise we had. The food was very good. Simple fare. The outside of the restaurant wasn't anything to write... More

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Wisconsin
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67 reviews 67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

While we are not having luck finding a veggie hot dog anywhere in the city, we did find an excellent Thai restaurant near the Archives. The place almost looks like a dive from the outside, but it is a gem inside. We got in just before the big lunch crowd, and it got louder inside as our 20 minutes progressed,... More

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We found this restaurant by walking on the street. Took long time for the dishes to come. The food is good though. Service was ok but could be better. I asked to bring soya sauce, but they forgot it.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the exterior. As other reviewers have noted, the interior of this little "dive" is quite nice: modern, nicely appointed (as opposed to garish and cluttered, as some thai restaurants can be), but not so upscale that a touring family with children would feel uncomfortable being there. The pad thai is good, not great. But for the... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Love their Pad Thai and upstairs (second level) seating. Great little restaurant near the basketball arena

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Arlington, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We happened upon this place while looking for dinner in Chinatown. All of the restaurants were crowded, so we wandered down the east side of the Verizon Center (6th Street) and at the corner of 6th and G Streets, saw what appeared to be a total dive—really unappealing from the outside. However, the place was full and the interior looked... More

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Boulder, CO
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Here you can order vegetarian pad thai (Pad Thai Jae) and feel confident that you are not eating fish sauce. Items that include "jae" in the name are vegetarian. We actually didn't order the pad thai but instead we got our favorite Thai dishes: Panang Curry Jae, Massaman Curry Jae, and Pad See Ew Jae. We also ordered the Fried... More

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