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Bua Thai

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$$$
Dupont Circle
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1635 P St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
202-265-0828
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Thai near Dupont Circle

Bua is not fancy or flashy, but has some great food and good service too. The main dining area is upstairs and has an outdoor deck for use in good weather. The seats downstairs, where the bar is, are a bit low for this taller person. But it is also attractive. We have mostly gone for lunch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Darrell6t
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Families with children
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Bua is not fancy or flashy, but has some great food and good service too. The main dining area is upstairs and has an outdoor deck for use in good weather. The seats downstairs, where the bar is, are a bit low for this taller person. But it is also attractive. We have mostly gone for lunch. All the dishes... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I had lunch and dinner there on an extremely cold February day, not many restaurant opened. the restaurant is small, the waiter is very polite. the food is in good quality however smaller than usual amount that you normally expected for lunch and dinner. The price is not that cheap consider the setting and location of the restaurant

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Republic MO
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83 reviews 83 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in during happy hour. Great appetizer specials. I ordered some great green dumplings that I really enjoyed. Ordered a seafood dish that I liked, but the portion was kind of small. And the custard with fruit sauce was excellent. All in all, a good meal.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I thought the food was fresh and light. I find that some Thai restaurants put fish sauce in everything and are heavy handed about it. I didn't find that the case with Bua Thai.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We visited because of the Trip Advisor rating (top 100 of over 2000 restaurants in the City) and our love of Thai food. Consistent with previous reviews the service was good and the restaurant a little tired. However the experience overall was disappointing as we went on a Saturday evening and expected a busy restaurant with atmosphere - instead it... More 

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United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Staff is very friendly. The food is very good and the portions are quite generous. I will definitely go back.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We went to Bua Thai off of other Trip Advisor reviews and it did not disappoint. Customer services was outstanding. We ordered Golden Triangles, Satay Chicken, Pad See u and Clear Soup with Rice Noodles and Chicken. It was all very delicious! We were happy to walk to Bua Thai from down town DC because it takes you through a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,094 reviews 2,094 reviews
812 restaurant reviews
1,127 helpful votes 1,127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This restaurant was a pleasant surprise for me. I passed by many times and I didn't even know that it served food, I thought that it was a place for drinks. The decor is very 80's. The dirty and smelly carpet made us second guess going in. But at the time our food came we changed our minds. Everything was... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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87 reviews 87 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We wanted to eat Thai food and searched for the best one in town. The staff was nice and kind and they provided various dishes of menu. We were so satisfied and would like to recommend this restaurant.

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Westminster, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

When I travel on business trips I try to find places with reviews that say hole in the wall, must see, not much curb appeal or Best meal! This place didn't disappoint at all. It had a great little patio I sat out there I ordered chicken pad thai. Wasn't very spicy so i asked for some spicy sauce and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1635 P St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: 202-265-0828

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?