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Crystal Thai Restaurant

4819 1st Street North, Arlington, VA 22203
703-522-1311
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Ranked #277 of 676 restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Thai
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- Jul 10, 2014
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dnpinva
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200 reviews 200 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Wait staff are terrific. Food is authentic and tasty. Setting is nice. Location is a bit out of the way, but this restaurant is well worth the visit.

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Washington DC
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've never had anything other than a great meal at Crystal Thai. It's authentic, and well priced. Especially at lunch - for 10$ I can't think of a better lunch deal in town. The atmosphere is great - very comfortable and quiet. My go-to is the Panang curry - and when I request it "thai hot" they are more than... More

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Culpeper, Virginia
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32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

We have dined at Crystal Thai many, many times over the years and have never been dissappointed. The pad Thai is wonderful and I particularly enjoy a spicey shrimp and egg plant dish. Summer and Spring rolls excellent and I hear good reports on their fried rice. Salads are so fresh and delicious. Service is polite if sometimes a bit... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

One of the best and most consistent Thai dining options in central Arlington. Great service when you are dining in, and the fact that they do takout allows you to significantly elevate your home dining options.

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Arlington, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

A group of 6 friends and me have met for lunch at Crystal Thai every few months for a few years - the food has always been ok, and on our visit on February 22 we found that to be the case. However, the waitress handed out the checks in a folder to each of us. I put a $20... More

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Washington DC
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53 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Went to Crystal Thai for lunch. Most ordered off the lunch menu for fixed price. I ordered a special eggplant and shrimp dish. My dish was very good (although a little more oil than I prefer). The others rated their dishes as average but good. Since we ate everything, it could not have been bad. The soups were good and... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The food here is "distinctive" as advertised and in comparison to other local Thai restaurants. It's heavier and oilier, but very tasty owing to the sauces. The squid kra prow (60A) is a stand-out. I haven't seen anything like this at other local Thai restaurants. The squid is fried before being added to the other ingredients. Crystal Thai is somewhat... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

It can be summed up in one statement: They just don't care anymore. I've eaten here off and on for last 10+ years. It was reliably good. However, in the last year, the experience has gotten so bad we're not going back. Our most recent visit was this weekend. The waitress was barely engaged despite the restaurant being less than... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

My wife and I have gone to Cyrstal Thai on average about twice a year over the past 5 years. We always enjoyed lunch there even though the service was uneven. Well, today I experienced a poor meal AND poor service. First, we ordered the $6.95 pork and shrimp spring rolls. After I bit into it, I realized it was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Stopped for lunch with office team, ordered spicy chicken fried rice and it was delicious. The service was good.

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