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4828 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5202
301-657-0488
Today
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Just a meh

The good news: the service was fine. Fast and friendly. As for the food though, it was just so-so. The Pad Thai (always the gold standard) was bland and tasted burnt. The red curry, which only had one star, was much hotter than one might expect.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2014
kazzam71
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maryland
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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This restaurant served vegetables that were moldy and brown at the edges and the wait staff did not even apologize. The bathroom was disgusting and the entire place now seems run down. An extreme disappointment. We will not return.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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368 reviews 368 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We were four good friends sharing what turned into a feast: Larb Gai salad, Kapow Pork, Rockfish and more. I especially loved the Larb Gai (minced chicken, red onions, scallions and cilantro), but the Kapow Pork and Rockfish were also totally satisfying. The service was prompt, efficient and personable. Even with nearly all the tables full no one had to... More 

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Middlebury, Vermont
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I really enjoyed the sushi rolls I got here late one night - I especially liked to one that used cucmbers instead of rice for the wrapper. I nice light way of enjoying something familiar. The California roll was good, too.

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United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Staff had an argument about where I should sit: I didn't care, but it was a bit lame to have to wait for them to figure it out. Food was average, not good enough for the price, and the service was not the best. Not going back.

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london,uk
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Ohh my god i just left the restaurant having plate full of flies. This place is disgusting. I ordered pad thai. When the food and soy sauce arrived on the table i was surrounded by black small flies. I asked them to spray around my table and call the managerthey didnt.i saw that soy sauce bottle was full of dead... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Good menu selection. Gracious service. Centrally located in Bethesda. Always ordering favorite: Nua Sawan

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maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The good news: the service was fine. Fast and friendly. As for the food though, it was just so-so. The Pad Thai (always the gold standard) was bland and tasted burnt. The red curry, which only had one star, was much hotter than one might expect.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Ordered a large take out order today and nothing was even remotely good. First time here and it was a big disappointment. Ordered 4 appetizers and 3 main dishes. Ordered mostly seafood dishes and they were all over cooked so much the shrimp/squid/muscles etc.. was like rubber. Requested "mild" seafood fried rice and it was so spicey hot that even... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Downtown Bethesda restaurants are not cheap. Tara Thai is not cheap, but it's not expensive either. It's in a good middle range and, frankly, good value. The food is tasty and the service adequate. This is not a fancy restaurant but not a casual one either. It's just in between, I guess on all counts. We've gone back a few... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We were going to go to another Thai restaurant in Bethesda and ended up at Tara Thai instead. The waiter was very nice, but a few errors were made: we ordered one of the items without shrimp, and it came with shrimp. This was fine in that I just gave the shrimp to my companion, but if I had an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4828 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5202
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-657-0488

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Thai
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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