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Ruan Thai

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11407 Amherst Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
301-942-0075
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
great value for the money

Loved the fried watercress and tuna ginger appetizer. They are more than enough for an entree for a small to average eater. Had the soup with lemongrass and shrimp on the next visit and it well flavored but not as interesting. You have to street park but I've had a problem finding a nearby spot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Ghmagnus
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Silver Spring, Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
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Silver Spring, Maryland
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Loved the fried watercress and tuna ginger appetizer. They are more than enough for an entree for a small to average eater. Had the soup with lemongrass and shrimp on the next visit and it well flavored but not as interesting. You have to street park but I've had a problem finding a nearby spot. Great little family style place... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Wife and I like to eat here with friends every few weeks. Parking is a bit of a pain, DO NOT PARK in front of the Dry Cleaner or Hair Place next door; they are nuts about towing cars. Street parking is no big deal and at worst a Mont Co lot is a block away. Mind you, I love... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,096 reviews 2,096 reviews
813 restaurant reviews
1,127 helpful votes 1,127 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We ordered the thai watercress salad and the whole fried flounder with a chili sauce on the side. The Thai watercress salad (deep fried watercress and shrimp/squid) was good. But it was missing some spicy sauce. The whole fried flounder was crispy but the chili sauce was terrible. It wasn't spicy at all, just a brown thick texture with a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It was certainly adequate enough, but what with all of the raves on Urban Spoon I guess I expected a lot more. Hard the Larb and sliced grilled eggplant as starters. Certainly decent enough, just not terribly memorable. My son had the Pad Thai (serviceable) while I had the fried crispy duck. I should've asked about the preparation. Not sure... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I was surprised to walk into a huge massive hall Thai restaurant. Apparently the place is quite popular for many groups of people. I ordered 2 spicy salad, 2 entree and one noodles. I found all the food are two sweet for my taste. I heard that noodles dishes are popular but will try next time. If you go for... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I'm Thai who can cook so I don't go to a Thai restaurant often and am choosy when I go. This place WAS my favorite years ago when it was small. Now they expand the restaurant but some how the quality goes down and price goes up. So time to say good bye. The place is busy during dinner hours... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

#24 Yum Sam Krob, Som Tum (Papaya Salad), Yum Watercress, Thom Kha Soup (more so with veg. or shrimp), Fried Flounder with any one of 4 sauce selections, Noodle dishes, Curries, Mooh Cook Foon, (Spice Pork dish), anything with black bean sauce

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Silver Spring, Maryland
Top Contributor
323 reviews 323 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

As to full disclosure....I stopped going to Ruan Thai because the service was soooo slow. So, I wasn't expecting much... We ordered take-out. It took 45 minutes, which seemed like a lot, bu they explained that they were very busy that night. They were quite nice as I waited in their reception area. The main dining room has doubled in... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We went to Ruan Thai because a friend recommended it. The food was incredible, and as the reviewers in Washingtonian noted, a lot of the excellence is from the flavors in the sauces. We had the crispy fried duck and the panang curry. They were incredible---the flavors were so multi-layered and delicious. They also made the curry mild enough for... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The food at Ruan Thai is the closest thing to Thai food in the Silver Spring area. Lunch & dinner portions are good at reasonable prices. As others have noted, parking is an issue and you WILL get towed if you pick the wrong spot. The restaurant has been around for a very long time and has always been consistent... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11407 Amherst Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Wheaton
  • Phone Number: 301-942-0075

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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