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Ruan Thai

11407 Amherst Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
301-942-0075
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Ranked #8 of 46 restaurants in Wheaton
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Thai
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Olney, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a hidden gem of a restaurant in a little "off the grid" strip mall in Wheaton. Our introduction was by using a "Groupon", but we have returned again and again. Best Chicken Panang I've ever had and the house special HOW MOK TALAY (Baked seafood combination in red curry sauce) is amazing! Try the Yum Watercress appetizer (Deep... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Went there to eat the Yum Watercress appetizer which has received great reviews. In fact, it is very good, EXCEPT, the vinegar-based sauce sat at the base of the plate and eventually became overpowering. I poured the sauce out myself. It would have been excellent were the sauce came on the side only. My other dish, the tofu-wrapped crabmeat, was... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

In an area saturated with decent Thai restaurants, you gotta be on your A-game to stay around. The winning dish at this restaurant is their spicy duck with lime (Yum ped yang) which is to die for! Don't bring your vegan when ordering this dish, the smell will drive them up the wall! Saturated with a healthy amount of both... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I've heard great things about this restaurant but unfortunately was disappointed with our meal. We went after 9PM on a sunday night. the restaurant was still pretty crowded, which I took as a good sign. We tried three dishes-the Tom Kha soup with shrimp (tasty all around), the pork belly with string beans (major disappointment-basically deep fried fat with very... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We meet up here for a family dinner. Although, they were very busy on a random Thursday night, the food was great. Probably the best satay & pad Thai I've ever eaten. I wouldn't suggest the steam dumpling or drunken noodles. Generally, pleasant and happy staff who seemed to care ( they knew my family by name) and made sure... More

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new york
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591 reviews 591 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

This is your nondescript suburban strip mall which is where some of the best and most reasonable Asian food is to be found. Signs warning about parking are a major design element but you can walk from metro. Go heavy on unusual cold appetizers.

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Washington DC
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85 reviews 85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Ruan Thai is felt by many to be one of the best Thai restaurants in metro DC. To us, it's also the neighborhood go-to spot for lunch, dinner or take-out. Alas, recent praise-filled press has lengthened the wait time for takeout or seating on weekend evenings. The fried watercress appetizer is divine, simply divine. Soft shell crab, offered with choice... More

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dc
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I wouldn't rank this as the best Thai food in the area -- Nava Thai just down the street I find more tasty -- but the curry dishes are worth coming back for. Avoid the Pad Thai (has little taste and is mushy). And do take out rather than eat in as the service is painfully slow. It took 20... More

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Maryland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

This restaurant looks like a hole in the wall and the signs in front threatening those who consider parking inappropriately are a bit off-putting, but the food and the service ensure that we will return again and again. We started with the fried tofu appetizer and then moved to the whole crispy fish with garlic and basil. Oh my! --... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

After a very long day touring DC we were looking for a restaurant near to a Metro stop and this one is 5 minutes walking distance even though we had to take the Metro to Wheaton MD. Well worth the trip! I had read on TA about the crispy watercress salad (#11) and it was everything advertised. I just loved... More

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