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Thai Tom

#186 of 3,090 Restaurants in Seattle
#219 of 3,573 Places to Eat in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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University District
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4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4510
206-548-9548
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cool little hole in the wall Thai Restaurant

I came out to the UDub district solely for the purpose of trying Tom's Thai. AND IT WAS WORTH IT!!!! I had the best pad thai in my life all for around $8!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Matt W
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I came out to the UDub district solely for the purpose of trying Tom's Thai. AND IT WAS WORTH IT!!!! I had the best pad thai in my life all for around $8!!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Our friends told us this was their favorite Thai place, and they did not steer us wrong. We shared several dishes. The chicken coconut soup was one of th best we've had. The vegetable curry was excellent, as was the fried trout. The dessert was new to us, mango with sticky rice, light and very pleasant. Service was superb, food... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Food was excellent though the Thai ice tea was not as good as some others. We were here the past weekend and was surprised when we were able to sit in right-a-way. I guess the street fair was attracting people to their food fair, which was only around the corner. Since the street was closed off for the fair, we... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This place is so busy the hostess urged me to use a fork to speed me up. My skills with chopsticks are unconventional and slow, but effective. I left a scant few grains of rice in the dish.

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Katy, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Sit at the counter. Watch the maestro conduct. Not a wasted motion. 10,000 BTU zen. Feel the heat from all six burners. Wooden paddle menu lists the choices. Intense favors. Best coconut milk chicken soup we ever ate. PAd Thai, green curry rice with shrimp both truly wonderful. Ambiance unlike anything we experienced in decades. We loved it. NOT traditional... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Amidst all the Thai options in the U District, this is quite possibly the best place for Thai food. The ever-present line outside the front door is testimony to this. Seating inside is very limited, hence the line. But everything is cooked right in front of you, and George, the owner, is a fantastic and friendly person.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Let me start by saying that this is the first time Trip Advisor has ever steered me this wrong. The wait alone at Thai Tom almost caused a friendship to end! We were told 15 minutes. Over an hour later... We were seated. Hunger ground away our sense of humor. As we sat down to eat we were faced with... More 

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Food is good and price is cheap, just right next to the Washington University. Always a waiting line at the door, if you can't get a seat, then just take away!

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Renton, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Okay.... I sat by the door and was glad for it. That way if the place burned down I could bolt out quickie like. The food is absolutely worth the wait, and the lack of anything else. The price is also great. Sweet people but ohhhhh it is sooooo small and the lines prove how good the food is.

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Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Have been several times over the years. During main meal times better expect to wait a bit. Small place with great food all out in the open to see. Always, Always dependably very good thai food in U district. Great prices. Eat and get out!! So the next people can cycle through. Great Seattle place for a little local color.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4510
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > University District
  • Neighborhood: University District
  • Phone Number: 206-548-9548

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 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?