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Thai Tom

4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4510 (University District)
206-548-9548
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Ranked #145 of 3,434 restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: University District
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Helen, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This place is small, noisy and maybe not the cleanest restaurant in the world, but I now make an effort to go here every time I go to Seattle. I love the Tom Kha soup with shrimp. This place is especially cozy on a cold, wet Seattle winter night because you can sit at the bar and feel the heat... More

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Thai Tom is a small restaurant in Seattle's University district. It can seat a maximum of 30 people I think. Because if it's small size and popularity there is usually a long wait time. But every minute spent waiting is worth it for the food is simply delicious. My wife and I made it a point it have food from... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My boyfriend brought me here promising that the food would blow my mind, and in fact, it did! Despite the long wait, we had such great time eating some amazing Thai food here. I really really really enjoyed the Green Curry and the Pad See you again with Tofu. Soooo delicious! I do recommend ordering 3 or 4 stars of... More

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Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

There is standing room only in this little place. You have a bar that seats about seven people that can watch the cooks make your dinner and then about 5 little tables that seat 2/3 people each. But there was a waiting line out the door. They take your order outside before you are seated. Take out would probably be... More

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Westminster, MD
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I went to Thai Tom with some friends in June while visiting Seattle. We had to wait a while for a table, but the wait was worth it. We were lucky to be seated at the counter and got to watch the chef prepare each meal. It is very fast paced and a little rushed, but the food is so... More

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A friend from Southern India recommended this place. The food is delicious. I loved the green curry - but next time I'll take the spiciness down to 4 stars. It is a basic cash-only hole-in the-wall establishment. Bring cash! Expect to wait to be seated. Do not be surprised by the lack of customer service. Just enjoy the food.

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Eugene, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Small but worth the wait. Great thai food you get to watch them make.The smell of garlic and peppers was so incredible and the noodles were to die for.Watching the chef prepare and cook this food was an amazing experience. Just remember to bring cash because they don't take visa.

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Lyon, France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I'm french so the food is important ! And I was charmed by this tiny restaurant ! The room was very little (it was really cool) and the food was gorgeous ! I loved the food ! Their Chicken Curry was awesome : I loved it. I recommend this restaurant if you're not many people. It's great.

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

As a Denver native, I love Thai Food, but Thai Tom showed me what I was missing. This was real Thai food made on The Ave. near UW. It was amazing. Very spice too. Two stars is plenty, trust me. Be prepared for a wait. It's a small location and very popular. It's worth it.

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Miami, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I love this place. I love the food, I love the vibe, I love the smells of garlic, ginger, lemongrass and lime. I love the cramped, tight seating, the flames rising from the stove and chaos that somehow translated into one of the yummiest Thai meals I've had States-side. I came with a colleague for lunch and waited about 15... More

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