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Thai Tom

4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4510 (University District)
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Ranked #211 of 3,388 restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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101 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Seattle, Washington
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Reading reviews here is like reading my mind... Except for our last visit when the sous chef & master chef switched places, food is consistently super fast & amazingly tasty! The staff may recognize you as a regular but don't expect any difference in service for it. The place is small and quite dirty (even when they first open the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

It's a very popular Thai restaurant on the Ave. Highly recommended. I have enjoyed watching the chef cooking in front of you while enjoying my meal.

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Yeah, the staff is kinda rude (unless they recognize you as a regular), and 25 min wait times usually extend into an hour, and don't even think about using the restroom (it's authentic Thai too ;O For me, personally, all of the above, gives the restaurant a certain "je ne sais quoi" that isn't easily achievable. The food is great... More

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Seattle, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

As a student at the University of Washington, Thai Tom is a staple. Don't go here expecting service or ambiance, that's certainly not the end game, but what you will get is ridiculously cheap, insanely out of this world, delicious Thai. Everything on the menu is so great. It's so small, so expect a wait if you're going with a... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

It's a cramped space, in a good way. Sit at the counter if you can and watch as a great chef prepares flawless Thai food. I had the Pad See Ew and it was as good or better than anything I've had in Thai restaurants around America. The service was also very good, contrary to what I've read about Thai... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Located right on the ave, this is a very popular place. But since this is such a small place and has a high demand, there is always a waitlist. Since they can always find new customers waiting, they treat them like trash. Though they have a really nice cook, which kind on makes up for the bad service. Also if... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I used to enjoy coming here; true, the service has always been marginal (as many others have commented on this website), but generally the lack of ambience and hygiene was tolerable since the food has been pretty good; I went there a while back and the food was bad, but gave it another chance today; we waited a very long... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

The food was very good, but the service was terrible. We waited for almost an hour with 3 kids. The check was incorrect. As a cherry on a cake they only except cash

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This can be a fun U District eating experience. The upsides and downsides are all a matter of perspective. I had the Cashew Chicken which was excellent, but ordered medium spice which was way too much heat for me - I can order medium at other Thai restaurants but not here! The room is Tiny with maybe 16 seats of... More

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