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Thai Tom

#318 of 3,354 Restaurants 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
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Still my favorite go to after traveling to Thailand

Seemingly unfit when you walk by due to its small size and "rustic " interior and exterior, you might keep walking. However you'd be missing out on the most inexpensive and authentic Thai food seattle has to offer. Doting on restaurant details would take away from the time spent at the flaming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
kristin m
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pros: Have had good food there before Simple, yet complex flavors (when good) Sitting in front of the fire is nice Cons: Money hungry, wont stop taking orders over the phone, resulting in very long waits for food Horrible customer service, rude Not the cleanest joint in the city When sitting on the long side of the bar in front... More 

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Thank Ilan B
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seemingly unfit when you walk by due to its small size and "rustic " interior and exterior, you might keep walking. However you'd be missing out on the most inexpensive and authentic Thai food seattle has to offer. Doting on restaurant details would take away from the time spent at the flaming wok. I'll take that over decorations and nice... More 

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Thank kristin m
Fort Worth, Texas
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

This is the most awesome food and vibe! It doesn't matter what you order everything is excellent. You get to watch the cook and it's amazing to smell all the spices and dishes all coming together. My favorite is Tom Kah soup and Swimming Rama and the the Pad Thai delicious. Makes my mouth water just writing about it. A... More 

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Thank beachbummin777
Lake Arrowhead, California
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

We were lucky enough to walk in and get 2 seats at the counter. There was a line the entire time we were there - which should tell you that it's good. We shared the Tom Kha soup which was very good. We also had the Chicken Panang and Shrimp Swimming Rama - both were very well done. Prices were... More 

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Thank Keith A
Ellensburg, WA
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

A trip to UW for a game or to the U District is not complete without a stop at Thai Toms for delicious authentic Thai food. I like to sit at the counter and watch the chef toss all the ingredients and spices together. My favorite is the Pad Thai, which can be made as hot as you want to... More 

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Thank eburggrl
Renton, Washington
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This place is nothing to look at but the food it delivers is just delicious. The portion size is moderate,but what flavor! The place is small, tight and crowded all the time, but did I mention it has just delicious food. The service is sub par and the seating terribly uncomfortable... but did I mention the dishes were creative in... More 

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Thank laurimamandus
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137 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We were staying in the U District and were starving. Thai Tom treated us very well. The place was warm, inviting, and cozy. The staff were very pleasant and attentive. The food was above average. I definitely recommend.

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Thank Adam W
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110 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

yum. yum. yum. Tiny little place with delicious, flavorful Thai food. We had the Pad Thai and Green Curry and we loved every bite. This is a very small place, fun to sit at the counter and watch the chefs cook.

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Thank Heather C
Seattle, Washington, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We love good food and a place full of character. Thai Tom has both: full of heart with a style all its own and very satisfying food. You can certainly rely upon their Pad Thai or try from a a tempting selection. The Garlic Pepper Chicken is a favorite of mine. For me, I will find my way to Thai... More 

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Thank Henry C
Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

the best Thai food that I have ever eaten in my life!!! Hole in the wall but efficient... the chef is a rockstar!!

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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: Asian, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?