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“Excellent Thai food in Columbia Heights” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Thai Tanic II

Thai Tanic II
3462 14th Street NW, Washington DC, DC (Columbia Heights)
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Ranked #1,836 of 2,623 restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Thai
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Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
Description: Second location for this restaurant-- original is also on 14th Street but further south. They refer to this one using the "II" after the name. Just opened.
chicago
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“Excellent Thai food in Columbia Heights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

This is a great neighborhood Thai restaurant in the Columbia Heights section of Washington DC. About 3 blocks from the Columbia Heights metro stop. The appetizer Kanom Jeep was excellent. We especially love the sauce. I always try green curry when I'm at a Thai restaurant that I've not been to before, and this was some of the best I've had. It even had Thai eggplant, which seems to have become a rarity. And the soft shelled crab pad thai was as beautiful as it was delicous. Not corwded on a Friday night.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bronx, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Still a favorite but....!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

So I discovered Thai Tanic II on the website and since we had such a great experience at the 1st location...why not the second! Well visually Tanic II is has more modern decor, is beautifully decorated and street parking was available however, the exterior didn't stand out in the neighborhood and we actually drove passed it. The food at Tanic I was so much better but the decor lacked so we were torn between the two locations and parking is extremely difficult at times at the 1st location. So its all about what you looking for...still liked the original location but just didn't like the decor.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A nice but average neighborhood restaurant - but if you go be sure to try the fried bananas!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

This restaurant was picked by some friends because it's in their neighbourhood (actually they suggested the Heights and this one and based on the Yelp reviews I decided we should try this one). It's a few blocks north of the Columbia Heights metro stations so the area is quieter. There are plenty of ourdoor seating but we chose to stay inside because when we arrived there were people smoking at one of the outside tables. The interior's not big but well decorated - with the bar on one side and bench seats against two walls on the other side. The seats were comfortable and the noise level is low so you can carry on a conversation in a normal voice. The waitress was nice however did not speak very good English, so we had to repeat everything several times in order to make sure that she understood what we wanted. We had the Tod Mun Par to start - they were ok but not the best I've had. The green curry with shrimp was a bit bland, and the Pad Thai although quite tasty, was a bit soggy and much sweeter than usual. My friends had the Por Pea Shrimp eggrolls, which they liked. We debated whether to have dessert, because the meal was just so-so, but it was a good thing that we did. Because the dessert - Black Sticky Rice Pudding and Crispy Fried Banana - were simply delicious! The fried bananas were so crispy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside we could easily have ordered seconds. I would say that the dessert was the best part of the meal and it would be worth it to just go there to have the dessert. Overall, I would say it's a nice but pretty average neighborhood restaurant. I'll probably recommend it to someone who must find some place to eat in Columbia Heights but it's not a restaurant one needs to go out of their way to try.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Very welcome addition to the 14th Street Corridor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2010

We're really glad to have this fantastic restaurant in our neighborhood! We've dined there twice since they opened plus ordered delivery. The food is consistently good, and worth the money, although there's always a little sting to paying $50 for delivery food of any kind or quality; definitely feel more like we get our money's worth when dining in than taking out!

Some of our favorites: the angel wings starter which is a chicken wing butterflied and stuffed with crabmeat and minced chicken; there's 3 to an order so if sharing with a group, order accordingly. They're huge and very tasty, and have a crisp breading which is a little different than other Thai restaurants but is a nice touch. The chicken satay is also very nice, and the chicken is nicely cooked and moist. The spring rolls are good but seem a little boring when compared to the other starters.

My favorite entree is the Thai Tanic Star which is a mound of minced, spiced chicken in the center of the plate, with grilled shrimp around the edges of the plate and also stuffed fried tofu. It's a really odd combination and honestly not the prettiest thing I have ever seen but it is delicious, and it's an extremely generous portion so we always end up taking some home. The green curry is also top notch, just sweet enough and just spicy enough.

Service is usually quick, efficient and just fine although not overly friendly--- that's OK because I don't always want small-talk with my waiter. It's not like they just come to the table and write down the order and you never see them again, though, so don't worry.

The interior of the restaurant is sleek and almost modern but has some really interesting touches like Asian themes inlaid into the tabletop. It can get chilly in the dining room so if it's a cold night out, we usually ask for a table in the back, away from the door.

Honestly never had a bad meal here and never expect to, and we're really happy to have a nummy Thai place within walking distance now!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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