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“Great for lunch in the Dupont Circle neighborhood” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bua Thai

Bua Thai
1635 P St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (Dupont Circle)
202-265-0828
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Ranked #68 of 2,699 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Shawnee, Kansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great for lunch in the Dupont Circle neighborhood”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The food was delicious...the service was a bit slow but the food made up for it. The restaurant could stand a remodel as it was last touched in the 90's if not before. The Pad Thai was wonderful. I would skip the house salad that was iceberg lettuce for $4, but I would order the Pad Thai again in a heart beat.

Visited November 2012
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English first
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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Fair”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

Just ok food. I've eaten a lot of Thai food and have had much better. The service was fine but the food was lacking the great Thai food flavor I'm use to eating.

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7 restaurant reviews
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“GREAT FOOD but slow service..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012 via mobile

Slow service but great food. I got a noodle soup. I got to decide what to and not to put in my soup. It was a medium size bowl, with clear water, flat noodles, chicken, and more, I thought it was delicious. My friend got the larb gai and it was cheap, but very good.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lauderhill, Florida
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Better than average Thai restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

We arrived on Chrismas day, and were lucky to find Bua just around the corner from our hotel--and to find them open on Chrismas Day.
Bua isn't a fancy place...decor is clean, if not memorable. The street view is actually quite pleasant. Many Thai places I've been to seem to have a standard menu, and most places just duplicate that, so it doesn't matter which you go to. But Bua's is more extensive than most, though not particularly exotic.
But the food was quite lovely. We shared an appetizer of shrimp wrapped in sliced pork, breaded and fried--luscious! My wife had beef in red curry and coconut milk, done perfectly to her liking of spiciness (not too much). I had duck with red sauce, peppers, onions, tomato, and basil, nicely hot thought not deadly. The meat was juicy, the vegetables cooked but still crispy (and the basil still brilliant green).
Service was excelent--friendly and efficient and welcoming. There are plenty of Thai places in DC, but you won't go wrong with this one.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Warwick, UK
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

Just been for a nice Thai meal at Bua after stumbling across the restaurant. The decor isn't amazing, but perfectly adequate, however the food makes up for this, and is up there with some of the better Thai food I've eaten - even in Thailand itself. Price wise it was fairly reasonable too - 2 starters, 2 mains plus 2 drinks = $50 (exc. tips).

  • Visited February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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