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“I would go again” 3 of 5 stars
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White Lotus
843 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
(510) 525-2791
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Ranked #21 of 78 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: Thai
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Berkeley, California
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“I would go again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

I went with 5 other folks. They had the Lamb, Chicken Satay, Prawn salad, and as always, I had the Pad Thai. The Pad Thai was about 3 1/3 stars, not the best I've had, but somewhere between fair and good. The Chicken Satay came with a sticky rice that was quite tasty. Lotus also serves a brown jasmine rice which everyone raved about.
Their menu is the largest menu I have ever seen. Really. It was like a Thai IHOP menu. The staff were friendly, the ambiance (so very important when eating Thai)was fine. The dress, casual.

Their one flaw, my dish was served first, the last person served, which was the Satay Chicken and sticky rice was 10 minutes later. These were listed under appetizers and if anything, should have come first. Waiting 10 minutes for everyones food to arrive was a drag. They didn't give us grief about 6 separate checks though, and they get points, plus good tips, for that.

Bottom line: I would go again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Berkeley, California
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Savory and sophisticated makes this one sweet Thai restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Every visit to White Lotus, with its fresh, authentic ingredients and beautiful presentation makes it a meal to remember. Be sure to ask if you want the curries toned down or something special. They are very accommodating. One would expect to pay a lot more for such plentiful and freshly prepared dishes. We're astounded at how reasonable this place is. While it's not a white table cloth place, it's now our favorite Thai place to which we take all of our out-of-town guests.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Albany, California
1 review
“Veeery Addicting Spicy Thai Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

Food to remember not only in the brain and eyes (restaurant is run by two women), but definitely for the taste. Often spicy-hot food covers the taste, but not in the case of White Lotus.
It is the "French Cuisine of Asia" the BEST. I cannot think not to go there at least ones a week and they have 77 choices. It's a white lotus growing in a "muddy" Albany, try it, but I warn you it is addicting.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Berkeley, California
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“Amazing Thai find - prize-winning chef really shines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

We loved this restaurant at first bite. Actually, a little before that, when we met the people running the place. We felt very welcomed, and every need was met almost before we thought of it. The food was considerably out of the ordinary - each dish beautifully presented and dissimilar from the others in taste.

We feel we'd lucked into a real treasure at White Lotus. In checking out the restaurant after our first meal there, we discovered that the chef is recognized nationally for Asian cuisine. No wonder we were so delighted with the meal she made for us!

PS - If you've been intrigued by durian fruit, but always a little afraid to try it, procrastinate no more, White Lotus has a durian dessert that presents only the positives of the fruit - truly delectable.

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