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“Enjoyable meal, good fare, but beward of the tap water!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bangkok Bistro at Ballston

Bangkok Bistro at Ballston
715 N. Glebe Rd., (Restaurant entrance is on N. Glebe Rd.), Arlington, VA 22203
703-243-9669
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Ranked #64 of 693 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Bonn, Germany
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163 restaurant reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Enjoyable meal, good fare, but beward of the tap water!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Bangkok Bistro at Ballston, similar to other restaurants in the area, is on the ground floor with both indoor and outdoor dining space this time of year. The brisk breeze of an autumnal evening bearing through the caverns of Arlington pushed inside for our meal. The waitstaff is very friendly, attentive, and helpful, and took the orders for drinks, appetizer, and entree quickly. In the same fashion, drinks, appetizers, and entrees arrived at the table in a timely and measured way, with the inclusion of a small salad dressed with coconut-peanut sauce which was tasty. Although the crispy rolls were just a tad oily, they were delectable. I ordered a 3-star (raging, in the vernacular of the menu) Pad Se Ew which arrived arranged in an attractive plating. The very wide, soft, chewy noodles accompanied marinated pork, sliced carrots, and a few pieces of broccoli (the ratio of vegetables to meat was a bit on the small side), all within a very tasty and piquant, but not raging, oyster-and-soy sauce. There was just enough heat, using pepper-infused oil rather than just adding red pepper flakes, to make it enjoyable and not overpower the dish's flavor, but the raging nature as advertised on the menu is not raging. The only part of the meal that was detracting was the table water which tasted similar to many a municipalities water supply where the "earthy" overtones were just a bit too much to bear. Drink the Singha beer, instead of drinking the tap water at this time of year. Maybe the management should consider installing a water filter for their customers. Otherwise, a very enjoyable dinner and I'm sure to return the next time in town.

  • Visited October 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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La Jolla, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Dined here alone while staying in Arlington on business. I'm very glad I ordered their signature entree wasabi-encrusted sea bass - a thick piece of fish cooked to absolute perfection, in a tasty and zingy crust that's perfect for sopping up the delicious and slightly sweet ginger sauce. Comfortable place with friendly service on the side of Ballston Commons Mall neat the Westin.

  • Visited September 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great street side Thai Restaurent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Friendly smiles welcomes you on your arrival at this restaurant. The Drink are testy and the Food is spectacular. Great pricing as well.
Love the authenticity of the menu as they stay true to their cultural. Definitely a spot you wanna check out.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Livingston, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Chi iced tea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My wife loved the Chi iced tea, they have dishes that range from no spice to spicy. I ordered a "on fire" noodle dish that lived up to its name, but I really enjoyed it. A few others in our party did not find the spice as enjoyable as me. My wife who is no fan of spice ordered a dish that was not spicy and enjoyed it. They have something for everyone. I highly recommend the Chi iced tea and the caramelized banana dessert.

Visited July 2014
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“tasty and friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We liked the food. Their wine list could be better. The place was not crowded but there were a few couples dining.

Visited July 2014
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