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“True Thai hospitality” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Busara

Busara
8148 Watson St., Tysons Corner, VA 22102
703-356-2288
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Ranked #20 of 80 Restaurants in Tysons Corner
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Vienna, Virginia
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“True Thai hospitality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We lived in Thailand for several years, and when we had a delicious dinner at Busara recently, we felt transported by the authentic feeling. Very good food. Not too heavy, and very tasty. Very good service.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Silver Spring
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“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Other than Thai Noy in Va. this is my favorite Thai restaurant in the region, especially for its Drunken Noodle, Mango Sticky Rice and spring rolls. The serving portions are large but not overwhelming and the spices are just right. I highly recommend this restaurant. There is also plenty of parking.

Visited April 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Thai food with a smile!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We were at the BUSARA on 8148 Watson Street in McLean, VA on 15th March 2013 for lunch and requested for a corner round table for our group of six people. The receptionist who was probably a new staff, initially appeared very reluctant to allow this, until she realized that my brother and his wife are very frequent diners and they knew the manager well!

The menu is not extensive, but it adequately covered the Thai cuisine with the more or less popular Thai dishes. Amongst the dishes that we ordered were:

The fried calamari served with a mildly spiced sauce. The batter was light and crispy.
We had the papaya salad with roasted peanuts, string beans and tomato mixed with a spicy lime dressing. This tasted refreshing!
The next dish was minced chicken with a spicy dressing in onion and mint leaves served with lettuce. We had the Pad Thai Pak which was the Thai rice noodles stir-fried with assorted vegetables, bean curd, and dressed with crushed peanuts. This was also good and tasty. We had the spicy sea food fried rice which is my brother’s favorite dish. The other dishes were Watercress plant in a spicy black bean sauce. I found this rather bland and cannot say I liked the preparation. We had one portion of Gang Ped Yang which is slices of roasted duck meat simmered in red curry with pineapple and cherry tomatoes. This was tasty and not too spicy. The Pattaya Seafood, a dish of shrimp, squid and scallops sautéed in roasted chili sauce with scallions, onion, mushrooms and sweet basil leaves was also good. My son ordered for himself the Wonton soup which is a mixture of shrimp and chicken in a clear light broth with fresh vegetables and thinly-sliced roasted pork.

Generally, the decor is not exciting, the service was very friendly, efficient and cheerful.
The prices for the dishes are reasonable and the food portions not too large. Having experienced Thai food in Thailand many times before, I found the food fresh, flavourful, not too spicy and fairly authentic. The eatery was crowded during lunch as the place is popular with the office workers in Tysons Corner. In spite of this, the servers were attentive and the service was good and cheerful.
There is ample parking spaces in front of the restaurant, including parking for the handicap. The eatery is wheel-chair friendly. Delivery for take out dinner is free within a three mile radius. Most credit cards are accepted.

Opening hours:
Lunch Hours:Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dinner Hours:Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm Sunday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Address:
8148 Watson Street,
McLean,
VA 22102
Tel: 703 356 2288

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Blandest Thai Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I ordered the yellow curry special, and asked for it Thai hot. It arrived no hot. Very bland curry. It took awhile to flag down the server to get some additional spice for the curry. Additionally, I ordered a Sierra Nevada, and the server thought it was a bottled water.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Lovely Thai”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Busara is a lunch time staple for office workers in Tysons Corner. VA. I typically have come here for a “going away” luncheon, though this is a great spot for just a regular tasty lunch. Service is attentive, food is excellent, try the specials. The mango and sticky rice dessert has been exceptional; however, it has been a while since I’ve enjoyed that. Freshness is everything; the last time that mango was absolutely mouth-wateringly-delicious.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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