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Sam Phao Thai Cuisine

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1019 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2922
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Columbus, Ohio
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

The restaurant has good ratings and was just a few blocks away from my hotel on King Street, so I decided to try it out. Got a table right next to the window. It was great enjoying the street view while having my lunch. Food tasted good and was not pricey. The restaurant just opened so it took a little... More 

Thank maymay w
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Okay, so sometimes the waiter gives you lemons when you ask for limes, but beyond that, it is fantastic, very freshly prepared food and great tasting. I've eaten here several times and never been disappointed.

Thank ChristopherOnTheMove
Atlanta, Georgia
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119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

With free parking within a short walking distance and located along a popular section of King Street, this place should not be missed. Sit and enjoy some great dishes while people watching from inside this often over-looked restaurant. Service is always friendly and fast and food is consistently good. Some of the best Pad Thai I've had. Just to note,... More 

Thank Dawn S
Columbia, Missouri
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312 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

Small, tightly packed restaurant but were very accommodating for our business meeting of 12. Lunch was quickly served and the meal was very good - lots of vegetables and tofu (for those looking for those type of things) and the spice level was pretty good (prefer hotter but it was reasonably hot).

Thank BoCoMoTiger
Oxford, Mississippi
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

We were looking for authentic Thai in a cozy atmosphere. This place was perfect in both aspects. The restaurant is small and tucked into a row of businesses on an eclectic street in Old Town. The service was friendly and helpful - the food was awesome. Better than anticipated!

Thank MississippiMum
Alexandria, VA
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

Consistently good Thai food and service; perhaps the best choice on the Old Town King Street corridor. The only complaint: given its Old Town location, is that you have to be prepared to contend with finding a nearby parking space. Otherwise, go, go, go!

Thank Taurusean
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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452 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

We walked here from the Hilton Hotel on a rainy night and were pleased that we did. It was very quiet throughout Old Town Alexandria and we were the only people in the restaurant. They have a good selection of starters and we enjoyed a Masaman curry (my wife's favourite). If you fancy Thai, this is well worth it.

Thank Mutiny
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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154 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2015

This is small place and easy to miss among al the bigger restaurants of Old Town. The food is good and the service friendly. The portions are a bit on the small side so we'll probably order more next time.

Thank persteff81
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

This is worth the trip from the metro station. The trolly was an easy ride from the metro and almost curb to curb. The food was fresh and the ingredients from the Thai region.

Thank Boeuf49
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2015

The food was excellent, the service great, the atmosphere nice, and the price outstanding! If you want Thai, this is the place to go.

Thank DaveDC123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1019 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2922
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: 703.548.3736

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?