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Thai Cafe

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2501 University Dr, #10, Durham, NC 27707-2159
+1 919-493-9794
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Lewiston, United States
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91 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

I went here for a quick takeout lunch. It wasn't all that quick, but I had a decent local beer while I was waiting. There are no drafts here, just bottles. The shrimp pad thai was pretty dead on. The "egg rolls" (aka spring rolls) were crispy, but too peppery inside. The menu had some typos, which would normally bother... More 

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Roxboro, North Carolina
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44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

We love Thai food, have eaten lots in lots of places around the world. The curries here were delicious.... maybe not as authentic as we're used to, but really yummy nonetheless. I do agree that their idea of spicy is dumbed down for typical Americans, our yellow curry had three chilis and tasted like it had no more than one.... More 

Thank NSB343
Durham, North Carolina
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200 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2016

We rushed from Raleigh to Durham to reach the restaurant before its lunch closing. Everyone in our group of seven was pleased with their selections. I had a chicken salad which was totally different from what I expected, fewer greens and more flavorful meat than I thought. However it was excellent. I will definitely return to this restaurant for lunch... More 

Thank Sharron H
Dallas, Oregon, United States
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

The food was very Bland in a strip mall situation, service was reasonable, price for lunch was reasonable, portions not amazing, but it was the lunch menu. Will not be going back.

Thank CarmineCampione
North Carolina
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194 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2016

We love the open, high-ceilinged ambience of Durham's Thai Cafe and the prompt and friendly (without being overly so) service. Most of all we love their beautiful Chicken Massaman, with its chicken slices, avacado, and cashews swimming in a wonderful coconut milk sauce. Heavenly! We recently also tried their lettuce rolls -- a nice change from Spring or Egg Rolls.

1 Thank ThreeRosettes70
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Have eaten at the Thai cafe many times now with my girlfriend and her family. I have tried several things on their menu and been satisfied with all of them. I really recommend the pad prik and the pad see ew. My girlfriend love the green curry. Their service can be a little slow at times but their food is... More 

1 Thank Timothy A
Durham, North Carolina
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2016

We shared dinner with another couple and all of our food was well prepared. One diner has severe food restrictions but was able to enjoy the Coconut soup, the rice and some mansann. The coconut cake was sublime.

Thank Signe B
Raleigh, North Carolina
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321 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2016

We had a small business lunch here. The menu was wonderfully varied and the lunch menu had many items at only $8 and 9, including a side soup or salad. Food was very tasty. Unfortunately the waitress who served us was surly and not pleasant. The ambiance was a bit loud and not good for discussions. But the food was... More 

Thank docnc
Boulder, Colorado
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

This was my third time here and I really wanted to give it another chance. Here it goes, food is great for those who do not like authentic Thai flavor dishes. It's bland, mild and just plain Americanized, I don't mind tasting the fish sauce in my food and all the spices (hot, salty, creamy, sour). We did have dessert... More 

Thank Kenzzzoo
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223 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2016

Great simply Great, accompanied 5 other people, started with appetizers of egg roll, basil roll, and crab angels, the each had an entree, ranging from duck, to BBQ chicken, shrimp, veggie, and volcano chicken. Everyone enjoyed and no one left hungry or wanting more. Great job Thai Cafe, great job.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2501 University Dr, #10, Durham, NC 27707-2159
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-493-9794

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?