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Asian, Thai
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have eaten at this restaurant many times. It has a wonderful menu! Delicious food presented like a piece of art. And, great staff.! They are so friendly and sweet! The restaurant is beautiful! I have never had a bad meal there....It is one of our go to places.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 21, 2021 via mobile

Artwork. This is the word that comes to mind when the food is presented to us. There were butterflies made out of bell peppers radish roses everything was beautifully presented. We tried the rack of lamb which was served with a small salad rice and...potatoes and carrots. Then there was the grouper, which was served with mango basil rice and salad everything was delicious and the service was fantastic.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 20, 2021

My friend and I were looking for an Indian restaurant, but it was permanently closed, so I suggested Ruan Thai as an alternative. I've been many times, but my friend had not. We each had a different curry, and it was as delicious as it...always is. The black rice pudding and fried bananas with green tea ice cream were great, too. The service is always friendly and efficient.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 19, 2021

TThe egg rolls were very good. The curry was OK. The Pad Thai was good. The spices were Ok and the prices were high for what was served. This is quite and comfortable place to go. Service was very good.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 10, 2021 via mobile

Really love supporting this family-owned local restaurant! Started with the fresh dumplings & salad rolls- both delish ! Thai fried rice @ medium heat & spicy noodles @ ‘Thai spicy’ for dinner. We know in advance their ‘Thai spice’ is less spicy than others but...superb flavor! Complete with a bottle of wine- tonight was perfect! Service from all is amazing!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 5, 2021

My wife and I went to Ruan Thai tonight one of our all-time favorite restaurants and were so disappointed! Sorry to say but the food was just sickeningly sweet. My wife had the pad Thai which was sort of red and overly sweet. No taste...of fish sauce or any typical Thai flavor. We started with nam sod which was completely different from what we had before the pandemic. No lime flavor and again no fish sauce. Why? Please don’t make this gem another sweet tasting Asian restaurant. My dish was ok but the waitress asked how spicy I wanted the dish and I said spicy. It came out with no spice and after adding peppers it was very passable.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 27, 2021

Ruan Thai has been our favorite Thai restaurant anywhere for years. After not visiting since the lockdowns, our recent visit was terrible. Quantities were smaller, quality lower, fewer vegetables, still serving on paper plates, and everything cost 50% more. Dining room still not open, only...one restroom was open and you had to get special permission to use. It looked like someone was living in the restaurant. We will find another Thai restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed March 16, 2020

Best Martinis in town...they get it! Food is always fresh and authentic. Owners are very nice and personable. Lunch and dinner are great times here. Wish they would add more soup choices, and additionally present using Thai Hot Pot (Kung Fire bowls)....that would add additional...charm & authenticity. Always return to this location.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 7, 2020 via mobile

This is one of the better restaurants in Bluffton. Great. Fresh food. Friendly service. Excellent menu. Not overly spicy

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

And done to you heat preference. Drunken noodles are to die for. It’s always consistent. My sister and I love meeting there for a catch up lunch! Price is right.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Yes, Ruan Thai offers takeout services.

Ruan Thai is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5