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Thai Tom

#252 of 3,018 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
University District
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4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4510
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

While we were on vacation in Seattle we ate at Thai Tom's. Granted the space is small but the food is beyond the beyond. Spice levels at your command, staff excellent and the best Thai food I've ever had. If you mind crowded dining and a loud noise level this is not the place for you. But if you want... More 

Thank SBrand-12
Rosedale, Indiana
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Thai Tom on a recommendation from one of the staff at the University Inn (see review). The restaurant isn't much to look at so if you're going for flair this may not be your cup of green tea but if you want delicious, authentic Thai food, this is it! Sit along the wall and watch the cook.... More 

Thank Mark T
Cornelius, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is very small and no matter what time of day you go there is about 45 minute wait but so worth it. Second time we ordered takeout it was more efficient. Amazing food and prices are reasonable.

Thank claudiatsui
Seattle, Washington
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to Thai Tom for years and it's never disappointed! The phad Thai is the best I've had (better than Thailand!) and the Penang curry is delicious. Space is limited and hot but it's worth it! Not to be missed if you're in the U-district.

Thank Daniyou
Doha,, Qatar
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189 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a quick pad Thai or stir fry veg with rice, or for a quick nuddle or that curry in a low budget go for it. Just wondered why the appearance is atmosphere is sub standard. Budget hotel. Ok.

Thank Chidambaranatha... T
Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I just love watching them cook, can be a bit of a wait. You can order for pick up and if its a hot day it's even hotter inside. Not for the diner who needs a lot of personal space, and don't doddle at your table they need it.

Thank Cameoappearance
Seattle, Washington
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99 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

You will almost always wait outside for a table at this very popular University District Eatery , and for good reason. It is a top secret destination for those in the know. So, if your afraid of melting in the rain, skip it, if your a brave Seattleite, and a little rain never hurt you, you should wait outside, and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Fun watching preparers make the various dishes. Busy place so it may take a bit but not really long. I sat at bar as there is limited seating. The tofu appetizers was nice with spicy salad dressing. Yum. I also had chicken mixed vegetables which was good. Overall very positive experience.

Thank Frank4014
Normal, Illinois
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75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Thai, one of the world's best cuisines, IMHO, is a favorite choice because it's hard for a nonThai like me to get right, with all the spice combos and chopping techniques. However, at Thai Tom you get not only exquisite entrees, but you also get a Benihana-style cooking lesson from the smooth and quick-working chef. It's in the heat, I'm... More 

Thank normalwriter
Zurich, Switzerland
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165 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

To eat in this tiny, smoky Thai place is a great experience. It rained and no tables were available. They told us that we have to wait around 15 minutes. After 10 minutes she asked us what we want and after 15 minutes two seats were ready - with our dishes already there! The pad thai and the green curry... More 

Thank fabian_zurich

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-4510
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > University District
  • Neighborhood: University District
  • Phone Number: 206-548-9548

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