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Char Thai Restaurant

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5039 E 5th St, Tucson, AZ 85711-2113
(520) 795-1715
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tucson, Arizona
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996 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 670 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

The lunch menu is a particularly good deal. You eat well for less than $10. The staff is extremely kind. The decor is very simple, not romantic nor very Thai so lunch is better than dinner.

Thank TravelingCat22
Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

We were in Tuscon for a conference and found this restaurant on TripAdvisor. It was a fantastic experience. The shop was decorated in Thai way. The owner was from Thailand. The food there was authentic Thai flavor (although with some adjustment in flavor: not too hot&spicy and sweeter than the real one). This was the best Thai food I have... More 

Thank TooN_Hemato
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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548 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016

Looking for place to treat my Thai language students, not a bad place at all. Service was great. The food was great. I love the hot pot for soup rather than giving you a small individual bowl. The owner insisted that we order "medium hot" and I am glad she suggested it. A condiment tray was given to a few... More 

Thank Prawet J
Tucson, Arizona
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192 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

I have been here many, many times and the food is always good, the service attentive and the prices reasonable. The decor - check out the funky mural - is eclectic and they have just refurbished the booths. My favorite dish is the penang curry (#31) but my wife likes to choose different things whenever we go. It's all good.

Thank TucsonTraveller
Bangkok, Thailand
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2016

I went to this restaurant because it was rated highly on Trip Advisor. I was quite disappointed as the food was not authentic Thai as I was expecting. Can't really blame them as it's probably more difficult to get all the ingredients in Tucson. The Beef Salad (Neur Num Tok) was close but the Fish with Chilli was just too... More 

Thank BurmaTraveler1990
Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

We have been coming to this best Thai restaurant for years. The staff remember us and remember that we have a Thai daughter-in-law. They always ask about our family and they also remember our favorite dish: Kang Karee with shrimp (menu shows chicken or beef but you can get it with shrimp if you ask. The rice is just as... More 

1 Thank ElegantCrane
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140 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2015

Visited with family. My sister in law spoke Thai to the wait staff who also spoke English. The food was excellent. My sister in law said that it reminded her of authentic Thai food from her area in Thailand.

Thank Tucson_AZAdventurer
Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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281 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

Our party of four was easily seated in the ample sized dining room. The atmosphere was okay, kind of diner like. On our visit, the air was blowing right on us and made for a cold dining experience. We asked the server if she could turn the air off and immediately she did. She turned the fans on and changed... More 

Thank plbbob
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

All I got to say is, if you can't handle real authentic Thai tastes, you won't like it here. I'm from San Franciso, moved here 2 months ago. Only ran into 2 Thai restaurant that compared to home, Tasty Thai in Tempe and Char's in Tucson! Definitely worth a 40 mins drive!

1 Thank AngelBayArea
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

My girlfriend and I ride our bikes here. The service is great. The cook makes our dishes really spicy. The food is yummy! I've been to Bangkok in my twenties and the Thai iced coffee is just like it was in Bangkok! Love it! The place is small, but very quaint.

Thank sukiad

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $8
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5039 E 5th St, Tucson, AZ 85711-2113
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: (520) 795-1715

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?