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“Lunch is wonderful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bangkok Bistro at Ballston

Bangkok Bistro at Ballston
Ranked #315 of 837 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Contemporary
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Arlington, Virginia
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lunch is wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

The lunches are large and incredibly good. It has Thai iced coffee, which was wonderful. I will definitely go back.

Visited May 2013
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New Jersey
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344 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere but fairly bland food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I had the crispy flounder and it was rather dull. I know it wasn't a spicy dish, but Thai food can still be tasty even if not every dish is spicy. The atmosphere was nice but service a little slow.

Visited April 2013
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Houston, Texas
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good solid Thai fare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

My friend had a Groupon for this place, but it would have been a good value even without that. We split the garden rolls (very large soft rolls) and each had an entree. Her tofu panang was good, but she wished she had asked for it with mixed veggies, since it was just the tofu in sauce. I shared my vegetarian pad thai, which did come with vegetables, so we were happy. We also got the mango and sticky rice dessert, which was really delicious. The bill was surprisingly small (even before the Groupon). The only thing I'd recommend is to ask for more of the salad dressing for the garden rolls instead of the sauce that comes with it, which was okay ... but the peanut-ginger (?) salad dressing was really wonderful.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Virginia
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Birthday Celebration Freebie”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We just had to take them up on their birthday promotion where the celebrant gets his meal for free -- well actually, we got $11 off the bill. Not bad. They start the meal with a free salad. We had the deep fried fish -- yummy for about $24 I think and it was much bigger and better than our other favorite Thai Square restaurant. Pad Thai was okay, and for appetizers we had the Tofu Tod -- deep fried tofu and dip it into their sauce. All good. We have been here before, on a Groupon Deal. And we liked the curry dishes as well. Though the Tom Yum soup was only ok, needed more kick to it.

Easy to visit, as there is parking in the building for just $1 in the evenings, or free if you an get street parking.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Alexandria, Virginia
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120 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Authentic Thai at Great Prices!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This was the first time visiting Bangkok Bistro, and it lived up to the hype. We made reservations but found no tables available when we arrived. However, only a few minutes' wait and a table was created for us to the side of the regular dining area. Service was fantastic, the kitchen was efficient, the meals were authentic Thai, and the prices were a bargain.

We will definitely return for another visit.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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