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“Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Great Service!”

Ratchada Thai & Laos Cuisine
Ranked #1,703 of 4,491 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Great Thai Cuisine, Great Atmosphere, Great Service!
The problem with most Asian Restaurants in Philadelphia, is that they either have a nice atmosphere with either fair food & service, or great food with a poor atmosphere. After dining here with Friends, I can tell you that Ratchada has both atmosphere, great service, and excellent food!
Serving Traditional Thai dishes, cooked Perfectly, in a Warm, Cozy, environment. Service is top notch. The Ratchada Duck was cooked perfectly, not greasy, not dried out, and served with tender vegetables, and Jasmine Rice.
The Laotian Sausage Appetizer was a Hit as well as the Fried Shrimp Appetizer. The Soup looked very good as well as the Fried Catfish dish. Service was attentive, and Top Notch. I can't wait to go back. Parking is available for free at the Plaza across the street.
Enjoy, Chef Gary Curry!

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The food was really good. I know nothing about Laotian cuisine, but it all looked Thai like and we cleaned our plates and left stuffed. Lovely presentation. Good veggie choices, too. The place was well decorated and, unlike most Asian restaurants, the lighting was very nice. The music was eclectic and at just the right level- never expected to hear Girl from Ipanema. Totally positive experience, though I learned to stay away from tamarind- way to sweet for me. Also, it is BYOB.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

One of my favorite neighborhood BYOs has re-named themselves (previously Cafe de Laos) along with refurbishing & updating their decor. Serving Thai & Laotian food, Ratchada has an extensive menu & is able to accommodate special dietary requests with ease. Portions are large to moderate; so if you're not very hungry you may want to split some entrees and eat family style.

Highly recommend the Buddha dumplings (vegetarian), corn cakes, papaya salad and the Sai Krog, a delicious Laos sausage as appetizers.

A fairly large restaurant they can easily handle larger parties & the decor is romantic & dark so this is also a good spot to consider for a dinner date night. Open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner and located a few blocks from the Italian Market.

My favorite beverage for this cuisine is Angry Orchard's Apple Ginger Cider, goes perfectly with the distinctive flavors & sometimes spicy cuisine.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Five of us had a late dinner on a weekday evening and were delighted with the cuisine, service and very attractively decorated surroundings. Our waitress was very helpful with suggestions to accommodate our different dietary needs, such as one person needed vegetarian, one needed very low fat preparation, one needed no salt - and we wanted some items to share!! The selections of appetizers, main courses, various preparations of rices, and even desserts is extensive. Definitely leave some room for dessert sampling - you will love them. The beverages include the usual Thai teas and coffees etc. I don't believe they serve beer or wine yet. Parking is on the street but its usually not too hard to find a spot nearby. They have a well-designed web site so you can see available menu items ahead of time, or order for take-out or delivery.
I really loved this place and will be returning soon!

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is not only my favorite Thai restaurant in the city, but also one of the best BYOs in the city. Formerly known as Cafe de Laos, newly-named Ratchada has been renovated and the menu pared down. This is a good thing because the selection used to be a little bit overwhelming for me (there were actually two menus - one for Thai, the other Laotian). They combined the two and edited it down to include what I'm guessing are their most popular dishes - all of MY favorites, with one notable exception, are still available.

The expected Thai staples - Pad Thai, Curry etc. - are always wonderful but if you want to venture outside of the traditional basics, try the amazing Chu-chee Duck - perfectly prepared duck (crispy skin on the outside, succulently moist meat on the inside) with a creamy yet delicate pineapple sauce and fresh steamed vegetables. If you enjoy a sweet and savory combination you will love this. Take along a bottle of crisp reisling and you'll have the perfect combo. The tulip dumpling appetizers are also delicious and fun - flower-shaped packages stuffed with seasoned pork meatballs, with a dipping sauce that has the perfect amount of vinegar to cut the umami of the pork. The Thai appetizer sampler includes the tulip dumpling as well as chicken satay, spring rolls and salmon dumplings and they each have their own special dipping sauces.

As alluded to above, my one and only disappointment about the new menu is that they no longer have one of my favorite dishes - the Laab Tuna - cubed Sushi tuna on a bed of julienned french fried onions and lettuce, and sprinkled with a spicy wasabi dressing. Last time I was there the owner told me that they are going to bring it back and I hope they do it soon!

This restaurant may be off the beaten center-city path but it's well worth the trip to South Philly. I do think they need to light up their signage a bit because at night it's a little hard to see so the restaurant might be a little hard to find if you're not familiar with it already.

Although they also offer take-out and delivery, eating in is wonderful because the service can't be beat. It's a great place for a romantic dinner or fun with a group - I've been to two dinners there where we had at least a dozen people and the service was still amazing. The owners and staff are so welcoming, always smiling, polite and accommodating - just really nice people. The owner visits every table to check in during your meal to make sure that everything is perfect. I can't recommend this place enough! Buy some wine and go there already!!!

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