Best Thai Food Restaurants in Boston MA

By | November 29, 2016

Pho Basil

177 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Phone number (617) 262-5377
Phenomenal food! Can’t say enough about how this is easily our favorite Vietnamese food we have ever had – and we have tried a lot across America.

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We had the
Soft rolls,
Beef salad – which my husband loved so much he is thinking about coming back for lunch tomorrow – and says is the best Thai salad he has ever had as the flavor a were so rich
Pad Thai – easily the best I have ever had
Pork bun – very good but the best ever was in the quality of meat they used – no gristle which I do often find
Chicken fried rice – which my son noted was one of the best he has had and he orders it often

We will definitely be back!!
Awesome find!!!

Pad Thai Cafe

1116 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115
Phone number (617) 247-3399

I can’t believe it took me more than a year to finally come here, when it’s 5 min walk from my apt. Never looked like much from the outside so didn’t think it would be any good until my Thai friend told me that she takes her parents here. Now you got my attention!

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This probably one of the worst decorated, dinkiest looking restaurants I’ve been to Boston. I normally appreciate the atmosphere etc very much. But I think that just goes to show you how much I enjoy the food here to still give it 4 stars and come on on an almost weekly basis now for a quick cheap meal.

Unlike most Thai places in town, Pad Thai Cafe is actually run by Thai people, with a Thai menu to boot. They have most of the traditional dishes such as pad thai, pad kee mau, curries etc that people are familiar with, but also offer many that are less popular but authentic. By now, I’ve had a couple of the curries (Thai style Panang being my favorite), crispy basil chicken, and basil pad thai. Everything has fantastic flavor and big portions. And just a warning that some of the dishes are legitimately spicy!

 

Bangkok Pinto

1041 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120
Phone number (617) 442-5555

Called in an order for vegetable pad thai and fresh rolls, and it was ready within 15 minutes! The storefront and interior itself is quirky and cute, and it smells clean inside (always a make-or-break for a takeout place, in my books).

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Seriously, the food was so good. Perfectly textured, evenly flavored, and generous with mix-ins, egg bits, scallions, etc. I mean, I really loved everything, even the way the vegetables and noodles were cut- the dishes just work so well without trying too hard.

Service was A+, portions were more than fair, location is easily accessible, and ordering was easy and error-free.

 

Beantown Pho & Grill

Back Bay
272 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
Phone number (857) 263-8440

I must admit that i had my reservations the first time I came here. I mean, a pho place in the middle of Newbury gotta be a tourist trap, right?

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Imagine how pleasantly surprised I was with my meal. As someone used to the so-called “legit” pho places in Chinatown, I really enjoyed my experience at Beantown. The impression I got here was that the people at Beantown cared about their customers and their dinning experiences. It was a completely different experience from what I was used to in Chinatown. Perhaps a part of it was due to the restaurant culture in Chinatown and moreover, those restaurants will always have an influx of customers. Personally, I am definitely making a switch to make Beantown my regular pho spot. Note that this comes from someone who’s been going to Chinatown pho places since 2010.

At the end of the day, Beantown wins with decor, service, and of course, food. I really enjoyed sitting in the quieter, cleaning environment here. Also, their hipster style lighting plus the paintings constitute a much cozier pho-eating experience than what I was used to elsewhere. I was equally impressive with the service here. Unlike the Chinatown establishments such as Pho Pasteur, the servers here were attentive and friendly. I never had wait long for them to check on us with orders/refills. Moreover, they got my orders right! I normally order my beef on the cooked side, and I’ve already lost count at the number of times Pho Pasteur messed that up. Not Beantown!

One might argue the setting/service are just fluff compared to good ethnic food. But both the shrimp spring rolls and the beef pho were delicious and no less than those of their counterparts in Chinatown. In fact, I find myself craving the food from Beantown more often than I crave the food of any other Vietnamese places in Chinatown. The pho also came in a generous sized bowl at a very reasonable price. Well done, Beantown!

Rod Dee Thai 2

Fenway
94 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215
Phone number (617) 859-0969

This place is an awesome find! Tucked away from the main road in Fenway, this place can not disappoint! Very fast and always delicious, you can’t go wrong checking this or any of the other Rod Dee locations out.

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The Yellow Curry is a must and the Crab Rangoon is something to definitely try out! Make sure to bring some money with you because it’s cash only. If your in the area you gotta give it a try!

 

Thai Dish Authentic Cuisine

Allston/Brighton
270 Babcock St
Boston, MA 02215
Phone number (857) 269-3021

Tom Yum Koong and Po Tak were essentially same soup base with just different meats and veggies

Thaitation
Fenway
129 Jersey St
Boston, MA 02215
Phone number (617) 585-9909

Some of the best Tom Ka Gai (chicken coconut soup) and Yum Beef (Beef salad) I’ve ever had. Those are our usual go-to dishes to see if the the place is good. We knew that this place was going to be good when we saw a majority of Asian people eating there. Service was good with very nice people taking our order and taking care of us. On our trip we ate there twice, and they recognized us on the second trip.

The soup – nice and thick not watery. Ask for a little spice added to it.
The salad – the beef was real, not processed and rubbery, they char-grill it to give it just enough carbonized edges…the sauce was just as I have come to expect…I loved it!
Country Style Pad Thai – OMG this was so damn good!
Chicken Red Curry – it too was great…ask for spice added to it.

 

Brown Sugar Cafe

Allston/Brighton
1033 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Phone number (617) 787-4242

Finally tried this thai restaurant after always walking by and seeing it. We were impressed by the wall of awards at the entrance and were excited to sit and eat. As a customer was leaving, he mentioned it was worth the wait and the food was delicious!
For large parties, you can call ahead and make reservations. They also allow you to sit before your full party arrives which is nice and different than most Boston restaurants. We came as a party of 6 and did not make prior reservations so we had to wait about 30 mins which wasn’t bad for dinner at 7pm on a saturday. The hostess was very energetic and kept relaying that our table would be ready soon.
Once we sat down, the multiple waiters were very attentive always filling our water cups and clearing dirty dishes. I liked how they had a little container of brown sugar on the table.
We ordered the following appetizers: scallion pancake, papaya salad, and koo chaii ( chive dumpling). The favorite among our group was the chive dumplings which we got fried. The papaya salad was the second favorite and tasted very fresh. The scallion pancakes were just standard and weren’t very impressive and the dipping sauce was too sweet.
For our main course we ordered: pad thai country style, laab tofu, paradise garden, double stuffed chicken wing, nua yang num-tok and healthy ginko. The pad thai was delicious, it comes with a layer of egg surrounding the noodles. The laab tofu was also good and tasted fresh, this is a cold dish. The paradise garden is a red curry, we only wish there was more sauce. The double stuffed chicken was very bland without the sauce and not one of our favorites. The nua yang num-tok was also ground pork and a bland.
Overall, we had a good experience at Brown Sugar and most likely will come back. Maybe order the traditional thai dishes instead of their cool sounding ones.
also, if you have a birthday here they turn off the lights and put on party lights. it’s pretty cool!!

 

Nud Pob Thai Cuisine

nwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Phone number (617) 232-9992

Casual and delicious Thai.

Your order will be yelled out when ready and it will be delicious.
The Tom Yum Pad Thai has a bit of an extra kick of flavor and was very very enjoyable. I also tried the honey sesame chicken and while it was mostly tiny pieces of chicken with lots of batter, it was crispy and tasty enough that I enjoyed it. Thai iced tea was good.

I definitely want to come back to try some curry noodle soup.

Great for a casual lunch or dinner.

My Thai Vegan Cafe

Chinatown
3 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
Phone number (617) 451-2395

As others have mentioned, the entrance is a little sketchy but don’t let that deter you!

I went for a post-work dinner (5:30PM), and the food came out incredibly quick as only a few tables were filled. We ordered the steamed dumpling appetizer, the Rad Nar with “beef”, and the yellow curry with tofu. Sadly I didn’t manage to take a picture before we demolished our food!

The prices are very reasonable, and the portions are generous- enough to take home leftovers or in our case, to get uncomfortably full.

My Thai was bustling with most tables full by the time we left. I will definitely be coming back for lunch or dinner!