Aug 20, 2021 - Food and Drink

8 best Thai restaurants in Charlotte

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Pad Thai from Thai Taste. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Obsessed with Thai food? Same here.

Thai Taste reigns king of Charlotte Thai food, according to the Charlotteans on our Instagram. But there’s a growing number of great Thai spots where you can find your fixing of pad Thai, pad gra prow, Thai iced tea and more.

Here are top 8 Thai restaurants in Charlotte, in no particular order.

Thai Taste

The OG of Thai around Charlotte. 

  • Neighborhoods: Dilworth and Matthews.
  • Vibe: Cozy, authentic, busy.
  • What you’re saying: “Thai Taste in Matthews is better than the East Blvd. location. However, they both taste as close to Thai food as it does in Thailand.” — Dani via Instagram
  • Pro tip: Pad Thai lunch special costs $12. If you dine in at lunch, all dishes come with soup and a spring roll.
  • Full story: It’s the little things that make lunch at Thai Taste addictive

Rice and Spice

Sleeper pick for best Thai food in Charlotte

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Pad gra prow, pad Thai and a half-finished Thai iced tea. Photo: Emma Way/Axios
  • Neighborhood: Pineville.
  • What you’re saying: As Thai native, born and raised in Thailand, the most authentic Thai restaurant I have been in Charlotte is Rice and Spice.” — Bongkot via Instagram

Basil Thai

Best upscale Thai for an Uptown lunch or a date night

  • Neighborhoods: Uptown and Ballantyne
  • Vibe: Upbeat and busy.
  • Pro tip: Your entire group needs to be there in order to grab a table.

Rai Lay Thai

Well designed spot well respected by foodies in South End

Pad Thai comes with chicken and shrimp
  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Vibe: Laid back, foodie haven.

Thai House

Family owned restaurant that’s now grown to five locations

Rice noodles, bean sprouts, eggs & cilantro, served with peanuts – $12 at lunch with chicken and/or shrimp.
  • Neighborhoods: University, Pineville, Lake Norman, Cotswold and Gastonia.

Thai Orchid

Casual neighborhood restaurant

  • Neighborhood: Strawberry Hill
  • Backstory: Thai Orchid opened in 1994, and they’ve been producing some of the best Thai food ever since.
  • Famous appetizer: Go with their mee krob — crisp rice noodles topped with sautéed shrimp, chicken and water chestnuts in a lettuce leaf. Eat it like a burrito.

Deejai Thai

A Charlotte staple that also has a noodle bar in NoDa

  • Neighborhood: Myers Park
  • Agenda Pro Tip: Good date night spot as well.

Thai Thai Takeout

Takeout only hidden gem in Dilworth

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Thai food to-go from Deejai’s outpost in NoDa. Photo: Emma Way/Axios
  • Neighborhood: Dilworth
  • Agenda Pro Tip: Large portions.

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