Thinking about hopping on a plane to grab some authentic Thai food? We’ve got great news for you: you don’t have to go that far for some of the best Thai dishes on the planet. Austin’s famous culinary scene is stacked with amazing Thai restaurants that offer dishes from pad thai and green papaya salad to tom yum, khao soi, and phat kaphrao. Give your taste buds an exotic vacation without leaving Texas with this list of the best Thai food in Austin.
The Best Thai Restaurants and Food in Austin
1. Madam Mam’s
26th Nueces St – Formerly at 2514 Guadalupe St
Madam Mam’s is a fantastic Thai restaurant serving up everything from appetizers like satay, spring rolls, and edamame to entrees featuring fried rice and stir-fried noodles.
2. Titaya’s Thai Cuisine
5501 N Lamar Blvd Suite C101
Titaya’s serves up a blend of classic Thai dishes and Asian fusion meals. Try one of their Titaya classics — our favorite is the Hor Mok Talay featuring a housemade red curry soufflé with white fish, shrimp, green mussels, and squid.
3. Tuk Tuk Thai Café
5517 Manchaca Rd
Tuk Tuk Café offers casual, contemporary dining featuring authentic Thai food. Each meal is lovingly crafted and backed by three generations of Thai culinary experience. The menu is packed with curries, stir-fries and vegetarian specials, ensuring a great dining experience for all tastes. Don’t miss their Thai tea — a delicious iced blend you won’t soon forget.
4. Dee Dee
4202 Manchaca Rd at Radio Coffee & Beer – Formerly at 1906 E. Cesar Chavez St
This food truck specializes in Northeastern Thai street food like the kind you find in Thailand’s countryside. Born and raised in Thailand, owner Lakana’s dishes are the real deal when it comes to Thai food. Try the pad kra pow or for something a little smaller, opt for the Mango and sticky rice dessert.
5. Mai Thai Restaurant
207 San Jacinto Blvd #201
Located in downtown Austin, Mai Thai is the perfect spot to go if you’re craving Thai food while exploring the sights of Austin. The menu features a wide spread of the classic Thai dishes and the curries have just the right amount of spice. People rave about the tom yum and the Panang curry.
6. Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine
4514 West Gate Blvd | 5800 Burnet Rd
Sap’s Restaurant offers everything from Thai chicken wings to get you started to sweet sticky rice with Thai egg custard to wrap things up with a sweet treat. For main entrees, you’ll find a long list of noodle soups, sweet and sour stir-fries, and fried rice meals.
7. East Side King
1618 E 6th St | 2310 S Lamar Blvd | 10710 Research Blvd | 4701 183A Toll Rd.
East Side King is a Japanese street food truck that serves Asian dishes including some popular Thai favorites. Try the Thai Chicken Kara-Agé — a gluten-free meal —
That is sure to deliver thanks to the perfect blend of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty flavors.
8. Yummy Thai Food
75 Rainey St
This food truck in the heart of Austin offers great Thai meals at inexpensive prices. We love the Pad Kra Prao Basil with Thai chili, bell peppers, and mushrooms, but the Coconut Butter Fried Shrimp is another great choice if you’re just looking for a small snack.
9. Thai, How Are You?
2100 A Guadalupe St
Run by owners Noi and David, this restaurant offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere for enjoying your favorite Thai meals. Their specialties include authentic curries, noodles, and rice dishes. Additionally, you’ll find a large menu of sushi and bento box meals if you’re into fusion dishes.
10. Thai Fresh
909 W Mary St
Thai Fresh is more than just one of our favorite Thai restaurant, it’s also a bakery and market where you can get your hands on some rare Thai ingredients and delicious desserts. In addition to serving Thai food, the bistro hosts cooking classes and posts recipes right on their website so you can cook up a special meal for your own Thai night with friends and family. Finish your meal with a delicious vegan or gluten-free dessert including ice cream and pastries.
11. Sway Thai
1417 S 1st St
This modern Thai restaurant is run by corporate executive chef Charles Schlienger. Recently voted the best brunch spot in Austin by Austin Monthly readers, the restaurant offers an elevated dining experience featuring exquisite Thai dishes. Head here on date night or treat yourself to a little luxury with classic Thai dishes made with traditional techniques, fresh ingredients, and an upscale spin.
12. IM Thai
5207 Brodie Ln
In Thai, “IM” represents the feeling of being full and satiated. Founded in 2007, this Thai restaurant works hard to ensure customers leave happy with tummies full of Thai delicacies whether you’re craving mouth-watering egg rolls, fried eggplant, tom kah, or pad kee mao.
13. Thai Kun
11601 Rock Rose Ave
Run by executive chef Thai Changthong, this Thai restaurant delivers the goods when it comes to Asian cuisine. Stop in for happy hour Monday through Friday between 3 pm and 6 pm for discounts on drinks like the Adult Thai Tea featuring Tito’s vodka, Thai tea syrup, and half and half.
14. Wat Zab Thai
5000 Burnet Rd
This food truck offers quick Thai bites and mobile event catering for large parties. The chefs use only the freshest ingredients to bring you staple dishes from tom yum to pad see ew and spicy curries.
15. Basil Thai
2501 W Parmer Ln
Basil Thai offers delicious, affordable Thai food every day of the week except Tuesdays. Try the hot pot meals or opt for a Thai chef specialty including lemongrass beef or shrimp dry pot with Szechuan sauce. At this Thai kitchen, you’ll also find a small selection of dumplings.
Stir-Fry, Fried Rice, and Pad Thai, Oh My!
If you’re looking for good Thai food in Austin, Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for Northern Thai dishes or something with a hint of Asian and Chinese fusion, these Austin restaurants serve up some of the tastiest Thai food on this side of the Pacific. From food trucks in East Austin to authentic sit–down restaurants in South Austin, you’ll be amazed at the Thai culinary treats available in this eclectic city. Dine-in or grab takeout from one of these best Thai food spots in Austin and you can tell us khàawp khun later.