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Lotus of Siam’s Nam Kao Tod with crispy rice mixed with sour cubed pork sausages, cilantro, green onions, grounded dry chili, ginger, peanuts and lime juice
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The Essential Thai Restaurants of Las Vegas

Try one of these 16 outstanding Thai restaurants

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Lotus of Siam’s Nam Kao Tod with crispy rice mixed with sour cubed pork sausages, cilantro, green onions, grounded dry chili, ginger, peanuts and lime juice
| Amelinda B Lee

Las Vegas comes up with a royal flush when it comes to Thai food. Order it by spice level, with protein as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes found in their own special sections on the menu. Stay out late, go for lunch or visit the James Beard Foundation award winner Lotus of Siam on the east side. Try tapas at Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen, authentic Thai food at Penn’s Thai House, or refined dining at Lemongrass at Aria. Each resteaurant features food that varies significantly by region. And please, eat something besides pad Thai. Here’s a look at 16 of the essential Thai restaurants in Las Vegas.

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Plumeria Thai Cafe

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One of the best parts about Plumeria Thai Café are the prices. Almost all of the dishes ring in at less than $11, and the portions are generous. Popular dishes include the mango sticky rice flavored with sweet coconut cream, served with fresh mango and sprinkled with shredded coconut and yellow mung beans, and the yellow curry, served with carrots, bell pepper, onions, and potato. Both dishes are less than $10.

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Plumeria Thai Cafe
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Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

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Nittaya Parawong dubs her secret kitchen a Thai tapas restaurant, but that just means that diners should feel free to order a lot of dishes. Try what’s called the "world-famous" spinach salad with crispy tempura spinach leaves mixed with ground chicken and shrimp, topped with a spicy lime dressing; a Saimese corn fritters dish with chicken and pork; or curry puffs filled with potato and curry.

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Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen
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Pin Kaow

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Pin Kaow continues to serve traditional Thai cuisine after many years in Las Vegas. The restaurant’s pad Thai — made with rice noodles and a choice of meat, topped with bean sprouts, green onions, egg, and crushed peanuts — is one of the most popular dishes, but adventurous diners should try the volcano chicken. There is also a second location at 9530 S. Eastern Ave.

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Pin Kaow
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Le Thai

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Head downtown to Le Thai for dishes such as the three-color curry, a mixture of red, yellow, and green curry, served with mixed vegetables, steamed rice and a choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu. Le Thai is also open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays for those who need a spicy bite to eat in between bar hopping. Le Thai’s smaller sister location, called Le Thai 2, is in the nearby medical district and focuses mainly on takeout.

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Le Thai
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D E Thai Kitchen

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Hidden just away from Main Street in the Arts District, this tiny Thai restaurant offers just a few tables where patrons can order Bangkok street fare plus northern and southern Thai dishes while enjoying views of Downtown Las Vegas from behind plate-glass windows. The menu includes chicken curry puffs, coconut shrimp, and moo ping all priced under $10 plus drunken noodles, pad woon sen, and curry dishes. Entrees here tend to be on the spicier side.

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D E Thai Kitchen
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Weera Thai Restaurant - Sahara

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Weera Thai specializes in southern Thai dishes. The restaurant has a West Sahara and a Chinatown location. Open for lunch, dinner, and happy hour, the restaurant is known for its crispy duck salad and rainbow fried rice made with pineapple, chili paste, cherry tomato, and avocado.

Komol Restaurant

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Since 1986, Komol has been serving up vegan and vegetarian Thai dishes with recipes that have been in the family for more than 60 years. Try the mushroom tom kha vegetable spring rolls and kang pa with zucchini, snow peas, carrots, mushrooms, baby corn, and bamboo shoots in red curry sauce with coconut milk.

Arawan Thai Bistro & Dessert

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Open daily, this modern Thai bistro and dessert shop features numerous sweet treats including cakes, custards, ice creams, and different sorbets. Try the earthquake, lychee sorbet, topped with dark chocolate spheres, tropical mixed fruit candies, hazelnut streusel, and drizzled with warm raspberry sauce.

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Arawan Thai Bistro & Dessert
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Bank Atcharawan, the former sommelier for Lotus of Siam and the creator of Patio Desserts & Drinks, is the driving force behind Lamaii. This Chinatown Thai restaurant marks the triumphant return of Atcharawan to the neighborhood following the closure of the beloved Chada Thai & Wine in 2018. Lamaii features an upscale setting with a touch of romance. Dishes include sai oui (grilled Northern curry sausage), moo ma now (spicy grilled pork jowl with lime), boat noodle soup, and fried red snapper with sweet fish sauce.

Block 9 Thai Street Eats

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With all items priced at less than $12, the menu serves chef Nittaya Parawong’s casual spin on Thai street fare. Choices include grilled pork skewers, basil chicken, Thai barbecue pork, and the red, yellow, green, and panang beef street curries. Wok fried noodles or rice options include drunken noodles and pad Thai with side dishes of soup, tofu fries, beef jerky, garlic spare ribs and the “world famous spinach salad” found at her original restaurant, Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen.

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Block 9 Thai Street Eats
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Lotus of Siam

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Perhaps one of the more famous eateries in the Las Vegas valley, James Beard Award winner, chef and owner Saipin Chutima’s Lotus of Siam continues to garner attention. The garlic prawns, deep fried to a perfect crisp, seasoned with garlic sauce and topped with ground black pepper, and the panang, a fresh curry made with coconut milk, Thai basil and chilis, with a choice of meat or tofu, are among the most beloved menu items.

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Lotus of Siam
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Night + Market

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The Vegas outpost of LA favorite Night + Market combines favorites from the original location with a few Vegas-specific dishes like lobster pad Thai and an XO ribeye, and a Thai steak frites. Like the original, the menu is designed for sharing while sipping across the restaurant’s excellent selection of natural wines, though they also do a great selection of mezcal, rum, and gin-forward cocktails.

Lemongrass

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On the Strip, Lemongrass at Aria stays open until 2 a.m. every day of the week. A tasting menu and an a la carte menu are both available, including dishes such as rib-eye steak with tamarind sauce and Dungeness crab with chili paste and yellow curry. Lemongrass features a dim sum cart every Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pad thai with shrimp
Lemongrass
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Archi's Thai Bistro

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Family-owned mini-chain Archi’s Thai Restaurant has four locations in Las Vegas with everything down to the curry paste and chili-garlic mix made in house. Order based on spiciness from 1 to 10, and look for dishes for vegetarians, gluten-free eaters, diabetics, and other special diets. The especially creamy panang curry with tofu is a popular choice here. Numerous locations inn Las Vegas.

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Archi’s Thai
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Penn's Thai House

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Located inside a strip mall, chef Penn Amarapayark makes everything from scratch, including her curries, at Penn’s Thai House. Start with the nam som, a salad of ground pork with ginger, onion, peanuts, and lime. Or start with Thai barbecued chicken with just a hint of lemongrass, and add the spicy papaya salad with shrimp.

Charm Thai Kitchen & Coffee

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This recently opened Thai restaurant serves favorites like papaya salad, pad Thai, curry, and tom yum soup. The interior here is bright and cozy, with warm lighting, twinkly chandeliers, and lots of plants. A coffee counter in the back serves espresso and coffee drinks, plus sweets like a mango sticky rice crepe cake.

Plumeria Thai Cafe

A close up image depicting a plate of fried rice with broccoli, onions, and carrots.
Plumeria Thai Cafe
Plumeria Thai Cafe/Facebook

One of the best parts about Plumeria Thai Café are the prices. Almost all of the dishes ring in at less than $11, and the portions are generous. Popular dishes include the mango sticky rice flavored with sweet coconut cream, served with fresh mango and sprinkled with shredded coconut and yellow mung beans, and the yellow curry, served with carrots, bell pepper, onions, and potato. Both dishes are less than $10.

A close up image depicting a plate of fried rice with broccoli, onions, and carrots.
Plumeria Thai Cafe
Plumeria Thai Cafe/Facebook

Nittaya's Secret Kitchen

A close up image of glass noodle salad
Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen
Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen/Facebook

Nittaya Parawong dubs her secret kitchen a Thai tapas restaurant, but that just means that diners should feel free to order a lot of dishes. Try what’s called the "world-famous" spinach salad with crispy tempura spinach leaves mixed with ground chicken and shrimp, topped with a spicy lime dressing; a Saimese corn fritters dish with chicken and pork; or curry puffs filled with potato and curry.

A close up image of glass noodle salad
Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen
Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen/Facebook

Pin Kaow

A Thai beef dish resting on a kitchen line inside a restaurant
Pin Kaow
Pink Kaow [Official Site]

Pin Kaow continues to serve traditional Thai cuisine after many years in Las Vegas. The restaurant’s pad Thai — made with rice noodles and a choice of meat, topped with bean sprouts, green onions, egg, and crushed peanuts — is one of the most popular dishes, but adventurous diners should try the volcano chicken. There is also a second location at 9530 S. Eastern Ave.

A Thai beef dish resting on a kitchen line inside a restaurant
Pin Kaow
Pink Kaow [Official Site]

Le Thai

A bowl of pad Thai on a white surface
Le Thai
Le Thai [Official Site]

Head downtown to Le Thai for dishes such as the three-color curry, a mixture of red, yellow, and green curry, served with mixed vegetables, steamed rice and a choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu. Le Thai is also open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays for those who need a spicy bite to eat in between bar hopping. Le Thai’s smaller sister location, called Le Thai 2, is in the nearby medical district and focuses mainly on takeout.

A bowl of pad Thai on a white surface
Le Thai
Le Thai [Official Site]

D E Thai Kitchen

Restaurant exterior showing a neon sign that says D E, a cloudy sky at dusk and a city sidewalk
D E Thai Kitchen
D E Thai Kitchen/Facebook

Hidden just away from Main Street in the Arts District, this tiny Thai restaurant offers just a few tables where patrons can order Bangkok street fare plus northern and southern Thai dishes while enjoying views of Downtown Las Vegas from behind plate-glass windows. The menu includes chicken curry puffs, coconut shrimp, and moo ping all priced under $10 plus drunken noodles, pad woon sen, and curry dishes. Entrees here tend to be on the spicier side.

Restaurant exterior showing a neon sign that says D E, a cloudy sky at dusk and a city sidewalk
D E Thai Kitchen
D E Thai Kitchen/Facebook

Weera Thai Restaurant - Sahara

Weera Thai specializes in southern Thai dishes. The restaurant has a West Sahara and a Chinatown location. Open for lunch, dinner, and happy hour, the restaurant is known for its crispy duck salad and rainbow fried rice made with pineapple, chili paste, cherry tomato, and avocado.

Komol Restaurant

Since 1986, Komol has been serving up vegan and vegetarian Thai dishes with recipes that have been in the family for more than 60 years. Try the mushroom tom kha vegetable spring rolls and kang pa with zucchini, snow peas, carrots, mushrooms, baby corn, and bamboo shoots in red curry sauce with coconut milk.

Arawan Thai Bistro & Dessert

A Thai dessert of Young Coconut Pandan Cake sitting in the center of a white plate
Arawan Thai Bistro & Dessert
Arawan Thai Bistro & Dessert/Facebook

Open daily, this modern Thai bistro and dessert shop features numerous sweet treats including cakes, custards, ice creams, and different sorbets. Try the earthquake, lychee sorbet, topped with dark chocolate spheres, tropical mixed fruit candies, hazelnut streusel, and drizzled with warm raspberry sauce.

A Thai dessert of Young Coconut Pandan Cake sitting in the center of a white plate
Arawan Thai Bistro & Dessert
Arawan Thai Bistro & Dessert/Facebook

Lamaii

Bank Atcharawan, the former sommelier for Lotus of Siam and the creator of Patio Desserts & Drinks, is the driving force behind Lamaii. This Chinatown Thai restaurant marks the triumphant return of Atcharawan to the neighborhood following the closure of the beloved Chada Thai & Wine in 2018. Lamaii features an upscale setting with a touch of romance. Dishes include sai oui (grilled Northern curry sausage), moo ma now (spicy grilled pork jowl with lime), boat noodle soup, and fried red snapper with sweet fish sauce.

Block 9 Thai Street Eats

A restaurant interior featuring a brick wall covered in colorful graffiti that references Bangkok
Block 9 Thai Street Eats
Block 9 Thai Street Eats/Facebook

With all items priced at less than $12, the menu serves chef Nittaya Parawong’s casual spin on Thai street fare. Choices include grilled pork skewers, basil chicken, Thai barbecue pork, and the red, yellow, green, and panang beef street curries. Wok fried noodles or rice options include drunken noodles and pad Thai with side dishes of soup, tofu fries, beef jerky, garlic spare ribs and the “world famous spinach salad” found at her original restaurant, Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen.

A restaurant interior featuring a brick wall covered in colorful graffiti that references Bangkok
Block 9 Thai Street Eats
Block 9 Thai Street Eats/Facebook

Lotus of Siam

Close up image of a plate of fried rice with basil and lettuce
Lotus of Siam
Amelinda B Lee

Perhaps one of the more famous eateries in the Las Vegas valley, James Beard Award winner, chef and owner Saipin Chutima’s Lotus of Siam continues to garner attention. The garlic prawns, deep fried to a perfect crisp, seasoned with garlic sauce and topped with ground black pepper, and the panang, a fresh curry made with coconut milk, Thai basil and chilis, with a choice of meat or tofu, are among the most beloved menu items.

Close up image of a plate of fried rice with basil and lettuce
Lotus of Siam
Amelinda B Lee

Night + Market

The Vegas outpost of LA favorite Night + Market combines favorites from the original location with a few Vegas-specific dishes like lobster pad Thai and an XO ribeye, and a Thai steak frites. Like the original, the menu is designed for sharing while sipping across the restaurant’s excellent selection of natural wines, though they also do a great selection of mezcal, rum, and gin-forward cocktails.

Lemongrass

Pad thai with shrimp
Lemongrass
MGM Resorts [Official Site]

On the Strip, Lemongrass at Aria stays open until 2 a.m. every day of the week. A tasting menu and an a la carte menu are both available, including dishes such as rib-eye steak with tamarind sauce and Dungeness crab with chili paste and yellow curry. Lemongrass features a dim sum cart every Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pad thai with shrimp
Lemongrass
MGM Resorts [Official Site]

Archi's Thai Bistro

A close up image showing a bowl of chicken curry beside white rice, crispy wonton and sweet and sour sauce
Archi’s Thai
Archi’s Thai [Official Site]

Family-owned mini-chain Archi’s Thai Restaurant has four locations in Las Vegas with everything down to the curry paste and chili-garlic mix made in house. Order based on spiciness from 1 to 10, and look for dishes for vegetarians, gluten-free eaters, diabetics, and other special diets. The especially creamy panang curry with tofu is a popular choice here. Numerous locations inn Las Vegas.

A close up image showing a bowl of chicken curry beside white rice, crispy wonton and sweet and sour sauce
Archi’s Thai
Archi’s Thai [Official Site]

Penn's Thai House

Located inside a strip mall, chef Penn Amarapayark makes everything from scratch, including her curries, at Penn’s Thai House. Start with the nam som, a salad of ground pork with ginger, onion, peanuts, and lime. Or start with Thai barbecued chicken with just a hint of lemongrass, and add the spicy papaya salad with shrimp.

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Charm Thai Kitchen & Coffee

This recently opened Thai restaurant serves favorites like papaya salad, pad Thai, curry, and tom yum soup. The interior here is bright and cozy, with warm lighting, twinkly chandeliers, and lots of plants. A coffee counter in the back serves espresso and coffee drinks, plus sweets like a mango sticky rice crepe cake.

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