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21 Tantalizing Thai Restaurants in Los Angeles

Pad Thai, sour sausages, and boat noodle soup

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With its rich culinary traditions and hyper-regional fare, Thailand is home to some of the most delightful and crave-worthy (to say nothing of spicy) foods on the planet. LA’s tremendous Thai population means that Angelenos are never more than a stone’s throw from excellent renditions of pad Thai, sour sausages, and boat noodle soup. From Thai Town to the Valley and beyond, here now are 21 searingly good Thai options around Los Angeles.

Removed: Kim Thai Food, Isaan Station, Hollywood Thai, Spicy BBQ, Night + Market Song, President Thai

Added: Night + Market Weho, Daisy Mint, Renu Nakorn, Emporium Thai, Anajak Thai, Panvimarn Thai Cuisine, Bowl Thai

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lum-Ka-Naad

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8910 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 882-3028
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Valley denizens don’t need to drive to Thai Town for extraordinary fare thanks to Lum Ka Naad. The Northern and Southern Thai specialties served here don’t mess around when it comes to spice, but diners inevitably find themselves coming back for more.

2. Sri Siam Cafe

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12843 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-6262
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One wouldn’t expect one of the city’s best Thai restaurants to be located off Vanowen all the way up in North Hollywood, but that’s exactly what locals find at Sri Siam. With a menu that ranges from khao soi to crispy trout, it’s no wonder it has been a local go-to for over 30 years.

3. Anajak Thai Cuisine

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14704 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 501-4201
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Four-decade-old Anajak Thai is more than just a family affair; during the pandemic, it has become a staple dining destination for fans in the Valley and all across Los Angeles. Young co-owner Justin Pichetrungsi works a Thai taco Tuesdays, a robust takeout menu, and lots of fun collaborations with other restaurants, making Anajak a destination spot for any Angeleno.

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4. Daisy Mint

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1218 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 792-2999
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Long time San Gabriel Valley Thai fans know to make for Daisy Mint on Colorado Boulevard. While the funky space, with its hand-written menu notes on the walls, isn’t offering dine-in service at the moment, eager eaters can still swing through to pick up everything from papaya salads and khao soi to robust noodle soups and even desserts.

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5. Sapp Coffee Shop

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5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 665-1035
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Sapp is famous for its spinach-tinted jade noodles and Sukhothai noodle soup, but one would be hard-pressed to find a dud on the menu. From egg noodles to krapow to an intensely fragrant boat noodle, everything is fair game at this Hollywood staple that has won the hearts of Jonathan Gold and Anthony Bourdain.

6. Rodded Restaurant

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5623 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-8382
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Is there a better bowl of Thai noodle soup in Los Angeles than Rodded’s duck noodle soup? Tender slices of boneless, skin-on duck, a clean yet rich broth with just the right undertones of spice and firm egg noodles combine to make for a memorable bowl. And Rodded isn’t a one-trick pony in the noodle soup department; its beef noodle soup, with an equally refreshing broth is an in-house competitor that rivals the balance of savory, rich, and spice of its gamier competitor.

7. Ruen Pair

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5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-0153
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What is it that makes Ruen Pair so great? Many of its dishes aren’t one-of-a-kind standouts, and most Thai expats wouldn’t exactly call it the most authentic Thai experience they’ve ever encountered. Perhaps, then, it’s the fact that its turnip omelette marries just the right hint of sweetness with savory in a way that makes it required ordering, or how the fragrant star anise and cinnamon-powered steam from a bowl of boat noodles naturally elicits a Pavlovian response.

8. Jitlada Restaurant

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5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9809
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Southern Thai seafood is the star here. In order to navigate their menu of biblical proportions, avoid the treacherous dynamite spicy challenge and order one of Jitlada’s crab curries and the fried morning glory salad. 

9. Pa Ord Noodle

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5301 Sunset Blvd #8
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 461-3945
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There appears to be at least three restaurants with the name Pa Ord Noodles, and not all of them are created equal. This particular location tucked away in the corner of a strip mall off Sunset has some of the best boat noodles in the business. Diners can choose between thin or flat rice noodles, egg noodles, or glass noodles and steep them in an array of soup bases and toppings.

10. Siam Sunset

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5265 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 467-8935

Don’t wait until sunset to hit this Thai breakfast specialist. From a stick-to-your-ribs jok gai (chicken rice congee) served with piping hot pa thong ko (Thai-style Chinese youtiao crullers served with a side of condensed milk), Siam Sunset is built for the hours following sunrise — or for a pre-emptive recovery after a night out.

11. Northern Thai Food Club

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5301 Sunset Blvd #11
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 474-7212

No essential Thai food list in Los Angeles could exclude critical darling Northern Thai Food Club. That crumbly sai oua (Thai pork sausage) pulls no punches with the heat, and the khao soi is as good as one can find in the city.

12. Luv2eat Thai Bistro

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6660 Sunset Blvd P
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 498-5835
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Luv2Eat has a funny name, but chefs Fern and Pla aren’t fooling around at the dials. Expect serious heat from the two ladies from Phuket, whether it’s in their sour tom yum noodle soups or their famous Phuket-style blue crab curry.

13. Otus Thai Kitchen & Coffee

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1253 N La Brea Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 969-8611
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No restaurant quite captures the youthful, sleek aesthetic of modern Bangkok eateries and transports it unadulterated to Los Angeles like Otus. A favorite of Thai international students and expats, the moo ping and rice porridge are as comforting as ever — and the slick wood-adorned interiors look every bit at home on La Brea.

14. Night + Market Weho

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9043 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9724
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The West Hollywood location of Night + Market is the one that started it all, launching Kris Yenbamroong’s career, spawning a cookbook, two other restaurants, and countless conversations about what a Thai restaurant should look like, taste like, and cost in LA.  Be sure to add some natural wine to your next order, too.

15. Chao Krung Thai Restaurant

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2110, 111 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-8361
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This recently remodeled beauty of a restaurant down the street from Canter’s and Supreme on Fairfax runs a bit more expensive than the typical take-out joint. The pricing isn’t for naught; the execution on key proteins like snappy Isaan sausage, thoroughly marinated gai yang, and moo ping are all top-notch.

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16. Emporium Thai

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1275 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 478-2838
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21-year-old Emporium Thai comes from veritable Thai food royalty in Los Angeles. Owner John Sungkamee’s family is behind some of the most influential spots across the Southland, including this Westside specialist that turns out fantastic neighborhood Thai fare, and some of the best wings anywhere in town.

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17. Sticky Rice

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 621-2865
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Dave Tewasart and Justin Baey are going strong at Grand Central Market’s Thai stall, where classic streetside fare like grilled chicken (gai yang) gets cooked sous-vide before being finished on the grill. On the other side of the stand, Sticky Rice Too is Tewasart’s answer to all the requests for noodles. The broth on the khao soi is bold, rich, and slightly sweet. The pad Thai might be some of the best in the city.

18. Ayara Thai Cuisine

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6245 W 87th St
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 410-8848
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The highly regarded Ayara Luk has closed up shop a few years back, but the Asapahu family is back in business in their original digs and playing the hits. The extensive menu is plenty solid, and its faithful Westchester clientele appreciates an experienced kitchen that’s quick to accommodate various dietary requests.

19. Renu Nakorn

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13019 Rosecrans Ave Ste 105
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 921-2124
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This just-off-the-5 Norwalk restaurant specializes in Northern Thai delicacies, but doesn’t skimp on all the more broadly familiar stuff, either. Stop by for a great version of nam kao tod crispy rice with plenty of pork sausage.

20. Bowl Thai

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15490 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90249
(310) 323-8882
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It’s hard to imagine fast casual Thai food being done any better than at Bowl Thai, the Gardena staple spot known for extra-spicy soups, traditional noodle dishes, and a killer mango sticky rice for dessert.

21. Panvimarn Thai Cuisine

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4101 N Bellflower Blvd suite b & c
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 425-2601
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Panvimarn Thai Cuisine has been Long Beach’s home for Thai specialities for the past 11 years. In better days the bustling restaurant plays home to big groups and a lively bar scene, but it’s still possible to score a spicy and fried soft shell crab salad, lots of grilled meats, and one beguilingly spicy sautéed eggplant.

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1. Lum-Ka-Naad

8910 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

Valley denizens don’t need to drive to Thai Town for extraordinary fare thanks to Lum Ka Naad. The Northern and Southern Thai specialties served here don’t mess around when it comes to spice, but diners inevitably find themselves coming back for more.

8910 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324

2. Sri Siam Cafe

12843 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605

One wouldn’t expect one of the city’s best Thai restaurants to be located off Vanowen all the way up in North Hollywood, but that’s exactly what locals find at Sri Siam. With a menu that ranges from khao soi to crispy trout, it’s no wonder it has been a local go-to for over 30 years.

12843 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605

3. Anajak Thai Cuisine

14704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Spread at Anajak, Sherman Oaks
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Four-decade-old Anajak Thai is more than just a family affair; during the pandemic, it has become a staple dining destination for fans in the Valley and all across Los Angeles. Young co-owner Justin Pichetrungsi works a Thai taco Tuesdays, a robust takeout menu, and lots of fun collaborations with other restaurants, making Anajak a destination spot for any Angeleno.

14704 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

4. Daisy Mint

1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106
The tan exterior of a restaurant during the day.
Daisy Mint
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Long time San Gabriel Valley Thai fans know to make for Daisy Mint on Colorado Boulevard. While the funky space, with its hand-written menu notes on the walls, isn’t offering dine-in service at the moment, eager eaters can still swing through to pick up everything from papaya salads and khao soi to robust noodle soups and even desserts.

1218 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106

5. Sapp Coffee Shop

5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sapp is famous for its spinach-tinted jade noodles and Sukhothai noodle soup, but one would be hard-pressed to find a dud on the menu. From egg noodles to krapow to an intensely fragrant boat noodle, everything is fair game at this Hollywood staple that has won the hearts of Jonathan Gold and Anthony Bourdain.

5183 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

6. Rodded Restaurant

5623 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Is there a better bowl of Thai noodle soup in Los Angeles than Rodded’s duck noodle soup? Tender slices of boneless, skin-on duck, a clean yet rich broth with just the right undertones of spice and firm egg noodles combine to make for a memorable bowl. And Rodded isn’t a one-trick pony in the noodle soup department; its beef noodle soup, with an equally refreshing broth is an in-house competitor that rivals the balance of savory, rich, and spice of its gamier competitor.

5623 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

7. Ruen Pair

5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

What is it that makes Ruen Pair so great? Many of its dishes aren’t one-of-a-kind standouts, and most Thai expats wouldn’t exactly call it the most authentic Thai experience they’ve ever encountered. Perhaps, then, it’s the fact that its turnip omelette marries just the right hint of sweetness with savory in a way that makes it required ordering, or how the fragrant star anise and cinnamon-powered steam from a bowl of boat noodles naturally elicits a Pavlovian response.

5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

8. Jitlada Restaurant

5233 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Southern Thai seafood is the star here. In order to navigate their menu of biblical proportions, avoid the treacherous dynamite spicy challenge and order one of Jitlada’s crab curries and the fried morning glory salad. 

5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

9. Pa Ord Noodle

5301 Sunset Blvd #8, Los Angeles, CA 90027

There appears to be at least three restaurants with the name Pa Ord Noodles, and not all of them are created equal. This particular location tucked away in the corner of a strip mall off Sunset has some of the best boat noodles in the business. Diners can choose between thin or flat rice noodles, egg noodles, or glass noodles and steep them in an array of soup bases and toppings.

5301 Sunset Blvd #8
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. Siam Sunset

5265 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Don’t wait until sunset to hit this Thai breakfast specialist. From a stick-to-your-ribs jok gai (chicken rice congee) served with piping hot pa thong ko (Thai-style Chinese youtiao crullers served with a side of condensed milk), Siam Sunset is built for the hours following sunrise — or for a pre-emptive recovery after a night out.

5265 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

11. Northern Thai Food Club

5301 Sunset Blvd #11, Los Angeles, CA 90027

No essential Thai food list in Los Angeles could exclude critical darling Northern Thai Food Club. That crumbly sai oua (Thai pork sausage) pulls no punches with the heat, and the khao soi is as good as one can find in the city.

5301 Sunset Blvd #11
Los Angeles, CA 90027

12. Luv2eat Thai Bistro

6660 Sunset Blvd P, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Luv2Eat has a funny name, but chefs Fern and Pla aren’t fooling around at the dials. Expect serious heat from the two ladies from Phuket, whether it’s in their sour tom yum noodle soups or their famous Phuket-style blue crab curry.

6660 Sunset Blvd P
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. Otus Thai Kitchen & Coffee

1253 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038

No restaurant quite captures the youthful, sleek aesthetic of modern Bangkok eateries and transports it unadulterated to Los Angeles like Otus. A favorite of Thai international students and expats, the moo ping and rice porridge are as comforting as ever — and the slick wood-adorned interiors look every bit at home on La Brea.

1253 N La Brea Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90038

14. Night + Market Weho

9043 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The West Hollywood location of Night + Market is the one that started it all, launching Kris Yenbamroong’s career, spawning a cookbook, two other restaurants, and countless conversations about what a Thai restaurant should look like, taste like, and cost in LA.  Be sure to add some natural wine to your next order, too.

9043 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

15. Chao Krung Thai Restaurant

2110, 111 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Plump sausages in a bowl with chilies, lime, and cabbage.
Chao Krung Thai Restaurant
Wonho Frank Lee

This recently remodeled beauty of a restaurant down the street from Canter’s and Supreme on Fairfax runs a bit more expensive than the typical take-out joint. The pricing isn’t for naught; the execution on key proteins like snappy Isaan sausage, thoroughly marinated gai yang, and moo ping are all top-notch.

2110, 111 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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16. Emporium Thai

1275 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
A white bowl showing a yellow curry sauce noodle dish.
Emporium Thai
Emporium Thai

21-year-old Emporium Thai comes from veritable Thai food royalty in Los Angeles. Owner John Sungkamee’s family is behind some of the most influential spots across the Southland, including this Westside specialist that turns out fantastic neighborhood Thai fare, and some of the best wings anywhere in town.

1275 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

17. Sticky Rice

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Dave Tewasart and Justin Baey are going strong at Grand Central Market’s Thai stall, where classic streetside fare like grilled chicken (gai yang) gets cooked sous-vide before being finished on the grill. On the other side of the stand, Sticky Rice Too is Tewasart’s answer to all the requests for noodles. The broth on the khao soi is bold, rich, and slightly sweet. The pad Thai might be some of the best in the city.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

18. Ayara Thai Cuisine

6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

The highly regarded Ayara Luk has closed up shop a few years back, but the Asapahu family is back in business in their original digs and playing the hits. The extensive menu is plenty solid, and its faithful Westchester clientele appreciates an experienced kitchen that’s quick to accommodate various dietary requests.

6245 W 87th St
Los Angeles, CA 90045

19. Renu Nakorn

13019 Rosecrans Ave Ste 105, Norwalk, CA 90650

This just-off-the-5 Norwalk restaurant specializes in Northern Thai delicacies, but doesn’t skimp on all the more broadly familiar stuff, either. Stop by for a great version of nam kao tod crispy rice with plenty of pork sausage.

13019 Rosecrans Ave Ste 105
Norwalk, CA 90650

20. Bowl Thai

15490 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249

It’s hard to imagine fast casual Thai food being done any better than at Bowl Thai, the Gardena staple spot known for extra-spicy soups, traditional noodle dishes, and a killer mango sticky rice for dessert.

15490 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90249

21. Panvimarn Thai Cuisine

4101 N Bellflower Blvd suite b & c, Long Beach, CA 90808

Panvimarn Thai Cuisine has been Long Beach’s home for Thai specialities for the past 11 years. In better days the bustling restaurant plays home to big groups and a lively bar scene, but it’s still possible to score a spicy and fried soft shell crab salad, lots of grilled meats, and one beguilingly spicy sautéed eggplant.

4101 N Bellflower Blvd suite b & c
Long Beach, CA 90808

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