With Los Angeles having the largest Thai population outside of Thailand — and the first official Thai Town in the U.S. — it makes the city a vibrant destination for the culture’s cuisine. From old standbys that expertly whip up boat noodles, pad thai, and jade noodles, to a new generation of chefs experimenting with dishes like Thai tacos and tom yum fettuccine, here are 22 Thai restaurants that are worth a visit.Read More
22 Tantalizing Thai Restaurants in Los Angeles
Pad thai, sour sausages, and boat noodle soup
Sri Siam Cafe
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 more than 30 years.
Anajak Thai Cuisine
Four-decade-old Anajak Thai is more than just a family affair; during the pandemic, it became a staple dining destination for fans in the Valley and all across Los Angeles. Second-generation owner Justin Pichetrungsi has creatively played with ingredients and dishes in a series of fun events, from Thai Taco Tuesdays to his omakase dinners.
Daisy Mint on Colorado Boulevard has been a mainstay for Thai food in the San Gabriel Valley for years. In the fun space, with its hand-written menu notes on the walls, diners can enjoy everything from papaya salads to spicy fried catfish salad and robust noodle soups.
Sapp Coffee Shop
Sapp is famous for its spinach-tinted jade noodles topped with a medley of barbecue pork, roast duck, and crab meat, but one would be hard-pressed to find a dud on the menu. From pad kra pao to an intensely fragrant boat noodle, everything is fair game at this Hollywood staple that won the hearts of Jonathan Gold and Anthony Bourdain.
Ruen Pair has been a stalwart in Thai Town for a quarter of a century for good reason. It’s long been a delightful late-night hangout, with dishes inspired by the central and northeast regions of Thailand. Some standouts include its papaya salad with raw crab, spicy clams, and fried egg with salted turnip, all best paired with a glass of frosty beer.
Rad Nah Silom
One of the most exciting new additions to Thai Town is a temporary stand that exists outside of Silom Supermarket at night. It’s a spot where diners sit on plastic stools around tables covered in red and white gingham. The Sathirathiwat family’s pop-up has been a trending TikTok favorite, serving only eight dishes, ranging from rad nah stir-fried noodles in gravy to pad kra pao with a fried egg, with aplomb.
Southern Thai seafood is the star here. In order to navigate the restaurant’s menu of biblical proportions, avoid the treacherous dynamite spicy challenge and order one of Jitlada’s crab curries and the fried morning glory salad.
Pa Ord Noodle
This particular location, tucked away in the corner of a strip mall off Sunset (there’s another one on Hollywood Boulevard), 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.
Amphai Northern Thai Food Club
No essential Thai food list in Los Angeles could exclude critical darling Amphai Northern Thai Food Club. That crumbly sai oua (Thai pork sausage) pulls no punches with its heat level, and the khao soi is as good as one can find in the city.
The Original Hoy-Ka Thai Noodle
Hoy Ka is a staple in the Thai restaurant community, with expertly crafted boat and jade noodles, as well as a raw shrimp salad dressed in a spicy lime sauce. The space it inhabits is a fun time, with wooden exposed beams, brick walls, and TVs all around a la a sports bar.
Night + Market Weho
The West Hollywood location of Night + Market is the one that launched 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. Make room for dishes like its Thai-style fried chicken sandwich, fiery catfish tamale, and nam khao tod (crispy rice salad). Be sure to order some natural wine, too.
Same Same Thai
Same Same is Silver Lake’s home for wine, Thai basics, and a killer vibe. The reborn strip-mall hotspot has found new life thanks to a younger generation of hip customers that still swing through for some seriously satisfying food. Don’t skip out on the green curry or khao soi.
April 90’s Something
A newcomer to the Thai restaurant scene, April 90’s Something adds a bit of whimsy to the Silver Lake neighborhood with its Thai fusion dishes. Think tom yum seafood fettuccine and fried chicken larb, set against a backdrop of Thai movie posters and nightclub-like lighting.
Noree Thai on Beverly
Noree Thai feels just perfect for its stretch of Beverly. The restaurant is a little more subdued, a touch more upscale, and no less delicious than its competition further east, offering Grove-adjacent diners the chance to relax and enjoy food from chefs Noree Pla and Fern Kewathatip, two of LA’s best. Unique dishes include ko-lae chicken (marinated in Thai herbs, black pepper, and palm sugar) and panang lamb-chop curry.
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Tantawan Thai Kitchen
This longstanding Thai restaurant (which has an additional location in West Covina), is a charming spot for unique dishes like a crunchy catfish salad that comes out in a dome-like puff and is paired with a spicy sour apple salsa. Don’t miss the lime-punched century eggs with Chinese sausage salad.
Tuk Tuk Thai
This former Pico Boulevard staple has been reborn after 23 years, landing a new (and very updated) location on Sawtelle. Sisters Katy Noochlaor and Amanda Kuntee are running the show, turning out vibrant Thai dishes across a broad spectrum, so expect everything from noodles and papaya salad to a portion of the menu devoted entirely to pork belly.
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Holy Basil DTLA
Downtown LA hasn’t had a splashy new Thai restaurant in years, but Holy Basil is here to bring the heat from chef Wedchayan “Deau” Arpapornnopparat and Tongkamal “Joy” Yuon. Holy Basil’s green curry is one of the stand’s signature dishes, while the fluffy omelet with basil and vegan larb mushrooms with Brussels sprouts are unique contenders.
Ayara Thai Cuisine
Ayara Thai Cuisine is very much a family-run business, and has been an important part of the Westchester community for nearly 20 years. The Asapahu family knocks out a solid menu with dishes like back baby ribs with a spicy sauce, ground pork and shrimp toast, and poached salmon in a red curry-coconut sauce.
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.
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 and traditional noodle dishes.
Panvimarn Thai Cuisine
Panvimarn Thai Cuisine has been Long Beach’s home for Thai specialities for the past 13 years. The bustling restaurant is home to big groups, a lively bar scene, and dishes like spicy and fried soft shell crab salad, grilled meats, and one beguilingly fiery sautéed eggplant.
Tasty Food To Go - Thai & Lao
This cash-only Long Beach option is a great stop for both Thai and Lao food, offering a mixed menu that moves from starters like fried chicken to noodle and rice dishes and right on into Lao-style papaya salad with salted shrimp.