clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
A brunch spread of Thai food at Heights’ restaurant Kin Dee.
With lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Kin Dee serves up vibrant cuisine that spotlights various regions of Thailand.
Alex Montoya

14 Essential Thai Restaurants in Houston

Where to find the city’s best tom yum, larb, pad see ew and more

View as Map
With lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Kin Dee serves up vibrant cuisine that spotlights various regions of Thailand.
| Alex Montoya

When an insatiable need for fiery spice hits, there are few foods that satisfy the craving more than a piping hot bowl of Thai curry or saucy noodles. In Houston, diners are blessed with a bounty of Thai restaurants serving up aromatic soups, loaded noodle bowls, and sizzling stir-fries, all perfect for quelling the need for heat. While Mango Tree, Kanomwan, P. King, and Night Market have either closed or shifted focus from strictly Thai eats, restaurants like Nara Thai, Thai Cottage, and Vieng Thai continue to impress.

Looking for Houston’s best Thai restaurants? Head to one of these killer establishments for perfect green curry, pad Thai, and so much more.

Is your favorite Thai restaurant missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

For all the latest Houston dining intel, subscribe to Eater Houston’s newsletter.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
If you buy something or book a reservation from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

Sao Lao

Copy Link

What was once the popular Pho-jita food truck is now the brick and mortar Sao Lao, located in the GOOF. The casual, but charming restaurant features counter service and is famous for its boat noodle soup, a dish that often sells out before the day is up. Fear not — other offerings, like the drunken noodles with shrimp and crispy fried rice, are equally worthy.

Vieng Thai

Copy Link

This no-frills restaurant in Spring Branch is a reliable go-to for honest Thai plates like chicken satay, pork larb, Panang curry, and hot basil tofu. In addition to being budget-friendly with plenty of options under $10, it’s also BYOB.

Thai Spice

Copy Link

Explore a broad range of Thai dishes at this decades-old café with locations around Houston and its suburbs. From soft summer rolls and crystal noodle salad with ground pork to oversized bowls of yellow chicken curry soup, pretty much everything on the menu here will satisfy you wholly.

Kin Dee

Copy Link

A trendy addition to the Heights, Kin Dee’s plates are not only vibrant, but they also spotlight the various regions of Thailand. Try the picture-perfect “money bags” — deep-fried chicken and shrimp dumplings wrapped up like little pouches, the grilled pork skewers, or its Southern-style green curry served with rice noodles. And take note, Kin Dee offers weekend brunch with swoon-worthy plates like a Panang curry omelet and pork belly steamed buns.

Asia Market Thai Lao Food

Copy Link

Have twice the fun at this Thai restaurant, which doubles as an Asian market. Dine-in on favorites like Thai egg omelets and pad see ew, then peruse the aisles of the market for imported Thai ingredients and sauces to make DIY dishes at home.

Nara Thai

Copy Link

With locations spanning across the city, and a popular Express location tucked inside a Downtown convenience store, Nara is synonymous with great Thai in Houston. Start with aromatic green curry or beef pad Thai and then sweeten your palate with a plate of mango-topped sticky rice. Its buzzy new location on Washington Ave. offers all of the classic Thai eats and drinks, and has an expansive dog-friendly patio, too.

Mint Thai Kitchen

Copy Link

With locations in Montrose and Willowbrook, this cafe doesn’t skimp on its menu. Tom yum and tom kha soups, offered with your choice of either chicken or shrimp, and the seafood-heavy poh taek with lemongrass and tomatoes are sure to tickle the senses. Equally as satisfying are the stir-fried dishes ranging from crispy fried chicken to the vegetarian dish featuring eggplant and basil, and desserts like Thai tea creme brûlée and Thai coffee affogato stray from tradition.

Songkran Thai Kitchen

Copy Link

This chic Uptown Park eatery has an attractive dining room and plenty of traditional Thai dishes made with freshly ground spices and local ingredients. Order the crispy whole red snapper and watch as heads turn as the dish makes its way to your table, or splurge on the wagyu braised short rib with Thai herb sauce. Complement the extra spicy dishes with Thai tea to cool down, or imbibe with a solid wine list and cocktails like the Songkran tiki colada.

Nidda Thai Cuisine

Copy Link

Nidda has long been a Thai favorite in the heart of Montrose, and after a temporary closure to revamp the retail center it’s located in, guests are welcome back once again. Straight-forward and approachable, the menu includes green papaya salad, a slew of vegetarian and meat curries, drunken noodles, and Thai pepper steak sauteed with garlic pepper.

Street to Kitchen

Copy Link

Helmed by chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter from northern Thailand, Street to Kitchen features an authentic menu of Thai traditions. The pad see ew combines a mess of flat rice noodles with garlic, eggs, and broccoli, while the made-from-scratch green curry is hearty with creamy coconut milk and chicken. Craving something different? Keep your eyes and ear to the street (kitchen) for weekend specials like fish cakes, shrimp salad, and grilled pork belly.

Thai Pepper Restaurant

Copy Link

This unassuming restaurant housed in a quaint bungalow bordering Montrose and River Oaks has been bringing the spice for nearly four decades. Choose from items like ginger chicken or Massaman curry, and pick your own spice level ranging from mild to Thai — or “suicide” — hot, as stated on the menu.

Rim Tanon

Copy Link

This casual River Oaks hideout puts a modern spin on Thai traditions, including a sweet and savory pumpkin red curry pad and Thai stir-fried with tamarind sauce and presented in a delicate egg sheet. Dessert earns just as much attention, with traditional mango and sticky rice — a seasonal offering — and top-notch, Thai-style shaved ice layered with coconut jelly, herbal jelly, red bean paste, and milk.

Thai Cottage Greenway

Copy Link

Launched by a husband-and-wife team who immigrated from Bangkok, Thai Cottage has remained a hot spot in Houston for Thai eats since 1997 — now, with multiple locations across the state. Spring rolls, noodle plates, and curries are aplenty, and grilled specialties like Thai-style barbecue pork ribs are definitely a good idea.

Thai Bistro

Copy Link

At Thai Bistro, proceed with caution. Spice levels range from “mild or “comfortable medium burn” to “professional-only Thai hot.” Try the fiery roasted duck red curry or consider the more mild pineapple curry with shrimp. Cool down with the sweet rice custard.

Sao Lao

What was once the popular Pho-jita food truck is now the brick and mortar Sao Lao, located in the GOOF. The casual, but charming restaurant features counter service and is famous for its boat noodle soup, a dish that often sells out before the day is up. Fear not — other offerings, like the drunken noodles with shrimp and crispy fried rice, are equally worthy.

Vieng Thai

This no-frills restaurant in Spring Branch is a reliable go-to for honest Thai plates like chicken satay, pork larb, Panang curry, and hot basil tofu. In addition to being budget-friendly with plenty of options under $10, it’s also BYOB.

Thai Spice

Explore a broad range of Thai dishes at this decades-old café with locations around Houston and its suburbs. From soft summer rolls and crystal noodle salad with ground pork to oversized bowls of yellow chicken curry soup, pretty much everything on the menu here will satisfy you wholly.

Kin Dee

A trendy addition to the Heights, Kin Dee’s plates are not only vibrant, but they also spotlight the various regions of Thailand. Try the picture-perfect “money bags” — deep-fried chicken and shrimp dumplings wrapped up like little pouches, the grilled pork skewers, or its Southern-style green curry served with rice noodles. And take note, Kin Dee offers weekend brunch with swoon-worthy plates like a Panang curry omelet and pork belly steamed buns.

Asia Market Thai Lao Food

Have twice the fun at this Thai restaurant, which doubles as an Asian market. Dine-in on favorites like Thai egg omelets and pad see ew, then peruse the aisles of the market for imported Thai ingredients and sauces to make DIY dishes at home.

Nara Thai

With locations spanning across the city, and a popular Express location tucked inside a Downtown convenience store, Nara is synonymous with great Thai in Houston. Start with aromatic green curry or beef pad Thai and then sweeten your palate with a plate of mango-topped sticky rice. Its buzzy new location on Washington Ave. offers all of the classic Thai eats and drinks, and has an expansive dog-friendly patio, too.

Mint Thai Kitchen

With locations in Montrose and Willowbrook, this cafe doesn’t skimp on its menu. Tom yum and tom kha soups, offered with your choice of either chicken or shrimp, and the seafood-heavy poh taek with lemongrass and tomatoes are sure to tickle the senses. Equally as satisfying are the stir-fried dishes ranging from crispy fried chicken to the vegetarian dish featuring eggplant and basil, and desserts like Thai tea creme brûlée and Thai coffee affogato stray from tradition.

Songkran Thai Kitchen

This chic Uptown Park eatery has an attractive dining room and plenty of traditional Thai dishes made with freshly ground spices and local ingredients. Order the crispy whole red snapper and watch as heads turn as the dish makes its way to your table, or splurge on the wagyu braised short rib with Thai herb sauce. Complement the extra spicy dishes with Thai tea to cool down, or imbibe with a solid wine list and cocktails like the Songkran tiki colada.

Nidda Thai Cuisine

Nidda has long been a Thai favorite in the heart of Montrose, and after a temporary closure to revamp the retail center it’s located in, guests are welcome back once again. Straight-forward and approachable, the menu includes green papaya salad, a slew of vegetarian and meat curries, drunken noodles, and Thai pepper steak sauteed with garlic pepper.

Street to Kitchen

Helmed by chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter from northern Thailand, Street to Kitchen features an authentic menu of Thai traditions. The pad see ew combines a mess of flat rice noodles with garlic, eggs, and broccoli, while the made-from-scratch green curry is hearty with creamy coconut milk and chicken. Craving something different? Keep your eyes and ear to the street (kitchen) for weekend specials like fish cakes, shrimp salad, and grilled pork belly.

Thai Pepper Restaurant

This unassuming restaurant housed in a quaint bungalow bordering Montrose and River Oaks has been bringing the spice for nearly four decades. Choose from items like ginger chicken or Massaman curry, and pick your own spice level ranging from mild to Thai — or “suicide” — hot, as stated on the menu.

Rim Tanon

This casual River Oaks hideout puts a modern spin on Thai traditions, including a sweet and savory pumpkin red curry pad and Thai stir-fried with tamarind sauce and presented in a delicate egg sheet. Dessert earns just as much attention, with traditional mango and sticky rice — a seasonal offering — and top-notch, Thai-style shaved ice layered with coconut jelly, herbal jelly, red bean paste, and milk.

Thai Cottage Greenway

Launched by a husband-and-wife team who immigrated from Bangkok, Thai Cottage has remained a hot spot in Houston for Thai eats since 1997 — now, with multiple locations across the state. Spring rolls, noodle plates, and curries are aplenty, and grilled specialties like Thai-style barbecue pork ribs are definitely a good idea.

Thai Bistro

At Thai Bistro, proceed with caution. Spice levels range from “mild or “comfortable medium burn” to “professional-only Thai hot.” Try the fiery roasted duck red curry or consider the more mild pineapple curry with shrimp. Cool down with the sweet rice custard.

Related Maps