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17 Essential Thai Restaurants in Houston

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

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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.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vieng Thai

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6929 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 688-9910
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This no-frills restaurant in Spring Branch is a reliable go-to for honest Thai plates like pork larb, panang curry and hot basil tofu. In addition to being budget-friendly with plenty of options under $10, it’s also BYOB.

2. Asia Market Thai Lao Food

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3620 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009
(832) 968-4559
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Dine in on favorites like Thai egg omelets or pad cashew in the restaurant, then peruse the market for imported Thai ingredients to make DIY dishes at home.

3. Mango Tree Thai Bistro

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914 Main St #125
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 659-1600
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Most weekdays, this modest Downtown café is bustling with the power lunch crowd, and for good reason — the menu boasts Thai beef flambé, glass noodle soup, and basil duck. Can’t decide between curry or rice? Go for the green curry fried rice tossed in a zingy housemade sauce.

4. Songkran Thai Kitchen

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1101 Uptown Park Blvd #8
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 993-9096
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This chic Uptown Park eatery boasts a dramatic space and plenty of traditional Thai dishes made with freshly ground spices and local ingredients. The restaurant boasts a solid wine list and cocktails like the Bangkok Mule made with Midori melon liqueur. For a flawless dish and Insta-worthy dinner, try the crispy whole red snapper served with three flavored sauces.

5. Nara Express

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2111 Fannin St #109
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 548-1604
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Tucked into a small convenience store space, Midtown’s Nara Thai Express boasts all of the necessary Thai eats at seriously reasonable prices. Dishes like fried spring rolls, creamy tom kha soup, and crab wontons are all under $6.

6. Kanomwan

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736 1/2 Telephone Rd
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 923-4230
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What Kanomwan lacks in curb appeal, it makes up for in fire and flavor. Here, panang curry is presented with sliced meat and rice, and deep-fried snapper is done plenty of ways, including topped with special chili sauce or ground pork. Too hot? Opt for a sweet Thai tea with your meal.

7. Rim Tanon

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2241 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 529-3100
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This casual River Oaks hideout offers a full menu of Thai favorites, including fish cakes with sweet chili sauce, brothy, bone-warming tom yum soup, and spicy massaman curry with chunks of potato and beef. Dessert is given 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.

8. P. King

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3701 S Shepherd Dr suite c
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 491-0266
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At this light-filled counter-service café, find Chinese classics, plus a slew of excellent Thai offerings, including beef (or chicken, or shrimp) pad Thai and spicy green curry. Insider tip: the restaurant stays open until midnight for dine-in or delivery.

9. Thai Gourmet

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6324 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-7955
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Despite building a bigger dining room, patrons still continue to pack in to Thai Gourmet for true Thai eats during lunch and dinner. The drunken noodles here are hearty and spiked with plenty of fresh vegetables and fragrant basil. Be warned, though — here, ordering “hot” means getting a seriously spicy plate, so tread carefully when making spice requests.

10. Night Market Thai

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9630 Clarewood Dr Suite A12
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 492-2835
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Dimly lit and perfect for date night, Night Market is a spirited place to dine on stir-fried beef with basil, or bone-in roasted duck red curry. Because Night Market is BYOB, take a look at the menu ahead of time and bring a bottle of wine that pairs nicely.

11. Kin Dee

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1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008
(281) 826-2655
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Plates are vibrant and happy at Kin Dee, a trendy new addition to the Heights which spotlights the various regions of Thailand in its cuisine. Try the picture-perfect “money bags” — deep-fried chicken and shrimp dumplings wrapped up like little pouches, grilled pork skewers, or the Southern-style green curry served with rice noodles.

12. Nidda Thai Cuisine

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1226 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 485-5515
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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 (with take-out service only for now). 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.

13. Thai Bistro

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3241 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 669-9375
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At Thai Bistro, spice levels range from “mild or “comfortable medium burn” to “professional only Thai hot” so tread carefully. Try the fiery roasted duck red curry, or consider the more mild pineapple curry with shrimp, and then cool down with sweet rice custard.

14. Thai Cottage Greenway

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3995 Richmond Ave Suite B
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 623-0707
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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, with 9 locations across the state of Texas today. Spring rolls, noodle plates, and curries are aplenty, and grilled specialties like Thai-style barbecue pork ribs are definitely a good idea.

15. Thai Pepper Restaurant

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2049 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520-8225
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This unassuming restaurant housed in a quaint bungalow between 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 hot, aka “suicide hot,” according to the restaurant’s menu. 

16. Street to Kitchen

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6501 Harrisburg Blvd
Houston, TX 77011
(713) 428-1975
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Helmed by chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter from northern Thailand, Street to Kitchen features an authentic chef-driven menu of Thai traditions. The pad see ew combines a mess of flat rice noodles with garlic, eggs and broccoli, and the made-from-scratch green curry is hearty with creamy coconut milk and chicken. Craving something new? The tom yum fried rice packs a tart and savory bite.

17. Thai Spice

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460 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 880-9992
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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.

1. Vieng Thai

6929 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055

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

6929 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

2. Asia Market Thai Lao Food

3620 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009

Dine in on favorites like Thai egg omelets or pad cashew in the restaurant, then peruse the market for imported Thai ingredients to make DIY dishes at home.

3620 N Main St
Houston, TX 77009

3. Mango Tree Thai Bistro

914 Main St #125, Houston, TX 77002

Most weekdays, this modest Downtown café is bustling with the power lunch crowd, and for good reason — the menu boasts Thai beef flambé, glass noodle soup, and basil duck. Can’t decide between curry or rice? Go for the green curry fried rice tossed in a zingy housemade sauce.

914 Main St #125
Houston, TX 77002

4. Songkran Thai Kitchen

1101 Uptown Park Blvd #8, Houston, TX 77056

This chic Uptown Park eatery boasts a dramatic space and plenty of traditional Thai dishes made with freshly ground spices and local ingredients. The restaurant boasts a solid wine list and cocktails like the Bangkok Mule made with Midori melon liqueur. For a flawless dish and Insta-worthy dinner, try the crispy whole red snapper served with three flavored sauces.

1101 Uptown Park Blvd #8
Houston, TX 77056

5. Nara Express

2111 Fannin St #109, Houston, TX 77002

Tucked into a small convenience store space, Midtown’s Nara Thai Express boasts all of the necessary Thai eats at seriously reasonable prices. Dishes like fried spring rolls, creamy tom kha soup, and crab wontons are all under $6.

2111 Fannin St #109
Houston, TX 77002

6. Kanomwan

736 1/2 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77023

What Kanomwan lacks in curb appeal, it makes up for in fire and flavor. Here, panang curry is presented with sliced meat and rice, and deep-fried snapper is done plenty of ways, including topped with special chili sauce or ground pork. Too hot? Opt for a sweet Thai tea with your meal.

736 1/2 Telephone Rd
Houston, TX 77023

7. Rim Tanon

2241 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098

This casual River Oaks hideout offers a full menu of Thai favorites, including fish cakes with sweet chili sauce, brothy, bone-warming tom yum soup, and spicy massaman curry with chunks of potato and beef. Dessert is given 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.

2241 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77098

8. P. King

3701 S Shepherd Dr suite c, Houston, TX 77098

At this light-filled counter-service café, find Chinese classics, plus a slew of excellent Thai offerings, including beef (or chicken, or shrimp) pad Thai and spicy green curry. Insider tip: the restaurant stays open until midnight for dine-in or delivery.

3701 S Shepherd Dr suite c
Houston, TX 77098

9. Thai Gourmet

6324 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057

Despite building a bigger dining room, patrons still continue to pack in to Thai Gourmet for true Thai eats during lunch and dinner. The drunken noodles here are hearty and spiked with plenty of fresh vegetables and fragrant basil. Be warned, though — here, ordering “hot” means getting a seriously spicy plate, so tread carefully when making spice requests.

6324 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77057

10. Night Market Thai

9630 Clarewood Dr Suite A12, Houston, TX 77036

Dimly lit and perfect for date night, Night Market is a spirited place to dine on stir-fried beef with basil, or bone-in roasted duck red curry. Because Night Market is BYOB, take a look at the menu ahead of time and bring a bottle of wine that pairs nicely.

9630 Clarewood Dr Suite A12
Houston, TX 77036

11. Kin Dee

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160, Houston, TX 77008

Plates are vibrant and happy at Kin Dee, a trendy new addition to the Heights which spotlights the various regions of Thailand in its cuisine. Try the picture-perfect “money bags” — deep-fried chicken and shrimp dumplings wrapped up like little pouches, grilled pork skewers, or the Southern-style green curry served with rice noodles.

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008

12. Nidda Thai Cuisine

1226 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

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 (with take-out service only for now). 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.

1226 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

13. Thai Bistro

3241 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027

At Thai Bistro, spice levels range from “mild or “comfortable medium burn” to “professional only Thai hot” so tread carefully. Try the fiery roasted duck red curry, or consider the more mild pineapple curry with shrimp, and then cool down with sweet rice custard.

3241 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77027

14. Thai Cottage Greenway

3995 Richmond Ave Suite B, Houston, TX 77027

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, with 9 locations across the state of Texas today. Spring rolls, noodle plates, and curries are aplenty, and grilled specialties like Thai-style barbecue pork ribs are definitely a good idea.

3995 Richmond Ave Suite B
Houston, TX 77027

15. Thai Pepper Restaurant

2049 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098

This unassuming restaurant housed in a quaint bungalow between 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 hot, aka “suicide hot,” according to the restaurant’s menu. 

2049 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098

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16. Street to Kitchen

6501 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011

Helmed by chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter from northern Thailand, Street to Kitchen features an authentic chef-driven menu of Thai traditions. The pad see ew combines a mess of flat rice noodles with garlic, eggs and broccoli, and the made-from-scratch green curry is hearty with creamy coconut milk and chicken. Craving something new? The tom yum fried rice packs a tart and savory bite.

6501 Harrisburg Blvd
Houston, TX 77011

17. Thai Spice

460 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008

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.

460 W 19th St
Houston, TX 77008

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