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Spirit of Thai

#444 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West End
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44 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AP, Scotland
+44 131 228 9333
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Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was recommended this restaurant by the owner of The Ginger Twist Yarn shop. I,m glad I asked. We were a walk in of 4 on Saturday night and they were busy but accommodated us. It was hard to choose from the menu as there was lots of choice. We all really enjoyed our dinner. Very good Thai. Not all... More 

Thank V D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked an evening meal for 7 people to celebrate my wife's birthday. Two people ( total should have been 9) were unable to attend and on arrival we told the waitress who 'greeted us' the waitress made it very obvious that she was not happy at the two no shows and complained about it with much 'huffing and puffing' as... More 

Thank DougieDunbar
North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little restaurant five minutes from the usher hall. Excellent service , waitress was lovely , very attentive and polite. Food was excellent especially the prawn starters

Thank Robert T
Waddington, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Staying close we found this gem while out on a walk, could not accommodate us right away but said in 3/4 of an hour a table would be free......... Two beers later we came back, food was absolutely first class, could not be faulted, even Thai basil was on top of the red curry, the Pad Thai was brilliant. Staff... More 

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Leven, null, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Best Thai meal I've had in a long time! Well done! Can't believe I haven't been before, but will definitely be back again!!!!

Thank Lesley H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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412 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Came here for the 3 course lunch menu for less than £12. Cosy small restaurant and decent choice except for dessert which just vanilla ice cream. I had the deep fried pork neck unfortunately over cooked and dry- wasn't pleasant but then my prawn curry was very good- a bit stingey on the prawns I only got 5. Overall was... More 

Thank kittyivan
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Visited here as part of a group of four on a busy Saturday night. Luckily we had booked as the place was full. The restaurant is snug and there are quite a lot of tables in a relatively small space, but it wasn't so cramped that you were elbow to elbow with fellow diners. The food is a mixed bag;... More 

Thank Tracy T
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

The taste of Thai food here was not Thai 's. It was adjusted too much , less spices( garlic, chili, kaffir lime leaves even coriander. ) . The balance of flavor was also unacceptable. Spicy carrot salad( Somtam) was salty , not sour at all . The chef used cashew nut instead of peanut, making the flavor distorted from original... More 

Thank Supani
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I came here unsure whether the food would be worth the prices I'd seen on the menu. They were for sure! The food was fantastic and great portions too. Some of the best thai food i've had. It is very small so I recommend booking if you think it may be bus. The staff were also lovely and just added... More 

Thank Marie-clare T
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I have been attending regular concerts at the Usher Hall for many years, and for a very long time have said that my husband and I should try this restaurant. We were there last Friday (14/10/16) for the first time. I am left asking myself why it took me so long to eat there. The food was fabulous, and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 228 9333

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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