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Absolute Thai

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown / Chinatown
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521 G St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2615
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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Jacksonville, Florida
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89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for lunch the other day, and it was delicious. Started with the Thai Tea, and then got a few appetizers. The SATAY, and the NUA SAWAN were both very good. I got the chicken PAD THAI, and it was plentiful, and good. Couldn't even eat it all. SO good. I just had to let everyone know about... More 

Thank Nancy60805
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We stopped there for a fast lunch and we loved it. Food was good and service very attentive. During lunch time very busy and popular.

Thank Lucyna W
North Bergen, New Jersey
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We stopped into Absolute Thai the day of the Women's March and were so pleased! The staff is friendly and efficient and the food was delicious. All of the classic thai foods you'd want and then some. The Thai Iced Tea AND Thai Iced Coffee were out of this world. I was so glad we found this GEM!

Thank i_love_europe_35
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This restaurant is a short walk from the Shakespeare Theatre and is a great option for a quick and modestly priced meal. The food is excellent -- delicate sauces and well prepared, nicely presented noodle and rice dishes. We really enjoyed the pad see ew and the pad prik king, two dishes that I think can be a good gauge... More 

Thank Debra C
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

WE went on a Saturday evening, didn't have to wait. It's crowded but so worth it! We had the Phad Thai with chicken (some of the best any of us had ever had), basil fried rice, and a nice yellow curry. There was plenty to feed all of us. The service was ok. Would definitely go again.

Thank mdaby3
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Whilst spending a weekend in D.C for a family wedding, my family & I were wandering around, looking very obviously like tourists, when a complete stranger( local) stopped & asked if we were looking for somewhere to eat. When we affirmed, he suggested Absolute Thai. He said this was his favourite place to eat in Chinatown, everywhere else was of... More 

Thank Linda M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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707 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Out of the three Thai restaurants in DC-Chinatown area, I like Absolute Thai the most. The food is close to "authentic" as you could get (not too sweet). And the spicy label works for me. I order the Jungle stir-fried which has 3 spicy level, well it is hot even for a Thai. The best time for dinner is around... More 

Thank Prawet J
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Honestly the food was superb, but the server who waited our table was rude. She asked a question and my friend missed it, so she repeated looking rather annoyed. She got my order wrong, and all she did was mumbled a half-hearted sorry and left me to wait for another 10 minutes for my food to be served while my... More 

Thank Abby L
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388 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I had lunch with a friend at Absolute Thai. The Tom Kha Guy soup was excellent. Panang beef was delicious, as was the spicy Jungle beef. Both entrees were served with Jasmine rice. Total cost for two soups and two entrees was about $40. Server was friendly and attentive. The place was clean and quite busy by about 1215. Highly... More 

Thank Danield528
Bethesda, MD
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253 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Needed something with a bit more flavor so opted for a newish Thai place in Penn Quarter/Chinatown. Maybe Monday is not the best day. They were out of two desserts that we ordered but that's for later. Started off with very tasty dumplings and an average serving of garden rolls (not fried) with a good peanut sauce. I liked the... More 

Thank Jean A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 521 G St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2615
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown

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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?