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Lotus Thai Bistro

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425 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-289-0907
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 21:30
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San Jose, California
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97 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in that area. This restaurant is worth trying. I eat there few times. They barely speak or understand English but the food is great.

Thank Saitan
Saint Louis, Missouri
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Yellow curry lunch special is $9 and you get a super small portion. It tasted good, though. My coworkers got the Thai iced tea, which is iced tea sweetened by condensed milk; they said it was tasty.

Thank edodd419
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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252 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Ive been in more upscale restaurants with friendlier, more welcoming storefronts. Lotus Thai was none of these, but they had good Thai food at reasonable prices. My son in law and I visited for lunch and were seated immediately. We both ordered pad see yew with chicken and shrimp and were presented with large servings of steaming hot food after... More 

Thank Nomad0921
Dublin, California
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169 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

My coworkers and I order from Postmates often, and this is one of our fvorites to order from. THe food is very fresh and flavorful. I love the Chicken Satay skewers and Tom Kah soup. Don't pass it by if you have a craving for Thai and are in this area. you will not be let down. Some times, they... More 

Thank vacationsalot
Rockville, Maryland
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is quite old compared to its neighbor restaurants, doesn't have good lighting and service time is so bad. The chef sometimes go out to serve and wait! But the food is quite tasty!

Thank Mehdi Z
Moscow, Russia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

For me it was a nice place to remember thai food from vacation. Green curry and ice tea are like in Samui.

Thank Martynov P
McLean, Virginia
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127 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

I often discount negative reviews that focus on service because it's not my priority, but in this case the service was so bad that I really couldn't figure out what was going on. The place was empty despite the fact that it was graduation weekend, and I have a feeling that the awful service is the reason, as the food... More 

Thank h22101
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58 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

I had checked in here with my colleagues for Lunch. Comparatively this is smaller place and bit crowded. We managed to find a table but had little extra room to sit comfortably. Though the service is bit slow, food was quite good. My colleague find the food bit spicy but he really liked their brown rice very much. Overall we... More 

Thank Prakash H
Tampa, Florida
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Food was average, we ordered a bunch of food to share family style. We had 3 orders of panang, and one was very very salty. The others were ok. THe thai basil chicken was the best dish by far. I am just not of fan of ground chicken or small parts of chicken in the dish.

Thank bluetim13
Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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117 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

Can recommend the curries & spring rolls. Friendly staff. Seating outside possible. Not much space inside. Take away also possible

Thank Jonas M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-289-0907

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