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Thai Spice

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University Place
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5117 Kelvin Dr, Houston, TX 77005-2503
+1 713-522-5100
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Houston, Texas
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211 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

My wife and I ate here with our son for dinner. It was one of the worst meals that I have ever consumed in a restaurant. The meat was overcooked. The vegetables were tasteless and the rice poorly prepared. We have eaten here in the past but there has been a serious decline in quality. Given the number of restaurants... More 

Thank David116116
Houston, Texas
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282 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Best for the lunch buffet. Not large but has most of the basics: tom yum chicken soup, hot and sour soup, chicken curry, pork dumplings, pad Thai, mixed veg and tofu, soft and crispy spring rolls, cheese rolls, fried rice, etc. None are outstanding or particularly innovative but all are average tasty and will steamroll your hunger. Lunch buffet costs... More 

Thank marko18745
Houston, Texas
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176 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We always get Thai spice to go. Summer rolls with shrimp are not only really tasty but the two kinds of sauce that accompany the dish makes it a "Best Value" for $6 in my book. Add the spicy green curry for a fabulous over flavor explosion. One of the best values in town.

Thank Ted77019
Houston, Texas
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

I love this restaurant, although it takes a special trip into Houston to eat here. Well worth the drive, though.

Thank tjgeorge13000
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Thai food in Houston is plentiful but not everyone gets it right. Too spicy or too sweet but this place was just right. This was my third visit and it's worth the climb upstairs past the picture of the Thai chap with the top hat. I love their crispy tofu and the sesame sauce. The red curry with tofu and... More 

Thank Asit V
Houston, United States
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

I am having the lunch buffet. The buffet had a good variety of Thai foods. It's a good way for a beginner to try Thai food. Parking in the area is tough. They do share a parking lot behind the restaurant with other eateries.

Thank Jennifer W
El Paso, Texas
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170 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Was recommended by a hotel guest. The service was good, friendly. The sweet and sour shrimp was way too sweet. I had to scrap the thick glaze off the shrimp, too strong. My husband enjoyed his chicken curry. The jasmine rice was delicious . Large menu to choose from. The spring roll was filled with a small white thin noodle... More 

Thank mspatron
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

Another place in the Houston area serving almost authentic Thai food. I had the basil fried rice with extra chili and it was spicy! Asian style! The tom yam soup was average but still better than a lot I've tasted

Thank rivalpine
Houston, Texas
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177 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2014

Very friendly staff, nice relaxed atmosphere, a wide-ranging menu and everything we have tried there has been very good. Excellent value too.

Thank Qatargirl
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2014

The food (at the Kelvin location) was disappointing. We had been to this location several years back and enjoyed the food. The food was disappointing this time around and was largely insipid. Moreover, they no longer serve alcohol. They also had a very limited selection of desserts. Will not be going back to this restaurant.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5117 Kelvin Dr, Houston, TX 77005-2503
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > University Place
  • Neighbourhood: University Place
  • Phone Number: +1 713-522-5100

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