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13 Tantalizing Thai Restaurants in Miami

Spice things up at these top picks.

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In a city full of Latin influences, it’s almost shocking to think about how many top-notch Thai restaurants Miami has. Every neighborhood from North Miami to Palmetto Bay has a restaurant ready to assist in getting a Thai food fix.

Thai restaurants tend not to have the most up-to-date websites or social media, but that’s just a sign that what’s going on in the kitchen is the main priority. Try to branch out from the basic chicken pad Thai order and flip through those long menus of authentic dishes. Check out some vibrant curries or spicy vegetable dishes because life is too short to order bland Thai food.

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Sawaddee Thai & Sushi Restaurant

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A small intimate spot on Miami Beach with great food and a BYOB policy (aka no corkage fee) — making this inexpensive Thai restaurant a great place for date night or a dinner with friends. The garlic fried rice is a local favorite, and there are plenty of options for those who prefer vegan dishes.

DAEK THAI EATERY

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Located in Midtown and owned by chefs formerly of Lung Yai Tapas and Ahi Sushi, this hotspot offers a menu of izakaya-style small plates, assorted grilled meats, Thai noodles, and sushi. Protip: try the green curry and the dumplings.

Bonding

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Tucked into a corner of bustling Brickell, Bonding is easy to miss for those who aren’t paying attention. The red curry cooked in red coconut milk with bamboo bell peppers and basil is always a reliable order. Portions are hearty, so have an appetite or be ready for leftovers.

Lung Yai Thai Tapas

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Thai tapas are one of the last things one might expect in Little Havana, but it has quickly become one of Miami’s go-tos garnering massive waits almost every night for its eclectic Thai cuisine. Chef Bas is known for his strict dining rules and may seem intimidating to first-timers, but that's half of its charm, right?

Asian Thai Kitchen 2

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In the heart of Little Havana is Asian Thai Kitchen 2. This bright little spot is home to all the Thai classics. The long menu features everything chicken satay to Thai beef jerky, curries and noodles, papaya salad, and nearly a dozen soups like Tom Kar, Tom Yum, and wonton.

Khaosan Road Coral Gables

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This restaurant is named after Khaosan Road, a colorful and vibrant part of Bangkok known for its bars, clubs, local food, and shopping. As an attempt to bring a piece of Thailand to Coral Gables, this spot honors its roots with dishes that transport its diners to Southeast Asia. Highlights include the jumping shrimp appetizer made with shrimp cooked in spicy paste, lime juice, scallion, red onions, and cilantro; and kao moo dang, which is roasted barbecue pork, chicharron, Chinese sausages, boiled egg, served with a flavorful sauce.

Atchana's Homegrown Thai Restaurant

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A family-owned spot in Coconut Grove with a locally sourced menu serving tradition Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner. What sets this spot apart is its special Sriracha menu — a four page long menu featuring dozens of versions of the spicy condiment.

Moon Thai & Japanese Coral Gables

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While it has eight locations throughout South Florida, the flagship Moon Thai is located right across the street from University of Miami, making it a go-to spot for hungry students to enjoy. The lunch menu features 16 Thai meal options under $15, including an entree, soup, salad, and rice. Not a bad deal for those looking to eat something flavorful on a budget. Diners can’t go wrong with an order of tiger prawns with panang curry.

East Thai and Noodles

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Just off US1 is East Thai and Noodles, serving up plenty of Thai noodle dishes, as the name alludes. Instead of the usual pad Thai order, try the pad kee mow made with egg noodles, bamboo shoots, sweet peppers, basil, onions, tomatoes, egg, chili garlic. Want an extra kick? Ask for it to be spicy since the kitchen is ready to take on even the spiciest cravings.

This Sunset Drive staple has been open for almost three decades. Most consider it a sushi bar, but the Thai selections are the low-key winners on this menu. Don’t skimp on ordering appetizers from an array of spicy soups to shumai and a crispy duck salad; there is plenty to choose from — entrees almost aren’t needed, but the massaman curry with choice of protein, potato, avocado, and cashew nuts in massaman curry sauce and coconut milk should be on everyone’s to-do list.

Siam Palace

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This is a Thai restaurant to keep on the shortlist for those craving takeout in Kendall. The service is quick, and the portions are ample. With a build-your-own-meal section of the menu, guests can pick a base, a sauce, veggies, and rice to create a new experience each time.

Rock A Bangkok

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This casual Kendall restaurant, located in a busy shopping center, is well known by locals for being home to many Thai menu classics at fair prices. While there’s not a lot of seating, frequent diners know it’s worth the wait. Start with Thai dumplings and end with Thai donuts. Everything in between is a bonus.

Chana Thai Kitchen

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A New York City favorite, this offshoot of SriPraPhai has set up shop in the most unassuming locations in South Florida: a strip mall across the street from The Falls shopping mall. Its massive menu features both Japanese and Thai dishes, but its Thai cuisine is where it shines. Opt for the sticky rice, drunken noodles, and the it-hurts-so-good spicy papaya salad. 

Sawaddee Thai & Sushi Restaurant

A small intimate spot on Miami Beach with great food and a BYOB policy (aka no corkage fee) — making this inexpensive Thai restaurant a great place for date night or a dinner with friends. The garlic fried rice is a local favorite, and there are plenty of options for those who prefer vegan dishes.

DAEK THAI EATERY

Located in Midtown and owned by chefs formerly of Lung Yai Tapas and Ahi Sushi, this hotspot offers a menu of izakaya-style small plates, assorted grilled meats, Thai noodles, and sushi. Protip: try the green curry and the dumplings.

Bonding

Tucked into a corner of bustling Brickell, Bonding is easy to miss for those who aren’t paying attention. The red curry cooked in red coconut milk with bamboo bell peppers and basil is always a reliable order. Portions are hearty, so have an appetite or be ready for leftovers.

Lung Yai Thai Tapas

Thai tapas are one of the last things one might expect in Little Havana, but it has quickly become one of Miami’s go-tos garnering massive waits almost every night for its eclectic Thai cuisine. Chef Bas is known for his strict dining rules and may seem intimidating to first-timers, but that's half of its charm, right?

Asian Thai Kitchen 2

In the heart of Little Havana is Asian Thai Kitchen 2. This bright little spot is home to all the Thai classics. The long menu features everything chicken satay to Thai beef jerky, curries and noodles, papaya salad, and nearly a dozen soups like Tom Kar, Tom Yum, and wonton.

Khaosan Road Coral Gables

This restaurant is named after Khaosan Road, a colorful and vibrant part of Bangkok known for its bars, clubs, local food, and shopping. As an attempt to bring a piece of Thailand to Coral Gables, this spot honors its roots with dishes that transport its diners to Southeast Asia. Highlights include the jumping shrimp appetizer made with shrimp cooked in spicy paste, lime juice, scallion, red onions, and cilantro; and kao moo dang, which is roasted barbecue pork, chicharron, Chinese sausages, boiled egg, served with a flavorful sauce.

Atchana's Homegrown Thai Restaurant

A family-owned spot in Coconut Grove with a locally sourced menu serving tradition Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner. What sets this spot apart is its special Sriracha menu — a four page long menu featuring dozens of versions of the spicy condiment.

Moon Thai & Japanese Coral Gables

While it has eight locations throughout South Florida, the flagship Moon Thai is located right across the street from University of Miami, making it a go-to spot for hungry students to enjoy. The lunch menu features 16 Thai meal options under $15, including an entree, soup, salad, and rice. Not a bad deal for those looking to eat something flavorful on a budget. Diners can’t go wrong with an order of tiger prawns with panang curry.

East Thai and Noodles

Just off US1 is East Thai and Noodles, serving up plenty of Thai noodle dishes, as the name alludes. Instead of the usual pad Thai order, try the pad kee mow made with egg noodles, bamboo shoots, sweet peppers, basil, onions, tomatoes, egg, chili garlic. Want an extra kick? Ask for it to be spicy since the kitchen is ready to take on even the spiciest cravings.

Kampai

This Sunset Drive staple has been open for almost three decades. Most consider it a sushi bar, but the Thai selections are the low-key winners on this menu. Don’t skimp on ordering appetizers from an array of spicy soups to shumai and a crispy duck salad; there is plenty to choose from — entrees almost aren’t needed, but the massaman curry with choice of protein, potato, avocado, and cashew nuts in massaman curry sauce and coconut milk should be on everyone’s to-do list.

Siam Palace

This is a Thai restaurant to keep on the shortlist for those craving takeout in Kendall. The service is quick, and the portions are ample. With a build-your-own-meal section of the menu, guests can pick a base, a sauce, veggies, and rice to create a new experience each time.

Rock A Bangkok

This casual Kendall restaurant, located in a busy shopping center, is well known by locals for being home to many Thai menu classics at fair prices. While there’s not a lot of seating, frequent diners know it’s worth the wait. Start with Thai dumplings and end with Thai donuts. Everything in between is a bonus.

Chana Thai Kitchen

A New York City favorite, this offshoot of SriPraPhai has set up shop in the most unassuming locations in South Florida: a strip mall across the street from The Falls shopping mall. Its massive menu features both Japanese and Thai dishes, but its Thai cuisine is where it shines. Opt for the sticky rice, drunken noodles, and the it-hurts-so-good spicy papaya salad. 

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