8 best Thai restaurants in Charlotte —and sexy Pad Thai photos to prove it

8 best Thai restaurants in Charlotte —and sexy Pad Thai photos to prove it
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Obsessed with Thai food? Here are top 8 Thai restaurants in Charlotte.

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Thai Taste

The OG of Thai around Charlotte. 


Your server will ask you for your spice level (1-5), answer correctly.


Relatively new Thai Spot near Montford.

  • Neighborhood: Montford Park
  • Vibe: Located at ParkTowne Village (aka restaurant graveyard). There is a decent bar inside and solid booth seating in the back.
  • Backstory: Same family as Thai Taste.
  • Agenda Pro Tip: If you need a drink, Hibiscus has tastier craft cocktails that you’d think and they’re $8 on Tuesdays.

Lunch special comes with edamame at Hibiscus.

Basil Thai

Best upscale Thai for an Uptown lunch or a date night

  • Neighborhoods: Uptown and Ballantyne
  • Vibe: Upbeat and busy.
  • Agenda Pro Tip: Your entire group needs to be there in order to grab a table.

Pad Thai comes with chicken and shrimp

Rai Lay Thai

Well designed spot well respected by foodies in South End

  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Vibe: Laid back.
  • Agenda Pro Tip: Favorite Thai spot of foodies.

Rice noodles, bean sprouts, eggs & cilantro, served with peanuts – $12 at lunch with chicken and/or shrimp.

Thai House

Family owned restaurant that’s now grown to four locations

  • Neighborhood: University, Pineville, Lake Norman and Gastonia.
  • Agenda Pro Tip: Some argue they’ve got the best pad thai in the city

Thai Orchid

Casual neighborhood restaurant in Strawberry Hill

  • Neighborhood: Near SouthPark
  • Backstory: Thai Orchid opened in 1994. Tthe owners and chef have been at the restaurant ever since.
  • Famous Appetizer: Go with their mee krob — crisp rice noodles topped with sautéed shrimp, chicken and water chestnuts in a lettuce leaf. Eat it like a burrito.

Deejai Thai

A Charlotte staple that just opened a noodle bar in NoDa

  • Neighborhood: Myers Park
  • Agenda Pro Tip: Good date night spot as well.


Thai Thai Takeout

Takeout only hidden gem in Dilworth

  • Neighborhood: Dilworth
  • Agenda Pro Tip: Large portions.


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