Thai Town in Los Angeles: Heaven on Earth for the Serious Thai Food Aficionado

Thai food aficionados in Los Angeles need not search any further for delicious authentic cuisine, unless they're planning a trip to Bangkok. Start in Thai Town, a stretch of neighborhood on Hollywood Boulevard in between Normandie and Western Avenue in East Hollywood. Jitlada and Ruen Pair Restaurant, both situated in the heart of Thai Town, are fantastic choices for those fond of traditionally prepared southern Thai cuisine. Be forewarned, Ruen Pair only takes cash. Spent a long, relaxing sun-filled day at the beach? Drive along the PCH to Malibu's own Cholada Thai Restaurant and sit outdoors on the patio to listen to the ocean waves lap against the shore. Eager to imbibe in some alcoholic specialties? Pop on over to Chan Dara's upscale casual bar to celebrate Happy Hour before ordering some scrumptious pad thai. Joom Bangkok Cafe offers unbeatable $1.99 Thai beers all day, along with no corkage BYOB. In town for Valentine's Day? Chef Kevin Sukcharoen at Nakkara on Beverly has prepared a fabulous menu all in the name of love with complimentary champagne. Sometimes the search for Thai food takes you off the beaten path, all the way out to Garden Grove. Hop in your car and venture out to Thai Nakorn Restaurant for heavenly barbeque and delectable custard desserts. Never heard of Thai for breakfast? Locals flock to Saladong Song for its great top of the morning breakfast picks. North Hollywood has no shortage of great Thai joints. Sidle on over the hill to The Rustic Spoon for some lavender tea and classic pad see ew.

West Los Angeles

Thai cuisine meets Californian atmosphere at Chan Dara, and it's a well-suited match. Thanks to a casual, cool attitude and great, spicy Thai dishes, the place is constantly hopping. Trendy crowds are kept happy by clay pot shrimp and scallops,...  Read More


This tiny spot just off the PCH attracts folks looking for a change from Malibu's usual seafood joints. Offering seating inside and on a pleasant deck, diners choose which ambience they prefer, although both are eminently casual. Cholada's claim...  Read More

Joom Bangkok Cafe
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Locals love this restaurant for its cozy, intimate setting and professional service along with great traditional Thai cuisine. Yes, it's located in a dinghy strip mall, but the delicious food belies its humble surroundings. Feel free to...  Read More

President Thai Restaurant
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Decorated with ornate Thai art forms, the atmosphere in President Thai sets a traditional and scrumptious precedent for the food to come. Locals swarm this place for its uber-friendly service and great pad thai. Favorite dishes include the...  Read More

North Hollywood
The Rustic Spoon
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The Rustic Spoon offers authentic Thai cuisine in a casual café, close to Universal Studios. A popular take out/delivery service caters to the nearby entertainment community while dine-in customers are treated to great service and monthly/daily...  Read More

East Hollywood
Ruen Pair

Don't let the strip mall location prevent you from an authentic, phenomenal That food adventure. Sometimes you just have to have pad Thai at 3am, and Ruen Pair has you covered for those late night cravings. While patrons cherish the late night...  Read More

Saladang Song

Quick and friendly service, even on the busiest nights, makes Saladang Song a winner of Thai cuisine in LA. Boasting a more adventurous menu than the original Saladang next door, this gem serves marvelous Thai masterpieces that are both unique...  Read More

Thai Nakorn Restaurant

Venture out to Garden Grove to revel in good old-fashioned Thai food, served with spice and plenty of smiles. Home to some of the city's best authentic Thai fare, this restaurant's setting invites visitors to unwind in a casual atmosphere while...  Read More

Nakkara on Beverly
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Chef Kevin Sukcharoen puts his own creative twist on fusion Thai food, never forgetting his traditional roots. Mouthwatering flavors meet magnificent presentation at this casually hip eatery where Thai staples are recreated with innovative...  Read More

East Hollywood

Head over to Thai Town in LA to experience authentic and spicy Thai dishes as concocted by the talented Chef Tui Sungkamee. Serving some of the best Thai in the city of Angels, Jitlada offers familiar favorites as well as rare southern Thai...  Read More


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