Just like any other U.S. city, there are an abundance of Thai restaurants in Tucson. Though, not all Thai restaurants are exactly alike, and they each offer something different, whether it’s a refreshing take on the cuisine or an addicting new atmosphere. Here are what we consider to be the top 11 Thai restaurants in Tucson - each special in their own way.
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4853 E Speedway Blvd | Tucson | facebook.com/baithongintucson
If you want casual, delicious Thai favorites, Bai Thong is the place for you. They have all of the basics: Thai Curry, Pad Thai, Pad Zee Eew, Drunken Noodles, Egg Rolls, and more.
They offer a vegetarian menu so that everyone can enjoy, no matter their dietary preferences. They also have an awesome lunch special so it’s a great place to go on your lunch break from work or on a lunch date with friends! For only $9.50, you can choose one dish from the select entrees (including Pad Thai, Panang Curry, and Thai Sweet & Sour) and enjoy it with the soup of the day, rice, and an egg roll.
“YESS! Don't question going, just go! If it wasn't on your radar but you're reading this; GO! I can't wait to go again and continue to try different things on the menu. It's amazing, you can't go wrong here!” - Yelp Review
Another down-to-earth Thai spot
2511 E Speedway Blvd | Tucson | bangkokcafe.net
This family-owned restaurant is another down-to-earth Thai spot. But this restaurant has won numerous awards for the best Thai food in Tucson, all of the chefs are from Thailand and cook everything from scratch.
Come try their Pad Thai, Gai Satay (bamboo skewers of satay bbq chicken with peanut sauce served with toast, and sweet and sour cucumber), or their Kaw Pad Sapparod (fried rice with fresh pineapple, chicken, shrimp, cashews, raisins, and green onions).
“Absolutely delicious Thai cuisine here at Bangkok Cafe! We shared a pad Thai which was legit. Everything tasted perfect and exactly what I wanted after such a long time of not having Thai! We will definitely be back next time we are in Tucson.” - Yelp Review
Understated counter-serve Thai
8110 S Houghton Rd Suite 186 | Tucson | luckiesthaifood.com
If you want something quick and you absolutely don’t want fast food, check out Luckie’s. It’s counter-serve, and whether you want to eat in or out, it’s fast, easy, and delicious.
With a head chef with more than 20 years of experience in authentic Thai and Chinese Cuisine, you're offered a brilliant menu and guaranteed a delicious meal. We recommend the Panang Curry and the General Tao’s Chicken. They also have seafood specials which include Seafood Curry, Scallops Garlic Sauce, and Shrimp Lobster Sauce.
“Great food and great staff! Whenever my wife and I crave some red curry or even pad Thai, we always head here for some. Overall this place is the place to go if you're on the east side of town and is craving some Thai food!” - Yelp Review
4206 N 1st Ave #120 | Tucson | daostaipans.com
At this Pan-Asian restaurant, you will find the finest of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine. From Pho to General Tsao’s Shrimp to Pad Thai, they have all of your favorites and some dishes you might find you love if you are willing to try them. You may find your new favorite Asian dish here at Dao's Tai Pan's!
Be sure to get a drink as well. They have Bubble Tea, Blended Fruit Drinks, and other authentic drinks like Thai Iced Tea, Fresh Coconut Drink, and Guava Juice. The Sensation of Vietnam (Famous Vietnamese iced milk coffee with tapioca pearls and whipped cream) is delicious, as are the Tangerine and Watermelon Blended Fruit Drinks.
“I was surprised at the great price for Banh Mi and a bowl of pho in comparison to other places in Tucson. They also serve Vietnamese iced coffee in the traditional manner. We enjoyed our meals and will be coming back for the fresh food and friendly service.” - Yelp Review
Thai street food
2990 N Campbell Ave #130 | Tucson | tuktukthai2990.com
It is Tuk Tuk Thai mission to celebrate the beautiful tastes and cultures of Thailand, and they certainly deliver on that front.
Share the Coco Fries Sweet Potato or Pumpkin (batter with rice flour, sesame, and coconut served with dipping sauce) to start. We recommend the Pad Thai Street Style with Shrimp or the Pumpkin Curry Chicken for dinner. Don’t skip out on the dessert! Either the Fried Banana with Ice Cream or the Mango Sticky Rice are great choices.
“I've been wanting to try this place and was stoked to find a sidekick to join me. We ordered the pad prik pow chicken and the char pad pla. Both were really tasty. Fresh and crispy = perfect for the fish. We will definitely be back.” - Yelp Review
No-frills Thai spot
9136 E Valencia Rd | Tucson | thaitucson.com
If you’re looking for casual dining with still delicious food, Sa-Ing Thai Cuisine is another great spot in Tucson to satisfy your Thai craving.
If you want curry, opt for the Gaeng Mas-Saman. This CNN Travel 2013 World's Best Food is a typical southern Thai curry with roasted peanuts, cubed potatoes, and pineapple in a rich mild sauce.
There are more curries, noodle dishes, fried rice, and house specialties. The Gai Sesame is another great fish on the house specialties menu.
“This was my first time trying Thai food and I am obsessed! We got green curry and beef pad kee mao. The green curry was well spiced and savory, it was devoured instantly. The noodles were perfectly done and had the right amount of heat!” - Yelp Review
Cozy Thai restaurant with Southwestern-inspired murals
5039 East 5th Street | Tucson | charsthaitucson.com
For nearly 30 years, Char's Thai has offered Thai cuisine in a cozy, casual setting. Choose from curries, seafood, stir fry served with white rice, duck, noodles, fried rice, and house specials.
Get the Drunken Noodles (noodles with your choice of beef, pork, chicken, or tofu, broccoli, hot pepper, egg, and fresh garlic and basil) or the Honey Duck (roast duck with honey, water chestnuts, and black mushrooms topped with pineapple and green onion).
Enjoy the weekday lunch specials from 11 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, and be sure to explore the Vegetable Entrees menu if you eat vegetarian!
“I have been to Char's now three times and I love the food, the cozy interior and the people who work there. I had the Pad Thai, the Panang Curry and the Drunken Noodles. I am glad I found this place.” - Yelp Review
Chinese and Thai American favorites
1980 W Orange Grove Rd | Tucson | chinesecombonthaic.wixsite.com
If you are craving Teriyaki Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, Pad Thai, or Pad See Ew, Chinese Combo & Thai Cuisine is perfect for you. They have all of the Chinese and Thai American favorites, and it’s an excellent choice if your group can’t decide between Chinese and Thai food.
We recommend coming during lunch because you can get an entree for only $8 or $9! Each entree also comes with an egg roll and your choice of one soup and one side. Pad Thai, an egg roll, and Hot and Sour soup for only $8? You can’t say no!
“I ordered egg drop soup, broccoli with oyster sauce, seared string beans, and sesame tofu. They all were really good and I had an abundance of delicious leftovers. This place has good size portions for the price, and it was delicious.” - Yelp Review
Inspired, organic Thai and Nepalese Cuisine
344 N 4th Ave | Tucson | lemongrasstucson.com
Chef Tank Ojha worked for years to invent a variety of tasty and healthy curries, and he finally has it right.
From curry rice bowls and curry platters to stir fried noodles and stir fried rice, this menu has so many delicious options - including vegan and gluten-free offerings. They even have vegan dessert: Vegan Rice Pudding and Vegan Carrot Pudding! You know you’re really included when they have dessert, too.
For drinks, you can enjoy milk or greek yogurt shakes or a hot tea.
“I was SO pleasantly surprised to see how this restaurant is a place that cares so deeply about healthy options and allergen-free options. Each dish is prepared fresh with your customizations. Everything was delicious. Amazing place!” - Yelp Review
Bridging the gap between the East and the West through food
1423 W Miracle Mile | Tucson | 4seasonsaz.com
This isn’t just a restaurant, it’s the bridging of a gap between the East and the West through food. Here you can enjoy a selection of dishes from Thailand, China, and America.
Whether you want Orange Chicken, Pad Thai, or a BBQ Chicken Sandwich, 4 Seasons has it, and it all tastes good.
Don’t be afraid to eat across cuisines during your time at the 4 seasons - that’s what it’s all about!
“Amazing tasting food, huge portions, nice friendly staff, pleasant atmosphere. Went above and beyond to make sure everything was ok for us. I ordered drunken noodles with veggie and medium spice, this was one of the best I have tasted in a long time.” - Yelp Review
Chinese restaurant with some Thai offerings
7755 E Golf Links Rd Ste 119 | Tucson | yelp.com/biz/hot-wok-restaurant-tucson-2
If you’re with a group who are more Chinese-food leaning but one of you is craving Thai, this is a good place to meet in the middle.
They have a Chinese-heavy menu but some Thai offerings. Sesame Chicken, Orange Chicken, Vegetable Lo Mein, and Pad Thai are some of their most popular dishes.
“Everything I have tried has been pretty flavorful and plentiful. My favorites are the Lemongrass Shrimp Extra Spicy, and the Moo Goo Gai Pan, also Extra Spicy. This again is what it is, typical Americanized versions of Asian Favorites, but they do them well.” - Yelp Review
Thai in Tucson is abundant. As we said earlier, finding a good Thai restaurant in Tucson is the least of your worries - it’s picking just one to go that’s hard. Whether you’re looking for a health-focused Thai spot with vegan offerings (Lemongrass Restaurant) or you’re craving authentic Thai street food (Tuk Tuk Thai), there’s a Thai spot in Tucson for you.
We also love that there are so many fusion restaurants (Dao's Tai Pan's Restaurant, Chinese Combo & Thai Cuisine, Lemongrass Restaurant, 4 Seasons, and Hot Wok Restaurant), whether they are Thai-Chinese, Thai-Vietnamese, or Thai-American. These are great options if each person in your group is craving something a little different, or if you want to try something new but you’re afraid of trying a new cuisine on its own.
Let us know in the comments which of these Tucson Thai restaurants you choose to go to first!