Pai Northern Thai Kitchen

Pai Northern Thai Kitchen

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Hours
Sun
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mon
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tue
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wed
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thu
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sat
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Asian, Thai
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

Named for the Thai village where Nuit Regular and her husband opened their first restaurant, PAI is perpetually busy. A former nurse, Nuit now soothes ...
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CUISINES
Asian, Thai
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,728 reviews
Excellent
1,184
Very good
408
Average
93
Poor
29
Terrible
14
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Ciara T
County Dublin56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
A walk in of 6 people and we were seated immediately, we were so lucky as it was a Wednesday night and full. A great experience, Julia our waiter was excellent and very helpful and just all round very welcoming. Would recommend it - expect a bit of a wait but it will not disappoint.
Written March 1, 2020
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Gokce S
Toronto6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 none
The meal, atmosphere and service were perfect. We waited around 15 minutes around 4 PM on Saturday, and we enjoyed our beer while waiting to be seated at the bar section and paid at the end. Ninety minutes limit to finish your meal which is more than enough because in 15 minutes you feel complete with all your stuff. They are amazing!! My husband and I shared GRABONG (the least delicious thing on our menu, I wouldn't say I liked it much, but you can try it). Deep-fried chicken bites served with their house-made sweet chilli-garlic sauce are AMAZING! Please listen to your waiter/waiter's suggestion for the chilli level of your food.
Written February 2, 2023
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PierreHGrosLot
Toronto144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
I am absolutely 100% sure that this restaurant was a gringy hippie hangout in the late 60's. The vibe is definitely not Asian .Other than a few dodgy looking Buddhas the décor remains me of a slightly seedy bar in a Steve McQueen movie. The décor is warm,, low rent andt nicely funky. The fact that the restaurant is below grade and consists of two interconnecting rooms adds to the atmosphere. In any event , the food was very good. My Pad Thai was well prepared with nice flavors, and was a very gorgeous portion to boot. An ice cold beer went perfectly with the food. Price was reasonable and service excellent. I would go back.
Written March 10, 2020
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MisterUserName
Atlanta2024 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 couples
Arrived around 5 pm on a Thursday night and it was packed, but we were able to get a table and noticed that the place is huge. Service was quick and I was expecting something delicious... Pad Thai with shrimp was more sweet than spicy even though I requested medium. Wife ordered Tom Yum Kung and it was okay, likewise for the rice unless you like it on the hard side. Got some good pics, but that’s it...
Written March 6, 2020
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Matthew Hall
Northwich525 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
Had an average experience at Pai. Food was adequate and affordable, but the flavours and presentation were poor by UK Thai standards. In addition, the restaurant was extremely hot and congested, which didn’t help the ambiance. Fine but wouldn’t return.
Written January 3, 2020
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PKS6636
Peterborough283 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
Felt disappointed after eating dinner here recently. We had expected so much more based on reviews we had seen. The restaurant is pretty loud and the crowded conditions with the tables one on top of the other make for a cafeteria type dining experience. Service is excellent, friendly and knowledgeable, however, the food was rather bland and tasteless. The grabong appetizer tasted of the deep fry, no crispness of the squash remaining.
Written January 19, 2020
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vhill14
Ottawa46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
We were excited to return to this restaurant given the fantastic experience last year, sadly it wasn’t as good as we remembered. We ordered the KHAO SOI with braised beef and the beef chunks were huge, chewy, and difficult to eat. We really needed a knife to cut the beef. The PAD GRA PROW had an over cooked egg and we weren’t expecting ground chicken. Not sure if I would return on our next visit.
Written October 16, 2021
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mesofly
Toronto77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 none
Excellent service, average food. Not much available before 4 pm - why? Then open at 4 pm.... Only went because of the great reviews on Pad Thai which was a bit disappointing. Overpriced for portions served, one dish had exactly two pieces of beef. Chicken garlic fries were actually chicken tenders, nothing special.
Written March 17, 2023
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Patel
92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
Wonderful Thai restaurant with such a big menu of variety for all dietary requirements. This place doesn’t take bookings in advance so you do just have to queue up and wait… and they are always mega busy!! We waited for about 30-45 minutes to get a table but I can see why - it’s amazing and definitely worth the wait!! We enjoyed an incredible Thai feast between us. Unfortunately, they ran out of the mango sticky rice dessert, which is usually my favourite which was surprising given it was only about 8:30pm… but overall, the food was brilliant so we didn’t mind.
Written March 9, 2022
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vhill14
Ottawa46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 couples
Fantastic food and amazing service. Well worth the visit. We went with our server’s recommendations and were not disappointed. We had GRABONG to start, followed by KHAO SOI with braised beef and PAD GRA PROW with crispy pork. All were exceptional! Our only complaint is that it was too much food and we had to get some to go. So glad we went off the usual curries and pad Thai. We will definitely be back!
Written September 9, 2020
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Susie J
Toronto176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 none
we ordered by UberEats and I really wanted to check out the food. Our driver after an hour wait delivered us the completely wrong food. We placed a new order of the same food and called Pai. They didn't give us the runaround and tell us to go complain to UBER. Instead they said, we are going to make this a priority and so sorry about your lost order. Of course UBER finally credited us for the missing order but the kindness of the gentlemen who took our call at PAI was so calm and confident. Our second order came so fast. AND wow it was delicious. the chicken wings were flavourful, my husband kept saying 'you need to try the curry'. I had the pad Thai which was awesome and filling. actually my son and I shared one order. the coconut shrimp was yummy. Thank you PAI. We ordered from Yonge and eglinton location.
Written January 16, 2022
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Saptarshi K
Toronto31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 none
The overall food and ambiance are average and not much different from any other Thai restaurants in Toronto. The wait time is so long (although they have 90 mins time limit per table) - not sure why it took us more than 45 mins to be seated on a Saturday after 2:30 PM - we saw a lot of empty tables inside too.... [TIP: Reserve a table beforehand] The taste of the food is not unique and different from any other Thai restaurant. I had ordered Khao Soi, which is a bit saltier, and I had eaten a better version before. Their Panang curry was good. I was expecting to have a good drink menu but was limited to Thai tea and any other packaged beverages.... Food is not too pricy, and I would recommend you to give it a try it you stay nearby
Written September 8, 2021
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Mike Y
San Francisco244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 family
Restaurant is located in the middle of downtown and was a short walk from our hotel. Upon arrival you need to check in with the hostess to get added to their wait list. There is a waiting area that they ask you to wait in however it was full upon our arrival. They told us there would be a 30 minute wait. We had arrived as a party of 3 with a 2 year old and a stroller. There was no handicap or stroller access into the restaurant. So we waited to the side and were asked to sit in the waiting area but it was full. As we stood around for 15 min we were asked again to go in the waiting area and this time there was space. As we’re waiting we borrow the menu to see what to order so we would be ready when our table was ready. After 40 minutes our table was ready. We got seated and a waitress came to take our order. We tell her what we’d like to eat and half the items we wanted were not available due to a staffing issue she said. I have no problem with the staffing issue but you would think during my 40 minutes of waiting the hostess could have made us aware of items they were out of or crossed off the items off the menu they were out of (about 25% of the menu). Anyways we proceed to order the chicken satay, pad Thai, green curry and the sweet potato fritters. All of the food was delicious and would recommend all the food to everyone. But they need to work on their service to help customers make better decisions when ordering. This would also help speed up the ordering process.
Written October 6, 2022
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jglsongs
Barcelona306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 none
Pai Northern Thai Kitchen is popular....really popular. Reservations go quickly and the wait for a walk-in can be up to an hour, but have patience because it's worth every minute of the wait. The restaurant has a very eclectic decor, great music in the background and very friendly staff. The kitchen creates excellent dishes and drinks - a wide variety of Thai specialties served loaded with spices and aromas and very generous portions. This is one restaurant which should not be missed when in Toronto and you'll be coming back but get in line behind the locals because they love it too.
Written September 4, 2022
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Tausha C
Austin80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
Best Thai food I’ve ever had! Our family ordered a handful of dishes and shared everything family style. Everything was so flavorful. The presentation was beautiful with the curry being served in a coconut. The kids loved the mango sticky rice for dessert too. Worth the wait!
Written August 1, 2022
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