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Dara Thai Lao Cuisine

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1549 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
+1 510-841-2002
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 22:00
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Mountain View, California
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

This is a nice family run restaurant. The food is very tasty and the service is fast and friendly. They had an excellent Pumpkin soup on the menu when we went.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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181 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

I think the cuisine had been "dumbed down" for the majority local population, but still offers a sense of the "real deal". I had the laarb muu (pork salad). I asked for it to be mild, because in a previous incarnation, when I was much younger and served in Laos you could ask for it "phet mak" (real hot) and... More 

Thank Barney53727
portland, or / missoula, mt
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Affordable prices, outdoor seating, pleasant wait staff. Great perch to people watch - corner of shattuck & cedar peeps.

Thank auntchrissy
Novato, California
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2014

Nice staff and good prices. The mother cooks (she also wrote a good cookbook) and the kids wait tables. Often children doing homework. Very friendly atmosphere. Nice to sit outside and people watch.

Thank john f
Coventry, Connecticut
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219 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2014

It is not often that we come across an impressive extraordinary Thai restaurant, it is simply one of a surprise find. The Dara's Thai & Lao Cuisine, is exceptionally very good, the menu has many authentic traditional Thai and Lao dishes. We had the Eggplant with chicken, and the Steamed fish and vegetables, with Jasmine steamed rice, Thai tea. Delicious!... More 

Thank Felixberto E
The OC
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129 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Had enough Pho and other Asian choices? Then this place is for you. Homemade sausage, tiny fried quail, and VERY hot curry. Properly hot, not the typical American stuff. Service not so friendly, but hey, the food's excellent.

Thank EnglandScotland
Anchorage, Alaska
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2013

I started with baby spinach leaves with peanut and coconut on top very pretty served with a tamarind sauce. then I had stir fry vegetables with wide rice noodles with a mild black bean sauce just the right amount of flavor for the rice noodles. My guest had three delicious thin cut pork chops which he ate with relish.

Thank Robabas
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Reviewed 28 January 2008

what is this place doing in the gourmet ghetto?

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Reviewed 21 January 2008

have eaten there on several occasions over the last few years... lately seems like they don't have enough waiters to attend to the customers promptly and attentively... after being asked whether there were eggs in the veggie rolls (which, to me, seemed a clear indication of that i did not want eggs) she brought the noodles cooked with - yes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1549 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-841-2002

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?