Pasadena >Restaurants > Thai Dishes Restaurant
good thai food, love place, affordable prices, very attentive staff, superb service, nice decor, very good pad thai
CLOSED 2011: now The Vol. 94. The rating is for the new restaurant, The Vol. 94. Thai Dishes closed sometime in 2011 and a new restaurant and new design came in. It's a wine bistro that serves amazing food and the wine cost is very reasonable.
Thai mini-chain with a consistent menu and friendly atmosphere..
The original Santa Monica location has been attracting loyal Westsiders since Day One, and its satellites--located from Pasadena to Redondo Beach--are also rousing success stories. The dining rooms are comfortable, the pace is brisk, and servers are congenial and efficient. This is a great spot for families and groups. If you're on the run, opt for takeout or delivery. Geared toward American palates, this Thai food is fresh, satisfying and not too spicy.
Good Food - Bad Business Practices!. We love the food here and order delivery from there often. However, the last time I ordered I tried to use a coupon they printed in their OWN menu for "$5 off an order of $25 or more for take-out or DELIVERY". When I mentioned this I was told that they only honor $3 off, not $5 for delivery. I said that the coupon clearly says for delivery orders, which brought an array of excuses of "those are expired" (which they clearly were NOT based on expiration date of Jan 1st 2008), "they were misprinted so we are not responsible" (coupons were part of glossy menus that we recieved multiple times over period of months, directly from their own delivery guys). Even after all this they refused to budge and honor the full advertised discount and I told them it was pretty unbeliveable they would risk running off a good customer forever over $2. I'm not sure if I'll ever order from them again after this, even though the food is great.
Good food, compared to most Thai restaurants the portions are much bigger. This place is small and simple. The decor is not impressive, however the food is delectable and the servings are a good size. I especially enjoy their barbeque chicken and pad thai. The staff are warm, welcoming and very attentive. The price is average. Parking are available at the back, validation are provided. Free parking are also available in front, however they tend to be full during peak hours.
Our Absolute Favorite!. I like trying different places but also like having one favorite we can go to when we don't want to make a decision. This place is a real find for Pasadena - and I probably shouldn't write a review because I don't want more people to discover it. In any case, the prices here are lower than the rest of Old Town - it's like the restaurant hasn't discovered yet that they could charge more if they wanted. Well, maybe they have - they did just raise their prices recently but only by a dollar. Great ambiance - large, high ceilings, patio seating (on the street) and it's never been crowded when I've gone. More upscale food and more choices than fast-food Thai, bet less expensive than a place like Saladang. Again, I feel like I'm cheating them with the prices lower than comparable places. My favorites are the green curry and the thai dishes spring rolls - they have never failed. The only dish I haven't liked (tried it twice) is the duck salad - way way too salty both times - they have another duck dish you could try instead. My husband always gets the pad thai - I used to be sick of this dish because I'd gotten it made poorly at so many other standard Thai places, but the pad thai here is very good. Entrees, noodle dishes and lunch specials have very good prices. The wine is also less expensive than comparable places - I think a 1/2 carafe was $6 but they might have raised the price a little. They also have takeout. This is our default restaurant. Go here before it gets too popular!
I love this place!. Great choices for vegetarians! The spicy eggplant dish is wonderful and cooked perfectly. Some of the other dishes are ok but if you are looking for a Thai place that has numerous vegetarian options, then this is the place and it is very affordable. Most dishes are around 6.00. Only negative is the atmosphere and they charge a 1.00 for a bowl of rice.
Best Thai Food. My craving for pad thai led me to this place. I had a bad experience here a long time ago but found out it was under new ownership so I thought to check it out. It's changed dramatically. The food is good, servers are nice and I talked to the owner to let him know he's done a nice job. I'd eat here again.
Good restaurant, Needs better service. I've been a fan of Thai Dishes for over 10 years, however, this specific location is not up to par in comparison to the others. The food is the same as the locations, but the service needs to be improved. The different occasions I've been to this specific restaurant, the waitresses always seem a little unfriendly - not as accommating. Come here if you want the good food, but don't expect to be treated with friendly service.
Substantial Scores all Around.
This elegant Thai restaurant serves superb food in a lovely uptown setting, at affordable prices.
Everything about this restaurant impresses me. The service is prompt, pleasant and truly competent. The environment is lovely; serene decor in a remodeled old building with high ceilings, ample muted light, and comfortable seating. Their menu has variety, but includes all the old favorites - Chicken Satay, red/yellow and green Curries, and Cashew Chicken. Ingredients are fresh, and they offer a choice of white or brown rice. Prices are reasonable, especially given the fact that they offer better food than places just a few blocks away that charge a great deal more.
The whole experience is worth repeating - over and over again.
Average only.. This place is just average, no big deal. It is conveniently located on Colorado Blvd which makes it very easy to spot. I remember having a dish sometime ago (I think it was seafood pad see ew) I didn't enjoy it due to the over excess of vegetables like broccoli, it just killed it for me. Overall food was average, but service was superb. Also, the parking's almost slim to none at Colorado Blvd if you go on peak/weekend times.
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