Seattle >Food & Dining > Jai Thai - Belltown
2132 1st Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.612229 -122.344577
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
AVOID!!! – Horrible food, period! My phud thai was tasteless and the panang curry came lukewarm. Very pricey too compared to the much better tasting Jai Thai branch at Northgate. AVOID!
Generating too much noise to neighborhoods – I live pretty close to this restaurant/bar. I have dined there once but I will never come back because this place does not care about people living close by. Even at 1:30am, it plays super loud musics with doors open and allows a whole bunch of drunk smokers smoke cigarettes outside, which cause us a lot of trouble getting to sleep. It really annoys all neighborhood residents. If you are an individual who cares about the people living in Belltown, do not visit this place.
It's all about the noodles at this Belltown favorite. – In Short
With its ornate decorations and dependable menu items, this First Avenue Thai restaurant draws a steady crowd of Belltown scenesters to its bar and dining area. Homemade noodles elevate the otherwise standard pad thai and take center stage in the savory drunken noodles. Spicy, comforting tom yum soup is chock-full of vegetables, meat and tangy lemongrass.
good for food, drinks and meeting girls – there is usually a dj spinning on fri and sat night...and they have a secret room off to the side where you can hang out...and kiss. i love this place!
Crappy service – The staff (waitresses) have stiff faces and make you feel unwelcomed. It seems as though their face is going to crack if they smile in the slightest. Not recommended if good service is important to you. All other Jai Thai's have had decent service.
Good Food – I've been surprised reading through these reviews at how many people say they have poor service. This restaurant is walking distance from my house so I go every few months. I've never had them misunderstand me, make a mistake with my order, or take an unnaturally long time. The food is always hot, exactly as spicey as ordered, and always delivered within a reasonable amount of time. I love this place. It's great. I might marginally prefer the Belltown location, but that's primarily the atmosphere of the restaurant. This location is quite small.
Horrible! – I go to the Jai Thai restaurant in Fremont all the time and they have great food and service. So, one night before a show at the Moore Theater, I decided to try this location. What a mistake! I can't believe that two restaurants supposedly owned by the same people could be SO different. This place was not only one of the worst Thai restaurants I've been to, it was one of the worst restaurants I've been to PERIOD. The service was awful - it probably took 10 minutes for the waiter to take our order, our drinks never arrived (but we were charged for them), and he brought the wrong food, which was literally cold. It was truly bizarre. I don't know how this place can stay in business in Belltown, with so many other great restaurants around. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
Not consistent, not very good – The Jai Thai chain is ok overall, but the Belltown location is the worst. Not sure how many chefs they have in the back, but there is a major problem with consistency. Sometimes the food's ok, other times it sucks. The service is mediocre at this location - the Fremont location is much friendlier. The best value for Thai food is at the Westlake Center food court.
No Contest – My main cuisine staple is Thai food and this place has it all. Great food, service was friendly with a smile from "The land of a thousand smiles" and my drinks were expertly made but the wine list is a little weak if you are wine savvy. Overall this place is one we will be back to!
Service is spotty at best – The first time I went to this Jai Thai the wait staff was far less attentive than they should have been. We had all decided what we wanted to order for 10 minutes before anyone came to take our orders. Then the food took forever and one of the dishes was not what was ordered at all. Food was tasty though ;)
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