King & I

★★★★☆
  • 1346 Lasalle Ave

    Minneapolis, MN 55403

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  • 612-332-6928

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This place is no longer in business

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★★★★★

This place is no longer in business

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If money is no object at all, the Thai food is high quality. But this is Minneapolis, not New York or L.A. and I can name you hundreds of places that meet or exceed that quality and authenticity at half the price.

As far as the "lounge"

3
★★★★★

If money is no object at all, the Thai food is high quality. But this is Minneapolis, not New York or L.A. and I can name you hundreds of places that meet or exceed that quality and authenticity at half the price.

As far as the "lounge"

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For the record, this is my first (and probably only) review I've EVER written on any restaurant, life's too busy for this sort of stuff, but I just had to take the time to forewarn the Twin Cities area on this one.
My wife, four

3
★★★★★

For the record, this is my first (and probably only) review I've EVER written on any restaurant, life's too busy for this sort of stuff, but I just had to take the time to forewarn the Twin Cities area on this one.
My wife, four

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We went to King and I to celebrate college graduation. It started bad and went down the hill from there. It is a dying business with poor service, dirty bathrooms, mediocre food, and watered down overpriced drinks. I made a reservation

3
★★★★★

We went to King and I to celebrate college graduation. It started bad and went down the hill from there. It is a dying business with poor service, dirty bathrooms, mediocre food, and watered down overpriced drinks. I made a reservation

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I recently chose to eat at your restaurant for my birthday dinner. My finacee and I are under employed and I always considered King and I to have the feel of a more expensive restaurant at moderate prices.

The food, as usual, was

3
★★★★★

I recently chose to eat at your restaurant for my birthday dinner. My finacee and I are under employed and I always considered King and I to have the feel of a more expensive restaurant at moderate prices.

The food, as usual, was

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A good friend treated me to dinner at this fine restaurant for my birthday. We shared the mock duck egg rolls, which were delicious, and while she opted for the spinach and peanut dish with chicken, I stayed with a solid staple: pad thai with mock duck. The portions were huge, so be sure to be prepared to take home your leftovers. We also celebrated with a nice cocktail that involved plum wine, a plum, and champagne! The service was excellent...we were looked after well without staff constantly doting on us: a nice balance. The atmosphere is tasteful with Thai art and nice lighting, although it can seem a bit crowded to those who suffer claustrophobia. However, there is the option of sitting outside on the patio...but the air conditioning enticed us to stay inside.

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★★★★★

A good friend treated me to dinner at this fine restaurant for my birthday. We shared the mock duck egg rolls, which were delicious, and while she opted for the spinach and peanut dish with chicken, I stayed with a solid staple: pad thai with mock duck. The portions were huge, so be sure to be prepared to take home your leftovers. We also celebrated with a nice cocktail that involved plum wine, a plum, and champagne! The service was excellent...we were looked after well without staff constantly doting on us: a nice balance. The atmosphere is tasteful with Thai art and nice lighting, although it can seem a bit crowded to those who suffer claustrophobia. However, there is the option of sitting outside on the patio...but the air conditioning enticed us to stay inside.

Pros: Generous portions, great drinks

Cons: Garden level: can seem a bit confined

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We love Thai food and the King and I is a good one to check out. It's not my favorite place of all time, but the food is consistnelty good.

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★★★★☆

We love Thai food and the King and I is a good one to check out. It's not my favorite place of all time, but the food is consistnelty good.

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Where to start? Well, first of all the Pad Thai here is amazing, best I've had in the twin cities. Overall the food here is nothing to complain about. If you're planning on indulging in some of their delicious food I recommend takeout because the service here is the worst I've ever experienced. I can't comment on the bar staff because I go get drinks from them when 30 minutes have gone by and I haven't seen my server. However, the servers, hostesses and apparently management could care less about customer service. The wait to order drinks, food and pay is obnoxiously long compared to the competition. I've given this restaurant 4 tries of in house dining and have been disappointed each time. This will continue to be a takeout restaurant for me because they lack the know how to be a full service restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

Where to start? Well, first of all the Pad Thai here is amazing, best I've had in the twin cities. Overall the food here is nothing to complain about. If you're planning on indulging in some of their delicious food I recommend takeout because the service here is the worst I've ever experienced. I can't comment on the bar staff because I go get drinks from them when 30 minutes have gone by and I haven't seen my server. However, the servers, hostesses and apparently management could care less about customer service. The wait to order drinks, food and pay is obnoxiously long compared to the competition. I've given this restaurant 4 tries of in house dining and have been disappointed each time. This will continue to be a takeout restaurant for me because they lack the know how to be a full service restaurant.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service

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I used to live at One Ten Grant, and I've been going to the King and I for years. I was there again last night. Not much has changed and I still like it.

First off, let me say that the King's punch is every bit as good as I remember it. It is worth a trip JUST for the King's Punch. The Mojito however was pretty disappointing, somehow simultaneously watery and too sweet.

The food is very reliable and much of it is quite good, there are a few "hit or miss" items on the appetizer list.

The decor seems to be aging in not such a nice way. I wonder if it might be time to remodel the dining room. There is also a funky smell in the bar that conjures up images of something hidden and growing that is a bit unworldly. This can't be good.

I hope the place can remedy these few problems.

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★★★☆☆

I used to live at One Ten Grant, and I've been going to the King and I for years. I was there again last night. Not much has changed and I still like it.

First off, let me say that the King's punch is every bit as good as I remember it. It is worth a trip JUST for the King's Punch. The Mojito however was pretty disappointing, somehow simultaneously watery and too sweet.

The food is very reliable and much of it is quite good, there are a few "hit or miss" items on the appetizer list.

The decor seems to be aging in not such a nice way. I wonder if it might be time to remodel the dining room. There is also a funky smell in the bar that conjures up images of something hidden and growing that is a bit unworldly. This can't be good.

I hope the place can remedy these few problems.

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I've been frequenting the K&I for ten years and it has always been and remains to be of stellar service. I find it hard to believe anyone who is looking for an all around good night out fails to find it in its lounge/bar. Those that cannot (like, ahem, a certain previous overly-nostalgic reviewer) obviously have some control issues or must be living sadly to the tune of purposely finding the "bad" in everything, perhaps to the ruin of self-fulfilling prophesy. Eh, more for those of us that are addicted to it! All the bar staff, which are only a handful, are very courteous, attentive, and talented (especially blondie guy! How lame is that to personally attack someone in a review?).
But of course, I do believe good service is a privilege, not a right. If you are respectful to a place like this, the people in it are VERY good to you, ten-fold...dare I say "royal" treatment? With an err of court-jestery-ness no doubt.
It brings a certain elegant decadence to the table (literally) reflected not only in the service mentioned, but also in the atmosphere and especially the food.

The the eclecticly genred local dj's it features late give it a neighborhood cred while making it a place to be all week for newcomers. It's laid back vibe makes it comfortable any circumstance, whether after work happy hour, by yourself, date night, or a group of friends (I swear, there must be a birthday party there like every night). The downstairs enclosure feel, accented with dark mood lighting, makes it feel hidden, like a local secret. An inviting warm womb in the winter and a cool dark escape from muggy summer months.
The aforementioned exquisite indulgence is most evident in it's large portioned dishes. All the curries are to die for, the 34 red pepper sauce dish is good with any protein, and there are many others but hint: you can enjoy the spicy basil sauce (also used in an entree or rice dish) in the cheaper mussels appetizer, which are giants individually as well. Make sure and ask for a wheel-of-fire Thai chili spice tray with anything mild, if you like the burn! Chef Bou is amazing!

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★★★★★

I've been frequenting the K&I for ten years and it has always been and remains to be of stellar service. I find it hard to believe anyone who is looking for an all around good night out fails to find it in its lounge/bar. Those that cannot (like, ahem, a certain previous overly-nostalgic reviewer) obviously have some control issues or must be living sadly to the tune of purposely finding the "bad" in everything, perhaps to the ruin of self-fulfilling prophesy. Eh, more for those of us that are addicted to it! All the bar staff, which are only a handful, are very courteous, attentive, and talented (especially blondie guy! How lame is that to personally attack someone in a review?).
But of course, I do believe good service is a privilege, not a right. If you are respectful to a place like this, the people in it are VERY good to you, ten-fold...dare I say "royal" treatment? With an err of court-jestery-ness no doubt.
It brings a certain elegant decadence to the table (literally) reflected not only in the service mentioned, but also in the atmosphere and especially the food.

The the eclecticly genred local dj's it features late give it a neighborhood cred while making it a place to be all week for newcomers. It's laid back vibe makes it comfortable any circumstance, whether after work happy hour, by yourself, date night, or a group of friends (I swear, there must be a birthday party there like every night). The downstairs enclosure feel, accented with dark mood lighting, makes it feel hidden, like a local secret. An inviting warm womb in the winter and a cool dark escape from muggy summer months.
The aforementioned exquisite indulgence is most evident in it's large portioned dishes. All the curries are to die for, the 34 red pepper sauce dish is good with any protein, and there are many others but hint: you can enjoy the spicy basil sauce (also used in an entree or rice dish) in the cheaper mussels appetizer, which are giants individually as well. Make sure and ask for a wheel-of-fire Thai chili spice tray with anything mild, if you like the burn! Chef Bou is amazing!

Pros: Unique food and drinks, swanky dim atmosphere, fun staff

Cons: Nothing, if it's not too busy to find a spot

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This used to be a regular destination for me and many of my neighbors when I lived in Loring. K&I had amazing happy hours, great company, awesome bartenders, perfect mood making DJ sets. Sadly, those days are long gone. I recently came in with a few friends to show them my former 'cheers' bar and all we got was attitude attitude attitude from the spikey haired blond bartender. I didnt recognize him from the old days he seemed like he would not be out of place pouring drinks downtown but this is Loring Park and not what i want to pay for.

We ordered some astronomically priced curry dishes which were pretty tasty but still, I didn't feel very welcome this time around. Along with the upbeat neighborhood feeling, also gone is the Wednesday 2-for-1 special. Possibly worst of all to anyone who likes to close a bar, the place now closes at 1am. The DJ sound was garbage too. With so many other choices in the neighborhood (Market Barbecue, the 19, and the thrilling new Indonesian treat Bali) I don't see myself returning to "The King" any time soon.

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★★☆☆☆

This used to be a regular destination for me and many of my neighbors when I lived in Loring. K&I had amazing happy hours, great company, awesome bartenders, perfect mood making DJ sets. Sadly, those days are long gone. I recently came in with a few friends to show them my former 'cheers' bar and all we got was attitude attitude attitude from the spikey haired blond bartender. I didnt recognize him from the old days he seemed like he would not be out of place pouring drinks downtown but this is Loring Park and not what i want to pay for.

We ordered some astronomically priced curry dishes which were pretty tasty but still, I didn't feel very welcome this time around. Along with the upbeat neighborhood feeling, also gone is the Wednesday 2-for-1 special. Possibly worst of all to anyone who likes to close a bar, the place now closes at 1am. The DJ sound was garbage too. With so many other choices in the neighborhood (Market Barbecue, the 19, and the thrilling new Indonesian treat Bali) I don't see myself returning to "The King" any time soon.

Pros: Great food, live DJs, new sunday hours.

Cons: high prices, snarky server attitude

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My wife and I dined here last night, 14 February. It was our first time and I hope not our last. We have many years' experience at Thai restaurants, and this was one of the best, based on this one visit. We had: King's special egg roll to start. As some reviewers have noted, it was a bit pricey at $9.25 but was quite good as were the accompanying sauces. For entrees, we had Thai-style sweet and sour with a dozen large shrimp and a very tasty and complex broth. Excellent and definitely not over-priced at $19.50, and Gaeng Puk, a red curry prep with tofu (chicken optional). This was wonderful and also not overpriced at $17.50. A large bowl of rice is included with the meal. Aside from the excellent quality, the quantity exceeded our stomach capacities by a long shot. For dessert we split a small and inexpensive mango cake and mango ice cream. Very nice and refreshing. The staff, from the hostess to our server was very friendly, the server particularly so, in addition to being very efficient. The ambience is quite pleasant and several degrees nicer than most Thai restaurants. Those who complain about the food here being overpriced either (a) don't get out much or fail to take into account (b) the higher costs of downtown venues, (c) the quality of the aesthetics of this restaurant, (d) the quality and quantity of the preparations, or (e) all of the above. It was our first visit, admittedly; perhaps a second would be less positive. Of course, many of the critics of this restaurant probably had dined here only once as well.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I dined here last night, 14 February. It was our first time and I hope not our last. We have many years' experience at Thai restaurants, and this was one of the best, based on this one visit. We had: King's special egg roll to start. As some reviewers have noted, it was a bit pricey at $9.25 but was quite good as were the accompanying sauces. For entrees, we had Thai-style sweet and sour with a dozen large shrimp and a very tasty and complex broth. Excellent and definitely not over-priced at $19.50, and Gaeng Puk, a red curry prep with tofu (chicken optional). This was wonderful and also not overpriced at $17.50. A large bowl of rice is included with the meal. Aside from the excellent quality, the quantity exceeded our stomach capacities by a long shot. For dessert we split a small and inexpensive mango cake and mango ice cream. Very nice and refreshing. The staff, from the hostess to our server was very friendly, the server particularly so, in addition to being very efficient. The ambience is quite pleasant and several degrees nicer than most Thai restaurants. Those who complain about the food here being overpriced either (a) don't get out much or fail to take into account (b) the higher costs of downtown venues, (c) the quality of the aesthetics of this restaurant, (d) the quality and quantity of the preparations, or (e) all of the above. It was our first visit, admittedly; perhaps a second would be less positive. Of course, many of the critics of this restaurant probably had dined here only once as well.

Pros: Decor, superior and more complex preps than in most Thai restaurants, reasonable prices

Cons: None, based on this first visit

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Our food was good, and the appetizer's were great! I loved the Cream Cheese Puffs and would recommend them to everyone! However, the price was a bit high, but I suppose that's what you get for eating in the city. Another negative was the service. The waiter fine but not very friendly and didn't appear to care much for her job. I felt like such a burden on her. After working in a restaurant myself, I know that this is not how a waiter should come across. I just would hope that, after paying such a high price for a meal, that I would look forward to coming back and not dread the servers.

2
★★★★☆

Our food was good, and the appetizer's were great! I loved the Cream Cheese Puffs and would recommend them to everyone! However, the price was a bit high, but I suppose that's what you get for eating in the city. Another negative was the service. The waiter fine but not very friendly and didn't appear to care much for her job. I felt like such a burden on her. After working in a restaurant myself, I know that this is not how a waiter should come across. I just would hope that, after paying such a high price for a meal, that I would look forward to coming back and not dread the servers.

Pros: Food, Cream Cheese Puffs

Cons: Price, Service

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This is absolutely the worst place ever!! The wait staff is awful and so unhelpful. For such a pricey meal, I would expect much better service. I was there with a large party of people and our waiter only took half of our orders and then walked away. Our food came out inconsistently and the pad thai was the worst I have ever had. The restaurant was mostly empty and yet we could barely wave down our waiter. He seemed to disappear for hours. I would not recommend this place at all. If you want good Thai food head to Tum Rup Thai in Uptown, because you won't get it here!

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is absolutely the worst place ever!! The wait staff is awful and so unhelpful. For such a pricey meal, I would expect much better service. I was there with a large party of people and our waiter only took half of our orders and then walked away. Our food came out inconsistently and the pad thai was the worst I have ever had. The restaurant was mostly empty and yet we could barely wave down our waiter. He seemed to disappear for hours. I would not recommend this place at all. If you want good Thai food head to Tum Rup Thai in Uptown, because you won't get it here!

Pros: decor is nice and ambience is pretty. Fancy drinks are novel

Cons: food is overpriced and not very tasty. Staff is not well trained nor knowledgable

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I've been eating here since it was still located on Nicollet Mall (until Target tore it down.) People who just order noodles and rice, as noted in other reviews, might be disappointed.

If you don't play it "safe" you will be rewarded: (I always order the shrimp where available, they are huge, plump, and tender) 1. Holy Basil Sauce with beef, ask for no mushroom, just onion, the mushrooms wash out the flavor. Very hot and one of the best meals I've ever had. Beef is tender and semi shredded. 2. Roasted Hot Pepper Sauce with cashews, peanuts, and shrimp. Sweet and hot, the shrimp are great. 3. Thai-Style Sweet and Sour with batter-fried shrimp. A smokey sweet sauce, probably the best sweet and sour I've ever had. 4. Tom Yum - clear tangy soup with shrimp, the best Tom Yum in town. Very spicy, very crisp and clean flavor. Most Thai restaurants don't push the flavors enough when making a Tom Yum, they make it weak for Minnesota tastes. 5. The curries are great, can't remember which i had last time but very solid.

I prefer to eat in the bar area, though dining room is a tad more formal. Make reservations normally, it gets busy. Trust me on those dishes, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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★★★★★

I've been eating here since it was still located on Nicollet Mall (until Target tore it down.) People who just order noodles and rice, as noted in other reviews, might be disappointed.

If you don't play it "safe" you will be rewarded: (I always order the shrimp where available, they are huge, plump, and tender) 1. Holy Basil Sauce with beef, ask for no mushroom, just onion, the mushrooms wash out the flavor. Very hot and one of the best meals I've ever had. Beef is tender and semi shredded. 2. Roasted Hot Pepper Sauce with cashews, peanuts, and shrimp. Sweet and hot, the shrimp are great. 3. Thai-Style Sweet and Sour with batter-fried shrimp. A smokey sweet sauce, probably the best sweet and sour I've ever had. 4. Tom Yum - clear tangy soup with shrimp, the best Tom Yum in town. Very spicy, very crisp and clean flavor. Most Thai restaurants don't push the flavors enough when making a Tom Yum, they make it weak for Minnesota tastes. 5. The curries are great, can't remember which i had last time but very solid.

I prefer to eat in the bar area, though dining room is a tad more formal. Make reservations normally, it gets busy. Trust me on those dishes, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Pros: If you know what to order, best Thai in Minneapolis

Cons: A little more expensive then it used to be, but after I'm done eating, I have no regrets.

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First of all, the ambiance is great. I come here for the selection of martini's and appetizers, none of which I feel you can go wrong with. My favorite after-work order: Cucumber basil martini with chicken satay. Fabulous!

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★★★★★

First of all, the ambiance is great. I come here for the selection of martini's and appetizers, none of which I feel you can go wrong with. My favorite after-work order: Cucumber basil martini with chicken satay. Fabulous!

Pros: Selection of martinis

Cons: no nutrition information available on menu items

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I have eaten at many, many Thai restaurants and this has always come on top. I eat there about once a month.

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★★★★★

I have eaten at many, many Thai restaurants and this has always come on top. I eat there about once a month.

Pros: FOOD, service, atmosphere

Cons: a bit pricey

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I have heard good things about this place- all of them were not true. My girlfriend and I were driving around and could not find parking for Lotus. So we decided to throw the $5 towards the valet parking and go to the Kind and Thai- bad bad choice. The wait staff took about 10-15 minutes to take our order for drinks and then was pushy about taking our food order at the same time- even though the dinning room was maybe a 3rd full. The food was bland, the fried rice tasted like plain white rice- it was $15. We told the waiter and he gave us soy sauce and told my girlfriend that she should use the oil out of the pepper sauce to "make it have flavor" even after she said she does not like too much spice. Place was a huge disappointment! dont waste your money!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have heard good things about this place- all of them were not true. My girlfriend and I were driving around and could not find parking for Lotus. So we decided to throw the $5 towards the valet parking and go to the Kind and Thai- bad bad choice. The wait staff took about 10-15 minutes to take our order for drinks and then was pushy about taking our food order at the same time- even though the dinning room was maybe a 3rd full. The food was bland, the fried rice tasted like plain white rice- it was $15. We told the waiter and he gave us soy sauce and told my girlfriend that she should use the oil out of the pepper sauce to "make it have flavor" even after she said she does not like too much spice. Place was a huge disappointment! dont waste your money!!

Pros: none

Cons: all

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My husband and I had a great time at King and I. The ambiance is more bistro/lounge than a typical thai restaurant. I imagine in the warmer months, dinner in the courtyard would be beautiful. We didn't have a reservation and so we sat at the bar, where they offer the full menu. I ordered the ginger martini and my husband orded some chili martini - they were both great. For an appetizer, we had the oyster mushrooms. They were breaded and came with a nice sauce. They weren't slimy as some mushrooms can be - perfect texture and flavor. We split the shrimp pad thai for dinner since portions are very large. It was not the best pad thai I've ever had, but it was really good with a lot of shrimp. Highly recommended for a nice dinner out. I think it can be a little noisy, but that may just be in the bar area.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I had a great time at King and I. The ambiance is more bistro/lounge than a typical thai restaurant. I imagine in the warmer months, dinner in the courtyard would be beautiful. We didn't have a reservation and so we sat at the bar, where they offer the full menu. I ordered the ginger martini and my husband orded some chili martini - they were both great. For an appetizer, we had the oyster mushrooms. They were breaded and came with a nice sauce. They weren't slimy as some mushrooms can be - perfect texture and flavor. We split the shrimp pad thai for dinner since portions are very large. It was not the best pad thai I've ever had, but it was really good with a lot of shrimp. Highly recommended for a nice dinner out. I think it can be a little noisy, but that may just be in the bar area.

Pros: Service, ambiance, drinks

Cons: need a reservation

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The front page review say not good for kids but there is a dining room and a bar. The dining room is a traditional Thai style resturaunt suitable for kids. The bar is very sultry and romantic.

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★★★★★

The front page review say not good for kids but there is a dining room and a bar. The dining room is a traditional Thai style resturaunt suitable for kids. The bar is very sultry and romantic.

Pros: Very nice ambience, excellent food and fast quality service

Cons: Best Parking is Valet or on street parking.

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I have been going to the King and I for over 10 years now and have never been dissapointed. I always get the same thing because its so good!(#34, chicken in roasted pepper sauce with cashews) I have not found better satay (peanut sauce)even in SE Asia. The curry puffs are the best I've had as well. I have brought may friends here and they are all addicts too. The only bad thing is the strange music that is played on the weekends(bar area). One time the dj mixed in barking dogs with trance music. Also, there is one bartender that makes awful drinks. If he's there I will always opt for wine over their usually tasty mojitos.

2
★★★★★

I have been going to the King and I for over 10 years now and have never been dissapointed. I always get the same thing because its so good!(#34, chicken in roasted pepper sauce with cashews) I have not found better satay (peanut sauce)even in SE Asia. The curry puffs are the best I've had as well. I have brought may friends here and they are all addicts too. The only bad thing is the strange music that is played on the weekends(bar area). One time the dj mixed in barking dogs with trance music. Also, there is one bartender that makes awful drinks. If he's there I will always opt for wine over their usually tasty mojitos.

Pros: Fantastic Thai food!

Cons: Strange music in the bar on weekends

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I was in town on business and the staff at The King & I made me feel welcome and really went out of their way to ensure a fabulous dining experience.

I ordered a vegetable and tofu stir fry and specified "spicy" - not only was it fiery delicious, the server brought over extra chilis and hot sauces for me to sample.

I received a huge portion and only regretted that I didn't have a refrigerator in my hotel room so I could keep the leftovers.

Fabulous restaurant, caring staff, great wine list, I highly recommend this place!

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★★★★★

I was in town on business and the staff at The King & I made me feel welcome and really went out of their way to ensure a fabulous dining experience.

I ordered a vegetable and tofu stir fry and specified "spicy" - not only was it fiery delicious, the server brought over extra chilis and hot sauces for me to sample.

I received a huge portion and only regretted that I didn't have a refrigerator in my hotel room so I could keep the leftovers.

Fabulous restaurant, caring staff, great wine list, I highly recommend this place!

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I was excited to eat at The King and I restraint having read and heard great things about it. The atmosphere was pleasant and it was nicely decorated. However, what destroyed the experience for me and my family was the food. I am certainly no expert on Thai food, but having just eaten at True Thai (2627 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis) the previous week I was expecting dishes with equal flavor and richness. The food was awful. We ordered Pad Thai with Chicken and The King and I fried rice with BBQ pork. In both dishes the meat was over done, rubbery, and certainly not BBQed. The rice tasted as if it had come from a box and too was overdone. I would understand if this was Perkin?s attempt at Thai food, but I had paid nearly $15-20 per dish for this food! I would certainly not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was excited to eat at The King and I restraint having read and heard great things about it. The atmosphere was pleasant and it was nicely decorated. However, what destroyed the experience for me and my family was the food. I am certainly no expert on Thai food, but having just eaten at True Thai (2627 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis) the previous week I was expecting dishes with equal flavor and richness. The food was awful. We ordered Pad Thai with Chicken and The King and I fried rice with BBQ pork. In both dishes the meat was over done, rubbery, and certainly not BBQed. The rice tasted as if it had come from a box and too was overdone. I would understand if this was Perkin?s attempt at Thai food, but I had paid nearly $15-20 per dish for this food! I would certainly not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Pros: Nicely decorated, white table cloths

Cons: Food was awful!

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The main dining area has a peaceful, romantic ambience, the food is terrific, spicy and fresh. Our waiter was perfect: informative about the various dishes, courteous, prompt but did not hover. The table servers were right on as well, bringing anything we needed and never alling the water to run out. It was a great meal and we plan on making this a regular stop.

2
★★★★★

The main dining area has a peaceful, romantic ambience, the food is terrific, spicy and fresh. Our waiter was perfect: informative about the various dishes, courteous, prompt but did not hover. The table servers were right on as well, bringing anything we needed and never alling the water to run out. It was a great meal and we plan on making this a regular stop.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience, Location

Cons: Nothing

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I love this place soooo much. Good music, good drinks, good eats. I could go and drink the infused Ketel One every night. Good for chatting with a friend.

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★★★★★

I love this place soooo much. Good music, good drinks, good eats. I could go and drink the infused Ketel One every night. Good for chatting with a friend.

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We ended up here after a night of drinking in uptown. We were a large group, took a corner booth area, and just ate the bar food and ordered many more drinks. The DJ was awesome (oldies, I believe), and the bartenders and servers were super nice and great. Fabulous end to a great night.

2
★★★★☆

We ended up here after a night of drinking in uptown. We were a large group, took a corner booth area, and just ate the bar food and ordered many more drinks. The DJ was awesome (oldies, I believe), and the bartenders and servers were super nice and great. Fabulous end to a great night.

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This is one of the best Thai restaurant in Minneapolis. The food is good we always order way too much because everything is so yummy. The service is good and polite. and The restaurant is really beautiful. Its alittle pricey but its worth it.

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★★★☆☆

This is one of the best Thai restaurant in Minneapolis. The food is good we always order way too much because everything is so yummy. The service is good and polite. and The restaurant is really beautiful. Its alittle pricey but its worth it.

Pros: food and ambiance

Cons: price

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We just got back from a birthday dinner and I must say it was some of the worst service I have ever had. I have spent over ten years serving in some of the finest restaurants and bars in the US and in Europe. It took over one hour just to get entrees ordered the food all came at different times and half the orders were wrong. They have two sizes of martinis and I thought I had recieved the 6 ounce glass (because it was small) and they had automatically charged me for a large one (9 ounces). Doesn't seem like a big deal however it left me with $14 drinks. I complained to management that I know what nine ounces worth of vodka looks like (and feels like) and nothing was changed. We spent the night ignored and arguing with management. Had we not been celebrating with friends, I would have made management measure those drinks with shot glasses to prove a point. The pad thai tasted like the same noodles I make from a box with stirfry. I have had much better service from Jimmy John's delivery people than at this restaurant. We will never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We just got back from a birthday dinner and I must say it was some of the worst service I have ever had. I have spent over ten years serving in some of the finest restaurants and bars in the US and in Europe. It took over one hour just to get entrees ordered the food all came at different times and half the orders were wrong. They have two sizes of martinis and I thought I had recieved the 6 ounce glass (because it was small) and they had automatically charged me for a large one (9 ounces). Doesn't seem like a big deal however it left me with $14 drinks. I complained to management that I know what nine ounces worth of vodka looks like (and feels like) and nothing was changed. We spent the night ignored and arguing with management. Had we not been celebrating with friends, I would have made management measure those drinks with shot glasses to prove a point. The pad thai tasted like the same noodles I make from a box with stirfry. I have had much better service from Jimmy John's delivery people than at this restaurant. We will never go back.

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All things consider, it"s not a bad place. Nor is the King and I a good place, either. The food was more geared toward the locals than anything else, and I thought for the price, I might get a little more. Drink specials are good, but you pay for the so-so food.

1
★★★☆☆

All things consider, it"s not a bad place. Nor is the King and I a good place, either. The food was more geared toward the locals than anything else, and I thought for the price, I might get a little more. Drink specials are good, but you pay for the so-so food.

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I went to the King & I looking forward to their great food and relaxing atmosphere. I was disappointed with my last experience when my food took an hour to come, and where the order was screwed up. When I told my waitress just to bring me out sauce to fix my order, she charged me for it! After we complained to the manager, he got defensive and was unapologetic about the service! I am never going back to this establishment again!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to the King & I looking forward to their great food and relaxing atmosphere. I was disappointed with my last experience when my food took an hour to come, and where the order was screwed up. When I told my waitress just to bring me out sauce to fix my order, she charged me for it! After we complained to the manager, he got defensive and was unapologetic about the service! I am never going back to this establishment again!

Pros: Food

Cons: Price, service was horrid!

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Living in San Francisco, I'm spoiled when it comes to food. Unfortunately this is probably the best thai restaurant in Minneapolis. If this place were in SF, I would have to rate the food to be below average. The prices of the entrees were ridculously over priced, $15 to $25. If you're really craving thai food, then go ahead and try this place out. If not, you're not missing much. Nice service and ambiance though, thats mainly what you're paying for.

1
★★★☆☆

Living in San Francisco, I'm spoiled when it comes to food. Unfortunately this is probably the best thai restaurant in Minneapolis. If this place were in SF, I would have to rate the food to be below average. The prices of the entrees were ridculously over priced, $15 to $25. If you're really craving thai food, then go ahead and try this place out. If not, you're not missing much. Nice service and ambiance though, thats mainly what you're paying for.

Pros: Service

Cons: Value, Thai Food

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I ate here with a group of friends this past weekend. I was MORE than highly impressed with the quality of food, drinks (and selection), and ambience...Thai food is my favorite and this restaurant, by far, tops all restaurants I've eaten at in Twin Cities. We ordered several appetizers and entrees..I would highly recommend the steamed mussels...spicy and very flavorful! Also, we had many items off the menu including #34, (spicy chicken dish with cashews), a seafood/coconut entree (don't remember the name), and the Sweet 'n Sour Thai Chicken. Everything was hot, delicious, and filling. I will definitely be returning MANY, MANY times in the future!!! BRAVO!

2
★★★★★

I ate here with a group of friends this past weekend. I was MORE than highly impressed with the quality of food, drinks (and selection), and ambience...Thai food is my favorite and this restaurant, by far, tops all restaurants I've eaten at in Twin Cities. We ordered several appetizers and entrees..I would highly recommend the steamed mussels...spicy and very flavorful! Also, we had many items off the menu including #34, (spicy chicken dish with cashews), a seafood/coconut entree (don't remember the name), and the Sweet 'n Sour Thai Chicken. Everything was hot, delicious, and filling. I will definitely be returning MANY, MANY times in the future!!! BRAVO!

Pros: very flavorful, great selection, quality ingredients

Cons: can't afford everyday

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Food, if you don't empty your plate either you are not hungry or you don't appreciate ethnic food. If you have any left over call me. j/k. Finally somewhere you can go and relax and don't have to worry. No trends to follow, music out of this world, Bartender very cool, alright Jeffrey. Too bad we can't stay overnight :)

2
★★★★★

Food, if you don't empty your plate either you are not hungry or you don't appreciate ethnic food. If you have any left over call me. j/k. Finally somewhere you can go and relax and don't have to worry. No trends to follow, music out of this world, Bartender very cool, alright Jeffrey. Too bad we can't stay overnight :)

Pros: Nice ambiance, Cozy n Intimate, Superlax

Cons: na, na, na

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Where to start? Food is outstanding, a good value, and actually SPICY if you order it so (compared to Sawatdee's "AmeriThai" in particular). Servers are good, and personable. The best bartenders, and coolest bar, in town. LOVE goes into those cocktails. Best DJ night is Wednesday funk-hip hop. Look for DJs Surf and Turf on the schedule. Order a Thai Martini and relax for the night! (My only quibble is that it can get really smoky, but after 3/31 that won't be an issue.)

2
★★★★★

Where to start? Food is outstanding, a good value, and actually SPICY if you order it so (compared to Sawatdee's "AmeriThai" in particular). Servers are good, and personable. The best bartenders, and coolest bar, in town. LOVE goes into those cocktails. Best DJ night is Wednesday funk-hip hop. Look for DJs Surf and Turf on the schedule. Order a Thai Martini and relax for the night! (My only quibble is that it can get really smoky, but after 3/31 that won't be an issue.)

Pros: valet parking fast, great bar, yum.

Cons: no street parking, smoky

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Great food with huge portions doea not dissapoint. We visited this place on a whim and were pleasently surprised. The only draw back was the waitress that was less then attentive.

2
★★★★☆

Great food with huge portions doea not dissapoint. We visited this place on a whim and were pleasently surprised. The only draw back was the waitress that was less then attentive.

Pros: food, portions

Cons: service

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When eating at ethnic restaurants, I look for two things: authenticity and ingredient quality.

King & I is the kind of place where, it might not be exactly what people eat in Thailand, but perhaps they should be. Put another way, you are not going to find that yummy Kao Soi you ate on the streets of Chiang Mai. But you will find very competent curries and noodles made with fresher vegetables and higher quality meats than 99% of the Thai population will ever eat.

The chef is more adventurous than traditional. I would never even have thought of eating a green curry w/ duck & peapods. But it was wonderful.

My recommendation: eat in the bar , order fresh spring rolls (if they haven't sold out of them ), and finish with whatever curry special they have that day. Trust the chef! She knows what she's doing.

2
★★★★★

When eating at ethnic restaurants, I look for two things: authenticity and ingredient quality.

King & I is the kind of place where, it might not be exactly what people eat in Thailand, but perhaps they should be. Put another way, you are not going to find that yummy Kao Soi you ate on the streets of Chiang Mai. But you will find very competent curries and noodles made with fresher vegetables and higher quality meats than 99% of the Thai population will ever eat.

The chef is more adventurous than traditional. I would never even have thought of eating a green curry w/ duck & peapods. But it was wonderful.

My recommendation: eat in the bar , order fresh spring rolls (if they haven't sold out of them ), and finish with whatever curry special they have that day. Trust the chef! She knows what she's doing.

Pros: quality ingredients, nice atmosphere

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I have been visiting the King & I for about 4 years. This place has it all! The food is so wonderful... especially #34- Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with cashews. The specialty drinks are always amazing... one or two will keep you smiling! The atmospere in the bar area is everything you could hope for... great DJs, wonderful art work, beautiful people as far as the eye can see- and dim lighting which keeps us all lookin' good. I love this place!

2
★★★★★

I have been visiting the King & I for about 4 years. This place has it all! The food is so wonderful... especially #34- Roasted Red Pepper Sauce with cashews. The specialty drinks are always amazing... one or two will keep you smiling! The atmospere in the bar area is everything you could hope for... great DJs, wonderful art work, beautiful people as far as the eye can see- and dim lighting which keeps us all lookin' good. I love this place!

Pros: entrees for 2, vegetarian friendly, great service

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Entrees averaged $15. Enjoyed outdoor dining, chef's spicework which can be tailored to palate tolerance, and perfectly crisp vegtables. Highly recommend rice noodle and/or tofu dishes. Good waitress made for good service. Noted a couple shortcomings. Limited seafood especially in Thom Yum. Chef will know what I am describing. Steamed rice was steaming yet wasn't fresh.

2
★★★★☆

Entrees averaged $15. Enjoyed outdoor dining, chef's spicework which can be tailored to palate tolerance, and perfectly crisp vegtables. Highly recommend rice noodle and/or tofu dishes. Good waitress made for good service. Noted a couple shortcomings. Limited seafood especially in Thom Yum. Chef will know what I am describing. Steamed rice was steaming yet wasn't fresh.

Pros: Sauces, Service, Ambience

Cons: , Steamed rice

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Best Thai in city, hands down. The menu is fantastic and I can't get enough of the roasted red pepper/cashew dish and any of the curries. Great scallops and jumbo prawns if you're in the mood for seafood. For a change of pace, sit in the bar area to dine and have a specialty cocktail while listening to a guest DJ. Will not disappoint.

2
★★★★★

Best Thai in city, hands down. The menu is fantastic and I can't get enough of the roasted red pepper/cashew dish and any of the curries. Great scallops and jumbo prawns if you're in the mood for seafood. For a change of pace, sit in the bar area to dine and have a specialty cocktail while listening to a guest DJ. Will not disappoint.

Pros: great food, good atmosphere, good value

Cons: gets crowded

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This is the best Thai food in Minneapolis. We had a group of 25 people and out waiter never wrote an order down and everyone received their meal with no problems....impressive. The two women DJ's were superb and set the perfect mood with their music. The outdoor dining here is great also. Definitely a must eat at restaurant.

2
★★★★★

This is the best Thai food in Minneapolis. We had a group of 25 people and out waiter never wrote an order down and everyone received their meal with no problems....impressive. The two women DJ's were superb and set the perfect mood with their music. The outdoor dining here is great also. Definitely a must eat at restaurant.

Pros: smart waitstaff, great food, superb DJ's

Cons: parking

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My girfriend and I recently ate here and the food was fanastic! We are avid thai eater and thought the food was the best we had. The rest. was great also!.

2
★★★★☆

My girfriend and I recently ate here and the food was fanastic! We are avid thai eater and thought the food was the best we had. The rest. was great also!.

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I've been to every Thai restaurant in the metro area, and many in other cities, including Thailand. King and I is like a fancy Thai restaurant in Bangkok, and it's superior to most American Thai restaurants in nearly every way. The Managers Special is a favorite, but the entire menu is to be recommended. Use the convenient valet parking. Simply put, careful and talented preparation equals great flavor.

2
★★★★★

I've been to every Thai restaurant in the metro area, and many in other cities, including Thailand. King and I is like a fancy Thai restaurant in Bangkok, and it's superior to most American Thai restaurants in nearly every way. The Managers Special is a favorite, but the entire menu is to be recommended. Use the convenient valet parking. Simply put, careful and talented preparation equals great flavor.

Pros: Flavor, Quality Ingredients, Valet Parking

Cons: Dark, Service is ok

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Are you kidding? This place has no idea what Thai food is. Their dishes are drowning in sauce and taste more like Perkins food than Thai food. I can't believe that it was rated above Kitsana - which should be at the top of the list anyway.

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★☆☆☆☆

Are you kidding? This place has no idea what Thai food is. Their dishes are drowning in sauce and taste more like Perkins food than Thai food. I can't believe that it was rated above Kitsana - which should be at the top of the list anyway.

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King & I - THE BEST OF THE BEST! You can not get any better than this- I have been to every THAI restaurant that MN has to offer and this by far is the best - FOOD & ATMOSPHERE - You can be casual or make it a DATE night HE/SHE will never forget!

2
★★★★★

King & I - THE BEST OF THE BEST! You can not get any better than this- I have been to every THAI restaurant that MN has to offer and this by far is the best - FOOD & ATMOSPHERE - You can be casual or make it a DATE night HE/SHE will never forget!

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It's the best thai that I ever have...
I've been exploring all the thai restaurant in twin cities area, after I tasted King and I, I feel robed with other thai places

2
★★★★★

It's the best thai that I ever have...
I've been exploring all the thai restaurant in twin cities area, after I tasted King and I, I feel robed with other thai places

Pros: valet is reasonable, food is great, feel like in thai

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I've been to Thailand twice for what was primarilly a food discovery tour(frog skin chips, anyone?) and truthfully found no place serving finer fare than the King and I. I've been a regular customer since almost the beginning on the Mall and have been amazed at the consistent quality of the dishes. I've brought numerous friends and clients to dinner here and have heard nary a complaint. It's become not only my favorite Twin Cities' restaurant, but my wife's, son's, and daughter's also. As to the comments pertaining to price, while it's true they have risen since the old days, the decor, fine china, and authentic Thai artwork make the few extra dollars a pleasure to part with. The male's in our family believe the Sqiud Holy Basil to be the tastiest dish to be found anywhere. The ladies opt for the Palatial Shrimp and Scallops.

2
★★★★★

I've been to Thailand twice for what was primarilly a food discovery tour(frog skin chips, anyone?) and truthfully found no place serving finer fare than the King and I. I've been a regular customer since almost the beginning on the Mall and have been amazed at the consistent quality of the dishes. I've brought numerous friends and clients to dinner here and have heard nary a complaint. It's become not only my favorite Twin Cities' restaurant, but my wife's, son's, and daughter's also. As to the comments pertaining to price, while it's true they have risen since the old days, the decor, fine china, and authentic Thai artwork make the few extra dollars a pleasure to part with. The male's in our family believe the Sqiud Holy Basil to be the tastiest dish to be found anywhere. The ladies opt for the Palatial Shrimp and Scallops.

Pros: Wonderful service, Finest Thai anywhere, Good beer selection

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I've enjoyed the King and I since their move from downtown Minneapolis to Loring Park. The new location offers elegance and comfort, all the while in an itimate setting. Appetizers and drinks are fun, imaginative and visually beautiful. Just this past weekend we dined on Chicken Skewers with a Satay peanut sauce, wonderful sweet cucumber salad, Vegitarian Egg rolls, Pad Thai Noodles and big, beautiful prawns in an unbelievable coconut and red curry sauce. King and I Thai has the most fabulous calamari - never rubbery, it melts in your mouth like butter with a batter that defies gravity. The spicy ginger sauce served with the calamari is excellent as well.

2
★★★★★

I've enjoyed the King and I since their move from downtown Minneapolis to Loring Park. The new location offers elegance and comfort, all the while in an itimate setting. Appetizers and drinks are fun, imaginative and visually beautiful. Just this past weekend we dined on Chicken Skewers with a Satay peanut sauce, wonderful sweet cucumber salad, Vegitarian Egg rolls, Pad Thai Noodles and big, beautiful prawns in an unbelievable coconut and red curry sauce. King and I Thai has the most fabulous calamari - never rubbery, it melts in your mouth like butter with a batter that defies gravity. The spicy ginger sauce served with the calamari is excellent as well.

Pros: Refreshing & differen, Generous Portions, Great drinks

Cons: Hard to find, Often very Busy

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if you like spicy food, this is the best place to visit. spice trays (upon request) are available and the food is phenomenal. service is great with certain servers, as others are mediocre.

2
★★★★★

if you like spicy food, this is the best place to visit. spice trays (upon request) are available and the food is phenomenal. service is great with certain servers, as others are mediocre.

Pros: spicy food, fast service, nice dining area

Cons: new servers

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incredible food; wonderful selection; hilarious waitress...the pina colada was pretty awful, but everything else was outstanding! and, surprisingly, a friend took me late-night post-concert to The King & I, and it had a great lounge atmosphere! excellent dj, great drink specials (uh, wednesday was ladies night 2 for 1) and attentive service. Will be back!

2
★★★★★

incredible food; wonderful selection; hilarious waitress...the pina colada was pretty awful, but everything else was outstanding! and, surprisingly, a friend took me late-night post-concert to The King & I, and it had a great lounge atmosphere! excellent dj, great drink specials (uh, wednesday was ladies night 2 for 1) and attentive service. Will be back!

Pros: comfortable, cool decor, attentive service

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We went to King & I Thai only after receiving a gift certificate there. What started out as a poor dining experience (the waiters didn't even acknowledge us until we had been there for 10 minutes, and the place wasn't even busy at the time) ended with a very satisfying meal. Once the waiter took our order and my coconut colada was in hand, everything was uphill from there. The pad thai was topnotch, as were the shrimp puffs. The food was a little more expensive than Sawatdee (about $15.00 for each entree), but we had enough food left over for three more meals each. Definitely a place I'd visit again.

2
★★★★☆

We went to King & I Thai only after receiving a gift certificate there. What started out as a poor dining experience (the waiters didn't even acknowledge us until we had been there for 10 minutes, and the place wasn't even busy at the time) ended with a very satisfying meal. Once the waiter took our order and my coconut colada was in hand, everything was uphill from there. The pad thai was topnotch, as were the shrimp puffs. The food was a little more expensive than Sawatdee (about $15.00 for each entree), but we had enough food left over for three more meals each. Definitely a place I'd visit again.

Pros: Inexpensive valet, Delicious food, Romantic atmosphere

Cons: Slow wait staff, a little pricey

 

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