Tara Thai Nw Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 1310 NW 23rd Ave

    Portland, OR 97210

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  • 503-222-7840

About Tara Thai Nw Restaurant

Hours
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 PM Monday To Thursday From 04:00 PM To 09:00 PM Friday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 PM Friday From 04:00 PM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 09:00 PM
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This long standing restaurant doesn't disappoint. I've been here many times over about 12 years each time has been great. The Vietnamese spring rolls were outrageously good and the owner even taught us how to eat them properly.

The pad

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★★★★★

This long standing restaurant doesn't disappoint. I've been here many times over about 12 years each time has been great. The Vietnamese spring rolls were outrageously good and the owner even taught us how to eat them properly.

The pad

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We have frequented this place over the last decade. Especially when visiting New Renaissance Book Store just next door. They may not have the best dining room, but the food has always been top notch, with swift service at a decent price. They also have a nice outdoor balcony seating option.

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★★★★☆

We have frequented this place over the last decade. Especially when visiting New Renaissance Book Store just next door. They may not have the best dining room, but the food has always been top notch, with swift service at a decent price. They also have a nice outdoor balcony seating option.

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A day off with a friend can usually find me stopping in here for a bite after perusing the local shops. Very friendly service and always good food. If it is nice eat out on the terrace...

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A day off with a friend can usually find me stopping in here for a bite after perusing the local shops. Very friendly service and always good food. If it is nice eat out on the terrace...

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We were charmed by the location and wonderful patio dining. The bejewelled owner (assumed) helped our teenager decide on chicken kabobs. They were overcooked, tough, jerky-like pressed meat. Awful. To the point of poisoned. I politely notified her of the "mishap" thinking she would offer another dish or remove from the bill. Boy was I mistaken. She stood by the kabobs, tasted it from our dish and stated that is how they are supposed to be. So much for pleasing the customer!

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★☆☆☆☆

We were charmed by the location and wonderful patio dining. The bejewelled owner (assumed) helped our teenager decide on chicken kabobs. They were overcooked, tough, jerky-like pressed meat. Awful. To the point of poisoned. I politely notified her of the "mishap" thinking she would offer another dish or remove from the bill. Boy was I mistaken. She stood by the kabobs, tasted it from our dish and stated that is how they are supposed to be. So much for pleasing the customer!

Pros: wonderful patio

Cons: reputation does not override quality and good service

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Had to do a dine and dash on my way to the airport on a Sunday evening and this was perfect. The food was great (Love the yellow Curry). The location is easy, the outdoor dinning is charming, the service was quick and solid and the Rice came in a pretty pueter serving dish. Love this place!

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★★★★☆

Had to do a dine and dash on my way to the airport on a Sunday evening and this was perfect. The food was great (Love the yellow Curry). The location is easy, the outdoor dinning is charming, the service was quick and solid and the Rice came in a pretty pueter serving dish. Love this place!

Pros: Value, Rice Service Bowl, Outdoor Dinning, Food

Cons: Can't think of one

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Despite this listing, Tara Thai Northwest specializes in Lao food as well.

I was introduced to the restaurant by my Lao friend who wanted to celebrate with a traditional Lao celebration dish. The food was excellent, plentiful, and nicely presented. Each time I have dined there it has been this way, whether I am with my Lao friend or not. The service is easy-going setting a tone that it is okay to linger, watch people, and enjoy our dinner companions and the location. Finally, it is a preference of mine to shop/dine, when possible, at family owned and operated businesses. I like to support them, and my experience is that there is a pride and commitment that a "managed" business seldom has. In the age of "chains" and "franchises" I find this all the more important.

For me, Tara Thai Northwest is a winner top to bottom. Don't miss it.

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★★★★★

Despite this listing, Tara Thai Northwest specializes in Lao food as well.

I was introduced to the restaurant by my Lao friend who wanted to celebrate with a traditional Lao celebration dish. The food was excellent, plentiful, and nicely presented. Each time I have dined there it has been this way, whether I am with my Lao friend or not. The service is easy-going setting a tone that it is okay to linger, watch people, and enjoy our dinner companions and the location. Finally, it is a preference of mine to shop/dine, when possible, at family owned and operated businesses. I like to support them, and my experience is that there is a pride and commitment that a "managed" business seldom has. In the age of "chains" and "franchises" I find this all the more important.

For me, Tara Thai Northwest is a winner top to bottom. Don't miss it.

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Every person that visits us in the non-rainy months gets a meal at Tara Thai. The food is exemplary, the service is top notch and the outdoor dining under the giant tree is what outdoor dining is supposed to be. We have become true Thai / Laotian lovers since our first visit two years ago and will always use Tara Thai as our reference point. Try the Larb, one of our favorites for a spicy chicken treat.

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★★★★★

Every person that visits us in the non-rainy months gets a meal at Tara Thai. The food is exemplary, the service is top notch and the outdoor dining under the giant tree is what outdoor dining is supposed to be. We have become true Thai / Laotian lovers since our first visit two years ago and will always use Tara Thai as our reference point. Try the Larb, one of our favorites for a spicy chicken treat.

Pros: Outdoor dining, Quality ingredients, Fast and Friendly service. You must sit outdoors.

Cons: None.

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Went for lunch today with coworkers and ordered Pad Ga Prau - a dish I've enjoyed at many other Thai places around Portland. This one was the worst version I've ever had - the chicken was on the rubbery side, the sauce lacked flavor, and the brown rice (which I paid $1 extra for) was mushy and sticky. Plus, the portion was quite small for an $8.50 lunch. The thing is, my husband and I went here for dinner several years ago and never went back because we felt the food was only average-tasting and not a good value - I was open to giving them a chance but I see things haven't changed.

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★★☆☆☆

Went for lunch today with coworkers and ordered Pad Ga Prau - a dish I've enjoyed at many other Thai places around Portland. This one was the worst version I've ever had - the chicken was on the rubbery side, the sauce lacked flavor, and the brown rice (which I paid $1 extra for) was mushy and sticky. Plus, the portion was quite small for an $8.50 lunch. The thing is, my husband and I went here for dinner several years ago and never went back because we felt the food was only average-tasting and not a good value - I was open to giving them a chance but I see things haven't changed.

Pros: Nice patio

Cons: Everything else

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it's got such a beatiful tree on the patio... i've really tried to like this place because it's near my house and i love the tree. but it's just bad. the prices are slightly higher than other thai places and the food is below average. i ordered pad thai once that was almost $10 and was a bunch of dry noodles stuck together. everything i've had there has been bland.

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★★☆☆☆

it's got such a beatiful tree on the patio... i've really tried to like this place because it's near my house and i love the tree. but it's just bad. the prices are slightly higher than other thai places and the food is below average. i ordered pad thai once that was almost $10 and was a bunch of dry noodles stuck together. everything i've had there has been bland.

Pros: the tree

Cons: the bland food

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Tara Thai is merely okay on almost all counts. For Thai and Lao cuisine, their food is surprisingly timid. Dishes that should have bold, booming flavor -- like pad ga prow, pad kee mao, curries, etc. -- taste okay, but certainly don't have the complexity, depth or pizzazz that I expect.

Service was fine, the location is nice (a converted victorian) and the prices seem fair, but with so many great Thai places in town to choose from, why go to Tara Thai?

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★★☆☆☆

Tara Thai is merely okay on almost all counts. For Thai and Lao cuisine, their food is surprisingly timid. Dishes that should have bold, booming flavor -- like pad ga prow, pad kee mao, curries, etc. -- taste okay, but certainly don't have the complexity, depth or pizzazz that I expect.

Service was fine, the location is nice (a converted victorian) and the prices seem fair, but with so many great Thai places in town to choose from, why go to Tara Thai?

Pros: good location

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This is a 'down-to-earth' family run Thai/Laos Restuarant. Our kids love the sticky rice & egg. The food is excellent. Great service! Great staff!

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★★★★★

This is a 'down-to-earth' family run Thai/Laos Restuarant. Our kids love the sticky rice & egg. The food is excellent. Great service! Great staff!

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not great service, a little overpriced. outdoor seating is nice. wait staff never seems happy.

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★★☆☆☆

not great service, a little overpriced. outdoor seating is nice. wait staff never seems happy.

Pros: outdoor seating

Cons: price, service

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If you want bland food, go here. The green beens in my dish were from a can and the chicken was rubber. Terrible service to boot. Don't waste your time here with Thai Orchid and Typhoon right up the street.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you want bland food, go here. The green beens in my dish were from a can and the chicken was rubber. Terrible service to boot. Don't waste your time here with Thai Orchid and Typhoon right up the street.

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Ran acrossed this place last week and wheeled in to check it out. I was very pleasantly surprised by the menu, the prices and the food...and dining on the deck was a bonus in the evening. On 23rd, but slightly away from the hustle, bustle parking nightmare. I will go back.

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★★★★☆

Ran acrossed this place last week and wheeled in to check it out. I was very pleasantly surprised by the menu, the prices and the food...and dining on the deck was a bonus in the evening. On 23rd, but slightly away from the hustle, bustle parking nightmare. I will go back.

Pros: Deck, Good food, Quick Service

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Good noodle dishes and curries here. A little expensive for the portions, compared with other good Thai places. Great deck when it's sunny; dining room is also nice and bright.

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★★★★☆

Good noodle dishes and curries here. A little expensive for the portions, compared with other good Thai places. Great deck when it's sunny; dining room is also nice and bright.

Pros: great deck

Cons: small portions

 

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