Thai Ku

★★★★☆
  • 5410 Ballard Ave NW

    Seattle, WA 98107

    Map & Directions
  • 206-706-7807

About Thai Ku

Categories
  • Restaurants

Food

Food
More choices in Seattle:
Resultset_next

Cascadia

2328 First Ave Seattle, WA

Resultset_next

Pagliacci Pizza Restaurant & Delivery - Broadway

426 Broadway Ave. E. Seattle, WA

3.5 52
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Thai Ku was?
Write a Review
  « Previous 1
.

We went in as a party of 8. The young female server was very unfriendly and responded with a blank stare when we asked for additional orders. She also walked off without answering so we didn't know if she took our order. Apparently she knew she would receive a tip so she didn't bother putting in any effort. Unpleasant experience being served by someone by bad attitude with service that didn't deserve a 10% tip.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went in as a party of 8. The young female server was very unfriendly and responded with a blank stare when we asked for additional orders. She also walked off without answering so we didn't know if she took our order. Apparently she knew she would receive a tip so she didn't bother putting in any effort. Unpleasant experience being served by someone by bad attitude with service that didn't deserve a 10% tip.

Pros: food is good

Cons: 18% ADDED GRATUITY!! and $9.00 for a bowl of rice!

.

I have been coming here for years and always have a great experience. Its my favorite place to bring out of town guests to kick off the ballard experience. The food and service are always great. Parking is always a bit of a problem in ballard, but that goes for every restaurant there. I always get the same thing-though i cannot pronounce it-it is the garlic chicken noodle dish. I get an undeniable craving for it every couple weeks! Great casual place to go to kick of a night in Ballard.

2
★★★★★

I have been coming here for years and always have a great experience. Its my favorite place to bring out of town guests to kick off the ballard experience. The food and service are always great. Parking is always a bit of a problem in ballard, but that goes for every restaurant there. I always get the same thing-though i cannot pronounce it-it is the garlic chicken noodle dish. I get an undeniable craving for it every couple weeks! Great casual place to go to kick of a night in Ballard.

.

We ate here last night for the first time and I was really impressed. The food was very well balanced and fresh. I also like the ambiance. They have a cool old opium dent downstairs. Check it out! I would highly recommend Thaiku.

2
★★★★★

We ate here last night for the first time and I was really impressed. The food was very well balanced and fresh. I also like the ambiance. They have a cool old opium dent downstairs. Check it out! I would highly recommend Thaiku.

.

This is one of my favorite places to come, whether you are dressed down or dressed up ! Bartender Jake is AWESOME !

Try the crying tiger beef app and the crab rangoons.....

Known for their Yohito's, but I prefer just a mojito : )

2
★★★★★

This is one of my favorite places to come, whether you are dressed down or dressed up ! Bartender Jake is AWESOME !

Try the crying tiger beef app and the crab rangoons.....

Known for their Yohito's, but I prefer just a mojito : )

Pros: quick and attentive staff

Cons: can get super busy

.

I eat here a couple times a month with some co-workers for lunch. The food can be inconsistent but I've found that the Tom ka gai (coconut curry soup w/ chicken) is always good. Service can be slow but the prices are reasonable.

1
★★★☆☆

I eat here a couple times a month with some co-workers for lunch. The food can be inconsistent but I've found that the Tom ka gai (coconut curry soup w/ chicken) is always good. Service can be slow but the prices are reasonable.

Pros: Downtown Ballard, good for lunch

Cons: parking can be tough, service can be iffy

.

With a pleathora of Thai resturants to choose from in Seattle, I have to say this one sets itself apart. The service was excellent, the Pad Thai (which I always get) was one of the best and they even have a special coctail menu with interesting choices.

5
★★★★★

With a pleathora of Thai resturants to choose from in Seattle, I have to say this one sets itself apart. The service was excellent, the Pad Thai (which I always get) was one of the best and they even have a special coctail menu with interesting choices.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Best underground jazz scene in Seattle! Wow! What a surprise. I went there after a movie on a Thursday night and was treated to some of the best jazz I've ever heard! Mark Seals, Jeff Johnson and Tadd Britton were performing that night. It was absolutely the best I've heard since I moved to Seattle from New York City. We were too late to order food, but we decided to get a cocktail and we ordered a drink that had lotus root in it. It was delicious! We stayed until the music stopped at around 11:30. I went there a couple other times and there were other people playing that were also very good players. My understanding is that they have live jazz there twice a week and have done so for years. It's like an underground secret or something. that makes it even cooler! The place is the best, most unique club in all of Ballard and Seattle as far as I'm concerned. It has it all. It's friendly. It's busy. It's relaxed and it's in the heart of old Ballard. Anyone who is visiting town for the first time should go there on a Thursday night and catch the live jazz. There's NO COVER CHARGE! But there is a one drink minimum for the psychadelic drinks. I would have ordered TWO! FIVE STARS FOR THE GREAT LIVE JAZZ!! And FIVE STARS FOR THE ATMOSPHERE!!

I think people who go to the trouble of writing a bad review of such a cool place MUST work at a rival restaurant in the area. While other places all around it are empty, The Thaiku is always packed. I guess that speaks for the quality of the service and the menu, but it's the extras that make the club enticing enough to motivate me to get up and be a part of the scene. Damn, this place is COOL!

2
★★★★★

Best underground jazz scene in Seattle! Wow! What a surprise. I went there after a movie on a Thursday night and was treated to some of the best jazz I've ever heard! Mark Seals, Jeff Johnson and Tadd Britton were performing that night. It was absolutely the best I've heard since I moved to Seattle from New York City. We were too late to order food, but we decided to get a cocktail and we ordered a drink that had lotus root in it. It was delicious! We stayed until the music stopped at around 11:30. I went there a couple other times and there were other people playing that were also very good players. My understanding is that they have live jazz there twice a week and have done so for years. It's like an underground secret or something. that makes it even cooler! The place is the best, most unique club in all of Ballard and Seattle as far as I'm concerned. It has it all. It's friendly. It's busy. It's relaxed and it's in the heart of old Ballard. Anyone who is visiting town for the first time should go there on a Thursday night and catch the live jazz. There's NO COVER CHARGE! But there is a one drink minimum for the psychadelic drinks. I would have ordered TWO! FIVE STARS FOR THE GREAT LIVE JAZZ!! And FIVE STARS FOR THE ATMOSPHERE!!

I think people who go to the trouble of writing a bad review of such a cool place MUST work at a rival restaurant in the area. While other places all around it are empty, The Thaiku is always packed. I guess that speaks for the quality of the service and the menu, but it's the extras that make the club enticing enough to motivate me to get up and be a part of the scene. Damn, this place is COOL!

Pros: The live jazz, the drinks, the service, the atmosphere, the location

Cons: not enough parking

.

Wow! This place is GREAT! I had the good fortune to go there on a Thursday night when there was a jazz band playing there. But it wasn't just any jazz band. It was Tadd Britton, Mark Seals and Jeff Johnson. These guys are three MONSTER players! It was fantastic! there is a beautiful grand piano in there and I couldn't believe it when I found out they have been having live jazz in there every Thursday night for years! This is a real underground jazz club as good as you would find anywhere in the country! I try to go there every Thursday to see who's playing. They don't really advertise it but I highly recommend checking out a Thursday night. They didn't charge a cover charge for the live music, either! I had a drink called a "Yohito" and it was very tasty! The food is EXCELLENT! I had the Phad Thai and it had a real tamerin paste base as opposed to the ketchup that many American/Thai places use. I have been to Thailand many times and the food here is really authentic. I give it 5 stars just for the quality of the music alone!

2
★★★★★

Wow! This place is GREAT! I had the good fortune to go there on a Thursday night when there was a jazz band playing there. But it wasn't just any jazz band. It was Tadd Britton, Mark Seals and Jeff Johnson. These guys are three MONSTER players! It was fantastic! there is a beautiful grand piano in there and I couldn't believe it when I found out they have been having live jazz in there every Thursday night for years! This is a real underground jazz club as good as you would find anywhere in the country! I try to go there every Thursday to see who's playing. They don't really advertise it but I highly recommend checking out a Thursday night. They didn't charge a cover charge for the live music, either! I had a drink called a "Yohito" and it was very tasty! The food is EXCELLENT! I had the Phad Thai and it had a real tamerin paste base as opposed to the ketchup that many American/Thai places use. I have been to Thailand many times and the food here is really authentic. I give it 5 stars just for the quality of the music alone!

.

The menu, service, drinks, atmosphere, prices, and bar are all good. They also have a small parking lot.

2
★★★★☆

The menu, service, drinks, atmosphere, prices, and bar are all good. They also have a small parking lot.

.

And quite possibly our favorite restaurant, considering we eat out at Thaiku more than anywhere else!

Must try: Fresh rolls, pad see iew, kraplau, tom yum

2
★★★★★

And quite possibly our favorite restaurant, considering we eat out at Thaiku more than anywhere else!

Must try: Fresh rolls, pad see iew, kraplau, tom yum

.

As a new resident of Ballard, I would love to love Thaiku. Sadly, my first (and last) Thaiku experience was a big disappointment. From the ambiance to the food to the drinks, everything was bad. First, the ambiance: this place was loud! We went on a crowded night after a big event in Ballard, so it makes sense that the restaurant was full. Still, it was louder than it should have been.

Second, the food: nothing was good. We started with vegetarian salad rolls. The veggies in the rolls were fresh, but the tofu was rubbery and overdone. The peanut dipping sauce that we subbed for the hoisin sauce was separated and lacked flavor. For entrees, we ordered numbers 21 and 23 (I can't remember the names, but these are their numbers on the menu). The first dish was veggies with a soy-based sauce over crunchy chow mein noodles. The flavor was just ok; the dish overall was weird. The second dish was rice noodles with a red sauce that had a strong, smoky/sweet flavor. This was just weird too. After a while, the flavor started to grow on me, but not enough so that I'd go back and try it again - it just became less weird.

Finally, the cocktails: Thaiku's menu provides warnings about the potency of the yohimbe drinks - they say that the aphrodisiacal yohimbe can cause hallucinations. We were lured in by the hype and each ordered the Yohito. They were bitter and disgusting. One of my friends finished hers, but the other two remained untouched after a few sips. Our server noticed that we weren't drinking ours and sympathetically asked if we didn't like them - she clearly gets this response often. She offered to add more soda to make them more palatable.

The best thing that I can say about this place is that they have a big bowl of candy by the door.

I have no idea why there seem to be so many Thaiku fans. I can only guess that we ordered the wrong things. Either way, there are so many good places in Ballard that I won't spend another evening trying to like Thaiku.

0
★☆☆☆☆

As a new resident of Ballard, I would love to love Thaiku. Sadly, my first (and last) Thaiku experience was a big disappointment. From the ambiance to the food to the drinks, everything was bad. First, the ambiance: this place was loud! We went on a crowded night after a big event in Ballard, so it makes sense that the restaurant was full. Still, it was louder than it should have been.

Second, the food: nothing was good. We started with vegetarian salad rolls. The veggies in the rolls were fresh, but the tofu was rubbery and overdone. The peanut dipping sauce that we subbed for the hoisin sauce was separated and lacked flavor. For entrees, we ordered numbers 21 and 23 (I can't remember the names, but these are their numbers on the menu). The first dish was veggies with a soy-based sauce over crunchy chow mein noodles. The flavor was just ok; the dish overall was weird. The second dish was rice noodles with a red sauce that had a strong, smoky/sweet flavor. This was just weird too. After a while, the flavor started to grow on me, but not enough so that I'd go back and try it again - it just became less weird.

Finally, the cocktails: Thaiku's menu provides warnings about the potency of the yohimbe drinks - they say that the aphrodisiacal yohimbe can cause hallucinations. We were lured in by the hype and each ordered the Yohito. They were bitter and disgusting. One of my friends finished hers, but the other two remained untouched after a few sips. Our server noticed that we weren't drinking ours and sympathetically asked if we didn't like them - she clearly gets this response often. She offered to add more soda to make them more palatable.

The best thing that I can say about this place is that they have a big bowl of candy by the door.

I have no idea why there seem to be so many Thaiku fans. I can only guess that we ordered the wrong things. Either way, there are so many good places in Ballard that I won't spend another evening trying to like Thaiku.

Pros: Attentive service, candy bowl

Cons: Food, ambiance, cocktails

.

There's a strict one-per-customer limit on the Yohito, a mojito made with the African herb yohimbe, rumored to be an aphrodisiac, stimulant and mild hallucinogen

1
★★★☆☆

There's a strict one-per-customer limit on the Yohito, a mojito made with the African herb yohimbe, rumored to be an aphrodisiac, stimulant and mild hallucinogen

.

I took my parents here to try Thai food. Never again. Service was bad. Floor was dirty. Out of 6 dishes only 2 were average. Others were quite mediocre. I won't be going back with so many other Thai choices out there.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I took my parents here to try Thai food. Never again. Service was bad. Floor was dirty. Out of 6 dishes only 2 were average. Others were quite mediocre. I won't be going back with so many other Thai choices out there.

Pros: location

Cons: everything else

.

Ok so I normally play it safe with Thai food but every time I push my limits I am greatly satisfied. With a great atmosphere, great food, and interesting bar menu Thaiku is definitely one of the best overall experiences for dinning in Ballard. This spot can get crowded on the weekends but other wise your table is waiting.

2
★★★★★

Ok so I normally play it safe with Thai food but every time I push my limits I am greatly satisfied. With a great atmosphere, great food, and interesting bar menu Thaiku is definitely one of the best overall experiences for dinning in Ballard. This spot can get crowded on the weekends but other wise your table is waiting.

.

Highly recommend Thaiku for a cocktail and appetizer. The bar has a really nice feel, cool crowd, excellent cocktails and a good bar menu. Personally, I dont care to dine here. I find the entrees mediocre and service in the dining area just ok.

2
★★★★☆

Highly recommend Thaiku for a cocktail and appetizer. The bar has a really nice feel, cool crowd, excellent cocktails and a good bar menu. Personally, I dont care to dine here. I find the entrees mediocre and service in the dining area just ok.

Pros: Cocktails

Cons: Parking

.

i got attitude from a server the last time i was in here becuase she really just wanted to leave and go home since it was late. i like the atmosphere, bar, and also the music acts that play in the bar area...everything works...especially the price...very reasonable...or cheap for the good food you get. i like this place and try to get here often. their special drinks are VERY strong!

2
★★★★☆

i got attitude from a server the last time i was in here becuase she really just wanted to leave and go home since it was late. i like the atmosphere, bar, and also the music acts that play in the bar area...everything works...especially the price...very reasonable...or cheap for the good food you get. i like this place and try to get here often. their special drinks are VERY strong!

.

Our party of nine descended upon Thaiku last Saturday night for my birthday dinner. As we had no reservation, we immediately headed to the restaurants Fu Kun Wu bar to enjoy some cocktails. I opted for the oolong-tini, a unique and delicate martini made with vodka and oolong tea. Frankly, I thought it was pretty darn good! Several in our group dared to drink Fu Kun Wus infamous Yohimbe cocktailsconcoctions featuring an herb known for is aphrodisiac and mildly hallucinogenic properties. Personally, I think the Yohimbe hype is just thathypeas nobody in our group proved to become overly amorous or delusional. We ended up waiting an eternity in the bar, which in and of itself is understandable due our groups large size. However, since it took a good 1 ? hours for the bar server to attend to us, we werent able to order any appetizers while waiting. Once at the table, the service didnt improve much, although the food was quite good. Spring rolls and fried won tons filled with crab and cream cheese were both tasty. My favorite appetizer was a beautiful spread of deep green leaves with various toppings including toasted coconut, peanuts, chopped onion, lime, and sauces. Chosen ingredients were rolled inside the leaves and eaten taco-style. I was particularly thrilled with my entree, my all-time favorite Thai dishKao Soy. Kao Soy is an amazingly delicious (and hard to find) Northern Thai dish featuring egg noodles in a coconut curry sauce with pickled mustard greensyour choice of chicken or tofu at Thaiku. Its fantastic, and on this night was relished not only by me but by several other members of the table. Unfortunately, the wonderful flavors were paired with eternal waits for service in a near-empty restauranta damper on what would otherwise have been a lovely dining experience.

1
★★★☆☆

Our party of nine descended upon Thaiku last Saturday night for my birthday dinner. As we had no reservation, we immediately headed to the restaurants Fu Kun Wu bar to enjoy some cocktails. I opted for the oolong-tini, a unique and delicate martini made with vodka and oolong tea. Frankly, I thought it was pretty darn good! Several in our group dared to drink Fu Kun Wus infamous Yohimbe cocktailsconcoctions featuring an herb known for is aphrodisiac and mildly hallucinogenic properties. Personally, I think the Yohimbe hype is just thathypeas nobody in our group proved to become overly amorous or delusional. We ended up waiting an eternity in the bar, which in and of itself is understandable due our groups large size. However, since it took a good 1 ? hours for the bar server to attend to us, we werent able to order any appetizers while waiting. Once at the table, the service didnt improve much, although the food was quite good. Spring rolls and fried won tons filled with crab and cream cheese were both tasty. My favorite appetizer was a beautiful spread of deep green leaves with various toppings including toasted coconut, peanuts, chopped onion, lime, and sauces. Chosen ingredients were rolled inside the leaves and eaten taco-style. I was particularly thrilled with my entree, my all-time favorite Thai dishKao Soy. Kao Soy is an amazingly delicious (and hard to find) Northern Thai dish featuring egg noodles in a coconut curry sauce with pickled mustard greensyour choice of chicken or tofu at Thaiku. Its fantastic, and on this night was relished not only by me but by several other members of the table. Unfortunately, the wonderful flavors were paired with eternal waits for service in a near-empty restauranta damper on what would otherwise have been a lovely dining experience.

Pros: Excellent food, Kao Soy on the menu, great cocktails

Cons: Inattentive service

.

We go here now and then for lunch. The service has really gone downhill. There are many excellent dishes but be prepared to wait to be seated even when there are many open tables, then once seated to wait for somebody to take your order. The food delivery is usually fairly quick but wait again for your check. The servers are not friendly at all. We keep going back because we really like some of the food but after our last experience we will definately be reluctant to go back. Too bad, it used to be one of my favorites.

2
★★★★☆

We go here now and then for lunch. The service has really gone downhill. There are many excellent dishes but be prepared to wait to be seated even when there are many open tables, then once seated to wait for somebody to take your order. The food delivery is usually fairly quick but wait again for your check. The servers are not friendly at all. We keep going back because we really like some of the food but after our last experience we will definately be reluctant to go back. Too bad, it used to be one of my favorites.

Pros: many good dishes

Cons: service

.

I have been to this restaurant since it opened and loved the food. The real gem of this space is the bar and the downstairs. Talk about different. It is a cool little cellar space that is fun and intimate. The drinks are creative and potent.

2
★★★★☆

I have been to this restaurant since it opened and loved the food. The real gem of this space is the bar and the downstairs. Talk about different. It is a cool little cellar space that is fun and intimate. The drinks are creative and potent.

Pros: Cool place to show off

Cons: parking

.

The drinks, atmosphere, and good deals on food make the happy hour in Fu Kun Wu (the back bar) one of the best around. Definitely try one of the yohimbe drinks - yeah, it may all be hype - but one of those definitely makes me feel good. The 'kao soy', egg noodles in a curry coconut broth with a side of chile oil is delicious, super-rich, and unique blend of tastes - highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

The drinks, atmosphere, and good deals on food make the happy hour in Fu Kun Wu (the back bar) one of the best around. Definitely try one of the yohimbe drinks - yeah, it may all be hype - but one of those definitely makes me feel good. The 'kao soy', egg noodles in a curry coconut broth with a side of chile oil is delicious, super-rich, and unique blend of tastes - highly recommended.

Pros: Great happy hour, great bar area

Cons: Can be hard to find seats in the bar

.

This place is wonderful. The Thai food was great. Great staff and environment. The Chinese theme is romantic and exotic. Good place to take visitors.

2
★★★★★

This place is wonderful. The Thai food was great. Great staff and environment. The Chinese theme is romantic and exotic. Good place to take visitors.

.

My party ordered the green curry, fresh rolls, and several chicken dishes, as well as the phad see-ewe. The latter was the only one with any sort of flavor at all. I recommend ignoring the cutesy name and heading to a less-hyped restaurant that might actually be worth it. Try Wild Orchid on 80th and 24th Ave NW instead. Be sure to order their green curry with chicken and fresh rolls with shrimp.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My party ordered the green curry, fresh rolls, and several chicken dishes, as well as the phad see-ewe. The latter was the only one with any sort of flavor at all. I recommend ignoring the cutesy name and heading to a less-hyped restaurant that might actually be worth it. Try Wild Orchid on 80th and 24th Ave NW instead. Be sure to order their green curry with chicken and fresh rolls with shrimp.

.

Thaiku use to have good food but it has definately gone down hill. It use to be very flavorful and fresh but now it tastes like it came from a food court.

1
★★★☆☆

Thaiku use to have good food but it has definately gone down hill. It use to be very flavorful and fresh but now it tastes like it came from a food court.

Pros: The atmosphere

Cons: The food

.

Thaiku used to have consistently good thai food - no longer. I knew something had changed at the restaurant when the server flicked a piece of rice off of our table in the process of seating us. The food came to the table less than five minutes after we placed our order and it tasted like it was right off the assembly line. My dish was tossed togther and the rice noodles were mealy. My dinner partner mentioned that her $1.25 cup o noodle lunch was just as good as what she had ordered. I used to think that Tahiku had some of the best Thai food in Seattle - what happened?

1
★★☆☆☆

Thaiku used to have consistently good thai food - no longer. I knew something had changed at the restaurant when the server flicked a piece of rice off of our table in the process of seating us. The food came to the table less than five minutes after we placed our order and it tasted like it was right off the assembly line. My dish was tossed togther and the rice noodles were mealy. My dinner partner mentioned that her $1.25 cup o noodle lunch was just as good as what she had ordered. I used to think that Tahiku had some of the best Thai food in Seattle - what happened?

.

The thai food is not that great. Not bad, but no where near the best in Seattle. I do like the bar though. The yohimbe drinks are interesting and may actually provide some kick. The giant wooden cabinet/drawer walls with red lighting and dark wood benches, tables and bar make for a neat atmosphere. I recommend going for drinks and sampling while you're in the bar. If you think it's good enough grab a table.

2
★★★★☆

The thai food is not that great. Not bad, but no where near the best in Seattle. I do like the bar though. The yohimbe drinks are interesting and may actually provide some kick. The giant wooden cabinet/drawer walls with red lighting and dark wood benches, tables and bar make for a neat atmosphere. I recommend going for drinks and sampling while you're in the bar. If you think it's good enough grab a table.

Pros: neat bar, interesting drinks

Cons: mediocre food, tough parking

.

There's a rating on here somewhere that the bartender's are special and they are. Nice, normal, friendly. The staff are courteous and on the ball. The happy hour menu is really wonderful. Try the beef appetizer. Yum yum! It's really a perfect place.

2
★★★★★

There's a rating on here somewhere that the bartender's are special and they are. Nice, normal, friendly. The staff are courteous and on the ball. The happy hour menu is really wonderful. Try the beef appetizer. Yum yum! It's really a perfect place.

Pros: Everything

.

the staff were not very friendly to say the least, and they took forever to take our order. for average thai food, I'd rather go somewhere where you can get a friendly face.

1
★★★☆☆

the staff were not very friendly to say the least, and they took forever to take our order. for average thai food, I'd rather go somewhere where you can get a friendly face.

.

I don't know why so many people have had poor service here. I have been to Thaiku at least 25 times, and have always had good service. The food is consistently great, although not consisitently hot. It seems that each cook has their own idea of what "three stars" means. The specialty cocktails are also very good. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

I don't know why so many people have had poor service here. I have been to Thaiku at least 25 times, and have always had good service. The food is consistently great, although not consisitently hot. It seems that each cook has their own idea of what "three stars" means. The specialty cocktails are also very good. Highly recommended.

.

We eat here very often and we get consistently good service, great food and of course the wonderful atmosphere. ThaiKu can definitely have its ups and downs, when it gets very busy the service can be a bit lacking but over all the almost entirely Thai wait-staff and kitchen staff really put in their all. ThaiKu is also great for kids, the Thai wait-staff love children and have always been very helpful and friendly to us when we have been there with children. The Opium Den downstairs past the iron gate with a dragon carved out of it is a must see. The bar Fu Kun Wu has an amazing atmosphere and the bartenders are great.

2
★★★★★

We eat here very often and we get consistently good service, great food and of course the wonderful atmosphere. ThaiKu can definitely have its ups and downs, when it gets very busy the service can be a bit lacking but over all the almost entirely Thai wait-staff and kitchen staff really put in their all. ThaiKu is also great for kids, the Thai wait-staff love children and have always been very helpful and friendly to us when we have been there with children. The Opium Den downstairs past the iron gate with a dragon carved out of it is a must see. The bar Fu Kun Wu has an amazing atmosphere and the bartenders are great.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good Food, Good Service

Cons: Can get busy

.

A week ago my husband and I had drinks and appetizers at Thaiku with a friend. The drinks, appetizers and atmosphere were all great. But what most impressed me was receiving a letter from Thaiku a few days later, with a check from my credit union to me for $1,100.00, which I had dropped outside the restaurant. Thanks for much for tracking me down and returning the check. Especially right before tax time!

2
★★★★★

A week ago my husband and I had drinks and appetizers at Thaiku with a friend. The drinks, appetizers and atmosphere were all great. But what most impressed me was receiving a letter from Thaiku a few days later, with a check from my credit union to me for $1,100.00, which I had dropped outside the restaurant. Thanks for much for tracking me down and returning the check. Especially right before tax time!

.

Went here for lunch with a group of 7. We got there when the restaurant was mostly empty. The restaurant never got more than half full the entire time we were there, but it took at least 35 minutes to get our food. One of our group received food that was completely cold. The waitstaff hardly said a word and the host was just rude. I can't think of any reason I would ever return.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went here for lunch with a group of 7. We got there when the restaurant was mostly empty. The restaurant never got more than half full the entire time we were there, but it took at least 35 minutes to get our food. One of our group received food that was completely cold. The waitstaff hardly said a word and the host was just rude. I can't think of any reason I would ever return.

Cons: rude service, slow

.

I love the food at Thaiku. However the service has been worse and worse every time I go. Last time we were quoted an 25 minutes and waited over an hour. No apology, no water, no menu, no free dessert, no nothing. We waited another 15 min for our order to be taken, another 20 for it to come out blah blah blah. When I told the manager I was not happy I was told I should expect long wait because "Friday and Saturday nights are busy" It was Thursday. Anyway, they were urepentantly rude and defensive. I recommend take-out.

1
★★☆☆☆

I love the food at Thaiku. However the service has been worse and worse every time I go. Last time we were quoted an 25 minutes and waited over an hour. No apology, no water, no menu, no free dessert, no nothing. We waited another 15 min for our order to be taken, another 20 for it to come out blah blah blah. When I told the manager I was not happy I was told I should expect long wait because "Friday and Saturday nights are busy" It was Thursday. Anyway, they were urepentantly rude and defensive. I recommend take-out.

Pros: good food, good price

.

Service was slow and inattentive. Food quality was disappointing. We ordered curry and noodles and rice, and when the food arrived, the curry was already poured on the rice/noodles, very unusual for a Thai restaurant (not to mention the chopsticks; go ahead, try to find chopsticks in Thailand, other than in a Chinese or Japanese restaurant). Appetizer selection was wholly unimaginative. This is the only Thai restaurant I have tried in Seattle, but I wonder how on earth did this place get a top rating? Makes me not want to try any of the others.

1
★★☆☆☆

Service was slow and inattentive. Food quality was disappointing. We ordered curry and noodles and rice, and when the food arrived, the curry was already poured on the rice/noodles, very unusual for a Thai restaurant (not to mention the chopsticks; go ahead, try to find chopsticks in Thailand, other than in a Chinese or Japanese restaurant). Appetizer selection was wholly unimaginative. This is the only Thai restaurant I have tried in Seattle, but I wonder how on earth did this place get a top rating? Makes me not want to try any of the others.

.

I was unimpressed on our first visit with the lunchtime food and service. We decided to give Thaiku a second chance and went for dinner. The food and service were wonderful, a big change from our first experience. I like spicy and found their 4 stars were bland, but there is spicy table condiments to stoke the fire. I will say that I prefer Bai Tong by the airport, but as I live in Ballard Thaiku is a close 2nd.

2
★★★★☆

I was unimpressed on our first visit with the lunchtime food and service. We decided to give Thaiku a second chance and went for dinner. The food and service were wonderful, a big change from our first experience. I like spicy and found their 4 stars were bland, but there is spicy table condiments to stoke the fire. I will say that I prefer Bai Tong by the airport, but as I live in Ballard Thaiku is a close 2nd.

Pros: Food, Ambiance

.

Got there, waited long time for menus. Waited and waited. Finally she comes by and says she will be right back. Then blows by us twice more. The manager ended up taking our drink order for us eventually.
Finally the waitress came by took our food orders and left. The dinner eventually comes and the order is half wrong. But I'm hungry so I say forget it.
Wait for someone to ask if dinner is good or would like another drink. Finally the manager has to comes over and get another drink...
Keeps going on like this. I even see our waitress just standing around and talking.
Someone else comes and clears the table. We have no more drinks and I decided to time it to see how long until we had the bill.
15 min later I'm finally brought the bill.
Will never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Got there, waited long time for menus. Waited and waited. Finally she comes by and says she will be right back. Then blows by us twice more. The manager ended up taking our drink order for us eventually.
Finally the waitress came by took our food orders and left. The dinner eventually comes and the order is half wrong. But I'm hungry so I say forget it.
Wait for someone to ask if dinner is good or would like another drink. Finally the manager has to comes over and get another drink...
Keeps going on like this. I even see our waitress just standing around and talking.
Someone else comes and clears the table. We have no more drinks and I decided to time it to see how long until we had the bill.
15 min later I'm finally brought the bill.
Will never go back.

.

My boyfriend and I like to try every Thai restaurant we can in the greater Seattle area and beyond, so we like to think we know good Thai food from bad. The chicken satay and chicken/prawn pad thai were the best we have ever tasted. My spicy tofu dish was also excellent. The black tea martini was also delicious. The prices were very comparable to other local restuarants if not cheaper. The waitstaff were extremely pleasant. We will definitely be going back to Thaiku.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I like to try every Thai restaurant we can in the greater Seattle area and beyond, so we like to think we know good Thai food from bad. The chicken satay and chicken/prawn pad thai were the best we have ever tasted. My spicy tofu dish was also excellent. The black tea martini was also delicious. The prices were very comparable to other local restuarants if not cheaper. The waitstaff were extremely pleasant. We will definitely be going back to Thaiku.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Lighting, Great Service

.

I was very disappointed with the food and the waitstaff. I have food allergies, so clearly asked if this dish, which the menu described as marinated, was marinated in this specific ingredient. Server confusedly said "No." I asked her to ask the kitchen staff. Also, I asked if the dish was spicy. (Menu didn't show a *.) Again she said "No." She lied. To both. I asked for a different dish--"No." Then I complained; three employees got involved, but no kind or reasonable solution. Not even a discount on the entree. I left hungry and much lighter in the pocket. Really frustrating. I will Never return.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was very disappointed with the food and the waitstaff. I have food allergies, so clearly asked if this dish, which the menu described as marinated, was marinated in this specific ingredient. Server confusedly said "No." I asked her to ask the kitchen staff. Also, I asked if the dish was spicy. (Menu didn't show a *.) Again she said "No." She lied. To both. I asked for a different dish--"No." Then I complained; three employees got involved, but no kind or reasonable solution. Not even a discount on the entree. I left hungry and much lighter in the pocket. Really frustrating. I will Never return.

Cons: , awful cust. service, no compromise

.

Really good food at Thaiku and fun atmosphere...unique drink menu but a regular martini at Fu Kun Wu is not that great. They would do well to get a second bartender on weekend nights.

2
★★★★☆

Really good food at Thaiku and fun atmosphere...unique drink menu but a regular martini at Fu Kun Wu is not that great. They would do well to get a second bartender on weekend nights.

Pros: Ambience, Food, Price

Cons: , Better Bar Service, Better Martinis

.

The atmosphere and drinks are the reason to be here. Meeting up for a drink date? This is the place to go! Try the Oolong Martini--- it's my fave!

The food isn't bad... just very average. If you like it hot, say so, because even the items marked with a * are very tame. I highly reccomend the "Mieng Kahm" appetizer. Skip the Phad Thai, but their Phad See Jew & Kao Moo Dang are pretty tasty.

2
★★★★☆

The atmosphere and drinks are the reason to be here. Meeting up for a drink date? This is the place to go! Try the Oolong Martini--- it's my fave!

The food isn't bad... just very average. If you like it hot, say so, because even the items marked with a * are very tame. I highly reccomend the "Mieng Kahm" appetizer. Skip the Phad Thai, but their Phad See Jew & Kao Moo Dang are pretty tasty.

Pros: nice waitstaff, quick service, inexpensive

Cons: average food, parking can be iffy

.

With so many good Thai places in the area, it's surprising that Thaiku is able to stay in business with such bad service (apparently consistently bad, as some friends who went more than once told me) and barely average food. We got our main dishes shoved on the table while not even halfway through the appetizer, and the drink I ordered with the main dish came after dinner. "Tempura fried basil" was an oil-soaked lump of batter, and the sauce on my noodles very generic.

1
★★★☆☆

With so many good Thai places in the area, it's surprising that Thaiku is able to stay in business with such bad service (apparently consistently bad, as some friends who went more than once told me) and barely average food. We got our main dishes shoved on the table while not even halfway through the appetizer, and the drink I ordered with the main dish came after dinner. "Tempura fried basil" was an oil-soaked lump of batter, and the sauce on my noodles very generic.

.

Snce it was voted #1 audience choice and #1 editor choice, we decided to try it out since we love thai food. Yes, the decor is interesting. Usually thai service is so friendly, but this was just ok, waitress never came to ask how everything was, and when I flagged her down to ask for an extra knife (one order was gai yang, which is bbq chicken) she kindof gave a put-off attitude. The food was ok but limited. It does state on their menu that they are mainly traditional noodle and regional thai food, so they didn't have any curry dishes like panang. The sticky rice was tooo sticky and hard. I'm surprised some said it was expensive because it's average price like all other thai places, and maybe even cheaper.

2
★★★★☆

Snce it was voted #1 audience choice and #1 editor choice, we decided to try it out since we love thai food. Yes, the decor is interesting. Usually thai service is so friendly, but this was just ok, waitress never came to ask how everything was, and when I flagged her down to ask for an extra knife (one order was gai yang, which is bbq chicken) she kindof gave a put-off attitude. The food was ok but limited. It does state on their menu that they are mainly traditional noodle and regional thai food, so they didn't have any curry dishes like panang. The sticky rice was tooo sticky and hard. I'm surprised some said it was expensive because it's average price like all other thai places, and maybe even cheaper.

Pros: inexpensive

.

I love the decor & the Opium Den is cool! Drinks are great! This place is kind of like Toi, nice design/ambience, great cocktails and bad food. The food wasn't spicy or tasty. I'm asian. I eat lots of Thai food (home cooked & restaurant) and have lots of Thai friends. If you want authentic thai food, go to a restaurant owned by thai people. If you want ambience go here, because that's what you pay for. The food is way too expensive for what it is and the service was slow. I'll go for drinks and appetizers (expensive) but that's it.

1
★★☆☆☆

I love the decor & the Opium Den is cool! Drinks are great! This place is kind of like Toi, nice design/ambience, great cocktails and bad food. The food wasn't spicy or tasty. I'm asian. I eat lots of Thai food (home cooked & restaurant) and have lots of Thai friends. If you want authentic thai food, go to a restaurant owned by thai people. If you want ambience go here, because that's what you pay for. The food is way too expensive for what it is and the service was slow. I'll go for drinks and appetizers (expensive) but that's it.

Pros: Parking lot, Opium Den, Great Bar

Cons: Expensive, Not Tasty

.

Good food! Nice-n-spicy curry....Fu Kun Wu's cocktails were out of control. Watch out for the Yohito! If you like Mohito's this is a treat, but beware of the aphrodesiac properties...and the nice buzz you'll feel!

2
★★★★☆

Good food! Nice-n-spicy curry....Fu Kun Wu's cocktails were out of control. Watch out for the Yohito! If you like Mohito's this is a treat, but beware of the aphrodesiac properties...and the nice buzz you'll feel!

Pros: fun atmosphere, moderately priced

Cons: dark, oolong-tini:yuck!

.

Thaiku is so delicious, I'm glad my friend told me about it. The dishes are always tasty and satisfying. The bar is cozy. The only downside is one of the male bartenders. Twice he's acted "put out" when I've come in with friends (6-7 total). I prefer the dining room now, where service has always been quick & friendly.

2
★★★★★

Thaiku is so delicious, I'm glad my friend told me about it. The dishes are always tasty and satisfying. The bar is cozy. The only downside is one of the male bartenders. Twice he's acted "put out" when I've come in with friends (6-7 total). I prefer the dining room now, where service has always been quick & friendly.

Pros: Tasty, Inexpensive, Ambiance

Cons: Crabby Bartender, Crabby Bartender, Crabby Bartender

.

I think this is the place that used to be in Fremont? If so, it's really gone downhill. The food was steamy, soggy (wet) noodles topped with some premade en masse sauce. It was really dreadful. I was truly disappointed.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I think this is the place that used to be in Fremont? If so, it's really gone downhill. The food was steamy, soggy (wet) noodles topped with some premade en masse sauce. It was really dreadful. I was truly disappointed.

.

This isn't the best Thia food in town, but it's good and the atmosphere is really cool. The bar in particular is really great. The bar has the feeling of an old opium den or tea house. It's really great. A nice date kinda bar.

2
★★★★☆

This isn't the best Thia food in town, but it's good and the atmosphere is really cool. The bar in particular is really great. The bar has the feeling of an old opium den or tea house. It's really great. A nice date kinda bar.

Pros: Good food, Great atmosphere

.

Fetching, eclectic, inspired warm/themed decor that will lure you into looking around and feeling good about your meal. I found the spring rolls delicious, the fried crab and cheese puffs to be pretty good (although a bit overpriced), and the entree to be delicious and light. Overall, the best thai eating enviroment in Seattle, and good food, so give it a try. Make sure you have time to spare -- just as you might notice on the other reviews posted, their service is SLOW and inefficient (they brought us the wrong drink, and forgot to take the orders of 2 people at our table!). Don't come if you are impatient or expecting them to get it right quickly or the first time, so that you can enjoy the rest of the experience!

2
★★★★☆

Fetching, eclectic, inspired warm/themed decor that will lure you into looking around and feeling good about your meal. I found the spring rolls delicious, the fried crab and cheese puffs to be pretty good (although a bit overpriced), and the entree to be delicious and light. Overall, the best thai eating enviroment in Seattle, and good food, so give it a try. Make sure you have time to spare -- just as you might notice on the other reviews posted, their service is SLOW and inefficient (they brought us the wrong drink, and forgot to take the orders of 2 people at our table!). Don't come if you are impatient or expecting them to get it right quickly or the first time, so that you can enjoy the rest of the experience!

Pros: inspired, warm decor, good food

Cons: inefficient service

.

Food was awful. It was mushy pasta-like noodles that were still wet and slimey. Then they just ladled some sauce on it. that obviously had been stewing in a pot for God knows how long. It tasted like something out of a microwave dinner. Terrible presentation too.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Food was awful. It was mushy pasta-like noodles that were still wet and slimey. Then they just ladled some sauce on it. that obviously had been stewing in a pot for God knows how long. It tasted like something out of a microwave dinner. Terrible presentation too.

Pros: location

Cons: food

.

The food is great, the prices are average for thai food and the decor is very pleasing. The menu lacks standard thai menu items like panang, and leans heavily towards noodles but everything our table ordered tonight was very good including the wine.

2
★★★★☆

The food is great, the prices are average for thai food and the decor is very pleasing. The menu lacks standard thai menu items like panang, and leans heavily towards noodles but everything our table ordered tonight was very good including the wine.

Pros: good food, inexpensive, good wine list

Cons: parking, noisy

.

Three strikes and you're out...Horrible service, over-priced, and bad food. The only thing I liked about this place was the building--fun and funky.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Three strikes and you're out...Horrible service, over-priced, and bad food. The only thing I liked about this place was the building--fun and funky.

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Thai Ku, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review