Lao Thai Restaurant


Thai, Laotian

Price Range : Under $10 ($)

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    Yelp rating
    4 stars


Adress: 501 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Phone: (651) 224-5026

Work Hours

Tue 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am-8:00 pm

Business info

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    Takes Reservations
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    Accepts Credit Cards
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    Good For
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    Bike Parking
  • accessibility
    Good for Kids
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    Good for Groups
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    Noise Level
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    Outdoor Seating
  • wifi
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    Has TV
  • fastfood


  • Valerie R.

    star star star star star 28 December 2020

    I've been going to Thai restaurants for so long and have a few favorite dishes. I have never been disappointed with Lao Thai's take on these dishes. I love the spice, portions, and how fresh everything is. And Thank you Lao Thai for having the best Laab in Minneapolis

  • Techgeek 1.

    star star star star_border star_border 26 December 2020

    Came here with a friend based on good Yelp reviews. We started with some Thai iced coffee and coconut water while we decided what to eat. Both of us were starving, not having had much for breakfast since we know we were eating lunch here. Our choices and some thoughts:

    1. Papaya salad (medium spice level): I really liked the texture and crunch of the papaya but thought there was maybe too much fish sauce. My friend thought it was ok and we both rated it 2/5 stars. She is Laotian she her feedback definitely carries more weight. Spice level was perfect.

    2. Chicken larb (full-on hot): despite the heat level, the chicken and cilantro remained the stars of the show. Pairing with finger-sized bites of sticky rice made for a nice complement. I give it 3/5 stars while my friend gave it a 2/5. She said that her recipe is better and included more parts of the chicken (liver, heart, etc).

    3. Rice stick noodles with Chicken and red curry: My friend did not really try it but I thought it was delicious. There was not as much chicken as I would have liked but the noodles and sauce were the highlights. Noodles were cooked just right with a nice mouth feel and chewy. I wish there was a spice level option as I could have used more heat.3/5 rating only.

    Overall, I will be back to try some other menu items. The service was good and the people were friendly.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Kaosong Y.

    star star star star star_border 6 January 2021

    One of my favorite go to places. I usually get the beef larb; which I believe is the best in the TC. It's a place my kids and I can get something for each of us.

    I have had several of the items from noodle dishes and salads to meat to soup dishes. Some of my favorites are: beef larb (as mentioned above), all is the larbs, bean thread noodle salad, kao pia, chicken curry, fried rice and pho. My kids love the sticky rice with the chicken wings. I like them because the wings are smaller so I feel like they are not full of antibiotics or pre-made and thawed. The spices are real and Asian style.

    I would give it a 5 for food. The reason for the 4 stars is because the ambiance is not at that level. The owner is nice and always says hello.

  • Kong L.

    star star star star star 4 January 2021

    Lao Thai is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the consistency of the food. There is nothing like getting what you expect. It always tastes​ like a home cooked meal, something my family would make. The prices are very affordable for the quality. The staff members are friendly.

    My favorite dishes here are the curry noodles and curry fried rice. I tried the curry fried rice and it blew my mind. It was so simple but so good! If you are a fried rice lover, you can't go wrong with this dish. An order of larb/laab compliments it very well.

    I'm from out of town but this is always a must stop each time that I'm in the area.

  • Patti K.

    star star star star star_border 2 January 2021

    Back again for Valentine's Day, and updating my review. I have come to really like this place. I love their noodle soups, especially kao piek and kao poun. Kao piek is a special treat--chewy handmade noodles that resemble Korean or Japanese rice cakes. Kao poun combines my favorite noodle soup ingredients--coconut curry and vermicelli noodles. I also love their papaya salad with sticky rice. Today I tried the Lao papaya salad--not for the faint of heart! Usually I order medium spicy at restaurants, but I was well advised to have the Lao papaya salad mild. The Thai papaya salad is also good.

    We usually sit next to the TV that plays CNN, so we can discuss current events while we chow down and watch the other folks enjoy their food. The staff is always friendly, and interacts with customers like they are family. It's like sitting in the living room of extended family.

    They've redone the interior again, with warmer colors, spicy textiles, and scenic photographs printed on canvas. Some fresh art too. The bathrooms are completely redone, and look fantastic.

    This place has come a long way since my first visit six or so years ago. It's now one of our go-to places for noodles on weekends.

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