Thai is a fabulously vibrant cuisine that delights your senses.
Boasting fresh ingredients, tangy flavours of sweet and savoury and hot and sour, with spice-infused dishes of rich, sticky sauces, crunchy stir fries and spicy chilli peppers, Thai food offers a sensory overload.
Whether it be seafood, poultry or crispy vegetables, Thai food is zesty and tangy and provides a taste explosion.
We love the aromas and smells, the ginger and soy, the succulent meats and hot woks, the fresh basil and spicy chilli. We find Thai to be one of the most delicious cuisines in the world.
So, whether you are a weary traveller eager to rekindle the nostalgic tastes of Thailand, or whether you are a Brisbane local keen to try something new, you are guaranteed to find an excellent eatery from the list we have curated below.
Read on to discover 15 of the best Thai restaurants in Brisbane.
Opening our look at the best Thai restaurants, we have Jumbo.
This Thai restaurant is both traditional and experimental. It has fast become a favourite amongst Brisbane locals for a reason. Their Purple Butterfly Pea Dumplings are utterly phenomenal and the Prawn Tacos with Shredded Coconut are equally as exquisite.
If you are looking for a more traditional option, then their southern Thai Yellow Curry with Sand Crab and Rice Noodles is to die for.
Excitingly, their wine list boasts an enigmatic range of aromatic white wines and airy reds to fully maximise the flavour sensation of these dishes.
If spirits are more your thing, be sure to try their wide range of Thai-influenced cocktails, designed to enhance your dining experience.
Location: Level 1, Embassy Chambers, 214 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 11:30 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat 11:30 am – 10 pm, Sun closed
This restaurant showcases all of the multifaceted, authentic flavours of Northern Thailand. The menu boasts a range of Isan dishes and each option carries its own story. For instance, the Drunken Noodles (with delicious prawns and scallops) were apparently crafted by an inebriated chef.
Isan cuisine tends to be fiery and the Wagyu Steak (with a beautifully spicy sauce) is enough to make your eyes water but it is undoubtedly worth it.
Their seafood dishes like the Soft Shell Crab with Yellow Curry Sauce is topped with onions and shallots and is highly recommended.
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Location: Shop 1/12 Annerley Rd, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Opening Hours: Mon 11:30 am–2 pm and 5:30 pm –9:30 pm, Tues Closed, Wed – Fri 11:30 am–2 pm and 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Sat 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Sun Closed
This Thai eatery and bar has what it takes to be a star of the Brisbane dining scene. It serves excellent Thai street food, has an inventive cocktail menu and stays open late 7 days a week.
Phat Elephant offers a wide range of reasonably-priced, Thai dishes that, whilst based on authentic recipes, have been tweaked to appeal to local sensibilities and modern Australian cuisine.
Since its opening in late 2016, Phat Elephant has become a mainstay of the Brisbane CBD foodie scene, and one of the best spots in Brisbane for tasty Thai delicacies that pack a punch.
The menu is packed full of aromatic dishes, including Crispy Barramundi with Sweet and Sour Sauce, divine Pork Belly and a classic Laksa Noodle Soup. There is also an extensive range of vegan options including Pad See Eew and the famous Pineapple Fried Rice.
The Papaya salad is zesty and fresh, whilst the Tom Kha (coconut soup) simply sizzles with flavour.
We love the Pad Kee Mao (drunken noodles – what a fabulously inaccurate name for a dish without alcohol) and the Braised Lamb Shank Massaman Curry.
There is also a gluten-free menu and plenty of options for both vegetarian and vegan diners. This is one of the most food-inclusive restaurants in the city.
Finally, the bar is well stocked with a wide range of cocktails, beers, wines and Thai beverages.
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Location: Post Office Square, Shop 7/215 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000 / Tel: (07) 3236 4454
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 3 pm and 5:30 pm – 10 pm, Sat 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Sun Closed
This restaurant showcases the delicious sweet and tangy flavours that are so prevalent in wonderful Thai food.
With Crispy Duck Spring Rolls to start alongside an option of Crunchy Prawns with Kaffir Aioli and Thai Noodles with a delicious citrus glaze, you should find plenty to suit you at Phat Boy.
Indulge in meals like the Kung Tung, a seafood feast that is ideal for sharing (if you really have to!) They also serve the classic Pad Thai that comes served wrapped in an authentically intricate egg net.
There is also an extensive selection of beer and wine available, making the venue the perfect spot for a great night out.
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Location: 300 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 am – 3 pm and 5:30 pm – 10 pm, Sat 5:30 pm – 10 pm, Sun closed
This restaurant is iconic for many reasons including the indisputable fact that it is the city’s most awarded Thai dining spot. So no wonder it’s made our list of the best Thai restaurants in Brisbane.
Their scrumptious entrees and wholesome mains hold something for every kind of diner. The Thai Fish Cakes are recommended as are the Potato Pieces (served in a chef’s secret delicious sauce).
If seafood is more your thing, then the Plan Lard Prik is definitely for you: salivate over the mouth-watering fish fillets in a sweet chilli sauce. The barramundi fillet with ginger and soy sauce is a joy.
Once you have visited this temple to authentic Thai cuisine, you will definitely come back time and time again.
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Location: 12A Martha St, Camp Hill QLD 4152
Opening Hours: Mon- Thu 5:30 pm – 9 pm, Fri – Sat 5 pm – 10 pm, Sun 5 pm – 8:30 pm
The Banana Leaf serves wholesome Thai food packed with the fresh zesty, zingy flavour that the cuisine is so famous for. If you are looking for genuine Thai food without the chore of a flight to south-east Asia, then this is the spot for you.
The menu contains taste bud tingling Thai dishes such as the Prawns in a Hot Sauce, Slow-Cooked Pork Belly with Tom Yum Sauce and the all-time favourite Char-Grilled Satay Chicken.
If you are feeling less experimental, then there’s also a range of delicious stir fry dishes on offer. Banana Leaf has something for every palate and every wallet size.
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Location: 4/121 Wellington Rd, East Brisbane QLD 4169
Opening Hours: Mon closed, Tue – Sat 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm – 8 pm
This is a hotspot for locals for a reason, the food is absolutely first-class.
Serving dishes that are flavoursome and pack a punch, the menu is packed with many authentic recipes and delectable Thai dishes.
We can recommend the Seafood Laksa and Salt and Pepper Calamari. And the honey soy crispy chicken is a favourite.
If you are looking to try something new, then go for the barramundi with shiitake mushrooms. Yum!
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Location: 148 Merthyr Rd, New Farm QLD 4005
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11:30 am – 3 pm and 5 pm – 9 pm
This restaurant offers an extensive range of faithful dishes ranging from Pad Prik King, Pad Kanar Mu Grob and Choo Chee Curry. They also boast a wider range of noodle-based mains, seafood and veggie curries.
The chicken and cashew stir fry is fresh and crunchy, and there is something to suit every appetite at Thai Ways.
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Location: 346 Sandgate Rd, Albion QLD 4010
Opening Hours: Mon – Tue 4:45 pm – 9 pm, Wed – Fri 11:30 am–2 pm and 4:45 pm – 9 pm, Sat – Sun 4:45 pm – 9 pm
Red Galanga is one of the finest Thai eateries in the whole of Brisbane and is the perfect spot for dining in. The menu is packed with traditional dishes and their sublime Red Duck Curry is highly recommended.
And then there’s the delightfully Crispy Pork Belly which is also pretty memorable.
For the vegetarians out there, the Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables are just one of a number of veggie-friendly dishes.
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Location: 3/112 Bennetts Rd, Norman Park QLD 4170
Opening Hours: Mon Closed, Tue – Thu 5 pm – 9 pm, Fri – Sat 5 pm – 9:30 pm, Sun 5 pm – 9 pm
Next on our look at the best Thai restaurants in Brisbane we have a place that is both affordable and delicious.
And with a menu that boasts some of the most authentic Thai in the whole city, you will be spoilt for choice. Try the Thai-Style Fried Rice with Pork Salami or the Catfish to tantalise your taste buds.
Alternatively, the Minced Duck Salad is equally as beautiful for those who are seeking a (slightly) lighter option. The much-loved Coconut Prawns are beautifully prepared and as such, this restaurant will leave you feeling glad to visited.
Location: 270-292 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11 am – 4 pm and 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
This menu boasts a wide range of moreish meat dishes including the Grilled Pork Ribs and Duck San Choy Bau. If it’s fish that you’re looking for ,then wrap your jaws around the Soft Shell Crab with their exquisite Chilli Jam or try some juicy King Prawns.
The Nam-Tok Wagyu Beef is also thoroughly recommended for those diner who like punchy seasoning.
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Location: Shop 1-R63 Westfield Chermside, Gympie Rd, Chermside QLD 4032
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30 am – 3 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm, Sun 11:30 am – 4 pm and 5 pm – 9 pm
About 15 minutes south of the Brisbane CBD, Tarragindi Thai Restaurant has a point of difference from many of the other establishments on this list. It has a very pleasant outdoor dining area, making it a perfect location for the summer months.
Whilst there, you should do you yourself a favour and sample the delights of their flavoursome Duck Curry, or the Mango with Sticky Rice.
This is an unsung eatery, that is well worthy of a wider dining audience than just the good people of Tarragindi and local neighbourhoods. It’s totally worth a visit next time you get those cravings for massaman curries and Pad Thai.
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Location: Unit 1/6 Gapap St, Tarragindi QLD 4121
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 9:30 pm
Do not be fooled by the name, this Thai food store is no longer a little guy in Brisbane’s Thai scene. Although it began as a small online takeaway, it has now expanded into the physical realm due to its outstanding popularity.
The menu boasts simply yet delicious Thai curries and delicate, succulent seafood – taking inspiration from across Southeast Asia.
This hotspot is definitely one to try.
Location: 826A Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Opening Hours: Mon Closed, Tue – Sun 4:45 pm – 8 pm
If you are looking for a wholesome Thai experience in a restaurant that is renowned for using only the fresh ingredients, then Heart Thai is the destination for you.
They’re also undoubtedly one of the most inclusive restaurants on this list as they only serve gluten-free, MSG-free and preservative-free food. Better still, they also offer a generous range of vegan options and pride themselves on only serving the healthiest dishes.
But have no fear. Flavour is definitely not compromised and you can indulge in a Duck Curry, Laksa, or Wok-Fried Pad Pak of the highest quality. In fact, you will be spoilt for choice.
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Location: Shop 18 Milton Village, 36 Baroona Rd, Milton QLD 4064
Opening Hours: Mon 5 pm – 9 pm, Tue – Fri 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 9 pm, Sat – Sun 5 pm – 9 pm
At this fine Thai restaurant, you can indulge in delights like the Chilli Popcorn Chicken that is lovingly prepared alongside other wonderful dishes including Duck Pancakes, Canal Curry and a beautiful Pork-Belly Stir-Fry.
There is also an extensive range of alcoholic beverages on offer and they showcase local wines as well as imported wine and beer. This is the perfect spot for a date night or a gathering of friends and family.
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Location: 2/216 Riding Rd, Balmoral QLD 4171
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 5 pm – 8 pm, Fri – Sat 5 pm – 8:30 pm, Sun 5 pm – 8 pm