The 10 Best Thai Food Restaurants in San Antonio (According to Locals)

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You might not expect it, but San Antonio secretly has an awesome Thai food scene.

Whether you’re looking for modern Thai takes or that authentic hole-in-the-wall experience, you’re sure to find it here in The Alamo City.

No matter what, I promise the restaurants below will hit that salty, sweet, sour, and spicy mix of Thai flavors that we’ve all come to know and love.

Read on for my 10 best Thai Food restaurants in San Antonio.

Map of the Best Thai Food Restaurants in San Antonio

My personal favorite: Thai Hot

Thai Hot is hands-down my favorite Thai joint in all of San Antonio. Their pad thai is always on point and my husband and I actually fight over the deep-fried cheese rolls. My husband usually orders the basil fried rice, but he’s also a fan of their somtum, a papaya salad with green beans, tomatoes, and carrots.

As much as I love this place, you should order your food to-go. Thai Hot is delicious, but it’s usually a one-woman operation. Seated dining can take up to 2 hours if you have several people in your party, so most folks order Thai Hot to go.

P.S. Don’t forget to try their sweet sticky rice with mango! It’s sweet and refreshing, which is perfect for hot San Antonio summers.

  • Address: 8333 Culebra Rd #205, San Antonio, TX 78251
  • Website: Order Thai Hot

The most popular: Yaya’s Thai

Yaya’s Thai is one of the bigger Thai chains in San Antonio. But if you want to sample authentic Thai in a clean, modern setting, stop by Yaya’s for their awesome rolls. Everything is made fresh to order and the vegetable egg rolls are a slice of Thai heaven. I always order pad thai, but my husband likes to eat Yaya’s drunken noodles and pineapple fried rice. Yaya’s also has good lunch specials, so if you happen to be in the area, you can score a lunch-sized portion for about $10.

  • Address 1: 9226 Potranco Rd #103, San Antonio, TX 78251
  • Address 2: 5305 McCullogh Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
  • Address 3: 5819 NW Loop 410 #119, San Antonio, TX 78238
  • Address 4: 8085 Callaghan Road, San Antonio, TX 78230
  • Website: Yaya’s Thai

Best hole-in-the-wall: Thai Taste

Thai Taste is a small, hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant that has no business being this delicious. I stop by for their $8 pad thai lunch special, but the yellow curry chicken is really good, too. I recommend picking up a Thai coffee with your meal to give you a jolt of sweet energy. Keep in mind that Thai Taste keeps weird hours, so double-check before you make the trip.

Best clay pot dinner: Thai Lao Orchid

Thai Lao Orchid is another prolific Thai restaurant in San Antonio. No matter the location, the food is always on point. I like starting the meal with potstickers and chicken peanut satay. My husband is low-key obsessed with their squid salad, which is served with a vinaigrette and veggies. If you want an authentic Thai experience, order their Clay Pot dinner with stir-fried mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, onions, and your choice of protein.

  • Address 1: 116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Address 2: 6511 Suite 119, TX-1604 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78254
  • Address 3: 23535 Frontage Rd #1104, San Antonio, TX 78257
  • Website: Thai Lao Orchid

Best crab rangoons in the city: Thai Dee

Looking for the crunchiest, most perfect crab rangoons in the city? My money is on Thai Dee’s crab rangoons, which come packed with real crab, cream cheese, and a sweet and sour sauce on the side. My husband usually orders the pad woodsen, which is stir fried glass noodles with cabbage, carrots, and other tasty veggies. One unique find on the menu is Thai Dee’s red curry pumpkin, which comes with real fresh pumpkin, basil, and coconut milk (it’s spicy though, so watch out!).

  • Address: 5307 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • Website: Thai Dee SA

Best chef’s specials: Dahlia Thai

Dahlia Thai is one of my comfort food joints. You’ve got to try the curry puff, which is a curry-seasoned and deep-fried pastry with chicken, onion, and potato. I like ordering their ramen when I’m feeling sick or on cold, rainy days. If it’s your first time at Dahlia Thai, check out their chef’s specials. The specials feature Mongolian beef, sashimi-grade salmon, lamb, and other dishes you can only find at Dahlia Thai.

Oh, they also offer delivery within 8 miles of the restaurant if you’re staying nearby.

Best Thai chicken wings: Baan Thai

Baan Thai is another one of my favorite understated, hole-in-the-wall family Thai restaurants. The staff is amazingly friendly and the food is out of this world. Although their crab rangoons are made with imitation crab, they’re still darn good. The Thai chicken wings might not be “authentic,” but boy, these people know how to throw down on some wings. If you’re more of a Thai food purist, you can also try their fish cakes, duck curry, or massaman curry.

  • Address9386 Huebner Rd suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78240
  • Website: Baan Thai SA

Favorite pad thai: Saeb Thai & Noodles

Our family likes to hang out at Saeb for lunch and dinner because their menu has something that will please everybody. Saeb’s pad thai is one of the best I’ve had in the city. My husband usually orders their whopping platter of basil fried rice and always leaves with leftovers. Saeb is always adding new dishes to their menu (soft shell crab with curry is their latest invention), so check out their social media to see what they’ve got cooking.

The one ding against this place is that the spice level isn’t always consistent. Sometimes you’ll ask for a low-spice dish and get something really hot. So if you’re sensitive to spice, I recommend ordering your food without spice and adding it at the table instead.

Most unique dishes: Thai Topaz

Thai Topaz creates their own signature dishes that you can’t find anywhere else in San Antonio. Try their signature dishes like lemongrass lamb, emerald salmon, or pork tenderloin for a fun and modern twist on Thai. I’m in love with the drinks at Thai Topaz. Try the nam kra jiab, an iced hibiscus drink that’s perfect on a hot day. You can also try their butterfly pea tea, which comes in an Instagrammable shade of blue.

P.S. Thai Topaz also has a loyalty program. You’ll get $10 off your next meal when you sign up for their list.

  • Address: 2177 NW Military Hwy, Castle Hills, TX 78213
  • Website: Thai Topaz SAT

Best rice: Thai House

Thai House has a huge menu with so many delicious gems. It isn’t authentic Thai, but the Angel Wings are crazy-good: they’re boneless fried chicken wings stuffed with ground pork. I’m also a fan of Thai House’s jasmine steamed rice, which gives a floral note to their dishes. If you’re a big seafood fan, you’ll love their catfish basil dish and their chili prawns.

  • Address 1: 4114 Rittiman Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218
  • Address 2: 5136 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229
  • Website: Thai House 1 and Thai House 2