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Lotus Thai Bistro

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425 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
+1 650-289-0907
16:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 21:30
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Rockville, Maryland
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is quite old compared to its neighbor restaurants, doesn't have good lighting and service time is so bad. The chef sometimes go out to serve and wait! But the food is quite tasty!

Thank Mehdi Z
Moscow, Russia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

For me it was a nice place to remember thai food from vacation. Green curry and ice tea are like in Samui.

Thank Martynov P
McLean, Virginia
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115 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

I often discount negative reviews that focus on service because it's not my priority, but in this case the service was so bad that I really couldn't figure out what was going on. The place was empty despite the fact that it was graduation weekend, and I have a feeling that the awful service is the reason, as the food... More 

Thank h22101
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

I had checked in here with my colleagues for Lunch. Comparatively this is smaller place and bit crowded. We managed to find a table but had little extra room to sit comfortably. Though the service is bit slow, food was quite good. My colleague find the food bit spicy but he really liked their brown rice very much. Overall we... More 

Thank Prakash H
Tampa, Florida
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54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

Food was average, we ordered a bunch of food to share family style. We had 3 orders of panang, and one was very very salty. The others were ok. THe thai basil chicken was the best dish by far. I am just not of fan of ground chicken or small parts of chicken in the dish.

Thank bluetim13
Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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117 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

Can recommend the curries & spring rolls. Friendly staff. Seating outside possible. Not much space inside. Take away also possible

Thank Jonas M
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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1,366 reviews
794 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 502 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

Clearly this place has received mixed reviews from other diners. My recent experience was fairly positive - I had a pleasant green curry with tofu. It was not the best Thai food I have ever had but was perfectly acceptable. The restaurant is small and 'basic', unlike many of the other dining establishments in California Avenue. In some ways this... More 

Thank profjoypc
Portola Valley, California
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

I've been eating Thai food since 1978 in Hawaii, love it, and before tonight have never been disappointed in a Thai meal. Tonight, based on many positive TripAdvisor reviews, I tried Lotus Thai Bistro for the first time. I will not go back. Here's why. The Fresh Roll vegetarian appetizer (August 2015 menu, Item #10) was beautiful, even spectacular, and... More 

Thank Carl C
Portola Valley, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

Based on the strength of Trip Advisor reviews, we ordered four dishes. Everything was disappointing with some items barely edible. The flavors of the fresh spring rolls were strangely dominated by unripe mangoes, although the peanut sauce was good. The Som Tum Salad was beyond crunchy--it was incredibly fibrous and had an unpleasantly sour taste. The Shrimp Pad Thai was... More 

Thank travelrab
Union City, California
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

This is just a hole in the wall on California Ave., but the food this the main attraction, very good. I have eaten here many times and have gotten food to go, everything I have had is great.

Thank Submergable

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1832
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-289-0907

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?