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Bua Thai

$$ - $$$
Dupont Circle
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1635 P St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1403
+1 202-265-0828
11:30 - 22:30
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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Fairfax, Virginia
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105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

First off, you need to visit this place for the cocktails. Yummy. And the food is very good, too. Came here with a friend who knew the menu better than I and everything he ordered was delicious. Seasoned well; spicy without being overpowering. Reasonably priced, too. There are a lot of other places around DC that do Thai, but many... More 

Thank Jon M
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272 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

I had lunch with my colleague and a business partner. Angel Wings (to share) and Pad Thai (Chicken). Angel Wings are in a different shape from what I expected, good.

Thank Ryusuke M
Charentay, France
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155 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were staying nearby (although it's a few blocks from the Metro) and having toured around the area early one warm evening, decided this was the most attractive prospect. At that hour, we managed to get a table on the balcony! It felt good, suspended over the street and away from the rather drab and worn interior. Service was pleasant... More 

Thank 1953Trek
Vienna, Austria
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503 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Met some colleagues here for a dinner and although we had a nice time, there was nothing special about it. The cocktails were good and well priced (although it took them forever to bring the drinks - they brought our appetizers first!) I thought the appetizers were better than the mains. Spring rolls and dumplings were tasty. I had Pad... More 

Thank LivingInWien
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350 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I've been eating at Bua since around 1998. Nearly ever time I visit DC, my husband and I end up there. The staff is attentive, and the food is tasty. I love the fresh tastiness of the pepper, basil, peanut, and coconut flavors of many of the dishes. Great Thai!

Thank EdRockster
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Bua is a charming Thai Restaurant near Dupont Circle. The staff is friendly and attentive, the restaurant is clean, and the prices are very reasonable, but the best reason to try Bua is for the food! My favorites include the Coco Bouillabaisse soup and any of their fresh salads. The same delightful people have owned Bua for 27 years. I... More 

Thank elly774
London, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

We were really very positive when we were told that dinner will be at our friend's favourite Thai restaurant near Embassy Row. There were nine of us and we all headed to Bua Thai. Initial impression was okay. The building and interior looks a bit tired. Still positive, i thought the food will be wonderful. We ordered and the food... More 

Thank Wilfredo L
Miami, Florida
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150 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

My last visit to Bua Thai was 15 years ago and I remembered it as much better. In retrospect this might be attributable to changes in me rather than Bua Thai :-) My recent dinner was served by a pleasant, attentive waiter and it was nice to sit outside on a beautiful DC night, but the food was of average... More 

Thank 29Teddy
Baltimore, Maryland
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73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016

I get take out from Bua Thai often. Their vegetables and other ingredients are always very fresh and their sauces light enough to allow the taste of the ingredients to shine. They are also very quick -- my order has always been ready before they said it would be. Portions are not huge, but I've always felt they offered good... More 

Thank Buffaloman
Plattsburgh, New York
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

I wandered around the hotel looking for a restaurant after feeling a bit ill. I was incredibly lucky to stumble on this place on P street, and went in. The atmosphere was cozy, and the waiter and other folks were very knowledgeable about options for gf food! The menu is extensive- so be prepared to make some difficult decisions. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1635 P St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1403
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-265-0828

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