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Thai Cafe

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2501 University Dr, #10, Durham, NC 27707-2159
+1 919-493-9794
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I tend to go here for lunch but have been for dinner a couple of times. The lunch combos come with salad or soup. I am an avowed meatatarian, so the Coconut Soup with Tofu didn't exactly fit in my wheelhouse. It's a good thing I just said "Go with it" because it's delicious. I felt like licking the bowl.... More 

Thank David V
Durham, North Carolina
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's difficult to find good Thai food near me, so I pop over this nearby cafe. I've been twice in the last two weeks (Wednesday and Sunday) and ordered the same thing to compare. I usually order take out curries, but I've decided to partake of their lunch special and dine-in with a friend, which is a good value at... More 

Thank DYHGarden
Carrboro, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After several times in the past, we visited Thai Café again. The service was definitely disappointing. It was a late lunch, Café was 2/3 empty. We waited a long time to be sited, then more than 20 min for anybody to come by. We got three glasses of water for 4 of us, then waited another ca. 20 min to... More 

Thank biskupin
Lewiston, United States
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86 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I went here for a quick takeout lunch. It wasn't all that quick, but I had a decent local beer while I was waiting. There are no drafts here, just bottles. The shrimp pad thai was pretty dead on. The "egg rolls" (aka spring rolls) were crispy, but too peppery inside. The menu had some typos, which would normally bother... More 

Thank tren2no
Roxboro, North Carolina
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43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We love Thai food, have eaten lots in lots of places around the world. The curries here were delicious.... maybe not as authentic as we're used to, but really yummy nonetheless. I do agree that their idea of spicy is dumbed down for typical Americans, our yellow curry had three chilis and tasted like it had no more than one.... More 

Thank NSB343
Durham, North Carolina
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201 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We rushed from Raleigh to Durham to reach the restaurant before its lunch closing. Everyone in our group of seven was pleased with their selections. I had a chicken salad which was totally different from what I expected, fewer greens and more flavorful meat than I thought. However it was excellent. I will definitely return to this restaurant for lunch... More 

Thank Sharron H
Dallas, Oregon, United States
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

The food was very Bland in a strip mall situation, service was reasonable, price for lunch was reasonable, portions not amazing, but it was the lunch menu. Will not be going back.

Thank CarmineCampione
North Carolina
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194 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We love the open, high-ceilinged ambience of Durham's Thai Cafe and the prompt and friendly (without being overly so) service. Most of all we love their beautiful Chicken Massaman, with its chicken slices, avacado, and cashews swimming in a wonderful coconut milk sauce. Heavenly! We recently also tried their lettuce rolls -- a nice change from Spring or Egg Rolls.

1 Thank ThreeRosettes70
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Have eaten at the Thai cafe many times now with my girlfriend and her family. I have tried several things on their menu and been satisfied with all of them. I really recommend the pad prik and the pad see ew. My girlfriend love the green curry. Their service can be a little slow at times but their food is... More 

1 Thank Timothy A
Durham, North Carolina
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We shared dinner with another couple and all of our food was well prepared. One diner has severe food restrictions but was able to enjoy the Coconut soup, the rice and some mansann. The coconut cake was sublime.

Thank Signe B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2501 University Dr, #10, Durham, NC 27707-2159
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-493-9794

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