Kanlaya Thai

Food & Drink
740 6th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001 740 6th Street Northwest, Washington Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
90% of 294 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Thai, Asian, Vietnamese, Cafe, Vegetarian
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Cuisine
    Thai, Asian, Vietnamese, Cafe, Vegetarian
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Vegan Options
    Yes
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Tips

78 Tips
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Report | 3 years ago
Cannot eat there anymore
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Report | 3 years ago
The restaurant closed down permanantly 31 Dec 2013, their sister restaurant Asia Spice is down the street and will honor the groupon but they are not very good
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Report | 3 years ago
The dishes are very tasty. The staff were friendly. I like the restaurant.
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Report | 3 years ago
pad thai pretty good
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Report | 3 years ago
get two dishes, one duck appetizer and pork special, both fab!
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Report | 3 years ago
Thank you for dinner last night and opening up to try Groupon. I had passed by your restaurant on numerous occassions without venturing in. That proved to be my loss. I will be back!
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Report | 3 years ago
The place isn't crowded so you don't need a reservation, even on a game day.
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Report | 3 years ago
One dimensional food
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Report | 3 years ago
The wait staff needs training. Open beer at the table! If you don't have an item, don't simply substitute something else without first notifying the customer and asking!
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Report | 3 years ago
Service was very rushed - food just dropped off at the table and no follow-up.
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From Our Editors

After strolling past clusters of Chinese eateries and shops, it might be a bit surprising to find an authentic Thai restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. The aroma wafting out of Kanlaya Thai Cuisine’s kitchen is unmistakably one of Thai cooking—a tangy mixture of basil, chili, black bean spice, and kaffir lime leaves. The fragrance only grows stronger and more enticing upon entering the bright, clean dining room and taking a seat at one of the glossy wood tabletops. Attentive servers bustle across the hardwood floors of the elegant space, taking orders, making suggestions, and noting diners’ spice preferences. Bartenders dart about behind a tiny corner bar, doling out imported beers and garnishing fruity cocktails with umbrellas and fresh fruit.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, chefs are hard at work, folding natural ingredients into a sweeping array of aromatic traditional dishes. Using time-honored Thai cooking techniques, the chefs whip up fiery coconut curries, tangy fried rice, and noodle dishes with meat, seafood, and tofu. To craft their specialty pottery shrimp—a favorite of food critic Robert Shoffner of the Washingtonian—the chefs simmer shrimp, cellophane noodles, napa cabbage, and mushrooms in exotic spices. The chefs take great care in the presentation of their dishes, decorating meats with swirls of carrot flowers, serving rice in bowls made of pineapple halves, and dishing pad thai noodles onto plates made of Renaissance oil paintings.

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