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Lao Thai Family Restaurant

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501 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103-1938
+1 651-224-5026
10:30 - 20:00
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Tue - Fri 10:30 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 20:00
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yummo!!! Authentic Lao/Thai food! As a Laotian woman, I can attest that this is cooking just like Thu's (grandma)! Everything was prepared fresh and was full of flavor. I'd recommend the jerky and sticky rice with hot papaya salad- a true Lao staple. The fried prawns were delicious as well, fried with the heads and all! We were so thrilled... More 

Thank Mary A
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

I happened to go into this place with a friend because I saw a sign for Tiger beer. Once inside we ordered the Heavenly Wings and jerky. Oh wow! Excellent taste. I have never had such appetizers in an Asian restaurant. If it is Saturday there is a young owner who loves college football so there is always a game... More 

Thank Roger G
Minnetonka, Minnesota
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

After reading reviews on TripAdvisor, and from recommendations from two locals on University Avenue, we were surprised to find that the dishes we ordered were just average. One person in our group had pineapple chicken fried rice. We all tasted it and it was okay, but not significantly tasty and a bit pricey for a plate of rice with a... More 

Thank mstravelergal
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

University Avenue has a ton of great ethnic food and my parents have their favorites, but my wife and I decided to try one they haven't been too--Lao Thai. The restaurant was really easy to get to and had ample street parking. The service was great and the food was even better. Super fresh spring rolls and awesome main dishes... More 

Thank ChuckWI
Roseville, Minnesota
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

University Avenue has many fine Asian restaurants and this is one of the. Amazingly friendly service from Henry combined with tasty Lao/Thai dishes made this a genuinely fun visit. Prices are unbelievably inexpensive; especially in light of the food quality. A caution, they do not have AC; so go on a cool day if you are planning to put a... More 

Thank smooth1111
Excelsior, Minnesota
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135 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

We live 45 minutes away but whenever we get the chance we dine at Lao Thai Family Restaurant. In addition, our daughter and family, who live approx. two blocks away, order take out here and they have never been disappointed. The décor is basic but clean, including the bathrooms. We have tried a variety of food from the extensive menu... More 

Thank 1whosearches
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2014

I had a hankering for some Asian take out food this evening and wandered down University Avenue. I was heading for a Vietnamese restaurant and Lao Thai caught my eye. They have a clean and well maintained but very "Spartan " décor. I ordered Pineapple Shrimp fried rice and some Pork Pad Thai. While waiting, I noticed they carry a... More 

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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014 via mobile

Food was delicious! I ordered papaya salad (Lao prep-spicy), seafood salad, chicken drumettes, sticky rice and thai ice tea. The tea was too sweet for me, nonetheless, it satiated my palate. The price was reasonable for portions, location was readily accessible, and ample street parking. I will definitely be back to try the larb with tripe! Thanks for the authenticity!

Thank em_khoon03
Oak Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

The spring rolls are huge and fresh with shrimp, pork, veggies, and noodles. Our other usual order is the lob/lab without tripe, lean group beef with a lot of seasoning. Order some sticky rice on the side, delicious. It's a special trip for us as we don't live in St. Paul, but it's worth the drive everytime! The restaurant was... 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
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103-1938
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: +1 651-224-5026

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