Top Thai restaurants in Calgary

Thai food is the perfect tropical indulgence on a crisp winter day or as a spicy summer feast. The city is home to a handful of well-established Thai restaurants, each with a loyal clientele. From sour papaya salads to the best red curry, these restaurants deliver heat, flavour and a pleasant, easy-going atmosphere.

White Elephant The

B-1808 19 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E 4Y3

White Elephant Thai Cuisine has legendary status amongst its devout followers. Hidden away inside the Airport Traveller's Inn in northeast Calgary, the restaurant isn’t easy to find. During busy hours, however, conspicuous line-ups form in the hotel’s hallway. Order take out to avoid the rush, and enjoy the restaurant’s large portions of tom yum soup, pad Thai and various stir fries in the comfort of your home.

Khao San Thai Kitchen

1314 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0C3

If you’re looking for a Thai restaurant that will make the perfect date spot, head to Khao San Thai Kitchen. Located on bustling 17th Avenue Southwest, just east of 14th Street, this intimate restaurant is handsomely decorated with Thai art and wooden room dividers that create a cozy ambiance. The papaya salad made with green papaya, carrots, roasted peanuts and prawns served with a chili lime dressing is a big winner, and the red and green curries will have you coming back for more.

Thai Bistro

102-233 Centre St SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2B7

Located in Chinatown, this Thai restaurant is open until late on Friday and Saturday nights and can accommodate diners with dietary restrictions, serving gluten- and dairy-free as well as vegan dishes. Start your meal with lemongrass-infused tea and move on to the rich flavours of pad Thai and Panaeng curry and be sure to order a side order of roti to accompany your meal.

Hearts Choices Vegan Cafe

9679 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2J 0P6

Hearts Choice Thai Vegan Café was launched as a vegan Thai kiosk at the Calgary Farmers’ Market in 2011. The casual, suburban restaurant features a dine-in space as well as ready-to-eat entrees that can be picked up to go. Chef Nan's love of Thai food is apparent in her dishes and service at the café is friendly. Hearts Choice also serves a surprisingly large variety of seasonal desserts including vegan cupcakes, coconut macaroons and a Thai coconut dessert made with bananas, palm sugar and coconut milk.

Thai Sa-On Restaurant

351 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

Thai Sa-on is a spacious Thai restaurant located on 10th Avenue Southwest just east of Fourth Street. Officially approved by the government of Thailand, you know its cuisine is the real deal. The restaurant’s expansive menu includes dishes such as drunken chicken, running shrimp and a selection of red, yellow and spicy curries. Thai Sa-on also happens to have an extensive, well-curated wine list.

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