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Royal Orchid - 27 Reviews - 2401 Fairview Ave N, Saint Paul, MN - Lunch Spot Reviews - Phone (651) 639-9999

Royal Orchid

2401 Fairview Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55113
(651) 639-9999
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Excellent food and the warm and friendly staff and chef make this the best Thai food in the Twin Cities! I think the Pad Thai is delicious, but I also love the green curry. And ...


We have gone to this restaurant couple of time since we like Thai Food, but every time we went to this place we had to wait for the waiter to show up and then Water to show up and...

Closed for 2 years now 5/16/2012

Need to update reviewed places sometime! more

Superb food, friendly staff & chef = best Thai in Twin Cities! 2/25/2009

Excellent food and the warm and friendly staff and chef make this the best Thai food in the Twin Cities! I think the Pad Thai is delicious, but I also love the green curry. And don't forget the sticky rice and mango for dessert! Pros: Food quality; friendly service; inexpensive. more

I can't believe this place got high ratings 11/7/2008

My girlfriend and I have eaten at the Royal Orchid a couple of times and each time it's been awful. And to add insult to injury, the food is quite expensive. It really hurts when you leave with that unsatisfied feeling, and you had to shell it out as well. I'm new to this site (citysearch) and I was getting excited that we could find some great restaurants without kissing a bunch of frogs. But with the ratings on the Royal Orchid so high, I think now that some of the restaurants are getting pumped up by people who have another reason to rate them highly....and it's not for good food. Pros: No waiting as the restaurant was always empty Cons: very bad food at high prices more

Leftovers anyone? 9/23/2008

Took some colleagues here for a business lunch and it was seriously the worst Thai food and lunch experience I've ever had. We should have known when we walked in and there was no one in the place at 12:30. Everything tasted like it had been saved from the night before and just reheated. Noodles were soggy, the little lunch egg rolls were completely sogged out and mushy. Just as if you put it in the microwave! Seriously, it was very embarassing and it was so obvious that nothing was prepared fresh at all. If you want good Thai, visit Chang Mai Tai in Calhoun Square and you will see the difference. Stay away from this place no matter how nice the owners are. Pros: Parking, Price Cons: Food qulaity, taste, freshness more

Delicious food, wonderful servers and chef 3/27/2007

I love this restaurant! They prepare fantastic Thai food. The servers are so nice and the chef is the most friendly and happy guy. He often comes out to visit with customers and smiles so big when he sees a regular. You can tell that they really want you to enjoy your food. Pros: Food, Friently staff, Convenient location. Cons: Ambience is a little lacking, Menu can be hard to read more

Can't belive this place is rated so highly... 3/27/2006

Like the other reviewer, I agree that this place is not worthy of what past reviewers have stated. It makes me wonder if the regulars have even tried some of the other Thai places around the cities. The pad thai was just ok, but the red curry dish that had what appeared to have frozen or canned peas and carrots. Maybe it's just my personal preference, but I like large, fresh chunks of vegetables in my Thai food. Service was fine, ambiance was what I'd expect from a strip-mall restaurant. I'd recommend readers try True Thai on Franklin, or Tum Rup Thai on Lake St. Pros: inexpensive Cons: not fresh more

Royal Flop 2/21/2006

Worst attempt at Thai food. I am trying not to be malicious as I write this considering the low quality of food. Do not confuse this place with the restaurant Royal Orchid on Market St. in Minneapolis. The food was prepared in 5 minutes, not very much time to prepare decent food. It was obviously frozen and heated in the microwave by flavor and texture. Cheese wontons at least tasted ok. The other menu items in our party were severly dissapointing. The meat, if you can call it that, was over processed and flavorless. All semblence of flavor had been boiled out. The rice was ill prepared instant rice. Sauces were bland. We had takeout so unable to speak for ambiance. Pros: Cheese wontons, Fast, close to Taco Bell Cons: Flavorless food, nasty food, mushy food more

Our Fave for Thai 6/12/2005

We've been going to The Royal Orchid in Roseville for several years now. We have never had a bad dish, or a bad experience in any way, in all that time. FANTASTIC THAI FOOD!! Pros: Inexpensive, Good Parking, Pleasant atmosphere more

Best Ever 4/27/2005

The foods are always tasted fresh and consistantly tasty. Never disappointed. When they are busy, you are expected to wait a little. However, I have never have any bad service as other claimed. Frankly, I am surprised by the prior user. You should have mentioned to the Manager if you experience such service. They are always nice to me. I know that they they take your comments seriously. It was not constructive and seem that one just want to put them down because they are the best. There was no mention of the food either. Regardless of what other said, this place is always the best. Pros: fresh , authentic, great taste more

Experience at Royal Orchid 1/14/2005

We have gone to this restaurant couple of time since we like Thai Food, but every time we went to this place we had to wait for the waiter to show up and then Water to show up and then food to show up. The service is exteremly poor. I would not recommand any one this place, food is so so. more

Good food but poor serivce 12/5/2004

This was not the first time I experienced their poor service. They give the priority to takeout orders. Therefore people like us had to sit at the table waiting over half an hour to get our food. This last time, we didn't get the appetizer until half an hour later after we had asked about it two times. And what we finally got was not even the one we ordered. I would recommend takeout if you want to taste their food without having an unhappy dining experience. Pros: Good flavor, Decent price Cons: , Too Crowded more

Well Indeed. 6/10/2004

I have a lot to say, but will keep it short. One bite of the food here, and you are in high heaven. Everything is fresh and not sugarly sweet like other Thai place that I have eaten. Just love it. Will be back again and again. Pros: Fresh food, taste great, good host more

Superb Indeed 6/5/2004

This is the only place outside of Thailand that I can find exactly the same food I have in Thailand. I know that this restaurant have reputation about being authentic. The food also taste very good and well prepare with Little or no MSG. I have Pahd Thai at other place and it give mea a headache. I have no such reaction here. Keep up the good work. Pros: great food, Fresh curry, great taste more

Real Thai Food, Real Thai People 6/3/2004

I have been to nearly every Thai restaurant in the area and there is none better in terms of authenticity and flavor. Several years ago, I even went with Pat to Thailand, and he showed my wife and I the restaurants that inspire his cooking. (He might take you, too, if your interested.) I'm telling you, Royal Orchid isn't just close, it is the real thing! Other Thai restaurants don't even seem to understand what a fresh Thai chili pepper is. Jalapenos? Dried red pepper? The taste is not the same. Royal Orchid mixes highly savory sauces that are light, not syrupy, and the flavors jump out. The peanut sauce starts with peanuts - not peanut butter as some other restaurants. If you don't like Royal Orchid, you don't like real Thai food. Pros: Authentic, Friendly, Tasty more

There is none better 6/1/2004

We have tried many Thai places ( claimed to be authentic ), but none can keep up with this establishment. We have Curry Noodles and Pineapple Curry which no other Thai place have, and both are out of this world. Pahd Thai is heavenly tasty. I can't think of the best word to say. Just love them all. Pros: superb food, friendly owner more

I am impressed. 5/29/2004

From California to New York, I roamed. I discovered many Thai restaurants with the best food that is truly authentic. Let me at this one to my list. I have been in the cities for a few days, and I have visited a few others, but none was up to my expectation. Too bad that I do not live here or I would eat at Royal Orchid everyday. Pros: Good food, Authentic, friendly more

Best PahdThai and Best of everything 5/27/2004

I have Pahd Thai here every week. I don't eat Pahd Thai anyway else. Do you know why, I try everywhere else, they all loaded with MSG and made differently, some even look dark like soy sauce, some with ketsup. Furthermore, I notice that my mouth get so dry after eating at other Thai restaurants. I am no expert, but by comparison. Royal Orchid is the best. You have to try it to know. Cons: , friendly, lot of parking more

Good and Searing 7/21/2003

I tried many attempts at Thai places to get extremely hot Thai food, and always got food that was ""toned down"" because they were sure I couldn't handle it. I finally challenged the Chef here and said there was no way he could make it as hot as I got it in Thailand. Although skeptical, he accepted my challenge. My temperature rose the second the food hit my tongue. By the time I finished, there were tears in my eyes and I was sweating profusely. It was absolutely wonderful. When I say hot, I want hot, not what someone else thinks I can handle!!! more

Great Thai food! 5/13/2003

We are loyal fans of the Royal Orchid -- consistently stellar food and service! The friendliness of the owners and servers lends to the charm of the restaurant. I tell all my friends about it! Pros: Excellent food, Service friendly more

Great Thai Food!! 3/12/2003

I was sad when they closed up shop in Minneapolis two years ago,but was relieved to find out they relocated to Roseville. Don't let the appearance of the location fool you. The food is just as good as it was when they were in Minneapolis. They are one of the few Thai restaurants that serve Tod Mon in the area. Pat and Nita Sukhtipyaroge, owners of the Royal Orchid, do a great job in their culinary presentation and are very personable people. They especially made my parents feel welcome when they were in Minneapolis in November for the Thanksgiving holiday. Pat, Nita, and my Thai mother seemed to enjoy each other company. My mom thought it was some of the best Thai food she ever had and said when she comes back to visit, she will definitely stop by again. As for my family and I, we'll be back too! more
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  • In Short
    Siblings Pat and Nida Sukhtipyaroge run this strip mall gem. He's the chef; she runs the compact dining room. They're warm and friendly, likely to pull up a chair at your table....

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