The 10 Best Thai Food Restaurants In Grand Rapids

The food scene in Grand Rapids has come a long way.

Perhaps nowhere is that growth as evident as the burgeoning Thai scene in town. If you wanted to eat something Asian in GR before the 2000s, that meant Panda Express or ordering the Asian salad at Applebee’s. Those dark days are behind us!

Now I can fill a whole list with just Thai places… and I left a few great spots out. Incredible growth.

So grab your chopsticks (or a fork if you’re new to Thai food, no judgment here). It’s Pad Thai time (put that on a t-shirt). Drunken noodles, green curries, basil fried rice – we’re ordering it all!

Map of the Best Thai Restaurants in Grand Rapids

Best Thai restaurant in Grand Rapids: Real Thai Cuisine

Order the chicken satay, which is chicken on a stick, and thank me later. It’s meant to be shared, but go ahead and be greedy. You deserve all the chicken impaled on a bamboo skewer!

The chicken satay even comes with two delicious dips – peanut and cucumber.

Other menu highlights for me include the Thai egg drop soup, ALL the noodles, and the avocado curry.

  • Address: 3912 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Website: Real Thai

Best Thai restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids: Bangkok Taste Cuisine

Bangkok is a great place to check out if you’re downtown and want something fast casual. It’s an easy walk from most of the downtown hotels, too.

The Thai tuna salad here is a special dish, bursting with crunchy veggies. Tuna, a special sauce, and crushed peanuts round the dish out – order it if you’re in the mood for something green and snappy.

  • Address: 15 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Bangkok Taste

Best Thai for people-watching: Rak Thai

rak thai grand rapids

Rak Thai is in the downtown market, one of GR’s culinary hot spots. It’s a great place to stroll, sip on a beverage, and enjoy a bite to eat. As a bonus, you get to people-watch while you have your meal.

If you’re in the mood for Thai (you’re reading this, so you must be), treat yourself to something delicious at Rak Thai. Order the basil fried rice or the Bangkok bulgogi if you’re in the mood for Rak Thai’s take on the classics.

Rak Thai also has build-your-own bubble teas (I’m new to the bubble tea scene and have no idea if they’re authentic to Thailand – but they’re delicious, so I’m in).

  • Address: 435 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Rak Thai

Best Thai for lunch: Aroy Thai

Aroy Thai is the spot for you if you’re craving Thai for lunch. The plating isn’t pretentious, and the location and ambiance aren’t elevated, but the food? Oh, man. So good.

The drunken noodles and crab rangoons are legit. Aroy also has a sprinkling of Chinese dishes on its menu – eat your way across Asia and create beautiful fusion.

  • Address: 3900 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Walker, MI 49534
  • Website: Aroy Thai

The best Thai take-out: Thai Fusion Restaurant

Speaking of fusion, another excellent Thai spot in GR is Thai Fusion (wow, that segue was smoother than a Rob Thomas song. Do they award Pulitzers for blog writing?).

All the usual suspects, like Pad Thai and drunken noodles are offered, perfect for a take-out night in. Put on your comfy clothes (elastic waistband recommended), and make sure your Netflix queue is ready to go. Take-out used to mean a trip to Redbox or Blockbuster – we’ve come a long way.

Please note – as of this writing, Thai Fusion is take-out only.

  • Address 1: 3097 Broadmoor Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Address 2: 2745 10 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341
  • Website: Thai Fusion

The best intimate dining experience: Thai Chef

The dining area in Thai Chef is on the small side (a realtor would call it “cozy”), but don’t let the small space deter you. Thai Chef has some dynamite dishes, and eating them hot from the kitchen in the cozy dining area is an unrivaled experience.

Speaking of hot, Thai food is spicy. The food at Thai Chef (and every Thai place on this list) can pack a punch. I know, I know, chances are if you’re midwestern, you think Lawry’s seasoned salt is spicy. Embrace the spice, people!

After you’ve embraced the spice, order some deep-fried ice cream for dessert, it’s delicious, and the dairy will help cool you down.

  • Address: 1971 E Beltline Ave NE #119, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Website: Thai Chef

Best Thai for the picky eater: Lai Thai Kitchen

Ok, picky probably isn’t the right word. Persnickety? Fussy? No, those are worse.

Anyway, if you’re dining with someone with special dietary needs – maybe you need vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options – then Lai Thai is the place for you. Their menu is loaded with dishes that even the most finicky eater will devour. Finicky! Yes. Let’s go with finicky.

Lai Thai has great pho, too – a perfect way to warm up on those chilly Michigan days.

  • Address: 1621 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • Website: Lai Thai

The best on The Medical Mile: Mai’s Thai

The sprawl of world-class hospitals is among the many things Grand Rapids is known for. And if you ever find yourself in the hospital, you’ll quickly discover that while our healthcare is top-notch, our hospital food is not.

Don’t get food from the hospital cafeteria. The hospital food is so bad you’ll risk extending your hospital stay (our lawyers want me to clarify that this is a joke).

Send for Mai’s Thai instead. You’ll see lots of healthcare workers grabbing lunch from Mai’s Thai. The locals know – Mai’s is a great spot for a taste of authentic Thai.

  • Address: 820 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Mai’s Thai

The best Thai seafood: Thai Express

Am I really telling you to order seafood from a strip mall in Kentwood? Yes. If Taco Bell commercials taught me anything, it’s to “live mas.”

Honestly, the weirder the sea creature, the better. Squid? Mussels? Giddyup.

Roll the dice and savor every bite. You only live once (YOLO, as the kids say).

  • Address: 4313 Kalamazoo Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Website: Thai Express