Rom Mai Thai (Capitol Hill)

613 Broadway E
Seattle, Washington 98102
(206) 726-9058
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Also known as Overly Attentive Thai—you need never fear that your water will go unrefilled here—Rom Mai is arguably the best Thai place on Broadway, and it's got a bright and cheery interior.
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  • 4.33000/5 Stars.
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I love this place!

I realize that Seattle is brimming with Thai places but you take the delicious food plus the service and Rom Mai Thai stands out. I order delivery from them and it's always so quick and flavorful. I recently had the duck curry and it was amazing. I can't say enough good things about this place.
Posted by fennec fox on November 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM · Report this
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YouLikeSpringRoll?CanIGetEntree?YouLikeDessert?

I love love love Rom Mai Thai. The food is good, cheap, and they serve it fast.

Yes, the service is comically overbearing. But it sure beats the other end of the spectrum. Dealing with the hyperattentive wait staff is part of the fun, if you know what you're walking into.

You know how there are places in tourist areas like Dick's Last Resort where the wait staff is rude -- but it's part of the shtick. Well, it's in a similar vein with which my partner and I take Rom Mai Thai's service. The only difference is that there's no irony to it -- they're just happy to serve in a way that's surely pharmaceutically enhanced.
Posted by oneway on March 19, 2009 at 10:46 PM · Report this
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5 stars, and I've never even eaten inside!

When I walked inside, I was immediately greeted by the very friendly staff. I put in my order and took a seat by the door as I waited for my order. While waiting, I was served a glass of ice water. I was surprised because I've never been given ice water before while waiting for my food to be done. After a couple minutes they give me my bill and I'm surprised again because they give it to you in a small, cute glass tray. A few minutes later I get my order and they thank me and I leave astounded even before trying the food. The service here is incredible, though I have to agree with Bob that when it is slow, the waiters are watching you the entire time just a few feet away to see if you need anything. I would imagine eating there might get a bit uncomfortable to know you're being watched like a hawk while you eat. But the good thing is that your glass is never half full and an empty plate is not on your table for long. I've not eaten in this restaurant yet but getting great service by ordering to go, I can imagine that it would be much greater eating in the restaurant. They are also incredibly fast. While waiting for my to go order during another visit to the restaurant, I had asked if they had a to go menu that I could keep. I kid you not, after I asked them, I had a to go menu in my hands TWO seconds later. TWO! My jaw dropped and I laughed a bit because of the speed that I got my menu. The food is excellent, though I've only had their Pad See-Ew (my favorite), and it's one of the best I've ever had. Rom Mai Thai is a great restaurant and I definitely recommend everyone try it out. I've been there three times and hopefully the next time I go there, I'll actually eat inside :)
Posted by Rowell on January 4, 2009 at 2:52 AM · Report this
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Very Friendly Family Restaurant

This is by far one of my favorite places to eat on Broadway. They family who owns the place are extremely nice and take a huge effort in making sure you have a great dining experience. Your water will never run out, empty plates will never sit around on your table, and you will never have to try to get the attention of any of the staff. One quick look and someone will dart right over to ask what you need.

The food is great authentic Thai at its best. These people do everything right- a rare thing to find on Capital Hill.
Posted by Johnny on December 14, 2008 at 6:14 PM · Report this
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Good food, overbearing service

Reasonably good Thai but the service is overbearing. Was there the other night when only two other tables occupied so there were four waiters standing about 10 feet from our table watching our every move, rushing over every few minutes to fill our water or offer us something.

Too much, can't they send some of their extras down the street to Cafe Septieme or someplace with service issues?
Posted by bob on October 20, 2008 at 12:40 AM · Report this
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Fresh Vegetables are my favorite. Flavor beyond belief.

Our friends took us in and introduced us to Tu and Toi the brothers who own the place. We go there now and introduce our friends to the two. They remember our names, every time. How many Thai restaurants do you suppose we pass between Enumclaw and Capital Hill? If you don't know what to order just ask for a surprise. They'll ask you, "Do you want Chicken, Pork, Beef or Shrimp Surprise?" We order four different meals and eat family style. We don't even have time to finish the Thai Iced Tea before the first dish arrives. Remember to save room for Mango Sticky Rice for desert.
Posted by Lois on July 12, 2008 at 8:07 PM · Report this
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Enjoyable Food, Slightly Obtrusive Service

I had walked by the nondescript restaurant front any number of times and when my friend suggested that we go here, I had to stop and rack my brains in order to call it to mind. We were seated within moments of arriving by the proprietor of the restaurant. The restaurant was clean and neat with no unpleasant background music calculated to turn your food to ashes in your mouth or drive you insane. Our food arrived in a timely fashion. My tom kha gai ($8.95 as I recall) arrived first, was portioned for two, and was quite tasty; however, I would've liked a few more pieces of chicken and mushrooms. The bowls that we were given to put our soup into were a bit too small for my tastes and a larger ladle would've been nice. My friend's tofu dish was also quite pleasant but it wasn't terribly memorable. I'm of the school that service should be quick, efficient, knowledgeable and above all - unobtrusive! Where Rom Mai fell down was on the unobtrusive part. I shouldn't notice the person refilling my glass. I shouldn't notice that my dinner companion's soup bowl was just picked up. You get the picture... So, if you don't mind various members of the very friendly staff swooping by you and making their presence felt (albeit in a good way) and want tasty thai food at a reasonable price, then don't overlook Rom Mai Thai.
Posted by ascreaminmyvoice on May 26, 2008 at 9:20 AM · Report this
5

Rom Mai Gets It Done!

This place kicks ass! I love Thai food, and this place is one of, if not the best I've had in Seattle. Seriously the best Pad See-ew anywhere. Also worth note, the Thai fried rice, and Panang Curry, both excellent. Its all good, right down to the Thai iced tea. The service is almost over the top, but refreshing in comparison to the crappy service you get just about anywhere else these days. Its bright, but cozy inside, and your always made feel welcome and appreciated. Its just a great place to get your feed on.
Posted by Shamrock on October 24, 2007 at 10:08 AM · Report this
4

Some good, some bad, isn't good enough

Num-Tok salad was divine. Prik King Pork was good. Kee Mao Talay seafood was disappointing. One of the prawns was mushy,(others were fine) and the scallops were spit out bad. I think they may have been rotten.
Posted by ohthetrees on October 5, 2007 at 9:23 PM · Report this
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Best Thai on Broadway? Best I've had Seattle.

Everything you want in a thai restraunt, spicy sweet food, big menu, incredible service, and very affordable. My only regret is that i waited so long to try it out. I had the Salmon curry and it was divine. It was also in the mid to high price range at $10.95 with a very generous fillet of salmon. My sister had the hot and sour seafood soup with coconut milk, it was also fantastic. Like most Thai restaurants the portions are enough for 2, but trust me you won't want to share.
Posted by TheWesternSky on August 30, 2007 at 12:02 PM · Report this
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Finally!

Some SPICY, real Thai food that doesn't taste like it was made for geriatric, REI-swaddled, mewling latte junkies! Delicious classic Thai cuisine, not Americanized, and SO damn fresh! I asked the manager (Toi) if they ever served tum poh teak, a soup I never thought I would find outside of Thailand, or at least a city with a large Thai community. He said to call ahead and he would whip some up. DAMN that's good!!!
Posted by Rainman on July 24, 2007 at 4:04 PM · Report this
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Best Thai on Broadway!

Consistently good food served by the friendliest folks. Super-attentive service. Also good for take-out.
Posted by Kathy on May 19, 2007 at 11:38 AM · Report this

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