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Lotus Thai Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Floors marked for social distancing
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Updated 15/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 15/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Asian, Thai
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fair without being spectacular very bland for Thai food was a little disappointed as ordered medium spicy more like chicken tonight simmer sauce

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while now and finally got there tonight. It was a strange start to the evening, we were greeted by the waitress who once we said we hadn't booked offered us two tables both were a...table for two right by the door one stuck in the corner and the other jammed against the wall. Looking around there were at least 9 free tables some for larger seating I admit, but others for table of 4 that were empty. we were just two of us. The waitress said they were all taken and then said you will have to wait while I make one ready. After a while which looked like the main waiter came and offered us a seat at one of the tables of 4, I said we were told we couldn't sit there he said its ok and we were seated quickly. We both ordered dishes with rice which were very ordinary my rice was dense and sticky and tasted old. The accompanying chicken was fairly bland thin sliced and without the extra cashew nuts I ordered, would have been tasteless. When I mentioned this to the waitress, the waiter came over later and apologised saying the rice was from the bottom of the pot. The whole time we were eating no further tables came in so I am not sure what bookings they were waiting for that we could not have sat at the tables when we came in. Disappointing as we had read really good things about this restaurant. Don't know that we would returnMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 27 April 2021

Had a delicious family dinner with generous servings of flavoursome Thai cuisine. Reasonably priced and worth it.

Date of visit: April 2021
Lotus Thai Restaurant, Owner at Lotus Thai Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2021

Thank you Michael for review.

Reviewed 8 April 2021

I have a garlic and onion allergy. I had reviewed the menu and spoke at length with the waitress on my options before ordering. Thai is usually a safe choice if you order a stir fry as it is made fresh. I ordered a stir...fry without onion listed as an ingredient, checked that it had no onion or garlic, and she confirmed that it didn't but that she would also tell the kitchen about my no onion/garlic. The stir fry had onion in it. I didn't realise as they were in strips like the bamboo shoots and the dish had lots of chilli. Consequently I ate most of it. When I did realise, and told the owner that there was onion in the dish, the owner was defensive. As I was vomiting in the bathroom, the owner then told my partner that someone had gone to the hospital two days prior as his staff had given peanuts to someone with a peanut allergy.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 26 March 2021

There were thirteen of us for dinner for my Mum's birthday. The staff was very good at accommodating all of us and the food was really good.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 14 March 2021 via mobile

Beautiful authentic food! Best Thai we have all had in a very long time! Thank you! See you again soon.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 21 February 2021

We were a party of 7 on a busy Saturday night and fortunately we had pre-booked at Lotus Thai earlier that day. The restaurant was super-busy but we received speedy service and very nice food. (We brought our own wine.) We would come back to...this restaurant again.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 15 February 2021

We were a group of 11 dining on an extremely busy night (after the Great Lake Taupo relay) where every table was full. Our entrees came out in great time considering the amount of people dining and were delicious. I personally had the combination entree...- prawn cake was amazing! They did well to get our main dishes out in good time also. Full of flavour, good serving sizes. The menu is huge and I just wanted everything! Only downfall was how noisy it is when it is full so maybe don't dine when there is a huge event on in Taupo.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 10 February 2021

Just didnt feel like they could care less if we stayed or went. Very offhand service and then a very long wait for our drinks and also our food. We read these reviews that were really good but honestly, we didnt feel like we were...welcome. Wouldnt come again even if the service was any better.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 8 February 2021

Our 3rd visit and once again we were impressed. A group of 18 with a wide range of dietary requirements were all very happy with our meals. Highly recommended. Delightful staff.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Yes, we do delivery
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Byo cost is $5 per bottle
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lotus Thai Restaurant

Yes, Lotus Thai Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Yes, Lotus Thai Restaurant offers delivery services.

Yes, Lotus Thai Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Lotus Thai Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5