Thai Riverside ~ Grapevine, Texas

Last update: December 28, 2017

We have a love hate relationship with Thai Riverside. I think they're on their 49th owner now. Every time we go, it seems they're back and we're happy. Then we revisit, and it's not the same! No consistency whatsoever. It's not terrible mind you, but it's not what it should be. We're giving up on Thai Riverside. Too much quality competition.

We first started frequenting Thai Riverside when the place was known as Thai Rice, sometime in the 2003-2004 era. New ownership brought improvements including an interior spruce-up, an upgraded menu and new flavors. On this visit, our first in nearly two years, we learned that Thai Riverside again has changed owners. Not so many alterations this time around, exceptions being a new menu and a handful of new recipes, though the owner assured us that most everything was "the same".

That's unfortunate, since as you may have gathered from the "first visit in two years" comment, Thai Riverside isn't one of NE Tarrant's finest. Nor is it near the bottom either but somewhere in the middle. That is to say, Thai Riverside is a "serviceable" Thai restaurant.

On this visit we sampled the Chicken Satay for an appetizer, and for entrees we had the Cashew Chicken and Chicken Basil. All of it was good, not nothing captured the imagination.

Thai Riverside is located on Northwest Highway, just east of 114. It's buried in a strip center (on the Park Blvd street side). The interior is pleasantly decorated with mood lighting, to ensure a nice dining experience. Oh and it's BYOB, so that's a plus too.

Thai Riverside Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


EW Zeller said…
I've been to all the Thai restaurants you mention, but I think you missed the best one in the area: Quick Thai at Hall Johnson & 26 in Colleyville.
RJG said…
Really? Funny how tastes can be so different. Now it's been a loooong time since we tried Quick Thai (3-4 years?), but both the wife and I were beyond disappointed. I mean, nothing went right. Poor service. Bland food, not even close to spicy despite trying to explain my "quals" as it were.

Maybe it's changed owners? Or they learned from past mistakes? It's certainly possible, and we've seen that before.

Since you recommended it (and you're involved with the DTS - my Dad had some friends from there) - we'll try it again!

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