Royal Thai Cafe

Royal Thai Café – Enjoy Authentic Thai Favorites Family-Style in Kailua-Kona
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Are you craving authentic Thai dishes made using traditional recipes? If so, you just need to take a trip to Royal Thai Café in Kailua-Kona. Just remember to give yourself tons of time to pour over the menu – and consider eating your meal family-style to sample all they have to offer.  

- The Local Expert Team

When nothing else will do but bold flavors in every last bite, set your sights on a visit to Royal Thai Café. Located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, this laidback eatery always uses traditional recipes to create all the authentic Thai dishes you know and love. Their bright aloha spirit completes the picture of perfection, making it a great place to enjoy a meal in paradise.

It’s so great, in fact, that their tables often fill up well before the dinner rush and stay that way until close. So, unless you’re coming by for a leisurely lunch, it’s usually best to make a reservation ahead of time. With that move, you know they’ll have a table ready to go when you arrive – no wait needed. Whenever you arrive for your meal, you’ll get hit with the old-world vibes instantly. Bright red walls, interesting statues, and upscale table settings all set the stage for a memorable meal.

As you settle in at your table, take the chance to get your drink and appetizer orders in right away. That’ll buy you some time to pour over their huge menu full of amazing dishes. You’ll want to give every last option your full consideration because each one looks as good as the last. If you have any questions, just let your server know. They’re happy to share info about the quality ingredients that go into each dish. They’re even well versed in the cooking techniques used to handcraft every menu item served onsite.

With so many awesome items on the menu, it’s often best to grab a couple of different dishes and enjoy them family-style. Your server will bring out extra plates, so you and your tablemates can grab a few scoops of each dish. Don’t forget to order all the rice you want separately because their entrees do not come with any. Prefer steamed noodles or veggies instead? They have those available as sides as well.

Tantalize your tastebuds with the:

Crispy Spring Rolls
When you want deep-fried goodness in every bite, you cannot go wrong with the Crispy Spring Rolls. They make this popular appetizer by rolling glass noodles, carrots, and cabbage in spring roll wrappers. Then, they fry them to perfection and serve them up with plum sauce on the side for dipping.

Braised Oxtail Udon Noodle Soup
The Braised Oxtail Udon Noodle Soup boasts big beefy flavor designed to warm you up from the inside out. They make this dish by braising the oxtail low and slow until it’s ultra-tender. As that happens, they expertly prepare their dashi broth. Then, they place udon noodles in the dashi broth and top them with oxtail, shiitake mushrooms, and kimchee.

Diamond Seafood
Are you looking to enjoy all the best ocean flavors to the fullest? Treat yourself to the Diamond Seafood. The chef prepares this dish by broiling lobster tail, shrimp, scallops, mussels, squid, and fish filets. At the same time, they sauté cabbage, carrots, celery, and shiitake mushrooms. After that, they put the seafood with the veggies and toss it all in oyster sauce. Then, they bring it out to your table on a sizzling dish.

If you want to take your dining experience to the next level, save room for dessert, for sure. Their Deep-Fried Banana with Vanilla Ice Cream is out of this world delicious. But if that’s not quite your style, keep it classic with the Mango Sticky Rice. They also have Vanilla, Coconut, and Chocolate Ice Cream along with tantalizingly good Deep Fried Ice Cream if you dare.

Insider Tips:
-Need to keep wheat out of the equation? Ask your server about their gluten-free creations.
-Happy hour runs from 4 pm to 6 pm each day. Stop by during that time to get discounts on beer, wine, and appetizers.
-Served from 11 am to 2:30 pm each day, their lunch specials let you enjoy all their most popular dishes in smaller portions and at a lower price.