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Oriental Thai Restaurant

3 star rating
16 reviews

Cuisine: Thai, Buffet, Asian

58 Cambridge Terrace
(corner Cambridge Terrace & Vivian St)
Wellington Central
Wellington City
04-801 8080


  • Lunch: Mon – Fri 12pm – 2:30pm
  • Dinner: Mon – Sun 5:30pm – late
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
  • Parking: Free Off-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Takeaways: Yes
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Authentic Thai cuisine. Oriental Thai is located two minutes walk from Courtenay Place, and offers up tasty Thai dishes seven nights a week, with lunch Mon – Fri. Vegetarian options always available. Function room and catering available. Quality takeaways.

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16 Reviews for Oriental Thai Restaurant

15th May 2014
5 star rating
DELICIOUS!!! Oriental Thai has become a staple diet.

I am yet to have a Phad Thai that rivals theirs, and their flavoursome and succulent Satay Chicken Nua Gai and healthy portions sizes keeps me coming back for more. However the chefs culinary skills don’t stop there, everything we have tried off the menu has be excellent.

Don’t agree with the other reviews about their service it has always been friendly, polite and right on the money in my view.

I recommend this to everyone who looking for great food, and the best part is they are open really late. So say goodbye to your late night kebab and go get some oriental Thai food !

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12th January 2014
3 star rating
Very few customers, was surprised as a couple of years ago when I last visited it was very popular, and this was a Friday night (though the takeaway outlet had a big queue). One very sweet attentive waitress (did they sack the one mentioned in other reviews!); food quite tasty and heaps of it (needed doggy bag) but only superficially authentic. Coffee though was awful! Training needed there.
Also … garden outside needed weeding; several hanging plants were clearly quite dead, a holder for a candle but no candle; tatty menus. The place needs sprucing up badly – seems very unloved. Rather irritating Thai (presumably) ‘pop’ music playing.
With a good spring clean and a fresh authentic menu it would be great again; it’s a great room with lot of potential.

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14th October 2013
1 star rating
I wasn’t supposed to be going to Oriental Thai, but the other place was full. The service was terrible, the waitress argumentative (argued with us as she couldn’t understand why we weren’t happy that the roti’s came out before the entrees, and not with the main). Our entrees, the mixed appetiser, were different and the explanation was the chef was new that night, and we should sort it out ourselves! My beef skewer was straight from the fridge, and the meat was tough and chewy. The meal didn’t improve, though my red curry sauce was nice.

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27th July 2013
1 star rating
Totally agree with all other reviews regarding the terrible service. We arrived at 6pm looking for an early meal because we had our 1 yr old with us. From the moment we walked in it was clear we weren’t wanted despite the restaurant being almost empty and our baby wasn’t making a sound. The waitress refused to serve us at a smaller table other than a banquet table right at the back because all of the others were “booked”. Then place was empty apart from one or two others. We were then told we had to leave in 45 minutes. We got up and left without ordering. Very poor and highly embarrassing for me in front of my expat wife as I was trying to show off Wellington. Steer clear. There are plenty of other places in Wellington that deserve your $s.

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Comment from Miao G. of Oriental Thai Restaurant 28/07/2013   
Thanks for your review, I am really shocked with your complain. I am really sorry if we did that to you. However, during this weekend we have not had any customer with a young baby, so I really wish to know the date that you visited us and I can understand the…    More »
19th May 2013
1 star rating
Worst service in Wellington.
If you are considering a Thai place in Wellington–do not go here. There are so many other amazing thai places that deserve your business! We booked a fairly large table for a party. It took the waitresses an hour and a half before they bothered to take our order. We had to actually stand up and ask for menus, even ask for them to please, please, please serve us before we collapsed of hunger. It was only when we were ready to leave when they stepped up. When we expressed our dissatisfaction, the wait staff was rude (one woman practically rolling her eyes!) and somehow implied it was our fault because we didn’t flag them down earlier!

Visited April 2013

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Comment from Miao G. of Oriental Thai Restaurant 5/06/2013   
Dear customer, We do not accept your review. I have a different view from you by that night. 1. I agree that we serviced your menu bit late, but our waitress asked 2 times with your organizer for taking orders, he told us come back later because he still…    More »
25th August 2012
1 star rating
We went there for dinner with kids. This restaurant is not authentic Thai at all. They do not even know the meaning of authentic. The meal taste just sugar, very sugar and lot of sugar. We had fish curry, chicken green curry, chicken pineapple curry. All of them had no flavour other than the sweetener.
The ambiance is good but food is terrible. The veges (stir fry) was not stir fry. It was like boiled up with no spices but black sugar sauce.

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22nd July 2012
1 star rating
Food was good. But the service was absolutely terrible. Wish I had read the reviews before hand.

Arrived at 7.30 and orders weren’t taken till 8.30 after we finally asked if they would serve us.

Food arrived at 9.20, my entree was brought out with my main. Staff didn’t apologise for the delay or explain why it took nearly 2 hours for food to arrive.

I would NOT recommend this place. Bad service just ruins good food and a good night

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23rd April 2012
4 star rating
I went to this restaurant for the second time in 4 years on Saturday with a group of 8. I had made a booking 3 days before and it was good I did that because the rest was expecting a group of 80 later at night.
After we were sitted at our table the waitress didn’t bother to open our wine for us. Then she came to me who made the booking and said “we are busy so can you leave by 7.30pm”. We had arrived at 6pm for dinner as per our booking. I was shocked and embarrased when she asked us that because we were a group of friends meeting after a long time and there was no way we could finish by 7.30pm. I said to her, no we can’t and if this was the case I should have been told when I made the booking. She then went away had a chat with someone and came back and said “ahh its ok you don’t have to leave”
Apart from the kafaffle the night went great. The food was a bit slow but was worth the wait. It was delish!! So yes …I would recommend this place. If you get annoyed with slow orders then don’t go here though coz it will annoy you.

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26th September 2010
1 star rating
Arrived at 7.30, order wasn’t taken til 8.15, food arrived an hour later. The food was nothing special – of a Satay Kingdom-type quality but 3x the price. Needless to say, it wasn’t worth the wait. I will never dine here again.

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6th June 2010
4 star rating
Food is always absolutely delicious ;)
Service is average and you always have to wait a long time for food, if not in a hurry great place to go ;)

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The G.


16th May 2010
4 star rating
Food was delicious.

Service was slow despite the empty restaurant, however when delivered the food was exceptional and prices were OK.

Curries were creamy and spicy, fish was crisp and flavorful.

Would highly recommend dining here when not in a rush, and when quality trumps speed.

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18th September 2009
5 star rating
We have had several occasions to eat at this fine restaurant for both business and pleasure. The food is delicious, the service is great and the menu is vast. If your an Asian food lover this place is a must. The take-away’s are yummy too!!
Highly recommended.

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14th August 2009
5 star rating
I went to Oriental Thai on 31 July 2009 with three friends, the service was good, the food were delicious and price was reasonable.

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25th May 2009
1 star rating
Went with friends on a cold friday night. While the initial welcome from stafff was warm the restaurant was not – 2 small heaters struggled to warm up the restaurant and a number of us sat with our coats on for most of the night.
Most of our entrees came out promptly but odd how we waited for 2 and saw 2 go out to other tables that ordered after us. When the food came out first I thought good, but gristle in the chicken and bones in the fish cake made me change my mind then friends had one meal which they had to ask for twice and finally came out a good 40 minutes afer everyone elses and no roti at all for the table – forgot they got busy with 4 tables!! To top it off the chef was rude when 2 guests commented on poor service on check out he just told them not to come back and we wont

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5th May 2009
5 star rating
I booked this place 2 weeks in advance for 21 people, rang again an hr before I had to be there to confirm that everything but they didnt know what i was talking about but in the end they set it all up, the service was FANTASTIC didnt have to wait for the table and they come and ask if everything all good etc. The food was DELICIOUS!! If you ring, just make sure you ring and confirm everything again

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14th February 2009
5 star rating
The service was fantastic, food was great and setting was of a royal standard. Good Thai music and cuisine was delivered and presented well. All in all this is a great little restaurant.

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