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1417 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704
1417 South 1st StreetUSTexasAustin78704
$$$Thai Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Curries, seafood & creative desserts draw fans to this hip Thai eatery with an open kitchen.- Google
"I would also recommend the green papaya salad, Jungle Curry, and Peanut Curry."
"Chef Rene Ortiz's venture into Thai food is a stunning success."
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Thomas T
in the last week
not really thai, thai make version for austin folks. my group of 12 agreed this place is way over price and less food in taste like. lucky we did not like that much but our food bill was like 500usd+. We left to finish desert at some place else. we are also agree that austin THAI Spice is way much better food taste and price. Our service at Sway is way below our like. They just bring foods out to us and dont see them until the bill and auto charge 20% charge of tips. We just dont think the waitress deserve it. There are restaurants in Austin have better food and price.
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Evan Trimble
2 months ago
They make some excellent dishes but many of them are just okay. I might give 3.5 stars for this, and have rounded up to 4, but the service is lackluster and the prices are high(ish). You're paying, in part, for the interior and the valet parking, both of which are great. The interior is indeed really well done--it's worth a least one visit to check the space out--and the valet parking is a nice touch in a neighborhood that can be hard to park in on a busy night. Finally, if you love Austrian wine, I'm not sure you'll find a better selection of Prager or Pichler in Austin. So, my recommendation: sit at the kitchen bar, order what looks good as it's preppred/plated and drink some of the most delicious riesling/gruner/pinot blanc around. If you do that, and the company is good, it'll be a "5 star" kinda night.
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Dennis Cao
3 months ago
Sway is an authentic Thai restaurant styled in a modern hip take on an old-styled Asian restaurant. If you've ever watched an old Kung-Fu movie, that type of seating layout and large tables is what you'll expect in Sway. Instead of the large round tables, you get square or long picnic styled tables. The best way to think about Sway is a Thai Tapas Bar. Each dish is meant to be shared with table and each person can easily eat a couple of dishes for a meal. The dishes are flavor packed and come with authentic Thai spices. If your mouth or stomach can't handle the heat, then it might be better to step out of this infernal. Their Jungle Curry may be the hottest dish on their menu. For that first couple of minutes your taste buds will find it absolutely mouthwatering; then quickly followed by sweltering heat as your body naturally tries to put out that fire on your tongue. For those less inclined to test their heat index, don't pass on their Blue Crab Fried Rice or Son in Law. Naturally, as any South Austin culinary hot spot, you should expect a long wait to get into this eatery. But if you like to eat dinner past 9PM, you'll probably only have to wait a quarter of an hr.
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Chuck Kevyn
2 months ago
Excellent, high end Thai food. Ordered family style and was not disappointed with a single item. Will be coming back.
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Carlos Russo
a month ago
Easily the best Thai food I've had the pleasure of eating. I'd recommend taking a seat at the kitchen bar and trying a variety of plates. Everything we had was superb, but I must recommend the Son in Law. The staff was also incredibly friendly, welcoming, and attentive. Highly recommend for anybody who enjoys Thai cuisine.
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Kim K
4 months ago
We went around 7 on a Friday night and the wait was about 45 minutes, which we expected. It was a little loud - also to be expected - but not impossible to have a conversation between 2 people. The parking lot was getting a little crazy and we didn’t want to deal with valet, so we parked down the street and walked over - easy peasy! YUM. Fresh, quality ingredients and excellent ambiance. We sat at the bar and loved being able to watch the kitchen in action. When we heard that the dishes were to be shared, we thought the portions would be smaller so we ordered 3 dishes for 2 people. The portions actually ended up being quite generous and we quite a bit left over. It’s not a complaint, but good to know about the sizes. The thai iced tea I also highly recommend. (:
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Alex Vickery
9 months ago
As a poor college student, I definitely can't afford to come here too often *tear*. But it's amazing. I came here for a date night on a Saturday and the place was PACKED. We sat at the bar and ordered a drink while waiting for a table, which surprisingly didn't take too long. Since it was our first time, the waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. It was hard to choose, as everything sounded amazing, but the food we got was delicious. It has community seating and is a bit on the trendier side, so if you're looking for a fun, lively place to dine and great Thai food—this is the spot!
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Sandeep Tammineni
5 months ago
Amazing ambience, food is incredible... Haven't had such good Thai food.. The fried rice was the best I ever had.. My friends had the same experience.


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