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1417 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704
1417 South 1st StreetUSTexasAustin78704
(512) 326-1999swayaustin.com
$$$Thai Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Bar
Today 11AM–10PM
Monday 11AM–10PMTuesday 11AM–10PMWednesday 11AM–10PMThursday 11AM–11PMFriday 11AM–11PMSaturday 11AM–11PMSunday 11AM–10PM
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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."
"The Salt and Pepper prawns were great."
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Kaitlin M
a month ago
This review is just for the bar. I came here and split a bottle of Gruener Vetliner with 2 friends. The waiter was great, the ambience was fun--upscale, sleek, urban. I really enjoyed it and would love to go back for dinner!
D Tuggle
a month ago
Went here with the family for after xmas. The peanut curry- spice hot like i like it, whole crispy fried fish- wow, 2 son -in laws which were flawless, couple of wings orders and the blue crab rice. All perfect and done efficiently. No slow kitchen or wait staff here. We have a daughter and son in law who are foodues and live in NYC and they were impressed. Priced right.
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Isaac Martin
2 months ago
Slightly expensive, but extremely tasty. Unique flavor combos. Nice atmosphere. Large group tables.
Kevan Sinclair
4 months ago
If I could give this place no stars I would Worst customer service ever. I was told I've the phone "we don't have the technology to take orders over the phone" by their host and bartender. Do restaurants not use paper and pens anymore? Do they not communicate? Or maybe tap orders on the POS screens while one the phone with someone? I've been in the kitchen industry for ten years and this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Not to mention its like a night club. Music so loud you can't hear yourself think. I will never eat there
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Mark Ellis
4 months ago
We've had date night here 4 or 5 times. We've always tolerated how loud it is because we really love the food, but it seems like every time we go back there's just a little more to complain about. Last night the service was really bad, and the food just wasn't as carefully prepared as it once was. It's possible they just get overwhelmed at dinner time; You may have a better experience in off-peak hours. However, the wait staff just seems miserable. (My friend pointed out that none of them ever smile, and I realized she's completely right). We ordered two appetizers as soon as we sat down, but our waiter admitted he waited to get our full order before putting it into the kitchen. One of our appetizers was delivered last. If you have a party of 4 you'll have an impossible time talking to one another. Parties of 2 will get seated at the kitchen counter (even noisier than the rest of the restaurant) or the bar facing the courtyard (in the highest traffic area near the door). You can ask to sit at a table, but they won't sit you in any way that you can actually look at your date. Bummer. It really is tasty food.
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Jennifer Smalls
2 months ago
Went here last night and it was amazing. There is Valet parking up in front, it's kind of hard to see where it is because the sign is just an orchid, but your map should tell you where to turn. I was surprised as to how crowded it was for a Monday night and raining. The seating are large tables where it's communal seating or if you are a party of two, you might get the window seats. It is very dark inside the restaurant and even the rest rooms are pretty dark as well. The food here comes out crazy fast! I felt that most were big enough to share. I ordered the chicken wings to start with, they are very good, but very messy. Good thing they give you hot towels after to wipe up with. I also ordered the tofu and a side of Brussels sprouts. Both were very good. The sauce on the tofu was a little spicy for me, but the tofu was cooked to perfection. I really liked the Brussels sprouts too, they were very finely diced though. I also ordered the Son In Law and that was by favorite my most favorite dish of all. It was super delicious and I would come back just for that dish. The Chicken Fried Rice was spicy to me and had a bit of curry, it wasn't really what I was looking for so I didn't enjoy that as much. The tiger cry was very good as well, not as good as the Son In Law of course, but it was good too, the second best dish I think. The dessert was by far my favorite, but that's always my favorite part of any meal. I got the banana split and it was amazing! It had sprinkles so it brought me back to my childhood, and who doesn't like sprinkles. The brownie bites were amazing, and I loved the ice cream. I also got an order of the coconut lycee ice cream and that was delicious as well. The miso-white chocolate semifreddo is a must as well. The service was great, each person who brought out the food explained the components of each dish. The water was refilled promptly even though they leave the bottle for you to serve yourself. Overall, the food was on point, and delicious. The only thing that I could complain about is it gets pretty loud in there and it's really dark, so my photos are a little dark, but I refuse to be the person who turns on the flash in a dark restaurant. Otherwise everything was amazing! I will defiantly return and recommend to anyone looking for a great place to eat.
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Cindy Tran
3 months ago
Wow. This place is absolutely amazing, but as always, there are pros and cons. I went on a Saturday night and for some odd reason, Austin was defintiely popping that particuarly weekend even though SWSX is over with. Each place we went to was around 30 min-1 hr wait with the exception of food trucks. This place is near Elizabeths and a couple strolls away from the Gordough's food truck. If you want to just hang out and get some finger food, those would be a good place to go to while you wait. When I went here, the wait was around 1hr - 1hr 30 mins. To put icing on the top, it started raining so they pulled people that were dining outside to inside which resulted in extended wait. They do offer to serve in big groups (there was a bacherlotte party...). We ended sitting at along the window after about 50 min wait. Food comes out as they are done being prepared so appetizers may come after entree. We ordered a lot so let's get into it: - Raw Oysters ($3.50 each, we ordered a dozen) : spicy, tangy, and so delicious. The freshness from the oyster with the combination of the spicy, sweet, saltiness from fish sauce and topped with peanut crumbles makes me want it all over again - Wild Boar Ribs ($12): I particular like this because it spicy, but not drench with spicy sauce. It was more of a dry rub and then finished with a sauce. It was really meant to be shared because it's a substantial size for an appetizer - Pad Thai ($15): Awesome pad thai hands down and for those who prefer spicy pad thai, this isn't it. - Xo Mussels ($18): I was use to the really spicy mussels from thai spice, but this a milder version that served with a bowl of rice on the side and simply...amaze-balls. - Blue Crab ($18): Fried rice with chunks of crab meat. Not impressed, but it is not bad at all! Drinks (Non-alcoholic): - Kombucha Black Magic: I usually hate kombucha, but this one is really good! Must try and you'll have your own bottle, isn't that great? - Thai Tea: Not as creamy as I expected it to be, they added too much cinnamon and did not mixed the condensed milk before serving, but that might be the traditional way to drink it. - Secret Garden: Water with a splash with whatever that's said on the menu, hated it and had to switch it out to a Thai Tea - Milk Oolong: Actually tea, but it smells and taste like milk? It doesn't even make sense, but it's a mind-blowing hot beverage Dessert: - Thai Tea Affogato: 2nd best dessert from our dinner. Served with the Thai Tea on the side and then you pour it onto your ice cream. The macademia crumble provdided a nice crunch and a break from the sweetness from the ice cream. I would order this again. - Miso-White Chocolate Semifreddo: This are for the people who are not into the sweet desserts and prefer the savory. It has the sesame which mellowed out all the sweetness from all the dessert. Needless to say, not my favorite. - Jasmine Tea Panna Cotta: The best one I had there. The panna cotta is jasmine infused. If you like Jasmine Milk Tea, this thing is pretty awesome. I even ate the basil because the mintiness of the basil marries well with the panna cotta. I want more of this! - Mango-Calamansi Sorbet: Typical sortbet over rice pudding, so it's sweet, but not too sweet. For the parking, valet is mandatory and complimentary. All-in-all, I want to come here again! Awesome food, non-alchoholic drinks, and desserts. Wait and parking is annoying. Our total came out to be around $160~ for 4, which is definitely inexpensive and we were all full!
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Paul Benoit
2 weeks ago
The food is great, but the ability to go with large groups and interact is minimal. Tables are generally filled with multiple parties at once. If you go with a group of 4 or less, it is not too difficult, but any more than that and you can't speak with one another.

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