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Sway
Thai Restaurant$$$
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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1417 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704, United States
1417 South 1st StreetUSTexasAustin78704
(512) 326-1999swayaustin.com
$$$Thai Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Bar
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."
"I loved the coconut-lychee sorbet...try it!"
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Kim K
a month 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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Sandeep Tammineni
2 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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Alex Vickery
6 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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Christopher Brown
7 months ago
My visit to Sway was one of the best dinners I've had in Austin. They have a great mix of Thai and Thai-inspired entrees, and every single one of the waiter's recommendations was spot on. The Jungle Curry was particularly great, albeit very spicy. It's a little on the pricey side but well worth it, and my only criticism would be the lack of hard alcohol and the fact that they don't take reservations.
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Dennis Cao
a week 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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Anita Robertson
5 months ago
Try the vegan curry! They use cashew butter or something similar that makes it taste amazing! The ambiance is great although it can get a bit loud so I prefer to go with smaller groups so we can all hear each other. And get dessert! The sorbet is amazing.
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Alysha H
7 months ago
For the look of the place, and the taste of the food, the price is great. No reservations, open kitchen, communal seating at huge tables with concrete floors, inside glass/concrete walls, and open rafter ceilings means this place is incredibly loud. It's hard to hear, or be heard, past the person sitting right next to you, and even then it requires you raise your voice a bit - definitely not a "date place." I feel like they could at least add some kind of noise dampening materials under the tables in the center - no one would notice since they are so huge. Go with a group, but not people you're trying to catch up with over dinner. The taste of the dishes could be more subtle, less rich and wow a person with a discerning palate, but the punches of flavor can be fun if you're tired of eating at Freddie's and Red's. Ordering an appetizer does not mean it will come out sooner, just that it's a smaller serving. Regular dishes are family style and meant to share. The servers are helpful and quick, the kitchen on top of their game.
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Susannah Sachdeva
a month ago
Amazing flavorful food -- but they should add pepper symbols to the spicy dishes! Some of the items we got were very hot and we had no warning. Luckily, still quite delicious.

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