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Sway
Thai Restaurant$$$
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1417 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704
1417 South 1st StreetUSTexasAustin78704
(512) 326-1999swayaustin.com
$$$Thai Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Bar
Today 11AM–11PM
Friday 11AM–11PMSaturday 11AM–11PMSunday 11AM–10PMMonday 11AM–10PMTuesday 11AM–10PMWednesday 11AM–10PMThursday 11AM–11PM
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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 miso-white chocolate semifreddo is a must as well."
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Chad Dorsey
in the last week
It was my first time coming here for lunch. The mood is slightly upscale with nice big windows and some natural lighting, which makes the kitchen more enjoyable to watch. The spring rolls were interesting and small, which lasted a few seconds. The Pad Thai Jay is the veggie version of the dish, came soupy and way over-cooked. Except that this dish also comes with, I think, string beans which were basically still raw and crunchy. Nobody came to ask if my food was okay and the staff were set to ignore. That was a red flag. There seems to be a large disconnect between the service and food they think they are giving, because they weren't even interested in why my food was bad! They just quickly discounted my meal and swept me under the rug like some beggar. The waiter never even brought it up. This place is a cavern of wasted potential.
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Luiz Centenaro
a month ago
Fantastic hidden gem with phenomenal Thai Food. You can expect great service and the most delicious Thai food. For 3 plates and an appetizer it will be about ~$70. The plates are meant for sharing and will fill you up. We had the blue crab fried rice, jungle curry and Pad Thai. All delicious dishes.
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Nathan James
2 months ago
food is excellent!! i have traveled to Thailand three times and this place is still one of the best places on earth for thai food! tiger cry is amazing, and son in law is also amazing. get there early bc the wait can be an hour or more on weekends but its well worth it. Service is also really good, nice employees and very attending! (edit). i forgot to mention the carrot cake on the menu. holy ****! best carrot cake i have ever had and for those that follow my reviews I'm not known for being very complimentary on most dessert items.
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Mark Ellis
7 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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c pearl
2 weeks ago
Must haves!!!: Tiger's Cry (it made me want to cry😋) and the Beef Fried Rice..so much flavor...spice, sweet heat, fresh herbs💕💕the ambiance is very relaxed, warm, and inviting, great service, free valet parking...this will be my new go to restaurant whenever I'm in Austin.
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Gary Hwu
3 weeks ago
UPDATE (3 Stars) Did Sway change something about its food/service, or have my expectations just gotten higher? Whatever it is, my last visit was mediocre. I came on a Monday with a group and was seated immediately (there weren't that many people there). The service in general was very slow and hard to get the staff's attention. I was looking forward to having the Son in Law again. The dish came out fairly quickly; however the food was lukewarm. I didn't feel satisfied after eating the dish and felt ripped off having paid $18. Per my last review their Thai Tea is the bomb. Unfortunately this time the Thai Tea didn't deliver and wasn't worth the $5. I was turned off by how the paper straw quickly disintegrated in the tea to the point where I couldn't suck anymore (...yea yea yea). The dishes that my friends ordered took forever to come to the table; I had finished my Son in Law by the time my friend's Tiger Cry dish came out. We also waited quite a while (maybe 20 minutes) before our checks came out. Ok maybe my expectations did get higher. But for the price Sway charges I expect better quality food and service. ------------------------------------------------------------ 4 Stars That huge Lotus neon light sign...yea that's Sway. If you turn in there's free valet parking for you. Otherwise feel free to park in the lot where all the food trailers are. 45 minute wait...expected. Very dim lighting inside...expected. Sharing large tables with strangers...expected. How spicy their food was...not expected! The Son in Law was by far my favorite dish. The spiciness level for this dish was mild, which was perfect for me. The pork shoulder and crispy farm egg were to die for. The sauce was sweet and flavorful. I would definitely order this dish again. Let's talk about that Jungle Curry. Yes I knew it was going to be spicy, but HOLY MOTHER OF GOD...that was SPICY!!! The wagyu beef and coconut curry were so good that I forced myself to gobble the curry down my mouth, then shove some rice, chew, swallow, drink lots and lots of water. It was painfully delicious! If you're like me and can't handle spicy, I highly recommend ordering an Iced Thai Tea. That Thai Tea saved my life; if I didn't order it I would have been spitting out flames! Best spiciness reliever drink ever. Portion wise I was a good full after sharing two dishes. But my girlfriend and I decided to order the Pad Thai just to see what it tasted like. To be honest I wasn't a big fan of it maybe because it's not your usual Pad Thai. I just didn't think the flavors matched up. But that's not to say it was bad...just not my type. For dessert I tried the Jasmine Tea Panna Cotta. A very good refreshing dessert to end the meal on. I loved the coconut-lychee sorbet...try it!
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Will Tung
3 weeks ago
Pricey, but pretty good 'thai' food if you're looking for something modern and americanized. Not the place to go if you want authentic. But still pretty good.
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SG Hutton
in the last week
Fantastic lunch! Really unique flavors and great service! Thank you!

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