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4.9 /6 Excellent 38 Reviews

Sawadika Fine Thai Restaurant

Holborn Thai £££ +100
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About Sawadika Fine Thai Restaurant

Dear diners, please be aware that Sawadika asks for a deposit of £30 for bookings of eight and under, and a deposit of £5 per person for bookings over eight people.You must also inform Sawadika at least 60 minutes before the booking time if any of the party is not coming, or you will be charged an Absence Fee of £5 per person for anyone who does not show up.

Amid the hustle and bustle of central London’s Holborn, Sawadika Fine Thai Restaurant has created a little oasis where guests can relax and immerse themselves in the authentic flavours and aromas of Thailand. Situated along Red Lion Street, about equidistant from Holborn and Chancery Lane tube stations, the friendly folks behind Sawadika invite you to experience Thai food the way it’s meant to be: fresh, richly flavoured and altogether satisfying.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday Closed
Sawadika Fine Thai Restaurant, 71 Red Lion Street, WC1R 4NA London

Further Information

With long opening hours every day of the week except for Sundays, London locals have plenty of time to enjoy delicious Thai cuisine at Sawadika Fine Thai Restaurant on Holborn’s Red Lion Street. Elegantly decorated with dark walls and splashed with golden accents throughout, this local favourite is ideal for a romantic evening out or a special dinner party. Indeed, Sawadika is an upscale Thai restaurant, but the dinner prices are surprisingly affordable – a real bargain considering the kitchen’s use of premium ingredients flown in daily from Thailand, as well as seasonal produce and herbs.

Thai cuisine has a reputation for being particularly spicy, and for all the chilli heads out there, Holborn’s Sawadika Fine Thai Restaurant always impresses with dishes like kai tod rad prik (battered and fried boneless chicken thigh covered in a spicy chilli sauce) and the red curry tofu (tofu cooked with spicy red curry paste, bamboo, pea, aubergine, sweet basil and coconut milk). And if you don’t think you can handle the heat, there are numerous items for you to choose from, including goong op woonsen (steamed jumbo prawns cooked with curry powder, spring onion and sesame oil) or the stir fried broccoli with garlic and oyster sauce. Ready to dive headfirst into London’s best Thai cuisine? Book your table at Sawadika’s Red Lion Street restaurant today.


38 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 38 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
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2 reviews so far 6
28.04.2017 13:59

We went there for the first time. The service was very good, nice stuff, food was amazing! We ordered different meals and everyone was wxtrwmely satisfied

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 13:23

The food was wonderful and served quickly. We were notified there was a big group reservation so to order our food before the rush, which was very useful information

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 14:56

Food was so lovely the tastes in my Pad Thai were great. Had the lunch time appetiser and main for £9.50 I think it was and the portion size was huge for the price! Filled me right up! Service was also good, polite waiters :) thanks!

1 review so far 6
22.02.2017 14:11

Great food and efficient friendly service; we always love eating at Sawadika. Today the group was 9 people, some of us regulars for others it was a new and very tasty experience.

1 review so far 6
02.12.2016 10:08

We visited on a week night. The restaurant was fairly busy (all front tables taken), so we were seated at the back. I was a little concerned that we may be forgotten about as we were around a corner, but the waiter kept looking to make sure we didn't need anything throughout our meal. The food was delicious (we chose the tofu Panang curry and Drunken Noodles for our mains - word of warning; the Drunken Noodles are VERY hot). Service was excellent, attentive but not over bearing and the waiter was very friendly and chatty. Prices seemed fairly reasonable for the centre of London. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and wouldn't hesitate to eat there again.

1 review so far 5
11.11.2016 06:24

The restaurant was easily located and very accessible in the heart of central London in holborn which is very good. The restaurant is very nice as well as the décor and the food was superb as well. My friend and I really enjoyed our food. However the only negative is that it would have been nice if we were told as soon as we sat down by the waiter that cash would be preferable as oppose to card as we were given our bill after we finish our dinner and the waiter inform us that we can save 10% if we pay cash or pay card with added 10% as well as compulsory gratitude. So we had to scrape our bags for change, luckily we have cash on us.

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 08:49

Very nice Thai food. I went for the classic pad Thai as I wanted comfort food that night. My friend had the green curry. We were both very happy with our meals. The most authentic I've tasted in London. I would definitely go back especially to try more of the menu. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 4
04.09.2015 14:32

Lovely food and wonderful service - however Sawadika lost a couple of points here as they failed to recognise that we had booked the table as a birthday celebration. Last year we were presented with a free ice cream bomb dessert with a candle in it, which is a big reason why we returned this year expecting the same! Very disappointed this year to not even receive so much as a "happy birthday"!

1 review so far 2
23.09.2015 07:47

Well, what a really disappointing evening! Whilst I accept that you are often taking a risk when dining in a middle of the road Central London restaurant, this was one risk too far. Whilst the food looked appetising, it was exceptionally bland and tasteless for Thai fayre. My colleague had a chicken dish that contained lumps of chicken that were akin to chewing rubber. I must have had the coconut rice substitute because I could taste no coconut. Yes, I know you can complain at the time but come on, I'm British! Service distinctly average and the fact that the place was half empty on a Saturday night should have set my alarm bells ringing! Pretty mediocre stuff sadly and nowhere near matches the positive experiences I have had in other 'regional' Thai restaurants in the UK.

1 review so far 6
30.10.2016 10:58

the food was excellent the service was good the decor very restful my only complaint was having to pay a £12. 60 service charge we always tip at restaurants for good service but I do resent being forced to

1 review so far 4
22.05.2017 13:12

Delicious food, helpful waiting service. Nice décor and good location Slightly larger portion of starter and mains would have been great. Having no change made it a bit awkward for us to split the bill evenly between us on my friend's birthday. I didn't want her to have to pay more. Minor things really, enjoy eating here.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2016 09:09

Nice Thai Food Restaurant in Holborn. I love to visit again for Team Lunch. Neat, Clean and nice Ambient. Team has enjoyed the place and Food. Standard of the food is also high and price is ok

1 review so far 6
14.09.2016 21:30

Sawadika is a beautiful restaurant offering delicious Thai food. Each dish had a lovely fresh flavour. The staff were very polite and not too over attentive. Lovely atmosphere and decor.

1 review so far 6
17.08.2016 14:07

Fast, friendly service. Food piping hot and delicious. Lovely decor. Scrupulously clean. I would score it 10 if I could! Also, gluten-free choices. My favourite restaurant near to work.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 19:47

Excellent Customer Service Walked in 30min late Thought my reservation might be cancelled but they where very polite and the food was very very tasty Thank You a lot

1 review so far 6
10.10.2016 22:30

Excellent food and excellent service. Very vibrant even on a Monday! The restaurant serves proper Thai food, which you cannot find much that you can compete with in London.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2016 14:43

great set lunch of two courses for under 10 quid. fantastic and quick service as well - great for work professional lunches and with big tables for big teams

1 review so far 5
20.09.2015 01:22

We enjoyed the discreet and attentive service, even though one of us was late and we stayed a long time. The food was authentic, unlike some other places where everything tasted somewhat similar.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2016 17:06

This was the best Thai food I have had in London. The food was amazing and the service was great. We will definitely be visiting Sawadika again!

1 review so far 6
03.02.2017 14:03

food was perfect, service was extremely prompt, meal was not at all rushed. Fantastic lunch, best I've had for quite a while, by far. Thank you :)

1 review so far 5
12.07.2016 18:56

Nice staff and very good food and v reasonably priced at £9.50 for two courses that arrive together to be quick at lunchtime. Could eat that again now for dinner, lovely x

1 review so far 6
28.04.2016 14:17

great food, very nice place and ambience. and most helpful and welcoming staff. very helpful when my frien was running late. I would recommend this place

1 review so far 6
10.02.2016 13:09

the staff were extremely polite, the food was very good. the place was very clean. and the décor was nice. I would definitely dine there again

1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 14:14

Very attentive staff without being intrusive. quality of the food was fantastic and very quick for a lunchtime service. We will certainly be going there again.

1 review so far 6
27.06.2016 13:11

The lunch menu here is great value with good food and generally very yummy - highly recommended. That is all there is to say !

1 review so far 3
30.06.2016 15:09

It was a lovely service however, it took a while for the lady to understand what we wanted and also took a while for our mains to come out following our starter. I understand that it was busy so just put it down to this.

1 review so far 5
08.10.2016 09:36

Excellent food. Very attentive and discreet service. A little light on atmosphere perhaps because it was Friday evening in a business district. Would definitely go there again.

1 review so far 5
18.12.2015 14:52

The food is very good (I would recommend the Pad Thai chicken or the Pad see you), as well as the service, will definitely go back.

1 review so far 5
16.02.2017 10:09

Great place, great food, and great service! The cocktails are good, but could do with more alcohol. The food is unquestionable! Definitely going again! 😊

1 review so far 4
01.12.2016 09:21

I think the food is nice but not as authentic as it can be. The restaurant is a nice and cosy but can get a bit loud (we visited at lunch)

1 review so far 4
10.06.2016 13:59

Good food and good value, bit dark inside so wouldn't recommend for a sunny day but other than that would definitely go again! Beef curry was well cooked and yum.

1 review so far 4
17.05.2016 23:12

Good service. Good ambience. Low noise level. Above average food with a strong spice level, which is a plus in my book! 10% off when you pay with cash.

1 review so far 4
26.03.2016 08:02

I was seated at a comfortable table, and received prompt service. I had the lunch special with Pad Thai, which was tasty and a good value.

1 review so far 4
27.04.2017 08:53

Good food (varied menu options) / cocktails (lychee!) / service / ambience / vfm: comfortable seating at table, but male toilet in need of repair.

1 review so far 3
13.11.2016 05:36

Lovely food but very disappointing to be told on a Saturday night that they don't do cocktails because the barman wasn't in? Apart from that service and food was excellent

1 review so far 3
14.07.2016 15:02

Good location, the restaurant is very clean, the staff is welcoming, The food was OK but not exceptional, I wouldn't recommend it to my friends.

1 review so far 1
08.12.2015 22:05

Restaurant cancelled my reservation without any explanation. Not good when I was entertaining someone. Had to find another location at last minute. Still don't know why I was cancelled

1 review so far 1
02.02.2016 13:44

food wasnt very good. definitely not authentic - cannot recommend. Save your money and go somewhere else - the Korean on the corner is marginally better