Lotus Thai Bistro, Palo Alto, CA

New Protein Available: Crispy Pork Belly

January  8, 2024

Happy New Year! We're thrilled to introduce a new protein option to our menu: crispy pork belly! 

You may order pork belly with your noodle, curry, or stir-fry dishes. Follow these links our updated lunch menu and dinner menu. Let us know what you think!

Palo Alto's Best Thai Restaurant

July  21, 2022

Thank you Palo Alto Weekly readers for voting Lotus Thai Bistro as Palo Alto's Best Thai Restaurant! We feel so honored to be included in Palo Alto Weekly's annual Best Of edition. We truly appreciate the love and support from our community! 

Check out all of 2022 Best Of winners here: 

Street Food Menu

March 1, 2021

Miss traveling? We do too! Particularly, we miss eating our way through Thailand. So we're introducing a new street food menu that includes many of our favorites, such as khao soi noodle, crab omelette over rice, bbq chicken & papaya salad set. 

Click here to see the full street food menu. We dare you to try the famous durian fruit with sweet sticky rice!

Place your takeout order directly with us, or come enjoy outdoor dining on Cal Ave. 

New Noodle Menu

December 1, 2020

We're excited to announce our NEW Chef's Special Noodle menu!

Order in 3 easy steps:
1. Choose your noodle (rice, egg, or fish ball wrapped noodle!)
2. Choose your protein (chicken, beef, pork, seafood)
3. Choose your broth (regular or tom yum)

Our customers have described these new dishes as "tremendous, unique flavors" that they haven't experienced anywhere else. Order today!

Houseplant Giveaways

October 10, 2020

In our fundraising effort to feed our local shelters, we are giving away houseplants when you donate. No food purchase is necessary. Stop by our restaurant and take a green baby home!

Our most recent hot meal donation was made on September 30, 2020. Thank you for giving back to our community with us. Sending well wishes to you and your family!

Food Donation Continues

August 14, 2020

Lotus Thai Bistro continues to make a monthly donation to WeHOPE shelter in East Palo Alto. Our last donation of BBQ chicken dinner and rice was made on August 12, 2020. 

We sincerely thank our donors who contribute to our effort! It warms our heart seeing the kindness from strangers donating to our GoFundMe campaign. You are making a difference!

DIY Pad Thai and Red Curry YelpKits For Two People

August 10, 2020

Looking for a new cooking project at home? We're making it easy for you with our Pad Thai and Red Curry take-home kits for two. 

How it works:

This kit project is a partnership with Yelp Peninsula. The first 25 orders get a free bag of Yelp swag. Order your kit today!

Lotus Thai Bistro Providing Hot Meals for the Hungry

June 25, 2020

We made another round of dinner donation to WeHOPE shelter in East Palo Alto on June 24, 2020. This time, we delivered large trays of yellow curry, pad see-ew, chicken satay, eggplant stir-fry, and white rice. After passing the temperature check at the entrance of the WeHOPE facility, we were invited to help serve dinner, so we stayed and got to learn more about the wonderful work WeHOPE is doing. In addition to providing a safe space, WeHOPE offers job/life skills classes, hygiene services, and fresh food distributions. WeHOPE has even expanded and added more beds since the start of Covid-19 pandemic. What an impactful organization! 

It's truly a humbling experience seeing how WeHOPE helps those in need. Covid-19 may have slowed things down for many, but the shelter has never been busier! We're happy to give our support by offering hot meals, and we'll continue to donate. 

We want to give a big thanks to our donors who contributed to our initiative -- please know you are bettering our community! Come be a part of our journey @

Helping Our Community During Covid-19 Pandemic

May 28, 2020

Since the shelter-in-place order went into effect in the Bay Area mid-March, our restaurant has seen the quietest, emptiest California Avenue. Yet, we remained optimistic and maintained our regular business hours for take-out orders. Through the support of our community, we are able to sustain ourselves, so we wanted to help those who are having more difficult times during this pandemic. We researched and found Project WeHOPE, an emergency and homeless housing shelter in East Palo Alto. 

On Memorial Day 2020, we made our first food donation to WeHOPE. Our large catering trays of pad thai, red curry, broccoli stir fry, samosa, and jasmine rice fed 25 residents and 10 staff of the shelter. We met Ms. Joyce, the food coordinator, who was so thankful for our food. Learning that WeHOPE serves hot meals twice a day to those in need, we would like to donate more frequently. 

We invite you to join our donation efforts. The easiest way is to donate to our gofundme account @ Also, if you want to recommend other local non-profit organizations, please message us. Thank you for your support. Be well.