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Rice Barn

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1037 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-2511
+1 781-449-8300
11:30 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just had another fabulous meal at the Rice Barn. We ordered two variations of Pad Thai, spring rolls and steamed veggies (with chicken and peanut sauce). Everything was cooked to perfection and the portion sizes were perfect. We will be back!

Thank pickyeater15
Needham, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner with another couple in October, 2016. We made a reservation for Saturday night so we were seated right away. The menu as a very wide range of offerings so everyone could find a suitable choice. The service was good. We will definitely go to Rice Barn again.

Thank Rick02492
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Tried this local Asian cuisine for the third time and we struck out - yet again. Why? The prices for main entrees are high - around $18-20 - and the portions that come with those prices are outrageously minuscule. Consider- jumbo shrimp scampi with asparagus for $18 - this dish included only six less than midsize shrimp with four pieces... More 

Thank BostonFoodieTruth
Needham, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Rice Barn never disappoints -- we've eaten lunch and dinner there many times. The staff is amenable to customizing orders, for example, making a dish spicier or leaving out an ingredient. It's one of the few Asian restaurants that offers brown rice.

Thank NYW W
Owings Mills, Maryland
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119 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We really enjoyed this place when we visited. It is small with a casual feel, a double store front facing out to the street. The Thai food was great and they had a bunch of appetizers that really stood out - like the peking duck wrap - that was great. The choices really run wide from Thai, to more transitional... More 

Thank Michele W
Needham, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

My family all love Rice Barn. We get take out at least every other week, and it is one of our favorite places to bring friends and family who are visiting from out of town. The pad Thai, massaman curry, and red curry are our favorites.

Thank joshhrlw
Needham, Massachusetts
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108 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

large ,varied and interesting menu- many items not seen in other Asian restaurants- the service is friendly and efficient

Thank Diane S
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We go to Rice Barn a lot, it is one of my kids favorite restaurants. All of us love the food and in particular we love the fact that the ingredients are fresh and all the food is made right in the location. The freshness is made clear sometimes when we get takeout as the food isn't quite as perfect... More 

Thank tuumest90
Silver Spring
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I was visiting friends and relatives for the weekend and met a couple friends at this place on a Saturday night in mid July. Was seated promptly and water brought to the table. I ordered the Tofu Tom Yum soup, was just average, unflavored broth ,barely any vegetables. for Entree I ordered the Thai Rib Steak salad, Good portion of... More 

Thank Wayne W
Boston, United States
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55 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The quality of the food is superior to every other Thai restaurant in any suburb. The chicken wings are crispy and delicious, the pad Thai is excellent. There is a steak dish that you will dream about. They offer an excellent vegetable entree with peanut sauce in the side. Incredible!

Thank Lisa G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1037 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-2511
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-449-8300

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?