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Discover the most authentic Thai cuisine outside of Bangkok at Cha Da Thai, a hidden gem in the heart of Scottsdale.

Cha Da Thai is a beautiful and welcoming restaurant tucked away on 8989 E. Via Linda suite 101

Authenticity is at the heart of everything we do. From our décor sourced from Thailand to our traditional, all-Thai kitchen, led by Head Chef Bussara Ngoitakhu a.k.a. Nina, who has been with us for 20 years.

At Cha Da Thai, we’re renowned for serving the most delicious traditional Thai cuisine in Scottsdale. 

What's In A Name?

The Cha Da is the traditional headpiece for Thai Classical Dance and Drama originating from the Royal Courts of Siam. The Thai classical dance is one of the most graceful forms of artistic expression. Dancers wear beautiful gold Cha Da with brightly colored costumes fully decorated with jewels. They do not speak but use eye contact and body movements particularly hands and fingers to convey messages as shown on the cover of Cha Da’s gorgeous menu. So come visit our quaint, calming and beautifully decorated restaurant featuring authentic Cha Da headpieces, art, sculpture and unique, delicious, authentic Thai cuisine.


Owner & Head Chef

Bussara 'Nina' Irwin

Owner Bussara “Nina” Irwin – a former journalist in Thailand – and her mother run things in the kitchen, creating delicious home-style recipes, several of which are holdovers from the family’s previous Bangkok-based restaurant. 

Born and raised in Thailand, Nina, has been in the restaurant business for over 10 years. A life long dream and passion for creating authentic Thai dishes, Nina has dedicated her menu for the most discriminating client, serving authentic Thai cuisine, including Thai curries, fresh seafood dishes, spicy noodles and flavorful traditional vegetarian fare. Using the freshest ingredients, a unique balance of flavors and an exquisite combination of spices, mild, medium or hot, Cha Da Thai will satisfy any Thai craving.

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In The News

About the Thai Boat Noodle Soup at Cha Da Thai: "Featuring a rich broth that is a deep red in color, noodles, and an array of meats and vegetables, kuay teow rhua has a depth of flavor that I've never experienced before in a bowl of soup. I'm hooked."


"Rare tastes of Bangkok street classics elevate this Thai mom-and-pop to “pseudo-destination” status.

Dollars to duck panang there’s a decent Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, so getting in your car to drive to another one doesn’t make sense, unless the other one is the barely year-old Cha Da Thai."

"Dive into a bowl of Thai boat noodle soup, or kuay teow rhua, a kissing cousin of Vietnamese pho that’s just as fragrant and comforting, or dig into the Cha Da Twister, a symphony of fried prawns wrapped in egg noodles in a bath of green curry. Even the avocado tempura, an off-menu item that’s a staff fave, will have you erupting in sighs of delight. This place is the real deal."