Leo’s Thai Food and Dimsum Palace

In the middle of a torrential downpour, I headed out this afternoon to experience Leo’s Thai Food and Dimsum Palace, a 4-day-old restaurant on Pownal St. in Charlottetown, just south of Grafton, just north of the Legion [MAP].


After a lunch of spicy basil chicken and rice, heading back to the office in the rain I almost started to cry. I love Thai food.

Leo’s is not a “restaurant” in the traditional sense of the word: there’s a serving counter and an eating counter. You sit on rickety stools facing the window. The menu is limited. And the food — or at least my spicy basil chicken and rice part of the menu — is fantastic.

In all of these respects, then, eating at Leo’s is not unlike eating in Bangkok. There was even a stiffling, humid feel to the air.

The staff were friendly and helpful (and brought back many happy memories of friendly, helpful restauranteurs we met in Thailand).

Leo’s is just the kind of Thai restaurant I would order up in my dreams.

I am very, very happy.

Total bill, $7.75. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 119 Pownal Street, Charlottetown.


Ken's picture
Ken on July 19, 2004 - 18:34 Permalink

Nice, I always wondered when Ctown would get Thai food!

PEI, you’ve come a long way baby!

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hannah on July 19, 2004 - 18:39 Permalink

thanks Peter for the info — I’ve been dreaming of Thai food for seven years, and just can’t believe that it’s finally here.I’ll be there this pm!

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Al O'Neill on July 19, 2004 - 18:50 Permalink

Sounds good, will have to pay them a visit next time I’m home.

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Linda on July 20, 2004 - 12:48 Permalink

Having enjoyed the same meal, on what must have been their first day of business, I can concurr with Peter’s comments. Charlottetown is becoming very cosmopolitan (in a food sense) thanks to the adventurous spirit of these entrepeneurs. My palate thanks them all!

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LC cat on July 26, 2004 - 13:21 Permalink

I believe that it’s actually Leon’s, not Leo’s.

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Ken on September 20, 2004 - 19:04 Permalink

Is it still open?

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Lolacat on September 21, 2004 - 00:46 Permalink

Leon’s is still open. ‘Though I’d recommend takeout over eating in as it is a little cramped inside.

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Draco on February 4, 2005 - 18:43 Permalink

Love the food and eating in is cramped, but nice, as the music playing lightly in the background is Thai music videos playing. As with everytime I’ve eaten the food there, beyond compare. Fresh and tasty, though it may be spicy for some.

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kim and rob on September 5, 2005 - 19:06 Permalink

We visited Leo’s a 2 months ago and have been there at least 10 times since…….We are addicted!!!!! Before the meal is over we are making plans to return!

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Stephen on December 28, 2005 - 00:08 Permalink

Leo’s Thai food and Dimsum palace! Phone number anyone?

Tres difficult to find a number for this place, if anyone can help, much appreciated.


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Amy & Jeff on January 28, 2006 - 03:02 Permalink

We just tried Leo’s and we were both very impressed. We did the takeout thing and the owners were sweet and happy to serve us. The food was amazing and I will defintely recommend this place to my friends!

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Kelly on July 11, 2006 - 16:40 Permalink

119 Pownal Street, 367-9094

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Paulette Gallant on February 28, 2007 - 16:39 Permalink

Leo has moved his Restaurant to Kent Street … not sure of the number but it is across from Piazza Joe’s. Has more space for those who like to eat-in.

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Jim on June 12, 2009 - 07:02 Permalink

Leo’s has relocated once again to 375 University Ave, Unit 5 the strip mall off Eden Street where MacAulay’s Deli is located. Hours are 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, Monday to Friday and 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The telephone number is (902) 892-8952

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Nathan on June 13, 2009 - 21:48 Permalink

As of today the old place on Kent St is still open.

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Keith on June 17, 2009 - 18:29 Permalink

Yes, I ate at the Kent street location yesterday. It was seems as though they’ve begun adding items to their menu; I tried their new hot pork buns, an item which can only be described as a cornucopia of awesome and flavour.

Perhaps we will see some Thai restaurant competition in the coming months?