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Bay Thai Cuisine

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809 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3223
415-458-8845
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 3
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good things come in a small package!

This place is so small, but what food! There are only about 6 or 8 small tables, so a lot of folks do take-out. Usually the only entree I get is the Pad Thai, which is the best I've ever had.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
harrylime49
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San Rafael, California
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Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If THIS is the best Thai in San Rafael, then give up on Thai altogether! The tiny shop didn't smell great, which is a worrisome sign, but we were hungry and the reviews were good so we decided to order anyway. The size of the menu was also not a great sign -I rarely find that huge menus and huge... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This place is so small, but what food! There are only about 6 or 8 small tables, so a lot of folks do take-out. Usually the only entree I get is the Pad Thai, which is the best I've ever had.

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Thank harrylime49
New Jersey
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180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Small restaurant with a few tables and street parking. Nothing fancy and so-so decor. Service is fast and efficient. My husband had the Pad Ruam Talay which is prawns,calamari and scallops in a spicy sauce. I had the Pra Ram Long Song which is spinach, broccoli and beef in peanur sauce. Both dishes were great! Portions were a nice size.... More 

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Thank Connie L
Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I had given up finding a decent Thai Red Curry since Yan Can closed several years ago in Pleasant Hill, California. Since then I had tried the red curry at several local Thai places and always been disappointed. So, when I went to Bay Thai in San Rafael, there was the Red Curry, with prawns and chicken right on the... More 

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Thank N_skier
San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Bay Thai Cuisine is a San Rafael institution. The reason its so popular is because its just like Thailand. The food is exactly the same. Its consistently great. The place is very small and intimate. The green curry seafood is my favorite thing to order. I also like the red curry chicken. Everything is made to order. When I got... More 

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Thank jessica_41
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

My family and I love Bay Thai. We have only eaten at the restaurant once but have ordered take away several times. Be aware that they only accept CASH, no atm machine there. There is one directly across the street at the corner store. It's super tiny with only 4 or 5 tables. We love their curries, the salmon in... More 

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Thank iammags
San Rafael, California
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great little "hole in the wall" place, 5 tables, great food, fast and friendly service, very popular with locals, great for take out or eat in. Some of the best Thai food around. Amazing what comes out of that tiny kitchen.

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Thank Marney C
Mill Valley, California
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266 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Was a bit disappointed that the Pad Thai didn't have much but noodles...some veggies but very little, and very little peanuts and other ingredients...kind of boring.

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Healdsburg, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This hole-in-the-wall has been serving great Thai food for more than 15 years. I took my kids there when they were teenagers; they're in their early 30s now. We have all moved away, but whenever we pass through San Rafael, we always consider stopping at Bay Thai. Crowded tables...patrons have to squeeze by you to get their take-out orders. And... More 

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Thank CaliforniaFellow
Eagle, Idaho, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This restaurant is quite small; probably can only seat 20-25 people. But the food was very good. My "Salmon with green beans, in a spicy red sauce" was excellent, cooked perfectly. My husband's "Red Curry with chicken" was good, too. You need to be open to sharing tables with other customers; everyone's conversation can be heard. Not a good restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 809 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3223
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: 415-458-8845

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Thai, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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