We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bay Thai Cuisine

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
809 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3223
Improve this listing
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 16 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 11
  • 3
    Very good
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    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 4 weeks ago
San Rafael, California
Add Photo Write a Review

16 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
San Rafael, California
Level Contributor
37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank harrylime49
New Jersey
Level Contributor
242 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 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 

Thank Connie L
Concord, California
Level Contributor
166 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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 

Thank N_skier
San Rafael, California
Level Contributor
39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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 

Thank jessica_41
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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 

Thank iammags
San Rafael, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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.

Thank Marney C
Mill Valley, California
Level Contributor
246 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank cindynor41
Healdsburg, CA
Level Contributor
250 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
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 

Thank CaliforniaFellow
Eagle, Idaho, USA
Level Contributor
33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

Thank gloriagel
San Francisco, Californie
Level Contributor
38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I have known Bay Thai for 13 years and counting. It's one of my "on the fly" real food venues when I am having a heavy shopping day in San Rafael. The food is honest, clean, and quickly served, the family who runs the place is friendly and the 4 or 5 tables crammed in the miniscule room are often... More 

Thank Beautifulworld4me

Travelers who viewed Bay Thai Cuisine also viewed

San Rafael, Marin County
San Rafael, Marin County
San Rafael, Marin County

Been to Bay Thai Cuisine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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


Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bay Thai Cuisine staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?