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Galanga Thai Restaurant

507 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
805-899-3199
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Ranked #260 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Thai
Most recent review
- Oct 28, 2013
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English first
Palmetto, Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

We went to lunch on a Sunday here because the other Thai place down the street was closed. Galanga is nice on the inside. I've eaten green curry hundreds of times, and normally Thai food in California is among the best. I ordered my curry "very hot" and it came out mild. I asked for the peppers. It didn't have... More

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Palm Springs, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Galanga is one of several good Thai restaurants in the Santa Barbara area. Food is well prepared and tasty. I especially like the way they do fish. Ambiance is fine and the service is cheery.

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Washington, DC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Just lunched here and found the seafood hot pot was excellent. Coconut milk base with fresh mushrooms, chiles, and seafood. The green curry is also very good as is the eggplant and tofu. I always appreciate when brown rice is available as it is here. I note some negative reviews and don't understand them -- I've eaten in many, many... More

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North Saanich, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I love Thai cooking and have dined at some world class Thai restaurants on four continents and from my experience, the Galanga Thai Restaurant is a long way from what most would consider true Thai cuisine. That said, the food is quite good and the service was certainly at an acceptable level. The restaurant was quite busy well past the... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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191 reviews 191 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Horrible. Tacky cheap looking interior, it was lower end Chinese certainly not Thai food. The waiter seemed to want to close at 9.30 and was asking people to hurry up and order – just awful…

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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Delicious cuisine. I lived in Thailand for 6 months and this restaurant is truly authentic. We ordered vegeterian Wonton soup and red curry with eggplant and tofu. It was fabulous. And the service is so sweet and so quick ! I ordered a jasmine tea and it arrived 2 minutes later.

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Nottingham
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65 reviews 65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

Good service even though it was busy. Tasty starter. We had the crispies combo. Great main courses as well.

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Santa Barbara, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Sometimes restaurants on the main drag of town seem more for kids and tourists, but this one impressed us. The food was very ample and good, and the service excellent. Looking forward to going back.

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Ramsbottom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012 via mobile

On initial appearance I wasn't sure, but we went in, I was pleasantly surprised, the food was very well presented and extremely tasty and the staff were lovely

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Santa Barbara, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We're vegetarians, and had the best spring rolls and delicious dipping sauce. Love their veggie dishes. Service is top-notch. it's fun to sit next to the window and watch the crowds amble past. Better than a movie.

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