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Zenyai Thai Cuisine

425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
805-957-1193
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Ranked #225 of 440 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jan 16, 2014
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English first
Santa Barbara, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I just love the pineapple curry with pork and the shrimp paste fried rice with a Thai ice tea. You get a small and very tasty salad as an appetizer and the remaining food comes out quickly. Be aware of the very spicy country curry. I am going here regularly for 6 years now and if I will ever move... More

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Seattle, WA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Our son goes to college in SB and was missing thai food so we took him out to dinner here. Chicken satay was fresh but not very flavorful. Peanut sauce was delicious though. Pumpkin curry was a big disappointment. A little bit of pumpkin and lots of fresh tofu, mostly flavorless broth. Bok choy stir fry was tasty but the... More

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Granger, Indiana
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132 reviews 132 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Six of us dined here while visiting Santa Barbara. I've had better Thai but I've also had much worse. This was one of the better Thai restaurants we've been to. Certainly well worth the money and good sized portions. The six of us ordered different items and everyone left satisfied. It's a tiny place with a dozen tables. We came... More

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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Walked past this place and wondered why it was always busy. We tried it and realied that it was because it was essentially a cheap feed. Very bland and with a sense that artificial ingredients were used to make the flavours seem just enough Thai to get by. Tom Yum soup was blisteringly hot but tasted powdery and the Pad... More

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Goleta, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Despite being a local here in Santa Barbara, we have never gone to Zenyai Thai before. Last night was our first, and unfortunately we were disappointed. Disclaimer here: My wife is Thai (Bangkok). Our first and primarily disappointment was that the food was really bland. I like Thai food because I love rich, bold favor. This food didn't have it,... More

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Paris
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We have recently had several delicious dinners at Zenyai. The restaurant had slipped for a while and for the past several months it has been better than ever. Try it!!!

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Libourne
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Really great food here! The restaurant inside is a little dark funky place. By funky I mean tight space between tables and the lighting is low! The menu is pretty good. It does not have all would expect of a top class Thai food palace but what it does it does well. Portions are reasonable and the food was well... More

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Atascadero, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Very disappointed! I went for dinner on Friday night 9/7/12 with my teen son & adult daughter. We love Thai food & the reviews on Yelp gave us the encouragement to try it. We were disappointed, and frankly I am surprised that people in the SB area are so easily pleased by mediocre food. We ordered some brown rice that... More

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Atascadero, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Very disappointed! I went for dinner on Friday night 9/7/12 with my teen son & adult daughter. We love Thai food & the reviews on Yelp gave us the encouragement to try it. We were disappointed, and frankly I am surprised that people in the SB area are so easily pleased by mediocre food. We ordered some brown rice that... More

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Oz
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80 reviews 80 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Many reviewers on another site raved and rated this restaurant very highly so tried 2 dishes that all Thai restaurants should do well pad thai and pad see ew. This was take-out by the way. Pad Thai was below par - not very flavoursome, and no standard Thai condiments (chilli vinegar, chilli, chilli fish sauce etc) were provided [compared to... More

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