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Thai Orchid Restaurant

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2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5222
831-425-2206
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Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 8
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Authentic and delicious Thai food!

Both me and my husband spend time in Thailand so we can identify real Thai food when we taste one! We had the green curry and the fried rice which were delicious and the pad thai was also good, but not as the other two dishes. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was cosy. Definitely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Meital N
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Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is excellent. I'm sad I didn't figure it out sooner! I feel like I've missed out on several delicious meals. I guess I will just have to make up for it now. Everything I've tried has been delicious, and they deliver! I'm not sure how a certain, newer, close-by thai place has better ratings than Thai Orchid- they... More 

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Thank Lauren S
Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

typical Thai fare, if you're spicy shy, be sure to ask to tone down the heat. good sized portions, well packed for carry out

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Thank zabeanerchicago
San Jose, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This is a hidden gem in Santa Cruz not far from UCSC. The food is authentic and delicious, with many things you may not find in other Thai restaurants. We have gone twice and will go back many more times just to try different dishes, . Chef Eed gives every plate a special presentation. Volcano chicken comes cooking inside a... More 

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Thank bbon2ur
Santa Cruz, California
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We stopped in today for our first time here. Thai food is not our favorite but we wanted to try something different. The interior of the restaurant is very light and airy and spotlessly clean. Nice british host took our order and brought it to us and checked in every so often. We both had a beverage (Thai beer and... More 

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Thank ed o
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

Both me and my husband spend time in Thailand so we can identify real Thai food when we taste one! We had the green curry and the fried rice which were delicious and the pad thai was also good, but not as the other two dishes. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was cosy. Definitely recommended!

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Thank Meital N
Lake Forest, California
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143 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We are not big Thai experts, thus, the very good rating. We enjoyed everything we had and it was chosen by our host (a local) who frequents the restaurant. For me that is the best recommendation you can get. Service was excellent, food was fresh and yummy. We will now have to try some restaurants closer to home to be... More 

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Martinez, California
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285 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here with my hubby after his business meeting because we were craving Thai food. This place is really good. We sat outside on the patio on a warm sunny day. The food was excellent. The restaurant has beautiful decor and lots of Orchids, which my hubby really loved.

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Thank karansimoni
Sussex
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Very convenient to where we stayed, this was an experiment - and very successful it was. The patron was friendly and the wait staff helpful. The food was excellent and good value.

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Thank SussexGreatTraveller
San Antonio, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Their lunch menu has several options. Reasonably priced. Great service...and very fast. The coconut soup was very good.

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Thank MTB1014
Santa Cruz, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I'm not sure I'd ever been to a Thai restaurant before I visited the Orchid. so I'm not really sure what I can compare it too. We arrived around 3:30pm to find out that it was actually closed, it looked as though the owners where eating food with family inside. We where about to leave but one of the owners... More 

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Thank Alexander K

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5222
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-425-2206

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Thai

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