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Zen Yai Thai

771 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA (Civic Center)
(415) 441-1640
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Ranked #2,260 of 4,949 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $10 - $15
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Japanese, Thai
Neighborhood: Civic Center
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Neighborhood: Civic Center
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Napa, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My husband and I had an early dinner here - stumbled upon it. The food was very good, and pretty inexpensive too. No wine or beer served. I had a combo of yellow curry and pad thai - gluten free.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wife and me had the combo 1 & 2. Wasn't expecting much and they came up short. Potatoes were not cooked all the way through. Curry was a flavorless watery sauce. When I see it as a 4.5 on this and yelp. I can only assume the dishes we ate just aren't being judged. Stick to the boat or yum... More

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San Francisco, California
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64 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This restaurant is close to my home. I have eaten here many times. I found the menu limited compared to other Thai places. You don't really walk in to a great smell of spice either. The food was Ok, but I have other Thai places I prefer.

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The boat noodle bowls are delicious! It's ok to eat more than one because they are tiny. Good price, fair service, easy street parking. If you're in the area, pay them a visit!

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

One of the best thai restaurant in town, love it so much. Their pork blood noodles and congees are so good. Specially after lots of alcohol with a hungry girl. Btw, their fried banana Ice cream is soooooo good as well.

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Palo Alto, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

great noodles and congee! i strongly recommend you ordered several small bowls of noodles so you get to try every kind of soup they have to offer! the price is reasonable but the location is pretty bad ... tenderloin area ;( the small bowl is very tiny but it is only $2 or $3 so I can't complain much (even... More

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Medford, New Jersey
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10 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Just finished a nice meal and hopped into a cab back to our hotel -- a relatively short walk . . . if my husband wasn't so full that I questioned our collective ability to get him back up the hill! (And in SF, there is always a hill involved, no matter where you're going.) He doesn't overindulge this way... More

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Merida
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We had two dishes... we weren't that hungry. The boat noodles (beef with brown broth and rice noodles) were very tasty, but I wasn't too fond of the sausage that was in the noodles. The beef and the fresh spinach was good. My partner had a yellow chicken curry to die for...

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I've been ordering delivery from these folks for a couple of years now, sometimes 2-3 times a week! Fresh rolls, Tom Kha, Pumpkin curry, all outstanding. Portions are great, an excellent value. Delivery is always prompt. I've eaten Thai all over Thailand and Zen Yai is comprable if not better than anything I've had there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2008

The best items (ok, the only I've tried) are the Rama Chicken and the Fried Chicken Rolls.

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