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“Out of the Way on the Bay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Panlaan Thai on the Bay

Panlaan Thai on the Bay
16 Welfare Road | Laguna View Building, Simpson Bay 97101, St Maarten-St Martin
1721-559-2811
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Ranked #11 of 72 Restaurants in Simpson Bay
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The only Thai owned and operated Thai restaurant in St. Maarten. Authentic Thai cuisine in a tranquil waterfront surrounding with both, indoor and outdoor seating...Open everyday.Lunch 12pm-3pm Monday-FridayDinner 6pm-10pm Sunday-ThursdayDinner 6pm-11pm Friday-SaturdayLive music Sunday nights 7pm-10pm
Rockville Centre, NY
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75 reviews 75 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Out of the Way on the Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Located in a beautiful setting, but hidden behind office/bank buildings on the main road, this restaurant is worth the trip. We went twice in 3 weeks because the food was very tasty and authentically prepared. Sitting outside on a CALM evening is sublime, but unfortunately we were there both nights when it was very windy and glasses were rolling off tables, the musician had to stop, and diners moved inside to more cramped quarters. The best deal is to go for the happy hour with select appetizers half price, and then follow up with dinner. John the owner was very gracious and on top of things; unfortunately on our second visit, he was not there, and the restaurant did not run as smoothly. The first happy hour visit included half price wine and offered appetizer alternatives for vegetarians and non-pork eaters. With our second visit, no substitutions were allowed and no wine was half price. The staff tried, but someone needs to be in charge to make the customer feel comfortable. However, we will definitely be back next year. Highly recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Durham, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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“Thai food in a lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Thanks to Tripadvisor we discovered Panlaan Thai on the Bay. We've been coming to SXM for years and weren't aware of the restaurant. It did not disappoint. We were there on a Sunday evening and sat outside with a lovely view of the bay and a live guitarist playing. The food was very good - I had the chicken satay which was moist and flavorful. The crunchy vegetable spring rolls were tasty, but I for some reason I didn't expect them to be fried. The Tom Kha soup was delicious and expensive for the portion size. The “Healthy & Tasty” eggplant and tofu was aptly-described. The restaurant is easy to miss - keep your eyes pealed looking for the sign.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Fabulous appetizers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Excellent Thai food with a little twist. Right on the water. Excellent staff, great recommendations. When they say hot they mean hot.

Visited January 2013
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“Best Thai on SXM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I've been going to SXM for many years and never been a fan of Simpson Bay area, fortunately some friends knew of this restaurant. Setting wonderful, even on a windy evening, service excellent and food superb! Do not miss this restaurant as you will be missing something special. Hope to be eating there again when I'm back on the island.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bordeaux, France
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Thai restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Luckily we noticed the sign pointing to "Thai Restaurant" as we searched for somewhere acceptable to eat. (4 adults and young child) This was serendipity indeed, a restaurant not to be missed. Beautiful setting on the marina, stylish interior, charming helpful staff and fantastic food with generous portions and very reasonably priced. We would definitely have gone back had we not been staying at the far end of the island. We highly recommend it.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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