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“Small, Easy to Miss Location, BUT Don't Miss If You Love Thai!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Thai Basil

Thai Basil
1423 E Noble Ave, Visalia, CA 93292
(559) 732-8881
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Ranked #2 of 232 Restaurants in Visalia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $9
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Walnut Creek, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Small, Easy to Miss Location, BUT Don't Miss If You Love Thai!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We stopped in after a day of hiking at Sequoia National Park. We were staying in Exeter, which had very little variety for dinner. We drove on into Visalia looking for food and pulled into the first mall-looking place that we came to. We didn't want fast food, which was in abundance, so we drove completely around the place until we saw a small restaurant that was indiscrete-looking. We were famished, so decided to try it. it was about 5pm on a Monday, first week of June. The place had limited seating, I think about 8-10 tables, maybe a bit more (there was a big party of around a dozen people in the center, so it was hard to estimate). We ordered the Thai tea (yummy), and Chicken Pad Thai for me, and chicken fried rice for him. The wait was long for our food, but I think it was only because of the big party, because once they were gone, people who came in later only waited a few minutes. Our food arrived some 20-25 minutes later and it was totally worth the wait. I have never had such piping hot, fresh-tasting food ever. The noodles were awesome and I devoured the dish like it was nectar. We tasted each other's dishes and were unanimous with our decision about this being the best we had ever had.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“One of the bad restaurant experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Food quantity is meagre, no rice with entrees, very late service and worst of all does not ask for the choice of drink. Just forces icy lemon water on you. Thank God that there are better Thai restaurants in this land!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Really great Thai food in the US!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Great little restaurant. Excellent Thai food (and I love my Thai food)
Imported Thai beer too......Singha and Chang.
Good friendly service.......busy little place with Thais eating here too.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Irvine, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Best Pineapple Fried Rice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Best Pineapple Fried Rice. This dish never disappoints. Small very clean busy restaurant. Free Wi-fi. Their chicken satay is very good also. Very popular restaurant. Plan on waiting during peak hours..They also do take-out or take away if your from down under.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Clovis, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Thai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

First time at Thai Basil. Small place, but large in flavors. We had the papaya salad, which had very fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and green beens along with the papaya. All items can be ordered 1-10 on how hot (spicy) you want it. Also had the Pad See Ew and Pad Ke Maw. Both were the best I ever had at a Thai rest restaurant. Also good prices and we had food to take home.
We will return for this great restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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