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“Excellent Food, Questionable Service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Isan Thai Restaurant

Isan Thai Restaurant
5758 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
941 923 1232
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Ranked #20 of 852 Restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: $11 - $29
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Description: Isan Thai Restaurant features authentic cuisine from the Northeast region of Thailand bordering Laos and Cambodia known as Isan. Owner Koong brings her home recipes to Isan Thai Restaurant, featuring items like Nham Clook that you will not find elsewhere. Isan Thai Restaurant celebrates the culture and tradition of Isan, with its delicious food, captivating folk dances, and the beautiful sounds of Thai country music. We have a separate lounge featuring quality beer and wine, an Isan/Thai-themed dining area, and outdoor dining.
Newark, Delaware
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, Questionable Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here Tuesday evening. We arrived without a reservation and waited in the bar area for a table to be ready in the dining room. We each ordered beers and an appetizer. My appetizer arrived first then we were seated in the dining room and ordered our entrees. About ten minutes later, my husband's appetizer arrived. We thought it odd that they were delivered separately -- I had the Golden Triangle (suggested by our waitress) and he had the Chicken Satay -- and they both were excellent. Our entrees suffered the same fate as the appetizers, arriving at our table about seven minutes apart, but again they were excellent. He had yellow curry chicken and based on a recommendation from our waitress I had Chicken Panang curry. I found the flavors of the Panang curry outstanding. There was a steady stream of people being seated as fast as the tables were being cleared while we were there, attesting to the popularity of the restaurant. I'd probably make a reservation next time we go there, and also request that our food be served simultaneously. There are only a couple of tables outside, and I personally wouldn't sit there because the restaurant is in a strip shopping center close to a major highway.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“One of my favorite Sarasota restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The food is consistently good and the staff is charming. We go here every couple of weeks during the winter and have never had a bad experience. Call for a reservation if possible as the place is small. Outdoor seating is possible, but it is just a couple of tables in front of the restaurant, which is on a main highway. Ambiance is much better indoors. We have never had trouble with parking, but have had to go around the side of the building.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maryland
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“OK Thai and nice atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I expected more based on other reviews. We live in MD, outside DC., and we get excellent Asian cuisine so perhaps our standards are higher.

Food was average but portions were large. Atmosphere is nice. It took longer for food to come out than expected including a Thai salad which usually comes out right away. Meat in thai salad was overcooked.

Best dish was Pananag curry. Meet was tender in this dish. They put a lot of vegetables in each dish which I liked.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Zionsville
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Awesome food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

There tom yum soup is the best I've ever had! Their food is consistently good. Great service and caring waitresses. Their curry is really good

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Eastham, Massachusetts
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114 restaurant reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Excellent Thai food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The only thing we have against the restaurant is the location

The restaurant is located in a small strip mall, parking can be very difficult. The restaurant itself is also small, app 10 tables.
The food though is excellent, you have to have the Thai sausage with lemon grass, it's great. The quality and taste of the duck dishes are above what you normally get. The noodle dishes are some of the best around.
Caution when they say hot. spicy, they do mean HOT. We usually get medium hot, which to some is still too hot.
Service is excellent, very friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. A good selection of beer. Though we get the cold Ginjo Sake which goes very well with the food..

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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