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“Most favorite Thai restaurant for great Thai food!” 5 of 5 stars
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Thai House
4225 Convoy Street, San Diego, CA 92111
858.278.1800
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Ranked #956 of 4,093 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Takeout
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Dining options: Takeout
San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Most favorite Thai restaurant for great Thai food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Best Thai food hands down! Wife and I have tried several other Thai restaurants in San Diego county, Manhattan, San Fran, Phoenix, Miami, Paris, London, Hong Kong, and on and on...nobody beats Thai house!

Visited February 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
san diego
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86 reviews 86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Very good Thai food, reasonably priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This restaurant has a large, varied menu. We had two dishes and shared an appetizer for a very reasonable price. The Satae chicken appetizer offered 4 large pieces of chicken with peanut sauce and a small cucumber salad. The two entrees we had were very generous portions accompanied by a huge amount of steamed rice. My wife had the Pra Ram with chicken and I had the eggplant with ground chicken, both too big to finish after eating the appetizer. The service was very friendly and prompt and the food came out fresh, hot, tasty and well seasoned. If you like very spicy, the eggplant fits the bill, although you can probably ask them to tone it down. The restaurant decor is attractive. On a Saturday night parking is challenging in their lot, because there are other restaurants and businesses open. We parked on the street around the corner.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Destrehan, Louisiana
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113 reviews 113 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“If I only had time for one meal in San Diego, this would be it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

If I only had time for one meal in San Diego, this is where I would have it. It is neither elegant nor extravagant, but you come away from here with the feeling you have experienced a very special meal. I have been here over a dozen times, so this review relies on the wonderful dinner from last night that still warms my heart, as well as those going back several years. All that while, it has been under the same friendly management.

The interior is painted in soft tones and tastfully decorated with Thai art and memorabelia. Employees speak softly and customers seem to follow suit, resulting in a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The vaulted ceiling further calms the acoustics. Many locals and many Asians frequent this restaurant; a foreign language - presumably Thai - can often be heard among diners. If possible, choose a booth over a table; the seat will be a bit more comfortable all the while you savor your meal.

The food is excellent, and if you are like me in that you are not extremely adventurous in terms of Thai food, just stick with my tried-and-true favorites. For appetizers, try the tod mun-pla, a mixture of ground fish and red curry that is deep fried and served with a sweet cucumber and peanut topping. The spring rolls and summer rolls are equally good, but you can get them anywhere; instead, be sure to save room for what else is coming...

Soup! Yes, soup, they have excellent soup! Try the Tom-Yam; it's good when it's prepared spicy and it's also good when it's prepared mild so be sure to state your preferred level of spiciness. It is a masterful mixture of flavors including lemongrass, lime, chili, mushroom, bell pepper, and your choice of meat or seafood mixed in. Or try the tom-kha, with its coconut milk, lime, and galangal base; trust me, I've gone out on that limb, tried it, and it's good.

An excellent salad, and perhaps the best bargain on the menu, is the Thai Salad. It is very simple but very tasty and very satisfying. It is served very cold, which surprisingly enhances its flavor as well as its crispiness, and it includes bean sprouts, egg, cucumber, and bean curd as well as good ole lettuce and tomato, and the peanut dressing is absolutely delightful.

At this point, if you have indulged in the above food courses, you are already full - or nearly so. But save room, because they have many entrees that are to die for. As you would hope for in a Thai restaurant, they have great pad thai. Or try the pla ma nau (steamed fish). Or try one of the interesting combinations from the "entree" section of their menu, including the sweet basil, the evergreen, or the eggplant.

Their menu goes on and on, with many other specialties and a rainbow's variety of curries which I will one day sample. The bottom line is that they have too many delicious foods to try all in one visit. So visit several times, and each visit will be as peaceful and satisfying as the last.

Tip #1: Parking is sometimes a problem because it is in a busy U-shaped strip mall, but there are usually a few open parking spots in the driveway on Convoy St. directly next to the restaurant.
Tip #2: Go for lunch, when the prices are even lower, but get there a bit early as it does get busy.
Tip #3: For a cute little laugh, check out the "racy" illustration on the outside of the bathroom door.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Average thai food by SD...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2009

Average thai food by SD standards. Set lunch specials are ok, but this is not much more than a thai cafeteria fare in my book waiting in steam tables in the back.

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“My favorite Thai Restaurant! Try their Chicken Panang, Spicy Noodles with Beef, and their Tom Kha with Shrimp. When I...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2008

My favorite Thai Restaurant! Try their Chicken Panang, Spicy Noodles with Beef, and their Tom Kha with Shrimp. When I walk through the doors, they already know what I'm going to order!

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