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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of V Fine Thai Dining - CLOSED

V Fine Thai Dining
9 East Congress Street, Tucson, AZ
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Cuisines: Seafood, Thai
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Tucson, Arizona
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128 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

One would think that a restaurant that has been around for awhile would have its act together! From their previous location at Main Gate Square to their present location downtown, this Thai restaurant must have been around for at least 10 years. From the moment you step inside the doorway, one can't help but notice the unattended piles of paper and flyers to the right. Not an inviting sight.

We were directed by staff #1 to seat ourselves at a reserved table (we did have a reservation). Before we sat down, staff #2 confronted us as to whether we had a reservation. After our explaination, he brought water and took our drink orders. So far okay. Then staff #3 came to take our drink orders..more explanation. Staff #2 brought the wine and took our appetizer orders. First order came and everything looked and tasted good. Gave our dinner order to staff #3. Second appetizer took awhile and came with the wrong sauce. Told staff #2 but he promptly forgot about it. Flagged down staff #1 and he noted it was the wrong sauce and went immediately to the kitchen to fetch the correct sauce. The lady owner appears around this time and it was she who brought out our dinner orders. We noted that there were no knives and she says she'll go get them...and she too, promptly forgets. Finally one of us got up from the table and went to the kitchen staging area to ask for 2 knives. While the food wasn't bad, actually quite okay (except for the bland white rice - why they are not using Thai sticky rice is beyond us), this kind of erratic and inefficient service by a long time restaurant is simply not "Fine" dinning. Way too much nervous energy going around!

Another thing: we invited another couple to join us for dinner, but when they checked V's web site and noticed there were no menu posted, they declined. We wonder how many other possible dinners V has lost due to not updating their web site?

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Tucson, Arizona
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44 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Chintzy $2 charged if you share your dishes!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We were 4 and shared two appetizers and four entrees, the bill was $108 including 5 beers which were served nicely cold. As we sat we asked if the dishes were served as traditionally in Thai restaurant to be shared, and the answer was "oh yes, family style, with a large bowl of rice". There wasn't much wait, the calamari were crispy and the sauce tangy, the chicken on the skewer pretty tasteless, and idem for the peanut sauce served with it. All four main courses were good, bu one extremely spicy, while we had asked for medium spice for all. The ribs were particularly good, juicy and tender, the shrimps dish had three large shrimps and small shrimps (we assumed to save money!). The servers were pleasant. When the bill came to our surprise there was a $2 that was added to it with the mention "family style". When asked the manager said that the owner charges that because the family style dishes are slightly bigger and a large bowl of rice is served rather than small ones. We had checked the tables next to us, the servings appeared the same, and we ended leaving half of the "big bowl" of rice. We suggested that the owner adds a few cents here and there and avoid irritating the customers with such a chintzy charge!.. If you call for reservations and they offer to sit outside DON'T DO IT, You'll end up with claustrophobia sitting in a alley between two tall buildings. The inside is dark no doubt to hide the inexpensive chairs and set up. Probably okay for college students?

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews
“Terrible food, terrible service, go elsewhere!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Very very slow service. My dish was bland, my husband's was super salty with chewy rice noodles (under cooked). The worst Thai food I've every had, actually the worst food I've had at a local Tucson restaurant with the worst service. Just bad, really really bad. What a waste of a beautiful decor and atmosphere!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Am I the last one to discover this incredible restaurant??”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

I can only say that our experience at V Fine Thai Dining was the best ever for dinner in Tucson over many years. Our reception was warm and appreciatative, the service impeccable, the ambiance (that patio is killer!) and food...ah the food..exquisite!. We had Chesapeake oysters for an appetizer. We received six succulent oysters accompanied by a zesty Thai-inspired salsa as an accompaniment. We are both huge bouillabaise fans (not Thai I know, but we were dying to try it). I lived in Paris for three years as a student , and have been back to France many times and had memories of some wonderful authentic French bouillabaises. My fiance also spoke of the best one he had in Marselle a few years ago. Last year we were in Nice at what Zagat claimed to be the best restaurant in Nice. And yes it was good but their version of bouillabaise was lacking our opinion. Hence, no tripadvisor review:-). Last night's soup was different than the original as it infused the soup with some wonderful, fresh, thai spices....BEST bouillabaise I have ever had!! Lots of succulent seafood (the crab leg and grilled scallops added to the soup were delicious) and an amazing, fragrant broth. We are fortunate in this city which, as much as I love it, has an over-representation of that American favourite, the 'fast-food" restaurant. You know the kind where the most utilized appliance in the kitchen is the micro-wave...yuck! The service was not quick (we were asked when we sat down if we were in a rush, we were not). The service however, was most attentive and just right for the occassion. I knew that the time being taken on our food by the wonderful Seattle-imported chef would be rewarded by a carefully prepared scrumptious meal. The manager, Sterling and our server Tessa and (I am sorry, I didn't catch the name) the handsome gentleman who brought us our wine and also looked after us, were wonderful. I can't say enough about this find. V....you and your restaurant have instantly become our favourite dinner place in Tucson. Next time we will come to eat the Thai food!!

  • 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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Tucson, Arizona
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Our favorite Thai food in Tucson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Its hard to find consistently good Thai food in Tucson. V Fine Thai comes the closest to serving very tasty creative Thai cuisine. Great dishes include green curry with grilled chicken, massaman curry with lamb, pad thai with scallops, and green papaya salad. The service is wonderful; a collection of unique characters that aren't afraid to share their opinion. Best, of course is Villa herself. Her energy is infectious and she is so proud of her commitment to serving healthy thi food that is low in calories and high in flavor. Like other Thai restaurants, consistency is their one failing, with the same dishes being prepared totally differently the next time we order. On the other hand, they are very accommodating, altering a dish to our specifications if a key ingredient is not available. It's a nice touch, which makes you feel warm and welcome. I have never had anything but a great dining experience, with the caveats noted. Check it out.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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