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“A Bouquet for the Garden” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Siam Garden Cafe

Siam Garden Cafe
1130 North Nimitz Highway #A-130, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
808-523-9338
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Ranked #217 of 1,987 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Honolulu, Hawaii
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19 restaurant reviews
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“A Bouquet for the Garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

At the top of the short list for dining out on a whim or even a big occasion: Siam Garden Cafe, on the edge of town near Pier 38. Think spicey hot, think real cool, think reasonable, think delicious; think big, think fast! Siam Garden has it all. (Hey, is this is good enough for a commercial jingle?)

Parking galore, located just off Nimitz Hwy. on a small strip mall, a most unlikely find for what is
probably the most authentic Thai food on the island. The atmosphere is akin to stepping into someone's living room furnished with colonial-SEAsian hardwood tables and booths, subdued, intimate lighting. The dinner rush begins at 6 p.m. and it is fairly cleared by 7:30 p.m., and seating is fairly easy.

The menu is evenly divided into 1. appetizers, noodles (soup or wok fried) and rice, 2. grilled meats and seafood, 3. curry and 4. seafood dishes, 5. a page for vegetarian diners.

The Thai waitresses are uniformly attractive, business cordial,
speak clearly and intimately know their menus. Prices mostly range from $8 to $11 for appetizers (deep fried calamari, shrimp rolls, spring rolls) to under $15 for main course dishes.

There are no disappointments in all of ten or so visits to this restaurant. It is my belief that everyone goes away happy or with a doggie bag. My favorites include the 'evil jungle prince' green or red curries, dry fried noodles with meats and veggies, and the braised or fried fish plates.

Standing mightily and above all, it is the roasted pork shank. It is crispy glazed and tender, an eight or nine inch section of a meaty ham hock that is flavored with Thai seasonings. Think: a massive chunk of flavorful maple bacon without the saltiness. It is enough for two, should you be persuaded to share it with a cunning dining partner, but it can also be revived as a main course for the next day's dining. No other restaurant in Honolulu has such a dish, for only $15.00.

A variety of Southeast Asian beers as well as popular brands and mixed drinks is available from the bar. Thai teas, coffee and soft drinks are offered as well. You might be wise to have a cold beer at your table if you order the "hot" curries or spiced dishes.

The fare is easy on the wallet and so you don't mind going all in for a larger tip to the pleasing waitresses. Such is the experience that it may be the lunch or dinner here that puts the "Wonderful" in your day!

Credit cards accepted, no reservations needed for smaller parties.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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East Texas
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“Good but not exceptional”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

We started with Summer rolls. These were very fresh and tasty. The sauce was a bit too sweet and sticky for me, so I didn't eat much of it. My husband had Green Curry which he said was good. He said it had dark and white meat chicken which gave it a nice flavor. I had the Thai Pho soup. I enjoyed it for the first few minutes of the meal. The longer it set, the garlic took over the dish. There were large pieces all through the soup that became stronger as it sat, and became too overpowering for me. My husband enjoyed it more than I did, but it goes that way sometimes.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Delicious Thai favorites”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Just a nice thai restaurant with all of the thai faves. The service can be a bit slow at times so this is not a place for a quick bite.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Go here hungry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This is the best place for Thai food in Honolulu. Its not you downtown Waikiki over priced place it far better.We went there on a Monday night and it was buzzing with locals.There are not alot of seats inside but we manged to be seated quick.The service is good and the staff friendly.The food is fresh and plentyful we took home some doggy bags.There are pictures of the dishes so you can see what you are ordering (No Suprises)

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  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maui, Hawaii
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“Almost Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

If you want to enjoy excellent Thai Food in Honolulu, go here (a bit off the beaten path of Waikiki). Tthis place is humming with locals enjoying real authentic Thai food. If you choose Tom Yum, the summer rolls or any other typical dishes, they are excellent, no matter what we tried. They also have a good selection of beers, including Thai beers. Located in a strip mall across the port they did a good job making the interior cozy only if they would not run the tacky Thai Videos on two TV screens. That unfortunately takes a bit away from the atmosphere. The service is friendly and the prices are very reasonable.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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