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Zenyai Thai Cuisine

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425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
+1 805-957-1193
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Palm Springs, California
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128 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

It's unusual not to see Zenyai crowded. There are only a dozen or so tables, but traffic seems to move fast--so it's usually not difficult to be seated. This past time we had a couple of their curries, and they both were delicious and slightly different from the ordinary--served with plenty of rice. There is a small wine and beer... More 

Thank Greg N
London, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2016

We were here with a few "Santa Barbarians" and according to them this is the best Thai in town. The traditional Thai dishes on the menue. We all choose different courses, all tasty.

Thank TheNomisFamily
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2016

My husband had green curry and I had red, both with shrimp. Very good food at a reasonable price. We did ask for one white and one brown rice and only got white however it didn't stop the food from being good.

Thank Karan L
London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

OK a very simple place , but I have to say some of the best Thai food I have had anywhere. I have been eating Thai since I was 17, have a home there. Spend a lot of time there. Eat Thai three times a week...and Zenyai is one of the best and its also very affordable. Service good ,... More 

Thank edkhub
Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016

Zen Yai serve authentic tasting Thai dishes. I like their various kinds of noodles and curry dishes.

Thank Racel1028
San Clemente, California
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145 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2015

I am mystified as to why this is the number one rated Thai food restaurant in Santa Barbara. My daughters and I were there on a Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.. The server seemed annoyed that she had to bring us menus. We ordered tom yum ka and a coconut curry. Instead of the expected explosion of flavor, the soup... More 

Thank beckyjake123
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3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

Not Real thai Tom yum without lemongrass or coconut Fischcakes didnt Taste of anything etc The Chef Must have off. Not Real thai - tasted more like malaysian with The wrong curry

Thank Thomas G
Northern New Jersey
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2015

Although dining alone on a Saturday evening, I was warmly welcomed to this small, intimate cafe on lower State Street. The red curry with chicken was excellent. It was well seasoned after the server diplomatically sought my preference: "If it usually very spicy. Would you like it milder, or can you handle it?" The portion initially looked small, but the... More 

Thank NJ_Traveler05
Santa Clara, California
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134 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Here now 2 small families with 2, 3 year olds. - quick service - great food. We tried thai tea, spicy noodles, red and panang curry -good size portions - tea pot..refills was awesome. We had 3 small pots as tea was awesome - curries good too - strongly recommend for vegetarians especially like we are

Thank M S
Downey, California
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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

I came here for dinner while strolling through State Street and wasn't disappointed! Despite the café being pretty busy, I was seated right away and my drink order was taken right away. My server was friendly and courteous, as well as the other staff. I ordered their Chicken Fried Rice with some Thai Iced Tea. The entrée was hot, fresh,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-957-1193

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?