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“Yum”

The Spirit House Restaurant & Bar
Price range: $1 - $7
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Yum”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

The food here is amazing. The restaurant is a little hard to find because it is away from the main attractions of Chiang Mai, but the restaurant was very helpful in providing a detailed description of the location. The owner was WONDERFUL. He personally came over to our table and told us his own recommendations, which we followed. I am sure glad we did. I have been living in Thailand for almost two years and this is by far one of the best meals I have had to date. The lychee martini was delicious!

Visited February 2012
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2 Thank Mary T
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Perth
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“food”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

This is an amazing small restaurant in Chiang Mai which serves both western and thai food. The standard of food is excellent and extremely well run by an American man with Thai fluency which helps enormously when ordering. The ambience is equally excellent. It has water features and gardens dividing the space and is built on an ancient site. It is almost a museum of artefacts and quirky collections of all sorts. It is a shame more people dont know about it. Its only drawback is the difficulty with transport.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank CaroleAM M
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Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Do not miss out on an amazing experience !!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Spirit House is absolutely amazing !
We caught a red truck/took took to the spirit house that took 3 goes to find. Spirit house is tucked away and hard to find, it will be really helpful to let the transport driver know that it is opposite the Viangbua mansion which is quite well known.

Upon arriving it seemed a little bit different but once inside the scenery of the restaurant is unlike anywhere else I have been! It is gorgeous with a real 'spiritual, natural feel' the long vines, bamboo like table huts and Thai inspired water features make it an experience like no other.

The meals were to die for with a wide variety including a Thai menu. The food was quite cheap at 400bart for the two of us. the service was great as the owner is always present who speaks English and Thai. The desert 'chocolate indulgence' was to die for !. Upon arrival of our meals the owner came over and offered that we change our meal if we were not happy with the taste of our meal. Before ordering we were also informed that they could make just about anything and combine the meals to make it just as you wish.

We had a terrific night and will definitely be back! Do not miss out on this lovely restaurant. I believe it was the best i went to on my entire month trip in Thailand

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Ebanie17
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Hanoi
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Unique and utterly charming Europe-Asia mash up”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

I probably have mashed potatoes on the brain. I just had some at The Spirit House last night and they were especially creamy and comforting. Meanwhile, there was a Bulgarian acapella choir rehearsing in the "lounge" area of the cavernous dining room, their ethereal sound floating around the thousands of Buddha statues and Chinese lanterns and other colourful decorations. The Spirit House is on the grounds of a former temple, with an ancient chedi at the entrance. This is treated not as a gimmick or tourist attraction but as a respected artifact. And you will be treated as a welcome guest in the "home" of owner Steve, whose evident care and delight set the tone for a lovely evening. The food is more family than gourmet -- but that's why I like it. Home from home at very reasonable prices. (I ordered from the Western section of the menu: pork tenderloin with Dijon sauce, mashed potato, crisp green beans and a good "house red" for 250 Thb. A Thai or "fusion" meal would not be more than that.) Worth a detour off the tourist-beaten path.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank MAChanoi
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“what a wonderful night!”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We were in chiang mai with 3 adults and 2 children (1 & 3). We had heard of this restaurant, and although it was a little way from our accom we thought we would give it a go. Steve was just brilliant, made us feel very welcome and comfortable. He and his staff were amazing with our two boys, making it the first night in weeks that we were able to enjoy our dinner and not have to rush off because the kids were bored. Instead we were able to relax, have our dinner then retreat into the lazy boy chairs and have coffee and dessert! The food was amazing and steve even shared a couple of the recipes with us. Really appreciated the night and not having to worry too much about the children. Thanks steve and staff. P.s. I still dream about that mango and clotted cream dessert!

  • Visited September 2012
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3 Thank quinnyb3
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