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“Great food, Great place,Great service.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chao Lay

Chao Lay
Ranked #324 of 605 Restaurants in Hua Hin
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Holland
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176 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Great food, Great place,Great service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

We have been there many times over the last 5 years and what has changed is the
table clothing . Prices are still reasonable , but the quality remained excellent . So is the service.
The location is one for a romantic evening in the open air.
We will be back next year .
In general the will except reservations for large groups , but go there in person and don' t use the phone. Individual bookings is more complex , wait and see.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank JanWillemHolland
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Hanoi
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hugely disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

This was a great restaurant once. It is now nothing short of tragic. Food is average at best, but the service is disgraceful. I had eaten here happily many times before, so it was a shock to see how far it has gone down. Wont be going back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank nomadwarrier
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Macau, China
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great food, again and again.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

Went there in 2011 and revisited again... fabulous food! Order Yellow Curry Sea Crab, you'll be loving it!

Visited May 2013
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Thank uscouto
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Bangkok
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543 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 408 helpful votes
“Overrated”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

I can understand why foreign visitors would rate this place so high. Even major travel sites highly praise the restaurant. For Thais, however, Chao Lay just does not cut it.

Sure, it has got a great location that is easily accessible from any point in town, plus it offers a grand view of Hua Hin bay and the houses lining the beach. In fact, one can say it has the best location of most of its competitors. One cannot argue with the ambience of sitting on a balcony on a breezy night watching the ocean.

The food is another story, though. While most dishes are good, they lack a certain oomph to make them truly memorable. Sometimes they are undercooked or the flavor is slightly off. And everything is so greasy you can get indigestion for two days afterwards.

The service is another sore point here. The staff seemed to have been assembled from motorcycle taxi drivers nearby, with an assortment of clothing, hair styles and tattoos. There is no sense of urgency or panache here. There is also no warmth or caring evident. Just get the dishes and go back to chatting with each other kind of thing.

The price is also quite expensive for what you get. If the service improves somewhat and the food tastes better, then the pricing would make more sense. Chao Lay is not a must place to try seafood in Hua Hin. There are plenty of other cheaper and tastier options in the city.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bern, Switzerland
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89 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“always full of people, but there will be always space for you”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is an extremely busy place and you will quickly understand why. Located on the upper open air floor of a stilted house the tables are huge - to accomodate all the fantastic seafood you will be served.

The owner, a middle aged Thai Chinese lady is absolutely charming and cares personally for her guests. There is a lot of staff around and even if the place looks full you will always be accomodated and quickly served.

This is an extremely honest place where they serve you only fresh food in good portions at a very good value for money. The attentiveness of the staff is unusal for Thailand and they even seem a litle bit in a hurry but genuinly concerned to make a good job.

They have a good choice of wine at a reasonable cost and lovely sweet mango for dessert.

This is a simple place, but clean and focused on quality.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank behuman
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