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“Clean, authentic, Thai, but noisy” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Baan Thai

Baan Thai
Ranked #14 of 45 Restaurants in Orinda
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
San Francisco, California
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523 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Clean, authentic, Thai, but noisy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2012

The food stars at this small eatery in quaint Orinda, Ca. I love the duck, pad thai, and the curries. The dishes are very fresh, the food tastes “clean”, and the ingredients are mostly organic. On the negative side, the restaurant is really noisy. This is a neighborhood favorite so you must make a reservation for dinner, especially on the weekends. You almost have to shout when it’s full to hear the person next to you. They don’t waive the corkage charge when you bring a bottle of wine and order a bottle of wine. Service isn’t swift, but again, the cuisine is so yummy that you want to linger. Next time, I’m bringing earplugs and may order take-out to enjoy the next day. I do recommend Baan Thai.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Bay Area, CA
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Overpriced and small servings”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

Picked up food for dinner for my family and was shocked at the small servings and the price. Remembered the servings in the past to be generous but was very disappointed this time. Price was $31 for curry chicken, a small Pad Thai, and a tiny order of Spring Rolls (2). On top of that I get there and rice isn't included with the curry chicken. What??!! Wanted me to pay extra for rice. Having lived in Thailand, these guys would have been run out of the country for that kind of ticky tack cheapskatery. That's like a Mexican restaurant charging for chips. I'll go elsewhere in the future.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FamilyOuting
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Orinda, California
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124 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“good food, good value, very nice staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

This Thai restaurant has good variety, good value and good food. The food is not greasy like I have experienced at other Thai restaurants. I love the brown rice ( which is actually red). My favorite part are the sweet waitresses, the are so nice.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank likecomfy
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Oakland, California
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Our family's favorite!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2010

Everyone at home loves Baan Thai! Until Baan Thai arrived in Orinda the Thai food in the Lamorinda area was lacking. We love the curries!

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank orindamom
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San Francisco, California
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216 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“I Love It!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2010

I've been having lunch here once or twice a month for several years, and never tire of Baan Thai. I've never had their curries, but have sampled most other dishes and everything has been very good. The lunch specials include an appetizer, salad and entree. Their hot tea is quite tasty. Ask for the brown rice with your meal -- they have their own special blend of rices that is excellent. Service is always gracious and timely, the food is not only delicious, but is beautifully presented, and the atmosphere is pleasant. There is always plenty of free parking on the street or in the lot behind.the restaurant.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kurseni
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