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“Great place”
Review of Bay Thai Cuisine

Bay Thai Cuisine
Ranked #110 of 233 Restaurants in San Rafael
Cuisines: Thai
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Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is a classic little hole-in-the wall restaurant – small and plain with phenomenal food. We were there at lunchtime, had pad thai and eggplant with chicken. Both were wonderful. Strangely, their tea was not. We didn’t ask or complain at all, but when our waitress saw that the tea had only been tasted, she immediately struck it off our bill, which surprised me and was completely unnecessary. A terrific lunch for two cost $15.00 plus a liberal tip.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Jon V
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English first
Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Will surprise you”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This hole on the wall has the same quality of food from Mill Valley just cheaper and with a kick. It's a real tiny place, as in you are sharing a table of four with a couple right next you, as in if you have more that four you're pushing your luck in fitting into the restaurant. So cozy would be the right word, and you'll definitely leave satisfied

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Aliela
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Boise, Idaho
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent Thai food!”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

If you a looking for an excellent, well-priced meal, you've come to the right place. It is small and cozy and there was a steady stream of locals stopping by for takeout while we were there...always a good sign!

Thank roncoate
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San Rafael, California, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“I've eaten here for years and years the red curry w/chicken is my favorite”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

I've eaten here once a month for years the food it very good. It' a hole in the wall though. I personally like that. Some times when it's very busy during lunch time you will be seated next to people you don't know. I don't mind that though.

Visited April 2012
Thank Nina I
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Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Amazing Food, Warm, Friendly Owners”
Reviewed November 3, 2011

We have been frequenting Bay Thai for a while now, and we live about 30 miles away... Sometimes we try other places on a whim, just because it is closer, but we almost always compare it to Bay Thai and the food is never what we hope it would be. So we drive. The food is truly amazing. This tiny gem of a place is conveniently located in the middle of downtown San Rafael ( on 4th St), competing with many other restaurants that are often bigger and (on the outside at least) look better. The food at Bay Thai is served hot and spicy, just the way we like it, you can of course ask for mildly spicy too. They will often accommodate your needs. The owners are very warm and friendly with huge welcoming smiles. Those in the know are aware that Friday and Saturday nights are pretty busy, actually most days are, so it's always good to go in early, whether it is lunch or dinner. Seating is limited which is part of their charm, for everyone wants to get in. Take away is available and if you can't get in but really want to taste their food, this is the best option. We like to sit in since we can take our children too. Must try dishes: chicken and basil made from ground chicken, basil, peppers in a wonderful sweet chili sauce, the red curry vegetables or red curry chicken. Also the sauteed egg plant and tofu is superb.
Once you become a regular, they begin to know you and the dishes you like, they're even ready for you, as soon as you come in and try to vary the flavors to see what you think.
It is clean and very simple. We often find that those places always have the best food.

  • Visited December 2010
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Thank shamz30
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