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“Family run restaurant serving Northern Thai-style authentic food”

Thai Smile Restaurant
Ranked #51 of 229 Restaurants in San Rafael
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
San Francisco, CA
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Family run restaurant serving Northern Thai-style authentic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We have been enjoying this nice and cozy authentic Thai restaurant both as a family and with friends for over 6 years. When we are in the mood for spicy Thai food, this is the place we visit in Marin. Having lived in Thailand for many years, I can say that the family that runs the Thai Smile has succeeded in capturing the taste of the Thai dishes as I remember them from Thailand. Specifically, the dishes contain hardly any sugar, and no peanuts, a sin committed by many other Thai restaurants, which try to capture more American customers in love with sweet tasting dishes. Instead, the dishes follow the culinary traditions of the Isan region of Thailand. If you want to experience true tasting Thai food cooked and served by a friendly family in a cozy atmosphere with limited outdoor seating in the quiet part of San Rafael, head for Thai Smile on Fourth Street, East of 101.

  • Visited February 2013
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Providenciales
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96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Had lunch here today; was nice.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Okay, I love Thai food. Really. If I had to spend my life eating from only one menu it would have to be a Thai menu (but in English ;-)

Anyway, I was invited for lunch and headed over to Thai Smile. We sat outside, enjoyed warm and friendly food and service.

And!! They offer brown rice; LOVE IT!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank TheWealthyHobo
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Lone Tree, Colorado
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78 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Good service. Knowledgeable about gluten-free.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

This place had plenty of space given it was 7pm on a Saturday. Very friendly service. Typical Thai menu. Unremarkable, but we had a tasty red curry, tom yum and pad Thai. Bland fried rice with frozen veg. They understood the need to avoid soy sauce for gluten-free needs.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank kmcmt
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