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Best Thai Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 32 Restaurants in Damariscotta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 28, 2011

Excellent Thai food. Pleasant enough dining room. Attentive service.

Take a break from fried haddock and boiled lobsters--treat yourself to some very tasty Thai food. The seafood must have been snatched from the briny deep 15 minutes before dinner time (and the Long Island duck flown in by helicopter) then perfectly cooked in lovely sauces.

Make a reservation. Some locals, some from away, have discovered this place, and it was full by 6:00 on the Thursday we were there.

Worth planning for. You won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed August 12, 2011

Who'd a thunk it??? That you could find some of the best Thai food you've ever eaten in the little seaside village of Damariscotta, Maine? Well, it's true. We always search out Thai restaurants when we travel and there are some really funky locations out there but with good Thai food, however, this place is exceptional. It is tucked away off Main Street and is small, but tastefully decorated. It's a little noisy in the back room so if you prefer quiet, sit up front. The back room would be best for you if you have children who might be a little active or if you have a large group where a lot of seating is required. We'd heard by word-of-mouth that this place was great...only opened 2.5 months ago and we clearly were not disappointed. Every bite was a dance of the taste buds. Fresh vegetables, fresh seafood, flavors that were heavenly. We ordered Tom Kha (OMG!) and Panang Curry with scallops (OMG#2!) and the Andaman Madness (combo of scallops, shrimp, squid, mussels, onions, etc. in a garlic sauce (OMG#3!). I'm sure everything on the menu is equally delicious. They offer beer and wine and we've heard that the Thai tea is quite wonderful. The young man serving us was quite attentive and interested in our dining experience and how we found out about his family's restaurant. His family is committed to the success of the restaurant and to pleasing the customers. The dishes are moderately priced and there is a wide selection of choices offered. You can mix it up in the rice, noodle, curry dishes and other entrees as they offer tofu, chicken, pork, shrimp, squid, duck, beef, shrimp, scallops and mixed seafood. If you love Thai food don't pass this place by. If you are traveling on Rt. 1 pull off into Damariscotta...it's just a short distance once you leave Rt. 1 and Damariscotta is a pretty little village right on the water. You can't go wrong and you won't be disappointed. Best Thai is it's moniker and it's right on! They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week! This restaurant needs to succeed so locals need to visit it often so that the new owners can make it through the long winters when the summer tourists are no where to be seen. (They do take-out, they cater, and they take all the major credit cards.)

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Reviewed August 6, 2011

What a treat, excellent Thai in Damariscotta, right off Route 1! We went by with a friend tonight, the servcie was great and the Pad Thai was excellent. What a find, this is definitely the best Thai we know of this side of Portland. Atmoshere is casual but pleasent, everything else was awesome! I tried their "Thai iced tea" and it was fantastic, definitey worth a try. They've only been in business two months, let's hope it will be around for decades. Enjoy!

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Reviewed August 3, 2011

This restaurant was a pleasant surprise & we're hoping it will survive the harsh winter & be there when we get back next summer. Wonderful food & pleasant, helpful staff. Who would expect a great Thai restaurant hidden downtown in Damariscotta? Try it, you'll love it!

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Reviewed July 24, 2011

having had grown up in damariscotta, it was always a "treat" to go to brunswick, portland, etc so i could get thai food for dinner. damariscotta has never stopped having fine seafood/pub dining, yet nothing asian and nothing THIS GOOD. when i saw Best Thai's sign out on main street, i went in to the restaurant (even though it wasn't open yet) i just had to see it for my own eyes.

a few days later, i tasted it with my own tongue. and jeez liweez was it worth the wait. everything is made to order so it is fresh and perfect. the wait staff is friendly and on their toes ready to help. although the atmosphere is so/so; the coziness of the restaurant speaks for the family run business. i go back about once a week. my favorite dishes are the pas see you, the crispy ginger duck, and the spicy lobster special. oh, and try the "thai iced tea", its goooood.

if you come to damariscotta and do not try some food from Best Thai restaurant- simply put- you're crazy. it truly is the best thai i have ever eaten.

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