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“Surprisingly incredible”

Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine
Ranked #10 of 238 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Surprisingly incredible”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

An uninspiring exterior - and incredibly delicious, fresh thai food - amazingly spiced. Super friendly charming staff - definitely worth a stop by if you're in Hilo

Visited July 2014
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Managua, Nicaragua
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85 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“some great, some okay dishes”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

I've been here four times. i'd say one third of the dishes have been really great...unique, nicely spiced and varied. but then some of the standard dishes have just been okay...like the Pad thai or Larb. So I would recommend going for the more unusual dishes. those seem to be the best here. go early or make a reservation if you can. this place is often crowded. it has limited outdoor seating. Staff is very friendly.

  • Visited June 2014
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Hilo, Hawaii
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“In response to the "Closed Often" review”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

It is understandable for someone to be upset after driving to a restaurant only to find out it is closed, but it is rude for a person to make a conclusion about a place they have never attended. No, Sombat's is not a restaurant just for the locals. In fact, MANY of Sombat's customers are tourists. This restaurant is open all year long, and has been open for around ten years now. Sombat and her staff work very hard every day of the week (not including Sundays). So don't you think they deserve a break as well? You have come to Hawaii for a vacation, but do you assume that no one else goes on vacations? Is Sombat not allowed to take a month off from a year's work to go on a vacation that she worked very hard for? Yes, Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine was closed for the month of June, and takes a month off around summertime annually, because Sombat and her staff are normal people that would like a break/ vacation from work just like the rest of the world. It is unfortunate you were not able to dine in at Sombat's, but please at least attend a restaurant before you make a conclusion or review about it.

  • Visited July 2014
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Lausanne
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103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

This restaurants was not easy to find (especially the parking lot), it is not located in a fancy place, nor it has amazing decoration but they serve excellent meals there.
We went for the pineapple fried rice and a green curry. Amazing!!
This restaurant has entered my top 3 Thai restaurants and I have been to many around the world.
The service was friendly as well.
I wish this restaurant would find a better, larger place, and turn its meals into a more fine dining experience in the future. If it does there is no doubt it will be successful.

  • Visited July 2014
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Ft Walton Beach FL
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Closed Often”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

On a recent trip, we followed recommendations from tripadvisor reviewers, and we attempted to eat at Sombats. Unfortunately, they apparently close for the entire month of June. We discovered this after doing a kabooki dance to get into their driveway - it's hard to find the way in. When we finally found the secret path, we discovered a posted sign regarding their extended closure. No idea about the food or service because, well, they take June off. My conclusion: if you're not local, you don't matter.

Visited June 2014
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