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Mar 29, 2007 02:58 PM

best thai in San Diego?

What are the best thai restaurants in San Diego? Are any good for groups?

I am planning on having a rehearsal wedding dinner at a thai rest in SD, nothing too fancy but it would need to accomodate about 15-20 people.


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  1. I think the single best meal I've had at a Thai restaurant in SD was at Flavor Thai in Kearny Mesa last week. But we went back a few days later and the food wasn't as good. Unfortunately, I think you'll find that most Thai restaurants in SD are like that. I love most things at Golden Dragon on University (Hillcrest), but I've had a few things that weren't so great. However, the owner (Patti) is passionate about her restaurant and would probably move mountains to make sure you had a good experience. So I'd probably vote for Golden Dragon or Celadon (also in Hillcrest), although neither of these is upscale.

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    1. re: mangiatore

      I can't remember the name of it but there is a relatively new thai place in the gaslamp. I don't recall if the food was great but the ambience, especially at dinner, was fairly nice. If someone says the food isn't that good it might be true but I liked the flashiness of it.

    2. Taste of Thai via del la valle Del Mar, used to eat at Spices but these guys keep the sodium down.

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      1. re: sdft

        I have to say that Taste of Thai may be the most mediocre Thai I have ever eaten. Ocean Thai in O side is considerably better.

        1. re: sdft

          I found Taste of Thai pretty tasteless. No taste, no heat. I like Ocean Thai in Oceanside, (the original Mission location) especially for dinner. Thai Garden is a little less Americanized (more fish sauce) IMHO. I liked Spice and Rice in LJ years ago but haven't been recently.

          1. re: Spike Costa

            Yes, one place I would advise you not to go to is Taste of Thai. As others have mentioned, their food is bland.

            1. re: Spike Costa

              spice & rice is moderately priced, the food is solid, and the atmosphere is much nicer than places like spices. i think it's a great choice. not too fancy, warm & somewhat intimate but still appropriate for a group.

              oh, crap. i just noticed the date on the post...i'm assuming the event has long since passed, anyway, it may not be 'the best,' but i still think it's a solid choice for decent thai food in coastal s.d.

          2. The best Thai in SD is not the best Thai you will get elsewhere (SF, LA, etc). Keep that in mind as you look. Kirk K's blog, is THE guide to all things Asian in SD.

            1. As mangiatore mentioned (and as Kirk, of the Blog, has said before), I agree there is no really good Thai in town. And it's not for lack of looking.

              Celadon is a nice place, but I'm not sure if their facility can hold 20 guests in one party. Perhaps Lotus might have enough room, in the Hillcrest area, but call ahead.

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              1. re: Joseph

                I think the food at Lotus is good by SD standards, and the room itself is lovely and large enough for a party of 15-20. I had my wedding rehearsal dinner party in a Chinese restaurant back east, and the exotic setting really added something to the evening. Lotus has that same quality.

                1. re: Divamac

                  are there 2 lotuses? i went to one in hillcrest, but hear there used to be a good one in the gaslamp district. i'm coming from nyc so i need all the help i can get. thanks!

                  1. re: eattreat

                    Yes, there are 2 Lotus Thai restaurants in San Diego. The Hillcrest location (6th near Robinson) was recently remodeled. The Gaslamp locations is located just outside the Gaslamp area on Market Street over by 8th and 9th. The Gaslamp Lotus is more modern and airy than the Hillcrest location. It also has large windows that allow diners to look out toward the Ballpark.

                    1. re: sdtips

                      I also believe there's a Lotus Thai up in Carlsbad off of Pio Pico

              2. Over the last few months, I've found myself more and more loyal to Antique Thai in Point Loma (Rosecrans and Midway). On the down side, it's in a strip mall (gasp!). On the plus side, the atmosphere is soooo much better than you would expect for being where it is, and the food is fantastic. It's a decent size (bigger than Celadon or Bai Yook, two places that get good reviews on CH), and the management is very accomodating, so they would likely be able to arrange something special and reasonably priced for your group.

                The website is and there was a fairly recent review of the place in the local paper: http://entertainment.signonsandiego.c...

                Might be worth checking out, especially if your guests won't turn up their noses at the "strip mall" locale.

                And congratulations on your rehearsal dinner (and the subsequent wedding!).

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                1. re: ohm86

                  Concur on Antique Thai. It is excellent and has a lovely atmosphere. They also have a good wine list. And dont let the strip mall aspect scare you. Just think, your guests will have no problem finding parking.