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Zen Yai Thai Restaurant

425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
+1 805-957-1193
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pumpkin curry” (7 reviews)
“thai food” (10 reviews)
“curries” (2 reviews)
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Asian, Thai
$$ - $$$
425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Really good food! I've been to Thailand 4 times and I love real Thai food and That's what I've foond here I was really suprised

Thank Jente D
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This place is an absolute gem! Am a huge fan of Thai food and have been to Thailand, and this is as good as it gets! If you're fed up with burgers as I was, give this place a go. It should be in the...More

Thank Will W
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This is a hidden gem in Santa Barbara, and although it's a tiny restaurant, the food is fresh and flavorful. They also have limited but delicious wine available by the glass to wash down the spicy yuminess. Try the pumpkin curry, it's wonderful.

Thank Sunnymoonz
Reviewed 8 December 2016

It's unusual not to see Zenyai crowded. There are only a dozen or so tables, but traffic seems to move fast--so it's usually not difficult to be seated. This past time we had a couple of their curries, and they both were delicious and slightly...More

Thank Greg N
Reviewed 28 April 2016

We were here with a few "Santa Barbarians" and according to them this is the best Thai in town. The traditional Thai dishes on the menue. We all choose different courses, all tasty.

Thank TheNomisFamily
Reviewed 18 April 2016

My husband had green curry and I had red, both with shrimp. Very good food at a reasonable price. We did ask for one white and one brown rice and only got white however it didn't stop the food from being good.

Thank Karan L
Reviewed 21 February 2016

OK a very simple place , but I have to say some of the best Thai food I have had anywhere. I have been eating Thai since I was 17, have a home there. Spend a lot of time there. Eat Thai three times a...More

Thank edkhub
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Zen Yai serve authentic tasting Thai dishes. I like their various kinds of noodles and curry dishes.

Thank Racel1028
Reviewed 16 November 2015

I am mystified as to why this is the number one rated Thai food restaurant in Santa Barbara. My daughters and I were there on a Saturday night at 9:00 p.m.. The server seemed annoyed that she had to bring us menus. We ordered tom...More

Thank beckyjake123
Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

Not Real thai Tom yum without lemongrass or coconut Fischcakes didnt Taste of anything etc The Chef Must have off. Not Real thai - tasted more like malaysian with The wrong curry

Thank Thomas G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-957-1193
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