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Zen Yai Thai Restaurant

425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
+1 805-957-1102
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
18 Jul 2018
“Hidden gem”
14 Jul 2018
“Slow service”
Opens in 16 min
Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

I was so happy to have my group of 9 friends for dinner at Zen-Yai. It had been a while since I have eaten here and I was so just beyond thrilled with the food and the lovely sweet staff who kept us all happy....More

Thank buyerjat
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed the food! Only feedback I would give the owner would be “be friendly but don’t over stay your welcome”. We loved the food, the owner is a really nice guy & obviously keen to be the perfect host! But found him a...More

Thank CJW9999
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

The buz around town about this place is amazing! They have only been open a month and several friends raved about the food and friendly service. It is the kind of place you would expect to see white table cloths and fresh flowers because the...More

2  Thank missmoreen
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Great food. The service was good and the food arrived quickly. Cute little restaurant with nice ambient lighting. And the rice comes out in pyramids!

Thank Joshua H
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

2. friendly and helpful. When we came it was totally empty so we got full attention. We tried Paneng curry, Phad Thai and Chicken noodles. Everything tasted good. But it took very long time to get the ordered beverages and also the food. All in...More

Thank Jimmy S
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Passing through Santa Barbara, we found Zen Yai in downtown on state street. A delicious noodle lunch, with fast service.

Thank Tommy087
Reviewed 24 March 2018

If it is Thai restaurant, its my first choice as always. I love Zn Yai Thai restaurant for superb Thai food. Menu includes spicy pumpkin curry, rice and wine. Small place, but nicely decorate

Thank udaym2016
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
5:00 PM - 9:45 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2304
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-957-1102
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