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Pacific Thai Santa Cruz

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1319 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3909
+1 831-420-1700
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here early one evening and would return again. Food is freshly cooked and good value. Service is fast and friendly. Vegetarian options are good. Looks like they have a strong take-out business. The only criticism was the food wasn't "Thai hot" - the green veggie curry and green papaya salad weren't sufficiently heaty - better luck next time.

Thank Nigel B
Level Contributor
75 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had chicken pad thai: it looked very good, had all the right stuff, but did not impress me at all, who knows why. The place is popular.

Thank barbgal
Healdsburg, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Some locals say stay away from the restaurants on Pacific Ave because tourist areas restaurants seem to fall into lower standards and quality because of all the tourists. If you don't have to impress people to get business, many business's don't try to hit the high mark, but Pacific Thai is an exception. This is the second time that we... More 

Thank Timothy H
Buffalo NY
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361 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Small Thai place with very friendly staff and good food. Pad Thai, Green Curry & shrimp rolls are really good. Try the satay too. And the value is excellent.

Thank Hewitty15
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Everything about this place is good. I would go back. The food is good. The prices are good. The portions are good. Perfect UCSC hang. Definitely worth going to when you are downtown and need your Thai fix.

Thank Akamaikai
Del Mar, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Since this place seems to be always full of people, it fools people into mistaking it for a good restaurant. But after dining there, I wonder how many repeat customers they have. The service is very poor and expect to spend a lot of time there waiting for your food. They are understaffed which adds to the problem. And when... More 

Thank homa k
Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The food is average or slightly above average depending on how familiar you are with Thai food. Just been to Thailand a few months ago, I have to say the chicken is too dry, curry does not have enough coconut cream or Thai spice or sugar. But the place is clean and price is quite affordable, service is fast, waitresses... More 

Thank Yinying Z
Novato, California
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Above average Thai cuisine. Start with the coconut battered sweet potato fries -- outstanding! Entrees were good. Also has boba drinks , always a good thing.

Thank DC_Padrin0
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90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Frend and I, came to this place after reading recommendations on trip adviser. Stuff is indeed very friendly and helpful. Tea was good. Restauran atmosphere was more like fast food. Many people come for take away food. It seems restaurant is known. Food was visually OK but not really tasty. We had plates : sweet and sour with fish and... More 

Thank Exotic A
PacificThaiSC, Owner at Pacific Thai Santa Cruz, responded to this review

We appreciate the feedback and are sorry to hear that we didn't quite make a winning first impression. While I'm happy to know that the service and presentation were​ appreciated, we always want our dishes to meet that same quality. We typically get great reviews on the flavors we use, so I'm incredibly concerned to know that you didn't feel... More 

Santa Cruz, California, United States
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We always go to this place for bubba tea and decided to eat here. The first time the food was good and we decided to go there again. Unfortunately the second time there was horrendous. When my food arrived it had an off smell and when I checked the chicken pieces on the dish were half way uncooked! That was... More 

Thank Yesenia C
PacificThaiSC, Owner at Pacific Thai Santa Cruz, responded to this review

I'm surprised to read your review, Yesenia, and this is not the usual impression we make as you saw with your first visit. That said, I do apologize that your meal wasn't prepared in line with your standards or ours. We're very careful to follow all food safety procedures, and I'll continue to look into this to ensure that our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Asian, Thai, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1319 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3909
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-420-1700
Happy Hour: 3-6pm Monday-Thursday Lunch Special Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm Monday- Friday Centrally located on the Downtown Pacific Ave Garden Mall, we are the only Thai cuisine and Boba tea restaurant and cafe around. We offer Lunch Specials, Happy Hour, and Dinner entrees in our modern dining room. Our walls are decorated with art made by local artists in Santa Cruz. We make up for our small location with great customer service and food.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?