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1632 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2531
+1 831-427-2559
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Santa Cruz, CA
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157 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Every so years, I've given this place another chance, and each time I've written it off. The problem is the food -- it's bland!

Thank JimBrown
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Their lunch buffet is the best I have been to. There are three types of curries, meat and vege options, brown rice, salad, soup, noodle dishes and fruit. They are really nice and replenish the dishes often. Enjoy!

Thank Anne B
Portland, OR
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96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I find the lunch buffet food perfect every time I come here. However, my wife, who is pre-diabetic, claims that she always feels terribly sluggish from too much sugar, and has a crash an hour later. Again, that's not my experience - I think that the curries are especially delicious.

Thank blavine
Silver Spring, Maryland
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914 reviews
577 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

We stopped into Real Thai Kitchen for a Christmas Eve takeout dinner. Even though the place was JAMMED, the atmosphere was at once convivial and nearly quiet. Seemed like a delightful place to have a meal. The staff -- all decked out in reindeer headbands -- were efficient and careful to check all orders before they went out. Most of... More 

Thank dlosea
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

I go out to eat for the dining experience as much as the food. I eat out a lot because I travel for work but I also enjoy dining out for pleasure. This particular instance was on a business trip. I walked into this place and stood there for several minutes as various staff glanced at me, not acknowledging me... More 

Thank Nicole G
San Francisco, California, United States
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121 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015

The experience was a quick one, I was in a hurry and the food came very quickly. Our server had a good sense of humor. The food was a little disappointing, I had the spring rolls which were very dry and the red curry which came out very watery. I prefer my sauces with a little thickness, this was very... More 

Thank Alastair B
Burlingame, California
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265 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for early dinner after reading some reviews. Small place in a strip mall that has a buffet too. We ordered off the menu and enjoyed every dish. Trout salad was the favorite, but pad see ew and chicken larb followed close behind. The green bean with tofu were also tasty, but pretty spicy and they don't ask you... More 

Thank travelagentreplies
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is by far the best Thai food I've had. I truly dislike most of the other Thai joints in town. Because of it's location (strip mall) and the fact that I have driven or walked passed it 1000 times the years i just ASSUMED it was as terrible and boring as the rest of them...WRONG. I called at almost... More 

Thank Whisk-Chef
Santa Cruz, California
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

For me, it's just alright. I came here and had the lunch buffet. There was definitely nothing that stands out IMO. Oddly enough the place was not that busy either. That usually tells you something right there. The food selections for the buffet were not many and seemed to have been prepared quite a while earlier. IDK, maybe if you... More 

Thank Steve H
Santa Ana, California
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

Tucked in a nondescript strip mall next to a laundromat, this place looked a little sketchy. We had read mostly good reviews, though, so we decided to give it a try. We were happy we did. The food was very good--fresh and tasty, with sauces that were complex and not overly spicy. We ordered the lettuce wrap appetizers, which were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1632 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2531
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-2559

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