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“Hillcrest elegant, affordable hidden jewel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Amarin Thai Restaurant

Amarin Thai Restaurant
Ranked #944 of 4,697 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: US$ 8 - US$ 15
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
San Diego, CA
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hillcrest elegant, affordable hidden jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

Amarin hides on a sidestreet between a bar (the Alibi) and an abandoned house, just south of the intersection of University Ave and Richmond. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside you are greeted warmly by a hostess in a beautiful traditional Thai costume. There are two dining rooms with small linen covered tables. The atmosphere is elegant, with beautiful Thai objects on the wall and soothing western background music. The huge menu is intimidating at first, but if you visit for lunch, Mon-Fri, there is a single page lunch menu toward the end that offers a wide choice of traditional Thai sauces with your choice of chicken, shrimp, scallops, beef or tofu. First, you are served a delicious bowl of clear broth. Next comes a large plate with your selection, accompanied by a mound of rice, a scrumptious small salad, a crispy egg roll and what looks like a won ton but has a savory squash mixture inside, and a small bowl of the best dipping sauce. If you have room for dessert, you're an over eater!!! Best of all, the bill plus tip are always under $20.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Spring Valley, California
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3 reviews
“Love. Like family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

The very best in thai food. I kove there basil eggplant and satay vegetables. Good wine choices. Such a great place and they are so nice.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Haifa, Israel
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A huge menu of dishes... Worth a visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

I actually never was to a traditional Thai restaurant, and was surprised with the dishes. There's a wide enough variety of dishes, with a lot to choose, and they all look good, and the plates are big enough for you to get full :)

It's a pleasant place to go and eat some unorthodox food, if you're into Thai, or just curious about un-ordinary dishes.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank David A
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New Braunfels, Texas
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Good family Thai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

Liked: selection and taste of dishes

Disliked: slant of table in the outdoor covered dining area.

Visited November 2011
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Houston
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very tasty Thai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

While vacationing in San Diego, we went here and loved it! The service was a bit slow, but it seemed more like a sign of respectfully giving us our space than just laziness. The food was delicious! My daughter and I especially loved hte See Eu noodles with shrimp. The restaurant was clean and very nice inside.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jennie B
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